The The – Radio Cinéola: Trilogy
Time hasn't diminished interest in Matt Johnson's work nor his artistic drive. These three albums are based upon 12- or 24-hour time cycles and area as interlinked as Borromean rings. The End Of The Day is songs/interpretations/performances. The Inertia Variations poetry is soundscapes / spoken word. Midnight To Midnight is electronic scores/political commentaries/broadcasts. There's heaps of guest performances from the likes of Johnny Marr, JG Thirwell, Thomas Leer, James Eller, Meja, Anna Domino, Zeke Manyika and Colin Lloyd Tucker.
The The – Radio Cineola: Trilogy Trailer
John Carpenter – Anthology 1974-1998
Anthology is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie, the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, to 1998’s supernatural western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band have re-recorded some pieces and also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.
John Carpenter – Christine
Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues
It could be the 90s again, as the Wu, produced by long-time associate bring out a slightly mixed bag of samples and guest rapper appearances including Streetlife, Redman, Sean Price, alongside regular members Ghostface Killah, Method Man and RZA. A release really for hardcore fans, but they can still dig out many interesting samples such as, on People Say there’s I've Got the Kind of Love by The Diplomats (Soul Group) (1969) and Warriors Come Out and Play by from The Warriors (1979).
Wu-Tang Clan (ft Redman) – People Say
Destroyer – Ken
After 2015’s more shoegazy, cinematic and string-based Poison Season, this latest from Vancouver’s Dan Bejar and co explores new territory yet again, retaining the usual arresting, idiosyncratic humorous lyrics, but this time mixing chilled out old-school electronica with echoes of Pet Shop Boys and New Order. The Peter Hook-style bass is almost uncanny.
Destroyer - Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World
A re-recording of her beloved 1992 album which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its release. Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, Williams also chose to re-record four tracks that were not included on the original release.
Lucinda Williams - Six Blocks Away
The White Stripes – The Complete John Peel Sessions
This century's most bootlegged radio performances finally get a proper release. This blistering set gathers together 29 tracks from two 2001 sessions by the duo loved by Peel - a heady mixture of material from their first three albums with a few covers thrown in for good measure.
The White Stripes - Death Letter
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (box set)
An album that forms the cornerstone of every Smiths' fan's collection gets tidied up and expanded into a whopping box set. The pick of the formats is the 3CD/DVD set which includes a Derek Jarman-directed documentary, a bunch of rarities and a 1986 live set.
The Smiths - Rubber Ring
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
New to comment? It is quick and easy. You just need to login to Disqus once. All is explained in About/FAQs ...
This is only a selection, not a catalogue of releases. Feel free to recommend more and comment below.