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  1. Without doubt their best album since 'In Rainbows', if you will forgive the hyperbole...
  2. People who like indie-alt-folk-punk, or various other formations of those four words, may wish to listen to the Palace of Justice. Especially this one, which is quite Iggy-y. 'Mum says we've got these hormones....'
  3. Caught up with Mr Roberts again last Thursday, this time supported by the haunting Melanie Page. I've not heard the new album yet, but based on the performance last night, it seems like quite an unusual one, with lots of songs that are, in his own words, 'broader than they are long'. Whatever that means. Alasdair Roberts seems to avoid any kind of internet streaming, but you can hear him talk to a sarcastic puppet about the album
  4. I think I prefer TIme of.. to Bill Fay, so far at least - I like the raggedness, to use a word normally reserved for Neil Young. Here is Bill playing 'Never ending happening':
  5. Thankyou, Andy Whitman. After Spotify-ing LIfe is people at the end of last year, I have since explored the substantial back catalogue of Bill Fay, and found that it's messed up bag of delights. I don't care that he can't decide whether to sing like John Wesley Harding-era Dylan ('Gentle Wilie'), Syd Barrett ('Sing us one of your songs, May') or a tired, confused and English Lou Reed ('I will find my own way back'), he is a big-league song-writer to be reckoned with. 'Sing us one of your songs, May' sounds like it might have been the inspiration for PJ Harvey's Let England Shake', and has a subtle poignancy that is achieved very, very rarely, but then 'Backwards Maze' is a shambolic jam that would go quite nicely on Neil Young's Tonight's the night, and 'Love is the tune' rivals all those effortlessly melodic Beatles songs that McCartney wrote. Amazing. Definite proof that there is no correlation between success and quality, just in case anyone still needed it.
  6. After two listens I can confirm that Nick rips off T. S. Eliot's 'Ash Wednesday' to splendid effect in 'Water's edge', but that there a few too mentions of mermaids for my liking overall.
  7. And it's good! After one listen, it seemed like they saved the serious stuff till the end - 'Higgs boson blues' is excellent - like a much wordier version of Neil Young's 'On the beach'.
  8. I haven't listened to anyway near enough music to warrant any kind of list. But here are a few of the things that I did hear, and like a great deal, over the past year. Here are the tunes, the links, and some mildly diverting information as to how I came across them: by the Palma Violets. My girlfriend bought this on vinyl, and I instantly loved it. Great big guitar shout-fest, with soul. by Lower Dens. This is spacey and good. Also bought by girlfriend. Sonnet by Hundred Waters. Saw this on my sometime-brother-in-law's spotify playlist, and found it pleasant. by Post War Years. These guys recently supported Mumford and Sons on their UK tour. Years go I played a gig alongside them in a crappy toilet venue in Leicester, so listen to this track with a mixture of joy and resentment - Goodbye My Darling by Sam Lee. Caught the tail end of this on a radio show - folky goodness. by Toro y Moi. I had never heard of this guy, but youtube recommended it at the end of a video I watched. BUT THE TWO WINNERS ARE: by Dirty Three. I belatedly downloaded the album last month. I fell for this track in a big, big way - I then realised that it sounds like a messed up, sloppy version of Keith Jarrett's Vienna Concert, which is one of the very best things ever, so this was hardly surprising. The juggler by Melanie Page. A totally biased choice - I helped do a few bits on this album, and she is a close friend. However, on this, the best song on the album, I contributed zero. This is haunting, beautiful, and, as one might expect, seems to be about death and finitude. Whatever you do, don't not listen to this, especially if you like songs that go all the way down. Flutey folk beauty; droney ebow moans; death. 'Remember to taste the air, whilst there's plenty more' p.s. thanks for Whitman for the Bill Fay tip this year.
  9. A couple of observations so far: Boy-XX's voice has got stronger. There are a lot more interesting textures and background sounds going on here - Jamie-XX is getting his knob-twiddler chops, if I can put it like that. The opening song, by Girl-XX is really very beautiful indeed, and has more pregnant pauses than a conversation in which the most awkward boy in the world asks the most awkward girl in the world if she wants to maybe go out sometime
  10. The xx's second album, Coexist is out. I have just listened to the first three tracks, and they are all very good. They still sound like they have overdosed on Seventeen Seconds and Tricky, and that is still fine by me. I dare anyone not to like the opener, 'Angels'.
  11. A few additions - songs I would put on a compilation cd for my 19 year old, T. S. Eliot-reading-self to blow his little mind: David Crosby - Music is love The Beta Band - Dry the rain Neil Young - Tonight's the night Dirty Three - Authentic celestial music Cocteau Twins - Loreli The Cure - A forest The XX - Night time Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchindananda Keith Jarrett - something from one of the live, moan-y solo albums Obviously, these songs would fit together horribly on one playlist, but my 19 self would neither care nor notice. By the time he got to the bit where Neil Young comes in on David Crosby's 'Music is love' he would think he was in heaven.
  12. There is a new Tindersticks album out! Thom Jurek has written a review! Given that today is a grey, rainy, miserable day over here in the East Midlands, the time might be ripe for a Tindersticks listening session.
  13. I am just checking this out. I might go to Green Man Festival this summer, where he's playing.
  14. I don't know about the limited audience. I believe that there are at least four people worldwide who would vote for "Willie O'Winsbury" as the greatest song ever written, and at least two of them are participating in this thread. Kudos on "Dicky's Willie," a veritable triple entendre. Thanks. 'Dicky's Willie' just fell into my hands,so to speak... Ew. Yeah, sorry about that. I think I crossed an artsandfaith line with that one. It was Whitman's fault - he's a bad influence.
  15. I don't know about the limited audience. I believe that there are at least four people worldwide who would vote for "Willie O'Winsbury" as the greatest song ever written, and at least two of them are participating in this thread. Kudos on "Dicky's Willie," a veritable triple entendre. Thanks. 'Dicky's Willie' just fell into my hands,so to speak...