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Music with a coffee #8: Punk Floyd — ‘Top Banana’

Pourin’ it in a kickalong acid stylee… According to the ever reliable Discogs ‘Punk Floyd Have Landed’ dropped on CD format only via Smitten in 1998. Despite this writer nowadays barely purchasing CDs, this item looks like one to add … Continue reading

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Vinyl Pickup: Original copy of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’

Derry’s Abbazappa Records (great name) can be found taking up space at Yellow Yard of Palace St., a kind of warehouse cum marquee, sharing floorspace with a cafe, vintage clothes, and a book shop. Filled with vinyl, from sixties psychedelia … Continue reading

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Grunge Playlist: 10 of the Best

Grunge. What is it? Who is it? When is grunge really only a more ‘cool’ and modern cover for grandiose, heavy metal piffle? This writer knows where he’s drawing the line, and you are sure to work out where exactly … Continue reading

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Guided By Voices — ‘How Do You Spell Heaven’

Like the Fall, we all stopped counting the number of Guided By Voices albums sometime around 14 years ago. Unlike the Fall though Robert Pollard’s off-centre guitar rockers have semi disappeared for a few years on one or two occasions, only … Continue reading

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Vinyl Pickup: Echo And The Bunnymen — ‘Ocean Rain’

I picked this one up in a local second-hand vinyl store. Bit dusty during the quieter moments but otherwise still nifty. Released 1984 ‘Ocean Rain’ saw the final instalment of the Bunnymen’s near classic era. There’s a difference of opinion … Continue reading

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Music with a coffee #7: Racing Cars — ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’

Pourin’ it in a canny easy listening drivetime stylee… Played on John Peel’s Peelenium November 1999, this nice track released in 1976 is a bit of easy listening to combat that early morning rush. Nice tune. Clever. Defo subtle little Sgt … Continue reading

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Autechre — ‘Oversteps’

Once you shove the disc into the machine it’s a good minute before anything audible creeps out of the speakers. And even this is a slowly approaching electro cinematicpiece of music, with a tagged-on scratchily irritated, muffled beat. A somewhat curious, … Continue reading

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Music with a coffee #6: Pulsinger — ‘Staub’

Pourin’ it in an acid techno kibble stylee… Typical nineties acid techno / house music gem that pushes along majestically. Look out for those crucial melodic bits that show up occasionally. Wondeful ending, too. Pulsinger must have been taking lessons from the … Continue reading

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Drum ‘n’ bass on the John Peel show: a decade of mysterious and magical soundz

It was sometime around the middle part of 1994 that I first came into contact with drum ‘n’ bass, via John Peel on Radio 1. Initial reaction: “this is great. what is this shit??!!” John’s then weekend-delivered shows were, I … Continue reading

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Shellac — ‘At Action Park’

Shellac’s first full-length ‘At Action Park’ released October 1994 is their finest. Ten songs clocking in at 37 minutes. Perfect. It sounds generally charged and full of sugar compared to what was to come from the group. It all sounds … Continue reading

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