Currently listening to the PC Music compilations that have just been released on Bandcamp. It’s a lushly euphoric, mephedrone-soaked neon candy-hued club-pop, a sort of Shibuya-kei of the Rich Kids Of Instagram-era London. What cool teens from Notting Hill were dancing to at Hackney warehouse parties while I was going to psych-rock gigs at the Shacklewell.
A genealogy of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood’s "Some Velvet Morning", and its curious afterlife:
Getting a bit of a Hummingbirds vibe from the debut single from Fortitude Valley, a new UK band headed by Laura K from Tigercats:
Excited to see that Newcastle-upon-Tyne krautrocky electropop combo Warm Digits have a new album coming out in a couple of months:
A short history of the punk rock scene in Wuhan, the capital of Chinese punk:
Listening to a Japanese shoegaze/dreampop band named Plant Cell; rather nice:
Saw a rather good Swedish krautrock/psych band named Kungens Män tonight. They’re apparently in the tradition of Swedish progg/psych bands like Träd, Gras Och Stenar, only with kraut/post-rock/free-jazz influences.
An Interview with Angelo Badalamenti, in Believer; in which it emerges that his work with Julee Cruise originated from David Lynch not having had the budget to license a Cocteau Twins song for Blue Velvet:
Neneh Cherry talks about rap and its formative influence on her:
I’m now wondering whether the DJ whom she was mimicking in the “wha’ is he like??” interlude on Buffalo Stance was also the inspiration for Lenny Henry’s Delbert Wilkins character
I found 4 Bonjour’s Parties’ “Pigments Drift Down To The Brook” at PolyEster on a recent visit to Melbourne. Listening to it now; it really is a lovely album, halfway between 60s baroque pop and múm/Amiina/Clue To Kalo-style indietronica.
Oh, and looks like it’s on Bandcamp too:
(4 Bonjour’s Parties’ Ayumu Haitani also worked with Melbourne bedroom indiepop project The Motifs during the 00s. He now runs a café in Tokyo, I think.)
Kirin J. Callinan’s cover of Momus’ "The Homosexual" is sublime; transcending the original:
As 2019 draws to a close, here is my customary list of Records Of The Year:
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