Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Listening Club - 16th June 2013

Hello hello,

Happy Sunday to you all. Regular business here, fixing my mum's hacked email account whilst chewing on some rather aged stroopwafels and sipping Brazilian coffee. I do now understand why the Dutch like wafels so much, because these things have been at the back of my cupboard for bloody ages and they still taste fine. True emergency fodder, indeed.

Don't forget next week tis the festival-themed #summervortex, all we ask of you is that you pick one Live Recording and flip it over to me for shuffling and playback next Sunday. Had a few in so far, but the more the merrier, so get your thinking caps on...

Last week yet more Summer wrongfooting occurred, as @NeilPBardhan thrust us headlong into the country / rap crossover with his pick of The Vilebillies eponymous album from 2006. Definitely split the #lc massive, but thanks to Neil for thrusting us out of the comfort zone and into areas unknown! Neil also sailed the frisbee across to the ever-nimble @JimMcCauley, and here he is...

"Right, then. Tomorrow’s Harvest is the new album from the Sandison brothers, better known as Boards of Canada. But that’s not what we’re listening to tonight.

Here’s a band that I’d never heard of until a few months ago, when I saw someone on Twitter mention that he was listening to their only album. It’s one of those great pop stories, a young band that got the chance to travel across the Atlantic amid expectations of being The Next Big Thing and record in the same studio as their heroes, but then it all went a bit wrong and they fell apart, resulting in the record company shelving the album. It remained unreleased for over 30 years, but gained something of a following in bootleg form and was finally dusted off in 2003.

It’s very much of its time, an LP of frothy, slightly psychedelic pop that wears its influences very prominently. It sails a little close to pastiche and outright impersonation at times but it’s always likeable and delivers a good few cracking tracks along the way. Given a few more years and a better run of luck, this lot could have been enormous rather than an interesting little musical footnote."

Okaydoke. Direct download is here, Mixcloud stream (which may well reveal the track titles) is here.

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Hope to see you tonight at 8pm BST/EST (GMT+1)!

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