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  1.  (2455.1)
    So what are you listening to right now?

    New week's releases are up at - just choose a genre from left and click "magic mix" to stream excerpts from the new releases.

    Theoretical Girl, "Another Fight." I really wanted to like it, her being a local girl and all.... but it's really just Strawberry Switchblade meets Kirsty McColl in 1982, minus Dave Balfe production... it's sweet, but an exercise in period reconstruction, not totally unlike that remake of PSYCHO that was shot-for-shot emulating the original...
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    All morning I've been playing "Reflections", a 24-track compilation of the studio work by Les Fleur De Lys. They were a late 60s British band who showed up on the second Nuggets box set (under both their own name and the moniker Rupert's People--same exact band, though), and who did work under a variety of names, with a variety of lineups, sometimes acting as studio backing for a variety of different singers. The disc isn't completely uniform in quality, but some of the songs are outstanding examples of fuzztone-guitar freakbeat, and even the least of the tracks here are still pretty catchy. I kind of wish I had more stuff like this with me, as right now it's basically the only thing keeping my attention and I've played it three times already.
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    Ladytron - Velocifero
    Mission Of Burma - Signals, Calls & Marches
    Pyramids - Pyramids
    Sick Of It All - Yours Truly
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
    Warren Zevon - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. It's 44 tracks of Zevon-y goodness, although there are a few tracks I'm not entirely wild about it. Still, even saying there's maybe 3 or 4 songs I don't love out of 44 makes this a pretty damn good review of the late Mr. Zevon's career.
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    @zensurfer: Hah, I had that Blind Faith album as a kid, with that cover. I was thinking about it recently and realized that, under current laws in the U.S., it could be said to be child porn now. Kind of blew my mind.
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
    @buzzorhowl: in 2001 polydor records released a deluxe edition of this 1969 classic. i do not consider this child pornography and i do not follow all the rules of the current dictatorship. king george may consider this kittie porn because that is what he wants to see. the following is the story behind the controversial BLIND FAITH cover: story of the origins of the Blind Faith album cover, from Bob Seidemann's (photographer of the album cover artwork) perspective:

    I received a phone call from Polydor Records London Office. It was an assistant of Robert Stigwood, Clapton's manager. Cream was over and Eric was putting a new band together. The fellow on the phone asked if I would make a cover for the new unnamed group. This was big time. It seems though the western world had for lack of a more substantial icon, settled on the rock and roll star as the golden calf of the moment. The record cover had become the place to be seen as an artist.

    I could not get my hands on the image until out of the mist a concept began to emerge. To symbolize the achievement of human creativity and its expression through technology a space ship was the material object. To carry this new spore into the universe innocence would be the ideal bearer, a young girl, a girl as young as Shakespeare's Juliet. The space ship would be the fruit of the tree of knowledge and the girl, the fruit of the tree of life.

    The space ship could be made by Mick Milligan, a jeweler at the Royal College of Art. The girl was another matter. If she were too old it would be cheesecake, too young and it would be nothing. It was the beginning of the transition from girl to woman, that is what I was after. That temporal point, that singular flare of radiant innocence. Where is that girl?

    I was riding the London Tube on the way to Stigwood's office to expose Clapton's management to this revelation when the subway doors opened and she stepped into the car. She was wearing a school uniform, plaid skirt, blue blazer, white socks and ball point pen drawings on her hands. It was as though the air began to crackle with an electrostatic charge. She was buoyant and fresh as the morning air.

    I must have looked like something out of Dickens. Somewhere between Fagan, Quasimodo, Albert Einstein and John the Baptist. The car was full of passengers. I approached her and said that I would like her to pose for a record cover for Eric Clapton's new band. Everyone in the car tensed up.

    She said, "Do I have to take off my clothes?" My answer was yes. I gave her my card and begged her to call. I would have to ask her parent's consent if she agreed. When I got to Stigwood's office I called the flat and said that if this girl called not to let her off the phone without getting her phone number. When I returned she had called and left her number.

    Stanley Mouse (Miller), my close friend and one of the five originators of psychedelic art in San Francisco was holed up at the flat. He helped me make a layout and we headed out to meet with the girl's parents. It was a Mayfair address. This was a swank part of town, class in the English sense of the word.

    Mouse and I made our presentation, I told my story, the parents agreed. The girl on the tube train would not be the one, she was shy, she had just passed the point of complete innocence and could not pose. Her younger sister had been saying the whole time, "Oh Mommy, Mommy, I want to do it, I want to do it." She was glorious sunshine. Botticelli's angel, the picture of innocence, a face which in a brief time could launch a thousand space ships.

    We asked her what her fee should be for modeling, she said a young horse. Stigwood bought one for her. I called the image "Blind Faith" and Clapton made that the name of the band. When the cover was shown in the trades it hit the market like a runaway train, causing a storm of controversy. At one point the record company considered not releasing the cover at all. It was Eric Clapton who fought for it. It was Eric who elected to not print the name of the band on the cover. This had never been done before. The name was printed on the wrapper, when the wrapper came off, so did the type.

    This was an image created out of ferment and storm, out of revolution and chaos. It was an image in the mind of one who strove for that moment of glory, that blinding flash of singular inspiration. To etch an image on a stone in our cultural wall with the hope that the wall will last. To say with his heart and his eyes, at a time when it mattered, this is what I feel. It was created out of and a wish for a new beginning. It was created out of hope and a wish for a new beginning. Innocence propelled by BLIND FAITH.
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
    At this precise moment I am listening to G'N'R Lies but I have had a real thing for Throbbing Gristle and Skyray radio on LastFM lately, oh and Tricky brings a whole host of cool artists too.
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
    well,those photobucket nazis have done it again! they removed the photo of the BLIND FAITH cover. you can see it here are there any photo sites that are a little more liberal ? (i don't mean porn)
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
    i am trying to post the blind faith cover. it is in my windows media gallery but i don't know how to post it. would someone please help me? this is what i am listening to now Photobucket
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    - "Directions To See A Ghost" - The Black Angels
    - "Grey Life" - Val Stoecklein
    - "Double Sight" - One in a Million
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    "Under My Thumb" - Rolling Stones
    Everything by Bo Diddley, RIP
    Doo Bop - Miles Davis : A seriously underrated album. Years ahead of it's time.

    I'm feeling an old school blues.jazz phase coming on.

    I like Satchmo, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters - but I'm looking for those dusty gems that I've never heard.
    • CommentAuthormatt d
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
    i think i may have lost my ipod shuffle so it's home music only for me until it's found or a new one is bought

    the blue seeds -- the blue seeds
    nine inch nails -- ghosts I-V & the slip
    arcade fire -- funeral

    bastard. i really miss my shuffle.
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    Jeff Daniels - Are You As Excited About Me As I Am? No joke, he of The Squid & The Whale, Pleasantville and Speed is a blues musician and a damn funny one too.
    The Virgins - Rich Girls. Quick, 2 minute dittys that leave you with a reminder that you're not 17 anymore but could still find that same girl you dumped then, if you've the inclination which they know you don't - they don't; they don't need to, they're probably still 17.
    N.I.N. - Ghosts I-IV. I can't believe how good this is.
    • CommentAuthorMs_Vanessa
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2008 edited
    Currently loving Sci-fi Lullabies by suede. It's nostalgia-tastic, but still sounds really good to my ears.
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    ^ My favourite Suede album! High Rising is particularly glorious.

    I've been enjoying Electrosound by Ron Geesin; a remastered reissue of this 1972 collection of analogue noodles and tape experiments. Which is the sort of thing I love, obviously.

    This morning I went to work in the rain listening to Untrue. Perfect album for rainy days.

    Also, I finally grabbed a physical copy of the Crystal Castles LP. It is immense fun!
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2008
    I've been listening to Disparition pretty much nonstop for the past week or so. The man behind the music, Jon Bernstein, is a genius in bringing a modern feel to the past. I just adore his work. Go and have a listen at his site.

    Also, I'm looking forward to buying me some Imogen Heap at some point. I've been listening to her The Moment I Said It today, and it's really getting to me.
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    Just bought Jimi Hendrix 2 CD Collection for £2.

    Since it was going so cheap, I had to take it. Really hoping that i'll like it since I haven't really listened to alot of the man's music. Also, it may just be what gets me off my addiction to Metallica S&M and Bob Dylan, both of which has gripped me over the past several weeks.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2008
    would be listening to paper rival's new album, "dialog", but i haven't found a copy of it in a brick and mortar yet.
    apparently it's streaming on aol, but i try to avoid associating myself with aol as much as possible.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2008
    Elastica - Elastica. I forgot how good this was. Jutine's voice is sooooo good.

    The It Girl - Sleeper. Hate Sleeper. Litened to 'What Do I Do Now?' the other day and Wener's vocals actually made me cry. Only that and 'Statuesque' are any good still.

    Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish and Parklife - Blur. (Can anyone see a theme here?)

    Downward Spiral - NIN. Better than The Slip, but still not great. Haven't listened to this in about ten years.

    Ill Communication - Beastie Boys. Again, not listened to this since about '99, and its still better than most albums around.

    See, I read Phonogram a few weeks ago, and it stirred up all the Britpop stuff in my head again. My wife is planning a 'BritPurge' themed birthday for my 30th so I@m looking at making somekind of playlist...