What I Did On My Holidays
1. Walked around Wales a lot, as evidenced by the following mini photo essay:
2. Bought lots of music including:
Trim - Soul Food Volume One CD
This debut "mix-tape" from the Ghostface of Grime was pretty much worth the wait. According to The Wirewool, this CD is supposed to come with a free bonus compilation but I didn't get one, which is a shame given the quality of the track Roo uploaded.
Mordant Music - Carrion Squared CD
The official party line seems to be that this collection of rejected library tracks doesn't "work as music" because the songs are too short, sketchy and minimal to amount to much. Personally, I love albums that take this whimsical tack - notably Eno's Music for Films, General Magic's Rechenkonig and even the first two Sebadoh albums.
Alog - Amateur 2LP
The only problem I have with this is that the opening track ("Son of King") is so brilliant that I keep listening to it over and over and haven't given the rest of the album a fair chance. All hail the New Electronic Underground!
Von Sudenfed - Tromatc Reflexxions 2LP
Okay okay so I admit that this is way better than the new Fall album. I guess I just get put out by people bigging this up without giving respect to similar-sounding Fall albums like The Unutterable and The Light User Syndrome.
Oren Ambarchi - Lost Like a Star LP
Not his best but a pretty ravishing piece of drone-work nevertheless. Apparently, he's playing in Vancouver this autumn.
3. Had dinner with the mighty Woebot and learned the following juicy tidbits about his private life:
(a) He's eight feet tall
(b) He lives on the moon
4. Left London right before:
(a) Von Sudenfed played
(b) The Tour de France started