#135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

A cult, indie, predominantly Scottish, band whose distinctive and unusual style heralded an entirely new genre: folktronica. Sounding not unlike Beck in his early days, although less grungy, more surreally abstract in lyrical content and (quite possibly) more stoned. This is music to kick back and get high to. Or in my case, drink a … Continue reading #135 The Beta Band – The Best Of


#1292 Talking Heads – 77

My introduction to Talking Heads was hearing Once In A Lifetime on the radio (Dave Lee Travis if memory serves) and being absolutely BLOWN AWAY. I bought Remain In Light on vinyl soon after; one of the first bought items in my record collection. I then worked backwards sporadically and bought this, their debut, from … Continue reading #1292 Talking Heads – 77

#826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Interesting that this turned up on the Randometer so soon after The Flaming Lips, since MGMT are shooting in the same direction and even use Dave Fridmann, longtime Lips producer, on this album. It’s a production to be proud of, befitting its grand title: multiple-layers, big drums, shimmering guitars, delays, fuzzboxes, distorted sounds and vocals, … Continue reading #826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

#496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips are a law unto themselves. There’s no one quite like them, and thank the Lord, since this planet couldn’t really cope with two crazed psychedelic dropout musical mavericks on this level of the Freak scale. The Soft Bulletin was my entry point into the world of The Lips. A worthy winner on … Continue reading #496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

#792 Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

I like the Manics. Not everyone does, put off by their oft pretentiousness, but there’s nothing wrong with being passionate, with being political, with being confident and intelligent and allowing your music to shine a light on all those things. Given that they are all of these things, they attract a somewhat obsessive culty fanbase. … Continue reading #792 Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours