Music Notes June 2015

June 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Ready for summer?

1. Prodigy – The Day is my Enemy

Well, I don’t know if the Prodigy will ever make another record as good as The Fat of the Land (recently re-released in a deluxe format), but The Day is My Enemy is a pretty good attempt. I’ve seen a few reviews that suggest this is just a re-tread, but listen to  the title track, “Nasty” and the Sleaford Mods collaboration “Ibiza” and see if that matters.

2. The  Psychedelic Furs – The Psychedelic Furs

I bought this album a year or so after it came out, and then the CD version twenty years after that. If Roxy Music were punks and did a lot of other drugs then maybe. From the sad otherworldly “Sister Europe” to the irony-laced “We Love You,” it’s an amazing record. Still not crazy about the two minutes of barely audible noise at the beginning of the record, but no one’s perfect.

3. The Strypes – Now She’s Gone.

New album Little Victories coming soon.


4. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones have produced some of the greatest records of the last century, although my general feeling is that as a band they have been crap longer than they were great. Still, Sticky Fingers is a great record, and likely fans will shell out for the admittedly quite excellent remastering and the bonus disc of alternative versions and live cuts. Still, don’t you feel a little bit cheated? Especially since if you want to get the bootleg Get Your Leeds Lungs Out, you have to pick up the super deluxe version of whatever it’s called. Mick, I know Keith doesn’t care, so do you really need the money this badly?

5. Richard Thompson – Still

Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy. Nuff said? Available in regular and deluxe formats.

6. Various Artists – Sherwood at the Controls volume 1: 1979-83

A compilation of early Adrian Sherwood productions including stuff by the Fall, Shriekback, Mark Stewart and an ultra-rare Slits song. Very cool.

7. Marie Osmond – “Karawane”

Sure, sure, I always had a soft spot for “Paper Roses,” but this is off the chart. Marie Osmond performing Hugo Ball’s Dada sound poem “Karawane.” Nothing I can say does it justice.


8. Rachel Kushner – Flamethrowers

Last month’s Music Notes piece was given over to books. This one didn’t make the list and it’s not even about music, but Kushner’s novel has that rock and roll energy, resistance, the joy of being young and so forth. Quite stunning.

9. Led Zeppelin – “Sugar Mama”

So this is the buzz. An unreleased outtake from 1968 will appear on the Coda reissue coming next month. Yeah, it’s a pretty good blues jam, but it’s not the Holy Grail either. There’s usually a reason why such tracks are never released. Good, not great, but still worth a listen.

10. Various artists – Wanna Buy a Bridge?

Released in the early 1980s as a Rough Trade sampler, it may be the best post-punk compilation ever. The Pop Group, the Slits, the Raincoats, Cabaret Voltaire, Swell Maps, Delta 5, Still Little Fingers and more. Not a miss in the box.


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