The Earth Pressed Flat
The Earth Pressed Flat is a 1999 album by 10,000 Maniacs. The album contains nine songs, written for, but not used in, the band's previous album, Love Among the Ruins: "The Earth Pressed Flat", "Once a City", "On & On", "Somebody's Heaven", "Cabaret", "Beyond the Blue", "Smallest Step", "Time Turns" and "Hidden in My Heart". "Beyond the Blue" and "Time Turns" had been released on the single "More Than This", but were re-recorded for this album. All tracks are credited to 10,000 Maniacs as a band for royalty purposes, though the lyricists of the songs received additional credit. Dennis Drew wrote "Ellen", "Glow", "Smallest Step" and "Rainbows". John Lombardo wrote "The Earth Pressed Flat", "Once a City", "On & On", "Beyond the Blue" and "Time Turns". Lombardo and Drew shared writing credit on "Hidden in My Heart". Lombardo, Mary Ramsey and Rob Buck shared writing credit on "Somebody's Heaven". "The Earth Pressed Flat" – 4:11 "Ellen" – 3:27 "Once a City" – 4:22 "Glow" – 2:31 "On & On" – 3:32 "Somebody's Heaven" – 4:41 "Cabaret" – 3:02 "Beyond the Blue" – 3:17 "Smallest Step" – 3:32 "In the Quiet Morning" – 2:53 "Time Turns" – 3:49 "Hidden in My Heart" – 4:18 "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" – 6:40 "Rainbows" – 5:16 10,000 ManiacsJerome Augustyniak – percussion, vocals Robert Buck – guitar Dennis Drew – synthesizer, keyboards, Hammond organ, pump organ Steve Gustafson – bass guitar John Lombardo – acoustic and electric guitar, package concept Mary Ramsey – violin, vocalsTechnical StaffJohn Caruso – engineer Armand John Petri – producer, engineer Blair Woods – coordination, John Lombardo – graphic design, album artwork Nick Balgona – mastering Liner notes from 10,000 Maniacs album: The Earth Pressed Flat
Triangles is a 2011 EP by 10,000 Maniacs released on Ruby Wristwatch Records. It is the band's first release of new material since the death in 2000 of lead guitarist Robert Buck, as well as the first 10,000 Maniacs album with the singer Mary Ramsey without her songwriting partner John Lombardo, who left the band for the second time in 2003. Replacing Buck in the band is Jeff Erickson, Buck's guitar technician since the Love Among the Ruins tour in 1997. All songs were written by 10,000 Maniacs except "Whippoorwill" written by 10,000 Maniacs and Salvador Garza. "Whippoorwill" "The Time of Your Life" "Gold" "Triangles" "Fine Line" Jerome Augustyniak – drums and percussion Dennis Drew – organ and keyboards Jeff Erickson – guitars, vocals on "Gold" and "Fine Line" Steve Gustafson – bass guitar Mary Ramsey – vocals and viola
Our Time in Eden
Our Time in Eden is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. It was released in 1992 on Elektra Records; the release is 10,000 Maniacs' last studio album with original lead singer Natalie Merchant. The album included her future replacement Mary Ramsey on violin and viola on such tracks as "Stockton Gala Days" and "How You've Grown". Singles released from the album were "These Are Days", "Candy Everybody Wants" and "Few and Far Between"; the brass and woodwind section is covered by the J. B.'s. All songs written by Natalie Merchant except. "Noah's Dove" – 4:29 "These Are Days" – 3:40 "Eden" – 4:07 "Few and Far Between" – 3:13 "Stockton Gala Days" – 4:18 "Gold Rush Brides" – 3:22 "Jezebel" – 4:00 "How You've Grown" – 3:39 "Candy Everybody Wants" – 3:04 "Tolerance" – 4:13 "Circle Dream" – 3:25 "If You Intend" – 3:01 "I'm Not the Man" – 3:24 10,000 ManiacsJerome Augustyniak – drums, percussion Robert Buck – electric and acoustic guitars, electric sitar, banjo and lap steel guitars, mandocello Dennis Drew – Hammond organ, keyboards, accordion Steven Gustafson – bass guitar Natalie Merchant – vocals, pianoAdditional musiciansLarry Corbett – cello Paulinho Da Costa – percussion Bruce Dukov – violin Charles Fleischer – harmonica Pamela Goldsmith – viola Kim Laskowski – bassoon Ralph Morrison – violin Mary Ramsey – violin, viola Atsuko Sato – bassoon James Brown – horns Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis – tenor saxophone Maceo Parker – alto saxophone Fred Wesley – trombone Paul Buckmaster – string quartet arranger/conductorTechnical staffPaul Fox – production Frank Olinsky, Miss Merchant – package design Peter Leak – management Stephen Marcussen – mastering Scott Blockland – mixing Rob Marinissen – photography Michael Reiter – recording Ed Thacker – recording, mixing
10,000 Maniacs is an American alternative rock band, founded in 1981. They have released six EPs and five live albums, they achieved their most significant success between 1987 and 1993, when they released four albums that charted in the top 50 in the US: In My Tribe, Blind Man's Zoo, Our Time in Eden and the live album MTV Unplugged. After the recording but before the release of MTV Unplugged, original lead singer and main songwriter Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career, she was replaced by Mary Ramsey, the lead singer from 1993 to 2001 and from 2007 to the present. The band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, Chet Cardinale, Robert Buck and Teri Newhouse. Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, 17 at the time, to do some vocals. John Lombardo, in a band called The Mills and used to play with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, Merchant became the main singer.
Various drummers left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs!. They performed as 10,000 Maniacs for the first time on Labor Day, September 7, 1981, with a line-up of Merchant, Buck, Drew and Tim Edborg on drums. Edborg left and Bob "Bob O Matic" Wachter was on drums for most of the 1981 gigs. Tired of playing cover songs—though their first notable American hit was a cover of the Cat Stevens hit "Peace Train"—the band started to write their own music with Merchant handling the lyrics and Lombardo the music. In March 1982, with Jim Foti on drums, the band recorded an EP album called Human Conflict Number Five. More gigs followed in 1982. During this time they lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a short while at the encouragement of friends who said that many gigs were available there. Discouraged by the lack of actual gigs, by having to sell plasma and rake leaves to buy food, the band moved back to Jamestown in November 1982 to regroup.
At the beginning of 1983, Jerry Augustyniak joined the band as their permanent drummer. The Maniacs met Augustyniak when they played in Buffalo, New York, where he was in a punk band called The Stains. Between March and July, the band recorded songs for a second record, Secrets of the I Ching, their debut full-length album, pressed by Mark Records for the band's own label Christian Burial Music; the record was well received by critics and caught the attention of respected BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel in London. One song, "My Mother the War", turned out to be a minor hit in the United Kingdom, entered the independent singles chart; the band toured extensively during 1983 and 1984, played gigs in the UK. Peter Leak, an Englishman living in New York City, became interested in the band, made contact and was made their manager. With the help of Leak and Elektra Records A & R man Howard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs signed to Elektra in November 1984. In the spring of 1985, they recorded their second full-length album, The Wishing Chair, in London at Livingston Studios, with Joe Boyd as producer.
Though the album was not a blockbuster hit, its status as the band's major label debut did win it some notice, it received significant critical acclaim. Co-founder Lombardo left 10,000 Maniacs during a rehearsal on July 14, 1986; the remaining five members started recording a new album in Los Angeles with Peter Asher as the producer. In My Tribe, a more pop-rock oriented record, was released on July 7, 1987; the album stayed on the charts for 77 weeks. 37, established a large U. S. audience for the group. It was well received in the UK; the album contained "Peace Train". It was removed from subsequent pressings after Cat Stevens made comments implying he agreed with a death Fatwa against author Salman Rushdie. 10,000 Maniacs' next album, 1989's Blind Man's Zoo, hit No. 13 and went gold, further increasing the group's following. In May 1989, the British music magazine NME reported that 10,000 Maniacs had won the songwriter category prize at the New York Music Awards. In 1990, with the help of Lombardo, they remastered their first two records, Human Conflict Number Five and Secrets of the I Ching, released them as a compilation called Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983.
Lombardo and Mary Ramsey, who had formed a folk act called John & Mary, opened gigs for the Maniacs on the Hope Chest Tour in 1990. In 1991, during the recordings of a new album, Merchant revealed to the other members that she would be leaving 10,000 Maniacs for a solo career in two years' time; the new album, Our Time in Eden, was released on September 29, 1992. In 1993, the band performed at the MTV Inaugural Ball for President Clinton in January and on MTV Unplugged on April 21. Merchant announced her departure from the band on MTV on August 5, 1993, saying she "didn't want art by committee anymore." The MTV Unplugged album was released on October 26, 1993. "The last 10,000 Maniacs gig was the first time I'd got drunk in nearly two years," Merchant recalled. "I laughed a lot and threw lots of flowers out of the hotel window." In late 1993/early 1994, the remaining members of 10,000 Maniacs asked John & Mary to join the band and continue. The revamped band began performing new material immediately calling themselves "John & Mary, Steve, Dennis, & Jerry," before they were able to regain control of the 10,000 Maniacs name.
10,000 Maniacs released two a
MTV Unplugged (10,000 Maniacs album)
MTV Unplugged is a 1993 live album by 10,000 Maniacs, recorded for the MTV Unplugged series. Between the recording and release of the album, vocalist Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career. In addition to the songs released on the album, the following other songs were recorded: Four takes of "How You've Grown"; the album spent 45 weeks on the charts. It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA; the single release "Because the Night" reached #11, two positions higher than Patti Smith's original version in 1978. It remains the band's biggest hit. Cassette and compact disc "These Are Days" – 4:22 "Eat for Two" – 4:12 "Candy Everybody Wants" – 3:19 "I'm Not the Man" – 3:46 "Don't Talk" – 5:22 "Hey Jack Kerouac" – 3:29 "What's the Matter Here?" – 4:50 "Gold Rush Brides" – 4:12 "Like the Weather" – 4:15 "Trouble Me" – 3:40 "Jezebel" – 4:20 "Because the Night" – 3:44 "Stockton Gala Days" – 5:25 "Noah's Dove" – 5:07Laser disc and VHS "Noah's Dove" – 5:07 "These Are Days" – 4:22 "Eat for Two" – 4:12 "Candy Everybody Wants" – 3:19 "I'm Not the Man" – 3:46 "Don't Talk" – 5:22 "Hey Jack Kerouac" – 3:29 "What's the Matter Here?"
– 4:50 "Gold Rush Brides" – 4:12 "Like the Weather" – 4:15 "Trouble Me" – 3:40 "Jezebel" – 4:20 "Stockton Gala Days" – 5:25 "Because the Night" – 3:44 "Let the Mystery Be" "Jolene" "Dallas" 10,000 Maniacs Jerome Augustyniak – drums, percussion Rob Buck – acoustic guitar Dennis Drew – piano, Hammond organ, pump organ Steve Gustafson – acoustic bass guitar Natalie Merchant – lead vocals, pianoAdditional musicians David Byrne – vocals and acoustic guitar Bill Dillon – acoustic guitar, slide guitar Morgan Fichter – violin, background vocals Amanda Kramer – piano, pump organ Kim Laskowski – bassoon Jerry Marotta – percussion Mary Ramsey – viola, background vocals Atsuko Sato – bassoon Jane Scarpantoni – cello Richie Stearns – banjoTechnical staff Paul Fox – production Stephen Marcussen – mastering Ebet Roberts – photography Mike Scott – engineering Ed Thacker – engineer, mixing Jay Vicari – engineering During the Introduction to "Hey Jack Kerouac", Merchant reads a passage from On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
During the Introduction to "Gold Rush Brides", she reads a passage from Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel. Album Lyrics
Robert Norman "Rob" Buck was a founding member and guitarist of the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs from 1981 until his death from liver disease in 2000. Some of his compositions with Natalie Merchant are among the most popular songs recorded by 10,000 Maniacs, including "What's the Matter Here", "Hey Jack Kerouac", "You Happy Puppet" and "These Are Days". Buck played in the short-lived Texas-based superstar-band League of Blind Women, writing much of the band's material. In addition he had formed the group HITCHHIKER who were featured on Rykodisc release Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness performing one of Kerouac poems set to music. In 2000, while on tour in upstate New York, he was rushed to the hospital when it was discovered he was suffering from acute liver disease, he was transferred to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment where his condition soon worsened despite the efforts of the leading transplant teams at the facility. With 10,000 ManiacsHuman Conflict Number Five Secrets of the I Ching The Wishing Chair In My Tribe Blind Man's Zoo Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 Our Time in Eden MTV Unplugged Love Among the Ruins The Earth Pressed Flat Campfire Songs: The Popular and Unknown Recordings Other creditsVictory Gardens with John & Mary – lead guitar, mandolin The Weedkiller's Daughter with John & Mary – lead guitar The Pinwheel Galaxy with John & Mary – backwards guitar Kerouac: Kicks Joy Darkness with Danny Chauvin and Tony White as Hitchhiker-Guitars and Looping Official website Robert Buck on IMDb
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, still the magazine's publisher, the music critic Ralph J. Gleason, it was first known for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content. Rolling Stone Press is the magazine's associated book publishing imprint. Straight Arrow Press was the magazine's associated book publishing imprint, Straight Arrow Publishing Co. Inc. was the publishing company that published Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Ralph Gleason. To get it off the ground, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the parents of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim; the first issue carried a cover date of November 9, 1967, was in newspaper format with a lead article on the Monterey Pop Festival.
The cover price was 25¢. In the first issue, Wenner explained that the title of the magazine referred to the 1950 blues song "Rollin' Stone", recorded by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan's hit single "Like a Rolling Stone": You're wondering what we're trying to do. It's hard to say: sort of a sort of a newspaper; the name of it is Rolling Stone which comes from an old saying, "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Muddy Waters used the name for a song. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song. "Like a Rolling Stone" was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record. We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll."—Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone, November 9, 1967, p. 2 Some authors have attributed the name to Dylan's hit single: "At Gleason's suggestion, Wenner named his magazine after a Bob Dylan song." Rolling Stone identified with and reported the hippie counterculture of the era. However, it distanced itself from the underground newspapers of the time, such as Berkeley Barb, embracing more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding the radical politics of the underground press.
In the first edition, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces". In the 1970s, Rolling Stone began to make a mark with its political coverage, with the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for the magazine's political section. Thompson first published his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas within the pages of Rolling Stone, where he remained a contributing editor until his death in 2005. In the 1970s, the magazine helped launch the careers of many prominent authors, including Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, Joe Klein, Joe Eszterhas, Ben Fong-Torres, Patti Smith and P. J. O'Rourke, it was at this point that the magazine ran some of its most famous stories, including that of the Patty Hearst abduction odyssey. One interviewer, speaking for a large number of his peers, said that he bought his first copy of the magazine upon initial arrival on his college campus, describing it as a "rite of passage".
In 1977, the magazine moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City. Editor Jann Wenner said San Francisco had become "a cultural backwater". During the 1980s, the magazine began to shift towards being a general "entertainment" magazine. Music was still a dominant topic, but there was increasing coverage of celebrities in television and the pop culture of the day; the magazine initiated its annual "Hot Issue" during this time. Rolling Stone was known for its musical coverage and for Thompson's political reporting. In the 1990s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors and popular music; this led to criticism. In recent years, the magazine has resumed its traditional mix of content, including in-depth political stories, it has expanded content to include coverage of financial and banking issues. As a result, the magazine has seen its circulation increase and its reporters invited as experts to network television programs of note.
The printed format has gone through several changes. The first publications, in 1967–72, were in folded tabloid newspaper format, with no staples, black ink text, a single color highlight that changed each edition. From 1973 onwards, editions were produced on a four-color press with a different newsprint paper size. In 1979, the bar code appeared. In 1980, it became a large format magazine; as of edition of October 30, 2008, Rolling Stone has had a smaller, standard-format magazine size. After years of declining readership, the magazine experienced a major resurgence of interest and relevance with the work of two young journalists in the late 2000s, Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi. In 2005, Dana Leslie Fields, former publisher of Rolling Stone, who had worked at the magazine for 17 years, was an inaugural inductee into the Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2009, Taibbi unleashed an acclaimed series of scathing reports on the financial meltdown of the time, he famously described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid".
Bigger headlines came at the end of June 2010. Rolling Stone caused a controversy in the White House by publishing in the July issue an article by journalist Michael Hastings entitled, "The Runaway General", quoting criticism by General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U. S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, about Vice President Joe Biden and oth