Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Listening Club - 8th June 2014


Customary wishes of fine and dandyness to you all. A'dam has been blessed with a mini-heatwave this weekend, so a little swealtering and procuring of iced drinks has been the order of the days. Quick doff of the cap to Kid Congo (only man on the planet to have been in The Cramps, The Gun Club & The Bad Seeds) who delivered a storming set of rockin' goodness with his band The Pink Monkey Birds on Thursday. Seriously, catch these folks if you see 'em listed anywhere near you - sleazed out psychedelic rock'n'roll madness and a half - well recommended!

Back in #lc land, last week @mrhig aimed at the gutter, yet kept one eye on the stars with his pick of Tom Waits' "Rain Dogs". A rightly acclaimed record - thanks to him for the pick and for nominating @emmaprice for this week's selection - and here she is...

"This is a bit of an unusual one from me this week. I'd had a couple of albums in mind for when the frisbee next came my way but I'd been to-ing and fro-ing about them for a while.

In the end I've gone for something entirely different as when I was frisbeed last week I hadn't even heard this album and I've now been living with it for most of this week. I'm not sure it's going to tickle the palette of all my Listening Club colleagues but then that's surely the point of Listening Club, discovering things you might not have heard otherwise. When I discovered this album in a dusty rack of £1 cd's the other week I knew I had to have it as my musical guru had been telling me about it for years.

I'll hand over to @doctorx34 to explain “Like catching tears in a glass, this album is a unquantifiable ragtag of pure unfettered passion and emotion. At turns twitchy, beguiling and beautiful it remains one of the most forgotten gems that ever was. Released in 1988 to much fanfare, the artist at the heart of it became disillusioned with the recording process and the music business and dained sadly never to grace us with her recording presence ever again. But what she left in legacy is a true one off, an surpassed gem, a game changer and a moment of true hysterical joy and pleasure. Prepare to have your heart stolen and broken”

Think this is a bottle of Pastis, a comfy sofa and chats until the wee small hours kind of album. Though I'm always open to #drinkingclub suggestions."

Download is here and the Mixcloud stream (which may reveal the song titles, you have been warned)  is here!

See you at 8pm BST (GMT+1)!

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