Category Archives: Alternative

Radiohead – Creep (1992)

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Radiohead are no fans of the track that started it all. ‘Creep’ featured on Pablo Honey and put them on the map with its breakthrough in the US. Thom Yorke apparently took to calling the song ‘Crap’ and at one concert in Montreal, he answered a fan’s song request by telling the crowd to “f*ck off, we’re tired of it”.  A nice problem to have.

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Pavement – In The Mouth A Desert (1992)

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“I’ve been crowned the king of it and it’s all that we have/ So, wait to hear my words and they’re diamond sharp/ I can open it up and it’s up and down.” The “king of it” is Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus. 1991 may have belonged to Nirvana, but 1992 was all about Pavement’s debut Slanted And Enchanted, “the quintessential indie rock album” (Rolling Stone) . ‘In The Mouth A Desert’ was the fourth track on Side 1 of the L.P.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1992

A compilation for sunny day in June. 1992 could have been a wasteland between what had been (Madchester, shoegazing, grunge) and what was to come (the Wu-Tang, trip hop, Britpop), but no. For one thing, it turned out to be one of the most inventive years in dance music.

Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAvHjoLxxh8

Aphex Twin – Xtal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnTFKWAT-XE

Flowered Up – Weekender

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn2GYzJjR2I

Pulp – Babies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38by00DGid0

R.E.M. – Nightswimming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahJ6Kh8klM4

The Black Crowes – Remedy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYyRLTveFJQ

Crowded House – Four Seasons In One Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si3dBlNdifE

Pavement – Summer Babe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMjlhIWxfFI

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Honourable mentions also go to: Sade for ‘No Ordinary Love‘; Derrick May for his Illusion First Mix of ‘Sueño Latino‘; Mel’isa Morgan for ‘Still In Love‘; Coco Steel & Lovebom for ‘Feel It‘, My Bloody Valentine for ‘Only Shallow‘, Sergio Mendes for ‘Fanfarra (Cabua Le-Le)‘, Spiritualized for ‘Shine A Light‘, Kevin Saunderson for his Tunnel Mix of Inner City’s ‘Pennies From Heaven‘, Flowered Up for ‘Weekender‘; X-Press 2 for ‘Muzik Xpress‘; and The Pharcyde for ‘Passing Me By’.

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Cuco feat. Jean Carter – Bossa No Sé (2019)

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I short changed my regular subscribers this week. Today a bonus track, tomorrow a “Best of” list. L.A. singer-songwriter Cuco has shared a new song called ‘Bossa No Sé’. It’s an advance single from his forthcoming debut LP Para Mi, to be released on 26 July on Interscope. Alt-soul or bossanova-pop-hip-hop… whatever the label, his story of bad romance is endearing. The duet format with Jean Carter (from L.A. hip-hopsters Your Grandparents) is fun. Have a great weekend.

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Bill Callahan – The Ballad of the Hulk (2019)

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The touching sound of ‘The Ballad of the Hulk’ sees Bill Callahan reflect upon his (lack of) anger management issues. This nostalgia is inspired by the 1970s TV show The Incredible Hulk. While Callahan “used to share a tailor with David Bruce Banner”, he just “never got angry”. The internalisation has brought about some great music. The track features on his new album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. Have a great week.

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The White Stripes – My Doorbell (2005)

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Good morning peeps. The classic ‘My Doorbell’ was The White Stripes’ second single from their album Get Behind Me Satan. Enjoy and have a good week.

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Peter Perrett – How The West Was Won (2017)

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I’m not always convinced by YouTube’s algorithmic analysis of my music preferences… but hey, I’ll give them this leftfield signpost. Best known as the frontman of The Only Ones, Peter Perrett released the album How The West Was Won a couple of years back. Its title track popped up this week.

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Crumb – Nina (2019)

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Crumb deliver an intoxicating psych-pop sound. Lila Ramani’s smooth vocals give the Brooklyn four-piece something better – just better. ‘Nina’ is their latest self-released single.

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Kevin Morby – No Halo (2019)

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‘No Halo’ is the lead single off Kevin Morby’s fifth solo album, Oh My God. Brilliant. Lovely touches of sax and flute, many hand claps “and hey, hey, hey/no, no, no halo”.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1993

A compilation treat for the May Day holiday. Looking back at 1993, the world of popular music was a-changing… Björk was doing her own thing at the crossroads, house music had grown up a little less exciting, and hip hop was showing temporary signs of sophistication…

Björk – Venus As A Boy

Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.

Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II

The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm

U2 – Lemon (Perfecto Mix)

Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy

David Bowie – The Wedding

Blur – For Tomorrow

Tindersticks – Marbles

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Honourable mentions also go to: Jeru The Damaja for ‘Come Clean‘; Masters At Work for ‘The Buff Dance‘; George Morel for ‘Let’s Groove‘; A Tribe Called Quest for ‘Electric Relaxation‘ and not too much else. A quarter of a century after the annus mirabilis that was 1968, thin pickings were abound in 1993. That’s crossroads for you.

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Kevin Morby – OMG Rock n Roll (2019)

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Good morning folks! ‘OMG Rock n Roll’ is a single off Kevin Morby’s recent and ambitious fifth album Oh My God. There are welcome touches of Dylan, Lou Reed and Kevin Morby herein. Have a great a week.

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Cage The Elephant – Ready To Let Go (2019)

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I am liking the new sound, but perhaps not as much as the old. Cage The Elephant has included single ‘Ready To Let Go’ on last week’s album release Social Cues. Have a great week.

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Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon – Empire Ants (2010)

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Artist Suzi Winstanley introduced her partner Damon Albarn to Little Dragon aka Yukimi Nagano. Nagano and Albarn then spent days at his London studio. What came about was ‘Empire Ants’, a superlative sound released on Gorillaz third studio album Plastic Beach.

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Beach House – Leviathon (2015)

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Easter’s over. Oh no. In 2015, Beach House released Depression Cherry. The album opens with the nostalgic ‘Leviathon’. For me, the yearning was all about how much it reminded me of the ethereal Teen Dream five years earlier. Have a great week.

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Aldous Harding – Fixture Picture (2019)

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On the subject of ladies with style, I feature Ms Harding for the second time this year. ‘Fixture Picture’ is the opening track off her most recent album Designer. I like one youtuber’s comment that it sounds like Neil Young’s Harvest Moon and Beck’s Morning Phase had a baby girl. And what’s more, the hats and the curious dance moves are an added bonus.

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