They Might Be Giants
Did you know that They Might Be Giants started doing "edutainment" albums, such as No!, Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s? They're basically music for children…
I am a long time TMBG fan, ever since I heard that "brand new record for 1990". Like many of you, I was confused at first why they were now writing "children music" (which I believe started with No!), but I eventually understood this as a smart move. You got to get them young!
I own the original No! album, and outside of the flash animation on the CD, I didn't really love the album that much, but then again, it's really not meant for me.
Recently, they band announced a Deluxe Edition of No!, ten years after it was originally released. I didn't see any evidence of a physical version of the Deluxe Edition (but my "research" was limited to searching on amazon). I am assuming there will be a physical deluxe package, but at the moment the digital files are available for purchase as of June 11th (although I am told the album is officially released June 26 via Idlewild Recordings).
Since I had the original No!, I listened to a few songs for comparison and I really couldn't tell if there were any differences. At least my normal ears couldn't tell; I'm no supertaster, er, superhearer.
One of the nice things about reissues is that you end up re-listening to the music again. I'd forgotten how great "Where Do They Make Balloons?" is. I remember putting this song on many mixtapes … and I could've sword I heard some of these other songs like "Robot Parade" on TMBG's Dial-A-Song (although sound over the telephone is so much worse than the radio).
The new/bonus songs on the No! Deluxe Edition are: "Alphabet of Nations" (it's exactly how you'd imagine this song to be), "John Lee Supertaster (live version)", "Violin (live version), "Clap Your Hands (live version)", "Robot Parade (live version)", "Dr. Worm (live version)", and "Stalk of Wheat (live version) ".
If you've never seen TMBG live, the recording does a great job capturing their fun energy (and sometime their songs sounds so different than the recording). Oddly enough, "Dr Worm" from Severe Tire Damage and "Stalk of Wheat" from The Spine are included on the reissue.
Again, if you have kids (or is a kid), and don't already own No!, it's no brainer to get the deluxe version. If you've already own the original CD, I think you should be fine.
There's never been a better time for Maroon 5 fans. Singer Adam Levine is on NBC's hit series The Voice (which Lara is addicted to) and they've recently re-released their album, Songs About Jane, under the "10th Anniversary Edition" banner a few weeks ago. The three-time Grammy winners band is not my usual cup of tea, but for the 5 million fans who bought the first release, they can revisit the album with new material.
The 2-disc Deluxe Anniversary Edition includes all 12 original tracks, with unreleased songs like "Take What You Want," "Woman" and "Chilly Winter," as well as "Rag Doll" (a non-album B-side available only internationally) and an alternative mix of "The Sun." The second disc looks interesting - it's set to show you videos from maroon5.com, using PUSH technology.
Still can't get enough of Maroon 5? The band's fourth album, Overexposed, with current hit single "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, will be arriving June 26th, via A&M/Octone.
1) Harder To Breathe 2:54
2) This Love 3:27
3) Shiver 3:00
4) She Will Be Loved (Radio Mix) 4:20
5) Tangled 3:18
6) The Sun 4:12
7) Must Get Out 3:59
8) Sunday Morning 4:06
9) Secret 4:55
10) Through With You 3:02
11) Not Coming Home 4:21
12) Sweetest Goodbye 4:31
1) Harder To Breathe (Demo) 2:18
2) This Love (Demo) 3:22
3) Shiver (Demo) 3:10
4) She Will Be Loved (Demo) 3:09
5) Tangled (Demo) 2:44
6) The Sun (Demo) 3:23
7) Must Get Out (Demo) 3:17
8) Sunday Morning (Demo) 4:12
9) Secret (Demo) 4:10
10) Through With You (Demo) 3:23
11) Not Coming Home (Demo) 3:52
12) Sweetest Goodbye (Demo) 3:30
13) Take What You Want (Demo) 2:26
14) Rag Doll (Original Demo/Non-LP Int'l B-Side) 5:29
15) Woman (Demo) 4:05
16) Chilly Winter (Demo) 2:56
17) The Sun (Alternate Mix) 4:16
Our favorite Swedish record label, Labrador, announced that they are reissuing three Acid House Kings albums on extended digital format and limited edition deluxe 180g vinyl on August 28th, 2012. The vinyl are limited to 500 copies each.
Other than that, I don't have any other details. Will it have new tracks? New/updated cover artwork?
Mondays are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays are Like Wednesdays (2002)
Sing Along with Acid House Kings (2005)*
If you were wondering why their first record Pop, Look & Listen isn't being reissued, according bandleader Johan Angergård, he thinks the album "isn't any good."
* The first 2000 copies came with a Karaoke DVD.
The Melismatics are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, Postmodern Rock, with a worldwide reissue. The re-issued album, released May 1st, features several bonus tracks including the new single "Missing Years" (which you can listen & download on soundcloud).
Fans of the original release may noticed that the new album has been remastered by Ryan Smith with a brand new track order.
50% of all digital sales and $1 from the physical CD of this album will be donated to Twin Cities music nonprofit Rock the Cause.
New track listing:
1. Can't Relate
2. Learning to Walk Away
3. Like People
4. Turn the Inside Out
5. Speaking in Tongues
6. Better Days
7. Mir or Mirror
8. Laza Beam
9. Phase Shifta/Orbit Rate or Bit Rate/Phase Shifta Reprise
10. An Aluminum Place to Hide (Previously Unreleased)
11. Girl in Leather
12. Hey! Look At Me!
13. Moving Forward (Going Nowhere)
14. Sunny Day (Please Go Away)
15. Worlds Apart
16. Missing Years (2012)