March stuff

April 6, 2008

TUJIKO NORIKO – Trust – Japanese-only cd – interesting reworkings (more than remixes) of some of her recent stuff

COH – Coh Plays Cosey – new on Raster Noton, Cosey’s vocal utterances pulled apart and reworked by Ivan Pavlov. Much, much better than expected for a ‘vocal only’ collection

THE ORB – The Dream – a partial return to form from the old ambient juggernaut.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Dig!!! Lazarus!!! Dig!!!
Nick and the boys shake off Bargeld’s anti-rock shackles and wig out. Confident and funny.

FUCK BUTTONS – Street Horrrsing
Bit of a revelation for me, this – occasionally sounds like an unholy meld of Eno/Byrne Bush of Ghosts and Fennesz.

GHISLAIN POIRIER – No Ground Under – disappointing first outing on Ninja Tune. Was a fan of his earlier, glitchier material – but not this.

dEUS – The Ideal Crash – picked up a cheap promo copy of this on a rare visit to Vinyl Villains with another ex-employee Paul Kirk, who’s over on a flying visit from Hiroshima.

WINSTON TONG – In A Manner Of Speaking – compilation of stuff I already have elsewhere, intended for those who’re discovering Tong’s work via the Nouvelle Vague cover version of the titular track. Good to get a namecheck in the sleeve notes though.

IN THE NURSERY – A Page Of Madness – Not entirely sure why I’m still occasionally delving into the world of ITN, since they don’t seem to have changed their modus operandi much over the years.

I thought it worth investigating this though, their soundtrack to a 1926 Japanese silent film – surely at least the instrumentation would be appropriate? Well, sort of.

BUY OF THE YEAR – ALREADY!!

I don’t normally mention books I’m reading on this blog, but a huge recommendation has to be made for Isabelle Corbisier’s “The Tuxedomoon Chronicles: Music For Vagabonds“, a doorstop-sized tome exclusively devoted to my favourite wandering minstrels. In the 31 years of their existence, barring a skimpy Italian lyric book in the mid 1980’s there’s been nothing written about the band outside of the weekly/monthly inkies.

Now, finally, there’s a book which does their extraordinary history and achievements some justice, and I hope their profile will finally rise as a result. Buy and devour, available from Amazon.com.