Music Notes November 2010

November 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm (Uncategorized)

This month’s notable musical thangs…

1. LCD Soundsystem – The London Sessions

LCD Soundsystem release a big honking party record. recorded in the UK earlier this year, it’s the perfect hip soundtrack (only available as a download)

2. Massive Attack – “Atlas Air”

Ah, Massive Attack. My favourite concert of the year and one of the highlights of the show. This EP includes the original version, along with remixes and a video. Well worth picking up.

3. REM – Fables of the Reconstruction

The difficult third album. REM are re-issuing all their important early records (I lost interest after the fifth one). This is a lovely package – the album, a CD of demos, postcards, and a poster, all in a box. Quite lovely.

4. Beady Eye – “Bring the Light”

Liam Gallagher’s new band, and it doesn’t sound much like Oasis. And that’s a good thing.  A cheery little pop song that maybe goes on about ninety seconds too long. A ” B”. definitely maybe. Free from the web site along with some wallpaper.

5. Gang of Four –  Free EP

As the Gang of Four get ready to release their first new album in 14 years, they put out this teaser in conjunction with the Guardian. A re-recorded version of Glass, a new song and a remix of something from the new album. Free through the Guardian web site or the Gang’s mailing list.

6. R.L. Burnside – A Ass Full of Whiskey

Yeah, R.L.’s got soul! The veteran bluesman’s album with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been occupying a lot of my time these days.

7. The Decemberists  – “Down by the Water”

I think it was Utah Phillips who said no American song that begins ‘down by the river’ ends well. So be it, but this is irresistible. A Springsteen-esque number from the new album. Available as a free download if you subscribe to their email list.

8. Radio Birdman – 1974-78

Whenever I listen to Little Stephen’s Underground Garage, I always wonder about the bands he doesn’t get to. He does a great job, but no one can cover everything. Australia’s Radio Birdman never got the recognition they deserved. Early punk and worth tracking down (On Sub Pop)

9. The Greenhornes – Sewed Soles

If you haven’t heard the Greenhornes, you’ve missed out. Mmm, Kinks style pop. Retro, but not. This 19 track compilation (including a few rarities is a good place to start.  

10. Danny Goldberg – Bumping into Geniuses

I really wanted to dislike this book. Goldberg is a music industry inside, but it’s such a great story filled with personalities from Zeppelin to Nirvana, it’s impossible to put down. A quick read, maybe a slight read, but engrossing nevertheless.


1 Comment

  1. And we’re back…with the Greenhornes « Notes from Underground said,

    […] anyway, I was listening to the Greenhornes’ Sewed Soles compilation  (see November’s Music Notes )this afternoon, and I finally got around to  reading the sleeve notes.  They begin with this […]

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