Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Endless River (2014) 9pm ET

PF - EndlessThe Endless River is the fifteenth and final studio album by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released by Parlophone and Columbia Records in Friday-release countries on 7 November 2014 and in the United Kingdom and United States on 10 November 2014. It is Pink Floyd’s first studio album since the death of keyboardist and founder member Richard Wright, who appears posthumously, and the third by the David Gilmour-led Pink Floyd after Roger Waters’ departure in 1985. It is also the first Pink Floyd album distributed by Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records following the purchase of EMI and its assets by the Universal Music Group in 2012, their transfer to Parlophone and the purchase of Parlophone by Warner Bros. in 2013.

Described as a “swan song” for Wright, The Endless River mostly comprises instrumental and ambient music. It is based on 20 hours of unreleased material the band wrote, recorded and produced with Wright during sessions for Pink Floyd’s previous studio album The Division Bell (1994). Work on the album was completed in 2013 and 2014 in Gilmour’s studios the Astoria and Medina Studios in Hove, England. It was produced by Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson and Phil Manzanera.

Information about the The Endless River was leaked via social media, after which Pink Floyd made a formal announcement. The band, Parlophone and Columbia Records (outside Europe) launched a promotional campaign in the lead-up to its release with television advertisements and installations of the album artwork placed in cities around the world, including London, New York, Paris, Berlin and Milan. The cover concept is by Ahmed Emad Eldin with sleeve design by Stylorouge. Aubrey Powell served as creative director for the artwork. The album received mixed reviews. – Wikipedia

1 Things Left Unsaid…   4:24
2 It’s What We Do   6:21
3 Ebb and Flow   1:50
4 Sum   4:49
5 Skins   2:37
6 Unsung   1:06
7 Anisina   3:15
8 The Lost Art of Conversation   1:43
9 On Noodle Street   1:42
10 Night Light   1:42
11 Allons-y (1)   1:56
12 Autumn ’68   1:35
13 Allons-y (2)   1:35
14 Talkin’ Hawkin’   3:25
15 Calling   3:38
16 Eyes to Pearls   1:51
17 Surfacing   2:46
18 Louder than Words   6:32

Feature LP: Pet Shop Boys – Electric (2013) 9pm ET @petshopboys

PSP-ElectyricElectric is the twelfth studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, to be released on 15 July 2013. Pet Shop Boys recorded the album in London, Berlin and Los Angeles from November 2012 to April 2013.

On 30 April 2013, the duo announced on their website that they had recorded the album over the “last six months”, with “Fluorescent” in particular “written and recorded within the last month”. Stuart Price was chosen to produce the album. Price finished mixing the album in late April 2013.

When Pet Shop Boys began working with Price, they made it clear that they wanted to make a “dance record”. Price stated that his goal was for every track to have a “euphoric, fresh feel to it”. The more dance-influenced nature of Electric was a response to the “reflective mood” of their previous album, Elysium.

The album is the first Pet Shop Boys studio album that was not released through Parlophone. The 28-year relationship between the duo and the label ended when Pet Shop Boys announced that Electric would be released through Kobalt Label Services. Pet Shop Boys subsequently announced that the album would appear on their own label, x2 (pronounced “times two”), under the Kobalt banner. Chris Lowe was given credit for naming the label. Pet Shop Boys intend to release all of their future albums on x2.

The album will be simultaneously released worldwide on 15 July 2013 in four formats: CD, digital download, Playbutton and LP.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1. “Axis”   5:32
2. “Bolshy”   5:44
3. “Love Is a Bourgeois Construct” (Pet Shop Boys, Michael Nyman) 6:41
4. “Fluorescent”   6:14
5. “Inside a Dream”   5:37
6. “The Last to Die” (Bruce Springsteen) 4:12
7. “Shouting in the Evening”   3:36
8. “Thursday” (featuring Example) 5:02
9. “Vocal”   6:34