Category Archives: Alternative

Björn Olsson – Minnesstund (1997)

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A midweek interlude. Having left The Soundtrack of Our Lives after the band’s first album release, Welcome to the Infant Freebase, guitarist Bjorn Olsson produced Instrumentalmusik… Att Sjunka In I… Eller Kanske Försvinna Till in 1997. Released in the US in 1999, the long player’s third track was ‘Minnesstund’ (Memorials). Sweden’s very own Brian Eno.

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APRE – All Yours (2018)

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Good morning. ‘All Yours’ is the first single from the London duo APRE. The song features on the band’s EP titled The Movement of Time, which was released in May this year. I like the sound; it really reminds me of the Foals. Have a great week.

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Yo La Tengo – Nowhere Near (1993)

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After the hope, the despair. England lose in the semis. ‘Nowhere Near’ features on Yo La Tengo’s 1993 album Painful.

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Why? – Fatalist Palmistry (2008)

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Why? started out as an alias of Cincinnati born Yoni Wolf, son of a rabbi and an art book editor. He discovered an abandoned 4-track in the basement of his father’s synagogue and that laid the foundation of what would become the sound of Alopeica, the band’s third studio album. The song ‘Fatalist Palmistry’ is at the centre of the album. “I sleep on my back ‘cause it’s good for the spine and coffin rehearsal.” Have a great week.

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Matty – Clear (2018)

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The song ‘Clear’ is from Matty’s debut solo LP Déjàvu. The Toronto-based Matthew A. Tavares asks why to the backdrop of psychedelic synths.

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Let’s Eat Grandma – Donnie Darko (2018)

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It’s a slice of wonderfully weird pop from from the fabulous Let’s Eat Grandma. I saw them at Rough Trade East on Friday night with a pal. I was so impressed. ‘Donnie Darko’ closes out their album I’m All Ears.

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Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand (1996)

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‘Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand’ is Chris O’Connor’s take on Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On Yhe Wild Side’. Recorded from his bedroom, the hip-hop drum track, piano solo and the B.B. King sample served as a forerunner to Moby’s downtempo breakthrough album Play. Have a great week.

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Matthew E. White – Big Love (2012)

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It is hard to categorise Matthew E. White’s sound on ‘Big Love’. Larger than life, the song featured on his 2012 album the Big Inner. The bass groove, honky-tonk piano, the Philly strings, the backing singers, the sax and something celestial… it’s a very tasty soup.

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Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush (2018)

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‘Gold Rush’ is the the first cut from Death Cab For Cutie’s upcoming new album Thank You For Today. It is the first time new members Dave Depper (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Zac Rae (keyboards, guitar) have joined the Death Cab party. Indie guitars and Spoon/Beck-like melodic flourishes, it’s a welcome return from Seattle’s idie icons

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Spiritualized – I’m Your Man (2018)

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The upcoming LP And Nothing Hurt may well be Spiritualized’s last and final recording. We should all savour. Jason Pierce reflects on ‘I’m Your Man’ while the horn arrangement offers power, energy and light. J. Spaceman will be going out on a high.

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight (2018) 

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Last year’s single ‘The French Press’ was word-of-mouth success for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Its guitar-wielding surf rock jam carved out its place on this blog. The riff-laden lead single ‘Talking Straight’ off their debut album Hope Downs clearly indicates that last year was no one-off. Have a great week.

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Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love (1972)

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“I’ve been told that you’ve been bold with Harry, Mark and John.” Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite Of Love’ was first released on his standout album Transformer, but was originally written during the final days of The Velvet Underground. Reed’s solo career was given a huge boost when team Bowie decided to work with the ex-VU star to make him shine as brightly as possible. Bowie and Mick Ronson had given their hero a new lease on life. Ronson played both piano and recorder on this track.

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Khruangbin – Cómo Me Quieres (2018)

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The Houston-based trio Khruangbin create music to drift to. Thai funk, Iranian soul, Avon breakbeats, Texas music… whatever the influence, me like. ‘Cómo Me Quieres’ is teh opening track off the most recent album, Con Todo El Mundo.

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Father John Misty – Just Dumb Enough To Try (2018)

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Josh Tillman, fuzzy guitars, heartfelt lyrics, psychedelia… it’s Father John Misty. ‘Just Dumb Enough To Try’ is off his new album God’s Favorite Customer. “But I’m just dumb enough to try/ To keep you in my life/ For a little while longer/ And I’m insane enough to think/ I’m gonna get out with my skin/ And start my life again.”

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Palace Winter – Positron (2016)

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An awesome track from Copenhagen-based duo Palace Winter. Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish keyboard wizard Caspar Hesselager named themselves after an old hotel in Menton where Carl stayed in the summer of 2014. In just two years, the band had blossomed into something special. ‘Positron’ is off their debut album Waiting For The World To Turn. Enjoy.

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