B-Sides & Rarities


Today Portland rockers Sleater-Kinney released their comeback record No Cities To Love via Sub Pop. It’s their first record in a decade, so people are understandably very pumped.

They’ll return to New York for a pair of very sold out shows at Terminal 5 on February 26 & 27. Last week they gave fans a little reminder of what exactly that means, performing a killer version of album cut “A New Wave” live on David Letterman.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited, how about a pair of killer album bonus tracks (only included on the vinyl version of the record) called “The Fog And Filthy Air” and “Heavy When I Need It.” Find both streaming below (via Stereogum), along with the Letterman performance.
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The Arctic Monkeys Rarities Collection

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2012 — with 7 comments

This is my 4,000th post. That’s a pretty big number, so I figured I’d do something special for it.

As you know, as much as this is a music blog, I show a great deal of love and respect to Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys. Ever since I’ve been a fan, I’ve been collecting anything and everything that I could get my hands on. Now it’s 2012, so if you want to find a song of theirs, you probably can. But sometimes it’s easier said than done, and often it helps to have everything in one place.

I decided to make a giant collection of all Arctic Monkeys rarities. I got all of the covers that they’ve done, as well as some cool stuff they played live.

There are other fan sites that probably do the same, but this is for those of us who don’t follow everything Arctic Monkeys, but are interested in hearing some of their rarer stuff.

So without further ado, here’s my Arctic Monkeys b-sides & rarities collection for you. Share the love.
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[new]: The Rapture – In Love Divine

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2011

Sometimes songs don’t fit on a band’s album. This is often why we have b-sides. Some bands best music comes through b-sides. This is usually because the band records the music honestly, without worrying about it fitting in. But sometimes these b-sides are so damn good that you really wonder how it isn’t on the album.

This is certainly the case with “In Love Divine”, a song that was included as a bonus track of the Japanese version of The Rapture’s new album, In The Grace Of Your Love. It’s a thunderous track full on booming psychedelic influences and fantastic dance undertones. It’s arguably one of the best things that they’ve ever released.

It definitely sounds more like something they would have done earlier, which is probably why it didn’t make the cut, but damn, this track deserves to be heard by everyone.

Take a listen to it below via Some Kind Of Awesome.
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Muse – Crying Shame

By Will Oliver, January 23rd 2010 — with 9 comments

I am driving back up to Binghamton University in a few hours, so I don’t have too much time to post today! I recently re-discovered one of my favorite Muse songs, a b-side called “Crying Shame”. It is one of the best Muse songs in my opinion and I think it should be discovered by a much wider audience!

The song is very Muse. Edgy guitars, fun bombastic vocals, and a grand chorus. I love this song and wish it was placed on an album, but I guess it didn’t fit on any of their albums.

Give it a go, thank me later:

[mp3] : Muse – Crying Shame

[New Old] Sufjan Stevens – Sofia’s Song

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2009 — with 1 comment

Sufjan is a talented man. Not only is he arguably one of the greatest song writers of our generation, he can also write a mean article. He wrote a blurb on the asthmatic kitty sidebar (blog) about his youth. The article is immensely entertaining. He gives you a little bit of insight of what growing up was like with a unique name like Sufjan, and some obstacles of growing up that even indie rock stars go through!

Sufjan found a few old demos/tapes that he made during college and posted one to give us a taste. The song is called ‘Sofias’ Song’ and it only proved this man has had talent for many, many years. The track is not even 2 minutes, but we get enough to get a taste of the developing artist that is Sufjan Stevens. I am begging for a new state album from Sufjan, but a collection of these rarities would satisfy me in the meantime!

Read Sufjan’s article here

[mp3] : Sufjan Stevens – Sofia’s Song

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