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  • Reality Bites Soundtrack Reality Bites Soundtrack Quick View

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    Reality Bites Soundtrack

    Reality Bites is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Stiller, with supporting roles by Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn. The plot follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.


    The film's soundtrack includes songs by U2, Lenny Kravitz, World Party, Squeeze, The Knack (My Sharona featured prominently in one scene from the film), Juliana Hatfield, Dinosaur Jr, and Crowded House in addition to the runaway hit Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb, which earned Loeb the distinction of being the first artist to top the Hot 100 before being signed to any record label.

    1. My Sharona (The Knack)
    2. Spin The Bottle (The Juliana Hatfield 3)
    3. Bed Of Roses (The Indians)
    4. When You Come Back To Me (World Party)
    5. Going, Going, Gone (The Posies)
    6. Stay (I Missed You) (Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories)
    7. All I Want Is You (U2)
    8. Locked Out (Crowded House)
    9. Spinning Around Over You (Lenny Kravitz)
    10. I'm Nuthin' (Ethan Hawke)
    11. Turnip Farm (Dinosaur Jr.)
    12. Revival! (Me Phi Me)
    13. Tempted (94) (Squeeze)
    14. Baby, I Love Your Way (Big Mountain)
    Various Artists
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  • Together Alone Together Alone Quick View

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    Together Alone

    Together Alone is the fourth studio album by the band Crowded House. It was originally released in October 1993 and was their first album to feature multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart as a full band member. Unlike the band's first three albums, which were recorded in the US and Australia and produced by Mitchell Froom, Together Alone was recorded in New Zealand with producer Youth. Seven singles were released from Together Alone, including Distant Sun, which was a top 10 hit in New Zealand and Canada, and Locked Out which reached number 12 on the UK singles chart and number 8 on the US Modern Rock chart, the latter on the strength of the song's inclusion on the soundtrack of the 1994 film Reality Bites.
    1. Kare Kare
    2. In My Command
    3. Nails in My Feet
    4. Black & White Boy
    5. Fingers of Love
    6. Pineapple Head
    7. Locked Out
    8. Private Universe
    9. Walking on the Spot
    10. Distant Sun
    11. Catherine Wheels
    12. Skin Feeling
    13. Together Alone
    Crowded House
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    Mono Tono

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    Often mislabeled demented-rock, the Skiantos were in reality an exception to the rule. This reissue of their second album is, therefore, a road to understanding to what degree rock music was putty in the hands of this band from Bologna, who away from cumbersome references to British and American rock chose to follow their own path to originality.

    Their youthful and unprejudiced energy together with the personality of great thinkers became an oft-debated manifesto, but one that is destined to maintain its importance in the years to come. The album's cover art picturing an enormous dinosaur destroying a building is testimony to their ironic, but biting attack on institutions, which when translated into music paid homage both to Italy's eccentric singer/songwriter tradition as well as the heretic dialectics of coeval punk. The album was originally released in 1978 on the Cramps label, but not a day seems to have passed since then.

    1. Eptadone

    2. Panka Rock

    3. Pesto Duro

    4. Diventa Demente

    5. Io Me La Meno

    6. Bau Bau Baby

    7. Io Sono Uno Skianto

    8. Io Ti Amo Da Matti

    9. Vortice

    10. Massacrami Pure

    11. Largo All'Avanguardia

    12. Ehi, Ehi, Ma Che Piedi Che C'Hai

    Skiantos
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    Momentum (Opaque Red Vinyl)

    Pressed On Opaque Red Colored Vinyl


    Punk stalwarts GBH will release a new album, Momentum, via Hellcat Records. "We're always looking forward," says Colin Abrahall (vocals), "next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point, if we stopped moving forward we'd just fall over".


    Momentum was recorded at Muther's Studio in GBH's hometown of Birmingham, England. Colin explains: "We laid down all kinds of takes on the songs which made the mixing interesting as we'd send it all off to Michael (Rosen - Engineer) and him and Lars (Fredericksen - Rancid) would send back tracks. You'd think something was maybe a glitch or whatever and it'd come back and we'd listen and think 'that's f*cking amazing'!"


    GBH formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band have released 11 albums, including City Baby Attacked By Rats (1982, Clay), City Babys Revenge (1982, Clay), Midnight Madness and Beyond (1986, Rough Justice), No Need To Panic (1987, Rough Justice), A Fridge Too Far (1989, Rough Justice), From Here To Reality (1990, Rough Justice), Church of the Truly Warped (1992, Rough Justice), Punk Junkies (1996, We Bite), Ha Ha (2002, Go Kart), Cruel and Unusual (2004, Idol), Perfume and Piss (2010, Hellcat).

    1. Birmingham Smiles
    2. Tripwire Strange
    3. No News
    4. Population Bomb
    5. Enemies
    6. Us Against The World
    7. Momentum
    8. The Perfect Storm
    9. Fifty What?
    10. I Never Asked For Any Of This
    11. Blue Sky Thinking
    12. Liquid Paradise (The Epic)
    G.B.H.
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    Momentum

    Punk stalwarts GBH will release a new album, Momentum, via Hellcat Records. "We're always looking forward," says Colin Abrahall (vocals), "next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point, if we stopped moving forward we'd just fall over".


    Momentum was recorded at Muther's Studio in GBH's hometown of Birmingham, England. Colin explains: "We laid down all kinds of takes on the songs which made the mixing interesting as we'd send it all off to Michael (Rosen - Engineer) and him and Lars (Fredericksen - Rancid) would send back tracks. You'd think something was maybe a glitch or whatever and it'd come back and we'd listen and think 'that's f*cking amazing'!"


    GBH formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band have released 11 albums, including City Baby Attacked By Rats (1982, Clay), City Babys Revenge (1982, Clay), Midnight Madness and Beyond (1986, Rough Justice), No Need To Panic (1987, Rough Justice), A Fridge Too Far (1989, Rough Justice), From Here To Reality (1990, Rough Justice), Church of the Truly Warped (1992, Rough Justice), Punk Junkies (1996, We Bite), Ha Ha (2002, Go Kart), Cruel and Unusual (2004, Idol), Perfume and Piss (2010, Hellcat).

    1. Birmingham Smiles
    2. Tripwire Strange
    3. No News
    4. Population Bomb
    5. Enemies
    6. Us Against The World
    7. Momentum
    8. The Perfect Storm
    9. Fifty What?
    10. I Never Asked For Any Of This
    11. Blue Sky Thinking
    12. Liquid Paradise (The Epic)
    G.B.H.
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    Santa Rosa Fangs

    Santa Rosa Fangs is a stirring, stunning, and cinematic look and listen into the sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional journey of the venerable California musician Matt Costa through the tangled groves and grapevines of his home state.


    Throughout the album's twelve songs, Costa illuminates what he has learned and how he has grown in the past 15 years of his career. His music has taken him around the world, allowing him to work with diverse, respected artists and to connect with people everywhere-from his albums released on Brushfire Records to recording with Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow, to penning film scores and releasing a variety of genre-bending EP's, and to finally coming home to Los Angeles's Dangerbird Records for his first new proper full-length release in nearly five years. A rebirth in a sense, through his keen pop sensibility, studious songwriting, technical mastery, and a modern-meets-vintage sound bursting with bite, Costa has recorded the album of his career, one sure to reach new shores and sailors alike.


    "In the past 15 years of my career, I feel I've continually been breaking through, speaking out, and reaching different people," Costa says. "If one of my songs connects now to someone who didn't connect before, then we have a dialogue together. That's the point of music, to have that dialogue and tell a story, and to entertain with a sound that has depth."


    He began the recording of Santa Rosa Fangs over a year and a half ago, though some songs here predate that mark. Over the past few years, Costa had challenged himself to explore new terrain, from the acoustic-fingerpicking/lo-fi garage/experimental sounds of 2015's EP's to the acid-washed and reverb-laden soundtrack to the film Orange Sunshine to another complete album that never saw the light of day. Realizing he sought a collection of dyed-in-the-wool songs rather than sonic experiments, in July of 2017 he and producers Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks) entered a studio to begin work.


    "There's a difference when I sit down to write sonic textures and when I sit with a guitar or piano and write a song," he says. "These new songs went back to a traditional sense, and when stripped back to their purest form, they still work. They tell a story, the melodies aren't leaning on anything, and they make instrumentation around them come to life in a new way, but their core is strong. My goal for the EP's was to develop conceptual ideas, making each one in a short period and with their own concepts; Orange Sunshine was a bigger exercise in that. Now, this record is all of those things I was exercising come into their own. It's more of a visualized record that takes you into the world of the Santa Rosa fangs."


    The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time. Interestingly, rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up. According to Costa, the titular teeth refer to that inescapable feeling of a romantic, tragic, and eternal bite that certain places and events will always hold on us.


    "I've interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what 'Santa Rosa Fangs' is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state," Costa says. "It is all these things-the 'bite that is eternal, the smile in the neon'-and it has fangs. They stick with you: the romantic, the tragic, all that. It's the characters' story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It's a window into a time period but spoken as if it's the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn't have a date on it; it's timeless."


    The album follows the siblings as they search for love and meaning in their lives, which are ultimately cut short by the passing of both brothers in unrelated accidents. Sharon, left battling with her own mortality and forced to see through a shattered lens, becomes the story's grieving, guarded hero and, as Costa says, is "a little bit me, and a little bit everyone." Similarly, the origin of the characters has one foot in reality and one in the ether. The song "Ritchie" is based on a true family saga, as two of Costa's cousins were twin brothers who died within a year of each other in motorcycle and car accidents in the early 1980s. Likewise, "Phosphorescent Letter" is the story of a local friend's daughter who endured a long-distance, online relationship with a boyfriend in Australia; in that dramatic situation Costa saw a through-line for Sharon's tale. "Because she is so tortured by loss she's afraid of love, so she sets herself up for a distant relationship, illuminated on her phone," he says. "It's a real-love thing that happens frequently these days."


    Other concrete inspirations found their way into Santa Rosa Fangs as well. Costa imagined his creations in a setting similar to that of a Jim Jarmusch film, with dramatic events unfolding around them as they attempt to go about their daily lives as earnestly as possible. He also cites Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska as an influence for its songs and characters as well as its moments of sparseness. Like that iconic record, the cover of Santa Rosa Fangs is a stark black-and-white photograph tinged with deep red text, featuring three youths running along a freeway overpass. It's not clear whether the trio-Costa's real-life Orange County neighbors-are sprinting for joy or to escape some unknown entity; Costa hints that to him they are running away from the grabbing hands of time. "The song 'Time Tricks' is about that, too: it's inevitable and coming for you."


    Costa also found inspiration in working with Bauer and Stumpf, whom he had previously admired from a distance and whose music resumes he respects greatly. "I really connected with Pete and Nick and took their lead on several ideas," he says. "That's why you partner with someone-you want their input. I shaped things a little differently by listening through their ears than I would have otherwise." Costa cites "Real Love," an upbeat, heavy tune written in 5/4 time, as such a moment of collaboration. Originally intended as an acoustic song, he was encouraged by his producers to approach it from a fresh direction. "I had done that sort of thing before, a Nick Drake, fingerpicking type thing," he says. "Pete and Nick inspired me to take it to a new place. To write a driving rock song in 5/4 is a real challenge, but I had the basis in my pattern and we all drove it home with a really strong beat. On my own I might have stuck with a simpler take, but it felt good to tackle some new ground."


    In another circumstance, Costa again came up with two variations of the same song, but rather than being forced to choose between the two, he simply used both. As a result, "I Remember It Well" bookends the album, first as a rollicking, piano-driven number that sets the record's tone and pace, and second as a sparser, quiet version to end it. The latter was the initial version and was also the first song written for the album some four years ago. "That song is both the entrance and exit to this world, and also shows the process of how you can take a song, do it two ways, and both can be impactful and give you different feelings."


    No matter how his process or approach may change-in the present moment or in any era of coming-of-age throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career-Costa recognizes that one unique thing in his work will always stay the same: his perspective. "Essentially, what it comes down to is this: I sit down with a guitar, and these are songs," he says. "I've worked hard to understand how to produce them in certain ways. You can try to dress up a song and put a different sound to it, but if the song isn't that kind of song then it's not going to work. I've had to exercise both of those qualities equally-to know how to develop these sounds sonically, and then when I know sonically where I want it to go, I have to write to that. I guess that knowledge comes with 15 years of songwriting experience. I couldn't have made this record any other time than now."


    For Matt Costa, the world of Santa Rosa Fangs is the past, present, and future of his life all rolled up into one long stretch of sunlit California coastline.

    1. I Remember It Well
    2. Sharon
    3. Grudge
    4. Pacific Grove
    5. Santa Rosa Fangs
    6. Time Tricks
    7. Coming Around
    8. Ritchie
    9. Phosphorescent Letter
    10. Windy Smile
    11. Real Love
    12. I Remember It Well #2
    Matt Costa
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    Oh! Gravity

    The highly anticipated sixth album from Switchfoot, contains 12 new tracks written by the band an produced by Tim Palmer (Tin Machine, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Mother Love Bone, U2) & Switchfoot with Grammy winning executive producer Steve Lillywhite. The new album expands Switchfoot's sonic palette while at the same time dealing with social issues on songs like the alt-country blues of 'Dirty Second Hands,' in which Jon Foreman sings of the dehumanization that comes with technology. Other politically motivated tracks include 'Oh! Gravity' the title track's generational appeal for love, peace and understanding, 'American Dram,' with its biting truth, 'Awakening,' about trying to recover the innocence of a child in the midst of an ever harsher reality, the sawing alt-country of 'Head Over Heels,' the exotic instrumentation and Middle Eastern flavor of 'Circles,' the REM-esque pulse of '4:12', the lush Brit-pop melodies of 'Yesterdays,' the Echo and the Bunnymen/Smiths influenced 'Burn Out Bright' and Motown sound of 'Amateur Lovers.'
    1. Oh! Gravity.
    2. American Dream
    3. Dirty Second Hands
    4. Awakening
    5. Circles
    6. Amateur Lovers
    7. Faust, Midas, And Myself
    8. Head Over Heels (In This Life)
    Yesterdays
    Burn Out Bright
    4:12
    Let Your Love Be Strong
    Switchfoot
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