1. Fleeting Joys - You Are The Darkness (Thompson Sounds)
Already my favorite record of 2009. If you liked last years "Despondent Transponder" album then I'm here to tell you this is even better. The album is called "Occult Radiance" and will be released sometime in January. Someone told me it's only going to be released in Japan but I think (and hope) that that is nothing more than verbal diarrhea.
2. Lord Skywave - Something (TRG's 95 Remix)
3. Peasant - Raise Today (Daytrotter Session)
This track is from Peasants recent Daytrotter session which can be downloaded in full from the Daytrotter website.
4. Sonic Youth - She Is Not Alone (SST)
Taken from the 1982 self-titled EP.
5. Psapp - I Want That (Domino)
Taken from the album "The Camels Back".
6. Like Honey - Tiles (Hybris)
Another track from brilliant album "Leaves".
7. The Homosexuals - Slow Guns (Serious Business)
This track comes from a new 10" EP by The Homosexuals which apparently is their first release since sometime in the 1980's and I have no reason to disbelieve that. This is the interesting bit... It has initially been issued as a limited run of 300 hand numbered copies. Bruno Wizard has written a story across all 300 copies, different words and sentences on each so if you want to actually make any sense of it all you would have to buy all 300 copies. Nice idea.
8. The Strange Boys - Woe Is You & Me (Promo)
This is just fantastic. The Strange Boys come from Austin, Texas which is a small problem when you're hoping they'll soon be playing a venue near you and you live in England. This track comes from the Boys new (and possibly debut) album "And Girls Club" or more specifically a sampler for it. They sound great and the sooner I can lay my filthy mitts on a full version the longer the sun will shine. This track is the first track on it and while it was playing it put me in mind of a band from a few years ago called Country Teasers which is no bad thing at all.
9. Country Teasers - Let's Have A Shambles (Guided Missile)
10. Gravenhurst - Nightwatchmans Blues (Warp)
11. Sportsday Megaphone - LA (Sunday Best)
I know this has been around a while now but it's new on me. There is an album called "So Many Colours/So Little Time" but I don't own a copy as yet.
18th December - Bristol, Start The Bus
19th December - London, Mile End, Drop Dynamite @ The Victoria
12. The Fall - LA (Beggars Banquet)
Well... I'm sure you saw that one coming.
13. Kyte - Eyes Lose Their Fire (Kids)
Taken from the new EP "Two Sparks, Two Stars" which I think became available just last week. I think this is the best work yet to come out of the Leicestershire quintet.
26th January - Oh Inverted World @ Madam Jo Jo's
13th February - London, Year Zero @36
26th February - London, Moshi Moshi Night @ Hoxton Bar & Grill
14. Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink (Mute)
26th February - London, Solo Review Bar
15. The Wedding Present - Holly Jolly Hollywood (Vibrant)
Christmas is in full swing now and I really can't remember a year which has produced as many Christmas records as this one.
15th December - Newcastle, Academy
16th December - Leeds, University
17th December - Bristol, Academy
18th December - London, Forum
20th December - Thessaloniki, Liebe
21st December - Athens, Tiki
12th March - Tokyo, O' Nest
13th March - Tokyo, O' Nest