An extended play record referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post said, "EPs—originally extended-play'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands." In the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of maximum length and no more than four tracks. EPs were released in various sizes in different eras; the earliest multi-track records, issued around 1919 by Grey Gull Records, were vertically cut 78 rpm discs known as "2-in-1" records. These had finer than usual grooves, like Edison Disc Records.
By 1949, when the 45 rpm single and 331⁄3 rpm LP were competing formats, seven-inch 45 rpm singles had a maximum playing time of only about four minutes per side. As an attempt to compete with the LP introduced in 1948 by rival Columbia, RCA Victor introduced "Extended Play" 45s during 1952, their narrower grooves, achieved by lowering the cutting levels and sound compression optionally, enabled them to hold up to 7.5 minutes per side—but still be played by a standard 45 rpm phonograph. These were 10-inch LPs split onto two seven-inch EPs or 12-inch LPs split onto three seven-inch EPs, either sold separately or together in gatefold covers; this practice became much less common with the advent of triple-speed-available phonographs. Some classical music albums released at the beginning of the LP era were distributed as EP albums—notably, the seven operas that Arturo Toscanini conducted on radio between 1944 and 1954; these opera EPs broadcast on the NBC Radio network and manufactured by RCA, which owned the NBC network were made available both in 45 rpm and 331⁄3 rpm.
In the 1990s, they began appearing on compact discs. RCA had success in the format with their top money earner, Elvis Presley, issuing 28 Elvis EPs between 1956 and 1967, many of which topped the separate Billboard EP chart during its brief existence. During the 1950s, RCA published several EP albums of Walt Disney movies, containing both the story and the songs; these featured the original casts of actors and actresses. Each album contained two seven-inch records, plus a illustrated booklet containing the text of the recording so that children could follow along by reading; some of the titles included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and what was a recent release, the movie version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, presented in 1954. The recording and publishing of 20,000 was unusual: it did not employ the movie's cast, years a 12 in 33⅓ rpm album, with a nearly identical script, but another different cast, was sold by Disneyland Records in conjunction with the re-release of the movie in 1963.
Because of the popularity of 7" and other formats, SP records became less popular and the production of SPs in Japan was suspended in 1963. In the 1950s and 1960s, EPs were compilations of singles or album samplers and were played at 45 rpm on seven-inch discs, with two songs on each side. Other than those published by RCA, EPs were uncommon in the United States and Canada, but they were sold in the United Kingdom, in some other European countries, during the 1950s and 1960s. Record Retailer printed the first EP chart in 1960; the New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Music Echo and the Record Mirror continued to list EPs on their respective singles charts. The Beatles' Twist and Shout outsold most singles for some weeks in 1963; when the BBC and Record Retailer commissioned the British Market Research Bureau to compile a chart it was restricted to singles and EPs disappeared from the listings. In the Philippines, seven-inch EPs marketed as "mini-LPs" were introduced in 1970, with tracks selected from an album and packaging resembling the album they were taken from.
This mini-LP format became popular in America in the early 1970s for promotional releases, for use in jukeboxes. Stevie Wonder included a bonus four-song EP with his double LP Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. During the 1970s and 1980s, there was less standardization and EPs were made on seven-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch discs running either 331⁄3 or 45 rpm; some novelty EPs used odd shapes and colors, a few of them were picture discs. Alice in Chains was the first band to have an EP reach number one on the Billboard album chart, its EP, Jar of Flies, was released on January 25, 1994. In 2004, Linkin Park and Jay-Z's collaboration EP, Collision Course, was the next to reach the number one spot after Alice in Chains. In 2010, the cast of the television series Glee became the first artist to have two EPs reach number one, with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna on the week of May 8, 2010, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals on the week of June 26, 2010. In 2010, Warner Bros. Records revived the format with their "Six-Pak" offering of six songs on a compact disc.
The first EPs were seven-inch vinyl records with more tracks than a normal single. Although they shared size and speed with singles, they were a recognizably different format than the seven-inch single. Alth
From Our Living Room to Yours
From Our Living Room to Yours is the second album by The American Analog Set. It was released on July 1, 1997 on Emperor Jones records
Promise of Love
Promise of Love is an album by The American Analog Set. It was released on July 17, 2003 on Tiger Style Records
Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. Most of its members play in various other groups and solo projects in the city of Toronto; these associated acts include Metric, Stars, Apostle of Hustle, Do Make Say Think, KC Accidental, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Amy Millan, Jason Collett. The group's sound combines elements of all of its members' respective musical projects, is considered baroque pop, it includes grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns and violins, unusual song structures, an experimental, sometimes chaotic production style from David Newfeld, who produced the second and third albums. Stuart Berman's This Book Is Broken. In 2010, Bruce McDonald made This Movie Is Broken, a movie about the band's Harbourfront show during the 2009 Toronto strike; the band was formed in 1999 by core members Kevin Brendan Canning. This duo recorded and released the band's ambient debut album, Feel Good Lost, on Noise Factory Records in 2001, with contributions by Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Bill Priddle, Leslie Feist, Jessica Moss and Stars' Evan Cranley.
Drew and Canning's material at the time was entirely instrumental, so they brought together musicians from the Toronto indie scene, the album contributors as well as Andrew Whiteman, Jason Collett, Metric's Emily Haines, to flesh out their live show with lyrics and vocals. Over time, the band came to include contributions from James Shaw, Justin Peroff, John Crossingham, Stars member Amy Millan. All of the musicians from the live show joined Drew, Canning and Spearin to record the band's second album, You Forgot It in People; the album was produced by David Newfeld and released on Paper Bag Records in October 2002 and won the Alternative Album of the Year Juno Award in 2003. The album included musical contributions by Priddle, Jessica Moss, Brodie West, Susannah Brady and Ohad Benchetrit, but these were credited as supporting musicians rather than band members. On the supporting tour, the core band consisted of Drew, Peroff and Jason Collett, along whichever band members were available on each show date.
In 2003, the B-sides and remix collection Bee Hives was released. Broken Social Scene's song "Lover's Spit" from 2002's You Forgot It in People has been featured in director Clément Virgo's movie Lie with Me, Paul McGuigan's Wicker Park, Bruce McDonald's The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, Showtime's Queer as Folk and the penultimate episode of the Canadian series Terminal City; the version of "Lover's Spit" found on 2004's Bee Hives record was featured in an episode of the third season of the FX series Nip/Tuck. Showtime's television program The L Word featured "Pacific Theme" and "Looks Just Like the Sun", both from You Forgot It in People, in the show's first season. "Lover's Spit" is referenced in the 2013 Lorde song, "Ribs". "Looks Just Like the Sun" was featured in the 2006 film Swedish Auto. "Stars and Sons" from You Forgot It in People appeared in the movie The Invisible. Music from the band's albums was used to score the 2006 film Half Nelson. Broken Social Scene released their third full-length album, Broken Social Scene produced by Newfeld, in October 2005, with new contributors including k-os, Jason Tait and Murray Lightburn.
New band members were Torquil Campbell, who were members of the band Stars. A limited edition EP, EP to Be You and Me was printed along with the album. Broken Social Scene performed "7/4" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on January 31, 2006, that year they performed "Ibi Dreams of Pavement" at the 2006 Juno Awards, at which their self-titled album won the Alternative Album of the Year award. In August the band went on a European tour. Returning in September, they were last-minute replacement performers at North America's first Virgin Festival, at Toronto Islands Park after headliners Massive Attack cancelled due to problems involving obtaining US visas; the band assembled to play a one-hour closing performance on the main stage, following The Strokes and The Raconteurs. Through the performance the band was joined by Feist, Amy Millan of Stars, k-os, Emily Haines of Metric; this was the last show featuring the entire 15 member lineup of the band until 2009. After a US tour in November, the band went on hiatus.
In late 2006, several members of the band appeared as special guests on The Stars and Suns Sessions, the second album from Mexican indie band Chikita Violenta. The album was produced by Dave Newfeld. In May 2008, the band contributed a T-shirt design for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money and awareness for the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper; the shirt was designed by their drummer, Justin Peroff, bears the slogan "Hope for Truth". Members of Broken Social Scene composed and recorded an original score for director Marc Evans's film Snow Cake, as well as scored his 2007 film adaptation of Maureen Medved's novel, The Tracey Fragments. In 2009, Bruce McDonald directed a short documentary episode of IFC's The Rawside Of... that focused on the making of Brendan Canning's solo album Something for All of Us. In June 2007, BSS founder Kevin Drew began recording an album which featured many members of Broken Social Scene; the album was produced by Ohad Benchetrit and Charles Spearin and was titled Broken Social Scene presents..
Spirit If.... The album was recorded throughout 2004 and 2006 in Ohad Benchetrit's house while the band was not on tour. Although billed as a solo project, most Broken Social Scene members make cameo appearances; the sound itself is Broke
Lo-fi is an aesthetic of recorded music in which the sound quality is lower than the usual contemporary standards and imperfections of the recording and production are audible. These standards have evolved throughout the decades, meaning that some older examples of lo-fi may not have been recognized as such. Lo-fi only began to be recognized as a style of popular music in the 1990s, when it became alternately referred to as DIY music. Harmonic distortion and "analogue warmth" are sometimes wrongly suggested as core features of lo-fi music, its aesthetic is defined by the inclusion of elements viewed as undesirable in professional contexts, such as misplayed notes, environmental interference, or phonographic imperfections. Pioneering, influential, or otherwise significant artists include the Beach Boys, R. Stevie Moore, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Daniel Johnston, Guided by Voices, Beck and Ariel Pink. Although "lo-fi" first appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1976, WFMU DJ William Berger is credited with popularizing the term in 1986.
At various points since the 1980s, "lo-fi" has been connoted with cassette culture, the DIY ethos of punk, indie rock, outsider music, slacker/Generation X stereotypes, cultural nostalgia. The notion of "bedroom" musicians expanded following the rise of modern digital audio workstations, in the late 2000s, lo-fi aesthetics served as the basis of the chillwave and hypnagogic pop music genres; the definition of "lo-fi" evolved continuously between the 2000s. In the 1976 edition of the Oxford Dictionary, lo-fi was added under the definition of "sound production less good in quality than'hi-fi.'" Before the 1990s, there was no appreciation for the imperfections of lo-fi music among critics, but this changed after the emergence of a romanticism for home-recording and "do-it-yourself" qualities. Afterward, "DIY" was used interchangeably with "lo-fi". Whoever popularized the use of "lo-fi" cannot be determined definitively, it is suggested that the term was popularized through William Berger's weekly half-hour radio show on the New Jersey-based independent radio station WFMU, titled "Low-Fi", which lasted from 1986 to 1987.
The program contents consisted of contributions solicited via mail and ran during a thirty-minute prime time evening slot every Friday. In the Fall 1986 issue of the WFMU magazine LCD, the program was described as "home recordings produced on inexpensive equipment. Technical primitivism coupled with brilliance."By the end of the 1980s, qualities such as "home-recorded", "technically primitive", "inexpensive equipment" were associated with the "lo-fi" label, throughout the 1990s, such ideas became central to how "lo-fi" was popularly understood. In 2003, the Oxford Dictionary added a second definition for the term—"a genre of rock music characterized by minimal production, giving a raw and unsophisticated sound". A third was added in 2008: "unpolished, amateurish, or technologically unsophisticated, esp. as a deliberate aesthetic choice." The notion of "bedroom" musicians expanded after the rise of laptop computers in many forms of popular or avant-garde music, over the years, there was an increasing tendency to group all home-recorded music under the umbrella of "lo-fi".
"Bedroom pop" loosely describes a music genre or aesthetic in which bands record at home, rather than at traditional recording spaces. It is connoted with DIY. By the 2010s, journalists would indiscriminately apply "bedroom pop" for any music that sounded "fuzzy". In 2017, About.com's Anthony Carew argued that the term "lo-fi" was misused as a synonym for "warm" or "punchy" when it should be reserved for music that "sounds like it's recorded onto a broken answering-machine." Lo-fi aesthetics are based on idiosyncrasies. More those that are viewed in the field of audio engineering as undesirable effects, such as a degraded audio signal or fluctuations in tape speed. Recordings deemed unprofessional or "amateurish" are with respect to performance or mixing. Musicologist Adam Harper identifies the difference as "phonographic" and "non-phonographic imperfections", he defines the former as "elements of a recording that are perceived as detrimental to it and that originate in the specific operation of the recording medium itself.
Today, they are the first characteristics people think about when the subject of'lo-fi' is brought up."Recording imperfections may "fall loosely into two categories and noise", in Harper's view, although he acknowledges that definitions of "distortion" and "noise" vary and sometimes overlap. The most prominent form of distortion in lo-fi aesthetics is harmonic distortion, which can occur when an audio signal is amplified beyond the dynamic range of a device. However, this effect is not considered to be an imperfection; the same process is used for the electric guitar sounds of rock and roll, since the advent of digital recording, to give a recording a feeling of "analogue warmth". Distortion, generated as a byproduct of the recording process is avoided in professional contexts. "Tape saturation" and "saturation distortion" alternately describe the harmonic distortion that occurs when a tape head approaches its limit of residual magnetization (a c
The Fun of Watching Fireworks
The Fun of Watching Fireworks was the debut album by The American Analog Set. It was released on August 20, 1996 on Emperor Jones records
The American Analog Set
The American Analog Set was an Austin-based indie rock, lo-fi band. They have released six studio albums, on the record labels Emperor Jones and Tiger Style Records, with their latest on Arts & Crafts. Formed in 1995, the group's early sound was influenced by krautrock and post-rock and British shoegazer bands like Cocteau Twins featuring long instrumental passages. Over time, their songs became more pop-influenced; the band has released six full-length albums, four EPs, several vinyl singles. The group is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Kenny. Additional members include, or have included, Lee Gillespie, Mark Smith, Craig McCaffrey, Tom Hoff, Lisa Roschmann, Sean Ripple. Founding member Roschmann left the band in late 1999. In October 2005, rumors began spreading across the Internet that the group was on the verge of disbanding; the band refuted such rumors, but added that they may not tour again due to their obligations with other projects. Their latest album, 2005's Set Free, was released in North America by Canadian record label Arts & Crafts.'Gone to Earth' from Know by Heart was a part of the soundtrack of the 2009 romantic film The Time Traveler's Wife.
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