While The Second Disc prides itself on connecting people to reissues and box sets they can keep on their shelves, it’s no secret that listening audiences are also digital – catalogue music lovers, too – and our passion is connecting people to music from the past that they might adore. So we’ve introduced a new feature: The Weekend Stream, which focuses on hidden gems that recently made it to digital channels that might make your playlists a little brighter!
This 2009 live album, initially given away as a free download first to concert attendees and then to everyone, was a memento of Coldplay’s touring years when the British rockers were supporting their critically-acclaimed Viva La Vida album, featuring songs from that LP (“Viva La Vida,” “Strawberry Swing”), a few earlier hits (“Clocks,” “Fix You”) and even the odd B-side (“Death Will Never Conquer”) recorded across Europe and Australia in 2008 and 2009.
It’s not clear if this chill new dance track – featuring Elton’s vocals from “Sacrifice,” a sample from Blue Moves deep cut “Where’s the Shoorah,” and vocals by pop star Dua Lipa featuring lyrical snippets from “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” and Too Low for Zero single “Kiss the Bride” – is a one-off or not. But this writer is hoping for more: Australian duo PNAU’s treatment of Sir Elton’s catalogue resulted in 2012’s Good Morning to the Night, a brilliant half-hour supernova of a record featuring various portions of Elton’s ’70s material (mostly deep cuts) reassembled into new songs. A sequel to this album – perhaps featuring material from Elton’s unpredictable ’80s – would be extremely welcome.
Cypress Hill, Cypress Hill (Expanded Edition) / How Could I Just Kill a Man (The Alchemist x Beat Butcha Remix) (Columbia/Certified/Legacy)
West Coast hip-hop group Cypress Hill celebrate 30 years of recording in 2021, and their debut album (featuring minor hit “How Could I Just Kill a Man” and “Hand on the Pump”) gets digitally revisited with a trio of bonus tracks: an extended reprise of “Stoned is the Way of the Walk,” a Spanish edit of album opener “Pigs,” and an extended mix of “The Phuncky Feel One.” Separately, a remix of “Kill a Man” by Alchemist and Beat Butcher dropped as a standalone single, with a new mix of “Hand on the Pump” by original producer DJ Muggs slated for an undisclosed date.
After last week’s digital delivery of debut album Harder Than You, Sony Music brings the second album by alt-rock/funk/metal shapeshifters 24-7 Spyz to the digital realm. It’s easy to compare a band of color dabbling in hard rock in the late ’80s to corporate labelmates Living Colour, and Gumbo Millennium is not unlike that band’s sophomore album Time’s Up – a challenge compared to its more accessible original, but full of sonic rewards all its own.
Part of the same guitar virtuoso frenzy that saw Joe Satriani and Steve Vai score deals on the Relativity label, Vinnie Moore was perhaps less known than his labelmates – coming off a stint with Alice Cooper, and more than a decade away from assuming guitar duties in UFO – but for fans of intricate instrumentals featuring the electric axe, you might want to check this out.
If you’re looking for something new to listen to, Second Disc HQ has been evangelizing Little Hag – the killer alter-ego of Jersey shore singer-songwriter Avery Mandeville – since nearly a year ago. Ahead of debut album Leash, available next month, the Hag’s newest EP is not necessarily what you might deem sweet or savory – the song titles are in fact “Piss,” “Blood” and “Cum” – but Mandeville’s one-of-a-kind songwriting voice and hypnotizing vocals (somewhere between Alanis Morissette and Roy Orbison) should free you of your squeamishness in uncovering one of the most exciting talents out there.