The Listening List

31/12/16 to 19/04/17

I have almost 4 months to catch up on! Although I haven’t been able to listen to very many albums due to the arrival of Orwell, our new dog. Still, I have managed to get some in but nowhere near the amount I was listening to, so anyway, here goes with the catch up, the ones I remember at least.

Kelly Lee OwensArcaShort MovieFiligree & ShadowIt'll End In TearsLizardMonster MovieIn The Court Of The Crimson KingIcky ThumpWhite Blood Cells

The White StripesHeathenEP1Ooops (Remix)Elephant
Get Behind Me SatanI'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)They Fall, But You Don'tThe Spoils Stop Your Crying

CHECK OUT Serf RashNo Strength of SunLos DinosauriosOne Day

ReverseSakuraComputer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 (EP)Three Worlds: Music From Woolf WorksOn The Nature of Daylight

Elwan Restless ShapesAuto MusicTour De FranceChristiansands

LifeformsISDNThe Boy And The TreeGrinning CatReflectionMigrationIllustrated Musical EncyclopediaThe Unforgettable FireDisappointedWarriorHyperballad (T. Tei / Howie B. Mixes)Hyperballad (Morales / T. Terry Mixes)A Shadow In TimeThe Lonely Passion Of Judith HearneSongs From The Other Side Of EmptinessExit

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
Arca – Arca
Short Movie – Laura Marling
Filigree & Shadow – This Mortal Coil
It’ll End In Tears – This Mortal Coil
Lizard – King Crimson
Monster Movie – The Can
In The Court Of The Crimson King – King Crimson
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
White Blood Cells – The White Stripes
The White Stripes – The White Stripes
Heathen – David Bowie
EP1 – FKA Twigs
Ooops (Remix) – 808 State Featuring Bjork
Elephant – The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan – The White Stripes
I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You) – Grace Jones
They Fall, But You Don’t – Mondkopf
The Spoils -Massive Attack
Stop Your Crying – Spiritualized
CHECK OUT – hornschaft
Serf Rash – Run Dust
No Strength of Sun – Isorinne
Los Dinosaurios – Personal Mythologies
One Day – Akira Kosemura
Reverse – Richard Pinhas
Sakura – Susumu Yokota
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 (EP) – Aphex Twin
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works – Max Richter
On The Nature of Daylight – Max Richter
Elwan – Tinariwen
Restless Shapes – Gajek
Auto Music – Brian Reitzell
Tour De France – Kraftwerk
Christiansands – Tricky
Lifeforms –  FSOL
The Boy And The Tree – Susumu Yokota
Grinning Cat – Susumu Yokota
Reflection – Brian Eno
Migration – Bonobo
Exit – Tangerine Dream
Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia – Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Unforgettable Fire – U2
Disappointed –  Public Image Ltd
Warrior – Public Image Ltd
Songs From The Other Side Of Emptiness – Life Garden
Hyperballad (T. Tei / Howie B. Mixes) – Björk
Hyperballad (Morales / T. Terry Mixes) – Björk
A Shadow In Time – William Basinski
The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne – Georges Delerue

Kenilworth Record Shop

Last week I popped into Kenilworth Record Shop, having not known it even existed until a quick google revealed it to me. It was the nearest on my journey to Coventry and back (I hadn’t been sent there, I chose to go) so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s down an alley and up an old stairs. inside there are three smallish rooms with lots of used vinyl. If you are after classic rock, soul, prog, a bit of reggae then they have loads. There was a small section of Indie, which is where I spent most of my time and found a couple of things that I was after. I also dug through the £1 section, which was a couple of hundred LP’s, and found 7 Toyah albums, I almost did, but I’d never listen to them so I didn’t.

The two Indie albums were both by This Mortal Coil on 4AD, which I’ve had in various guises over the years, Both on CD, one on cassette, but neither ever on vinyl:

It’ll end in tears

The first is the one with Elizabeth Frasier singing Song to the Siren with guitar by Robin Guthrie, the Tim Buckley song, and it really is a beautiful thing.

Here is the shop itself:


The other albums i picked up were:

Lizard – King Crimson

Monster Movie – Can

They were a reasonable price and I was given a bit of discount so all good. There were a few oher things there that I could have picked up, but like all used vinyl stores, I like to leave things and to give a bit of time before going back so that new stock has a chance to come in and maybe there will be a gem in there.

For a closer look there’s a video of the shop that they posted on facebook here:

and to close, here’s that track from This Mortal Coil:


The Get Down & Can

I recently watched the Netflix series ‘The Get Down’ which is based in the South Bronx, New York in 1977 around the birth of Hip-Hop, Rap and DJ-ing. I was immediately and repeatedly struck by the inclusion of the track ‘Vitamin C’ by Can from the album Ege Bamyasi, which I think was released around 1972.

I didn’t have a copy on vinyl, although I’d heard it a lot, so last week I got one. Maybe I’ll talk about it more another time but for now I just wanted to share the track.

The Listening List

22/12/2016 – 30/12/2016

P.I.L – Live In Tokyo
Craig Armstrong – It’s Nearly Tomorrow
Adelbert Von Deyen – Atmosphere
Glitterbug – Dust
Max Richter – Sleep Remixes
Can – 
Ege Bamyasi
Deacon Blue – Fellow Hoodlums
Funkstörung – Funkstörung
To Rococo Rot – The Amateur View
Milan W. – Intact
The Cult – Sonic Temple
Björk ‎– The Music From Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Volume 1
Four Tet – Pause
Gala Drop – II

The Listening List

Max Richter – Songs From Before
Future Sound Of London – Environments 6.5
Bjork – Bastards
Mike Oldfield – Platimnum
Vangelis – Spiral
Bob Marley – Exodus
Isaac Hayes – Joy
Isaac Hayes – Shaft
Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul
Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle
Can – Tago Mago
Vangelis – Invisible Connections
Vangelis – Albedo 0.39
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1

To Rococo Rot – Instrument

Several years ago I bought a double CD of Electronic music, I can’t remember what it was called, it’s in a drawer somewhere at home, but it was a sort of origins compilation and on it was a track named ‘Cars’ by To Rococo Rot that I really liked, but I never explored any further. When I saw their last album (2014) in the record store for £8.00 it seemed to me that I had little choice but to buy it, so I did and I don’t regret it at all. Although I’ve only listened to the vinyl copy once, I have been listening to the album via Apple Music, probably 7 or 8 times by now. Carrying my turntable, amp and speakers around was difficult enough, then I had to find somewhere to plug it in, so my phone has to suffice when I’m out and about. 

I’ve no idea why it was so cheap but, while it is quite different to ‘Cars’, which was around in 1999, it’s still very much the sort of thing that I like.

WIKI: To Rococo Rot is a Berlin-based trio who combine electronic and acoustic elements to create instrumental post-rock and electronic music. The group is composed of bass guitarist Stefan Schneider (ex-member of Düsseldorf-based group, Kreidler) and brothers Robert (guitar, electronics) and Ronald Lippok (drums, effects). Ronald Lippok has also gained praise for his work in Tarwater. The band’s name is a palindrome, as it can be spelled the same both forwards and backwards.

The group’s first album, To Rococo Rot, was released in 1996 in the form of an untitled picture disc. It was subsequently reissued on CD by Kitty Yo. The more widely distributed Veiculo, released by the UK independent label City Slang, appeared the following year. In 1997, the group recorded an to-rococo-rot-many-descriptions-instrumentalbum’s worth of material with the producer David Moufang. Following a move to Mute Records, the band released The Amateur View in 1999 and Music Is a Hungry Ghost in 2001, followed by the critically acclaimed Hotel Morgen in 2004. Speculation was released in March 2010, and their latest full-length album, Instrument, was released in July 2014.

I’d had ‘Cars’ on a few playlists so had heard it often but it’s been quite a while and ‘Instrument’has a much more polished feel about it, but is still quite experimental, at times seemingly created by randomly generating notes, although I am making this comparison based on one song vs an entire album.

It does have a feel of what Kosmische Musik (Krautrock) might have developed into, or perhaps just elements of that music and that is a positive as I’m rather fond of Kosmische Musik. It reminds me a little of ‘Fujiya & Miyagi’ at times, but a little more downtempo, less in your face. There are certainly passages where I can hear strong links to Can, which is also no bad thing. I will probably have to do a little more back catalogue investigating as I liked this album a lot.

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