Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Black Sabbath - self titled lp

I've listend to three Sabbath albums today already and it's not even lunch time. You can't beat them - super doom-laden riffs without the obscene fret-wankery of any of the 'heavy metal' they spawned in their wake. I'm especially fond of the 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' lp - not popular with the real fans apparently as it flirts with prog but maybe that's why I like it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Caribou - The Milk of Human Kindness lp

Excellent lp from 2005 and one of my top three for the year - still sounds ace! A mixture of krautrock inspired electronica that sounds like it's being played on real instruments. There are a couple of stonkers - notably 'Bees' but the whole lp rocks. Heavy tight drumming ahoy [motherfucker]!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Paul Simon - Paul Simon lp

I love this lp - nicked it off my mum years ago! She doesn't have a record player anymore so it's all good. I have a soft spot for Simon and Garfunkel anyway but this lp is great pretty much the whole way through - the delightful 'Duncan', the Brazilian-lite 'Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard', the ace Jim O'Rourke style geetaring (albeit pre-dating him somewhat - erm...) on 'Armistice Day' and 'Peace Like a River' and not forgetting the cod-reggae of 'Mother and Child Reunion'! Superb lp - buy it on sight, available form charity shops across the nation for a quid or so...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cornershop presents Bubbley Kaur - Topknot 7"

Superb smiley uptempo tune from Cornershop or more precisely Bubbley Kaur. I've no idea what she's singing about but this 7" is splendid!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Edan - Beauty and the Beat lp

This album is the fucking nuts. Everyone knows it and if they don't they need to eat a dick. Stunning hip hop in times of very bad hip hop. It's hip hop on some psychedelic acid shiznit. I've not heard anything remote similar sonically - blows my head off every time and Edan can rap as well. And beat juggle at the same time. And he's 23 or something... Cunt!

But seriously this album was in my top 3 of 2005 and I really have struggled with non-MF Doom hip hop for a few years now. Super-duty-clockwork. Or something.

Monday, May 22, 2006

(smog) - Supper lp

(smog) or Bill Callahan to his friends is without question one of my favourtie artists. An incredibly prolific singer/songwriter who started out making very lo-fi records and has gradually recorded slightly more accessible records as he's gone along, 'Supper' is probably his most accessible to date. 'Vessel in Vein' and 'Truth Serum' are stunning. There will be more (smog) to come in this blog...

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Books - Lost and Safe lp

A delightful mix of acoustic instruments, odd vocal samples and now with added hushed vocals! I wasn't totally into this lp when I got it - it had none of the charm of their first lp which sounded like nothing I'd ever heard before, but it's grown on me. 'Smells like content' is the stand out track for me.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Sunforest - Sounds of Sunforest lp

Super limited repress (300) of hard-to-find twee folk/psych pop record. It's mostly crap and in my mind doesn't warrant the 300 nicker the original changes hands for but for one astonishingly good belter called 'Magician in the Mountain'. Super tight drums abound for this glorious off-kilter swirling psyche/funk fest. Shame about the hey-nonny-nonny gubbins elsewhere on the lp...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Okay change of tact - I'm resurrecting this blog as of now!

The Naga comps continue (albeit at a much slower rate) but I can't be arsed with the updates. From here on in it's gonna be about my record of the day. Might be old, might be new, probably be good though...

So here we go.

First up is the 'Margin Walker' ep by DC hardcore band Fugazi. All their records are aces but from the self titled opener to 'Promises' just six songs later this is intense, lean punk rock without the excess. You can't mess with Fugazi on any level - Ian MacKaye's record label Dischord operates way away from the bullshit music industry selling consistantly great records all at reasonable prices. Go see - Dischord

And while you're at it pick up Glen E Friedman's 'Fuck you heroes' - documenting the DC hardcore scene, the birth of hip hop in New York and the pioneering Z-Boy skaters in stunning photography.