Been a while since I posted a Record Round Up, so figured I’d do so now. I love new records… not just dropping the needle, but looking at the artwork, the track listing, the credits, placing the record on the turntable and browsing for the right spot on the shelf. All that good stuff. Anyhoo, I realised that it’s been a while since I shared some of my new additions, so here goes. These made their way into the collection between June and now.
The Very Best – Makes A King
This was an impulse purchase from Fopp one lunchtime. Mostly cause I liked the cover and it was £3. Turns out it’s one of my favourite additions. They’re a Swedish-Malawian duo who create a strange traditional Malawian dance pop thingy. Even when I think it’s a bit too dance-y for me I’m won over by it’s infectiousness. Really great stuff.
Danny & The Champions of the World – Brilliant Light
I know I’ve spoke about Danny & Co. before and I’d like to think that some of you have maybe checked them out. If not, well, it’s not too late. Brilliant Light is their newest, and possibly, best. A sprawling double album, which might just be my album of the year.
I’ll jot down some thoughts soon(ish), but here’s a great review from my buddy Paul over at Blabber ‘n’ Smoke.
Duke Garwood – Garden of Ashes
Another new release from of my favourite artists. Garden of Ashes is really pretty special. If Heavy Love was scorched and sun-bleached, this one is all smoldering ash. Again, Alain Johannes and Mark Lanegan handle the mixing duties and they do a great job bringing Garwood’s vocal to the front.
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
Is this my favourite album of the year? Who could possibly say. What I can tell you, though, is that I haven’t spoken with too many folks who have been bowled over by Homme & Co’s most accessible album yet. I opted for the Deluxe set with the 12″ prints with artwork and lyrics.
I’ve been writing some stuff about this in a notepad and I’m certain I’ll share my thoughts here at some point in the near future, however, here’s two great reviews from my pals Mike and JH.
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
One of my favourite albums from last year. I had picked up the standard edition when it was released, but had asked myself a few times whether I should have went for the Deluxe set (gatefold and booklet). That question inevitably led to another question –do I need the deluxe set? The answer, of course, was yes.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang
I’ve been on something of a JSBE kick over the last while and spotted a copy of my favourite album of theirs. Now, I know it’s not considered to be their finest moment, but I’ve always loved it. The CD is a really nice item and I figured the LP would be too. And it is. I snapped this up for a reasonable price and the 12″ comic style booklet is in great condition (as are the slices of vinyl). Probably my favourite purchase this year.
Junior Kimbrough – All Night Long
One of the absolute best, most important, but overlooked bluesmen. I’ve been after this one for a while and couldn’t resist when I saw this reissue for a tenner. An all timer.
Causa Sui – Vibraciones Doradas
The new album from one of my current favourite bands. I was pretty certain I knew what my favourite album this year was until this came along. It’s all sorts of magnificent. And on mint green vinyl, too. Go get some.
I’ve yet to fully get my head around the awesomeness, but my buddy JH shared his thoughts.