Put The Needle On The Record

I'm going on an A - Z listening trip through my record collection as I haven't played most of them in ages. Fancy coming?

Mellow Gold by Beck & a second hand Audiolab 8000a which is now amplifying the heck out of my records.

What can I say about Mellow Gold? It continues to be great nearly 20 years on. For proof look here and here

I know it’s not records, but I got these Celestion DL6 speakers yesterday for £15 in a second hand shop. I’m a very happy fellow.

I know it’s not records, but I got these Celestion DL6 speakers yesterday for £15 in a second hand shop. I’m a very happy fellow.

Obviously, there’s loads of Beatles records in my cupboards. Everyone has parents don’t they?

These four are my favourite, and the Beatles are my 5 year old son’s favourite so they are played a lot. I like this song.

Obviously, there’s loads of Beatles records in my cupboards. Everyone has parents don’t they?

These four are my favourite, and the Beatles are my 5 year old son’s favourite so they are played a lot. I like this song.

Check Your Head by Beastie Boys

I first heard this at my friends Gav and Alex’s house in Oxford in around 1994. This record got put on at about 11 in the morning, after Mellow Gold by Beck had caused much shrieking and jumping, and was said to be “powerfully psychedelic” as it was slipped into the tape player. I’d never thought of the Beasties as all trippy like, but it’s a great assessment.

I bought this copy of the record in Tempest in Brum about 3 days later. It’s still extraordinary. It pulls off the trick of being ultra varied, happily chucking you about between genres, and also feeling very cohesive as a whole, as this, this, this and this adequately show.

I still get a feeling of joy from this record, which may be down to the band being ON FUCKING FIRE or the fact that I heard and shared it at a special time with lovely people.

Check Your Head by Beastie Boys

I first heard this at my friends Gav and Alex’s house in Oxford in around 1994. This record got put on at about 11 in the morning, after Mellow Gold by Beck had caused much shrieking and jumping, and was said to be “powerfully psychedelic” as it was slipped into the tape player. I’d never thought of the Beasties as all trippy like, but it’s a great assessment.

I bought this copy of the record in Tempest in Brum about 3 days later. It’s still extraordinary. It pulls off the trick of being ultra varied, happily chucking you about between genres, and also feeling very cohesive as a whole, as this, this, this and this adequately show.

I still get a feeling of joy from this record, which may be down to the band being ON FUCKING FIRE or the fact that I heard and shared it at a special time with lovely people.

Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys

The point of the A-Z trawl is to ensure I listen to those corners in my record collection which have been unplayed for a long time. This record doesn’t fall into that category. It’s been on my record player regularly since I got it on release in Birmingham when I was about 19. 

Highlights? Difficult to say as it has so many high points, great beats and samples. The whole thing is genius, but if I had to pick three tracks then they would be this for its bass squelch and bong sound, this for “no one really knows what I’m talking about” and the Beattles sample, and this for the cowbell.

And this. And you can’t leave this out.

Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys

The point of the A-Z trawl is to ensure I listen to those corners in my record collection which have been unplayed for a long time. This record doesn’t fall into that category. It’s been on my record player regularly since I got it on release in Birmingham when I was about 19.

Highlights? Difficult to say as it has so many high points, great beats and samples. The whole thing is genius, but if I had to pick three tracks then they would be this for its bass squelch and bong sound, this for “no one really knows what I’m talking about” and the Beattles sample, and this for the cowbell.

And this. And you can’t leave this out.

laurasnapes:

Good morning! This time next week, on July 9, the excellent Harkive project will be collecting the daily listening diaries of people all over the world. I’m doing a guest post today, so I thought I’d start with a photo of my regular listening station (i.e. my desk).

Since April last year, I’ve worked from home (a different home then), which has had a huge effect on my listening habits. My commute lasts all of the 12 steps downstairs, and I can’t even really see a window from the corner where I work. This means that the music I hear isn’t as readily associated with outside events— there’s no soundtracking a moody, wet journey to work on the train, or putting on something like Grimes to make wandering through the underground feel like going on a video game quest— which is something I miss. Though this is my last week in my current job, meaning I’ll get the commute and a whole new set of listening circumstances (office stereo!) back soon.

09:05 The first song I heard today was Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” on BBC 6Music. It sounds like Homebase adverts. I wondered if they’re pissed off about that.

09:16 Neko Case’s new album arrived in my inbox yesterday, the excellently titled The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love. I’ve only listened to it twice, so I’m giving it another spin. On first impressions, I love how luxurious sounding and righteously angry it is, flipping gender politics in a number of songs. Also, I think it’s a) her red hair, b) my simple mind, but I keep hearing these songs as sung by Rayna James from “Nashville” (apologies to Neko) which is pretty alright by me.

09:57 Bill Callahan’s new album, Dream River, also turned up last week, so I’m putting that on again now. I had to make a fleeting visit to Cornwall over the weekend to see family, and a lot of Dream River seems to have something to do with flying, so I listened to it non-stop. (Apart from when I had to drive my 14-year-old brother around, and he vehemently objected to having to listen to this “grumpy old man.” He just wanted to listen to “Get Lucky” and “Lisztomania” on a loop.) Callahan is probably my second favourite active musician around, so when I get new albums by bands I love a lot, before I have the lyric sheet or any time to just lay on the sofa and listen to it without doing anything else, I like to just surround myself with it and see which parts jump out. On the first song, he tells you “the only words I’ve said today,” which are too quintessentially, comically Bill for me to spoil. Then there’s a very simply romantic— and rare for it— song where he sings, as if realising it for the first time, “I really am a lucky man… I really am a lucky man.” About 16 listens in, it hasn’t stopped killing me yet.

10:23 Had to turn Bill Callahan off— I need to listen to some music for work First up is Torres’ excellent self-titled debut album from earlier this year. [Listen on Spotify.] Torres has just been touring America with the equally great Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, a double-header I wish I could have seen. Fortunately, the former (whose real name is Mackenzie Scott) is playing Manchester in two weeks, which I am very excited about. Above, I’ve uploaded a photo of her entry in my iTunes, I’ve played this album quite a lot…

11:24 Listening to Torres again. I don’t get bored of listening to the same album five times through if I really love it. Though my boyfriend, who works upstairs, definitely does…

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The Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett

I got this in Liverpool, I can’t remember where to be honest, but I do remember I was coveting an original pressing of Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd in Hairy Records at the time, and could not afford it, so it’s possible that this was a consolation purchase from Probe or HMV, as it’s a 180g repress. 

I’m going to be honest here - I love Pink Floyd, but when I got this I didn’t own either of their Barrett era LPs. I know. It’s deeply shocking isn’t it?

There’s plenty to enjoy here - knock about fun, odd timescales, batty lyrics and a genius ballad or two. I thoroughly enjoyed this today.

The Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett

I got this in Liverpool, I can’t remember where to be honest, but I do remember I was coveting an original pressing of Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd in Hairy Records at the time, and could not afford it, so it’s possible that this was a consolation purchase from Probe or HMV, as it’s a 180g repress.

I’m going to be honest here - I love Pink Floyd, but when I got this I didn’t own either of their Barrett era LPs. I know. It’s deeply shocking isn’t it?

There’s plenty to enjoy here - knock about fun, odd timescales, batty lyrics and a genius ballad or two. I thoroughly enjoyed this today.

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Wander / Wonder by Balam Acab

This is the only record I’ve ever bought in Scotland, and I bought it at one of the best record shop / cafes I’ve ever been in- Mono- I could have spent all day in there, and a lot of money too. I believe I was served by a bloke out of The Pastels, which is just one of the very nice things that happened that weekend, the nicest being my brother in laws marriage.

To me this is just really good chilled music which tips its hat at Ambient, waves at Trip Hop and pats Dubstep on the shoulder in a friendly way as he ambles past. I’m told that it falls into a genre called Witch HouseI’m not even sure what Witch House is, but if its this then it’s good and I like it

Wander / Wonder by Balam Acab

This is the only record I’ve ever bought in Scotland, and I bought it at one of the best record shop / cafes I’ve ever been in- Mono- I could have spent all day in there, and a lot of money too. I believe I was served by a bloke out of The Pastels, which is just one of the very nice things that happened that weekend, the nicest being my brother in laws marriage.

To me this is just really good chilled music which tips its hat at Ambient, waves at Trip Hop and pats Dubstep on the shoulder in a friendly way as he ambles past. I’m told that it falls into a genre called Witch House

I’m not even sure what Witch House is, but if its this then it’s good and I like it