Steve Von Till - The Snake Song
Recently picked this album up - it’s Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly and Wino all covering songs by Townes Van Zandt. Very good stuff. I was already familiar with this song from the Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan version - this version is rather different, but also great.
Also been listening to A Grave Is A Grim Horse again recently, which is a fine album.
The Dandy Warhols - Dub Song
One of those weird tracks which consists of great music combined with weird samples of people saying stuff… For some reason I really dig that kind of thing.
"You like that? You like that? Ooh, you like that!"
OM “At Giza”
Finally picked this album up the other week… Wasn’t sure what it was gonna be like, because I’m a big fan of the two most recent Om albums with Emil Amos on drums, but I didn’t think too much of Pilgrimage. Yeah, I’ve pretty much been going through Om’s discography backwards. Anyway, this is ace.
I’m wearing two pairs of socks and I don’t care who knows it.
I just got this and I think it might just be the most beautiful record I have ever seen… Mana-Yood-Sushai by Bong. It’s a killer album. The pictures do not quite do it justice. It’s a really nice blue, and it’s really thick so it takes a lot of light to shine through it. That splatter is gorgeous…
I’m sure I’ve talked about the music before, because I got it on CD much earlier in the year. It has become a firm favourite.
There is a downside… Low-res cover art. Yeah. You can see aliasing and visual artefacts and shit on the photo on the cover. That shit really irks me. Gnod did it on Chaudelande Vol. 1, Music On Vinyl did it with the repress of QOTSA’s Lullabies to Paralyze… Tesco’s do it on their bean soups. Yeah I notice that shit…
It was only £10 with free delivery, which is pretty damn good, too.
Warm Digits - Tyneside Electrics
Listen to this. Or don’t.
I probably preferred their first album, but this is pretty cool too. This is my favourite track anyway.
Quick beauty tip:
For smoother and fresher-looking skin replace your bedsheets with sandpaper.
Quick money saving tip:
Save heating costs by living in a thermal flask.
So the record fair yesterday was interesting… It pretty much was just old dudes. I thought there might be a few younger people there - I mean, there was some, but not a lot. The majority of people were middle aged men. It was pretty funny - as soon as one crate of records was on the table the other dealers just flocked straight to it to look through… I mean STRAIGHT to it… As soon as it was on the table, while we still had other things to get in. We were new so it was fresh stock I guess.
I didn’t buy anything myself, which is pretty rare - there were a few things I was interested in (a couple of Bill Frisell albums & a Nick Cave one), but I didn’t go for them in the end.
Anyway… Called in to a few record shops in Norwich on the way back from the record fair and spotted a CD copy of the new Mark Lanegan compilation - a 20 track best-of on one disc and the second disc is 12 tracks of unreleased stuff, so that was quite a find! It doesn’t actually come out for another 6 weeks, so this must have been a promo copy, but there is no evidence of the word ‘promo’ on the package, so maybe it’s the same as a retail copy. It doesn’t have a barcode, but some CDs just have them stuck on with a sticker on the shrinkwrap anyway… Who knows. Either way, I was looking forward to hearing the 12 new tracks so to hear them so early is a bonus! It’s good.
I’ve been trying to be restrained a little bit since I got a few more bits in London the other day and will be heading back in a couple of weeks for Christmas dinner at my friend’s, which I will doubtlessly bookend with music shopping. There was a few things I’ll probably go back for in the MVE - there was a few things I’d have got if they were a little cheaper, so hopefully they have a reduction between now and then… That £1 off every price every month is one of the greatest things ever, and it makes so much sense. It must keep the stock rotating nicely.
Merzbow - Silent Night
It’s December, so it is now appropriate to post Christmas music… Not that there is ever an inappropriate time for Merzbow’s rendition of Silent Night.
Too many people want to do things the ‘right’ way…
Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Cashback
Have to leave the house at 6:30am tomorrow. Grim.
I will be experiencing the joys of a record fair as a seller for the first time.