Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wild in the Aisles
So - seeing as a number of you have asked - I am rather enjoying my new job. Still, gotta admit that acclimatising to my new routine is rather sapping the old mental energy. Consequently, I'm going to predict that blog posts are going to be few and far between in the coming weeks - other than a forthcoming Not Me-related post (which will be deleted after a week). This serves as a pre-emptive apology.

The fact is that I haven't felt like doing much outside work other than playing with the cat and watching Veronica Mars DVDs. I didn't even make it to the Jan Jelinek show this weekend. I'll try to get back into the blogging business as soon as possible, though. Vain as it may be, this here forum is important to me and I don't intend to give up on it yet.

In the meantime, here's a list of current listening. I just went through a fairly astounding record buying binge – basically getting as much as I could while there was still a staff discount to soften the attendant financial blow. Add to that a few eBay purchases and the receipt of loadsa promos, downloads, CDRs etc. and you end up with a somewhat imposing “to-be-listened-to pile”. Here are some of the highlights of what I've heard so far.

King Sunny Ade - “Juju Music”
Classic afro-dub-rock mantras that go on and on and deeper and deeper.

Sandy Bull - “Fantasias”
John Fahey? Pah! Davy Graham? Lightweight! You haven't lived 'til you've heard Carmina Burana played on the banjo.

Esperik Glare - “Disruption of Meditative States”
Charlie's deep and dark forthcoming CD.

Jan Garbarek - “Paths, Prints”
New age jazz doesn't get much better than this. Hey! Where are you going?

Lim - “A Palling Hush Demos”
He of the forthcoming best-yet Not Me mix. Somebody sign that kid up!

Mountains - “Sewn”
Another hit from the New Electronic Underground.

Sebastien Roux - “Songs”
NEU in effect again! Not as instantly appealing as Pillow but ultimately more rewarding.

Tip of the iceburg, mate. Can't wait to see my credit card bill.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Dream is Over
Today is my last day as a professional record store nerd. I'm taking that long walk into the real world. A melancholy moment but a necessary one, all the same.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Two New Mix CDs
As usual, anyone who wants copies of these should drop me a line. I'm already planning volume three of the UK post-rock series, so anyone who could help me out with some of the (even) more obscure artists would win my eternal gratitude. Spoonfed Hybrid anyone?

Here are the tracklistings...

Sam's Mix CD for Autumn 2006
The Fall - "Job Search"
Roll Deep - "Boogeyman"
Kode 9 - "Backwards"
Burial - "U Hurt Me"
The Knife - "Silent Shout"
Thom Yorke - "Harrowdown Hill"
Piano Magic - "Incurable"
Scritti Politti - "Snow in Sun"
Luomo - "The Tease is Over"
Kate Bush - "How to be Invisible"
Coil - "Amber Rain"
Ekkehard Ehlers - "Nie Wieder Schnell Sagen"
Greg Davis - "Custom Made Mobile"
Six Organs of Admittance - "Wolves Pup"
Current 93 - "Black Ships Seen Last Year South of Heaven"

Lost in Fog: UK Post-Rock Volume Two
Papa Sprain - "See Sons Bring Some More Out Tomb We Enter"
Flying Saucer Attack - "Everywhere was Everything"
Bark Psychosis - "Blue"
Disco Inferno - "Sleight of Hand"
Moonshake - "City Poison"
The Third Eye Foundation - "What is it With You?"
Experimental Pop Band - "Universe"
Pram - "Cumulus"
Seefeel - "Plainsong"
Fridge - "Long Singing"
Techno Animal - "Flight of the Hermaphrodite"
Piano Magic- "I Came to Your Party Dressed as a Ghost"

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Release Starsailor

My first exposure to Neil Young's album On the Beach came via a website called "Realease On the Beach". At this time, the album had yet to be re-issued as a CD - an oversight that provoked some lone Neil/internet nerd to post the entire tracklisting online as downloadable MP3s.

The fact that - to the best of my knowledge - no equivalent site exists for Tim Buckley's Starsailor is a shame, at best. In fact, it's a sin - not only is Starsailor currently unavailable on CD but it is also extortionately expensive to buy used as either a CD or an LP. This sorry state of affairs is particularly irksome bearing in mind the sporadic CD and LP re-issues of other Buckley albums that have come along in recent years.

So where is Starsailor? Buckley's great avant-rock masterwork? His best album? The one everyone wants, for goodness' sake? Where is it? Well here's my contribution to the cause - an incredible video of Sir Tim playing "Song to the Siren" on the Monkeys' TV show (of all things!)

For what it's worth, I currently consider this song to be the second greatest ever written - slightly behind Scott Walker's "Farmer in the City" and slightly ahead of Kate Bush's "Army Dreamers". So there.