Jay Alansky aka A Reminiscent Drive originally released this album on the French label F Commmunications, at the height of the 'French touch' movement in House and electronic music - mainly from Paris. Although it first saw the light of day 17 years ago, "Ambrosia" sounds as rich, fresh and innovative today as it did in the year 2000. Jay Alanski uses electronics in subtle and unusual ways, creating songs that are also soundscapes and mood pieces. In fact most of the album literally sounds unearthly, with the few vocals suspended in a cloud of electronics.
Albums came less frequently from Stanley Clarke in the 1990s as film scores took up more and more of his time. Not only that, the ideas and functions of film music play a large role in East River Drive, where selections come as often as not in the form of cue-like vamps, as well as two actual themes from Clarke's scores for the films Poetic Justice and Boyz N the Hood. Oddly enough, Clarke's music benefits from his film immersion, for his compositional ideas are sharper and more sophisticated here, and he applies them to a range of electric music idioms.
The music industry sees artists come and go on a regular basis. Plans change, life gets in the way and bands fade away. Occasionally we’re lucky enough to see an important band return from their silence: enter At The Drive In. While At The Drive In was quiet, the members (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Tony Hajjar and Paul Hinojos) were incredibly busy, selling millions of albums, winning Grammys and putting out a lot of quality music with their other projects (The Mars Volta, Antemasque, Gone Is Gone and many more). After a 15 year break, the band returned to the studio to create the follow-up to 2000’s Relationship of Command.
In the summer of 2016 Drive-By Truckers recorded seven songs live with no overdubs at New York City’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. This exclusive live in-studio 12” will now be released exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY on April 22, 2017.
Relationship of Command is the third studio album by the post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, and was released in September 2000. The band reached mainstream success through the album, if only for a short time before their break-up in 2001. The album combines an aggressive hardcore edge with a melodic drive, harmonious and emotive vocals, and surreal lyrics. While the album continues in the alternative style of At the Drive-In's previous albums, Relationship of Command is seen as a more well-rounded album than its predecessors. Initially received positively by critics, the album is now seen not only as one of the most influential post-hardcore albums of the decade but also as one of the most accomplished recent works in the wider rock spectrum. Relationship of Command was voted 12th out of 100 in the Albums of the Decade by NME, and the 37th most influential album of all time by Kerrang!
In/Casino/Out is the second full-length album by American post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, released on August 18, 1998 through Fearless Records. It was recorded as a live studio album, with the intention of better capturing the energy and sound of their live shows. The album marks a clear middle ground between the dirty, lo-fi sound of their first album, Acrobatic Tenement, and the sleeker, more produced sound heard on Relationship of Command. In 2016, Rolling Stone placed the album at #20 in their "40 Greatest Emo Albums Of All Time" list.
Erik Satie's music is timeless and beautiful, but can it stand up to interpretation by downtown New York jazzbos? In the hands of Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen the answer is a resounding "YES!" Willis' arrangements are as brilliant as they are varied. There are some straightforward readings (as on most of the Nocturnes) right alongside some pretty inventive and even daring ones. Second Gymnopedie starts as an accordion-sax-drums trio, then slides almost imperceptibly to a guitar-trumpet-drums trio. John Hollenbeck's alway engaging drumwork ties it all together, but the really amazing thing is how much the tune now resembles Miles Davis' "All Blues!"