Renderers ”A Dream of the Sea” (Siltbreeze, 1998)
Quasi “Featuring Birds” (Domino, 1998)
Dipsomaniacs “Reverb No Hollowness” (Progress, 1998)
Magnetic Health Factory “Come Save Me”, CD-track from “Don't Postpone Joy”
(Blank Stare Records, 1998)
Roy Montgomery “And Now the Rain..” (Drunken Fish, 1998)
Skip Spence “Oar” (Columbia, 1969)
Photon Band “All Young In the Soul” (Darla, 1998)
Continental Fruit “Riviera EP”, 7” on Smalltown Supersound
A Minor Forest “Inindependence” (Thrill Jockey, 1998)
Moby Grape “Moby Grape” (Columbia, 1967)
Lee Jackson (Texas, USA), writer
Playlist of November:
1. Tadpoles “Smoke Ghost” (Bakery) Far out acid rock/psych pop from
this Hoboken quartet…expertly produced; owes equally to Barrett era
Floyd, 13th Floor Elevators and Spacemen 3.
2. Photon Band “All Young in the Soul” (Darla) More of the same, with
more traditional influences (Who, Kinks, Dylan) though the end result is
often stretched and pummeled into some mighty killer jams, debut of the
year as far as I’m concerned.
3. Mercury Rev “Deserter’s Song” (V2) Just the fact that this band
continues to surprise me is reason enough check this out…doesn’t hurt
that it’s brilliant either.
4. Stereolab “Aluminum Tunes” (Drag City) Another veteran groop that
continues to amaze and stupefy, and according to who ya ask, a strong
(and more Kraut-influenced) return to form. I tend to agree.
5. Stars of the Lid/Windsor for the Derby split 7” (33 Degrees) Debut
platter from new Austin label serves up a pulsating minimal drone from
the Stars of the Lid called “Julie Delpy” on side a, which is almost as
gorgeous as its namesake, and a trancey, acoustic thing by Windser for
the Derby in the Fajey mold.
6. Juneau “s/t” (Badabing) One of the best free/psych sorta records
I’ve heard this year, and I’ve heard some good ones, a more rhythmic
Dead C, a more guitar dominated Can, a more abrasive “Ummagumma” era
Floyd…none of these descriptions are really accurate, but they gives you
7. Freed Unit “Things Are Looking Up” (Enraptured) Fabulous post
Spacemen 3 drone pop out of England, would probably appeal to fans of
Hood or Disco Inferno, though they maintain a decidedly cheerier
disposition than any of the above.
8. Stone Breath “A Silver Thread To Weave the Seasons” (Camera Obscura)
Mystical acid folk from Stone Breath folks, with nods to English acid
folk of the 60’s and more recently Ghost…features some more spacious
meditative drones toward the finale for peak spiritual enlightenment.
9. Renderers “A Dream of the Sea” (Siltbreeze) Psych/country jams from
New Zealand, featuring the achingly defeated vocals of Maryrose Crook
and the baked/ brilliant guitar work of Brian Crook. Sure to appeal to
fans of Run On, Yo La Tengo, and so called “alt country.”
10. High Rise “II” (Squealer) Almost all other bands cease to matter
when you hear this record for the first time. The quintessential,
psychedelic, speed rock album.
Mikey Sylvain (Leeds, England), writer
Playlist of june:
nick drake 'five leaves left'
jeff mills 'waveform transmissions vol.3'
air 'moon safari'
miles davis 'miles ahead'
orbital 'in sides'buzzcocks 'singles going steady'
the smiths 'hatful of hollow'
ween (some sort of naughty compilation)
Darren Waite (Norwich, England), writer
Karl Morten Dahl (Trondheim, Norway), web
Playlist of November:
Bob Hund - S/T (1994)
Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love (1995)
Beethoven Symphony No.9
Dipsomaniacs - Reverb No Hollowness (1998)
Belle & Sebastian - They Boy With The Arab Strap (1998)
Pixies - Live at the BBC (1998)
Olivia Tremor Control - Live Sweden August 98 (Thanks to swedish P3)
PJ Harvey - Dry (1992)
Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991)
Various - To Bob Be The Glory/A GbV tribute (1998)
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