The UK Hitlist
Seems like I had enough time on this last visit home to do some proper shopping. Of course it was all CDs, books, wine and Animal clothing. Here are the highlights. Click on the images to get to the amazon pages.
Excellent funky mod-friendly dancefloor pop rock from the Blow Up label
Of course I have – had? – almost all these tracks somewhere in my collection, but finally seeing the 20-song compilation available for £5 at Fopp made me realize I want them all in one place.
Some British books are guaranteed a release in the States. This is not one of them.
The Blow Up label hooked me up with a ton of music. I found it hard to refuse.
Coals to Newcastle, of course, but discounted to £5 at the Fopp store, I realized it was a hole in my collection I needed to fill.
I skipped Welsh’s ‘Porn’ for reasons I can’t explain. I’m looking forward to this one instead.
The Echo label was once home to Mono, Baby Bird and other stellar stars. Anything bearing its logo should be worth a listen. I hope.
Got given a group of Fabric Live CDs, for which I’m most grateful. And I have extra fond memories of Stanton Warriors delivering a manic DJ set in NYC some five-six years ago. Glad to know they’re still going strong.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. are of the many hip acts on the British scene I’d previously not heard of. Glad to hear it’s acoustic; there’s only so many loud young British bands you can digest in one long sitting.
Again, you can blame Fopp for having this in front of the store for just £5. This is somnabulistic music: I was able to sleep through it on the plane. I think that’s a compliment!
Courtesy of my friend Jeni, a memoir of Monopoly coupled with a real-life journey round the board.
More from Blow Up. This is percussive/synth/organ-based psychedelic instrumental rock. With a scooter on the back cover in case you didn’t know it was aimed at mods.
Keep those complimentary Fabric compilations coming.
The one that got away. I saw this in Fopp and thought it was worth the impulse purchase. Lyrics by Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon. Music by Air. Vocals by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Like an idiot, I left it on the shelf. Heard one song on the Word magazine’s freebie CD and have been kicking myself since. iTunes here I come.
Let’s not forget some Singles
Though I figure I’ll soon get sick of the A-side, I’ve fallen for the B-side ‘Dirty Barry Stole The Bluebird’ as an equally clever but not so obvious piece of trash-rock.
Basement Jaxx return. To form? Depends if you ever think they lost it. Me, I love it.
…And I’m a fan of The Zutons, but this disappoints. How’s the album?
And I wouldn’t be me without bringing a bottle of wine back in my suitcase.
Chateau Musar red is one of the most unique wines in the world – made in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon from an unsual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and some other red grapes – and it’s also one of the best. In the States it costs a fortune. At Roberts and Speight in Beverley, there are still several bottles of the superb 1995, alongside the 1994 and 1996, all at £16 and less. Anyone want to get me a Christmas gift, you know where to find it! Visit the Musar site and see that Serge Hochar hopes to make wine from the 2006 vintage, despite the recent violence, just as he made wine from every single vintage during the Lebanese Civil War.