Kevin Smith effectively created a long-term career for himself when he released his first film, Clerks, which set into motion the so-called View Askewniverse, which subsequently spawned Mallrats, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Animated Series, Clerks 2… You get the idea: Smith could’ve just kept doing more and more films within the same world he’d created, never needing to branch out into other cinematic territory. Lately, though, he’s been shifting gears and trying new things on a regular basis, with the latest being Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
When it comes to prog-rock concept albums, there are few that are held in quite the same esteem as Yes’s TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, a 4-song, 2-LP affair – yes, that’s right: it’s one song per side – featuring lyrics based on Jon Anderson’s interpretation of a footnote in the 1946 book AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI, paired with Steve Howe’s musical themes and instrumentation.
It’s time for another David Bowie reissue, and it’s one that blew a lot of people’s minds upon its initial release.
EARTHLING, which originally arrived in record stores in 1997, found Bowie moving in an electronica-influenced direction, taking bits and pieces of the drum and bass scene of the day and transforming them into his own take on industrial music. If you think it was a case of an artist riding the coattails of a current trend, then you clearly don’t know the Thin White Duke very well: this was just a case of Bowie being Bowie, to the point where he actually produced it himself, the first time he’d done so for an album in over two decades. (The last instance had been 1974’s DIAMOND DOGS.)
Okay, okay, we know “Doing a 140” doesn’t have even remotely the same ring as “Doing a 180,” but what can we tell you? These particular reissues are on 140-gram vinyl rather than 180-gram vinyl, so we felt like it was better to be factual. It’s just the right thing to do, you know? (Also, it’s the legal thing to do, so there’s that as well.)
Oh, and if you’ve looked at the words “Earth, Wind & Fire” and thought, “Ah, I’ve already got a best-of collection,” then reconsider your position at least long enough to keep reading, because you might be surprised at what you’ll learn.
If you’re a big Air fan – and by the capitalization of the word, hopefully you’ll realize that we mean the French musical duo consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, as opposed to, say, the stuff you need to breathe – then you probably recall how we released TWENTYYEARS, their first-ever anthology, on June 10. If so, then you’ll probably also recall that when we issued the set digitally, on 2 CDs, and on 2 LPs, we teased about how we had something very special coming out on July 22: a limited-edition, numbered Super Deluxe Edition of the set, one which would feature 2 CDs, 2 LPs, and a bonus CD featuring remixes that Air had done for other artists.