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.
Say, have you heard about this new Monkees album? Or has that joke gotten old at this point? Well, even if it is, we’re not going to stop telling it, because it’s served us pretty well thus far: it’s the highest charting album by the group since 1968’s The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees, and it’s gotten some of the best reviews of their 50-year history.
Last year was the 30th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy’s 1985 album FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS, an occasion which led not only to a vinyl set highlighting that LP but also a similar set highlighting their 1987 album FLOODLAND. This year, the Sisterly love continues with the next album in line: 1990’s VISION THING.
Recorded in Denmark, VISION THING wasn’t an Andrew Eldritch solo project, but it definitely reconfirmed that Eldritch was the man with the Sisters’ plan, as it effectively found him starting from scratch with a brand new band: guitarists Andreas Bruhn and Tim Bricheno and bassist Tony James, late of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The sound might be slightly different, but with Eldritch’s voice, there’s no question that you’re still listening to the Sisters of Mercy, as is borne out on tracks like “More,” “Doctor Jeep,” and the title track.
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.