One Quart Magazine Weekly Playlist #27
Sleaford Mods – B.H.S.
We tend to deal with our political master problems in Britain by ranting or joking. Here’s Sleaford Mods doing both. BHS was a high street chain: an inexpensive clothes/food store which was the main rival of Marks & Spencer. It was bought by Philip Green, knighted for his “services to retail”, for £1 as a failing concern. He plundered the pension fund, bought a yacht and allowed the company to go bust putting hundreds of staff and suppliers out of work. Billy Brentford.
Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool
Cate Le Bon remains as productive as always whilst increasingly delving in quirky waters. A new EP appears on the great Drag City at the end of the month; ‘Rock Pool’ continues Le Bon’s renewed prolificness with angular refrains and an innate repetition. Nick Triani
Slowdive – Star Roving
Slowdive makes a comeback. Ville Kilpeläinen
The xx – Say Something Loving
I’m somehow in the mood for this new The XX, more than I have been with the previous album. Still the same guitars and the melancholy vocals – but with the subtle additions of soul vibes and more expressive lyrics. Astrid Swan.
Son Volt – Lost Souls
Son Volt will release a new album in February. Love the guitar sound on this one. Aki Lehti.
TY SEGALL – Orange Color Queen
A new self titled Ty Segall album drops via Drag City on the 27th of this month. The first taste ‘Orange Color Queen’ showcases Ty’s mellower side, with the typical nods to Marc Bolan present. But OCQ can also be filed beside Elliott Smith‘s sweeter, White Album tinged moments. After the angular aggression of last year’s Emotional Mugger, the new tone is welcome. Nick Triani
SOHN – Hard Liquor
Tremors was one of my favourite albums of 2014 and now SOHN is back with a new one called Rennen. This is the opening track ‘Hard Liquor’. Aki Lehti.
We tend to deal with our political master problems in Britain by ranting or joking. Here’s Sleaford Mods doing both.
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Tears On Fire
It’s quite hard to fathom what’s going on here. ‘Tears On Fire’ remains ridiculous yet sublime at the same time. Are Blood and Pink in the mire? Nick Triani
Elbow – All Disco
“…they haven’t been good since…”
“..stadium sing alongs…”
“…used to be a great band..”
Blah, blah, blah. Elbow rules, still love ’em. Aki Lehti.
Valerie June – Astral Plane
Selected By Astrid Swan.
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
This is from the only release by The Normal and is a formative track for a music scene commonly known as industrial. Fiacha Harrington.
Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind
Nick Lowe is an artist who is revered nowadays for his elder statesman position and later releases. Personally I think his most potent material came when he was on Stiff Records. A good argument could be made that Power Pop in the UK started here (and the video is priceless). Nick Triani
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
This early track from Nine Inch Nails proved to be a big hit over time and hints at the more aggressive sound that followed. Fiacha Harrington.
Kiki Dee – Amoureuse
Kiki Dee is the most under-rated British singer ever. She was signed to Motown for an album. Start here. Billy Brentford.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
If there was ever proof needed that good looks was not a prerequisite of getting a record deal, Elvis Costello certainly gives us affirmation. ‘I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down’ still remains his most exuberant two minutes. And the dancing in the video is top draw. Nick Triani
Godflesh – Like Rats
Selected by Aki Lehti.
Iisa – Kukaan ei oo kenenkään
I played with Iisa on Friday the 13th at Olympia, the new venue in Tampere. This video sees her a while ago… I’m sure we’ll hear from the blond version of Iisa soon! Astrid Swan.
PitchShifter – Landfill
Seected by Aki lehti
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
A year on from his passing , David Bowie’s mark on our lives still continues to resonate. ‘Ashes to Ashes’ seems to be one of his most underrated singles (a UK #1 to boot). The lyrics especially allude to Bowie’s own heroin addiction (?) and all told, this remains a number one record with the strangest lyrics:
“The shrieking of nothing is killing, just
Pictures of Jap girls in synthesis and I
Ain’t got no money and I ain’t got no hair
But I’m hoping to kick but the planet it’s glowing”
Perhaps Bowie is now ‘strung up in heaven’s high’ but his shadow looms large and the glimpse of a world of possibility he offered is epitomised by this quirky slap (bass) and hassle. Nick Triani.
Angel Olsen – Intern
So happy she’s going to be in Finland in the summer! Astrid Swan
Fear Factory – Scapegoat
Along with Godflesh and Pitchshifter a few classics that mixed industrial and metal. Aki Lehti.
Wreckless Eric – (I’d Go The) Whole Wide World
To complete this Stiff Records related threesome, Wreckless Eric’s alternative anthem still sounds contemporary and urgent. Nick Triani.
Ministry – Stigmata
This is another formative industrial attack, which dates from 1988 prior to their crossover success in the early 90’s. Fiacha Harrington.
Perhaps Bowie is now ‘strung up in heaven’s high’ but his shadow looms large and the glimpse of a world of possibility
This week’s playlist was put together by: Billy Brentford, Nick Triani, Ville Kilpeläinen, Aki Lehti, Astrid Swan and Fiacha Harrington.
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