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Last May we brought you a taster of an idea we had called The 405 Record Club, in which we invited a few people to take a seat at our virtual discussion table to talk about a hand-picked (from the editorial team) album. Members of the club had two weeks to listen to the chosen album before submitting their thoughts (was the album good? did they like the artwork? etc), and for us to publish on the site.
Despite the original run being relatively successful, we decided to finish the experiment until we make it better. To accomplish that we've decided to open it up to everyone. We've also made the 'Record Club' area one post so that by the end of the year this article should be a treasure trove of musical insight and thoughts.
More improvements will be made to the concept over the coming months, but until then, get involved!
7th January - 28th January
For the first 'proper' 405 Record Club entry we've decided to go with an album Foxygen picked for their forthcoming Under The Influence entry (on the site soon). We'll let Jonathan Rafo explain:
Take it from the Man! was one of the records that made fifteen year old Sam and fourteen year old Me want to start a band. It's a masterpiece from start to finish - and it's really long.
Anton has been accused of ripping off other artists on this record ('Monkey Puzzle' is 'You'd Better Believe It' by the Small Faces, 'David Bowie (I've Loved You Since I was Six)' is a rip on 'Space Oddity') - regardless, I know that I've listened to Take it from the Man! way more than I've listened to any Small Faces record. Also, Matt Hollywood's 'Cabin Fever' is the most brilliant seven minute spurt of emo-psych to ever be put to wax. Also, I'm sorry for using the phrase "put to wax". That's gross and I don't know why I write like a 12 year old boy blog.
Take It From The Man! by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Take It from the Man! is the third album by American neo-psychedelia band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It is the first of three critically acclaimed albums released by the band in 1996, preceding Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request and Thank God for Mental Illness. It was another change of style for the band, with a large influence being 1960s garage rock, particularly the early work of The Rolling Stones. All of the songs were written by Anton Newcombe except 'Oh Lord', 'B.S.A.', 'Cabin Fever' and 'In My Life', which were written by Matt Hollywood. It was produced by Larry Thrasher of Psychic TV.
How to Get Involved:
Firstly, we want you to listen: Do it in the morning, the afternoon and the evening; listen on your way to work, on your lunchbreak and maybe even whilst you're supposed to be working; listen on the toilet, on a train or with your eyes closed; listen today, tomorrow and definitely more than just once. We've embedded the album stream below via Spotify, though you can find it on other streaming sites such as Deezer and Grooveshark.
Secondly, write something for us! You can leave us a message in the comments section below, tweet us your thoughts (use #405recordclub), leave us a message on Facebook or if you're feeling adventurous you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (any reaction - good or bad - will be included below) or fill in the 405 Record Club form here.
email@example.com to suggest an album for us to discuss.