“Man, this looks great”: December Record Round Up

Happy New Year, folks!  Figured a post about some new additions was a suitable first post of the year.  Just so happens that one of them is one of my favourite additions of 2017, while the other is my favourite addition of 2018 so far (arrived just last week).  So, here goes.

*edit: I forgot Duran Duran’s Rio*

Nicklas Sørensen – Solo

It was my good buddy, and El Paraiso Records enthusiast, JH who recommended this one.  Had I heard it when it was released, I’m fairly certain it would have made my best of 2016 list.

I snapped this up cheap on Discogs on, eh, Christmas Eve (a wee gift to myself, y’know?) and it’s easily one of my very favourite additions to the record collection.

Timing is perfect, too. I get to know this one a whole lot better ahead of the release of Solo 2 (which I need to buy now, right?)

Ash – Live On Mars

Not really recorded on Mars, which is disappointing. In actual fact, it was recorded over 5 nights at the London Astoria 1997. As you can imagine, all the hits from 1977 are included.

Although I don’t listen to much beyond Nu-Clear Sounds, this one was too good to ignore given it was recorded in 97. All the hits are there and the band are on great form. Better still, it was £6. It’s a double LP, translucent red vinyl, and limited numbers, too.

Goon Moon – Licker’s Last Leg

I’ve been after this one a while and I had a wee Amazon voucher to spend, so I decided to ignore all the albums that I had added to my list last year (and the year before) and purchase this one. It arrived a few days ago, but it’s technically a December purchase, hence why it’s here (though I dare say it’ll appear in 2018’s Favourite New Additions round up).

The LP (double) is a really beautiful thing, so I’m glad I ‘upgraded’ from the CD. It’s ‘Moon coloured’ and, though not really representative of the moon, both slices are really quite beautiful. No download code or suchlike, which is okay given I have the CD.

Also, did I mention that this album features a cover of the Bee Gees’ Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You? No? Well… y’know, it does.

Duran Duran – Rio

I’ve always been fond of this one and saw it cheap on, you guessed it, Discogs.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like a few tracks a helluva lot… none more so than The Chauffeur.

And I’m really liking the tracks I knew less well.

I’m also just about done compiling my 2017 favourites lists, so you may well see two posts from me this January! Zoiks!

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. joshwilleden says:

    Nice finds! Been into Ash ever since I heard them on the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack, will have to give their life stuff a go.

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks for dropping by. The Ash LP really is a pretty great find – loads of energy and the songs are great anyway. Highly recommended if you like them.

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  2. jprobichaud says:

    Looking forward to that 2017 list!

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    1. J. says:

      It might be a tad predictable for those that stop by often, but I reckon there’s stuff that you might like, JP (if you haven’t heard them yet).

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  3. This haul is missing something…

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    1. J. says:

      Haha… I know. No Josh Homme related LP.

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      1. Exactly! I miss that guy. Where is he now?

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      2. J. says:

        He’s making your favourite album of 2018.

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      3. He’s guesting on the new Danzig then?!

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      4. J. says:

        Could you imagine that! Too much awesomeness.

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      5. J. says:

        No! What am I saying, Homme stops by for an appearance on the Goon Moon LP!

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  4. deKE says:

    Cool finds J!
    Happy to see you struck some gold with those finds!

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    1. J. says:

      I thought so too, Deke! A happy haul…

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  5. Chris says:

    I’m a Dane , and surprisingly I’ve never heard of Nicklas Sørensen. Then again, I don’t follow the Danish music scene as closely as I ought to. Maybe I can find him on spotify.

    Look forward to your 2017 favourites list. Oh, and thanks for adding me to your sidebar!

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    1. J. says:

      Thanks for dropping by! I’d thoroughly recommend that one… and the label (El Paraiso). They rarely put a foot wrong (I certainly haven’t experienced a bad album yet). And yeah, I believe Spotify has the goods!

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  6. Jay says:

    Good to hear from you. Happy new year & happy listening.

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    1. J. says:

      Hey Jay! You too, hope you guys had a great time!

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  7. stephen1001 says:

    Rio’s on the 1001 list – and I agree, deservingly so!

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    1. J. says:

      Yeah – I can definitely see why.

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  8. 1537 says:

    Two posts in a month?! Steady on dude!

    All nice stuff, the Ash for £6 seems like an awesome find.

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    1. J. says:

      Aye… I got a nosebleed after writing that. Madness. Who am I kidding?

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  9. Craig Hughes says:

    My favourite Duran track is on Rio, New Religion. John Taylor’s on fire through the whole album. Not literally, though. That would be mental.

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    1. J. says:

      Haha! That would be mental… and the kinda think I’d imagine would be tough to replicate on tour.

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  10. Hackskeptic says:

    I reviewed the Goon Moon record a few years ago. It’s a really good record. As for “Rio”, I like “Hold Back The Rain” from the non-single tracks. Still prefer their debut record…just!

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    1. J. says:

      I’ll need to head over and check that review out. I’m a big fan. What do you make of the mini-album they released before that?

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      1. Hackskeptic says:

        I liked it a lot J. I felt that they were more than an offshoot project, and should have really pursued as a viable long term recording band.

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      2. J. says:

        Agreed… I’d been hoping they’d release another, but it never appeared likely.

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  11. keepsmealive says:

    Great finds! I didn’t know you were after Rio, I see it regularly at work. I also read “Goon Moon Licker’s Last Leg and thought ‘I recognize all of those words, but I didn’t realize they all went together!’

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    1. J. says:

      I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned my fondness of it here, but maybe I should have!

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      1. keepsmealive says:

        Well now you have! Man, your posts like this are like a checklist for me, stuff I have to go check out. Awesome!

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      2. J. says:

        March’s round-up will be a good one… I’ve bought a whole bunch of stuff since the start of January. Ridiculous.

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      3. keepsmealive says:

        Looking forward to your March posting!

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