There’s a brand new – double – album from the Melvins – I love this band. It all fell into place seeing them live the first time (I’ve caught them three times now, in three different locations with three different line-ups) and they were great every time. If I could see them again I would – I’d always go and see them; one of my all-time favourite live bands and just one of my favourite groups.
Great intensity and integrity to everything they do. So here’s a track from the new album – let it be your introduction to this fine band or your reminder to return and check out their new stuff.
2. Beach Boys, Surf’s Up
“Dove nested towers the hour was/Strike the street quicksilver moon/Carriage across the fog/Two-step to lamp lights cellar tune/The laughs come hard in Auld Lang syne…” – the lyric so impenetrable but majestic, haunting, weirdly wonderful, poetic – and a nonsense (“Columnated ruins domino”) I love this song so much – it’s one of the ones that sold The Beach Boys to me as I was discovering they were about more than just “Surf” songs. (I like their beach songs too by the way).
3. Split Enz, Without A Doubt
There’s a new Split Enz live double album – it takes the 1993 concert (Anniversary) and the “final” (?) farewell tour from the mid-00s and sandwiches them together. Here’s a song I always liked (from one of their best albums). This band has meant the world to me for so long.
4. Tex, Don & Charlie, A Man In Conflict With Nature
I like this line-up; I’ve liked things that they’ve done separately and with their other (name) bands – but this combination wins. And so here’s the latest from them. I’m liking the album and this track in particular.
5. Radiohead, Man of War
I’m enjoying the new reissue of OK Computer more than I thought I would. The B-sides are all fine, some really great – like this – but the original album has a potency to it; 20 years ago it was great but today it sounds perfect too – ‘fresh’ isn’t the word, there’s grit and heart and anger in the album that all resonates today. And some bloody good songs. The people wound up about Radiohead are much like the people wound up about jazz, or classical or anything else where there’s a perceived elitism. The music is stunning and that’s all that matters.