elbow – gentle storm (2017)
godley & creme – cry (1985)
hypnotic, effortlessly lovely tune from the manchester veterans, perennially under-rated. there are few bands doing what they do, making accessible yet somewhat experimental, artfully crafted songs for grown-ups that detail and elevate the ordinary life. but i could be wrong. one can lose critical perspective when wrapped up in wonder. Incidentally,this video is directed by Kevin Godley -formerly of 10CC and more pertinently Godley & Creme, whose 1985 video ‘Cry’ is here recreated by Godley at Elbow singer guy garveys behest.
whiskeytown – avenues (1997)
well, goddamn!!…the entirety of ‘strangers alamanac’by whiskeytown, a stone cold alt country rock classic in my humble opinion functions as an alternative valentines day album, over flowing with beautifully rendered tender,raucous lamentations. but this little twilight hour heartbreaker hits you right in the gut; acoustic guitar, organ and a youthful ryan adams vocalizing with the battered whiskey soaked wisdom of a much older man. I first clapped my giant ears on this record back in late 1999 maybe, working in a Dublin record store, got me through a rough period at that time and well, now with hindsight and all, now it sounds quite timeless.
Schoolly D – PSK – What Does It Mean? (1985)
yeah, the flow and all that. I do not claim to be any kind of expert on hip hop history after watching a few documentaries but I know what I like when I hear it; here, it’s the attack,the delivery, the sparseness, brutality, harshness of the beat, drum machine pulverising like gunfire, grabbing the ears, commanding your attention. Philadelphia son Schooly D’s on the ground account of thug street life is seen as the prototype for the ‘gangsta’ rap phenomenon of the late 80’s to mid 90’s for better or worse.