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    Hot summer nights = bittersweet perfect pop

    Indian Summer - The Manic Street Preachers
    The Second Great Depression - The Manic Street Preachers
    Devil Wouldn't Recognise You - Madonna
    The Name Of The Game - Abba
    Knowing Me Knowing You - Abba
    Blind - Hercules And Love Affair
    Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra
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    for a second i thought you had an INDIAN SUMMER record in reading comprehension is pretty crappy this week.
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    you all need some of this in your lives:

    apparently, he's not gay.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008 edited
    I spent a bunch of cash on music people already know about:

    - NIN's Ghosts I-IV
    - Radiohead's best-of
    - Scars on Broadway, the side project of the drummer and guitarist/co-vocalist from System of a Down

    Currently listening to Scars on Broadway, and pleasantly surprised by how melodic it is. It's easy to say that Serj has all of System's sweep and Daron has all of its crazy, but this album reminds you that Daron also wrote "Lonely Day", one of the finest System tracks -- and ballads in general -- I've ever heard.
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    I haven't been listening as much as usual... But Mum, Astrid Swan and Kings of convenience have been on my mind lately. I've travelling and I'm one of those weird people who have never grasped the idea of walkmans, mp3s and ipods... Besides I hate sticking things to my ears...

    Here's some Mum for you...

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    I really need to check this John Barleycorn Reborn stuff everyone's raving about.

    I have found the perfect soundtrack for the freakishly warm weather we've been enjoying; The Flying Club Cup by Beirut, which is going to be one of those albums I end up raising my children on. Like If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle & Sebastian, which is also on heavy rotation right now for no particular reason. Beautiful album, that. Like Dylan In The Movies just kills me.

    I d/led the Black Affair album, which I expected to be pretty good on account of it being an ex-Beta Bander and Jimmy Edgar, but I just found it mostly dull. It's like Stainless Style but with none of the finesse.
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    @ nick3pointone4

    Well, maybe not everything but Masada was a great ensemble. Electric Masada is really good too. Have you been following the Book of Angels series? Some amazing releases there.

    By the way:

    Broadcast - The Future Crayon

    Bartok Complete String Qts (Emerson String Qt)
    • CommentAuthorInexperto
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    Bought Brighten The Corners by Pavement from a local charity shop months ago, only bothered to listen to it properly today. I'm enjoying it a lot* and it's had a surprisingly calming effect on me.

    *It's a darn sight better than many of my other charity-shop impulse-buys - yes, I'm looking at you, Black Grape...
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    @joe have you checked out the new amanda palmer solo disc? It's dark as Batman Shitting in a black hole son. They've been releasing a series of videos in promo for the disc that I will link here.


    Astronaut (A Short History of Everything f/ Zoe from Rasputina


    Runs in the Family
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    the Blue Nile. yeeeeeeeeeah, baby.
    uhm, and resisting At The Drive-In cravings.
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008

    (On MySpace, for those so inclined.)

    Sludgy instrumental metal. Local band. Started off as a bit of a spoof, but was so satisfying they kept doing it. The live shows are fucking epic.
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    Insomnia =
    BassHunter d[-_-]b

    Best when louder, drunker, and dancier.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    NIN - The Slip and Year Zero
    Queens of the Stone Age live in London

    More NIN, Killing Joke, Smashing Pumpkins

    I'm too addicted to NIN this year. But in time I will move on to something else, like every other year.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2008
    @allana--Go ahead, put on At The Drive-In. Hell, if you don't, I will.
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    That Diplo and Santogold dub album that came out. It has a delicious guns of brixton version(which is my favorite clash song(though I'm not a big fan of the clash))

    And M.I.A.'s last album...which also has a prominent clash song on it. Ha.
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2008
    Low Res - Blue Ramen
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2008
    I picked up a few slightly older CDs in the Zavvi sale at the weekend, a Wu Tang singles comp, a new Cut La Roc album that I didn't even know had come out, and the Blood Arm album, which I downloaded and really liked last year.

    I've gotta say though, the music scene at the moment, particularly the rock side of things, is incredibly dull at the moment.
    There are some nice melodic albums, Fleet Foxes, Dodos & the like, but there's nothing much on the heavier side, and hasn't really been all year.
    The single & album charts are full of mediocre, middle of the road crap (okay, nothing new there, but there are usually one or two gems), and the only great albums (imho) have been the Gutter Twins and Pendulum (I wasn't impressed by either NIN album).
    All that seemed to come out of SXSW this year have been poppy indie bands, ala Black Kids & MGMT, or the aforementioned melodic bands.
    What we really need is a new QotSA, a full on, balls out rock band that are going to do well critically and comercially, but on their own terms, and I just can't see anyone who comes close to fitting that bill at the moment.
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    This week it's been lots of old Black Dice noise terror , and Bon Iver's lovely acoustic guitar.

    The Iron and Wine / Calexico album's nice as well.
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    Old favourites today: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels and Since I Left You by The Avalanches. Kinda opposite ends of the spectrum there, I suppose.
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    Even hotter, even stickier = perfect pop with a heart of sleaze and a skin of sweat

    Pole Grinder - The Revolting Cocks
    Get Down - The Revolting Cocks
    Girl Without A Planet - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
    Heelz Afire - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
    Girls Of Porn - Mr Bungle
    Space Lord - Monster Magnet
    Jesus Built My Hot Rod - Ministry