Matthew Sweet must have a special connection with his Japanese fans, so much so, he recorded a whole album just for them. Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu was originally released on CD only in Japan back in 2003. 16 years later and the rest of the world is allowed to enjoy it. It features Rick Menck of Velvet Crush on drums and Television’s Richard Lloyd on lead guitar - the same line-up he had for his classic album, Girlfriend.
As an artist, Richard Youngs seems in a constant war against stasis, shifting from pastoral balladry through to electronic mischief. Like say, Robert Wyatt, the only constant is his utterly unique voice, straddling the English folk tradition though also some more difficult define sense of otherness. New album ‘Dissident’ aligns with his more song driven material, but is no less unusual as a result.
Klangfarbenmelodie….And The Colourist Strikes Primitiv by Thurston Moore was originally released in the same year as his Psychic Hearts album. In the Sonic Youth timeline that’s in between Washing Machine and A Thousand Leaves. It’s also in a time before people read Kim Gordon’s Biography…..Anyway, what we have here is a reissue, on vinyl for the first time, of Thurston Moore's vicious noise-rock set recorded with free jazz drummer Tom Surgal. It was originally released by Corpus Hermeticum, a label owned by Bruce Russell from The Dead C. Russell edited the recording for this release and contributes new liner notes. Heavyweight white vinyl on Glass Modern.
I was a bit of a Ric Menck, Paulie Chastain fan boy back in the early 90's. I loved their twee pop bands Choo Choo Train, and the Springfields (amongst others). Velvet Crush was the moment when they stopped messing about in flowerbeds and decided to rock. Therefore my younger self was a bit horrified but if you like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub there's much to enjoy here.