This is about as diametrically opposed to Joan Armatrading’s music as it’s possible to be, and that’s why I love music as an artform so much: its SO personal. Plus why I love re-exploring my record collection in this wonderfully random way. I bought this record earlier this year in an excellent record shop in … Continue reading #699 John’s Children – Orgasm
I bought this 2013 album on CD for my wife in 2016 when we lived in Amsterdam. It was a small piece of recent nostalgia from when we also went to see Muse in Rome. Not this concert though, but at Rock in Roma in 2015. Muse give good rock. All power chords, thundering bass … Continue reading #886 Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
Giving Miles Davis a run for his money in terms of who’s ‘coolest’, this is an album of pure jazz perfection. A stunning recording, from RCA Italia in 1962, it features 8 BeBop jams from trumpeter Baker and his band. These jams are loose in terms of their wonderfully swinging rhythm, but the band are … Continue reading #65 Chet Baker Sextet – Chet is Back!
Arguably one of the most well-known operas by the master of the genre, La Traviata was a bit of a game-changer when first performed at Venice’s La Fenice in 1853. The title itself means fallen woman, and the libretto is based on a play by Alexander Dumas about said women, Violetta, a courtesan, and her … Continue reading #1455 Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata
Muse are the acceptable face of hard indie rock; nice boys playing their instruments properly. You could take your mum to one of their concerts. Well, not my mum obviously, but probably your mum. But this isn’t intended as a criticism, they do play their instruments very well, and no matter how ‘hard’ and aggressive … Continue reading #875 Muse – Absolution
This LP was a birthday present a few years back from the good friend who also gifted me the Jacco Gardner LP. He is king of the pysch-freaky-underground-soundtrack-weird- kitsch-camp camp, and Barbarella fits as snugly as Jane Fonda’s knee-high boots into that category. Like most soundtrack albums, the music usually works better when listened to … Continue reading #69 Barbarella – Original Soundtrack Recording
Along with the Eurythmics, the Pet Shop Boys were one of the few bands I actually followed in ‘real time’, becoming quite obsessed with Paninaro from their second album Disco (a remix album of half the tracks from their first album Actually). For some reason I wrote out all the lyrics to Paninaro in runes, … Continue reading #1395 Pet Shop Boys – Back To Mine