Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool – Special Edition

I ordered the special edition ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ months ago, and yesterday it arrived, finally! I’ve had to resist buying the normal edition the whole time, knowing that I’d already bought it but that I would have to wait until the end of September for it to arrive, fortunately I have been able to listen to it digitally, but it’s not the same.


It’s a beautiful thing. This is what you get:

  • Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
  • 32 pages of artwork
  • The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12″ vinyl records
  • Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
  • Recording tape belly band applied *
  • 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV of the 11 track album available to download now

Regarding the tape, this is what they have to say:

*This is a piece of a Radiohead ½ inch master tape from an actual recording session.
The tape degrades over time and becomes unplayable. We thought rather than it ending up as landfill we would cut it up and make it useful as a part of the special edition. A new life for some obsolete technology…
Each loop contains about ¾ of a second of audio – which could be from any era in the band’s recording past going back to Kid A. You may have silence, you may have coloured leader tape, you may have a chorus… It’s a crapshoot.
We have copies. Don’t worry.

There’s a rather creepy video of the unboxing on twitter here:

The extra tracks are”Ill Wind” and the previously released “Spectre”, which was way better, in my opinion, than the Sam Smith track.

I haven’t had a chance to have a good look at it all yet but at first viewing it does appear to be really well put together and thought out.

6The bit of recording tape that comes with it is a nice artifact to have, although it acts as a band that goes around the book/box and I can’t get the bloody thing back on.

Was it worth the money, yes it was I think and, though I have no plans to sell any of my vinyl, I think it’s value will rise over time, which is nice, but not my reason for buying it.


Matmos – Ultimate Care II

There are two things that made me buy this record, the first were the words ‘ Limited Edition’ and ‘Coloured Vinyl’, the second was that I’d heard quite a few Matmos tracks in the past that I liked, maybe that’s three things, anyway, it’s quite clear that I am easily seduced by the first two and this was no exception. It wasn’t until after I’d left the record store that I released what the picture on the record sleeve was, I had thought it was a sort of abstract mushroom:


Even though it’s quite clear that it is a washing machine with chunks taken out of it. I just can’t have been paying attention. The album, ‘Ultimate Care II’ is named after that very washing machine and is made up entirely of samples of the sounds the washing machine makes.


This is a problem. I bloody hate the sounds a washing machine makes, well, mine at least, when it starts its spin cycle it is so loud that it drowns out all other noise and it’s damn annoying. So I really didn’t have high hopes for this album when I realised exactly what it was I’d bought.

I’ve given the album about three full listens through and there is no doubt that it is technically adept, well constructed and is, despite it being a washing machine, highly musical but as one might expect, it has a lot of percussive elements.

The liner notes on the inner sleeve explain exactly what it is you are listening to:

All sounds on this recording were originally
generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II
washing machine in the basement of our
home in Baltimore.
These sounds were then manipulated with
samplers, software and outboard processing
No synthesizers or drum machines were used.

It is 9 tracks, or excerpts as they are listed, although I believe the CD version is one long track designed to echo the washing machine cycle. The vinyl has a ‘Wash’ side and a ‘Rinse’ side. Have a listen to a track below to judge for yourself.

There are knobs being turned, lids being slammed shut, water gurgling, all manner of bangs and electronically beepy sounds that must have been treated, and it does alternate between highly listenable and not.

As an artifact it is something that I rather like owning and I can appreciate the skill it must have taken to create these tracks from a single sound source, but I can’t see myself playing it too often. I’ve said that about other albums before of course and ended up liking them a lot more that I thought I would, so who knows, maybe it’s a grower.


That Special Record – September

Another month goes by and another surprise arrives in the post. This month the album I received from ‘That Special Record‘ was ‘Verdaillon’ by ‘Saåad’. Why not press play below now before you read any further so you can hear exactly what I’m talking about.


Listening? Good, then I’ll begin.

This current incarnation of Saåad consists of Romain Barbot and Gregory Buffier, who were once part of the Toulousian post-hardcore scene and have produced about a dozen albums so far. I did not know any of this before the album arrived this morning, frankly, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as post-hardcore scene anywhere, which is one of the great pleasures of allowing somebody else to choose an album for you. As I am quite a few months in now I feel that I can trust Miguel at ‘That Special Record‘ not to send me anything bad as there isn’t a single release I’ve received that I haven’t liked, to varying degrees admittedly, but I’ve never not played an album multiple times and enjoyed the listen.

I find the back story of this album really rather interesting, and I’ll quote it from the official release: ‘ Upon invitation of the local Les Orgues festival, giving them access to the Puget organ located in the Church of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade, they composed an original creation that In Paradisum is proud to publish under the form of the album Verdaillon.’
My only frame of reference  for the music is the above paragraph and the sleeve of the album:
The front cover (above) depicts building works on a Monastery in Boulogne taken in 1954 by Henri Barbot and the back cover (below) depicts the 1926 collapse of a steeple on Eglise Notre Dame de la Dalbade taken on April 11th 1926.


As a result, through my own imagination or by design, I am transported to catacombs, to a room in the back of a church where there is water being scooped from a font, to the end of a service where a full house lays their bibles down on the pews in unison. Workmen repair something broken in an out of the way apse, monks, hoods up with faces hidden in shadow chant as an old but magnificent church organ sustains long chord changes. And then there is the ambience. It sounds almost ridiculous to me as I write it but much of this music is constructed around a church organ, an instrument I never thought would dominate any album I would ever own, but the sound of it, in it’s original setting with giant reverberations make it a powerful, dark, brooding thing at times, but at others it invokes all those memories of church services attended as a boy where everything was so very serious, and mysterious, to the child dressed up in his Sunday best and not knowing what was going on, only that it must be very important. At other times the organ is uplifting, spiritual even, bringing light to the dull lives of the listening congregation.

Puget pipe organ in the Church of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade
If you did press play a few hundred words back then hopefully you will, by now, hear exactly what I’m getting at. This is music that would sit comfortably as the score to a Gothic film thanks to it’s mood but although categorised as Dark Ambient, Drone and others, it doesn’t seem typical of those genres to me. It has a fullness about it, textures, layers and, with the field recordings, seems to be set very much in a place, in a way of life, that is fading still.
It isn’t for everybody but, to my surprise perhaps, it is for me. It’s been on repeat all day and each cycle presents something new for me to savour.I am not religious, and this is not religious music, but it is both spiritual and secular, simultaneously of yesteryear and of tomorrow.
1. Egregore – 2:26
2. Marsyas (Ad Lib) – 1:32
3. The Harvest – 7:07
4. Incarnat I (Subèrn) – 3:31
5. Opaque Mirror – 5:24
6. Incarnat II (1888) – 2:05
7. Eternal Grow – 6:01
8. Incarnat III (The Invisible Steeple) – 4:46
9 .Vorde – 7:50
Credits:music by Romain Barbot & Grégory Buffier .
Romain Barbot : grand orgue, aulos, vocals, grand orgue samples, field recordings.
Grégory Buffler : grand orgue, aulos, guitar, acoustic laptop, field recordings.
additional aulos on The Harvest by Patrick Faubert.
Grand orgue recorded by Patrick Faubert on 18th & 19th June, 2014 (Toulouse, France), additional recordings by Romain Barbot & Grégory Buffier (2014-2015).
mixed by Aurélien Prévost at BillyPan studio (2015)
mastered by James Plotkin (2016)

Angelo Badalamenti – Soundtrack from Twin Peaks

Did you love Twin Peaks? I did, it was so odd and somehow compelling, with the show creatingtp1 a feeling that everybody there had something to hide, whether it related to the death of Laura Palmer or not. The strange, slightly uncomfortable viewing was enhanced greatly by the music of Angelo Badalamenti, who seemed to have created a perfect musical accompaniment.

I pre-ordered a re-issue, re-master of the soundtrack a while ago and it arrived last week, it’s a lovely thing. It has a die cut outer sleeve and an inner gatefold housing a coloured vinyl, what colour? Damn fine coffee coloured apparently. tp2

I went to the location where the series was filmed in Washington state back in 1999 (With friends Dirk and Allison pointing things out) and it was quite weird to be there. What you see on the TV screen is, of course, not what is there in reality, however, seeing the actual place made the whole show seem somehow more real and, in many ways, rather more frightening as the protection of the TV screen was removed. I watched it again after visiting and, even though I knew what happened, it still put me rather on edge a lot of the time.

Who could forget this:

Genius! Also crazy, but genius all the same.

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack all week and I do now plan to watch the entire series again, for a third time, because, well, why not?

You can, should you wish, remind yourself of just how good this soundtrack is by playing the video below.

Cheikh Lô – Balbalou

On Saturday I popped into the local record store and was having a dig around the discounted section where i found a brand new album for £4.00. When there are 7″ singles priced at £11.00 this comes as quite a surprise. I knew nothing about the artist at all but it was classified as ‘World’ music and looked worth a listen, so I decided to buy it.

The artist is Cheikh Lô, and I found the following biography at this site: born to Senegalese parents in the town of Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His father ran a jewelry business and the home was always packed with people. Cheikh Lo himself says that this is perhaps the reason why he is so open as a person, something that is reflected in his music.The young Lo developed an interest in music at an early age, playing drums and singing. His father was accepting of this, but his mother disliked it. The other sons in the family had all studied, and his mother was not happy at the thought of Cheikh Lo becoming a musician and playing in all sorts of sleazy clubs. Yet he continued to practice (obviously) and became a member of the Orchestre Volta Jazz, that played Cuban and Congolese hits plus pop versions of traditional songs from Burkina Faso. In 1978 Lo moved to Senegal and performed with several mbalax bands. In 1985 he bought his first guitar and began composing his own songs.

At that time he was working with musicians from the Ivory Coast and France, and they went to Paris to record a disk in 1987. Eventually the band split up but Lo sayed on for two years and worked as a studio musician. He came in contact with, among others, Papa Wemba. In 1990 he recorded his first cassette in Dakar. The music caught on and this marked the beginning of his career.

A year later he made another cassette but didn’t release it because he was displeased with the sound quality. But Cheikh Lo’s music began to take shape: a gentle form of mbalax that uses impulses from reggae and soukous. The opportunity to record an album came in 1995 when Youssou N’Dour expressed a willingness to produce what was the debut album, “Ne La Thiass”. Cheikh Lo’s first performance in Europe was as the warm-up band for Youssou N’Dour.

Cheikh Lo is a Muslim and member of the Baye Fall brotherhood, a part of the larger brotherhood Mouride. The founder of Mouride, Cheikh Amadou Bamba, had as his maxim: “Pray to God as if you should die tomorrow, work as if you would never die.” The Mourides are now responsible for up to 80% of business life of Senegal. Members of the Baye Fall brotherhood sport rasta hair, and Cheikh Lo is often perceived as a Rastafarian, something he is not. The Muslim Baye Fall tradition predates Rasta tradition in Jamaica.

So know you know as least as much as I do.

I am not really a collector of World music and am somewhat confused by the term to be honest. In Senegal is Lady Gaga classed as ‘World’ music for them? It’s such a wide ranging classification and seems, to me, to have too much lumped into it. Indigenous Folk music doesn’t really work either as much of what was once just called folk music has a whole host of influences that move it away from traditional folk music of any specific region or location. Perhaps it’s too complicated, but if it is to be categorized I think I’d like it to be where it originates and then what it is, using the normal categorizations that we use for western music. For example:

Sengalese/Traditional Folk
S.African/Folk Blues

Or some idea along those lines. Lumping everything as ‘World’ seems somehow dismissive. Below is the categorisation for Tiniwaren that pops up on the right of a google search:

Origin: Tessalit, Mali (1979)
Genres: Tichumaren, World music, Blues, Folk music, Rock music

There is no categorisation for  Cheikh Lô.

Back to the album, actually, I’ve said little about the album so I really should start. I think it is mostly sung in French or at least some of it is. I understand almost none of the lyrics, which is fine, the voice is an instrument and words are not always necessary (growing up listening to the Cocteau Twins is a good primer for not worrying about lyrics).


The Guardian: The album was recorded in Sweden and Paris, it’s packed with sleek mbalax grooves, mixing funk horns and talking drums, and fronted by Lô’s sweet, dancing vocals, at times falsetto, at others husky. There’s a lovely cross-Atlantic fusion on Degg Gui, with Brazilian chanteuse Flavia Coelho, a duet with Mali’s Oumou Sangaré, and a sultry title track threaded with the Miles-like trumpet of Ibrahim Maalouf. A follower of Baye Fall, a mystic Islamic sect, Lô is a peace warrior on a mission, the light to Boko Haram’s darkness, as Baissons les Armes suggests.


Bamba 3:48
Degg Gui (Album Version) 4:03
Doyal Naniou 5:55
Gemou Ma Ko 5:13
Suzanah 2:51
Balbalou 4:40
Lutax 4:25
Baissons Les Armes 4:03
Leer Gui Fall 6:10
Kouma Magni 2:11

I’ve listened to the album about 10 times now and love it, it is quite possibly the best £4.00 I’ve ever spent on vinyl. Press play on the video above and have a listen to the track, it’s worth it.

Ennio Morricone – Escalation

I spent yesterday in London touring Universities but managed to slip away long enough to nip to Berwick street and have a root through the basement of Sister Ray. I could, had I had the money, spent £1000 and still left there feeling there were just a couple more albums I could have picked up, but I don’t have that sort of money so I had to be picky. My first choice, from what was quite a large Morricone section, was the soundtrack to the 1968 film Escalation. It’s a re-release from Dagored and this one is one of the yellow clear vinyl versions limited to 500 copies. As you can see in the picture below:


Dagored have this to say:

In 1968 the Maestro Morricone was at the height of his career scoring Sergio Leone’s classic “Once Upon a Time in the West”. For the soundtrack of Roberto Faenza’s cult debut movie ESCALATION, set in swinging London, 1968, Morricone teams up with fellow composer Bruno Nicolai and the vocalizations of Alessandro Alessandroni’s “Cantori Moderni”, making this one of his least minimal soundtracks.

Containing the legendary tune DIES IRAE PSICHEDELICO , this is one of the most essential Morricone soundtracks of all- time.

It’s certainly a beautiful object and though I haven’t seen the film, but will, I expect it to be really rather odd based on the soundtrack, which is equally beautiful and bonkers.

Here, courtesy of youtube, are a few of the tracks from it:

Album Tracklist:

Dies Irae Psichedelico
Collage N. 1
Luca’s Sound
Senza Respiro
Casa Londra
Collage N. 2
Carillon Erotico
Primo Rito
Secondo Rito
Funerale Nero

The soundtrack has all of the classic Moriccone traits, from harpsichord to wordless vocals (and some with words, shouty mad words, in Italian, probabaly), and they  work brilliantly.  With films this old it’s often possible to stream them for free online but I haven’t found anything yet, not even a clip, so I may have to try and find a dvd of it from somewhere.

I also nipped across the road to Reckless Records, which is, for the most part, used vinyl, but after a brief flick through the racks I didn’t see anything that I really fancied. There may have been a few things but it was organised in such a way that I couldn’t easily go to the sections I wanted.

Next time i’m in the area I’ll have to give it a little more time.

Eluvium – False Readings On

False Readings On is the new album from renowned experimental composer, Eluvium. Its creation was originally inspired by themes of cognitive dissonance in modern society. By its conclusion it had become a mirror rather than a magnifying glass, evolving into an hour-long meditation on self-doubt, anxiety, and separation from one’s self. There is an emotional lucidity and melodic ingenuity to Eluvium‘s music that has made him increasingly stand out from the sea of ambient artists that his earlier albums no doubt helped inspire. Sounding like an orchestra ceaselessly performing even as it sinks beneath an ocean of distortions and tape noise – with the occasional operatic voice piercing the surface – False Readings On is assuredly the most daring, dynamic, and distinct album of his luminous career.




1. Strangeworks
2. Fugue State
3. Drowning Tone
4. Regenerative Being
5. Washer Logistics
6. Movie Night Revisited
7. Beyond The Moon For Someone In Reverse
8. False Readings On
9. Rorschach Pavan
10. Individuation
11. Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse

is it ‘assuredly the most daring, dynamic, and distinct album of his luminous career.’? Well, yes, it probably is because it’s brilliant.

I was in town yesterday and it was the first thing I saw when I walked in, well, the first vinyl album anyway, I had to stroll nonchalantly and with a slight superiority complex past the CD’s first. I’m not proud of it, it just sort of happens. So there it was, I picked it up, I bought it. Not a particularly exciting story but that’s what happened. There are 500 grey vinyl copies but I don’t have one of those, it would have been nice, but I’m happy with what I have.

In order to convey not only how this music sounds, but how it feels, it is necessary to use words such as, Majestic, Sweeping & Vistas, perhaps all together, majestic sweeping vistas, yes, that works. I was happily listening, being carried away on undulating ocean waves, when, during ‘Regenerative Being’ a voice broke through, and it moved me close to tears such was the beauty of it. Even after it is gone it seems to echo there still. It’s a rare moment in music when something resonates with the listener quite as much as this did with me. We have that voice, contemplative piano, stirring strings and it becomes an ocean upon which we are adrift. These components are not unique, but the manner in which they are structured and combined makes them so.

And here it is, do have a listen if you have the time, it’s a wonderful piece of music:

There is still more to come, as the album builds to the final track, the 17-minute epic “Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse.” It builds and builds, barely noticeable at first but moving forward as though drifting towards a massive waterfall.

For those who like ambient or instrumental music, ‘False Readings On’ really is a triumph.

Tom Waits – The Heart Of Saturday Night

I was just browsing in the record store while I had some time to kill, I browsed for just under an hour and picked up lots of things before putting them back having changed my mind, then I saw ‘The Heart Of Saturday Night’ by Tom Waits and it was the one. I had played the CD to death and a vinyl copy was a must really.


This is the Rhino Re-Issue of the 1974 album, his second release, which they appear to have done a good job of. I played it as soon as I got home, it’s a brilliant album which I make no excuses or justifications for. I’ve read previously that it’s a late night album, the sort of thing you’d play at a poker night when he lights are low and the cigars are out. Not true. Play it whenever the hell you feel like it because the songwriting is damn near perfect.  Yes, the title itself suggests that it’s a night time album and the laid back feel of it makes me almost smell that cigar smoke, but it’s 2 pm on a Wednesday and I’m listening to it now , so don’t save it for the night. I do rather fancy a bourbon right now though.


A1 New Coat Of Paint
A2 San Diego Serenade
A3 Semi Suite
A4 Shiver Me Timbers
A5 Diamonds On My Windshield
A6 (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
B1 Fumblin’ With The Blues
B2 Please Call Me, Baby
B3 Depot, Depot
B4 Drunk On The Moon
B5 The Ghosts Of Saturday Night (After Hours At Napoleone’s Pizza House)

When I listen to this album it evokes a very real sense to me of what Charles Bukowski would have sounded like if he had been a singer/songwriter rather than a writer/poet/hell raiser. Perhaps also some Jack Kerouac in there as well, particularly around ‘Diamonds on My Windshield’:

Well these diamonds on my windshield
And these tears from heaven
Well I’m pulling into town on the Interstate
I got a steel train in the rain
And the wind bites my cheek through the wing
And it’s these late nights and this freeway flying
It always makes me sing


If you don’t have it I’d recommend getting it, vinyl, CD, Digital, it doesn’t matter, give it a listen.

Departure Lounge – Jetlag Dreams

For Record Store Day 2016, the record label Bella Union released a clear vinyl version of the album ‘Jetlg Dreams’ by Departure lounge. The group have been together since early 1998 when singer – guitarist Tim Keegan, then a recovering singer – songwriter, asked his friends Jake Kyle (bass, double bass, trumpet), Chris Anderson (guitar, various keyboards, saxophone, oboe) and Lindsay Jamieson (drums, keyboards, flute) to join him on some new recordings.

It was originally released in 2001 I think and I wasn’t really looking for it but stumbled across it in the leftover RSD box  at Seismic records. The only reason I wasn’t looking of it was because I didn’t know it existed.

Sometime around the turn of this century, Simon Raymonde conceived and curated the Series Seven experiment on Bella Union.

He commissioned seven artists to each create an album comprising seven instrumental pieces, to be written and recorded, from conception to completion, in seven days.

Departure Lounge rose to the challenge and ‘Jetlag Dreams’ came very naturally into being under these terms, against the backdrop of emotional and geographical upheavals in the lives of its creators.

The process unfolded as if in a slow-motion dream over the last working days of a studio called Hum Depot, an old converted wooden house in Nashville, on the site of a Civil War burial ground, filled with dusty old pianos and reputedly haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier.

So there isn’t much information bout this Series 7, but I’ve found a couple of others that appear to be part of the series:

Pelican by Bonnevill
In The Pulse Of An Artery by Rothko
Gwei Lo
Variaciones Espectrales by Jack Dangers

and that’s 5, maybe, of the 7. Information is sketchy, though I’m sure it’s out there somewhere.


Side 1

1. “Equestrian Skydiving” (5:33)
2. “Runway Doubts” (5:50)
3. “Too Late To Die Young” (5:45)
4. “A Strange Descent” (6:18)


Side 2

1. “Purple Fluffy Haze” (3:10)
2. “Beyond The Beltway” (4:36)
3. “Charles De Gaulle To Belleville” (8:49)

Rapture – Record Store- Witney, Oxfordshire.

There are 2 record stores within around 20 minutes drive of where I work. This is the first of them that I’ve visited, in Witney, Oxfordshire. It’s in a sort of shopping arcade and the vinyl is all upstairs, which is a bigger square footage than the downstairs. I spent about 30 minutes there but still managed to dig through a lot of albums.


I am all for stores selling vinyl, which should be obvious by now, but was disappointed. I found 5 albums in all this lot that I thought about buying. One was a re-issue of Phallus Dei by Amon Düül for £8.00, but the cover was absolutely knackered. The other 4 were jazz albums, in a section marked ‘Un-priced Jazz – Ask at the counter for details’. I almost did, but based on the prices of some of the priced Jazz albums in another section I decided against it as I really didn’t think they were going to be at a price I was prepared to pay, which wasn’t much at all. Perhaps I should have inquired, but I didn’t want them enough to bother.


The feeling I had as I rooted through the albums was that most of the stock was made up of the parts of peoples collections that they were quite prepared to sell as they weren’t very good, or that a load of job lots had been bought up and there was nothing in them of much interest. I don’t want to sound overly negative, because conceptually it’s a nice shop, with a coffee bar, a seating area and a stage for in store performances, which is in the picture above, but for me, they don’t have the stock as yet. There was some to be fair, but the prices were too high for my blood, I can’t spend £40 on an Aphex Twin 12″ single, even if I want it, nor can I spend £18 on a Radiohead 12″ single when I know it’s available on line at £10. At the weekend I was talking to the owner of Seismic Records in Leamington Spa, one of my two local stores, about my willingness to pay a couple of £’s more than an online price as, when you take in to account P & P, it works out about the same, you are supporting a local business, and digging through piles of albums is fun! But £8 more is just too big a gap.

There was a small new vinyl section, but most of it was just a couple of £’s more than I would normally have to pay at my local store near home, so I left it, I would have been buying something just for the sake of buying something.

I did have a quick look through the 7″ singles, and there I found a lot that I would definitely have bought if the prices were lower. £8 for a single that is selling for £2.99 on Discogs, even with P & P is, again, too much of a gap.

I left with nothing, but I do wish them the very best of luck with it and, to be fair, if I’d had a bit more time maybe I would have found something I was prepared to pay an bit more for.

Replacing a CD with Vinyl

It was quite normal a few years ago to replace vinyl with CD’s and to sell off the vinyl, after all, who needed them anymore when you had a swanky indestructible CD instead. I did a lot of that, but last friday I was in Bristol at Rise, a record store I had never visited before (and found through the vinyl district app), when I saw a vinyl repress of a CD I bought in Newbury Comics, Boston, the American one. The album was by ‘Comets On Fire’ and called ‘Blue Cathedral’ which just happens to have beeb re-issued by Sub-Pop as a ‘Losers’ version on blue vinyl. Yes please, and thank you.

It may well be called ‘Rise’ because it’s above a cafe, as you can see here:


They had a really good vinyl section, probably as large, if not larger than the CD section and I found a lot of things I could have bought, but didn’t, I was being sensible.


Every album had a sticker on it with a little description, some pertinent information, that sort of thing, which was a nice touch. The albums section turns right at the bottom and spreads across another wall and there are some smaller areas all with vinyl. There are also crates underneath and a small used section to dig through, I spent about an hour in there before leaving with my spoils.

Back to ‘Comets on Fire’ though. I had been looking to replace the CD for a while and had seen copies on the internet, but there’s something a little more special about buying an album from a record shop than from the internet, even if it is a couple of pounds more. If there’s postage to be paid that’s covered anyway. So here is my copy of the brilliant ‘Blue Cathedral’ on my turntable.


I remember when I first played the CD that I wasn’t really into it and it went on the shelf for several months before it was played again, and, as sometimes happens, I loved it. Andy, who was in Newbury Comics with me when I bought the CD, thought it a good album, he turned out to be right.

The pitchfork review opens with:

Sub Pop debut from these chaotic Santa Cruz psych-feeders beefs up their production values to touch down as their hardest-hitting record to date. Drawing influence from Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Hawkwind, Blue Cathedral scales back the wanton experimentation of their previous albums to fire off post-Vietnam rounds of knotted feedback, monolithic riffs and outer-space jams. And perhaps its most impressive feat? At 53 minutes, it almost feels short.

And gives it an 8.5. I can’t really disagree, although I may have pushed the mark up to nearer 9. I’m a generous marker usually though.

Here’s some music from it:

Track List 
“The Bee and the Cracking Egg” – 7:45
“Pussy Foot the Duke” – 5:07
“Whiskey River” – 7:54
“Organs” – 1:45
“The Antlers of the Midnight Sun” – 4:06
“Brotherhood of the Harvest” – 4:39
“Wild Whiskey” – 3:00
“Blue Tomb” – 10:06

After ‘Rise’ I met up with the family (who tend to abandon me as soon as I come within close proximity of a record shop) at Wahaca for a bit to eat, it’s a few doors down from Rise. I don’t normally write about food but the meal was great, really fresh and vibrant, the waitress was knowledgeable and helpful and it was very reasonably priced, I’d recommend it if ever you are in the vicinity. I didn’t realise at first that it was a Thomasina Miers restaurant, who I remember rooting for to win Masterchef back in the day.

Post Scriptum – 01

Sometimes I like to take a chance on an album. To know absolutely nothing about it, to not know what it sounds like, what genre even, but to judge the book entirely by its cover, or the record in this case. My local store had a box of sale items at 25% off, which is an immediate draw for me, and in the box the album that stood out for me was £15.99, which would work out at £11.99 after the discount, and it looked like this:


As a design I quite liked it and the title at the top left reminded my of stationary for some reason, and I love stationary. What really made me buy it were the track titles on the back:


Just in case that’s a bit small, they are:


A1 Decades To Millenia
A2 Even The Nearest
B1 Interstellar Medium
B2 Gliese 581
C1 Decelerate At The Destination
C2 Proton To Proton Fusion
D1 The Extreme Distance
D2 Constant Acceleration Drive

A new double LP, for £11.99 with those track titles? Of course it had to be mine.

Label:  Infrastructure New York ‎– INF-CD001
Format: Double Vinyl Gatefold Sleeve
Released: 25 Jun 2015
Genre: Electronic
Style: Industrial, Techno

Post Scriptum 01 is the debut full-length album from anonymous producer Post Scriptum. That’s about as much as I know.

Gliese 581 is a star of spectral type M3V about 20 light years away from Earth in the constellation Libra. Its estimated mass is about a third of that of the Sun, and it is the 89th closest known star to the Sun.

The proton–proton chain reaction (Proton to Proton Fusion) is one of the two (known) sets of fusion reactions by which stars convert hydrogen to helium.

Constant acceleration (Constant Acceleration Drive) is a proposed aspect of most future forms of space travel. It entails that the propulsion system of whatever kind operates continuously with a steady acceleration, rather than the brief impulsive thrusts used by chemical rockets — for the first half of the journey it constantly pushes the spacecraft towards its destination, and for the last half of the journey it constantly uses back thrust, so that the spaceship arrives at the destination at a standstill. which also fits in with Decelerate At The Destination.

But is it any good. Well yes it is, I really like it rather a lot having listened to it 15 or 20 times.There are no official videos to accompany any of the tracks for the album but here is one where you can have a listen to get an idea of what sort of music it is:

As a completely blind purchase this couldn’t have worked out better for me (and it doesn’t always, I have bought some crap in the past) so I’m delighted.


aaaaaaaaaaand finally, something  a little bit different. A 7″ single, or E.P. really, that came out on Record Store Day this year but was still in the store and, as I am a bit of a sucker for Soundtracks, I really had to pick it up and take it home.

Record Store Day celebrates German cinematic culture this year with this special edition silver colored vinyl 7″ single of ‘Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror) from the 1922 German Expressionist horror film. The original score composed by Hans Erdmann has been lost, and what remains is a reconstitution of the score as it was played in 1922. James Bernard, composer of the soundtracks of many Hammer horror films in the late 1950s and 1960s, has written a score for a reissue. This particular 7” version contains audio performed in 1997 by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine. Limited to 3000 numbered copies.

Side A
Omens of Nosferatu
The Pursuit of Knock

Side B
The Ship of Doom


It’s a wonderful thing and, although it was £7.00 I feel it was worth it and, of course, it wasn’t my money paying for it!

Below is a video that somebody made of it playing on their turntable.

Final Total: £51.00



This is the only full price album I bought at £17.00 but it’s brilliant so I really had little choice.

Kraftwerk ‎– Techno Pop


Label: Kling Klang ‎– 50999 9 66050 1 1, Mute ‎– STUMM 308
Series: Kling Klang Digital Master –
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 16 Nov 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Synth-pop


A1 Boing Boom Tschak 2:58
A2 Techno Pop

Words By – Schult*

A3 Musique Non Stop 5:44
B1 The Telephone Call 3:50
B2 House Phone 4:56
B3 Sex Object 6:51
B4 Electric Cafe

Words By – Schmitt*


I adore Kraftwerk and have done since I saw them on TV back in the 70’s on the TV programme ‘Tomorrows World’, at least I think it was. They were so odd, and so unlike anything I’d ever seen or heard, although I hadn’t actually seen or heard all that much at that point. I do seem to be working my way towards owning everything of theirs on vinyl, which is still possible as I think all of it received a vinyl release and much has been re-released.

Running Total: £44.00

(only one more to go)


Will it never end? Well, yes it will, just not yet.

Young Dreams – Between Places


Label: K. Dahl Eftf. ‎– 5053105-5001-1-6
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
CD, Album
Country: Norway
Released: 2013

Genre: Rock, Pop


LP-A1 Footprints
LP-A2 Wounded Hearts Forever
LP-A3 Fog Of War
LP-B1 First Days Of Something
LP-B2 When Kisses Are Salty
LP-B3 Dream Alone, Wake Together
LP-C1 The Girl That Taught Me To Drink And Fight
LP-D1 Through The Turnstiles
LP-D2 Young Dreams

I really like this album, and as it was new and sealed and only £3 I like it even more. Young Dreams is a Norwegian band from Bergen , consisting of Matias Tellez, Pablo Tellez, Rune Vandaskog, Njål Paul Berg, Marius Erster Bergesen, Chris Holm and Fredrik Vågsborg. That’s all I know, other than they sort of sound like a modern version of the Beach Boys.

What I also know is that I really enjoyed the album and am surprised to find it so cheap.

Running Total: £27.00


I never liked The Associates, they would turn up on Top Of The Pops and I had absolutely no interest in them whatsoever, in fact, most of the time I just wanted them to shut up so we could move on to whatever was next. I was completely wrong of course and it is only recently that I have come to realise that Billy Mackenzie had a brilliant and wonderful voice. I was doing an 80’s mix (which you can find here if you are of a mind to) and as I was listening to things that I thought would be good to include, youtube automatically rolled on to it. I said this about track 14 in the mix:

14: The Associates – Waiting For The Love Boat

I never really took much notice of The Associates back in the early 80’s, having only really listened to ‘Party Fears Two’, but have listened retrospectively and I really should have paid a bit more notice. I do remember thinking at the time that it was all a little odd and not my thing but singer Billy Mackenzie did have a fabulous voice. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1997 at age 39, shortly after the death of his mother. He had been suffering from clinical depression. I chose this track because I like it, which is a damn fine reason.

I have to agree with myself on this. So I saw a used copy of the album ‘Perhaps’ for £3.50  and suddenly I owned it.


Label: WEA ‎– WX9, WEA ‎– 240 497-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 09 Feb 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

At the time this was released I wasn’t as open to different styles of music as I now am. I was very much firmly ensconced in a genre and refused to leave. I’m so glad I’m over that.

Here, for your pleasure, is a 40 minute documentary on The Associates.

And from the album the single ‘Waiting For The Love Boat’.

Running Total: £20.50


On to some used vinyl that was in the crates under the new vinyl. I always check it and more often than not find something worth getting. The first one I saw that was an immediate pick up was Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Lyceum.


Label: Island Records ‎– ILPS 9376
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: Nov 1975
Genre: Reggae
Style: Reggae
A1 Trenchtown Rock 4:00
A2 Burnin’ And Lootin’ 4:55
A3 Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) 4:24
A4 Lively Up Yourself 4:24
B1 No Woman, No Cry 6:55
B2 I Shot The Sheriff 5:07
B3 Get Up, Stand Up 6:19

Whenever I see a used Bob Marley album I pick it up, if I don’t have it of course, although I only have two others, these being ‘Exodus’ & ‘Natty Dread’, but I don’t see them that often. This was recorded at the Lyceum, London 18th July 1975 and I think, though can’t be sure, that this is where the ‘No Woman, No cry’ single was taken from, which was a chart hit here in the UK, although I could be wrong about that.

It’s a great set, not a single track on it that isn’t a classic. I’ve listened to side one and it’s wonderful. It was £5.00, and well worth it.


Running Total: £17


And so it goes on. The next record was a 12″ single

Albert Ammons ‎– Boogie Woogie Stomp / Boogie Woogie Blues


Label: Blue Note ‎– 441-5/442-8, Universal ‎– 0602537714520
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Limited Edition
Country: Europe
Released: 19 Apr 2014
Genre: Jazz
I have no idea how this sounds but it’s on Blue Note, originally from around 1944 I think, and it’s quite a cool thing. At £1.00 it’s no risk at all……………………….
…………….. I just listened to it, it’s enormous fun and if I were in any way capable of jiving this is exactly the sort of thing I’d want to be jiving to.

Running Total: £12


Various ‎– Dummy – 21st Century Pop Music 2014


Label: Dummy Records ‎– DMYLP4
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
CD, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 2014

Genre: Pop


A1 John Wizards Welcome To Cape Town, Cape Town Welcomes You
A2 Álauda Falling Star
A3 Larry Gus Translucid (Two Worlds cont.)
A4 T’vin Chasing Storms (Kwes Rework)
B1 Palmistry Featuring BlazeKidd* And Uli K Ascensión
B2 Amateur Best Featuring Empress Of Create Your Love
B3 Tirzah I’m Not Dancing (Damien Taylor Rejiggle)
C1 Empress Of Realize You (East India Youth Remix)
C2 Kit Grill City By Night
C3 Eyedress White Lies
D1 Brolin Inspectre
D2 Mokadem Nothing
D3 E.M.M.A. (2) And Will LV Lies, Lies, Lies
D4 Real Lies World Peace
1 John Wizards Welcome To Cape Town, Cape Town Welcomes You 1:31
2 Álauda Falling Star 3:41
3 Larry Gus Translucid (Two Worlds cont.) 3:00
4 T’vin Chasing Storms (Kwes Rework) 3:20
5 Palmistry Featuring BlazeKidd* And Uli K Ascensión 2:49
6 Amateur Best Featuring Empress Of Create Your Love 3:49
7 Tirzah I’m Not Dancing (Damien Taylor Rejiggle) 4:16
8 Empress Of Realize You (East India Youth Remix) 6:05
9 Real Lies World Peace 4:01
10 Brolin Inspectre 4:11
11 Eyedress White Lies 2:00
12 Cadenza (3) Featuring Deena Jonez The Darkest Hype (Wondagurl Remix) 3:30
13 Mokadem Nothing 4:48
14 E.M.M.A. (2) And Will LV Lies, Lies, Lies 4:19
15 Kit Grill City By Night000

It’s a double vinyl and comes with a CD. I have to say that having taking a chance on it, not knowing any of the artists at all, I was really pleased with it. Some really good tracks included and it’s a bit of a sampler for the label, once again there are other things to seek out here. What is most pleasing is that it was £2.00. Crazy price. Here is most of it:


Running Total: £11.00

Quite the W/E for vinyl buying 2

I picked up a copy of ‘Dogs’ by Kim Hiorthøy and put it back down again, then, later, I picked it up again. The album was £4 and in the Dance/Electronica section so I thought I’d give it a go. I don’t think it was correctly filed.I think more Ambient/Avant Garde/Experimental, although perhaps the track you can listen to below is not representative of the whole album.


Label: Smalltown Supersound ‎– STS206LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Norway
Released: 22 Sep 2014
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, Contemporary, Experimental, Modern Classical


A1 Träbit 3:01
A2 Det Oläskiga Rummet 2:35
A3 Hands 4:28
A4 You Are Song 2:58
A5 Klockan 2:07
A6 Pirate 3:14
B1 Allt Är Skit 2:58
B2 The Woods 3:09
B3 Fun 3:01
B4 Men Jag Sov I Stället 3:17
B5 Wrong 4:28


I do really rather like it and I’m keen to explore some of his other releases as a result (for I discovered it is a he). He has 5 or 6 albums and I listened to another track randomly and it’s good. To be honest, at £4 this is an absolute steal, and the shop left the protective sleeve on so that’s a bonus.

Considering I knew nothing about him at all prior today this is a really god find for me. In some ways it reminds me of Nicolas Jaar/Darkside, which is more of a feeling than anything else.

Running Total: £9.00


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