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MLK - 50 Years Of Inspiration And The Songs It Gave Rise To
  • Jan 14, 2018
MLK - 50 Years Of Inspiration And The Songs It Gave Rise To

It should come as no surprise that one of the greatest figures in modern American history has inspired many in the arts.  From paintings, to poems; from literature to songs, Martin Luther King, Jr. has not only been the subject, but in many cases, the muse. It's been 50 years since his death.  As we both mourn his passing and celebrate his amazing accomplishments in civil rights for America, B.T.R.C. wanted to take a moment to look at some of the great songs that grew in the shadow of the incredible Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2018 Alternative Record of the Month - Anderson East - Encore
  • Jan 10, 2018
January 2018 Alternative Record of the Month - Anderson East - Encore

Anderson East's Encore is the artist's second release since signing with Elektra Records. His first album, Delilah, was released in 2015 and was produced by Dave Cobb, whose past credits include Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton (to name a few). The debut LP generated East's first AAA singles "Satisfy Me" and "Devil In Me".

January 2018 Rock ROTM - Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell: 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Jan 5, 2018
January 2018 Rock ROTM - Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell: 40th Anniversary Edition

In 1971, Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, was starring in the Broadway musical "Hair". It was during this time in NY where Meat Loaf met Jim Steinman who became his principal collaborator on the creation of the album "Bat Out Of Hell".  Although they started the album in 1972, it was not released until 1977. During this production window, Meat Loaf played in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (both movie and play) and sang lead vocals on Ted Nugent's "Free-for-All" album when Derek St. Holmes had temporarily quit the band. 

Best Vinyl of 2017
  • Dec 20, 2017
Best Vinyl of 2017

Every December,  magazines, websites, music bloggers, "social mediaites", and music fans all convalesce around one thing; "Best Of Lists". Blind Tiger Record Club is no different. Just like all of you that gather around tables at the local coffee shop or bars to discuss the best music of 2017, we have been laboring and debating our picks as well. So, without further ado, we are very excited to present the "Blind Tiger Record Club Best Vinyl of 2017"

December 2017 Alternative ROTM - Dirty Heads - Swim Team
  • Dec 18, 2017
December 2017 Alternative ROTM - Dirty Heads - Swim Team

Swim Team is the sixth studio album from Huntington Beach, California-based Dirty Heads. The guest list of collaborators is diverse and includes 311 guitarist and singer Nick Hexum, Rome (Sublime w/Rome) and writing/production duo HEAVY(Andrew McMahon). What really makes this album stand out isn't the collaborations (as good as they are), but the move towards a more commercial mainstream sound. It's still heavily infused by a unique mixture of reggae, rap, alternative rock and pop, but blended together in a production style that makes it more digestible for a larger audience. "Vacation" charted top 15 this fall at alternative format radio as a result.

December 2017 Singer/Songwriter ROTM - Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2
  • Dec 12, 2017
December 2017 Singer/Songwriter ROTM - Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2

From A Room: Volume 2 was a highly-anticipated album for the BTRC staff. Fast fans of From A Room: Volume 1 and Stapleton’s debut Traveller, we knew the record was going to be something special, once again. Chris Stapleton was already an award-winning songwriter working in Nashville prior to his infamous performance at the 2015 CMA’s with Justin Timberlake. In fact, over 150 of his songs have been cut by other artist including six Country number ones.  

December 2017 Rock ROTM - U2 - Songs of Experience
  • Dec 7, 2017
December 2017 Rock ROTM - U2 - Songs of Experience

Songs of Experience is the second act to a theme that was initiated with 2014’s Songs of Innocence. The album was described as a “kind of musical autobiography... that reflected influences 70’s rock and punk to early 80’s electronica and soul”.  Songs of Experience picks up where Innocence left off.  Experience is more adult themed taking on a more of a “lessons learned” story-type. 

November 2017 Singer/Songwriter ROTM - Robert Plant - Carry Fire
  • Nov 24, 2017
November 2017 Singer/Songwriter ROTM - Robert Plant - Carry Fire

Carry Fire is Plant's first album in over a decade where he's retained the same players and support crew. Recorded once again with the Sensational Space Shifters, who backed him on 2014’s Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar. Some of the guitar tones, mystical components and Robert’s vocals (as well as the open space on the tracks) are definitely reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.  Carry Fire is an excellent record and you’ll be glad to hear Plant’s voice sitting on top of such great songs.