Matisyahu – Youth

I’ve been listening to a lot of downloads by this guy recently and I never get tired of him. Finally I hold in my hands the double 180grm vinyl version of Youth, his most recent release. And as far as I know, his only album release on vinyl. There is a DUB version of Youth available too but I don’t have that.

From what I hear, in both senses, Live at Stubb’s seems to be the best album so maybe we cab live in hope that that will be too released as vinyl.

As for this release I don’t think there is a bad track on the album. I love it.

Matisyahu, for those who don’t yet know, is an orthodox jew in his late 20s who loves and sings reggae. Subjects are overwhelmingly relgious based, talking about the king in heaven, Jerusalem. Psalm 26 is even printed in the sleeve notes and starts off ‘The Lord is my light and my life…’

It is indeed all reggae and generally uplifting and spiritual(of course). There is the odd slower song such as ‘Late night in Zion’ which is gorgeous.

While the album is of course built around Matisyahu’s dancehall vocals, there are enough changes in tempo and extra flourishes to keep things interesting. Ancient lullaby has a backing that sound slike it was provided by the Bhundu boys from Zimbabwe.

Standout tracks are ‘King without a crown'(a version appears on all three of his album releases. Unfortunately this one is probably the worst, but still great), ‘Jerusalem'(you have to sing along to this one, @late night in Zion'(a beautiful appeal for understanding), and ‘Youth’ itself, a plea to young ment to stand up and take control, presumably for good.

Bass as you would expect from a reggae album is both pronounced and impressive. General sound is also very enjoyable although not as impressive, say, as the vinyl edition of Stadium Arcadium. Pressing quality is very good with the songs well spaced out across the four sides of high quality vinyl. And its quite a cheap release too. Packaging is single sleeve with two picture sleeves inside on which about half of the songs have the lyrics printed.

It would be great to see the previous releases(on another label) come out on vinyl. For now, this is great.

Coldplay 7″ vinyl box set

We're pleased to announce that, for the first time, all 14 of Coldplay's singles are to be collected together in a box set. 'The Singles 1999-2006' will be released internationally on March 26th.

Each single will be pressed on heavyweight 7-inch vinyl and sleeved in its original artwork. The box set will contain five singles which have never previously appeared on 7-inch vinyl. They include 'The Blue Room EP', Coldplay's rare first release for Parlophone in October 1999, which has been split into two 7-inch singles. The box set will also feature the international singles, 'Don't Panic', 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' and 'What If', none of which were released in the UK. It will also include 'The Hardest Part', which was previously only available as a download in the UK.

Please note that this collection will only be released as a 7-inch vinyl box set, there will not be a CD release. For full track details, please go to www.coldplay.com

Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis

When i fist listened to this record I thought it was dense and uninspiring. Luckily that feeling didn’t last long. Actually the songs are catchy. They are pop. And they are listenable. Scott Walker being one of Jarvis’ great idols(Scott produced Pulp’s ‘We love life’) I was worried that Jarvis was going to disappear up his own backside. He lives in France.

More ‘This is hardcore’ than ‘Different class’ this album is very strong on melody and sentiment and Jarvis has always had a particular way with lyrics. Overall its a downbeat record but with grandiose muscical backing. It sounds Spectorish at times. Walkerish at times. Jarvis is in fine voice and is always a pleasure to listen to.

‘The Loss Adjuster (Excerpt I)’ is a very short piano instrumental placed it seems at the start of the record solely to lull us intoa false sense of peace before the harsh intro to ‘Don’t let him waste your time’. A great beefy song and melody. you’ll be whistling along to this one.Lyrics are a bit of a downer though; ‘You ain’t getting no younger’.

‘Black magic’ is completely based on a Crimson & Clover sample and none the worse for it. J sounds in pain and has one thing to live for, one thing to keep him going, Black magic. What is that? He’s practically bawling his heart out here. Straining his voice and his soul.

Despite the name’Heavy weather’ is actually light relief after the heavy drums and caterwauling of ‘Black Magic’. Complete with the sound of thunder Jarvis tells us’ looks like we’re in for stormy weather’. Jarvis steps right up to the mike here and sings in his deep throaty way. A bit reminiscent of past and present backing guitarist, Richard Hawley(the wonderful Richard Hawley). There’s a brilliant rousing chorus, all driven vocals and chiming guitars. Its almost Byrdsian. It is Byrdsian. One of my favourite tracks. Despite singing about ‘death and destruction’.

‘I will kill again’ is a slow track telling a story. It talks about his guy, normal enough life, does all the average suburban things that Jarvis loves to sing about. The punchline, although it is also the title of the song, is that this next door joe will, ‘given half a chance’, kill again. There’s a nice string arrangement but for me the lyrics sound a bit too strained to be effective.

There’s some nice vibraphone and glockenspiel on the 60’s easy listening pastiche of ‘Baby’s coming back to me’. Again this evokes the 60’s crooner furrow that Richard hawley has been ploughing for the past few years. Again its a very closely miked experience complete with echo that will raise goosepimples on your neck. Song itself is good but not brilliant.

Side 2 starts off with the raucous rock ‘n roll of ‘Fat children took my life’. Primitive drums, repetitive guitar solo(almost) and Jarvis rckin’ out like he’s never rocked before. Is he joking or just having fun?? Backing music here sounds like harder music from the shoegazing days. A wall of guitar noise with that metronomic drumbeat. Jarvis had a dream and he was killed by Fat childrena and now roams the streets as a spirit. Of course Jarvis.

‘From Auschwitz to Ipswich” has some lovely haiwaiwan guitar and sing along choruses on it. it also reminds me of one of those singalongs you used to see on children’s television, complete with pauses so everyone can get the message/join in. It seems to be based on the premise that ‘All it takes for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing’. Jarvis finishes off by suggesting that ‘they’ can take his life too.

All in all Jarvis is the sound of someone who has strived for years for success, found it and then realised it really wasn’t what he wanted after all. But then we always knew that about him didn’t we? I wonder if living in France helps. Probably helps him escape some of the fame he would know in the UK. Jarvis ia a great album. We can hope for more from him.

‘Disney time’ sounds biblical in its description of what seems like theend of teh world. Its certainly impressive but won’t be on repeat.

At last on ‘Tonite’ Jarvis talks about normal decent things like having sex and taking drugs.There’s a guy going ‘Bam bam bam bam’ in the background which makes me think of Sons of the Pioneers, those country singing legends. This is then backed up by some slide guitar. Actually its Haiwaian but it sounds like slide 🙂 Don’t worry! Jarvis has not adopted a faux southern US accent.

Chasing dreams is the subject on ‘Big Julie’. Possibly a girl growing up and trying to get on with the world. Its a slow fast song and builds up to the largest crescendo so far on the album, when finally at the end, ‘Big Julie rules the world’. Helped out by a rousing orchestra of strings.

‘The Loss adjuster (Excerpt II)’ passes as quickly as Excerpt I.

The album proper ends in a slow acoustic manner with ‘Quantum Theory’. This is also the most hopeful song on the album. ‘God may be dead’ but ‘everything is going to be alright’. I guess this is as positive as it gets in Jarvis world. Or maybe its just a sop to us as his fans.

The cd contains a ‘hidden’ track at the end. The previously released ‘Cunts are still running the world’. The vinyl has this semi hidden on a 7″ record mounted on a special insert in the other half of teh gatefold. Lyrics are neatly printed on the label of the 7″ itself. Its a great track, fighting back at all the corrupt politicians, businessmen and leaders of the world. Probably the brightest and best song on the album this is the kind of song you want to be singing after pubs close on a Saturday night. As well as 9am on a Monday morning. Funnily enough its a lot brighter recording too and while reasonably harsh has emerged from the murky recording of the rest of the album. And near the end of this in rousing the masses Jarvis sounds as happy as he’s ever been.

This is a pop album, but its a downer of an album. Its letting you in on J’s mind although lyrically seems not to be as personal as the Pulp albums were. Arrangements are intricate, exquisite and very lovely.

Sonically I’m not at all impressed. It sounds very dense and compressed. Digital jobbie and not so good. Whereas Richard hawley’s albums are a joy to listen to, open and warm and breathing, this is claustorphobic. This may be the intention but I don’t think so. Perhaps someone could tell us. this sound will actually put me off playing the album too often. Pressing is fine although my copy has a slight warp which doesn’t affect play. Packaging is excellent. Gatefold vinyl with an inner picture sleeve, all on thick cardboard and the extra insert that holds the hidden track, the 7″ single on the vinyl edition.

Van Morrison – Enlightenment

incredibly prolific since the 1960’s we here look at Van Morrison’s 1990 release, Enlightenment. He tends to return to a fe different styles over and over again, but these are never less than pleasurable. Dreamy nature loving poet, upbeat troubador in love, lover of primitive rock and roll and sometimes curmudgeonly veteran of the music industry. Enlightenment is a mixture of the dreamy and the upbeat.

The record bears some classics but does not maintain the same standard throughout. Nevertheless it does start off with one of his very best. real real gone is joy in a four minute nutshell. Van sings of love and happiness and that splendidness of being alive is augmented and reinforced by the horn section. He even brings in the old nostalgic trick of reminding us of past soulful greats. Sam Cooke is on the radio here. No doubt that’s the same radio Luxembourg Van used to listen to on the AM wireless. Interestingly Sam Cooke iis still being quoted, recently by the likes of the rap star Kanye West.

next up we have the title track, Enlightenment. Light guitar and brushed cymbals. Its Van Morrison singing about the perfect life. Has he ever found it. Perhaps its best for us that he’s still looking. Its a dreamy song. you can imagine waltzing with your beloved to this one. A bit of hazy harmonica adds to the whole atmosphere.

This next song is called So quiet in here. Van employs the lines ‘so quiet in here’, so peaceful in here’ to create the feeling of bliss over gorgeous instrumentation and soaring piano by Michael O’Suilleabhain. And it goes on for over 6 minutes. It lulls you into a peaceful, blissful sleep.

Next song, in a way, namechecks his previous album. Its called Avalon of the heart. and is a slow one. Its not the most memorable track. Piano very slowly provides the accompaniment to a Van singing his heart out. Soaring strings and harmonica also make an entrance while Van sings of his lady in Camelot. And just to complete things the Ambrosian singer’s choir even appears. ‘See me through’ completes side one in similar laidback fashion and with more of a whimper than a bang.

Side two and you’re wanting to join in with him as he sings about sweet bird of youth in his soul on ‘Youth of 1000 summers. Again its a fun upbeat number without particular depth but certainly good for listening to and dancing to.

‘In the days before rock ‘n roll’ is all about the wireless and Radio Luxembourg. It is, as usual, for Van on this subject full of nostalgia and a love for bygone times. It is spoken rather than sung in an unusual stilted manner by an Irish poet called Paul Durcan. (That’s just the way he speaks). Van does sing on the choruses.

The next two songs pass pleasantly enough without being hugely memorable. ‘Start all over again’ is made more interesting by the appearance of a vibraphone. ‘She’s a baby’ has a chorus sung by a few guys sounding like an early R&R band.

The album ends with ‘memories’. This track has another heartfelt lyric sung in a heartfelt manner. It also contains some beautiful spanish guitar and fiddle. I really like this one. It is a gorgeous end to the album and leaves one with a very pleasant aftertaste.

The band are always incredibly tight and play to perfect as on all VM records. His voice used to irritate me slightly but no longer and now I can enjoy the brilliant wealth of music and albums he has given us so far. I look forward with delight for each of his new releases. And soundwise, the recors are always of the highest quality. Excellent recording, mastering and pressing even on this record which is pressed on typically thin vinyl of the time but does not present any problems here. There is an inner paper sleeve wqith all the lyrics printed.

Broken Records

http://www.memphisdailynews.com/Editorial/StoryLead.aspx?id=95637

Broken Records
Where giant music retailers die, independents thrive

ZACHARY ZOELLER | The Daily News
BANDING TOGETHER: Nichole Newman, clerk at Last Chance Records at 2072 Walker Ave., says she enjoys working at an independent record store because it supports local bands. — PHOTO BY ZACHARY ZOELLER

Shoppers shuffled through the decimated music selection at Tower Records' Memphis location near the end of the chain's 46-year run last month.

Shelves that used to be brimming with Elvis, The Beatles, Cat Power and Sonic Youth were reduced to a grab-bag of no-name bands and overstocked "best-of" compilations.

Posters, magazine racks and lighting fixtures bore signs that read "SOLD" as the Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center anchor took a last gasp and died.

Liquidation company Great American Group of Los Angeles paid $134.3 million for the ailing stores in October. Tower's parent company, MTS Inc., filed for bankruptcy in February 2004.

The once-prolific chain's demise resonated throughout the music industry, signaling the decline of music-only stores and the growing popularity of retailers such as Wal-Mart and Apple iTunes.

While companies like Tower rely on massive CD and DVD sales, small, locally owned record stores often sing a different tune.

Sad, sad song

With the loss of Tower, the number of Memphis stores that rely mostly on music sales is dwindling.

Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Borders Books Music Movies & Café and others sell a variety of products, while music accounts for a piece of their incomes.

However, independent record stores thrive on the areas that the larger stores might lack – emphasis on local music, specialized genres and employee expertise. Local stores, such as Midtown's Goner Records, Last Chance Records and Shangri La Records, pick up where the chains leave off.

Zac Ives, co-owner of local independent record label and music store Goner Records says many of the woes of the music industry don't affect the fledgling three-year-old imprint.

"We specialize in weird, garage punk kind of stuff," Ives said. "We're kind of insulated a little bit from all this other stuff that's going around."

Remaining to the left of mainstream has been the calling card of the label since it morphed from an online bulletin board into a record label in the 1990s.

"(Co-owner Eric Friedl) created a bulletin board and kind of created this community of people who wanted to talk about whatever – whether it was Memphis, whether it was music or being an idiot," Ives said. "We kind of had that set online presence already, and we were able to tap into that with an online store."

'A leg up'

In January 2006, Best Buy announced a promotion that was criticized by many within the world of independent music.

The big box retailer offered CDs of artists from independent record labels, such as Cat Power and Broken Social Scene, for $7.99, lower than the price that many stores could buy them from distributors.

Goner Records largely was immune to the effects of the promotion, since it sells music from its artists without buying from a distributor.

Its label boasts artists such as local bands the Oblivians, Jay Reatard and Harlan T. Bobo, as well as others like Chicago's Cocoma and England's the Hipshakes.

"As both a record label that is putting out our own stuff and being able to sell it through our own storefront and online, we've kind of got a leg up with other small labels," Ives said.

The store's online presence and used-music sales have been two of Goner's saving graces.

Currently, it sells half of its merchandise in the store and half on its Web site, www.goner-records.com.

Last Chance Records at 2072 Walker Ave. finds its niche in hip-hop LPs and showcasing local bands, such as punk upstarts Evil Army.

"When you're here, you know where your money's going," said Nichole Newman, who has worked at Last Chance for three years.

V for Victrola

In an age when Apple iTunes has sold more than a billion digital MP3 files, Goner's shelves might require a double-take for the casual music buyer.

Stocked with vinyl records, most of the store's business comes from those who still love the crackle of a needle across an LP.

"We knew that there was this oncoming thing of CDs becoming obsolete," Ives said. "We do two-thirds (of sales) on vinyl and one-third on CDs."

Pressing 500 to 1,000 of each of its releases, the label realizes the limitations of its audience.

"There's that kind of goodwill of going into your neighborhood record store," he said. "People are recognizing that vinyl has some staying power now that companies are putting stuff on vinyl."

A NEW SPIN

http://www.alligator.org/pt2/070118record.php

A NEW SPIN

By DAVID LOW
Avenue Writer
Gabriel Lopez / Alligator
Ted Sharpe, owner of Sharpe's Music Exchange, restores a vinyl record in the back of the store before moving it onto the floor of the store to sell. Sharpe's Music Exchange is one of the few stores in the area that takes the time to restore records before selling them, Sharpe said.

In the wide world of music, few things stand the test of time.

The music industry is a fickle business, with artists, genres and even audio formats moving in a constant waltz of popularity and viability.

Vinyl records seem to have come to a crossroad. One path leads to fallow fields of disuse, while the other leads to the fertile land of continued spins.

Independently owned music stores around Gainesville are waiting to see which road vinyl will tread while they watch stores like No Future Records on Main Street go out of business.

"I specialize in jazz, but the rock 'n' roll records sell the best," said Ted Sharpe, owner of Sharpe's Music Exchange. "The Beatles sell. Pink Floyd sells. The Velvet Underground sells. Elvis doesn't sell. Go figure."

Sharpe has been selling records in Gainesville for 15 years in the same building on West University Avenue.

"Collecting records was just a hobby of mine until it got to the point where I had too many," Sharpe said.

A retired graphic artist from San Francisco, he moved to Gainesville to be closer to family.

"I'm doing great," Sharpe said of his business, "but this is just a hobby business, though – something to do in retirement to keep me busy. I could pack it up and be fine."

Although the store makes enough money to stay afloat and stay in business, Sharpe isn't relying on record sales as his main source of livelihood.

Similarly, the record store and live music venue Wayward Council, also on West University Avenue, is not in the business of selling records for the money.

"The people who buy records here are mostly into local underground music, punk and hardcore," said Ren�e Pinault, a volunteer employee at Wayward Council. "There's no set genre, though," she said, motioning toward the rap record spinning behind her.

Wayward Council is more of a music community commons than a true record shop. It has many racks of local 'zines and is generally a place where people can socialize with those who share similar interests. It also serves as a live music venue, which accounts for much of the shop's revenue.

"We try to keep our record prices really cheap," Pinault said. "People who work here are all actually volunteers, and any money we get in sales we put back into the store. We also get a lot of money from shows, and we accept donations."

But what about the record stores that are actually in the business to earn a profit?

One such store, the ill-named No Future Records, recently went out of business.

Have compact discs and mp3s dealt the knockout blow to the LP?

Sharpe thinks not.

"I get people coming in from cities far bigger than Gainesville, who travel here just to buy records from me," Sharpe said. "They can't believe Gainesville still has record stores. I've even had people from Japan buy almost $3,000 worth of stuff here that they couldn't find anywhere else."

Sharpe believes there is still an interest in records because of nostalgia for the time when music was really important to people. He believes that audiophiles, people who meticulously scrutinize the fidelity of audio recordings, have single-handedly revived vinyl.

Charles Scales, owner of Hyde and Zeke Records on NW 10th Avenue, is somewhat of an audiophile himself, but he believes that records are here to stay.

"The people who come in here to buy records run the gamut," Scales said. "I have 70-year-olds come in for records, and I just sold a record player to a 13-year-old. Once you get into buying records, you can't stop."

He carries records ranging from decades bygone to the latest limited-print 7-inch vinyl from current indie bands.

Having sold records in Gainesville for 30 years, Scales has a very clear idea about the quality of audio media.

"CDs are flawed technology," Scales said. "CDs are diminishing. They get holes in them and they oxidize, but when you have a record, you have it forever if you take care of it. Plus the fidelity is so much greater."

Scales is also a musician, but his day job, the one he relies on mainly for his income, is the record store.

"To be honest, it's not a good era for record stores – they're disappearing everywhere," Scales said. "For instance, in 1992, when a new release came out, there were lines out the door. You don't see that anymore. When something new comes out, people already have it on their computers."

Vinyl hangs on a precipice. Only the future will tell if records will follow the same road plodded by 8-track cartridges and Beta tapes, or if they will continue to be a part of life in the foreseeable future.

Drowsy soundtrack goes back to vinyl

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/music/16535275.htm

‘Drowsy’ soundtrack goes back to vinyl
Everything was done the old-fashioned way for Valentine’s Day release.
By MICHAEL KUCHWARA
The Associated Press
Bob Martin played “Man in Chair” in the Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” A limited edition vinyl record, like the one held by Martin, will be issued Feb. 14.

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” that fictional 1920s musical celebrated in the hit Broadway musical (with the same name), is getting its own recording — on vinyl.

It will be issued Feb. 14 as a limited edition vinyl record by Ghostlight Records, the company that produced the original Broadway cast recording of the production now on view at the Marquis Theatre.

That show is a musical-theater fantasy in which an obsessed character called “Man in Chair” plays a vintage recording of what he says is his favorite show — “The Drowsy Chaperone” — and the musical comes to life.

“We just went back and recorded it as if it were the album that the Man in Chair would have been playing,” Kurt Deutsch, president of Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, said. “It’s actually a completely different experience.

“It’s not the original Broadway cast album,” he explained. “This is a version that the Man in Chair listens to — what he fell in love with, featuring the characters in the musical.”

Each side is about 24 minutes — “what you can fit on a record,” Deutsch said. What buyers will get is added dialogue plus the vintage LP cover art. What’s missing on this recording are the Man in Chair’s comments about the show as well as bonus tracks, all available on the initial recording.

“The great thing about ‘Drowsy’ is we’re a wonderful discovery from the unexpected — so the idea of a vinyl recording of ‘Drowsy,’ which doesn’t make any commercial sense, is a bit of a treasure,” said Kevin McCollum, the show’s producer.

Deutsch’s new effort is the first cast recording released on vinyl in almost 20 years, the record executive said, with the last one, according to his research, being “City of Angels,” which opened in December 1989.

The vinyl recording of “Drowsy” — only 1,000 copies have been made — will sell for $50, with part of the sales going to the Actors’ Fund of America. They will be available only in the lobby of the Marquis Theatre or from two Web sites, www.GhostlightRecords.com and www.drowsychaperone .com.

State River Widening – Cottonhead

Somehow a mixture of Godspeed, Explosions in the sky, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Jim O’Rourke its the new sound of Folktonica. With some Aphex twin flourishes thrown in for good measure. Probably closest ineed to Jim O’ Rourke and Fourtet, State River Widening’s Cottonhead is a gorgeous, detailed and enjoayble listening experience. It works on so many levels. It neither has voices nor extreme loudness to destroy what could be a very enjoyable evening of listening to the album in the background. It could be dinner party music. Elevator music. Yet when you pay attention there is plenty to hold it. There are marvellous melodies, intriguing interplay and delicious diversions. There are ten tracks and practically all are instrumentals. Those that aren’t might as well be. They seem to follow the same pphilosophy as My Bloody valentine. The voice is not a lead or unique part but rather is another instrument to be added to the mix.

A bit like Explosions in the sky, these tracks seem to tell so many stories without using what we commonly define as language. Credited as instruments are guitars, keyboards, woodwinds, mallets, drums, percussion, violins and voice. Voice does say words, but it sounds lost in the forest and is another repetition to add to the mix of repetitions. It is dreamy music. It is drawn from the modern bowels of folk music. its a playful collection of sounds and tunes. Songs build into a hypnotising collage of sounds, but never hasrh. This is not metal machine music.

Released in 2004 and available on vinyl on the Vertical form record label, I discovered this record last year, 2006, and it remains one of my discoveries of the year. Sounds is crisp and clean, but good and clear. You hear what’s going on. Presumably a digital recording, this adds to a certain detachment that is already in the music. Pressing is very good. Packaging is minimal.

http://www.verticalform.com

Road Records Mailout Jan25

Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.

I will keep the intro short today because I am running late with the
newsletter this week (whats new).

Things are finally getting back to normal again, as you will see from the
list, with lots of new releases this week (and its all amazing).

There are some new mp3's up on the site this week too.

Enjoy the list and have a good week !

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New In This Week – ( all prices in Euro )
New in stock items on sale at –
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Airport girl-Slow light-Its taken five years since their debut album for
airport girl to serve up a second helping of downbeat country tinged pop
sounds on the fortuna pop label, this is some really lovely laid back music
sounding like a cross between the likes of sophia, galaxy 500, the pastels
and the go betweens, there are little country tinges to the album but its
mostly just high quality acoustic based indie pop, january 2007-Cd-Fortuna
pop-?15.99

Animal collective-People-Brand new single from the truly excellent and
always bonkers animal collective, features three previously unreleased
tracks from the same recording sessions as the feels album, features eyvind
kang from mr bungle and sun city girls along with kristin anna valtysdottir
from mum, the ep is finished off with a live version of people, the main
track sounds like it could quite easily have been lifted from some rare syd
barret session with a totally infectious almost surf like guitar riff
throughout, if you open your mind up enough you will discover these guys are
writing some of the most amazing psychedelic pop music around at the moment,
like some truly warped blend of the beach boys and the flaming lips, also
features tikwid and my favourite colours, january 2007-12"-Fat cat-?7.99

Arbouretum-Rites of uncovering-This is the second album from baltimore based
arbouretum and their first for the thrill jockey label, the main sonwriter
in the band dave heumann has played with papa m, anomoanan, bonnie prince
billy and cass mccombs in the past, this new ablum is one of the finest
collections of heavy guitar based folk rock i have had the pleasure to hear
in quite some time, his influences would range from early neil young to will
oldham and plenty more inbetween, heumann is not afraid to delve into the
guitar solo sounds of early southern rock at times too, at times the album
sounds like classic will oldham backed by neil youngs crazy horse band, its
lo fi folk rock teeming with expolsive guitar solos, absolutely wonderful
stuff, january 2007-Cd-Thrill jockey-?18.99

Beangrowers-Dance dance baby-Eleven track album from this new indie rock
outfit from malta, sounding a bit at times like a slightly art rock take on
the catchy sounds of stereolab meets early st etienne with the cures guitar
player, they also have little elements of the edgy new wave sound with
chunky heavy bass and jangly guitar lines slowly blasting out with heavy
distorted choruses, sounding a wee bit like a female fronted interpol,
january 2007-Cd-Series 8-?9.99

Benga-Newstep-Benga is deemed by many in the know to be one of the
originators of the new dubstep sound from london, this 15 track collection
of stunning instrumentals certainly shows that he is one of the finest in
the genre, anybody that liked the recent burial or kode 9 albums will surely
love this, its not quite as ambient as the burial album as the beats are a
little heavier and hard hitting, basically its a superb blend of digital
reggae, dub, hip hop and grime, whilst its a big melting pot of all the
above it doesnt quite sound like any of them in particular, high quality
chunky beats with lots of dubby sound effects and glitchy processing,
dubstep at its highest quality, january 2007-Cd-Benga beats-?17.99

Black diamond heavies-Every damn time-The black diamond heavies are a raw
rock n blues outfit from tennessee featuring john wesley myers on fender
rhodes and van campbell on drums, the album features some lovely smooth old
style blues tempered with some real sleazy bar room sounds, try to imagine
the voice of tom waits with the black keys behind him, whilst it may sound
strange on paper the use of a fender rhodes in the band instead of guitars
actually works like a dream for this kind of bass heavy blues and gives
drummer van campbell the freedom to roll around his drum kit at will, fine
stuff indeed, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Bloc party-The prayer part one-Features the prayer and also england on the
flip side, the single comes housed in a gatefold sleeve with room to hold
the second part of the series which is sold separately, the prayer is a real
pulsating bass driven piece of eighties influenced indie rock complete with
lush synth sounds,-7"-Wichita-?3.99

Bloc party-The prayer part two-Features the prayer along with version 2 on
the flip side, limited edition yellow vinyl pressing, the prayer is a real
pulsating bass driven piece of eighties influenced indie rock complete with
lush synth sounds,-7"-Wichita-?3.99

Bloody hollies-Who to trust who to kill who to love-The bloody hollies are a
bluesy tinged garage punk outfit on alive records, this is some truly damn
fine traditional bluesy rock n roll, at times these guys sound like the
white stripes or the black keys meets early led zeppelin, the album is full
of big chunky guitar riffs perfectly complemented by wesley doyles raw
vocals, what i love most about this album is the fact that these guys dont
try and mess around with a winning formula by being all arty and clever,
they aint afraid to let the songs just rock out on their own in a totally
loose style, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Bonnie prince billy-Lay and love-The third single to be taken from the
letting go album, the track features guest vocalist dawn mccarthy from faun
fables who provides a real sweet sixties folk edge to the track, its
probably one of the prettiest little folk tunes that oldham has even
recorded, the flip side features a cover of the bob dylan track going to
acapulco done in a wonderful new orleans jazz style, january
2007-7"-Domino-?3.99

Boredoms-Super roots five-Originally released in 1995 on the warners reprise
label, the album features just one monstrous 64 minute long track and is
pure heaven to lovers of pure psychedelic noise,-Cd-Very friendly-?19.99

Boredoms-Super roots one-This album was originally back in 1993 on the major
label reprise records, the album features 14 short sharp blasts of boredoms
mayhem clocking in at just under 20 minutes in total, i wiould simply love
to have seen the faces on the men in suits behind the warners desks when
they were presented with this piece of avant garde madness from one of
japans finest, ranging from brass driven pure avant garde jazz rock to some
short blasts of old school garage rock to syd barret like psychedelic
madness, reissued on the very friendly label, january 2007-Cd-Very
friendly-?9.99

Boredoms-Super roots three-Originally released in 1994 on the warners
reprise label, this album consists of just one 33 minute long track titled
hard trance away karaoke of cosmos,-Cd-Very friendly-?13.99

Clap your hands say yeah-Some loud thunder-The second album from clap your
hands say yeah and the follow up the the hugely enjoyable self titled first
album, the album was produced by dave fridmann who has worked with the
flaming lips quite a lot in the past, 11 track album on the wichita label,
the first real notable thing about this album is fridmanns production on the
album, there are plenty of his trademark big studio effects on the album not
too far away from his last effort with the flaming lips with lots of
explosive almost wall of noise effects going on, elsewhere the album takes
off from where the first one left off, there are lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock gems in here sounding somewhere between the violent femmes meets
the pixies meets early talking heads, it definitely takes a few listens
before this album make any real sense but its worth the effort, january
2007-Cd-Wichita-?17.99

Client-Zerox machine-Electro pop trio client return with the new single and
a cover of the adam and the ants tune zerox machine, features simon tong
from the gorillaz and the verve on guitars, this remix ep features mixes
from n joi and idc, n joi turn the track is a real floor filling piece of
eighties synth driven electro whilst the idc mix keeps the track on a more
eighties synth pop vibe, january 2007-12"-Loser friendly-?7.50

Client-Zerox machine-Electro pop trio client return with the new single and
a cover of the adam and the ants tune zerox machine, features simon from the
gorillaz and the verve on guitars, the track has a real eighties pop feel to
it strangely enough with lots of pulstating bass synths and heavy distorted
keyboards, try to imagine a blend of the human league and the darker sounds
of depeche mode, also features jonny slit atomizer mix on the flip side,
limited edition white vinyl pressing, january 2007-7"-Loser friendly-?3.99

Cocker, jarvis-Dont let him waste your time part one-The first proper single
to be released from the self titled album from the former pulp frontman,
features dont let them waste your time along with big stuff on the flip
side, another glorious slice of clever indie pop from cocker, features the
genius of mr richard hawley on guitars, january 2007-7"-Rough trade-?3.50

Cocker, jarvis-Dont let him waste your time part two-The first proper single
to be released from the self titled album from the former pulp frontman,
features dont let them waste your time along with one man show on the flip
side, another glorious slice of clever indie pop from cocker, features the
genius of mr richard hawley on guitars, january 2007-7"-Rough trade-?3.50

Deep wound-Almost complete-This is pretty the complete recorded history of
this early hardcore outfit and features j mascis from dinosaur jr along with
lou barlow from dinosaur jr and sebadoh, the album comes in a lovely
digipack sleeve designed by stephen o malley from sunn o, features a total
of 27 songs clocking in at just over 36 minutes, its raw explosive old style
hardcore punk rock, think of classic early husker du with plenty of angry
punk rock attitude, features a couple of early practice session tapes
featuring jay otto on vocals, january 2007-Cd-Baked goods-?17.99

Deerhunter-Cryptograms-This is one of the most varied album you are ever
likely to hear from the kranky label, its a big distance from the usual
electronic and drone based sounds that kranky are famous for, there are
still moments of layered guitar based droning sounds within this album but
its much more of a full live band affair with lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock thrown in, there is also lots of bass driven angular math rock
sounding a bit like a more psychedelic girls against boys meets the gang of
four, january 2007-Cd-Kranky-?17.99

Dexateens-Hardwire healing-Album number three from this alabama based
southern rock outfit, anyone with the slightest interest in the sounds of
early neil young, lynyrd skynyrd, drive by truckers and classic early
southern rock will simply love this new album, the album is full of old
style sleazy southern rock sounds with lots of country rock influences ala
gram parsons etc, there is lots of smooth pedal steel guitar sounds and lots
of good old fashioned guitar solo workouts thrown in too, when its this good
there aint no reason to fear the rock, january 2007-Cd-Rosa records-?18.99

Doiron, julie-Woke myself up-The first new material from julie doiron in
over two years, doiron was once a member of the legendary underground outfit
erics trip and fellow member rich white produced and plays on the album, if
you like your quirky folk vibes in a similar style to the likes of cat
power, shannon doherty etc then this one will really get you going, the
album is full of laid back and mostly mellow acoustic sounds with lots of
quirky edges drifting into some really catchy indie pop, january 2007-Cd-Jag
jaguwar-?16.50

Dub war-Coxsone versus quaker city-Produced by bunny lee and mixed at king
tubbys by the scientist, a much sought after dub album from way back in 1981
finally getting a proper vinyl release by attack gold, its raw heavy dub at
it finest, features third and fourth generation, coxsone feels this one,
straight in the boy coxsone chest, the man never imitate always originate,
ride on, run come listen coxsone, murderer style, scientist say papa coxsone
gone, give them dub coxsone and coxsone a chemist in this, january
2007-Lp-Attack gold-?17.99

Field music-Tones of town-The second album from this sunderland based outfit
on memphis industries, features the singles in context and a house is not a
home, the ablum features some really blissful psychedelic tinged indie pop
with lots of lush string arrangements, there are definitely elements of that
californian sunshine pop sound ala the beach boys and also some clever
instrumental arrangements similar to the high llamas at times, really really
clever and highly addictive too, january 2007-Cd-Memphis industries-?16.50

Field music-Tones of town-The second album from this sunderland based outfit
on memphis industries, features the singles in context and a house is not a
home, the ablum features some really blissful psychedelic tinged indie pop
with lots of lush string arrangements, there are definitely elements of that
californian sunshine pop sound ala the beach boys and also some clever
instrumental arrangements similar to the high llamas at times, really really
clever and highly addictive too, comes in a lovely old style gatefold
sleeve, january 2007-Lp-Memphis industries-?12.99

Hold steady-Boys and girls in america (with free hold steady comic)-Recent
album of the week in the irish times and one of the picks of the cmj
festival 2006, a real noisy rock affair that reminds me of the classic loose
indie rock answer to early springsteen and the e street band, the album is
full of euphoric guitar heavy blasts of old school rock complete with the
pounding piano sounds, its great to hear a band not afraid to let loose and
it really sounds like these guys have a great time doing what they do,
january 2007 -Cd-Vagrant-?16.50

Irving-Death in the garden blood in the flowers-The second album from
american outfit irving and their first album to be made available in europe,
an album containing some very clever and also very very catchy indie pop
sounds, there are elements of sixties pop about the album, falling somewhere
between a really poppy sounding sebadoh with their loose arrangements and
the sixties tinged pop sounds of the likes of the dandy warhols, january
2007-Cd-Eenie meenie-?17.99

Jenssen, geir-Cho oyo 8210m-Geir jenssen is probably better known as
electronic artist biosphere, comes in a very beautiful oversized card sleeve
with paper booklet featuring notes and photos from cho oyo mountain, the
booklet is pretty essential to any enjoyment of the album as it describes
various parts of the journey and the sources of the field recordings,
jenssen obviously decided to record under his own name this time as the
album is a real departure from his lush ambient soundscapes and digital
processing, the 12 tracks here are pretty much raw field recordings
featuring running water, rainfall, winds, wind chimes, dogs barking, storms
and various other sound effects, a captivating listen and truly outstanding
packaging, january 2007-Cd-Ash international-?18.99

Middleton, malcolm-A brighter beat-The first single to be taken from
malcolms second solo album, malcolm was one half of scottish based legends
arab strap, the single is a truly excellent blast of underground indie pop
with a real catchy sixties pop guitar riff before blasting off into some
grunge rock take on the arab strap sound, if the rest of the album is as
good as this then we are in for some real treat, also features point of
light on the flip side, a much more mellow acoustic guitar and piano based
sound, january 2007-7"-Full time hobby-?3.99

Oakley hall-Gypsum strings-The second album from oakley hall this year and
their first for the jag jaguwar offshoot label brah records, features brian
chase from the yeah yeah yeahs, oakley hall also features oneida founding
member pat sullivan, an album deeply rooted in seventies rock, folk rock and
early americana sounds, the sounds range from some laid back country rock
sounds akin to the likes of wilco up the some real rebel rousing barroom
roots rock sounds, if you are in the mood for some fuzzed up gram parsons
influenced sounds then look no further than oakley hall, the album was
originally released on cd back in june of 2006, january 2007-Lp-Jag
jaguwar-?16.50

Parlane, rosy-Jessamine-The second album on the always impressive touch
label from new zealander rosy parlane, parlane using droning scratchy
processed guitars for his source material with the initial effect sounding
like a cello slowed down beyond recognition, as the three long tracks slowly
take shape parlane adds in some more organic field recordings of rainfall,
dragonflies etc to give the effects of being lost somewhere in the middle of
a swampy marsh, comparable at times to christian fennesz, the kranky label
and even the mellow side of sunn o, the album can be quite haunting and
unselltling at times with a real doom like feeling about the drones, yet
another superb collection of digital noise from the touch label, january
2007-Cd-Touch-?17.99

Plinth-Wintersongs-This little gem from plinth was originally released way
back in 1999 on cassette and then again in 2002 on limited cdr, plinth
features michael tanner, steven dacosta, nicholas palmer and julian
poidevin, this is a really lovely collection of almost childlike sounds made
with little music boxes, glockenspiel, trumpet, clarinet, clocks, birds,
cymbals and plenty of other oddities, imagine a style of victorian musical
nursery rhyme modernised for childrens story time, lots of delicately
plucked sounds blended into found sounds and childrens choirs, at times it
reminds me of virginia astleys album in gardens where we feel secure,
january 2007-Cd-Rusted rail-?7.99

Redfern, jon-May be some time-The debut album from this truly excellent
contemporary folk singer, redfern takes in elements of classic folk, blues,
early jazz, rock and avant garde sounds, just one listen to this rather
excellent album and you are taking right back to the heyday of seventies
folk ala john martyn and tim buckley, the album is full of acoustically
based sounds with little hints of traditional english and even trad irish
folk, redferns voice is superb with just a little husky edge to it perfectly
complimenting the lush acoustic sounds, if only all modern folk albums
delivered as much as this man can, limited edition numbered copies which
also come with 5 bonus tracks, january 2007-Cd-Reveal-?16.50

Redfern, jon-May be some time-The debut album from this truly excellent
contemporary folk singer, redfern takes in elements of classic folk, blues,
early jazz, rock and avant garde sounds, just one listen to this rather
excellent album and you are taking right back to the heyday of seventies
folk ala john martyn and tim buckley, the album is full of acoustically
based sounds with little hints of traditional english and even trad irish
folk, redferns voice is superb with just a little husky edge to it perfectly
complimenting the lush acoustic sounds, if only all modern folk albums
delivered as much as this man can, very limited vinly pressing which comes
the full album on cd inside the sleeve including 5 bonus tracks, january
2007-Lp-Reveal-?17.99

Rest-Operation impending doom-Brand new mini album from rest on the irish
label out on a limb which is also home to giveamanakick, waiting room and
ten past seven, the album features two long tracks clocking in at a total of
20 minutes, features operation impending doom and spare a dime for comrade
lonely crippled cowboy, this is some truly damn fine explosive metal edged
post rock sounding at times like the metal edged guitars of slint doing
battle with the slow meandering off beat sounds of mogwai, the slow
intricate guitar moments give way to massive distorted guitars, yet again
another excellent release from one of irelands finest independent record
labels, january 2007-Cd-Out on a limb records-?7.50

Rough guide to yodel-Various artists-You are either going to love or hate
this new collection on the world music network, some people will run a mile
from anything to do with a cd packed with 18 tracks of pure old style
country yodelling, for anyone with a passing interest in this sound then
this is a superb place to start, the album is split between traditional
country sounds, eastern europen folk and some more modern folk tinged
artists, cathy fink opens up the album with a simple lesson in how to yodel
so once you have passed track one you will be able to sing along yourself,
the album features janet mcbride, christin lauterburg, jodel duo rosy and
paul hirschis, shelley hirsch and david weinstein, alpendub versus the man
cable, the hoopii brothers, trio los camperos de valles, kishorre kumar,
sainkho namtchylak, carolina cotton, laura love, gillian welch, mike
johnson, kenny roberts, ed sanders, francis bebey and baka beyond, heaps of
fun and good time music for all, january 2007-Cd-World music network-?14.99

Rough trade shops-Counter culture 1976-Fourteen track cd released in
conjunction with the double cd collection counter culture 2006, this
collection features 14 tracks released in the shops first year of business
hence they are all from 1976, the album features 101ers, blondie, nick lowe,
the damned, the saints, dennis brown, kate and anna mcgariggle, patti smith
group, penguin cafe orchestra, bootsys rubber band, ivor cutler, the
upsetters, flamin groovies, art and language and the red krayola, the
slickee boys, radio birdman, the ramones, aswad, the residents, candi
staton, tom waits and yabby you, january 2007-Cd-V2-?14.50

Rough trade shops-Counter culture 2006-Excellent double cd collection
featuring some of the finest music from 2006, features a total of 46 tracks,
features various productions, the last town chorus, isobel campbell with
mark lanegan, beirut, lily allen, camera obscura, peter bjorn and john, hush
arbors, monkey swallows the universe, richard swift, yo la tengo,
treecreeper, cold war kids, the morrison steam fayre, oneida, bricolage, new
moscow, tapes n tapes, broken social scene, winter kids, ripchord, mike
sammes, burial, alva noto with ryuicki sakamoto, scritti politti, uffie,
ladybug, crystal castles, envelopes, css, metronomy, xerox teen, bromheads
jacket, the rotters, the sounds of american doomsday cults, tits, gossip,
pre, erase errata, bonnie camplin, 00i00, wolf eyes, nagisa yoko with justin
simon, andrew liles, trentemoller and the disco students, january
2007-2cd-V2-?17.99

Sir richard bishop-Fingering the devil-Part of the ongoing limited edtion
latitudes series on southern records, richard bishop also plays in the sun
city girls, a collection of some of the most beautiful solo guitar pieces
you will hear all year, harking back to the heyday of the legendary john
fahey crossed with the music from the deer hunter, superbly played steel
guitar instrumentals, absolutely stunning stuff, this vinyl version is
limited to only 700 copies worldwide and comes pressed on marble effect
clear vinyl, january 2007 -Lp-Latitudes-?18.90

Sky larkin-One of two-Leeds based three piece on the dance to the radio
label, sounding a bit like a jangly guitar indie rock take on the sounds of
the yeah yeah yeahs blended with early blondie, also features young guns on
the flip side, limited edition green vinyl pressing, january 2007-7"-Dance
to the radio-?4.50

Spencer dickinson-The man who lives for love-A collaboration between jon
spencer and north mississippi allstar members luther and cody dickinson, the
album is a real sleazy trip through some dirty low down mississippi blues
influeced sounds with heaps of slide guitars and low down hammond organ
sounds, its not quite as abrasive as the blues explosion but it sure makes
up for it with laid back bluesy sleaze, the album was recorded by the
legendary jim dickinson in his zebra ranch studios in memphis and you can
really hear the influence this had on the band, features a damn fine cover
of junior kimbroughs track free aswell, absolutely superb old style
mississippi blues rock, 12 track album on heavy vinyl, january 2007-Lp-Yep
roc-?18.99

Temple, luke-Hold a match for a gasoline world-The debut album from luke
temple on the fargo label, recorded over a two week period in avast
recording studio in seattle, this is a real folky pop little gem from temple
sounding at times like an uptempo elliott smith blended with bits of jeff
buckley, nick drake or even early paul simon, temple has a lovely soulful
sounding voice perfect for this kind of acoustic based seventies tinged
folk, january 2007-Cd-Fargo-?18.99

Trainwreck riders-Lonely road revival-Rawkus country n blues outfit on the
alive label and mates of two gallants, the album is split between the more
traditional country folk acoustic sounds and some more upfront rockin blues
with lots of honky tonk country influences, there are also elements of
totally loose sounding indie rock almost like a country punk tinged pavement
or sebadoh, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Turbulence-Notorious-Limited edtion 7 inch pressing on the xl label from one
of jamaicas hottest new dancehall vocalists, the single features notorious
along with a delicious new diplo remix on the flip side, the track is a fine
meeting of old style dancehall reggae sounds and the more modern digital
reggae sounds, its highly infectious stuff, january 2007-7"-Xl-?3.99

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Alumbrados-A generation of vipers-Another side project from bardo pond
brothers michael and john gibbons on the important label, following on from
their recent album as alasehir this is much less rock and much more drug
induced psychedelic middle eastern drone music, that is not to say this
album doesnt have the same element of noise to it though, the album ranges
from sitar led swirling sound slowly building into one very evil sounding
cacophony of stringed instruments, the album is a collection of two slow
building drone based pieces gradually making their way to some really
beautiful guitar led psychedelic noise, at times this one kind of reminds me
of the slightly noisier side of acid mothers temple, utterly enthralling,
september 2006-Cd-Important records-?16.99

And you will know us by the trail of dead-So divided-Album number five from
the trail of dead and the lads have gone back to a much more direct style of
songwriting compared to the last album worlds apart, the sounds is slightly
more stripped down and the songs themselves are much more to the point and
direct, the album opens up with a real blast of explosive rock sounding like
an avant rock version of early led zeppelin and then dips in and out of some
prog rock territory along with some hints of what sounds like an indie rock
version of the classic beach boys vocal sounds, november
2006-Cd-Interscope-?17.99

Back from the grave-Volume 3-Primitive teenage rockin, number 3 in the crypt
series of classic garage rock and early punk rock sounds from the sixties,
features chentelles, little willie and the adolescents, ken and the fourth
dimension, me and them guys, interns, intruders five, monacles, lil boys
blue, jerry and the others, fugitives, raunch hands, william the wild one,
murphy and the mob, mods, sir winston and the commons, royal flairs and
montells, compiled in 1986-Lp-Crypt-?13.50

Back from the grave-Volume 4-16 crazed wild and frantic mid sixties garage
punk screamers, number four in the fantastic crypt records anthology of off
the wall garage rock and early punk rock sounds from the sixties, features
tamrons, cyclones, fabs, red beard and the pirates, hallmarks, sonics, rocky
and the riddlers, tonto and the renegades, botumless pit, aztec, nomads,
bunker hill, sloths, wyld, vectors, huns and larry and the blues notes,
copiled in 1986-Lp-Crypt-?13.50

Bjork-Homogenic-Retrospectively, this album released in 1997 was an
indication of the direction bjork was to journey on, compared to the
relatively pop albums debut, post and telgram that had gone before
homogenic, it is a darker and more sonically adventurous, produced in parts
by howie b and lfos mark bell, includes the hits alarm call, all is full of
love and bacherlorette-Lp-One little indian-?18.99

Bull, sandy-Still valentines day 1969-Live at the matrix in san francisco,
sandy bull was a solo guitarist and one time friend of the great john fahey,
this recording from 1969 at the matrix in san francisco is almost like a
live electric guitar improv trip around the worlds different folk sounds
with bull taking in bits of american folk, arabic and indian influences, the
end result is a real meditative collection of solo guitar pieces calling to
mind faheys great santa barbara oil slick album, the playing is much slower
than faheys but its still hard to believe this kind of stuff was knocking
around in the late sixties, comes in a lovely foldout card sleeve with hghly
detailed booklet, november 2006-Cd-Water-?15.99

Cap pas cap-Not not fine-The debut five track ep from this dublin based four
piece outfit released on their own skinny wolves label, the single is a
limited edition 12 inch only release on white vinyl, these guys have found
the perfect middle ground between the no wave sounds of early sonic youth,
talking heads funky basslines and the sounds of modern bands like the
rapture and lcd soundsystem, the ep opens up with a real bouncy punk funk
indie pop sound before launching into the utterly addictive track no fun
calling to mind kim gordon led early sonic youth with a real dose of new
wave funky bass, finishing off side one we got stand tall throbs along like
some funky hybrid of waiting for my man, side two opens up with said say it
which is the longest track on the ep and is a wondeful take on the art rock
of the likes of blonde redhead or even deerhoof and if this dont get your
hips shaking then you are made of stone, not not finishes this truly
exceptional ep with another excellent piece of punk funk driven new wave,
something tells me these guys are going to be huge in a few months time if
there is any justice in this world, and by the way you also get a free copy
of the full ep on cd hidden inside the sleeve, december 2006 – we are down
to our last ten copies of this release on white vinyl and once we sell out
of these they wont be available anymore, you have been warned-12"-Skinny
wolves-?9.99

Css-Lets make love and listen to death from above-Limited edition 12 inch
pressing on sup pop, features lets make love album version and instrumental,
the flip side features spank rock remix along with diplo remix, the css are
a bunch of brazilian kids blending up old school punk funk ala esg and the
funky hip hop of the tom tom club, the main track is taken from their
excellent debut album cansei de ser sexy, spank rock dishes up a real disco
infused hip hop mix, diplo manages to turn the track into a real
floorfilling piece of chunky electro complete with eighties synth bass
sounds and is truly excellent, us import in plain white card sleeve,
september 2006-12"-Sub pop-?9.99

Drones-Gala mill-Brand new album from australian psyche rock outfit the
drones on the atp label, at times these guys sound like a really really
heavy psyche rock birthday party meets the swans with their pounding sleazy
rock leanings and a slight hint towards rootsy american southern rock, the
guys have definitely added a real sparse southern rock feel to their sound
giving the album a feeling of big wide open spaces and sounding like an
angry raw neil young during his crazy horse years, the band have also added
a large dose of old style acoustic rustic folk particulary on the closing
track sixteen straws which adds in some woody guthrie dustbowl ballad like
sounds, a fine and varied collection from one of australias best underground
rock outfits around at the moment, double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve,
november 2006-2lp-Atp-?22.99

Envelope-State and nature-This is the debut ep from this dublin based three
piece on the cable attack label, features 5 tracks of high quality indie
rock sounds with a hint of mogwai, the mellow melancholic sounds of low and
the heavy euphoric sounds of the likes of elbow, may 2006-Cd-Cable
attack-?4.99

Fujiya and miyagi-Ankle injuries-Excellent two track ep from the wonderful
fujiya and miyagi, features ankle injuries and photocopier, ankle injuries
is a real stomping motorik krautrock meets stereolab style sound with a
superb repetitive drum and bass riff with lots of analogue keyboard sounds
and mellow vocals, photocopier is a much more bouncy electronic pop song
with a big funky bassline, really excellent stuff, limited 10 inch only
release, may 2006-10"-Tirk-?8.99

Fujiya and miyagi-Cassettesingle-The second in a series of three 10 inch
releases from fujiya and miyagi, this one features cassettesingle and
collarbone, this is one of the funkiest takes on motorik krautrock you will
ever hear, take one part can, neu etc and one part early stereolab, heavy
krautrock drums and bass meets funky guitar lines and crunchy moog sounds,
2006-10"-Tirk-?9.99

Gaye, marvin-Trouble man-Soundtrack to the 1971 blaxpoitation film,
soundtracks normally have one standout track with the rest filled by
incidental pieces, but this is one the best soundtracks ever made, an
enjoyable listen from start to finsih, filled with super funky grooves like
on t plays it cool and the more soulful moments on trouble man,
unfortunately the reissue doesn't come with the original fold down cover,
but nonetheless the music is incredible, june 2006-Lp-Tamla-?12.99

Godspeed you black emperor-Yanqui uxo-The brand new album from this canadian
collective, haunting post apocalyptic soundscapes produced by steve albini,
limited gatefold sleeve, november 2002-Cd-Constellation-?18.99

Green, al-Lets stay together-Released in february 1972 on the right stuff
label, features al greens first ever number one single lets stay together
along with 8 other soul gems, features willie mitchell behind the controls
in the studio, limited vinyl reissue on the get back label, features the
original 9 track album and the original artwork, reissued 2004-Lp-Get
back-?17.99

Guthrie, woody-Ramblin round-A collection of 40 classic guthrie songs spread
over 2 cds, an excellent introduction to the work of one of the finest
protest singers of all time, features the likes of tom joad, vigilante man,
i aint got no home, gypsy davy, the great dust storm, dust bowl blues and
many many more, compiled 2000-2cd-Snapper-?9.99

Harvey, pj-The john peel sessions 1991 to 2006-The first time all these peel
sessions have been compiled onto one album from pj harvey, features tracks
from her debut album dry in 1992 right up to sessions from uh huh her,
features a total of 12 tracks, features oh my love, victory, sheela na gig,
water, naked cousin, wang dang doodle, losing groun, snake, that was my
veil, this wicked tongue, beautiful feeling and you come through, december
2006-Lp-Island-?22.99

Jansch, bert-Rosemary lane-Originally released way back in 1971, a
collection of sparse guitar pieces and classic folk songs, now on ultra
heavy vinyl and still in the original sleeve, some truly excellent guitar
plucking, november 2003-Lp-Earmark-?12.99

Johnston, daniel-Discovered covered-A double cd tribute to daniel johnston,
feature a full cd of johnston classics plus a cd of covers from the likes of
beck, tom waits, teenage fanclub, eels, mercury rev, flaming lips, vic
chestnutt, sparklehorse and more, october 2004-2cd-Gammon records-?18.99

Klumpes, adrian-Be still-Solo album from the pianist with triosk on the leaf
label, on this project klumpes takes piano pieces and treats and distorts
them electronically so that what may have been simple piano compostions are
taken in a different lush and serene direction, there have been some damn
fine electronic albums this year but this one really stands apart, certainly
for fans of max richter, deaf center and goldmund, october 2006-Cd-Leaf
label-?17.99

Kode 9 and the spaceape-Memories of the future-Kode 9 is a name that first
came to my attention as the producer behind the truly awesome debut album
from burial also released on the hyper dub label, if you are familiar wth
the burial album then kode 9s studio mc spaceape will also sound familiar as
the deep voiced vocalist on many of the burial tracks, kode 9s album delves
much into the dubby reggae influenced side of things compared to burials
ambient textures, the beats are like the slowest dub reggae imaginable
interspersed with elements of underground hip hop and some very very laid
back jungle beats, november 2006-Cd-Hyper dub-?18.99

Lightnin hopkins-An introduction to-This nicely priced introduction to the
work of sam lightning hopkins provides a solid overview of the legendary
bluesmans career, includes greatest hits, if you could call them that, such
as trouble in mind and blues is my business alongside rarities like vietnam
war blues and one of my all time favourites mr charlie with a truly
wonderful spoken word intro from hopkins, features a total of 16 classic
cuts from one of the most distinctive voices of blues music, every home
should have at least one lightnin hopkins albums in it as far as im
concerned, all tracks have been fully remastered for this release, october
2006-Cd-Fuel-?10.99

Lullabye arkestra-Ampgrave-A brand new outfit on the constellation label
featuring justin small from do make say think on drums and katia taylor on
bass, these two main members have a backup cast of 12 members including sax,
organ, trumpet, bellows, violin and more, this is far from the usual kind of
sound that we have become used to from the constellation label, this is some
seriously noisy are quite abrasive pop rock meets sludgy almost metal edged
post punk sounds, at first listen it sounds like the entire band have been
fed through a distortion pedal but im guessing its the sheer volume of the
band more than anything else, there are moments of old school riot girl
sounds blended in with some very noisy folk tinged rock, its pure thrash
rock at times with screeching saxophone solos and shouty vocals, brings me
right back to the great days of labels like trance syndicate etc, pressed on
heavyweight vinyl, november 2006-Lp-Constellation-?21.99

Mono-Walking cloud and deep red sky flag fluttered and the sun shined-Third
album from tokyo band mono, released in 2004, 8 tracks of ambient textures
and ecstatic guitar freakouts ranging from two and a half to over fifteen
minutes in length, hard to pick out some standout tracks as it really is a
superb listen from start to finish, recorded in chicago by steve albini, not
quite as explosive as some of their other releases but still another
stunning album from these guys, 2004-Cd-Temporary residence-?17.99

Musics of the soviet union-Various artists-Vinyl reissue of this wonderful
collection of traditional music from the former soviet union on smithsonian
folkways, the album was origingally recorded in 1988 during the smithsonian
institution festival of american folklife held in washington, the sounds
range from traditional accapella, childrens lullabies, solo bagpipes, tuvan
throat singers, wedding dances, working field songs and laments, a fine
introduction to music from many different regions of the former soviet
union-Lp-Smithsonian folkways-?10.99

Newsom, joanna-The milk eyed mender-After touring with bonnie prince billy
this has been an eagerly awaited album, very sixties sounding folk that
crosses into bluegrass and the strange psyche folk of the likes of vashti
bunyan etc, one of my folk albums of the year so far, strange and very
beautiful sounding music for just one lady and her traditional harp, this
really is like nothing you have ever heard before, ocotber 2004-Cd-Drag
city-?17.99

Newsom, joanna-Ys-Finally the follow up to the milk eyed mender from 2004,
the original recordings of newsom and her harp were made by steve albini
with the legendary van dyke parks adding a whole host of orchestration and
lush arrangements over the top of it all, the album consists of five long
tracks and is the most ambitious thing she has approaced so far, the sounds
from the first album are still around with newsoms original song
compositions merely bulked up the van dyke parks truly grandiose
arrangements, newsoms lyrics read like extended poems or short stories and
she has really proven herself as one of the finest songwriters around at the
moment, this is one of the most dramatically haunting albums i have heard
and does bear some comparisons to the intricate arrangements of the likes of
kate bush at times, its already one of my albums of the year, you will see
the word opus many times when you read reviews of this album but this truly
justifies it already, november 2006-Cd-Drag city-?20.99

Panda kopanda-The ocean of fire ep-This is the second release from this
belfast based indie rock outfit and the follow up to the letting go ep from
2005, the ep features about my temper, ocean of fire, i know youre hurting,
open ground and spiderwebs in empty rooms, along with that you also get a cd
rom video track from about my temper, the guys blend up guitar heavy indie
pop with elements of arty new wave, december 2006-Cds-Cable attack-?5.99

Reich, steve-Phases-A nonesuch retrospective, steve reich turns seventy this
year and this is one beautiful five cd box set and a truly excellent
introduction to some of his works, reichs music has been influencing
everything from minimal electronica to post rock sounds for many years now
and he is probably one of the most highly respected minimalist composers
from the last fifty years, the box features music for 18 musicians from
1976, different trains from 1988, tehilim from 1981, eight lines from 1979,
you are variations from 2004, new york counterpoint from 1985, cello
counterpoint from 2003, electric counterpoint from 1987, triple quartet from
1999, come out from 1966, proverb from 1995, the desert music from 1984,
music for mallet instruments from 1973 and drumming from 1971, the box also
comes with a superbly detailed booklet with some lovely black and white
photographs, october 2006-5cd-Nonesuch-?39.99

Revenge of blind joe death-The john fahey tribute album-Twenty track
collection of covers and tributes to the music of the legendary john fahey,
fahey is still hailed as one of the finest steel string guitar pickers of
all time, the album ranges in sounds from the full band blues rock of canned
fish to the pure solo acoustic work to the more experimental sounds of the
likes of nels cline, elliott sharp and henry kaiser, i cant say its as good
as the real thing but it is a high quality stand alone collection of some
very hot guitar players working on some of the finest folk music of all
time, released on john faheys former label takoma records, december
2006-Cd-Takoma-?19.99

Roach, max-Members dont git weary-Jazz drummer max roach recorded this album
for the warners jazz label way back in 1968, also features gary bartz on
sax, charles toliver on trumpet, jymie merritt on bass, stanley cowell on
piano and guest vocalist andy bey, six track reissue featuring the origanal
track listing and sleeve artwork on the atlantic label, features
abstrutions, libra, effi, equipose, members dont git weary and
absolutions-Lp-Wea-?13.99

Scott heron, gil-Pieces of a man-This is probably the album that made gil
scott heron most famous as opens with the track the revolution will not be
televised, originally released in 1973 on rca records, other highlights
include lady day and john coltrane, save the children, pieces of a man and
home is where the hatred is, reissue on the flying dutchman label-Lp-Flying
dutchman-?13.99

Screaming jay hawkins-Live in paris 1998-Eleven track live album from one of
the most eccentric performers of all time, hawkins puts his special
treatment to shout by the isley brothers, lieber and stollers alligator wine
and eugene churchs pretty girls everywhere, along with these covers he also
treats us to a superb rendition of i put a spell on you along with i feel
alright, im lonely, i dont know, ill be there, bit it, constipation blues
and goodnight sweetheart, 1999-Lp-Munster-?9.99

Screaming jay hawkins with the fuzztones-Live-Live four track mini album
from 1984 from the truly eccentric screamin jay hawkins with guest band the
legendary fuzztones, the album features a version of lieber and stollers
alligator wine, his truly awesome hit i put a spell on you, its that time
again and constipation blues, 2006-Lp-Get back-?13.99

Seven up-Various artists-A collection of old seven inch rarities from the
crippled dick hot wax label, gathered together from the english underground
scene between 1978 and 1982 the album features some fine obscure punk, indie
pop, new wave and obscure but highly enjoyable sounds, features tracks from
mark beer, glaxo babies, contact, i jog and the tracksuits, gerry and the
holograms, brian brain, they must be russians, moondogs, thomas leer, cult
figures, monochrome set, henry badowski and weekend, you may have only heard
of one or two of the artists but dont let that get in your way as this is a
real gem of a collection, november 2006-Lp-Crippled dick hot wax-?16.99

Sill, judee-Dreams come true-Double cd retrospective mixed and remastered by
jim o rourke, features the entire previously unreleased third album plus
studio and home demos along with a 12 minute quick time concert movie,
classic seventies folk sounds, may 2005-2cd-Water-?21.99

Slint-Tweez-9 track album from 1989 featuring david pajo from papa m and
brian mcmahon from the for carnation, a truly classic and highly influential
album and probably one of the best albums of the era-Lp-Touch and go-?14.99

Slowdive-Pygmalion-A desolate but strikingly beautiful record, although
still influenced by their earlier shoegazing work, their third album from
slowdive featuring neil halstead and rachel goswell who went on to form
mojave 3, the album is probably the most downbeat of all three released by
the band and really starts to take in little bits of ambient americana along
the way with quite a lot of the tracks stripped down to halstead and his
echoing guitar, almost sounds like the shoegazing answer to talk talks
spirit of eden, originally released by creation in 1995 and now reissued on
the castle label, 2005-Cd-Castle-?17.50

Subtle-For hero for fool-The second studio album from the subtle crew on lex
records, a veritable aniticon supergroup featuring doseone and jel who have
featured in the past in themselves, clouddead along with the 13 and god
project, this new improved outfit now features live drums, guitars and dax
pierson on keyboards just to add spice to the now familiar underground hip
hop sounds of the anticon label, the hip hop ethos is still hidden in there
but this is a much heavier affair compared to a new white from 2004,
disjointed and full of fun, october 2006-Cd-Lex records-?16.99

Terry, sonny and brownie mcghee-An introduction to-A really fine collection
of early blues sounds from two of the finest artists around, the majority of
tracks from this 17 track collection are culled from their sessions in los
angeles in july 1960 and features guest appearences from big joe williams
and lightnin hopkins, sonny terrys trademark whopping voice and harmonica
are perfectly matched by brownies flawless guitar picking, these two guys
really knew how to inject a joyous and fun feeling into their brand of
blues, all tracks have now been remastered and the cd comes with extensive
liner notes, 2006-Cd-Fuel-?19.50

Toral, rafael-Space-Much like the chris herbert album releases this week
this album sounds like space, the album marks a radical departure from
rafael toral after fifteen years or so of accomplished work on guitar and
electronics, this album features 3 pieces almost entirely constructed from a
modified pocket amplifier which was then manipulated and processed with
added bits of trumpet and trombone, the title of the album really is apt
here as the result is free flowing textual soundscapes that are full of
engaging moments, novemer 2006-Cd-Staubgold-?18.99

Tucker, alexander-Furrowed brow-Alexander tucker used to be a member of post
rock outfit unhome, this is his second solo collection of psychedelic
droning folk sounds and his first for the atp label, the ablum is based in
the old rustic sounds of traditional english folk music ala fairport
convention etc, tucker takes the basic sounds of folk and feeds it through
his many effects and recording devices to end up with one of the most modern
takes on folk music i have heard in quite some time, the acoustic guitars
are layered upon each other as banjo and tuckers vocals slowly come into the
mix, you end up with a really mesmerizing mix of electronically enhanced
sounds blended with traditional acoustic instruments, a truly original
album, pressed on heavyweight vinyl, december 2006-Lp-Atp-?19.99

Tunguska and denovissimis-Split single-Two of dublin's heaviest underground
bands team up to deliver 7 inches of terror, tunguska featuring ex and
current members of easpa measa, mongolia and polish legends silence bring
you two tracks of their dark, tense d beat influenced hardcore, on the
flipside denovissimis lower the tone even further with a 6 minute journey
through their psychosis inducing mixture of sludgey doom metal and bleak
drug addled thrashing, comes in a sweet full colour cover and destined to be
a landmark for the irish diy hardcore metal scene for years to come, first
release for dublins new cesspool label in conjunction with the uks superfi
records and corks rimbaud records, december 2006-7"-Cesspool records-?3.50

Velvet underground and nico-Andy warhol-Hard to believe this album was
originally released way back in 1967, it still sounds so fresh 40 years
later, the albums features some pure sixties pop sounds like sunday morning
along with their trademark abrasive rock rumblings of tracks like im waiting
for the man, this reissue on the original verve label comes in the original
gatefold sleeve with the famous banana artwork by andy warhol, also features
femme fatale, venus in furs, run run run, all tomorrows parties, heroin,
there she goes again, ill be your mirror, the black angels death song and
european son, still one of the most perfect rock albums of all
time-Lp-Verve-?14.99

Waits, tom-Orphans brawlers bawlers and bastards paperback version-Triple cd
collection from tom waits on the anti label, features a host of material
that has never seen the light of day before, this is so much more than your
average best of or anthology as waits goes right back into the vaults to
unleash some real gems in this package, features over 30 newly recorded
tracks, some fine covers of tracks by the likes of the ramones, terry
edwards, charles bukowski, leadbelly, brecht, kurt weill and daniel johnson,
there is pretty much everything in here but i have to say the raw rocking
bluesy stuff is really hitting the spot for me at the moment, the package
comes in a foldout gatefold sleeve and features a 24 page booklet, features
exactly the same tracklisting as the limited hardback version which is now
sold out, november 2006<br>please note this is the new softback cover
version and not the limited hardback version which is now totally sold
out-3cd-Anti-?32.99

Watson, doc and merle-Black mountain rag-This is basically a selection of
tracks culled from watson three album for the flying fish label made in the
early eighties, the ablum features tracks fro red rocking chair, watson
country along with doc and merle watsons guitar album, its also a truly
excellent introduction to the many varied styles from a man i personally
consider to be one of the greatest acoustic guitar pickers of all time, doc
can take on anything from blues, country, folk, bluegrass and even ragtime
jazz as on his version of gershwins lady be good, its pure old style
american music and you wont find a better more fluent guitar player around,
really stunning stuff and its a real treat to have these songs back in print
again, october 2006-Cd-Rounder-?18.99

Working for a nuclear free city-Working for a nuclear free city-The debut
album from this manchester based outfit on the melodic label, these guys
blend up some hard edged electronica with the bass heavy sounds of early
spiritualized and even some of the funky bass riffs of the happy mondays,
stone roses etc, the end result is an album that neither falls into the
electonic or indie rock genre and is something altogether original, there
are lots of elements of laptop electronica that the melodic label is famous
for at this stage but the addition of the live instruments adds a whole new
dimension to the sound, there are also elements of the layered guitar sounds
of my bloody valentine thrown in too, a rather hypnotic listen, november
2006-Cd-Melodic-?15.99

Working for a nuclear free city-Working for a nuclear free city-The debut
album from this manchester based outfit on the melodic label, these guys
blend up some hard edged electronica with the bass heavy sounds of early
spiritualized and even some of the funky bass riffs of the happy mondays,
stone roses etc, the end result is an album that neither falls into the
electonic or indie rock genre and is something altogether original, there
are lots of elements of laptop electronica that the melodic label is famous
for at this stage but the addition of the live instruments adds a whole new
dimension to the sound, there are also elements of the layered guitar sounds
of my bloody valentine thrown in too, a rather hypnotic listen, november
2006-Lp-Melodic-?17.99

Wright, charles and the 103rd street band-Youre so beautiful-Classic soulful
funk sounds from the warners label from back in 1971, the album features the
lengthy call and response reworking of their hit single express yourself
along with lets make love not war, just to settle my nerves, what can you
bring me, your love means everything to me, youre so beautiful and i got
your love, an album that has been sampled so many times over the years you
may already know most of it, american reissue in the original sleeve
artwork-Lp-Warners-?12.99

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April 27th-God Is An Astronaut-Tripod-?20.50
April 14th-Joanna Newsom-Olympia-?29.00 Stall and Circle Tickets
March 28th-My Luminaries-Crawdaddy-?13.25
March 21st-Andrew Bird-Crawaddy-?13.00
March 17th-The Beat with Neville Staples-TBMC-?25.00
March 16th-Gang Green-Voodoo Lounge-?16.50
March 14th-Mighty Diamonds-Village-?30.00
March 13th – Richard Swift – Crawdaddy – ?15.00
March 10th-A Certain Ratio-Viallge-?19.00
March 10th-Stiff Little FIngers-TBMC-?23.50
March 8th-Duke Special-Tripod-?18.85
March 7th-U Roy and Junior Marvin-?23.85
March 3rd-Capdown-Voodoo Lounge-?15.00
March 3rd-Rapture-Tripod-?25.85
March 2nd-Pierre Bensusan-Whelans-?22.50
February 28th-Au Revoir Simone-Whelans-?16.00
February 27th-The Hold Steady-TBMC-?18.50
February 24th – The Holloways – Whelans – ?16.15
February 23rd-Forward Russia-Whelans-?17.00
February 23rd-Fujiya+Miyagi-Crawdaddy-?16.00
February 23rd-Tilly and the Wall-Village-?18.50
February 19th-1990s-Whelans-?14.50
February 18th-Junior Boys-Whelans-?18.50
February 17th-BOuncing Souls-TBMC-?21.00
February 16th-Luan Parle-Crawdaddy-?13.00
February 15th-Brand New-?26.35
February 15th-The Wrens-Whelans-?15.00
February 13th-And You Will Know Us-TBMC-?21.00
February 11th-Micah P Hinson-Crawdaddy-?16.00
February 10th-BEn Taylor-Sugar Club-?16.00
February 10th-The Ex-Crawdaddy-?17.50
February 10th-The Bluetones-TBMC-?16.00
February 9th-Ratatat-Whelans-?16.45
February 8th-Royseven-Whelans-?16.00 (MCD)
February 7th-Nina Nastasia-Douglas Hyde Gallery-?21.00
February 7th-65 Days of Static-Crawdaddy-?14.00
February 6th-My Brightest Diamond-Whelans-?16.00
February 3rd – KSU+Paranoid Visions – Voodoo – ?14.50
February 3rd – Rest – Crawdaddy – ?13.00
January 30th-Julie Roberts-Whelans-?22.50
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Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.

I will keep the intro short today because I am running late with the
newsletter this week (whats new).

Things are finally getting back to normal again, as you will see from the
list, with lots of new releases this week (and its all amazing).

There are some new mp3's up on the site this week too.

Enjoy the list and have a good week !

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Airport girl-Slow light-Its taken five years since their debut album for
airport girl to serve up a second helping of downbeat country tinged pop
sounds on the fortuna pop label, this is some really lovely laid back music
sounding like a cross between the likes of sophia, galaxy 500, the pastels
and the go betweens, there are little country tinges to the album but its
mostly just high quality acoustic based indie pop, january 2007-Cd-Fortuna
pop-?15.99

Animal collective-People-Brand new single from the truly excellent and
always bonkers animal collective, features three previously unreleased
tracks from the same recording sessions as the feels album, features eyvind
kang from mr bungle and sun city girls along with kristin anna valtysdottir
from mum, the ep is finished off with a live version of people, the main
track sounds like it could quite easily have been lifted from some rare syd
barret session with a totally infectious almost surf like guitar riff
throughout, if you open your mind up enough you will discover these guys are
writing some of the most amazing psychedelic pop music around at the moment,
like some truly warped blend of the beach boys and the flaming lips, also
features tikwid and my favourite colours, january 2007-12"-Fat cat-?7.99

Arbouretum-Rites of uncovering-This is the second album from baltimore based
arbouretum and their first for the thrill jockey label, the main sonwriter
in the band dave heumann has played with papa m, anomoanan, bonnie prince
billy and cass mccombs in the past, this new ablum is one of the finest
collections of heavy guitar based folk rock i have had the pleasure to hear
in quite some time, his influences would range from early neil young to will
oldham and plenty more inbetween, heumann is not afraid to delve into the
guitar solo sounds of early southern rock at times too, at times the album
sounds like classic will oldham backed by neil youngs crazy horse band, its
lo fi folk rock teeming with expolsive guitar solos, absolutely wonderful
stuff, january 2007-Cd-Thrill jockey-?18.99

Beangrowers-Dance dance baby-Eleven track album from this new indie rock
outfit from malta, sounding a bit at times like a slightly art rock take on
the catchy sounds of stereolab meets early st etienne with the cures guitar
player, they also have little elements of the edgy new wave sound with
chunky heavy bass and jangly guitar lines slowly blasting out with heavy
distorted choruses, sounding a wee bit like a female fronted interpol,
january 2007-Cd-Series 8-?9.99

Benga-Newstep-Benga is deemed by many in the know to be one of the
originators of the new dubstep sound from london, this 15 track collection
of stunning instrumentals certainly shows that he is one of the finest in
the genre, anybody that liked the recent burial or kode 9 albums will surely
love this, its not quite as ambient as the burial album as the beats are a
little heavier and hard hitting, basically its a superb blend of digital
reggae, dub, hip hop and grime, whilst its a big melting pot of all the
above it doesnt quite sound like any of them in particular, high quality
chunky beats with lots of dubby sound effects and glitchy processing,
dubstep at its highest quality, january 2007-Cd-Benga beats-?17.99

Black diamond heavies-Every damn time-The black diamond heavies are a raw
rock n blues outfit from tennessee featuring john wesley myers on fender
rhodes and van campbell on drums, the album features some lovely smooth old
style blues tempered with some real sleazy bar room sounds, try to imagine
the voice of tom waits with the black keys behind him, whilst it may sound
strange on paper the use of a fender rhodes in the band instead of guitars
actually works like a dream for this kind of bass heavy blues and gives
drummer van campbell the freedom to roll around his drum kit at will, fine
stuff indeed, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Bloc party-The prayer part one-Features the prayer and also england on the
flip side, the single comes housed in a gatefold sleeve with room to hold
the second part of the series which is sold separately, the prayer is a real
pulsating bass driven piece of eighties influenced indie rock complete with
lush synth sounds,-7"-Wichita-?3.99

Bloc party-The prayer part two-Features the prayer along with version 2 on
the flip side, limited edition yellow vinyl pressing, the prayer is a real
pulsating bass driven piece of eighties influenced indie rock complete with
lush synth sounds,-7"-Wichita-?3.99

Bloody hollies-Who to trust who to kill who to love-The bloody hollies are a
bluesy tinged garage punk outfit on alive records, this is some truly damn
fine traditional bluesy rock n roll, at times these guys sound like the
white stripes or the black keys meets early led zeppelin, the album is full
of big chunky guitar riffs perfectly complemented by wesley doyles raw
vocals, what i love most about this album is the fact that these guys dont
try and mess around with a winning formula by being all arty and clever,
they aint afraid to let the songs just rock out on their own in a totally
loose style, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Bonnie prince billy-Lay and love-The third single to be taken from the
letting go album, the track features guest vocalist dawn mccarthy from faun
fables who provides a real sweet sixties folk edge to the track, its
probably one of the prettiest little folk tunes that oldham has even
recorded, the flip side features a cover of the bob dylan track going to
acapulco done in a wonderful new orleans jazz style, january
2007-7"-Domino-?3.99

Boredoms-Super roots five-Originally released in 1995 on the warners reprise
label, the album features just one monstrous 64 minute long track and is
pure heaven to lovers of pure psychedelic noise,-Cd-Very friendly-?19.99

Boredoms-Super roots one-This album was originally back in 1993 on the major
label reprise records, the album features 14 short sharp blasts of boredoms
mayhem clocking in at just under 20 minutes in total, i wiould simply love
to have seen the faces on the men in suits behind the warners desks when
they were presented with this piece of avant garde madness from one of
japans finest, ranging from brass driven pure avant garde jazz rock to some
short blasts of old school garage rock to syd barret like psychedelic
madness, reissued on the very friendly label, january 2007-Cd-Very
friendly-?9.99

Boredoms-Super roots three-Originally released in 1994 on the warners
reprise label, this album consists of just one 33 minute long track titled
hard trance away karaoke of cosmos,-Cd-Very friendly-?13.99

Clap your hands say yeah-Some loud thunder-The second album from clap your
hands say yeah and the follow up the the hugely enjoyable self titled first
album, the album was produced by dave fridmann who has worked with the
flaming lips quite a lot in the past, 11 track album on the wichita label,
the first real notable thing about this album is fridmanns production on the
album, there are plenty of his trademark big studio effects on the album not
too far away from his last effort with the flaming lips with lots of
explosive almost wall of noise effects going on, elsewhere the album takes
off from where the first one left off, there are lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock gems in here sounding somewhere between the violent femmes meets
the pixies meets early talking heads, it definitely takes a few listens
before this album make any real sense but its worth the effort, january
2007-Cd-Wichita-?17.99

Client-Zerox machine-Electro pop trio client return with the new single and
a cover of the adam and the ants tune zerox machine, features simon tong
from the gorillaz and the verve on guitars, this remix ep features mixes
from n joi and idc, n joi turn the track is a real floor filling piece of
eighties synth driven electro whilst the idc mix keeps the track on a more
eighties synth pop vibe, january 2007-12"-Loser friendly-?7.50

Client-Zerox machine-Electro pop trio client return with the new single and
a cover of the adam and the ants tune zerox machine, features simon from the
gorillaz and the verve on guitars, the track has a real eighties pop feel to
it strangely enough with lots of pulstating bass synths and heavy distorted
keyboards, try to imagine a blend of the human league and the darker sounds
of depeche mode, also features jonny slit atomizer mix on the flip side,
limited edition white vinyl pressing, january 2007-7"-Loser friendly-?3.99

Cocker, jarvis-Dont let him waste your time part one-The first proper single
to be released from the self titled album from the former pulp frontman,
features dont let them waste your time along with big stuff on the flip
side, another glorious slice of clever indie pop from cocker, features the
genius of mr richard hawley on guitars, january 2007-7"-Rough trade-?3.50

Cocker, jarvis-Dont let him waste your time part two-The first proper single
to be released from the self titled album from the former pulp frontman,
features dont let them waste your time along with one man show on the flip
side, another glorious slice of clever indie pop from cocker, features the
genius of mr richard hawley on guitars, january 2007-7"-Rough trade-?3.50

Deep wound-Almost complete-This is pretty the complete recorded history of
this early hardcore outfit and features j mascis from dinosaur jr along with
lou barlow from dinosaur jr and sebadoh, the album comes in a lovely
digipack sleeve designed by stephen o malley from sunn o, features a total
of 27 songs clocking in at just over 36 minutes, its raw explosive old style
hardcore punk rock, think of classic early husker du with plenty of angry
punk rock attitude, features a couple of early practice session tapes
featuring jay otto on vocals, january 2007-Cd-Baked goods-?17.99

Deerhunter-Cryptograms-This is one of the most varied album you are ever
likely to hear from the kranky label, its a big distance from the usual
electronic and drone based sounds that kranky are famous for, there are
still moments of layered guitar based droning sounds within this album but
its much more of a full live band affair with lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock thrown in, there is also lots of bass driven angular math rock
sounding a bit like a more psychedelic girls against boys meets the gang of
four, january 2007-Cd-Kranky-?17.99

Dexateens-Hardwire healing-Album number three from this alabama based
southern rock outfit, anyone with the slightest interest in the sounds of
early neil young, lynyrd skynyrd, drive by truckers and classic early
southern rock will simply love this new album, the album is full of old
style sleazy southern rock sounds with lots of country rock influences ala
gram parsons etc, there is lots of smooth pedal steel guitar sounds and lots
of good old fashioned guitar solo workouts thrown in too, when its this good
there aint no reason to fear the rock, january 2007-Cd-Rosa records-?18.99

Doiron, julie-Woke myself up-The first new material from julie doiron in
over two years, doiron was once a member of the legendary underground outfit
erics trip and fellow member rich white produced and plays on the album, if
you like your quirky folk vibes in a similar style to the likes of cat
power, shannon doherty etc then this one will really get you going, the
album is full of laid back and mostly mellow acoustic sounds with lots of
quirky edges drifting into some really catchy indie pop, january 2007-Cd-Jag
jaguwar-?16.50

Dub war-Coxsone versus quaker city-Produced by bunny lee and mixed at king
tubbys by the scientist, a much sought after dub album from way back in 1981
finally getting a proper vinyl release by attack gold, its raw heavy dub at
it finest, features third and fourth generation, coxsone feels this one,
straight in the boy coxsone chest, the man never imitate always originate,
ride on, run come listen coxsone, murderer style, scientist say papa coxsone
gone, give them dub coxsone and coxsone a chemist in this, january
2007-Lp-Attack gold-?17.99

Field music-Tones of town-The second album from this sunderland based outfit
on memphis industries, features the singles in context and a house is not a
home, the ablum features some really blissful psychedelic tinged indie pop
with lots of lush string arrangements, there are definitely elements of that
californian sunshine pop sound ala the beach boys and also some clever
instrumental arrangements similar to the high llamas at times, really really
clever and highly addictive too, january 2007-Cd-Memphis industries-?16.50

Field music-Tones of town-The second album from this sunderland based outfit
on memphis industries, features the singles in context and a house is not a
home, the ablum features some really blissful psychedelic tinged indie pop
with lots of lush string arrangements, there are definitely elements of that
californian sunshine pop sound ala the beach boys and also some clever
instrumental arrangements similar to the high llamas at times, really really
clever and highly addictive too, comes in a lovely old style gatefold
sleeve, january 2007-Lp-Memphis industries-?12.99

Hold steady-Boys and girls in america (with free hold steady comic)-Recent
album of the week in the irish times and one of the picks of the cmj
festival 2006, a real noisy rock affair that reminds me of the classic loose
indie rock answer to early springsteen and the e street band, the album is
full of euphoric guitar heavy blasts of old school rock complete with the
pounding piano sounds, its great to hear a band not afraid to let loose and
it really sounds like these guys have a great time doing what they do,
january 2007 -Cd-Vagrant-?16.50

Irving-Death in the garden blood in the flowers-The second album from
american outfit irving and their first album to be made available in europe,
an album containing some very clever and also very very catchy indie pop
sounds, there are elements of sixties pop about the album, falling somewhere
between a really poppy sounding sebadoh with their loose arrangements and
the sixties tinged pop sounds of the likes of the dandy warhols, january
2007-Cd-Eenie meenie-?17.99

Jenssen, geir-Cho oyo 8210m-Geir jenssen is probably better known as
electronic artist biosphere, comes in a very beautiful oversized card sleeve
with paper booklet featuring notes and photos from cho oyo mountain, the
booklet is pretty essential to any enjoyment of the album as it describes
various parts of the journey and the sources of the field recordings,
jenssen obviously decided to record under his own name this time as the
album is a real departure from his lush ambient soundscapes and digital
processing, the 12 tracks here are pretty much raw field recordings
featuring running water, rainfall, winds, wind chimes, dogs barking, storms
and various other sound effects, a captivating listen and truly outstanding
packaging, january 2007-Cd-Ash international-?18.99

Middleton, malcolm-A brighter beat-The first single to be taken from
malcolms second solo album, malcolm was one half of scottish based legends
arab strap, the single is a truly excellent blast of underground indie pop
with a real catchy sixties pop guitar riff before blasting off into some
grunge rock take on the arab strap sound, if the rest of the album is as
good as this then we are in for some real treat, also features point of
light on the flip side, a much more mellow acoustic guitar and piano based
sound, january 2007-7"-Full time hobby-?3.99

Oakley hall-Gypsum strings-The second album from oakley hall this year and
their first for the jag jaguwar offshoot label brah records, features brian
chase from the yeah yeah yeahs, oakley hall also features oneida founding
member pat sullivan, an album deeply rooted in seventies rock, folk rock and
early americana sounds, the sounds range from some laid back country rock
sounds akin to the likes of wilco up the some real rebel rousing barroom
roots rock sounds, if you are in the mood for some fuzzed up gram parsons
influenced sounds then look no further than oakley hall, the album was
originally released on cd back in june of 2006, january 2007-Lp-Jag
jaguwar-?16.50

Parlane, rosy-Jessamine-The second album on the always impressive touch
label from new zealander rosy parlane, parlane using droning scratchy
processed guitars for his source material with the initial effect sounding
like a cello slowed down beyond recognition, as the three long tracks slowly
take shape parlane adds in some more organic field recordings of rainfall,
dragonflies etc to give the effects of being lost somewhere in the middle of
a swampy marsh, comparable at times to christian fennesz, the kranky label
and even the mellow side of sunn o, the album can be quite haunting and
unselltling at times with a real doom like feeling about the drones, yet
another superb collection of digital noise from the touch label, january
2007-Cd-Touch-?17.99

Plinth-Wintersongs-This little gem from plinth was originally released way
back in 1999 on cassette and then again in 2002 on limited cdr, plinth
features michael tanner, steven dacosta, nicholas palmer and julian
poidevin, this is a really lovely collection of almost childlike sounds made
with little music boxes, glockenspiel, trumpet, clarinet, clocks, birds,
cymbals and plenty of other oddities, imagine a style of victorian musical
nursery rhyme modernised for childrens story time, lots of delicately
plucked sounds blended into found sounds and childrens choirs, at times it
reminds me of virginia astleys album in gardens where we feel secure,
january 2007-Cd-Rusted rail-?7.99

Redfern, jon-May be some time-The debut album from this truly excellent
contemporary folk singer, redfern takes in elements of classic folk, blues,
early jazz, rock and avant garde sounds, just one listen to this rather
excellent album and you are taking right back to the heyday of seventies
folk ala john martyn and tim buckley, the album is full of acoustically
based sounds with little hints of traditional english and even trad irish
folk, redferns voice is superb with just a little husky edge to it perfectly
complimenting the lush acoustic sounds, if only all modern folk albums
delivered as much as this man can, limited edition numbered copies which
also come with 5 bonus tracks, january 2007-Cd-Reveal-?16.50

Redfern, jon-May be some time-The debut album from this truly excellent
contemporary folk singer, redfern takes in elements of classic folk, blues,
early jazz, rock and avant garde sounds, just one listen to this rather
excellent album and you are taking right back to the heyday of seventies
folk ala john martyn and tim buckley, the album is full of acoustically
based sounds with little hints of traditional english and even trad irish
folk, redferns voice is superb with just a little husky edge to it perfectly
complimenting the lush acoustic sounds, if only all modern folk albums
delivered as much as this man can, very limited vinly pressing which comes
the full album on cd inside the sleeve including 5 bonus tracks, january
2007-Lp-Reveal-?17.99

Rest-Operation impending doom-Brand new mini album from rest on the irish
label out on a limb which is also home to giveamanakick, waiting room and
ten past seven, the album features two long tracks clocking in at a total of
20 minutes, features operation impending doom and spare a dime for comrade
lonely crippled cowboy, this is some truly damn fine explosive metal edged
post rock sounding at times like the metal edged guitars of slint doing
battle with the slow meandering off beat sounds of mogwai, the slow
intricate guitar moments give way to massive distorted guitars, yet again
another excellent release from one of irelands finest independent record
labels, january 2007-Cd-Out on a limb records-?7.50

Rough guide to yodel-Various artists-You are either going to love or hate
this new collection on the world music network, some people will run a mile
from anything to do with a cd packed with 18 tracks of pure old style
country yodelling, for anyone with a passing interest in this sound then
this is a superb place to start, the album is split between traditional
country sounds, eastern europen folk and some more modern folk tinged
artists, cathy fink opens up the album with a simple lesson in how to yodel
so once you have passed track one you will be able to sing along yourself,
the album features janet mcbride, christin lauterburg, jodel duo rosy and
paul hirschis, shelley hirsch and david weinstein, alpendub versus the man
cable, the hoopii brothers, trio los camperos de valles, kishorre kumar,
sainkho namtchylak, carolina cotton, laura love, gillian welch, mike
johnson, kenny roberts, ed sanders, francis bebey and baka beyond, heaps of
fun and good time music for all, january 2007-Cd-World music network-?14.99

Rough trade shops-Counter culture 1976-Fourteen track cd released in
conjunction with the double cd collection counter culture 2006, this
collection features 14 tracks released in the shops first year of business
hence they are all from 1976, the album features 101ers, blondie, nick lowe,
the damned, the saints, dennis brown, kate and anna mcgariggle, patti smith
group, penguin cafe orchestra, bootsys rubber band, ivor cutler, the
upsetters, flamin groovies, art and language and the red krayola, the
slickee boys, radio birdman, the ramones, aswad, the residents, candi
staton, tom waits and yabby you, january 2007-Cd-V2-?14.50

Rough trade shops-Counter culture 2006-Excellent double cd collection
featuring some of the finest music from 2006, features a total of 46 tracks,
features various productions, the last town chorus, isobel campbell with
mark lanegan, beirut, lily allen, camera obscura, peter bjorn and john, hush
arbors, monkey swallows the universe, richard swift, yo la tengo,
treecreeper, cold war kids, the morrison steam fayre, oneida, bricolage, new
moscow, tapes n tapes, broken social scene, winter kids, ripchord, mike
sammes, burial, alva noto with ryuicki sakamoto, scritti politti, uffie,
ladybug, crystal castles, envelopes, css, metronomy, xerox teen, bromheads
jacket, the rotters, the sounds of american doomsday cults, tits, gossip,
pre, erase errata, bonnie camplin, 00i00, wolf eyes, nagisa yoko with justin
simon, andrew liles, trentemoller and the disco students, january
2007-2cd-V2-?17.99

Sir richard bishop-Fingering the devil-Part of the ongoing limited edtion
latitudes series on southern records, richard bishop also plays in the sun
city girls, a collection of some of the most beautiful solo guitar pieces
you will hear all year, harking back to the heyday of the legendary john
fahey crossed with the music from the deer hunter, superbly played steel
guitar instrumentals, absolutely stunning stuff, this vinyl version is
limited to only 700 copies worldwide and comes pressed on marble effect
clear vinyl, january 2007 -Lp-Latitudes-?18.90

Sky larkin-One of two-Leeds based three piece on the dance to the radio
label, sounding a bit like a jangly guitar indie rock take on the sounds of
the yeah yeah yeahs blended with early blondie, also features young guns on
the flip side, limited edition green vinyl pressing, january 2007-7"-Dance
to the radio-?4.50

Spencer dickinson-The man who lives for love-A collaboration between jon
spencer and north mississippi allstar members luther and cody dickinson, the
album is a real sleazy trip through some dirty low down mississippi blues
influeced sounds with heaps of slide guitars and low down hammond organ
sounds, its not quite as abrasive as the blues explosion but it sure makes
up for it with laid back bluesy sleaze, the album was recorded by the
legendary jim dickinson in his zebra ranch studios in memphis and you can
really hear the influence this had on the band, features a damn fine cover
of junior kimbroughs track free aswell, absolutely superb old style
mississippi blues rock, 12 track album on heavy vinyl, january 2007-Lp-Yep
roc-?18.99

Temple, luke-Hold a match for a gasoline world-The debut album from luke
temple on the fargo label, recorded over a two week period in avast
recording studio in seattle, this is a real folky pop little gem from temple
sounding at times like an uptempo elliott smith blended with bits of jeff
buckley, nick drake or even early paul simon, temple has a lovely soulful
sounding voice perfect for this kind of acoustic based seventies tinged
folk, january 2007-Cd-Fargo-?18.99

Trainwreck riders-Lonely road revival-Rawkus country n blues outfit on the
alive label and mates of two gallants, the album is split between the more
traditional country folk acoustic sounds and some more upfront rockin blues
with lots of honky tonk country influences, there are also elements of
totally loose sounding indie rock almost like a country punk tinged pavement
or sebadoh, january 2007-Cd-Alive-?19.99

Turbulence-Notorious-Limited edtion 7 inch pressing on the xl label from one
of jamaicas hottest new dancehall vocalists, the single features notorious
along with a delicious new diplo remix on the flip side, the track is a fine
meeting of old style dancehall reggae sounds and the more modern digital
reggae sounds, its highly infectious stuff, january 2007-7"-Xl-?3.99

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Alumbrados-A generation of vipers-Another side project from bardo pond
brothers michael and john gibbons on the important label, following on from
their recent album as alasehir this is much less rock and much more drug
induced psychedelic middle eastern drone music, that is not to say this
album doesnt have the same element of noise to it though, the album ranges
from sitar led swirling sound slowly building into one very evil sounding
cacophony of stringed instruments, the album is a collection of two slow
building drone based pieces gradually making their way to some really
beautiful guitar led psychedelic noise, at times this one kind of reminds me
of the slightly noisier side of acid mothers temple, utterly enthralling,
september 2006-Cd-Important records-?16.99

And you will know us by the trail of dead-So divided-Album number five from
the trail of dead and the lads have gone back to a much more direct style of
songwriting compared to the last album worlds apart, the sounds is slightly
more stripped down and the songs themselves are much more to the point and
direct, the album opens up with a real blast of explosive rock sounding like
an avant rock version of early led zeppelin and then dips in and out of some
prog rock territory along with some hints of what sounds like an indie rock
version of the classic beach boys vocal sounds, november
2006-Cd-Interscope-?17.99

Back from the grave-Volume 3-Primitive teenage rockin, number 3 in the crypt
series of classic garage rock and early punk rock sounds from the sixties,
features chentelles, little willie and the adolescents, ken and the fourth
dimension, me and them guys, interns, intruders five, monacles, lil boys
blue, jerry and the others, fugitives, raunch hands, william the wild one,
murphy and the mob, mods, sir winston and the commons, royal flairs and
montells, compiled in 1986-Lp-Crypt-?13.50

Back from the grave-Volume 4-16 crazed wild and frantic mid sixties garage
punk screamers, number four in the fantastic crypt records anthology of off
the wall garage rock and early punk rock sounds from the sixties, features
tamrons, cyclones, fabs, red beard and the pirates, hallmarks, sonics, rocky
and the riddlers, tonto and the renegades, botumless pit, aztec, nomads,
bunker hill, sloths, wyld, vectors, huns and larry and the blues notes,
copiled in 1986-Lp-Crypt-?13.50

Bjork-Homogenic-Retrospectively, this album released in 1997 was an
indication of the direction bjork was to journey on, compared to the
relatively pop albums debut, post and telgram that had gone before
homogenic, it is a darker and more sonically adventurous, produced in parts
by howie b and lfos mark bell, includes the hits alarm call, all is full of
love and bacherlorette-Lp-One little indian-?18.99

Bull, sandy-Still valentines day 1969-Live at the matrix in san francisco,
sandy bull was a solo guitarist and one time friend of the great john fahey,
this recording from 1969 at the matrix in san francisco is almost like a
live electric guitar improv trip around the worlds different folk sounds
with bull taking in bits of american folk, arabic and indian influences, the
end result is a real meditative collection of solo guitar pieces calling to
mind faheys great santa barbara oil slick album, the playing is much slower
than faheys but its still hard to believe this kind of stuff was knocking
around in the late sixties, comes in a lovely foldout card sleeve with hghly
detailed booklet, november 2006-Cd-Water-?15.99

Cap pas cap-Not not fine-The debut five track ep from this dublin based four
piece outfit released on their own skinny wolves label, the single is a
limited edition 12 inch only release on white vinyl, these guys have found
the perfect middle ground between the no wave sounds of early sonic youth,
talking heads funky basslines and the sounds of modern bands like the
rapture and lcd soundsystem, the ep opens up with a real bouncy punk funk
indie pop sound before launching into the utterly addictive track no fun
calling to mind kim gordon led early sonic youth with a real dose of new
wave funky bass, finishing off side one we got stand tall throbs along like
some funky hybrid of waiting for my man, side two opens up with said say it
which is the longest track on the ep and is a wondeful take on the art rock
of the likes of blonde redhead or even deerhoof and if this dont get your
hips shaking then you are made of stone, not not finishes this truly
exceptional ep with another excellent piece of punk funk driven new wave,
something tells me these guys are going to be huge in a few months time if
there is any justice in this world, and by the way you also get a free copy
of the full ep on cd hidden inside the sleeve, december 2006 – we are down
to our last ten copies of this release on white vinyl and once we sell out
of these they wont be available anymore, you have been warned-12"-Skinny
wolves-?9.99

Css-Lets make love and listen to death from above-Limited edition 12 inch
pressing on sup pop, features lets make love album version and instrumental,
the flip side features spank rock remix along with diplo remix, the css are
a bunch of brazilian kids blending up old school punk funk ala esg and the
funky hip hop of the tom tom club, the main track is taken from their
excellent debut album cansei de ser sexy, spank rock dishes up a real disco
infused hip hop mix, diplo manages to turn the track into a real
floorfilling piece of chunky electro complete with eighties synth bass
sounds and is truly excellent, us import in plain white card sleeve,
september 2006-12"-Sub pop-?9.99

Drones-Gala mill-Brand new album from australian psyche rock outfit the
drones on the atp label, at times these guys sound like a really really
heavy psyche rock birthday party meets the swans with their pounding sleazy
rock leanings and a slight hint towards rootsy american southern rock, the
guys have definitely added a real sparse southern rock feel to their sound
giving the album a feeling of big wide open spaces and sounding like an
angry raw neil young during his crazy horse years, the band have also added
a large dose of old style acoustic rustic folk particulary on the closing
track sixteen straws which adds in some woody guthrie dustbowl ballad like
sounds, a fine and varied collection from one of australias best underground
rock outfits around at the moment, double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve,
november 2006-2lp-Atp-?22.99

Envelope-State and nature-This is the debut ep from this dublin based three
piece on the cable attack label, features 5 tracks of high quality indie
rock sounds with a hint of mogwai, the mellow melancholic sounds of low and
the heavy euphoric sounds of the likes of elbow, may 2006-Cd-Cable
attack-?4.99

Fujiya and miyagi-Ankle injuries-Excellent two track ep from the wonderful
fujiya and miyagi, features ankle injuries and photocopier, ankle injuries
is a real stomping motorik krautrock meets stereolab style sound with a
superb repetitive drum and bass riff with lots of analogue keyboard sounds
and mellow vocals, photocopier is a much more bouncy electronic pop song
with a big funky bassline, really excellent stuff, limited 10 inch only
release, may 2006-10"-Tirk-?8.99

Fujiya and miyagi-Cassettesingle-The second in a series of three 10 inch
releases from fujiya and miyagi, this one features cassettesingle and
collarbone, this is one of the funkiest takes on motorik krautrock you will
ever hear, take one part can, neu etc and one part early stereolab, heavy
krautrock drums and bass meets funky guitar lines and crunchy moog sounds,
2006-10"-Tirk-?9.99

Gaye, marvin-Trouble man-Soundtrack to the 1971 blaxpoitation film,
soundtracks normally have one standout track with the rest filled by
incidental pieces, but this is one the best soundtracks ever made, an
enjoyable listen from start to finsih, filled with super funky grooves like
on t plays it cool and the more soulful moments on trouble man,
unfortunately the reissue doesn't come with the original fold down cover,
but nonetheless the music is incredible, june 2006-Lp-Tamla-?12.99

Godspeed you black emperor-Yanqui uxo-The brand new album from this canadian
collective, haunting post apocalyptic soundscapes produced by steve albini,
limited gatefold sleeve, november 2002-Cd-Constellation-?18.99

Green, al-Lets stay together-Released in february 1972 on the right stuff
label, features al greens first ever number one single lets stay together
along with 8 other soul gems, features willie mitchell behind the controls
in the studio, limited vinyl reissue on the get back label, features the
original 9 track album and the original artwork, reissued 2004-Lp-Get
back-?17.99

Guthrie, woody-Ramblin round-A collection of 40 classic guthrie songs spread
over 2 cds, an excellent introduction to the work of one of the finest
protest singers of all time, features the likes of tom joad, vigilante man,
i aint got no home, gypsy davy, the great dust storm, dust bowl blues and
many many more, compiled 2000-2cd-Snapper-?9.99

Harvey, pj-The john peel sessions 1991 to 2006-The first time all these peel
sessions have been compiled onto one album from pj harvey, features tracks
from her debut album dry in 1992 right up to sessions from uh huh her,
features a total of 12 tracks, features oh my love, victory, sheela na gig,
water, naked cousin, wang dang doodle, losing groun, snake, that was my
veil, this wicked tongue, beautiful feeling and you come through, december
2006-Lp-Island-?22.99

Jansch, bert-Rosemary lane-Originally released way back in 1971, a
collection of sparse guitar pieces and classic folk songs, now on ultra
heavy vinyl and still in the original sleeve, some truly excellent guitar
plucking, november 2003-Lp-Earmark-?12.99

Johnston, daniel-Discovered covered-A double cd tribute to daniel johnston,
feature a full cd of johnston classics plus a cd of covers from the likes of
beck, tom waits, teenage fanclub, eels, mercury rev, flaming lips, vic
chestnutt, sparklehorse and more, october 2004-2cd-Gammon records-?18.99

Klumpes, adrian-Be still-Solo album from the pianist with triosk on the leaf
label, on this project klumpes takes piano pieces and treats and distorts
them electronically so that what may have been simple piano compostions are
taken in a different lush and serene direction, there have been some damn
fine electronic albums this year but this one really stands apart, certainly
for fans of max richter, deaf center and goldmund, october 2006-Cd-Leaf
label-?17.99

Kode 9 and the spaceape-Memories of the future-Kode 9 is a name that first
came to my attention as the producer behind the truly awesome debut album
from burial also released on the hyper dub label, if you are familiar wth
the burial album then kode 9s studio mc spaceape will also sound familiar as
the deep voiced vocalist on many of the burial tracks, kode 9s album delves
much into the dubby reggae influenced side of things compared to burials
ambient textures, the beats are like the slowest dub reggae imaginable
interspersed with elements of underground hip hop and some very very laid
back jungle beats, november 2006-Cd-Hyper dub-?18.99

Lightnin hopkins-An introduction to-This nicely priced introduction to the
work of sam lightning hopkins provides a solid overview of the legendary
bluesmans career, includes greatest hits, if you could call them that, such
as trouble in mind and blues is my business alongside rarities like vietnam
war blues and one of my all time favourites mr charlie with a truly
wonderful spoken word intro from hopkins, features a total of 16 classic
cuts from one of the most distinctive voices of blues music, every home
should have at least one lightnin hopkins albums in it as far as im
concerned, all tracks have been fully remastered for this release, october
2006-Cd-Fuel-?10.99

Lullabye arkestra-Ampgrave-A brand new outfit on the constellation label
featuring justin small from do make say think on drums and katia taylor on
bass, these two main members have a backup cast of 12 members including sax,
organ, trumpet, bellows, violin and more, this is far from the usual kind of
sound that we have become used to from the constellation label, this is some
seriously noisy are quite abrasive pop rock meets sludgy almost metal edged
post punk sounds, at first listen it sounds like the entire band have been
fed through a distortion pedal but im guessing its the sheer volume of the
band more than anything else, there are moments of old school riot girl
sounds blended in with some very noisy folk tinged rock, its pure thrash
rock at times with screeching saxophone solos and shouty vocals, brings me
right back to the great days of labels like trance syndicate etc, pressed on
heavyweight vinyl, november 2006-Lp-Constellation-?21.99

Mono-Walking cloud and deep red sky flag fluttered and the sun shined-Third
album from tokyo band mono, released in 2004, 8 tracks of ambient textures
and ecstatic guitar freakouts ranging from two and a half to over fifteen
minutes in length, hard to pick out some standout tracks as it really is a
superb listen from start to finish, recorded in chicago by steve albini, not
quite as explosive as some of their other releases but still another
stunning album from these guys, 2004-Cd-Temporary residence-?17.99

Musics of the soviet union-Various artists-Vinyl reissue of this wonderful
collection of traditional music from the former soviet union on smithsonian
folkways, the album was origingally recorded in 1988 during the smithsonian
institution festival of american folklife held in washington, the sounds
range from traditional accapella, childrens lullabies, solo bagpipes, tuvan
throat singers, wedding dances, working field songs and laments, a fine
introduction to music from many different regions of the former soviet
union-Lp-Smithsonian folkways-?10.99

Newsom, joanna-The milk eyed mender-After touring with bonnie prince billy
this has been an eagerly awaited album, very sixties sounding folk that
crosses into bluegrass and the strange psyche folk of the likes of vashti
bunyan etc, one of my folk albums of the year so far, strange and very
beautiful sounding music for just one lady and her traditional harp, this
really is like nothing you have ever heard before, ocotber 2004-Cd-Drag
city-?17.99

Newsom, joanna-Ys-Finally the follow up to the milk eyed mender from 2004,
the original recordings of newsom and her harp were made by steve albini
with the legendary van dyke parks adding a whole host of orchestration and
lush arrangements over the top of it all, the album consists of five long
tracks and is the most ambitious thing she has approaced so far, the sounds
from the first album are still around with newsoms original song
compositions merely bulked up the van dyke parks truly grandiose
arrangements, newsoms lyrics read like extended poems or short stories and
she has really proven herself as one of the finest songwriters around at the
moment, this is one of the most dramatically haunting albums i have heard
and does bear some comparisons to the intricate arrangements of the likes of
kate bush at times, its already one of my albums of the year, you will see
the word opus many times when you read reviews of this album but this truly
justifies it already, november 2006-Cd-Drag city-?20.99

Panda kopanda-The ocean of fire ep-This is the second release from this
belfast based indie rock outfit and the follow up to the letting go ep from
2005, the ep features about my temper, ocean of fire, i know youre hurting,
open ground and spiderwebs in empty rooms, along with that you also get a cd
rom video track from about my temper, the guys blend up guitar heavy indie
pop with elements of arty new wave, december 2006-Cds-Cable attack-?5.99

Reich, steve-Phases-A nonesuch retrospective, steve reich turns seventy this
year and this is one beautiful five cd box set and a truly excellent
introduction to some of his works, reichs music has been influencing
everything from minimal electronica to post rock sounds for many years now
and he is probably one of the most highly respected minimalist composers
from the last fifty years, the box features music for 18 musicians from
1976, different trains from 1988, tehilim from 1981, eight lines from 1979,
you are variations from 2004, new york counterpoint from 1985, cello
counterpoint from 2003, electric counterpoint from 1987, triple quartet from
1999, come out from 1966, proverb from 1995, the desert music from 1984,
music for mallet instruments from 1973 and drumming from 1971, the box also
comes with a superbly detailed booklet with some lovely black and white
photographs, october 2006-5cd-Nonesuch-?39.99

Revenge of blind joe death-The john fahey tribute album-Twenty track
collection of covers and tributes to the music of the legendary john fahey,
fahey is still hailed as one of the finest steel string guitar pickers of
all time, the album ranges in sounds from the full band blues rock of canned
fish to the pure solo acoustic work to the more experimental sounds of the
likes of nels cline, elliott sharp and henry kaiser, i cant say its as good
as the real thing but it is a high quality stand alone collection of some
very hot guitar players working on some of the finest folk music of all
time, released on john faheys former label takoma records, december
2006-Cd-Takoma-?19.99

Roach, max-Members dont git weary-Jazz drummer max roach recorded this album
for the warners jazz label way back in 1968, also features gary bartz on
sax, charles toliver on trumpet, jymie merritt on bass, stanley cowell on
piano and guest vocalist andy bey, six track reissue featuring the origanal
track listing and sleeve artwork on the atlantic label, features
abstrutions, libra, effi, equipose, members dont git weary and
absolutions-Lp-Wea-?13.99

Scott heron, gil-Pieces of a man-This is probably the album that made gil
scott heron most famous as opens with the track the revolution will not be
televised, originally released in 1973 on rca records, other highlights
include lady day and john coltrane, save the children, pieces of a man and
home is where the hatred is, reissue on the flying dutchman label-Lp-Flying
dutchman-?13.99

Screaming jay hawkins-Live in paris 1998-Eleven track live album from one of
the most eccentric performers of all time, hawkins puts his special
treatment to shout by the isley brothers, lieber and stollers alligator wine
and eugene churchs pretty girls everywhere, along with these covers he also
treats us to a superb rendition of i put a spell on you along with i feel
alright, im lonely, i dont know, ill be there, bit it, constipation blues
and goodnight sweetheart, 1999-Lp-Munster-?9.99

Screaming jay hawkins with the fuzztones-Live-Live four track mini album
from 1984 from the truly eccentric screamin jay hawkins with guest band the
legendary fuzztones, the album features a version of lieber and stollers
alligator wine, his truly awesome hit i put a spell on you, its that time
again and constipation blues, 2006-Lp-Get back-?13.99

Seven up-Various artists-A collection of old seven inch rarities from the
crippled dick hot wax label, gathered together from the english underground
scene between 1978 and 1982 the album features some fine obscure punk, indie
pop, new wave and obscure but highly enjoyable sounds, features tracks from
mark beer, glaxo babies, contact, i jog and the tracksuits, gerry and the
holograms, brian brain, they must be russians, moondogs, thomas leer, cult
figures, monochrome set, henry badowski and weekend, you may have only heard
of one or two of the artists but dont let that get in your way as this is a
real gem of a collection, november 2006-Lp-Crippled dick hot wax-?16.99

Sill, judee-Dreams come true-Double cd retrospective mixed and remastered by
jim o rourke, features the entire previously unreleased third album plus
studio and home demos along with a 12 minute quick time concert movie,
classic seventies folk sounds, may 2005-2cd-Water-?21.99

Slint-Tweez-9 track album from 1989 featuring david pajo from papa m and
brian mcmahon from the for carnation, a truly classic and highly influential
album and probably one of the best albums of the era-Lp-Touch and go-?14.99

Slowdive-Pygmalion-A desolate but strikingly beautiful record, although
still influenced by their earlier shoegazing work, their third album from
slowdive featuring neil halstead and rachel goswell who went on to form
mojave 3, the album is probably the most downbeat of all three released by
the band and really starts to take in little bits of ambient americana along
the way with quite a lot of the tracks stripped down to halstead and his
echoing guitar, almost sounds like the shoegazing answer to talk talks
spirit of eden, originally released by creation in 1995 and now reissued on
the castle label, 2005-Cd-Castle-?17.50

Subtle-For hero for fool-The second studio album from the subtle crew on lex
records, a veritable aniticon supergroup featuring doseone and jel who have
featured in the past in themselves, clouddead along with the 13 and god
project, this new improved outfit now features live drums, guitars and dax
pierson on keyboards just to add spice to the now familiar underground hip
hop sounds of the anticon label, the hip hop ethos is still hidden in there
but this is a much heavier affair compared to a new white from 2004,
disjointed and full of fun, october 2006-Cd-Lex records-?16.99

Terry, sonny and brownie mcghee-An introduction to-A really fine collection
of early blues sounds from two of the finest artists around, the majority of
tracks from this 17 track collection are culled from their sessions in los
angeles in july 1960 and features guest appearences from big joe williams
and lightnin hopkins, sonny terrys trademark whopping voice and harmonica
are perfectly matched by brownies flawless guitar picking, these two guys
really knew how to inject a joyous and fun feeling into their brand of
blues, all tracks have now been remastered and the cd comes with extensive
liner notes, 2006-Cd-Fuel-?19.50

Toral, rafael-Space-Much like the chris herbert album releases this week
this album sounds like space, the album marks a radical departure from
rafael toral after fifteen years or so of accomplished work on guitar and
electronics, this album features 3 pieces almost entirely constructed from a
modified pocket amplifier which was then manipulated and processed with
added bits of trumpet and trombone, the title of the album really is apt
here as the result is free flowing textual soundscapes that are full of
engaging moments, novemer 2006-Cd-Staubgold-?18.99

Tucker, alexander-Furrowed brow-Alexander tucker used to be a member of post
rock outfit unhome, this is his second solo collection of psychedelic
droning folk sounds and his first for the atp label, the ablum is based in
the old rustic sounds of traditional english folk music ala fairport
convention etc, tucker takes the basic sounds of folk and feeds it through
his many effects and recording devices to end up with one of the most modern
takes on folk music i have heard in quite some time, the acoustic guitars
are layered upon each other as banjo and tuckers vocals slowly come into the
mix, you end up with a really mesmerizing mix of electronically enhanced
sounds blended with traditional acoustic instruments, a truly original
album, pressed on heavyweight vinyl, december 2006-Lp-Atp-?19.99

Tunguska and denovissimis-Split single-Two of dublin's heaviest underground
bands team up to deliver 7 inches of terror, tunguska featuring ex and
current members of easpa measa, mongolia and polish legends silence bring
you two tracks of their dark, tense d beat influenced hardcore, on the
flipside denovissimis lower the tone even further with a 6 minute journey
through their psychosis inducing mixture of sludgey doom metal and bleak
drug addled thrashing, comes in a sweet full colour cover and destined to be
a landmark for the irish diy hardcore metal scene for years to come, first
release for dublins new cesspool label in conjunction with the uks superfi
records and corks rimbaud records, december 2006-7"-Cesspool records-?3.50

Velvet underground and nico-Andy warhol-Hard to believe this album was
originally released way back in 1967, it still sounds so fresh 40 years
later, the albums features some pure sixties pop sounds like sunday morning
along with their trademark abrasive rock rumblings of tracks like im waiting
for the man, this reissue on the original verve label comes in the original
gatefold sleeve with the famous banana artwork by andy warhol, also features
femme fatale, venus in furs, run run run, all tomorrows parties, heroin,
there she goes again, ill be your mirror, the black angels death song and
european son, still one of the most perfect rock albums of all
time-Lp-Verve-?14.99

Waits, tom-Orphans brawlers bawlers and bastards paperback version-Triple cd
collection from tom waits on the anti label, features a host of material
that has never seen the light of day before, this is so much more than your
average best of or anthology as waits goes right back into the vaults to
unleash some real gems in this package, features over 30 newly recorded
tracks, some fine covers of tracks by the likes of the ramones, terry
edwards, charles bukowski, leadbelly, brecht, kurt weill and daniel johnson,
there is pretty much everything in here but i have to say the raw rocking
bluesy stuff is really hitting the spot for me at the moment, the package
comes in a foldout gatefold sleeve and features a 24 page booklet, features
exactly the same tracklisting as the limited hardback version which is now
sold out, november 2006<br>please note this is the new softback cover
version and not the limited hardback version which is now totally sold
out-3cd-Anti-?32.99

Watson, doc and merle-Black mountain rag-This is basically a selection of
tracks culled from watson three album for the flying fish label made in the
early eighties, the ablum features tracks fro red rocking chair, watson
country along with doc and merle watsons guitar album, its also a truly
excellent introduction to the many varied styles from a man i personally
consider to be one of the greatest acoustic guitar pickers of all time, doc
can take on anything from blues, country, folk, bluegrass and even ragtime
jazz as on his version of gershwins lady be good, its pure old style
american music and you wont find a better more fluent guitar player around,
really stunning stuff and its a real treat to have these songs back in print
again, october 2006-Cd-Rounder-?18.99

Working for a nuclear free city-Working for a nuclear free city-The debut
album from this manchester based outfit on the melodic label, these guys
blend up some hard edged electronica with the bass heavy sounds of early
spiritualized and even some of the funky bass riffs of the happy mondays,
stone roses etc, the end result is an album that neither falls into the
electonic or indie rock genre and is something altogether original, there
are lots of elements of laptop electronica that the melodic label is famous
for at this stage but the addition of the live instruments adds a whole new
dimension to the sound, there are also elements of the layered guitar sounds
of my bloody valentine thrown in too, a rather hypnotic listen, november
2006-Cd-Melodic-?15.99

Working for a nuclear free city-Working for a nuclear free city-The debut
album from this manchester based outfit on the melodic label, these guys
blend up some hard edged electronica with the bass heavy sounds of early
spiritualized and even some of the funky bass riffs of the happy mondays,
stone roses etc, the end result is an album that neither falls into the
electonic or indie rock genre and is something altogether original, there
are lots of elements of laptop electronica that the melodic label is famous
for at this stage but the addition of the live instruments adds a whole new
dimension to the sound, there are also elements of the layered guitar sounds
of my bloody valentine thrown in too, a rather hypnotic listen, november
2006-Lp-Melodic-?17.99

Wright, charles and the 103rd street band-Youre so beautiful-Classic soulful
funk sounds from the warners label from back in 1971, the album features the
lengthy call and response reworking of their hit single express yourself
along with lets make love not war, just to settle my nerves, what can you
bring me, your love means everything to me, youre so beautiful and i got
your love, an album that has been sampled so many times over the years you
may already know most of it, american reissue in the original sleeve
artwork-Lp-Warners-?12.99

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April 27th-God Is An Astronaut-Tripod-?20.50
April 14th-Joanna Newsom-Olympia-?29.00 Stall and Circle Tickets
March 28th-My Luminaries-Crawdaddy-?13.25
March 21st-Andrew Bird-Crawaddy-?13.00
March 17th-The Beat with Neville Staples-TBMC-?25.00
March 16th-Gang Green-Voodoo Lounge-?16.50
March 14th-Mighty Diamonds-Village-?30.00
March 13th – Richard Swift – Crawdaddy – ?15.00
March 10th-A Certain Ratio-Viallge-?19.00
March 10th-Stiff Little FIngers-TBMC-?23.50
March 8th-Duke Special-Tripod-?18.85
March 7th-U Roy and Junior Marvin-?23.85
March 3rd-Capdown-Voodoo Lounge-?15.00
March 3rd-Rapture-Tripod-?25.85
March 2nd-Pierre Bensusan-Whelans-?22.50
February 28th-Au Revoir Simone-Whelans-?16.00
February 27th-The Hold Steady-TBMC-?18.50
February 24th – The Holloways – Whelans – ?16.15
February 23rd-Forward Russia-Whelans-?17.00
February 23rd-Fujiya+Miyagi-Crawdaddy-?16.00
February 23rd-Tilly and the Wall-Village-?18.50
February 19th-1990s-Whelans-?14.50
February 18th-Junior Boys-Whelans-?18.50
February 17th-BOuncing Souls-TBMC-?21.00
February 16th-Luan Parle-Crawdaddy-?13.00
February 15th-Brand New-?26.35
February 15th-The Wrens-Whelans-?15.00
February 13th-And You Will Know Us-TBMC-?21.00
February 11th-Micah P Hinson-Crawdaddy-?16.00
February 10th-BEn Taylor-Sugar Club-?16.00
February 10th-The Ex-Crawdaddy-?17.50
February 10th-The Bluetones-TBMC-?16.00
February 9th-Ratatat-Whelans-?16.45
February 8th-Royseven-Whelans-?16.00 (MCD)
February 7th-Nina Nastasia-Douglas Hyde Gallery-?21.00
February 7th-65 Days of Static-Crawdaddy-?14.00
February 6th-My Brightest Diamond-Whelans-?16.00
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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

The vinyl release of this album(much delayed) is so vastly sonically superior to the cd edition that it is just not funny. Unless you are already a vinyl lover that is.

Warner have graciously released the album in two editions, each of four discs each. This accommodates the massive 28 songs and 2 hours or so of running time. The standard release costs around 40 dollars and comes in a slipcase with two gatefold double albums in the middle. Each record is pressed on 150grm vinyl. The deluxe edition comes in a box, withe extra posters and a shiny booklet. the records are pressed on 180grm vinyl and come with better protective inner sleeves. This edition costs around 100 dollars,

This review is of the standard edition.

Both sets are equivalently mastered by Steve Hoffman and sound simply stunning. At last we have a modern highly successful rock band who have recorded completely in the analogue domain and have ensured all the way that sound quality is important. No compression, and virgin vinyl pressings at RTI. As Warner say…’Because sound matters’.

What then of the music? Well this album is such a sprawling set that it is difficult to come to grips with. Some tracks and indeed sides jump out at you immediately. Singles, Dani California and the excellent, and slower, Snow (Hey Oh) open the album. This latter was a big hit with an ex of mine last summer, and now that I can finally hear it on vinyl as opposed to aac I can understand her. The drumbeat introducing dani California is most impressive sounding having incredibly air around it and space to breathe. But again on snow (hey oh) we have an incredibly rich, deep and impressive bass sound. This is felt on both bass and percussion. It really sounds gorgeous. And snow (hey oh) is romantic. In a funky rocky kind of way. The next track, Charlie, lowers the emotion and increases the funk quotient.

Stadium arcadium is another slower track full seemingly full on meaning, It sounds wonderful with echoey guitar effects and the subtle harmonies that are throughout the album. Again voices and guitars can breathe. ‘hump de bump’ and ‘she’s only 18’ are mostly funky with some fancy wah wah guitars on the latter. We slow down again for a ‘slow cheetah’, more reminiscent for some of their biggest hits(Under the bridge) without perhaps being so memorable.

‘Tortue me’ is rockier and noisy as hell, while ‘strip my mind’ is slow loud. ‘Especially in Michigan’ is another slow burner which is catchy but not world class. ‘Warlocks’ is another rap-funk workout for Anthony Kiedis. You will be shaking your booty though! Hopefully they’ll be playing some of this stuff at the local indie glitterball haven.

Side four, and the last of Jupiter, starts with the fancy fretwork of ‘C’mon girl’ before ending in a shout along with me chorus. ‘Wet sand’ seems to go on for quite a while pleasant but inessential until it climaxes near the end, again with the chorus, and what seems like a harpsichord. really, its a great ending. ‘Hey’ is reminding me of Durutti column, well almost. Its a mellow end to the first album, Jupiter.

Mars starts off with a mellow but interesting track, ‘Desecration smile’. I don’t know why they have two album names. The two albums don’t sound very different. Mars is possibly a bit more adventurous in style. But each have their slower, rockier and funkier moments. And of course a mix of all three. You’ll probably know ‘Tell me baby’. Its all over the radio here and is classic RHCP. Guitar licks galore, the rap funk we all love and some more soulful singing from Kliedis. A great track. ‘Hard to concentrate’ is another of my favourites off the album. Romance actually rears its pretty head on this track. The sound off this track, with lighter instrumentation than most others, is a joy. Its really one to sit back and enjoy.

’21st Century’ sounds a bit like the Clash due to its mixing of rock with a reggae beat. Some great electric guitar solo. There’s a real noisy wigout at the end which you’ll be shaking your head, not your booty, to. Hmm, what’s that, oh there goes ‘She looks to me’. Its gone. Hardly noticed it, but it was noisy. ‘Readymade’ is rap again with some metal guitar riffs. Not quite Run DMC, more like, well Anthony Kiedis with Deep Purple backing him. Not great either. ‘If’ reminds me of Cat Stevens. Oh dear oh dear.

Really catchy choruses and soaring guitar make up ‘Make you feel better’. Brilliant song. ‘Animal bar’ starts off mellow, wistful and catchy. It gets poppy and wistful. Another of my favourites. It does then get a bit rockier. ‘So much I’ and ‘Storm in a teacup’ are faster and rockier and not really my cup of tea. Although the latter does have some great guitar work on it.

Sadly the last side of the album fails to grab me, but maybe its a grower. ‘We believe’, ‘Turn it again’ pass me by without much of an impact. ‘Death of a martian’ stands out for its spoken outro, sounding a bit like the intro to Frankie goes to Hollywood’s ‘power of Love’. Maybe that’s just me.

Overall impressions. This is a massive album. Anthony Kiedis describes it as “the best thing that we’ve ever done…. There’s this weird kind of sublime,subliminal undercurrent that is suggestive, in a spirited way, of our earliest records.” After the massive success of Californication and By the way its hard to agree with him. There are many great tracks throughout this two hour album. The musicianship, particularly the wonderful John Frusciante, is excellent and is really allowed to shine through on this all analogue/analog, uncompressed, unmanipulated, ‘hear the master tape as it is’ vinyl release. If you are at all a fan of the RHCP you therefore have to get this album to hear them more revealingly than ever before or anywhere else. Particularly at what is quite a low price of $40 for four high quality discs. What we have to hope for now is that a single ‘de-mastering’ job can be done on previous releases. Particularly ‘By the way’.