1st September, 2005

Music Monthlies: August 2005

Yes, I know it is now September. July’s monthlies were heavy on UK guitar/noise bands, but for August my taste is a little more melancholic.

It has been a month of house upheaval, and as a result I’ve been rifling through the old record collection, and digging out the vinyl.

The Queen Is Dead, probably the greatest Smiths album has been on heavy rotation. Never cared that much for them as a kid, but fell for them (especially Marr’s guitar twiddling) over recent years. Also been wearing out the grooves of their live release Rank.

I’ve been killing the latest from the desperately lovable Super Furry Animals. Their Love Kraft is perhaps not their best, but it’s a sumptious, Brian Wilson-esque harmonic trip that I can’t stop playing.

Micah P Hinson and the Gospel of Progress have been filling me with joy. I’m a bit late to the party on this one, after a variety of Simons recommended this awe-inspiringly beautiful album. Think the yearning of Jeff Buckley crossed with the out-there-ness of Devendra Banhart, played as an emotional party winds down at 3am. That’ll get you close.

One of my all-time fave bands Sigur Rós released Glosoli from forthcoming album Takk (means “Thanks” in Icelandic, language fans). It sounds like an angel trapped in a babbling brook, and has all the majestic beauty one should expect from the band.

I’m going to stick on The Stone Roses LP in a minute. I watched a great documentary on BBC Three called Blood On The Turntable last night, which basically recounted the band’s topsy-turvy history of misguided decisions and high-profile court cases, and sought to make their old manager look as bad as possible. It did.

It reminded me why they were the most important band that had ever entered my life. I lost three years of my life hooked into that band, as their needle hit my groove when I was but a young kid. No music will ever impact on my life like theirs did, and although they’re now a bunch of bitter old men and mostly crap, I still have to thank them for persevering and turning us all on our heads back in 1989. I think there’s an entire article in waiting here, so I’ll leave it for now.

As usual, any music tip-offs, disagreements, gushes, etc. all welcome. Keep your ears open.

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