#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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#1315 They Might Be Giants – Flood

This album is the sound of my A levels. They were the second gig I ever attended at the UEA, after Danny Wilson. Birdhouse in Your Soul was their first big hit (Don’t Let’s Start from their debut having been a little bit of a hit) and it was one of those songs that you … Continue reading #1315 They Might Be Giants – Flood

#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

#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

#298 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama

This album is often considered to be ‘lesser’ than the rest of Cave’s recent oeuvre. I don’t think so. I much prefer it to Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and think it’s rather underrated and contains not only some great individual songs, but as an album appears to be a junction box of the various fuses Nick … Continue reading #298 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama

#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