Musical Revelations of the week:
Maps – We Can Create – a fabulous electronic album that’s simultaneously blatantly retro and one of the freshest sounding albums of the year.
Wilco – Shake It Off film – found on the DVD with ‘Sky Blue Sky’ this is a wonderful film with some outstanding performances of songs from said album.
Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars – now I get it! It’s not so much cluttered as layered. If you’ve already dismissed it, give it one more shot.
Sly & The Family Stone – Life – never heard this record before, but it was the only one of the splendid new, deluxe reissues series that Fopp had left in stock. A really engaging soul/funk album that I’m particularly glad I took a punt on.
Non-musical revelations of the week:
Peep Show – so they could maintain the high-standards, with the final episode the stand out for series 4. The pissing scene – ahem – was quite brilliant. Shame about the film, based on what I’ve read and heard about it.
A Bit Of Fry & Laurie – finally bought Series 3 and 4 and am once again enjoying the genius of these two. ‘Hey Jude’ sung with a helium voice was a particular highlight.
Andrew Collins‘ That’s Me In The Corner – finished Andrew’s final installment of his autobiography. This one deals with his time at the NME, Q, Empire and the like and while a little lower on the whimsical humour of the first two, is an absolute belter for any media obsessives like myself. There few genuinely feel-good autobiographical works out there, but all three of College’s efforts fit into that category. I can’t recommend them highly enough. The others, should you wish to explore further, are Where Did It All Go Right? and Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
I keep meaning to buy his biog of Billy Bragg, but never quite get round to it. Anyone wish to persuade me to do so?