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Vinyl

Vinyl love: Oasis “Don’t believe the truth”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: Don’t believe the truth
Year released: 2005
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, 180 gram

The skinny: Oasis’s sixth album is currently the final piece of theirs in my vinyl collection and is likely my favourite of their albums, outside of the first two of course. When it came out, I still hadn’t completely warmed to “Heathen chemistry” and upon hearing “Don’t believe the truth”, was immediately enamoured. It sounded to me like the band had been revitalized. There’s just so much energy in tracks like the one below, it felt like the boys were back. And not just in town.

Standout track: “Lyla”

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Live music galleries

Live music galleries: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats [2017]

(I got the idea for this series while sifting through the ‘piles’ of digital photos on my laptop. It occurred to me to share some of these great pics from some of my favourite concert sets from time to time. Until I get around to the next one, I invite you to peruse my ever-growing list of concerts page.)

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats in 2017

Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
When: September 14th, 2017
Where: Main stage, CityFolk festival, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Context: So Ottawa’s CityFolk festival starts tonight, the music fest that unofficially draws the summer to a close every year. I’ve been attending it pretty regularly for the last three years. This year, though, marks the first time in the same period that I didn’t purchase a full festival pass in advance. But that’s only because I wasn’t sure I’d be in town. Have no fear. I’ll be attending two of the four nights and hopefully, get some great weather to catch some great music. The pics here are from a headline performance by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats from two years ago at CityFolk. I had stumbled across the song below on YouTube late one night and since that serendipitous introduction, had fallen in love with Mr. Rateliff’s revivalist soul. His powerful lungs and very talented backing band had us dancing into the night.
Point of reference song: S.O.B.

Nathaniel Rateliff
Andy Wild and Jeff Dazey of The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff banging the tambourine
Nathaniel Rateliff and Patrick Meese
Scott Frock, Mark Shusterman, Andy Wild and Jeff Dazey
Nathaniel Rateliff on guitar
Nathaniel Rateliff telling us a tale

 

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Vinyl

Vinyl love: Oasis “Heathen chemistry”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: Heathen chemistry
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, 2 x 180 gram, 45 rpm, 16-page booklet

The skinny: After all the excitement created by their first two incredible albums in the mid-90s, the shine started to fade and I began to grow disinterested with the music being slung by the Gallagher brothers and their friends, feeling that perhaps all the success was getting to them. I found “Be here now” overblown at the time and didn’t even bother listening to “Standing on the shoulders of giants” for many years. I have since gone back to find some pieces to like on both those two albums but that’s mostly because I enjoyed the albums they put together later on, like this one. More stripped down and to the point than its two predecessors, “Heathen chemistry” was also the first album to feature new members Gem Archer and Andy Bell. This reissue was pressed on to two slabs at 45 RPM and songs like the one below sound just fine to these ears this weekend.

Standout track: “Stop crying your heart out”