This week brings new stuff from The Shins, Andrew Bird and High Highs, old stuff from Psychic TV, The Cure and Can, with a special highlight of box sets from Simple Minds and The Blackeyed Susans! Unfortunately a brown-out means I couldn't record the show, so here's the music sans DJ banter and insight.
The new Shins album is a mixed bag after a couple of listens - James Mercer fired the entire band after the last album and there's something missing in the rhythm section on the new one.
I picked up a new wave compilation called "New Wave Club Class*x - Sinners Day 2011" and was pleasantly surprised by a bunch of bands I hadn't heard much from before.
I highlighted two box sets I recently bought. The first is Simple Minds first 6 albums - fantastic stuff, overlooked due to their later awful sell-out years. The other is from The Blackeyed Susans, a wonderful folk-rock band from Australia which imbues their music with something ineffable from where they live.
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The Shins - The Rifle's Spiral (Port Of Morrow, 2012)
Andrew Bird - Orpheo Looks Back (Break It Yourself, 2012)
High Highs - Horses (High Highs EP, 2011)
Psychic TV - Godstar (single version) (Godstar 7", 1985)
Visage - Fade To Grey (single version) (Fade To Grey 7", 1980)
Severed Heads - Petrol (Petrol 7", 1985)
Sex Gang Children - Deiche (Dieche 7", 1984)
The Leather Nun - Gimme Gimme Gimme (Gimme Gimme Gimme! 7", 1986)
The Cure - A Forest (Peel session) (Digital distribution, 1980)
BT - Always (feat. Rob Dickinson) (These Hopeful Machines, 2010)
Janet LaValley - Love To Hear You Cry (Digital distribution, 1995?)
Stephen Hero - Welcome Home! (57 Stars Of The Air Almanac, 2007)
Lois - Northern Soul (Snapshot Radio EP, 1996)
The Housemartins - Happy Hour (London 0 Hull 4, 1986)
Street Chant - Yr Philosophy (Means, 2010)
Cinematic - Aqua Baby (Cinematic, 1994)
David Yetton - Stars Without Make-Up (Blow Out Your Candles, 2005)
Lard - War Pimp Renaissance (Pure Chewing Satisfaction, 1997)
Michal Kahan - Chevere!! (Baby Escapo EP, 2003)
Juniper Moon - No Te Pongas El Sombrero (El Resto De Mi Vida, 2002)
Monstrance - The Floating World (Monstrance, 2007)
23 Skidoo - Last Words (The Gospel Comes To New Guinea, 2002 - originally released in 1981)
Can - Mushroom (Tago Mago, 1971)
Simple Minds - Changeling (Real To Real Cacophony, 1979)
Simple Minds - Thirty Frames A Second (Empires And Dance, 1980)
Simple Minds - The American (Sister Feelings Call, 1981)
(all part of X5 box set, 2012)
The Blackeyed Susans - Mary Mac (Mouth To Mouth, 1996)
The Blackeyed Susans - Smokin' Johnny Cash (Spin The Bottle, 1997)
The Blackeyed Susans - Private Dancer (Dedicated To The Ones We Love, 2001)
(all part of Reveal Yourself box set, 2009)