Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bargain Hunt / Frank Black

For anyone residing in North London, best leg it to the Dalston Oxfam branch sharpish as they're having a rather fine CD and Vinyl sale this week. Last Sunday this is what I managed to pick up for less than a tenner...

Scout Niblett - Uptown Top Ranking
Interpol - C'Mere (with remixes from all four band members)
Ralph Myerz - Casino

Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
The Fiery Furnaces - Burberry Boat
The Notwist - Neon Golden

Le Vinyl
OST - Beverly Hills Cop
Spectrum 311 - Lying Eyes (with Juan McLean and Simian Mobile Disco remixes)

Grand total? £6.41! Bleedin' as chips! I heart charidee shops.

UPDATE: How'd you get to Major Leaguer?

Google and Yahoo search hits keep on coming for Jeremy Warmsley, Roll Deep and Q-Tip (new single with Busta already out on import - dyn-o-mite!). Arctic Monkeys are only clocking around 2 hits a week, although with the shambles that is Mr Doherty's Babyshambles hitting the skids again this week, maybe the NME will elevate the Monkeys to the title of 'most hyped new band of the moment' (which is a unfortunate burden I wouldn't wish upon any young artist), which will no doubt increase their Major Leaguer hit rate. We'll see....

Record of the week

Frank Black - Honeycomb

Black Francis attempts Blonde on Blonde on his new LP, the follow-up to his accoustic Frankblackfrancis album, and of course his never ending award tour with the re-united Pixies.

With the legendary Jon Tiven and Dan Penn behind the boards, and featuring a jaw-dropping guest list that Ryan Adams would trade half a dozen indie actress girlfriends for just to share oxygen with (Spooner Oldham, Steve Cropper, Reggie Young, David Hood), Black rises to the occasion with aplomb, gathering a collection of quickly written originals and well-chosen covers (Doug Sham's 'Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day' is an inspired, and unexpected choice) to knit together a country soul album that breezes by quite nicely. It's worth noting that Black's voice is in particularly fine form too, with the Pixies singer showing a more soulful timbre than on previous records.

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