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Juana Molina – Cálculos y Oráculos (2017)

December 10, 2017 Leave a comment

As the snow falls steadily outside, I’ve started my annual trawl through all the “best album of the year” lists.

I’ve started with that compiled by The Wire Magazine and, to be honest, it’s been a bit of a slog so far. The LPs by Actress and Irreversible Entanglements might warrant some further investigation but “Halo” by the wonderful Juana Molina from Argentina has been the first one to really stand out.

I haven’t actually finished Spotifying through the whole album but I had no option to pause to post this stunning track. Elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime within 10 minutes of hearing it; a record?

“Cálculos y Oráculos” appears to translate as “Calculations and Oracles” … nope, me neither. The melody is gorgeous; I was wracking my brains as to what it reminded me of and it is “Last Call Fe Blackman” by Sang Hugh, my favouritue reggae song of all time previously posted on this very blog here!

Perfection.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Know Who U R (2012)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

You can never get too much of Nick Cave. I’ve previously posted a stone cold classic here.

The random number generator on the iPod turned this up the other night and it’s a showstopper.

The most minimal of drum patterns keeps the beat, an understated keyboard motif mutters away in the background and a stately, understated bassline knits the whole thing together. All this enables Mr Cave’s vocals to take centre stage:

And we know who you are
And we know where you live
And we know there’s no need to forgive

Perfect pop music.

The Afghan Whigs – Algiers (2014)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

From Morocco to Algeria …

The Afghan Whigs are one of my favourite bands of all time making great records for 25 years or so (they are still responsible for the definitive reading of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”!)

Taken from their 2014 LP Do To The Beast, “Algiers” is right up there with the best records they’ve ever made. A “Be My Baby” intro, a wall of guitar noise, a pummelling bass, pounding drums and Greg Dulli’s punk/soulman vocals soaring over the top. What’s not to like?

Dream your sins away

Sin your dreams away

The official video and then a stunning live version in the studio at KCRW.

War On Drugs – Burning (2014)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

I was out in the garden the other day tending the lawn (punk rock!) listening to random songs on the iPod (are they still going?), when this came on. Didn’t place it immediately but resolved to get it onto the bestmusicofalltime when I remembered who it was! Not least because War On Drugs are a favourite of my eldest daughter!

Some rather snide commentators moan that War On Drugs sound like Bruce Springsteen and/or New Order and that this track reminds them of Rod Stewart’s “Young Turks” (sounds like a winner!) For me, the melody is redolent of Springsteen’s “Nothing Man” (one of his songs about 9/11 previously posted here) and there is something of Modern English’s “I Melt With You” about the keyboard. As such, what’s not to like?!

Taken from their 2014 LP Lost In The Dream, perfect pop music for the modern age!

Waxahatchee – Silver (2017)

June 17, 2017 Leave a comment

There is nothing I don’t like about this record. My favourite two chords; simple relentless driving drums; a classic “less is more” guitar solo, and; Kim Deal-esque vocals.

Indie pop perfection!

In fact this might be the best song The Breeders never recorded.

Found this today trawling through the latest free CD given away with the Uncut magazine. Had listened to it five times within half an hour and now it is elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime! And it’s not properly released for another few weeks!

Sun’s out and summer’s here.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press (2017)

April 28, 2017 Leave a comment

One of the records of the year so far! Classic Australian jangle pop released on the legendary Sub Pop records label. Heard it on a CD sampler from Uncut magazine 45 minutes ago and it qualified immediately to be elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime!

The, ahem, official video and then a live version from the USA!

 

The Grubby Mitts – To A Friend’s House (2011)

June 2, 2016 Leave a comment

One of my great pleasures in life is receiving my monthly copy of The Wire Magazine. It’s a bit esoteric and, to be frank, a lot of the “experimental” music they cover is unmitigated tosh.

Nonetheless, three or four times a year, the magazine comes with a free CD and the “Wire Tapper” series now stretches past 40 volumes …. I do try and listen to these all the way through but they can be a bit of an endurance test. Occasionally, however, you hear something that makes you pause and really sit up. This track is one such example.

To A Friend’s House” by The Grubby Mitts appeared on Wire Tapper 37 early in 2015. While this was the first official CD release of the track, it actually dates back on vinyl to 2011. Whatever its provenance, this is an intriguing and beguiling track – for me, a blend of classic English folk with the lo-fi, indie-pop nous of the bands on New Zealand’s peerless Flying Nun Records label. It turns out that The Grubby Mitts are from Bedford in the UK; only 20 miles from where I type this missive … guys, can I have a beer for plugging you?

A bit of accordion, a spot of bass and some multi-layered spoken vocals adds up to considerably more than the sum of its parts.

Give it a go!

 

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