Belated ‘cast from December 2007.
Thinking back – I’m not sure what I was listening to in December – Looking at my iTunes, I downloaded 312 tracks. A lot of it was “backlist” – including Blue Aeroplanes a plenty, some Wackdaddies reggae and a couple of Victims Family tunes.
I remember being blown away by the new Black Mountain record, which has sent me on a trip through the psychedelic vaults and got me back into Circle (hence the track here) and Pharaoh Overlord. The Circle song is “an adrenalin packed comet of fiery-PCP intensity”. The best Finnish export since Jari Litmanen (not the cryogenic version now keeping the medics at Craven Cottage busy).
I liked the Japancakes cover of the whole of My Bloody Valentines ‘Loveless’ LP. There was some impressive ‘nu-gaze’ from Young Galaxy and reliable tunes from Sonar Kollektive.
I also remember reading an article by Lawrence Donegan in the Guardian that reminded me of the time I got a flyer through the post for Lonnie Donegans prophetically named “This could be the last time” tour. Nothing exceptional about this – except that it arrived three months after Lonnie Donegans death. I blamed it on the post.
Some months later though I found out from a girl I was seeing that it was she who had sent out the flyers whilst temping at the venue. Her boss had asked her to “send out all that shite in the corner of the room”. She duly obliged, unaware that the sultan of skiffle had left the crease for the last time. I found a link to some reduced price t-shirts from that tour – but didn’t bookmark it. Heh ho… There was an ironic element to this as the venue concerned was the Barbican Centre in York. With most of the acts they put on there, you look at a flyer and think “They are still alive?”…
Make the Road by Walking - Menahan Street Band - 3:09
Aly, Walk With Me - The Raveonettes - 5:02
Pump up the volume - Cool Kids - 2:37
Outside the City - Young Galaxy - 3:23
Circle – Circle - 6:39
World's Greatest - Bonnie Prince Billy - 2:26
Battles - Atlas/ MIA - Boyz mix – Diplo - 3:49
When You Sleep – Japancakes - 4:12
Western Lullaby - Tentacle Boy - 4:48
Sea Of Tranquillity – Colleen - 5:46
Ruf – Laub - 3:28
Bright Lights - Black Mountain - 16:41
Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix) - Junior
Boys - 10:40
Slip Beneath – The Warlocks - 8:07
Crewell - Starving Weirdos - 8:50
Happy New Year – even if I didn’t even manage to get this out in time for the Chinese one. January to follow...