The Hour of Bewilderbeast
The Hour of Bewilderbeast is the debut studio album by British musician Badly Drawn Boy, released on 26 June 2000. Damon Gough, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, wrote and played several instruments on the album's eighteen tracks, several of which feature accompaniment by members of the British indie rock bands Alfie and Doves; the Hour of Bewilderbeast was released to great critical acclaim and went on to win the 2000 Mercury Prize, has sold 455,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of September 2011. The cover art, designed by Andy Votel, is a collage loosely based on Leonardo da Vinci's drawing Vitruvian Man. For the American release of the album, the album's cover was altered to remove a photograph of American actor and director Woody Allen, unauthorized by the copyright owners of the photograph. In addition, the song "Magic in the Air" was re-recorded with new instrumental parts to replace a section of the song utilizing lyrics taken from the 1987 song "Love Is Contagious" by R&B singer Taja Sevelle, after Sevelle's publishing company BMG objected to the use of the lyrics.
The Hour of Bewilderbeast was acclaimed by music critics. On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album holds a score of 78 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Michael Hubbard of musicOMH felt that the album "deserves to do well for many more reasons than the act's name, excellent though it is", that "a surprise is set loose with every track". Calling the album a "concise tour through the gentler side of British songwriting history", Brent DiCrescenzo of Pitchfork wrote that the varied instrumentation " insect wings to the lovely songs" and concluded that with The Hour of Bewilderbeast, "Badly Drawn Boy proves what shallow saps American liberal arts majors can be behind a guitar." AllMusic's John Bush stated that Gough had written and produced "over a dozen excellent songs of baroque folk-pop for his album debut, the many gems can't help but shine through all the self-indulgence", highlighting Gough's use of humour in his lyrics. Alternative Press stated that The Hour of Bewilderbeast gives "as full a portrait as possible of Gough's musical and personal life," while David Browne, writing in Entertainment Weekly, called the album an "intimate hour that's far from bewildering."
Pat Blashill of Rolling Stone compared Gough to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake and wrote that "like Drake, he's mastered the art of evoking melancholy without slathering on too much sentimentality." Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times drew similar comparisons to Drake, while noting that Gough "never succumbs to Drake's sad solipsism, favoring an expansive reach and musically." In a more mixed assessment, Spin's Barney Hoskyns wrote that "Gough's dewy little tunes are mere scribblings in the margins of alt-folk's dog-eared hook-book, while his too-cool-to-care singing is drip-dry dreary" and that The Hour of Bewilderbeast, when compared to Elliott Smith's Figure 8, makes Gough "look like an imposter."The Hour of Bewilderbeast appeared on several year-end lists. Pitchfork ranked the album at number 18 on its list of the top 20 albums of 2000. NME ranked the album at number 4 on its list of the 50 best albums of 2000. In addition, the album received the 2000 Mercury Prize, a prize Gough was favoured to win.
When Gough received the prize, he tossed the prize money on the ground and said: "I always assumed I was never going to win because good things don't happen to good people normally."The album was listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. All music composed by Badly Drawn Boy. Credits for The Hour of Bewilderbeast adapted from album liner notes. Official website for Badly Drawn Boy
Pleased to Meet You (James album)
Pleased to Meet You is the ninth studio album by English rock band James. The album was released in July 2001 via Mercury Records. Despite it being the band's first album not to reach the top 10 in the UK since Strip-mine, the album received mixed reviews from music critics upon release. Indeed, AllMusic described the album as their "tightest, most contemporary batch of songs, weatherproofed to stand the test of time". One single, "Getting Away with It", was released from the album. Shortly after the release of the album, lead vocalist Tim Booth announced; the album's front cover features a composite image of all the band members' faces. "Space" – 4:49 "Falling Down" – 3:36 "English Beefcake" – 5:46 "Junkie" – 4:56 "Pleased to Meet You" – 5:37 "The Shining" – 4:26 "Senorita" – 3:10 "Gaudi" – 3:17 "What Is It Good For" – 4:12 "Give It Away" – 3:05 "Fine" – 3:41 "Getting Away with It" – 4:29 "Alaskan Pipeline" – 4:28 Pleased to Meet You at YouTube
Moonshine was a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits that were produced illicitly, without government authorization. In recent years, moonshine has been legalized in various countries and has become a commercial product. Legal in the United States since 2010, moonshine is defined as "clear, unaged whiskey" made with corn mash as its main ingredient. Liquor control laws in the United States always applied to moonshine, with efforts accelerated during the total ban on alcohol production mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution. Since the amendment's repeal and moonshine's recent legalization, the laws focus on evasion of taxation on spirits or intoxicating liquors. Applicable laws are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives of the US Department of Justice. Enforcement agents were once known colloquially as "revenooers". Moonshine is known by many nicknames in English, including white liquor, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, shiney, white whiskey, mash liquor.
Other languages and countries have their own terms for moonshine. The word "moonshine" is believed to be derived from the term "moonrakers" used for early English smugglers and illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey; when it was illegal in the United States, moonshine distillation was done at night to avoid discovery. It was prominent in the Appalachian area. White whiskey most entered the Appalachian region in the late 18th century to early 1800s. Scots-Irish immigrants from the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland brought their recipe for uisce beatha, Gaelic for "water of life"; the settlers made their whiskey without aging it, and, the recipe that became traditional in the Appalachian area. By the early 20th century, moonshine became a key source of income for many Appalachian residents because the limited road network made it difficult and expensive to transport corn crops; as a study of farmers in Cocke County, observes: "One could transport much more value in corn if it was first converted to whiskey.
One horse could haul ten times more value on its back in whiskey than in corn." Moonshiners in Harlan County, like Maggie Bailey, made the whiskey to sell in order to provide for their families. Others, like Amos Owens, from Rutherford County, North Carolina, Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton from Maggie Valley, North Carolina, sold moonshine to nearby areas. Sutton's life was covered in a documentary on the Discovery Channel called "Moonshiners"; the bootlegger once said. In modern usage, the term "moonshine" still implies the liquor is produced illegally, the term is sometimes used on the labels of legal products to market them as providing a forbidden drinking experience. Once distilled, drivers called bootleggers smuggled the moonshine across the region in specially-adapted cars, which were ordinary on the outside but modified with souped-up engines, extra interior room and heavy-duty shocks to coddle the jars of illicit alcohol. After Prohibition ended, the out-of-work drivers kept their skills sharp through organized races, which led to the formation of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
Poorly produced moonshine can be contaminated from materials used in the construction of the still. Stills employing automotive radiators as condensers are dangerous. Radiators used as condensers could contain lead at the connections to the plumbing. Using these methods resulted in blindness or lead poisoning in those who consumed tainted liquor; this was an issue during Prohibition. Consumption of lead-tainted moonshine is a serious risk factor for saturnine gout, a painful but treatable medical condition that damages the kidneys and joints. Although methanol is not produced in toxic amounts by fermentation of sugars from grain starches, contamination is still possible by unscrupulous distillers using cheap methanol to increase the apparent strength of the product. Moonshine can be made both more palatable and less dangerous by discarding the "foreshot" – the first few ounces of alcohol that drip from the condenser; because methanol vaporizes at a lower temperature than ethanol it is believed that the foreshot contains most of the methanol, if any, from the mash.
However, research shows this is not the case, methanol is present until the end of the distillation run. Despite this, distillers will collect the foreshots until the temperature of the still reaches 80 degrees celsius. Additionally, the head that comes after the foreshot contains small amounts of other undesirable compounds, such as acetone and various aldehydes. Alcohol concentrations at higher strengths are therefore dangerous to handle; this is true during the distilling process when vaporized alcohol may accumulate in the air to dangerous concentrations if adequate ventilation is not provided. A quick estimate of the alcoholic strength, or proof, of the distillate is achieved by shaking a clear container of the distillate. Large bubbles with a short duration indicate a higher alcohol content, while smaller bubbles that disappear more indicate lower alcohol content. A more reliable method is to use an hydrometer. A hydrometer is used during and after the fermentation process to determine the potential alcohol percent of the moonshine, whereas an alcoholmeter is used after the product has
Shining (Norwegian band)
Shining is a Norwegian hard rock band from Oslo. Thirteen musicians have been a part of the band's lineup in its history, with singer, guitarist and songwriter Jørgen Munkeby as its leading force and only constant member; the band is called SHINING to avoid confusion with the eponymous Swedish black metal band. Shining was created in 1999 as an acoustic instrumental jazz quartet consisting of Munkeby, drummer Torstein Lofthus, pianist Morten Qvenild, double bassist Aslak Hartberg, they released their first albums Where the Ragged People Go and Sweet Shanghai Devil in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Their 2005 album In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster led the band into a more avant-garde and rock-oriented sound, with Qvenild playing synthesizers and other electronic keyboards and Hartberg using bass guitar instead of double bass. Qvenild and Hartberg both left the band before or following the release of the album, being replaced in 2005 by Andreas Hessen Schei and Morten Strøm respectively.
Under this line-up, Shining released Grindstone in 2007, an album going into a heavier direction and distancing itself more from jazz, incorporating elements from progressive rock, 19th and 20th century classical music. During the following years, Schei was replaced by Andreas Ulvo, himself replaced by Bernt Moen, while Tor Egil Kreken replaced Strøm on bass guitar; the band included guitarist Even Helte Hermansen as a new member in 2010. On their fifth album Blackjazz Shining became an extreme avant-garde metal band with the use of growled vocals from Munkeby. During the same year, Hermansen was replaced by Sagen, their first live album Live Blackjazz and sixth studio, One One One, released in 2013, follow the musical direction begun in Blackjazz. In the following years, Lofthus, Løchsen, Kreken all left the band; the two first were replaced by Tobias Ørnes Andersen and Eirik Tovsrud Knutsen while Ole Vistnes became the bassist. Their studio album International Blackjazz Society, which helmed the band's shift away from avant-garde jazz-influenced metal towards a more classic hard rock sound, was released in 2015.
Shining's metal-oriented albums were received with much acclaim from both jazz, heavy metal, more mainstream critics. Shining was formed in 1999 by multi-instrumentalist Jørgen Munkeby. Munkeby had moved to Oslo to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music, was in need of a band for a concert he had booked. Knowing no one, he looked for bandmates among his fellow students. There he found drummer Torstein Lofthus and pianist Morten Qvenild, their first album, Where the Ragged People Go, was released 5 November 2001. At a time when the young Norwegian jazz scene was dominated by future jazz, as pioneered by Bugge Wesseltoft and Nils Petter Molvær, Shining received a lot of attention by playing modern and energetic acoustic jazz, their music contrasted that of Jaga Jazzist, a band of which Jørgen Munkeby had been a member since 1994. The band's John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman-inspired sound was further developed on their second album, Sweet Shanghai Devil, released by Jazzland Recordings in 2003.
Their music became freer, incorporating more elements from outside the jazz idiom, but remained acoustic. 2005 saw a complete transformation of Shining's music with the release of their third album, In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster, where progressive rock and metal were blended in with the experimental jazz heard on Sweet Shanghai Devil. Munkeby's woodwind instruments were accompanied by the Akai EWI, electric guitars and synthesizers, Aslak Hartberg's double bass was replaced by electric bass. Drum machines were used on the album, as well as a wide range of less common instruments such as the accordion, church organ and celesta. Shining had now signed with Rune Grammofon, a record label that specializes in experimental and improvised music, they had developed a new approach to recording albums. Whereas their previous albums were all recorded with the whole band in front of a couple of microphones, they now recorded parts of songs at different locations. Working with producer Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim, these parts were mixed together in the studio.
Munkeby has stated that Motorpsycho was the main inspiration to move to a more rock-centric sound, that the album was influenced by Olivier Messiaen. The move proved to be successful. In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster was well received by critics, both in Norway and internationally, was included in the best new music section on Pitchfork, it would go on to win the Alarm Award for best jazz album in 2006. Pianist Morten Qvenild Left Shining between the album's release. Replacing him was Andreas Hessen Schei. Bassist Aslak Hartberg would be replaced by Morten Strøm for their fourth album, Grindstone. On Grindstone, released on Rune Grammofon January 2007, Shining refined the style developed on In the Kingdom of Kitsch; the compositions were tighter and on a whole the music was harder, although the album featured several softer tracks as well. Apart from metal, classical influences were displayed more overtly and elements of noise and drone were introduced; as its predecessor the year before, Grindstone won the Alarm Award for best jazz album in 2007.
In October 2007 Shining toured Europe as support for the progressive black metal band Enslaved. The concerts ended with the two bands doing a cover version of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man. After seeing a video of one of these covers, the programme committee of Moldejazz commissioned the two bands to write and perform a
Shining (Swedish band)
Shining is a Swedish black metal band formed in 1996 by Niklas Kvarforth in Halmstad, Sweden. The band's music contains depressive undertones, which include suicide-themed lyrics; the band's name does not refer to the book The Shining or the film based on it, but rather according to Kvarforth, it means "the path to enlightenment". Kvarforth started the band when he was twelve. By the time Kvarforth was fourteen, Shining had released their first EP Submit to Selfdestruction on which he played guitars and bass, it was not until the band released their first album, Within Deep Dark Chambers, that Kvarforth became the band’s vocalist. The band released two more albums Livets ändhållplats and Angst, Självdestruktivitetens Emissarie, before splitting up in August 2004, their fourth album, The Eerie Cold, was supposed to be their last, but the band reformed the same year with a new line-up capable of live shows. Kvarforth disappeared in July 2006 and a rumor was spread he was presumed to have committed suicide.
On 23 August 2006 the band posted a statement on their website declaring. The band was said to continue with a new singer named “Ghoul,” as one of the wishes from Kvarforth. At a concert that took place on 3 February 2007, at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden, “Ghoul” was revealed to be Kvarforth; the concert was violent in nature, with Kvarforth fighting the audience and the guest vocalists. The band released their fifth album in Halmstad, a reference to Kvarforth's hometown. A compilation album entitled, 8½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd, was released that featured re-recorded songs from 2001-2002 and different vocalists for 5/6 tracks; the band's ninth album entitled, IX - Everyone, Everywhere, was released on 21 April 2015. The bands tenth album, X - Varg Utan Flock, was released on 5 January 2018. Musically, Shining went from black metal with doom influences on their earlier work to a more progressive extreme metal sound with extensive use of clean guitars, guitar solos, different vocal styles and tempo shifts and odd time signatures.
Shining's music contains several movie samples from films such as Prozac Nation, She's So Lovely, American Psycho. Shining promotes suicide and self-harm in all its forms in their lyrics; the founder of the band, Niklas Kvarforth, has claimed, with contentment, there have been some cases of people committing suicide at least under the influence of Shining's music. Vocalist Niklas Kvarforth wanted to "force feed" his listeners "with self-destructive and suicidal imagery and lyrics". In the beginning he used the term "suicidal black metal" for his music to separate himself from the "mediocre worms". However, he stopped using the term in 2001 because it had begun to be used by a slew of other bands, who he felt had misinterpreted his vision and were using the music as a kind of therapy rather than a weapon against the listener as Kvarforth intended, he said that he "wouldn't call Shining a black metal band" and called the "suicidal black metal" term a "foolish idea". In a 2014 interview, Kvarforth insisted that "metal is bullshit" and insisted that Shining's music is described as "evil fucking music."
Niklas Kvarforth – guitars, lead vocals, bass Peter Huss – guitars Markus Hammarström – bass VocalistsRobert Andreas Classen GuitaristsHåkan "Inisis" Ollars John Doe Andreas Casado Fredric "Wredhe" Gråby Sebastiaan Bats Euge Valovirta BassistsTusk Johan Hallander Phil A. Cirone Andreas Larssen Christian Larsson DrummersTed "Impaler" Wedebrand Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg Rickard "Rille" Schill Ludwig Witt Jarle "Uruz" Byberg Rainer Tuomikanto Within Deep Dark Chambers Livets ändhållplats III - Angst, självdestruktivitetens emissarie IV - The Eerie Cold V - Halmstad VI - Klagopsalmer VII - Född förlorare Redefining Darkness IX - Everyone, Everywhere, Ends X – Varg Utan Flock Submit to Selfdestruction Dolorian/Shining Through Years of Oppression The Darkroom Sessions Shining/Den Saakaldte Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt 8 ½ – Feberdrömmar i vaket tillstånd In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance Shining On The Enslaved Fiende "Förtvivlan, min arvedel" "Förtvivlan, min arvedel" "Tillsammans är vi allt" "Vilja & Dröm" Shining Asylum - Official website
The Shining (Violent J album)
The Shining is the solo debut album by American rapper and Insane Clown Posse member Violent J. It was released on April 2009 under his own label Psychopathic Records. Produced by Mike E. Clark, a music video for "Jealousy" was released on May 2009. Violent J states that he was not interested in developing a career as a solo performer, "but it was my turn at bat, I wanted to deliver for any Violent J fans that might be out there". Unlike Wizard of the Hood, The Shining does not focus on a single concept or storyline, but instead focuses on multiple stories and subjects; the title of the album refers to confidence. Violent J attempted to provide a variance for listeners by performing with different rapping styles on each track. Mike E. Clark produced the majority of the album, with Eric Davie providing additional production work. "Fight Club" features guest appearances by Necro. "Home Invasion" features an appearance by Shaggy 2 Dope. "Candyland" was developed during long late night recording sessions with Esham.
The album was intended to be released in October 2008, followed by a 20 plus date solo tour across the country. Due to his dislike of touring solo, wanting to focus more on Insane Clown Posse as a whole, Violent J decided to give away free copies of an early version of the album to those that attended the ninth annual Gathering of the Juggalos seminar. Due to popular demand, it was announced that Psychopathic Records would release the album nationwide, it was given its final title. According to J, the final version of the album is different from the pre-release version, features improved sound quality, in addition to four new songs not present on the pre-release version; the album was released on J's 37th birthday. The Shining peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart, #14 on the Top Rap Albums chart, #28 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #48 on the Billboard 200, with 10,000 copies sold in its first week
Shining is the first EP by pop singer Crystal Kay. It was released on November 28, 2007; the EP features five tracks, all of which have holiday theme. A music video was made for the main promotional track called "Shining"; the song was used in commercials for "Parco X'Mas TV" throughout the Christmas period, in which Kay starred. "Happy 045 Xmas"had been released digitally in 2005, "No More Blue Christmas'" had been released on Kay's first English studio album Natural: World Premiere Album in December 2003. First press editions of the EP had a greeting card. "Shining" — 4:47 "Snowflake" — 4:26 "Happy 045 Xmas" — 4:00 "No More Blue Christmas'" — 4:32 "Shining" — 5:41 Official Website