Monday, May 24, 2004
25! Don’t Recall A Time I Felt This Weird Pain In My Ankle…
Sundays just have a totally different atmosphere to any other days. How is this? I am doing the same today as I did yesterday, the weather is the same, and yet it feels utterly unlike yesterday.
Records from this year that are worth splashing cash on…
Or downloading, innit
In my humble opinion, m’lud
In no particular order…
Felix Da Housecat - Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever
Expect a review of this on Stylus later this week; suffice to say it is mad and I prefer it to the last Jaxxx.
!!! - Louden Up Now
The record The Rapture should have made? Don’t be daft. Much busier and sillier than the debut.
JC Chasez - Schizophrenic
Better than Justin? Maybe. He’s a filthy little bugger, is JC.
Various Artists - Switches
Spacey and odd transnational ambient techno/glitchtronica compilation from Audiobulb; much better than the usual.
The Beta Band - Heroes To Zeroes
What were you expecting? This IS wonderful and they ARE great. Only cynics and asshats are finding fault.
Lambchop - Aw C’Mon / No You C’Mon
Two separate albums or a double? Reach exceeds grasp, voice is disappearing, but they’re still wonderful.
The Streets - A Grand Don’t Come For Free
Not as good as OPM, but this is a completely different thing. Time won’t be so favourable to this, I suspect, but right now it’s great.
M.I.A. – “Galang”
Some bhangra/dancehall/hip hop/post-Jaxxx, “London calling / speak da slang now / girls say wot wot / boys say wot wot” or something. Inspired and wired.
LCD Soundsystem – “Yeah”
I choose ‘Crass’ over ‘Pretentious’ because it’s a lot snottier. If they actually manage to drop an album by the end of the year it should be megamega.
The Necks - Drive By
60-minute illbient post-jazz; still brilliant.
Adem - Homesongs
Fridge member in ‘better solo’ shocker. This is post-folk with real singing, and barely a laptop in sight.
Orbital - Blue Album
Could have been better (“What Happens Next”, people!), could also have been a lot worse. I love them; what can I say?
Bark Psychosis - Codename:Dustsucker
Still waiting, still drowning, ten years coming and not getting any quicker. Awesome, in a late way.
The Earlies – “Morning Wonder”, “Bring It Back Again”, “Long Road Again”
Just random songs for now (there are snippets of other stuff, fading out too quickly). Must email the PR people about a copy of the album for Stylus; I think it might be good.
Delays - Faded Seaside Glamour
Download the first three tracks and the last track, leave the rest. Immaculate production.
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
Not out for another month and already this has been ‘around’ for ages. Tweedy is a conservative uncle desperate to try new things, and credit to him. Call me weak but I love his voice and melodies.
Embrace - ???
This is pure anticipation, so stop asking me about it! I don’t know yet!
Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
A gentleman and a scholar. With a pervertalist sense of humour! Still makes beautiful records.
Selfish Cunt – “Britain Is Shit”
Download it just to see what happens.
Junior Boys – Last Exit
Don’t believe the hype, but this is still very nice.
Fennesz - Venice
This is just great, great great great. If you’re trepidatious then “Circassian” should lure you in.
There are, of course, loads of others I’ve forgotten or else not bothered with yet (Wiley), and loads of others that are just rubbish (Kanye).
5/24/2004 11:54:00 am