Album of the Week
LP has been around for ages. My girlfriend saw her play live about twelve years ago. She finally seems to be getting some traction as a purveyor of upbeat, lesbian pop/rock. I’ve been listening to this all week. It’s more bluesy than her last album and is full of catchy tunes like ‘Muddy Waters’, ‘Lost on You’, ‘Other People’ and ‘Strange’. A lot of fun.
Top Track, ‘No Witness’
The Pixies, Complete ‘B’ Sides (2001)
This is a great compilation, which includes the first Pixies song I ever heard, ‘Wave of Mutilation’ (UK Surf). Top tracks for me are ‘Into the White‘ (oh my god, those drums at the beginning before Kim Deal starts intoning “And there ain’t no light”), and this fantastically ominous cover of Neil Young’s ‘I’ve been waiting for you‘.
Tindersticks, Curtains (1997)
I probably never would have come across this band, but my college housemate, who was into them, used to put songs on mixtapes for us. They have since established a place in my music collection with their lush, romantic, and slightly seedy dirges. Top track, ‘Rented Rooms’.
REM, Murmur (1983)
Still sounds amazing (and incomprehensible). Top track ‘Talk about the Passion’
First Aid Kit, Stay Gold
Solange, Losing You
Diane Birch, Lighthouse
Joan Armatrading, Love and Affection
First Aid Kit, My Silver Lining
Tanya Donelly, The Bright Light
Moby (feat. Cold Specks), A Case for Shame
Lykke Li, No Rest for the Wicked
Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker (2000)
This album had such an influence on me. It was one of the first americana albums I bought and it blew my mind. It’s also one of the best break-up albums ever made. Top track, Come Pick Me Up
Patti Smith, Land (2002)
Amazing career retrospective.
Gillian Welch, Hell Among the Yearlings (1998)
I think this feels like Gillian Welch’s coldest, starkest work. I don’t listen to it very often. Top track: Caleb Meyer
I’ve been listening to a lot of First Aid Kit recently. I love the new album, Ruins. Stay Gold is amazing too.
Kate Bush, The Sensual World (1989)
Not one of my favourite Kate Bush albums, but it’s grown on me in recent years. Top track: ‘The Sensual World‘
Aimee Mann, Lost in Space (2002)
I absolutely love this album. The songs are sad, but for some reason I find it comforting. Top track: The Moth
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Boatman’s Call (1997)
So much bellyaching about various relationship breakups on this album. Love it though, except for ‘Green Eyes’. Top tracks ‘Lime Tree Arbour‘ and, if I really want some misery, ‘Where do we go now but nowhere?’
Cowboy Junkies, 200 More Miles: Live Performances 1985 – 1994
I first came across the Cowboy Junkies through the track ‘Me and the Devil‘ which was on the soundtrack to teen angst movie Pump Up the Volume (1990). I thought they were so cool and my local library had this on CD, which was a surprise. Later, they turned out to be the first band that I went to see with my girlfriend – mainly because Mary Gauthier was also playing, but hey. Top track: Sweet Jane.
Uh huh Her, Nocturnes (2011)
Fun lesbian electronica. Top track: Another Case
Mark Lanegan, Blues Funeral (2012)
Swampy, dirgy, kind of synthpoppy rock. What a voice.
Black Francis, Sven fngrs (2008) and Frank Black, Frank black (1993)
I had a Frank Black afternoon the other day. Sven Fngrs is dark and punky, while Frank Black is more of a surf rock album.
Johnny Cash, Murder (2000)
I always play this at the beginning of winter.