Here’s this week’s radio show from Mark: Bitter Fingers volume 8.
The forthcoming album from James Murphy’s offbeat electro-dance-rock group LCD Soundsystem is called This Is Happening. NPR radio in the US is streaming the entire forthcoming album: listen to it here.
I’m a big fan of all previous things LCD, and this album is no different. It’s lo-fi but futuristic. It’s hilarious funny and deeply weird. It’s impossibly catchy and annoyingly self-aware. It’s repetitive and it’s innovative. This Is Happeningalso sounds a bit more retro New Wave compared to the other albums. And Murphy’s voice seems to have deepened and broadened a bit. It’s really, really good.
Listen above, and if you agree with me buy the album when it’s released on May 18.
From Discontent, A Mixtape Blog (click the link for two qualities of download, and album notes):
New Weird Australia Volume Five, March 2010, NWA005
1. MOOKOID, Hex River Valley (3:32) from ‘Fishy’ (Pimalia)
2. DOT.AY, You Knight (5:25) previously unreleased
3. PEACE OUT!, Running On Sand, Walking On Water (4:29) from ‘Peace Out EP’ (self-released)
4. BURNING PALMS, Mockery (2:12) previously unreleased
5. THE ATLAS ROOM, Iris (5:18) previously unreleased
6. ///▲▲▲\\\, Spit Shine (2:00) previously unreleased
7. KATE CARR, Textopera (3:06) from ‘First Day Back’ (Retinascan)
8. RED PLUM & SNOW, I Would Die 4 U (2:21) previously unreleased
9. DUNS, Bad Rythm (sic) (5:47) from Cowardly Attack (c40 cassette, Willaston Tapes)
10. VORAD FILS, Temple Leak (2:42) from ‘The Warmest Static – POWWOW Ten’ (Feral Media)
11. JUSTICE YELDHAM, March Of The Bodypumpers (4:54) previously available as a Wire Magazine download
12. GAIL PRIEST, Etchings (3:22) previously unreleased
13. CAUGHT SHIP, BlackHole/SweatBeat (5:32) previously unreleased
14. CRAB SMASHER, Skin Destruction (3:58) previously unreleased
15. RIPPLES, False Mission (5:06) from ‘Ripples EP’ (self-released)
16. BLAKE FREELE, Inside There’s Expectations (8:59) previously unreleased
New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a free compilation series (available to download every two months), a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged -submission details and terms can be found at newweirdaustralia.com/about.
Three of four daily blogs on topics sent to me by The Aussie.
As a followup to yesterday’s blog entry, here are the BBC’s picks – sorry, the picks of “165 UK taste-makers” – for who’s going to be the hot new thing on the UK music scene this year.
I’m betting the guy from Joy Orbison and Marina (minus the Diamonds) totally hook up.