NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

Trying to educate daughter for Christmas, bought her Torres, Courtney Barnett and Alabama Shakes. She has ignored them despite being new girl guitar led work, but I'm enjoying. Good excuse for new purchases!
 
My copy of the Bowie album has not yet arrived so I spent this afternoon (I did take part in the Nice Prom Classic Run this morning though, so some sofa-time was allowable...) with a crossword and listening to all three albums by Villagers (prompted by a forthcoming new live-cum-greatest hits-cum-reworking thingummy to which I am looking forward).

It seems difficult to me to fathom the success of Bon Iver (which I like) and Mumford and Sons (which I don't, much) when one band (one person really - Conor O'Brien - writes everything and performs most of it) has produced this trio of brilliance:

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Becoming a Jackal, 2010


Dark and mesmerising, this was where people first heard O'Brien's amazing, liquid, languid and yet quietly powerful voice. It has its lyrically immature moments ("thee"?? but he was born in 1984), but is haunting.

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Awayland, 2013

Far more mainstream, but even more crafted, Awayland is more of a band sound, and launched what fame they have found with the catchy song "Nothing Arrived":


The third album seemed to reject all this commercial edge-of-success stuff and in fact O'Brien recorded it entirely on his own, playing, mixing and producing everything. So it's much more understated and with nothing electronic. But rather beautiful.

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Darling Arithmetic, 2015

But, he went on tour with his old mates and decided to re-record a selection of songs, old and new, as a group, live and in one take, but in a studio, and this album of the results has just been released. But I have only heard a couple of tracks so far. Might be a good place to start though!

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Where Have You Been All My Life? 2016
 
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Just grabbed a bunch of Louisville First Edition CDs on sale. Now listening to Norman Dello Joio's "Triumph of Saint Joan" Symphony. Also did Le Marteau sans Maitre and Pli Selon Pli.
 
Cross the Tracks by Maceo Parker. They used to play this in The Fridge in Brixton in the late 1980s and for years I never knew the artist. Finally found it on iTunes.
 
My good friend bought me a CD this week for my birthday and I have started listening to it but it also is relevant to wine-pages and our esteemed convener/landlord.
The CD is a DIY punk/indie/post-punk compilation called Messthetics #105 and features Scottish bands -

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As I was browsing the tracklisting to see which bands I recognised, a few jumped out but none more so than track number 17 -

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Yep - Restricted Code, a band founded by Tom in the late 70's. On reading the blurb about Restricted Code it goes on to mention wine/beer/whisky -pages as well as Tom's meteoric rise to "one of the planet's leading wine writers". He must be the only recognised wine writer amongst obscure Scottish post-punk followers :cool:o_O

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By the way, Tom. Is that you at the back with the silver disco jaikit? And who is the Wilko Johnson lookalike?
 
Adam, I used to go to The Fridge in Brixton quite a lot in the early 80s!

Must track down that CD Paul, not so much for Restricted Code, but I was a fan of a few Scottish bands from that time - Orange Juice etc. I'm guessing the music is of the same ilk?

I bought the new CD by Daughter yesterday. The mix is a bit wishy-washy in parts but I enjoyed my first listen very much. Very typically 4AD (I'm sure many will know what I mean). Could possibly be Shon Williams territory???
 
Adam, I used to go to The Fridge in Brixton quite a lot in the early 80s!

Must track down that CD Paul, not so much for Restricted Code, but I was a fan of a few Scottish bands from that time - Orange Juice etc. I'm guessing the music is of the same ilk?

I bought the new CD by Daughter yesterday. The mix is a bit wishy-washy in parts but I enjoyed my first listen very much. Very typically 4AD (I'm sure many will know what I mean). Could possibly be Shon Williams territory???

Hi David - I think the various compilations CDs might be available from the hyped2death website.

I must look out for Daughter as I've enjoyed quite a bit of offerings from 4AD. Obviously the Cocteau Twins are the standout band for me (and from my hometown of Grangemouth). I've also enjoyed Robin Guthrie's solo stuff and collaborations as well as This Mortal Coil's albums.
 
Adam, I used to go to The Fridge in Brixton quite a lot in the early 80s!

Must track down that CD Paul, not so much for Restricted Code, but I was a fan of a few Scottish bands from that time - Orange Juice etc. I'm guessing the music is of the same ilk?

I bought the new CD by Daughter yesterday. The mix is a bit wishy-washy in parts but I enjoyed my first listen very much. Very typically 4AD (I'm sure many will know what I mean). Could possibly be Shon Williams territory???

I shall seek it out in the spirit you intended, Mr Crossley. Meanwhile, I stumbled across the XX's first album which I'd managed to lose but hadn't really. It's a really intense listen even with familiarity. Ditto Mogwai's Mr Beast which had an airing over the weekend.
 
Went to Wigmore Hall on Sunday night to listen to Violin and piano sonatas.
- Mozart sonata "with violin accompaniment for myself" K379 in G
- Busoni sonata n2 en E minor
- Beethoven sonata n2 en C minor
played by Angelich and Capucon. Really enjoyable.
 
Driving to to the north and back today so dug out Desperado by The Eagles and Old No.1 and Texas Cookin', both by Guy Clark. Great driving music. Back home with Fats Navarro, a roast chicken and a bottle of Sylvain Pataille's Le Chapitre 2009.
 
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