#1426 Turin Brakes – Ether Song

I’ve not listened to this album for an age, and I’d forgotten just how good it is. It’s Ollie Knights’ voice really that make this band so distinguishable amongst a crowded scene of indie acoustic-ish guitar-led early noughties British pop (but definitely not Brit Pop). This is the follow up to their stunning debut The … Continue reading #1426 Turin Brakes – Ether Song

#1499 Various Artists – Hi-Fidelity (a taste of stereo sound)

Well here’s a thing. At the end of 2017, Sainsbury’s, the large British supermarket retailer, announced it was setting up its own record label called, appropriately enough, Own Label, off the back of the vinyl revival. Two LPs swiftly followed, to be sold in a selection of their larger stores only, this one and Coming … Continue reading #1499 Various Artists – Hi-Fidelity (a taste of stereo sound)

#635 Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – 20: Singles & EPs ’94-’96

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, arguably the best band name ever, are sadly with us no more, but they were a key part of the so-called Cool Cymru collective of bands, artists and other Welsh movers and groovers in the mid-90s. It was the country’s answer to Brit Pop and was slightly less swaggersome and slightly more … Continue reading #635 Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – 20: Singles & EPs ’94-’96

#77 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

Syd Barrett (nee Roger Keith) may well be jangle pop’s antihero. The ramshackle recording of this, his debut record, of barely scraped together takes from a number of sessions is lo-fi in the extreme. His influence as the originator of Pink Floyd and prime composer of their mind-blowing debut The Piper At The Gates Of … Continue reading #77 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

#529 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

This album was such a breath of fresh air when released, that listening to it now (after a few days of doom-laden drone rock) it took me right back to those heady carefree days of 2008 when we weren’t fighting fascists in the streets, a global plague, or in deadly denial about the oncoming environmental … Continue reading #529 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

#346 Lloyd Cole – Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe

Cole’s second solo album which is similar to the stripped-down, acoustic(ish) vibe of Paul Weller’s far more successful Wild Wood, but released two years earlier. Perhaps because he was a little ahead of his time this album didn’t fare so well and is not that well known. If he brought it out now in an … Continue reading #346 Lloyd Cole – Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe

#118 Beck – Mellow Gold

Beck seems to have invented an entirely new musical language here: gravel-scraping scratchy and funky acoustic guitars, sharp yet muffled beats, growling blues-man vocals with a sound collage of record samples and unusual field recordings thrown into the mix. Listening to the album now (after a long time away from it) it still sounds entirely … Continue reading #118 Beck – Mellow Gold

#770 Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Listening to this takes me back to my old bedroom in my parents’ house. Slipping the record out of its rather naughty cover of naked children, placing needle to groove and getting my head blown off. In a good way. This was an early purchase in my burgeoning record collection. Bought shortly after Led Zep … Continue reading #770 Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

#691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

This is 35 years and musical worlds away from Joanna Newsom in terms of casual listening, but not so far in practice. A classical instrument played by the lead singer (Ian Anderson’s flute to Newsom’s harp), a folkish background, and a complex, intellectual set of lyrics; here, a fierce yet articulate deconstruction of Christianity. This … Continue reading #691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung