I only realised this week that Series 7 of this has already started. On Monday night Johnnie and his great mate David Hepworth discussed The Lexicon Of Love and Welcome To The Pleasuredome, and it seems I’ve missed two more, including one on ELO and the Traveling Wilburys. To The iPlayer! (Next week it’s Suzanne Vega and Joni.)
The Trump Book Report is trending all over the shop which describes various works of literature in the style of the Donald. You know where this is going, #trumpalbumreport please – loosely around 140 characters.
Lovely Rita. In 10 years I’m gonna be dating her – and not when she’s 64 know what I’m saying. I made it with only #alittlehelpfrommydad. Hillary had 30 years to fix those holes. #letsmakeBlackburngreatagain.
It’s been a strange year, musicwise. It started brilliantly with the release of Blackstar but that euphoria didn’t last long. I spent a whole month listening to nothing but Bowie and the best part of the next. It took a while to summon up the enthusiasm to listen to anything else. As a consequence, I am well behind on ‘new’ 2016 releases. My expenditure is down by close to 75%. I have a playlist on my iPod where I put all my new purchases. Compared to last June, it is puny.
Now, more than ever, I am genuinely interested to explore Afterword recommendations.
Here are my top ten of the year so far:
1. Blackstar – David Bowie 2. Lemonade – Beyoncé 3. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead (I regard it as a single suite with ebbs and flows, the key combination being between piano, voice and strings. Utterly beautiful) 4. Man Made Object – GoGo Penguin 5. HITNRUN Phase Two – Prince (The 2015 Tidal release doesn’t count) 6. Into The Silence – Avishai Cohen 7. Hollowed – iTAL tEK (It may just be me, but electronica is having a poor year. This is an exception. Hollowed » Continue Reading.
I didn’t have much to contribute to the Best Album Poll 2015 thread, since the vast majority of my purchases last year weren’t new releases. I get the feeling this was also the case for several Afternerds and Afterbirds, so let’s have another listy thread of your fave new-to-you records of 2015; those back catalogue, second hand and re-issued albums that you discovered through the year. Do an ordered top ten if you like, or list as many or few as you want.
My faves follow in the comments, in no particular order after no.1. Most were boot sale LPs costing a quid.
As we all get excited about “best of 2015” I wondered about if you are still enthralled with your favourite albums of 2014. Would you change your vote? Has something turned up that you missed at the time? I know I had St Vincent down as my favourite thing this time last year. However, The War on Drugs seems to have stayed the course more. Anyone..?
Johnny Concheroo’s gift for identifying albums by just their spines is pretty impressive, and he’s not the only nerd, I mean talented album-spotter here I’m sure (I’m looking at you, JQW). So, with no cheating by enlarging on one of those fancy iPad things, here’s a shelf for Johnny and whoever else wants to have a stab at some spine-squinting. Go nuts!
There are few more abused phrases than ‘all killer no filler’. Too often it means four great singles, a couple of album tracks that aren’t too bad, and…well. So your nominations for albums without a single duff track. Not one. Here’s the rules: Post the album title and track listing. Post the weakest track on the album (so no posting Love Spreads from the Second Coming). Discuss. Here’s mine: Exodus by Bob Marley. Tracks: “Natural Mystic” 3:28 “So Much Things to Say” 3:08 “Guiltiness” “The Heathen” 2:32 “Exodus” 7:40 “Jamming” 3:31 “Waiting in Vain” 4:16 “Turn Your Lights Down Low” 3:39 “Three Little Birds” 3:00 “One Love/People Get Ready
Weakest track: hit single and ear-worm botherer Three Little Birds which only has a nice ska shuffle-groove and a fat organ hook. Hardly Territorial Pissings is it? The first four are all great rastafarian-themed tracks, and I’m guessing you know the listing from 5 onwards.
I trawled through my previously-unheard “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” Facebook posts, copied and pasted and edited them into this synopsis:
So I got this book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” for Chrimbo from my nephew and his missus. They really should have removed the “Half Price” sticker before wrapping it but never mind that. Although I have no plans to die in the immediate future, I’ve decided to give all the ones I’ve never heard a listen, just in case I’ve missed something amazing (and, of course, to confirm my prejudices when these prove correct).
Taking the unheard listed albums in alphabetical order by title, my first was “Ace Of Spades” by Motorhead. I’d heard most of it over the years but never the complete thing in album order. The otherwise loathsome Gary Bushell was probably correct in saying “Motorhead are Heavy Metal in the only meaningful sense of the term – everyone else is just pretending” in his 5-star review of this album in Sounds, all those years ago. I shall be buying this for playing loud in the car.
The next in my list was U2’s “Achtung Baby”. I was not » Continue Reading.