#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

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#168 Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Brilliant name for a band, although disappointingly, they sing neither about Bombay nor Bicycles in this, their 2009 debut album. I love the opening, with its wash of guitars on the instrumental intro Emergency Contraception Blues, which runs straight into Lamplight and Jack Steadman’s unusual (distinctive/unpleasant?) voice. There’s nothing radically new or different on here, … Continue reading #168 Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

#245 Tim Buckley – Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

These days Father Tim tends to be eclipsed by the magically raw talents and tragically short life of Son Jeff. Tim Buckley was the angelically-voiced icon of the alternative folk rock scene in the late 60s/early 70s. Until he too died tragically young from an accidental heroin overdose at the ridiculously young age of 28. … Continue reading #245 Tim Buckley – Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

#731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin arrived with a crash landing, much like the Hindenburg zeppelin that inspired their name and features on the cover of their 1969 debut. One of the first supergroups, formed from the ashes of the Yardbirds and the burgeoning Band of Joy, they planted a massive kick up the arse of British blues-rock and … Continue reading #731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

#1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction

R.E.M’s third album, and a world away from Around The Sun. If it wasn’t for Stipe’s vocals you wouldn’t recognise them as the same band. Clearly, this is a far better album than the latter, but I’m not a massive fan of R.E.M. in their jangly Southern country folk rock days. It’s their forte of … Continue reading #1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction