Music Notes January 2017

January 31, 2017 at 10:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Lots off stuff, so let’s get to it.

1 Teenage Fanclub – Here

Their first album in six years, and it’s lovely. Effortless pop music.

2 Angel Olsen – My Woman

2014’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness stunningly good: Ballads and crunchy rockers galore. My Woman is quieter, though the odd rocker is there, but no less intense. A terrific album.

3. Lou Reed Coney Island Baby

After the debacle/artistic triumph of Metal Machine Music (you be the judge), Coney Island Baby  was a massive change in pace. and both a critical and commercial hit. Lovely extended cuts like “She’s my Best Friend” and the title song on this lend an effortlessness to the album. . On this edition, there are half a dozen demos or alternative mixes, but you can see why they were not selected. The final versions are superior.

4 The Chills – Kaleidoscope World

Must be something in that New Zealand water;  another slice of NZ pop-psychedelia. Kaleidoscope World was a 1986 compilation, expanded by 10 songs on CD and finally as a 2 CD set. Clever little pop classics. Worth finding.

5. The Undertones – “Get over you” (Kevin Shields Remix)

OK, I have to admit to being vaguely disappointed by this. I might have expected a My Bloody Valentinification of the Undertones second single, and while it’s certainly more of a garage sound, it’s just OK. (In other words excellent) That said, any excuse to hear the Undertones…

6. Anton Corbijn -1,2,3, 4

A collection of mostly black and white rock photographs by Corbijn. Lots of Stones, U2, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, REM and Siouxsie Sioux. There’s also a section on the Slits touring America. Very cool.

7. Various artists – C86

C86 began life as an NME mail-in. Now it’s a 3-CD box set with a rather cool essay attached. 72 songs on this comp ranging from indie pop to more avant-garde sounds. Very nice.

8. John Parrish and Polly Jean Harvey – Dance Hall at Louse Point

A bluesier Polly Jane. But three songs in, you know it’s her. Fantastic except for the somewhat disappointing cover of Peggy Lee’s  “Is that all there is.”

9. A Tribe Called Quest – We’ll Take it from Here

15 years is too long between Tribe Called Quest  albums. Just listen to the thing.

10. Viv Albertine – Clothes, Music, Boys

Rather cool autobiography by longtime Slits guitar player. Great read.

Till next time.




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