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This Week I Will Be Mostly Listening to…..

There’s been a bit of a lull lately in good new albums, compilations, and singles.

I keep returning to the Menomena album though, Friend and Foe, on City Slang. This Portland based 3 piece of multi-instrumentalists caused quite a stir at Castle Pitchfork when they released this, their third album. Think TV On The Radio vs Flaming Lips and you’re somewhat there. Expect a Dublin show by the end of the year also, they’ve reportedly started a bidding frenzy among several Irish music promoters.

This weekend I’m finally getting my hands on a copy of This Bliss, the second album from German minimal techno producer Pantha Du Prince. Having heard it many times already, and after picking up a few of the singles and remixes he’s done, i think this is a sure thing for my end of year Top 20. For all you indie fans, don’t switch off just yet. While this is delicate, abstract minimal house and techno, it’s still really lush and melodic. Hendrik Weber cites influences such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Arvo Part, This Heat, and many more seminal indie bands. A must for any true music fan.

In anticipation of their Whelan’s show on October 26th, i’ll be administering my daily dose of O’Death’s new album, Head Home. Having caught them virtually by accident, supporting Goodtime John in Whelan’s a few months back, i can honestly say they are the best new live band i’ve seen in years. While the album is great, these guys from Brooklyn really should be experienced live. A savage mix of riotous folk and trad, accompanied by a backdrop of whiskey, fistycuffs, and general debauchery. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Worth double the entry fee. Then go out and buy the album, it’ll make total sense after the show.

LP, by Canadian duo Holy Fuck is out on October 26th. It’s just popped through my letterbox, and i’m really looking forward to it. I’ve read some great reviews of it already. One for all you Krautrock fans out there, according to OMM.

Also in this lovely package of promotional delights is the new EP from Grizzly Bear, Friend. 10 tracks, old and new, some are covers, some remixes, and the odd collaboration too. This band are never anything less than engaging, and this one should be rather special.

Finally, I’ve been getting acquainted with the new Vic Chesnutt album, North Star Deserter, on Constellation Records. Recorded with various members of A Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Fugazi, it is a mammoth record. Chesnutt himself is a very interesting, and intriguing character, and he has surrounded himself with some serious players for this, his eleventh album i think. Be sure to check out his show in the Button Factory, on December 1st.

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October 16, 2007 - Posted by | Music

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