It’s the start of another week, another Monday rising to meet us like the tip of the working-week iceberg that looms beneath the chilly waters.
So let’s grab a mug of the good stuff* and take a look back at the week that was in terms of listening delights that penetrated my lugholes.
Courtney Barnett – Write A List of Things to Look Forward To
I have really missed out here – Courtney Barnett being one of those names I’d heard and read of numerous times but never checking out. I guess we’re too spoilt for music these days and it’s hard to get to grips with anything, it’s like my son when we visit the Lego store; there’s so much he didn’t know he wanted and can’t make his mind up as to what to walk away with.
My wife got me back into monthly music mags recently and one of Ms Barnett’s tunes appeared on one of the cds they come with and proved to be the trigger I needed to check out and enjoy her new album Things Take Time, Take Time this last week. It’s pretty damn good.
Foo Fighters – Generator
I’m reading Dave Grohl’s ‘The Storyteller’ at the moment and it’s a cracker of a book. There’s a lot he leaves out for obvious reasons but it turns out that’s he’s quite the memoirist. In it he states his belief that There Is Nothing Left To Lose remains the best album they’ve made to date. I can see why he likes it, personal reasons aside. It’s certainly their first to sound like a real ‘band’ album and it’s stripped-back sound – thanks to Adam Kasper and the bare-bones nature of Grohl’s home studio where it was made – makes for a great listen to this day. I think I ranked it quite highly in my Least to Most a couple of years back but not a top three, good as it is.
John Fahey – Requiem for John Hurt
Because there’s always time for something so great
Cold Water Flat – King of the Undergound
In a weird jog of memory I found myself thinking of Cold Water Flat – a college / alt-rock band that never took off but, as they were formed by Paul Janovitz, brother of Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, came across my radar many years ago. Pretty sure that if I have the cd it’s one of those boxed up in the garage and they’re not on the streaming service beginning with S so had to resort to YouTube to hear the album again. They managed just two of them, one for a major (which borrowed BT’s producer Sean Slade), before going their own separate ways. The drummer would actually go on to pick up the Pullitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel ‘Tinkers’.
Snail Mail – Valentine
Another of those new artists I’d read about / heard about but never checked out. This time it was the weekly emailer from my local / favourite record store Vinylstore Jr that got me tuning in when he pitched it as a ‘midway point between Lucy Dacus and Hole’. Now: I like a bit of Hole and I like Lucy Dacus, but which is best? There’s only one way to find out…
Jimmy Eat World – Just Tonight (Phoenix Sessions)
I hadn’t listened to Jimmy Eat World in blood years until I saw this crop up last week. Apparently the band did some of those full-album performances as streamed concerts when the world of touring was shut down last year and are now releasing the audio. Futures was one of their albums I thought was hampered by production so I’ve been enjoying the rawer / live takes on this.
*a rather fruity Kenyan blend today should you be interested
8 thoughts on “World record players on a tour of Japan, Charlie fixing his van with the left arm tan… Monday spins are here again”
That Snail Mail record sounds pretty good on one listen so far.
I’ve only made it halfway through so far because I keep going back to the start – haven’t heard her previous one yet
Second one has grabbed me more so far. Lots of good young American indie female solo artists around at the moment – Dacus, Bridgers, Julian Baker, Mitski, Japanese Breakfast.
John Fahey? Where did that come from? Good off the radar pick Tony.
I’ve got a real love for people that can take a simple acoustic and make a new world and Fahey is the spearhead of that vibe for me
Couple good docs on him. You must like Leo Kottke?He is a bit of a go to for me.
I enjoy a fair bit of Leo’s work – I like the stuff he did with Mike Gordon too. I’ve been listening to Yasmin Williams’ new album Urban Driftwood a lot this week which, CB may really dig it
Yes I like the collab with Gordon. I will check out the Yasmin for sure. Thanks.