Tiny Lights was a music group formed by John Hamilton and Donna Croughn in 1985. Original members include Jane Scarpantoni and John Mastro. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, the group performed at Maxwell's and the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, New Jersey, they recorded a total of seven albums, two of which were released on Psychic TV's Temple Records. From 1988 to 1994 Tiny Lights toured the United States extensively, performing with Michelle Shocked, 10,000 Maniacs, Henry Rollins, Poi Dog Pondering, The Feelies, The Bongos, many other bands. A compilation album, The Young Person's Guide to Tiny Lights was released on Bar/None Records in 1995. Other members include Stuart Hake, Andy Demos, Catherine Bent, Andy Burton, Ron Howden; the group's members employed a rich array of instrumentation, including cello, electric violin, soprano saxophone, tabla drums and bass clarinet. Improvisation was a constant feature of their live performances. Rolling Stone memorably described the band as "Sly and the Family Partridge."
Dave Dreiwitz went on to play bass for the band Ween. Jane Scarpantoni has enjoyed a career recording and touring for artists including Lou Reed, Richard Barone, Bob Mould, 10,000 Maniacs, R. E. M; the Indigo Girls, Bruce Springsteen, the Lounge Lizards. Donna Croughn recorded with Bob Bert for Bewitched on Sub Pop. Catherine Bent subsequently toured with Cirque du Soleil, has performed and recorded with jazz and pop artists including Joe Jackson, Lee Konitz and Kanye West, is a Professor at Berklee College of Music. John Hamilton and Donna Croughn are raising their two children and Henry, in Cambridge, where John works as a Professor of Comparative Literature and German at Harvard University. On July 10, 2011, John Hamilton granted permission on behalf of Tiny Lights to host recordings on the Live Music Archive, linked below, there is a small but growing collection of live recordings of the band that fans have been contributing. Studio albumsPrayer for the Halcyon Fear Hazel's Wreath Hot Chocolate Massage Stop the Sun, I Want to Go Home Milky Juicy The Smaller the Grape, the Sweeter the Wine CompilationsThe Young Person's Guide to Tiny Lights Can You Say Hoboken?
Volume 6 SinglesFlowers Through the Air/Zippity-Do-Dah I Think I Just Want to Go Away/Pull It Together Horsehead/Pushin' the Button UnreleasedKnow It You Love Tiny Lights live audio recordings at Archive.org
Jingle All the Way (Crash Test Dummies album)
Jingle All the Way is the sixth studio album by Crash Test Dummies. Brad Roberts - vocals on "White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "We Three Kings," "The First Noel," and "Good King Wenceslas", electric guitar on "The Little Drummer Boy" and "The First Noel," baritone ukulele on "Jingle Bells" Ellen Reid - vocals on "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "We Three Kings," "Little Drummer Boy," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," "Good King Wenceslas," and "The Huron Carol" Dan Roberts - bass guitar Chris Brown - Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano, universal organ, piano Kenny Wollesen - drums, chimes, sleigh bells, timpani on "Little Drummer Boy," tom tom on "Little Drummer Boy" Andrew Hall - upright bass Scott Harding - guitar, finger snaps on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Bob Hoffnar - pedal steel guitar on "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night" Jane Scarpantoni - cello on "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "The Huron Carol" Jerry Dodgion - flute on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," piccolo on "Good King Wenceslas" Ming Xiao-Fen - pipa on "We Three Kings" Stuart Cameron - acoustic guitar on "We Three Kings" and "Good King Wenceslas" James Ross - trumpet on "Little Drummer Boy," piccolo trumpet on "Good King Wenceslas" Brian Harding - trombone on "Little Drummer Boy," and "Good King Wenceslas" Javier Gandara - french Horn on "Little Drummer Boy," and "Good King Wenceslas" The album received a positive review.
Jingle All the Way at MusicBrainz
Titled "Vagina Dentata", Withdrawal Method is the second album recorded by Die Monster Die, an alternative rock group consisting of Alice Cohen, Evan Player, Kenny Sanders, Shawn Tracy, Jane Scarpantoni, Joe McGinty. "Withdrawal Method" was published in 1994 under the Roadrunner Records label. "Barknuckle" - 3:12 "Swallowed" - 3:33 "Wallflower Garden" - 2:54 "Slumber" - 3:51 "Toad" - 3:56 "Teeth" - 3:14 "Vagina Dentata" - 4:31 "Sympathy" - 3:38 "Cadmium Oscuro" - 4:37 "Wip" - 0:32 "Bones" - 2:15 "Pennies" - 4:59 "Portrait" - 3:55 Since this Die Monster Die's breakup, another band called DieMonsterDie was founded in Utah.
Misery Is a Butterfly
Misery Is a Butterfly is the sixth studio album by American alternative rock band Blonde Redhead. The album was released on March 15, 2004 through 4AD. Misery Is a Butterfly ranked at number 18 on CMJ's "Top 20 Albums of 2004" list. All tracks written by Blonde Redhead. Credits for Misery Is a Butterfly adapted from album liner notes. Blonde Redhead Kazu Makino – vocals, guitar Amedeo Pace – vocals, baritone guitar Simone Pace – drums, machines Blonde Redhead – string arrangementsAdditional personnel John Goodmanson – mixing Ryan Hadlock – additional production Eyvind Kang – strings, string arrangements Guy Picciotto – production Jane Scarpantoni – strings Skúli Sverrisson – bass guitar Misery Is a Butterfly at Discogs Misery Is a Butterfly at MusicBrainz
Patricia Lee Smith is an American singer-songwriter and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "punk poet laureate," Smith fused poetry in her work, her most known song is "Because the Night,", co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978 and number five in the U. K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007, she was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids; the book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. She placed 47th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010 and was a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize. Patricia Lee Smith was born in Chicago to Beverly Smith, a jazz singer turned waitress, Grant Smith, who worked as a machinist at a Honeywell plant.
The family was of part-Irish ancestry and Patti was the eldest of four children. At the age of 4, Smith's family moved from Chicago to the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, before her family moved to Pitman, New Jersey and to The Woodbury Gardens section of Deptford Township, New Jersey. At this early age Smith was exposed to her first records, including Shrimp Boats by Harry Belafonte and Prudence's The Money Tree, Another Side of Bob Dylan, which her mother gave to her. Smith went to work in a factory, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on April 26, 1967, chose to place her for adoption. In 1967, she moved to Manhattan, she met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe there while working at a bookstore with friend and poet Janet Hamill. She and Mapplethorpe had an intense romantic relationship, tumultuous as the pair struggled with times of poverty, Mapplethorpe with his own sexuality. Smith considers Mapplethorpe to be one of the most important people in her life, in her book Just Kids refers to him as "the artist of my life."
Mapplethorpe's photographs of her became the covers for the Patti Smith Group albums, they remained friends until Mapplethorpe's death in 1989. Her book and album The Coral Sea would be an homage to the life of Mapplethorpe and Just Kids would tell the story of their relationship, she would write essays for several of Mapplethorpe's books, starting from one, at his request, for his posthumous Flowers. She went to Paris with her sister in 1969, started busking and doing performance art; when Smith returned to Manhattan, she lived in the Hotel Chelsea with Mapplethorpe. Smith provided the spoken word soundtrack for Sandy Daley's art film Robert Having His Nipple Pierced, starring Mapplethorpe; the same year Smith appeared with Wayne County in Jackie Curtis's play Femme Fatale. Afterward, she starred in Tony Ingrassia's play Island; as a member of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, she spent the early 1970s painting and performing. In 1971 she performed – for one night only – in Cowboy Mouth, a play that she co-wrote with Sam Shepard.
She wrote several poems, "for sam shepard" and "Sam Shepard: 9 Random Years" about her relationship with Shepard. Smith was considered for the lead singer position in Blue Öyster Cult, she contributed lyrics to several of the band's songs, including "Debbie Denise", "Baby Ice Dog", "Career of Evil", "Fire of Unknown Origin", "The Revenge of Vera Gemini", "Shooting Shark". She was romantically involved at the time with Allen Lanier. During these years, Smith wrote rock journalism pieces, some of which were published in Rolling Stone and Creem. By 1974, Patti Smith was performing rock music with guitarist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye, with a full band comprising Kaye, Ivan Kral on guitar and bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums and Richard Sohl on piano. Kral was a refugee from Czechoslovakia who had moved to the United States in 1966 with his parents, who were diplomats. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he decided not to return. Financed by Sam Wagstaff, the band recorded a first single, "Hey Joe / Piss Factory", in 1974.
The A-side was a version of the rock standard with the addition of a spoken word piece about fugitive heiress Patty Hearst. A court heard that Hearst had been confined against her will, had been threatened with execution and raped; the B-side describes the helpless anger Smith had felt while working on a factory assembly line and the salvation she discovered in the form of a shoplifted book, the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations. In a 1996 interview which discusses artistic influences during her younger years, Smith said, "I had devoted so much of my girlish daydreams to Rimbaud. Rimbaud was like my boyfriend." That same year, she performed spoken poetry on "I Wake Up Screaming" from Ray Manzarek's The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control album. The Patti Smith Group was signed by Clive Davis of Arista Records, in 1975 recorded their first album, produced by John Cale amid some tension. The
Michael Ross Doughty is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in 1992, as of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, has released 18 studio albums, live albums, EPs, all since 2000; the son of an army officer—he spent his teenage years living on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point—he came to New York City at age 19 to study poetry at The New School, where singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco was one of his classmates in Sekou Sundiata's poetry course, "The Shape and Nature of Things to Come". While a doorman at the New York club The Knitting Factory, Doughty founded Soul Coughing; the band released three critically and commercially successful albums, Ruby Vroom, Irresistible Bliss and El Oso. The greatest hits album Lust in Phaze was released in 2002. Doughty broke up Soul Coughing in 2000 due to personal problems: He was wearying of the band, he was addicted to opiate painkillers and alcohol, he was promptly dropped by Warner Brothers, began traveling in a rental car playing acoustic shows.
After shows he would sit at the front of the stage and sell copies of his acoustic album Skittish — on CD-Rs in plain white sleeves. Warner Brothers had rejected the record in 1996. During his three-year tour, Doughty sold 20,000 copies of Skittish and developed a following independent of Soul Coughing. Doughty collaborated with BT on "Never Gon na Come Back Down"' providing vocals. "Never Gonna Come Back Down" was contained on BT's album "Movements in Still Life" and released in 1999. He remained without a label until, when playing the Bonnaroo music festival in 2004, Doughty bumped into Dave Matthews, a longtime Soul Coughing fan who had the band open for him on two US tours, including shows at Madison Square Garden; when Matthews professed to be a fan of Doughty's solo record Rockity Roll and the song "27 Jennifers", Doughty gave him a CD with rough mixes of an album he had been working on in Minneapolis with singer-songwriter and producer Dan Wilson. Matthews released the album on his ATO label as Haughty Melodic Haughty Melodic's singles "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" and "I Hear the Bells" were featured on episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars and Doughty appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking a return to the musical mainstream.
He has since released a number of follow-up albums. Some of Doughty's more recent albums, including Circles, Super Bon Bon and The Very Best of Soul Coughing, Live at Ken’s, Stellar Motel, have used crowdfunding to finance their creation, he has used Patreon to release a song every week for those paying $5 a month. In 2012, Doughty published a memoir called The Book of Drugs, covering his formative years as a musician, what he called the "dark, abusive marriage", Soul Coughing, his experiences with addiction and recovery. In 2014, Mike Doughty created. In 2015, he moved to Memphis, TN. "Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well" "27 Jennifers" "Fort Hood" "Put It Down" " Doubly" " Rising Up" "Na Na Nothing" "Take Me Home, Country Roads" "Sunshine" "Super Bon Bon" "The Idiot Kings" "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating In The Future" "Oh My God Yeah Fuck It" "I Can't Believe I Found You in That Town" "Sad Girl Walking in the Rain" ""Wait! You'll Find a Better Way" Alternate names via http://www.scug.net/band/vital-stats/ Official website Mike Doughty at AllMusic Mike Doughty discography at Discogs Appearances on WNYC Interview by Rosanne Cash on WNYC, about his memoir, The Book of Drugs
R. E. M. was an American rock band from Athens, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R. E. M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals, Berry's tight, economical style of drumming. R. E. M. Released its first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone; the single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I. R. S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R. E. M. Achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love"; the group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.
By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R. E. M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Pavement as a pioneer of the genre. The band released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People, which veered from the band's established sound and catapulted it to international fame. R. E. M.'s 1994 release, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album. In 1996, R. E. M. Re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than its predecessors; the following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.
In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. R. E. M. Disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website. In January 1980, Michael Stipe met Peter Buck in Wuxtry Records, the Athens record store where Buck worked; the pair discovered that they shared similar tastes in music in punk rock and protopunk artists like Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground. Stipe said, "It turns out that I was buying all the records, saving for himself." Through mutual friend Kathleen O'Brien and Buck met fellow University of Georgia students Mike Mills and Bill Berry, who had played music together since high school and lived together in Georgia. The quartet agreed to collaborate on several songs, their still-unnamed band spent a few months rehearsing in a deconsecrated Episcopal church in Athens, played its first show on April 5, 1980, supporting The Side Effects at O'Brien's birthday party held in the same church, performing a mix of originals and 1960s and 1970s covers.
After considering Twisted Kites, Cans of Piss, Negro Eyes, the band settled on "R. E. M.", which Stipe selected at random from a dictionary. The band members dropped out of school to focus on their developing group, they found a manager in Jefferson Holt, a record store clerk, so impressed by an R. E. M. performance in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that he moved to Athens. R. E. M.'s success was immediate in Athens and surrounding areas. Over the next year and a half, R. E. M. Toured throughout the Southern United States. Touring was arduous because a touring circuit for alternative rock bands did not exist; the group toured in an old blue van driven by Holt, lived on a food allowance of $2 each per day. During April 1981, R. E. M. recorded its first single, "Radio Free Europe", at producer Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Distributing it as a four-track demo tape to clubs, record labels and magazines, the single was released in July 1981 on the local independent record label Hib-Tone with an initial pressing of 1,000 copies—600 of which were sent out as promotional copies.
The single sold out, another 6,000 copies were pressed due to popular demand, despite the original pressing leaving off the record label's contact details. Despite its limited pressing, the single garnered critical acclaim, was listed as one of the ten best singles of the year by The New York Times. R. E. M. recorded the Chronic Town EP with Mitch Easter in October 1981, planned to release it on a new indie label named Dasht Hopes. However, I. R. S. Records acquired a demo of the band's first recording session with Easter, circulating for months; the band turned down the advances of major label RCA Records in favor of I. R. S. with whom it signed a contract in May 1982. I. R. S. Released Chronic Town that August as its first American release. A positive review of the EP by NME praised the songs' auras of mystery, concluded, "R. E. M. Ring true, it's great to hear something as unforced and cunning as this."I. R. S. First paired R. E. M. with producer Stephen Hague to record its debut album. Hague's emphasis on technical perfection le