Yeah. I Know.


I know I said no posting for a while. But… I am a simple girl with simple pleasures. Skippy on vinyl. One more must have record down. I wish it was the original Columbia recording instead of the Sundaze re-release, but I like my kidneys. In one way that 2017 is already better than 2016: … More Yeah. I Know.

Soundtrack of my Life: “War In Peace” by Skip Spence


I started writing this before all the hell of November began, so I decided to finish it. I’ll write the 2016 year-end stuff next month and then that’s it until I find some sort of joy or purpose. When I discussed Skip Spence’s exquisite and underappreciated OAR, I mentioned a fondness for the broken and lost geniuses … More Soundtrack of my Life: “War In Peace” by Skip Spence

The Album List: # 192 The Avalanches “Since I Left You”


The idea that electronic music is a recent invention of celebrity DJs or as an off-shoot of hip hop is false. Electronic music pre-dates the second world war, and thrived in post-war Europe, where artists like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Schaeffer created the blueprint of modern avant-garde music.  It’s no accident countries like France, Germany, … More The Album List: # 192 The Avalanches “Since I Left You”

The Album List #18: My Bloody Valentine “Loveless”


Rock history is littered with perfectionist geniuses. Brian Wilson comes to mind immediately. But Kevin Shields, the mastermind behind My Bloody Valentine, holds a special place in the hearts and minds of music fans.  Because he nearly ended Alan McGee. McGee founded Creation Records. A crucial label in 1980s Brit indie music, he signed MBV … More The Album List #18: My Bloody Valentine “Loveless”

The Album List #22: Gang Of Four “Entertainment!”


Name yourself after the infamous quartet that held on to Chinese power only to be brought down after Mao’s death and you might get labelled. Create a new sound full of jagged guitars and disco squawking, you might get labelled. Be totally awesome and you will get my vote as one of the most vital … More The Album List #22: Gang Of Four “Entertainment!”

The Album List #27: Primal Scream “Screamadelica”


It won the very first Mercury Music Prize. How some random indie Scottish band that could never keep it’s membership turned out the greatest of the house records remains a mystery. The singer was once the drummer for the Jesus and Mary Chain, ferchrissakes. But here it is, the best album to pull out during … More The Album List #27: Primal Scream “Screamadelica”

The Album List #28: David Bowie “The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”


David Bowie is one of the great loves of my life. I adored him when I was young and “Modern Love” was a hit, with its sixties inspired harmonies and bright pop. I loved him even more when I discovered “Heroes” as a teenager, and Low  in college. There is a beauty in “Space Oddity”‘s story … More The Album List #28: David Bowie “The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”

The Album List #33: The Zombies “Odessey And Oracle”


This album is legendary. The crash and burn tale of the Zombies is a favourite among music geeks. A simple tale of St. Alban’s lads form band, then release a single called “She’s Not There” that I consider to be among the greatest songs ever recorded, and within four years released three albums and completely … More The Album List #33: The Zombies “Odessey And Oracle”

The Album List #35: Prefab Sprout “Steve McQueen”


What I remember most about Prefab is the ridiculousness of their single “King Of Rock and Roll”, which doesn’t appear on this album, but deserve a mention for the completely random lyrics: ” I am the king of rock and roll completely, up from suede shoes to my baby blues- hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque.” … More The Album List #35: Prefab Sprout “Steve McQueen”

The Album List #42: Madness “The Rise And Fall”


Madness have never been considered an “album band”. They released so many classic singles, but their overall albums were ignored.  The Rise And Fall is a really great record from a really great band. I wish people took them seriously. In the U.S., the band has always been treated as a novelty, if the deep … More The Album List #42: Madness “The Rise And Fall”

The Album List #44: The Pixies “Doolittle”


The Pixies are what Kurt Cobain wanted Nirvana to be, and they are the foundation of all that is good about the last twenty years of rock and roll. Doolittle is their masterpiece. Okay, it’s ridiculous for me to even remotely talk about the Pixies. They are one of those bands. The ones everyone talks about. Smarter … More The Album List #44: The Pixies “Doolittle”

The Album List: #48 John Coltrane “A Love Supreme”


This one is different. I can’t spew forth the usual “This is an awesome song, this is an awesome band, this vocal is fantastic and just listen to these guitars” bulltwaddle I usually bring to these proceedings. This is jazz, one of the two true American art forms that developed wholly from the New World. … More The Album List: #48 John Coltrane “A Love Supreme”

The Album List: #55 Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs”


Yes, Syd has come back. This album is a mess, erratic, and difficult to listen to.  This doesn’t make it less beautiful. Syd, descending into madness quickly, somehow managed to create two solo albums of quality before completely retreating. This one is the better record. With help from former Pink Floyd band mate Roger Waters … More The Album List: #55 Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs”

The Album List: #56 The Teardrop Explodes “Kilimanjaro”


This band has oddball lyrics, horns that make the Chi-Lites envious, and a sense of time and place that make them endearing. They are clearly Liverpudlian 1980s.  They cannot be from anywhere else in history. I mean, they are very 1980s. The album released at the cusp of the decade, is full of odd keyboard … More The Album List: #56 The Teardrop Explodes “Kilimanjaro”

The Album List: #58 Jimi Hendrix Experience “Are You Experienced?”


There are moments in my life in which I snap out of the greyness and the sadness for brief seconds. Lemon sponge cake with raspberry sauce. A good margarita. Doctor Who episodes. A record store that sells vinyl. Proper Sunday Roast dinners.  Call of Duty marathon playing sessions in which I actually improve on my … More The Album List: #58 Jimi Hendrix Experience “Are You Experienced?”

The Album List: #59 Magazine “The Correct Use of Soap”


Some bands exist purely to have me love them. I am convinced of this fact. Magazine is one of these bands. The project Howard Devoto was in after leaving the Buzzcocks was the apex of post-punk bands. The fact that the members of these bands would also play in British acts like Visage, Swing Out … More The Album List: #59 Magazine “The Correct Use of Soap”

The Album List: #62 Public Enemy “Fear of a Black Planet”


To those who proclaim that sampling is the refuge of the criminal and the creatively bankrupt, let me introduce you to a little album called Fear of A Black Planet. Honestly, hip hop was crucial to my musical development, particularly in the Wild Wild West early years of sampling. The genre introduced me to soul … More The Album List: #62 Public Enemy “Fear of a Black Planet”

The Album List: #63 Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison”


I grew up listening to my parents music. It involved a deep hatred for country music. My father preferred classical music, but his favourite non-classical artist was the late Johnny Horton, the nasally whiner who sang “Battle of New Orléans” and “North to Alaska” but died before he did much else. As that was my … More The Album List: #63 Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison”

The Album List: #64 The Replacements “Tim”


Minneapolis in the 1980s must have been interesting. Yes, there was Prince, the massive superstar with a superego whom I have developed a hate-love-hate relationship. Then there were the rock bands that played on college radio. Soul Asylum, Hüsker Dü, The Jayhawks, Babes in Toyland, The Suburbs- basically 99% of Twin/Tone’s line-up- these bands are … More The Album List: #64 The Replacements “Tim”

The Album List: #65 Big Black “Songs About F***ing”


Steve Albini is afraid of girls. Girls, however, love Steve Albini and Big Black. Well, this one does, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. Albini is known now as a confrontational ass and a “music producer” * of note ( he has worked on albums for Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Helmet, Manic Street … More The Album List: #65 Big Black “Songs About F***ing”

The Album List: #66 Neil Young and Crazy Horse “Rust Never Sleeps”


There was a moment in my life where this album, a live adventure done at the end of the 1970s when I was a mere two years of age, became the album that defined my 1994. It was by accident, for sure, at least, in a way. Kurt Cobain purposefully quoted Neil Young’s line “It’s … More The Album List: #66 Neil Young and Crazy Horse “Rust Never Sleeps”

The Album List:#68 Pink Floyd “Piper At The Gates of Dawn”


Many of my best friends are Pink Floyd fans. I have spent more time in my life listening to Dark Side of The Moon than I ever actually cared to. I hate Pink Floyd. Okay, hate is the wrong word. I do strongly dislike Pink Floyd.  Aside from the cheeky “Money” and the lovely “Wish You … More The Album List:#68 Pink Floyd “Piper At The Gates of Dawn”