Thursday, 29 March 2012

Music Purchases February and March

Radiohead – Kickoff Amnesiac & Kid Alive “ bootlegs picked up at a Record fair for a princely sum of £3 each, haven’t listened to them yet but for that price not much to complain about if the sound quality isn’t up to much. Not my favourite musical period of Radiohead’s but sure there will be something to like.

David Gray – Foundling Fashionable or not, Gray continues to make great music and I am a big fan.

Ben Harper & Relentless 7 I bought this as a digital download when it was released as the CD version was so expensive, it’s a great album with Harper taking his newest band for a test drive at the Montreal Jazz Festival. I managed to get this physical copy for £1.

Phish – Undermind  Phish are an American band, affectionately known as a Jam band,  that is a band that take their music and once on stage pull it apart and build it back together extending tunes to 20+ plus. This is a studio album which gives you an idea of how the songs started out.

Various – State Of Music Volume One
Great compilation from an great indie label. This is volume one of 5 that will showcase a different band from each state in the USA. The bands are either unsigned or  indie bands and this makes for a really fresh record that skips along at a real pace.

The Trews – Hope & Ruin and Acoustic

Great Canadian rock band who I saw live in February picked up these 2 CD’s that complete my collection. Catch them live if you can.


Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

The latest release from the man they call The Boss and boy does he live up to that tag. Amazing statement on the state of the US. His best album in a long time.

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

I was alerted to this guy last year by @tweggs and what a find, by now I suspect a lot people know about him, brings all the great bits of 70’s soul into 2012. Shades of Bill Withers and Donnie Hathaway for me.

Longpigs – The Sun Is Often Out

Taken me a long time to buy this album that I think I had on cassette and on listening to I can’t understand why it has taken me so long. It still sounds so fresh and urgent as it did in the 90’s. A great great album!

 Crippled Black Phoenix - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape

Bought this on a back ofa review and what an amazing record my find of the year so far. Its all a bit mad, and very hard to describe but thats often how I like my music. Now I have to find out how many more albums they have released!

Think I have been very restrained over the last couple of months I have have been trying to listen to the backlog of unplayed albums but the list is getting longer, I can't see April being a quiet month!

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