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The Twilight Singers – Love (2000)

July 26, 2017 Leave a comment

There’s a possibility that I will be seeing the Afghan Whigs in a few weeks and I realised that I needed to catch up with what Greg Dulli has been up to since his extraordinary run of form in the mid to late 1990s!

As such, I’ve filled in the gaps in my Twilight Singers catalogue and, while the quality is not always relentlessly top drawer,  there are enough highlights in there to make me wish I’d heard a few tracks many years ago.

“Love” from the debut Twilight Singers album Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers is a great example. Mr D weaves his usual verbal magic around a simple but affecting piano motif to create a stone cold classic. Perfect!

At 3:15, I heard you leave

Where did you go?

Were you alone?

 

The Walkabouts – The Light Will Stay On (Country Mix) (1997)

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

It’s been a tough few weeks.

I’ve been working hard applying for my dream job: polishing the CV, reading like crazy, practicing the spiel, etc.

Found out today that I didn’t get it – c’est la vie.

I need to decide now what to do next ….

Happily, I’d been trawling through my Walkabouts CDs over the last few days and stumbled upon this tonight. Just what I needed. A companion piece to The SmithsThere is a light that never goes out“?

A perfect record – altogether now:

 And long, after we’re gone

The lights will stay on

The lights will stay on

Indeed they will.

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.

This Mortal Coil – Meniscus (1986)

Beautiful, short, guitar and synth instrumental from the band that brought you the defining cover version of Tim Buckley’s extraordinary “Song to the Siren”.

This is taken from their second LP Filigree & Shadow which was released in 1986 on 4AD records.

As Discogs tell us:

This Mortal Coil was a 4AD “supergroup” of sorts that recorded three albums and a few other tracks between 1983 and 1991.

The only official members of the project were 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell and well-known producer John Fryer, but many other vocalists and musicians from 4AD (and non-4AD) groups such as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Dif Juz, Colourbox, The Wolfgang Press, Cindytalk, Breathless and more were involved at various points in the project’s lifespan.

Two and a half minutes of perfection. If only it were longer!

 

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!

 

Bram Tchaikovsky – Girl Of My Dreams (1979)

June 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Couldn’t resist the segue from Pyotr to Bram ….

A powerpop classic and one of my favourite songs when I was 15. Peter Bramall was originally a member of The Motors and then left to forge a new career by forming Bram Tchaikovsky to a largely indifferent world.

Released as a single, “Girl of my Dreams” was taken from the Strange Man, Changed Man which appeared on the wonderful Radar Records label (home of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe around that time).

Perfect pop music!

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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