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If I Had $10.25: Barenaked Ladies Compilation Due This Month

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Rhino has set a September 27 release date for Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before, a new compilation from the Barenaked Ladies.

It’s probably been more than one week since you noticed, but one of Canada’s best-loved bands of the past 25 years – and certainly one of the most misleadingly-named groups in any country – are still going strong, even with the departure of founding member/co-lead singer Steven Page in 2009. Their late ’90s/early ’00s output were radio staples – from the pure pop pleasure of tracks like “Shoe Box” and “It’s All Been Done” to tracks like “Pinch Me” and “Another Postcard,” which packed as many jokes in the lyrics as there were hooks in the tunes. (The band has also endeared itself to Second Disc HQ by writing a song called “Box Set” about – what else? – their fictitious career-spanning box set.)

And it looks like this compilation, which compiles tracks spanning from the band’s major-label debut Gordon in 1992 to last year’s independently-released All in Good Time and includes one new-to-CD bonus track (the band’s irresistibly catchy theme song to the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory).

In the meantime, have a look at the track list for this new compilation after the jump.

Hits from Yesterday & The Day Before (Reprise/Rhino, 2011)

  1. If I Had $1000000
  2. The Old Apartment
  3. Brian Wilson (Live)
  4. One Week
  5. It’s All Been Done
  6. Call and Answer
  7. Pinch Me (Radio Edit Without Fade)
  8. Too Little Too Late
  9. Falling for the First Time
  10. Another Postcard
  11. Testing 1, 2, 3
  12. Easy
  13. Big Bang Theory Theme
  14. You Run Away

Track 1 from Gordon (Reprise, 1992)
Track 2 from Born on a Pirate Ship (Reprise, 1996)
Track 3 from Rock Spectacle (Reprise, 1996)
Tracks 4-6 from Stunt (Reprise, 1998)
Tracks 7-9 from Maroon (Reprise, 2000)
Tracks 10-11 from Everything to Everyone (Reprise, 2003)
Track 12 from Barenaked Ladies Are Me (Desperation, 2006)
Track 13 recorded in 2007, previously unreleased on CD
Track 14 from All in Good Time (Raisin’ Records, 2010)

Written by Mike Duquette

September 16, 2011 at 18:17

Requiem For A Heavyweight: Film Score Monthly, The Label, Bows Out

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

Film Score Monthly founder Lukas Kendall sent shockwaves through the film score collectors’ community with a blog post yesterday morning announcing the end of the Film Score Monthly reissue label.

Having recently released the label’s 240th and 241st titles (the second volume of music from “Johnny” Williams’ score to 1966’s Not with My Wife, You Don’t! and a Nathan Van Cleave “double feature” of The Space Children and The Colossus of New York), Kendall confirmed plans to bring the curtain down on the label he started roughly 15 years ago.  The FSM line will draw to a close with No. 250, due in Spring 2012.  Kendall promises that the thriving Film Score Monthly website (literally the epicenter of the film score collectors’ world) will continue to operate, including its popular message board.  He also stressed that he would continue to preserve classic titles on CD for the various other specialist labels.

That said, Kendall’s announcement was nonetheless tinged with sadness and in part motivated by some harsh truths.    Film score reissue labels have faced a different set of problems than the music industry at large, with these labels’ business models largely based on limited edition CD releases.  Kendall astutely noted, “For one thing, something strange and a little sad has happened in the last two to three years (since the ’08 recession): ’80s and ’90s scores are the only sure sellers, Silver Age scores sell like Golden Age scores used to, and Golden Age scores barely sell at all.”  This was one of many factors in what likely wasn’t a decision made lightly.

Film Score Monthly began in 1990 as The Soundtrack Club, a pamphlet sized publication maintained by Kendall.  The following year, he renamed it Film Score Monthly and by 1996 had relocated its base of operations to Los Angeles, close to Hollywood itself.  Around the same time, FSM revamped its format, introducing a slick, comprehensive magazine style.  This change was concurrent with the launch of the record label in 1996 as the Retrograde line with soundtracks from David Shire (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), John Barry (Deadfall) and Maury Laws (Mad Monster Party).  The FSM label proper began with 1998’s Volume 1, Number 1 with Jerry Goldsmith’s Stagecoach and The Loner.

In 2005, the magazine transitioned to an online-only format, although the physical CD line remained strong.  (Kendall remains a proponent of physical media: “Film score CD documentation and packaging has never been more elaborate. I like to think I had a hand in that development as well.”)  Hit the jump for more, including the complete text of Kendall’s statement! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

September 16, 2011 at 10:22

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