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Artists On Albums: AOA#52 (The Home Current’s Martin Jensen on To Each)

Martin Jensen (The Home Current) on… A Certain Ratio’s To Each (Factory Records, 1981) I don't think I will ever fully comprehend why A Certain Ratio's first official album, To Each, has always been written off as somewhat mediocre. At the time of its release in 1981, it enjoyed a lukewarm reception at best and it was generally brushed … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#51 (Mission Of Burma’s Roger C. Miller on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn)

Roger C. Miller (Mission Of Burma, Trinary System et al.) on… Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Columbia, 1967) In the fall of 1968 I was in eleventh grade and psychedelia was in full swing. I was playing in bands, idolizing Hendrix and Cream, and listening to the most far-out sounds I could find. My dad, who played piano in college … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#50 (Hewson Chen on Aquí Vìvía Yo)

Hewson Chen (The New Lines, Lake Ruth) on.. Le Mans’ Aquí Vìvía Yo (Elefant / Grimsey, 1998) This album of quiet melancholy and longing was the final album from Le Mans, which I liked to loosely imagine as a Spanish indie version of Caetano Veloso after a generous helping of barbituates. As if to ratify the band’s end, the fateful cover art … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#49 (littlebow’s Katie English on Hidden)

Katie English (littlebow, Isnaj Dui, The Doomed Bird Of Providence) on… These New Puritans’ Hidden (Angular Recording Corporation / Domino, 2010) I first came across These New Puritans through my little brother, who played me a few tracks off their first album Beat Pyramid.   A pretty neat collection of at times sparkly, at times slightly … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#48 (Listening Center’s David Mason on Luna Africana)

Listening Center’s David Mason on… Clara Mondshine's Luna Africana (Innovative Communication, 1981) Luna Africana was released on Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication record label in 1981 as a 45rpm LP. Clara Mondshine was actually the alias of Walter Bachauer, a Berlin-based journalist and composer, who passed away in 1989. In addition … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#47 (Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate on The Ascension)

Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate on… Glenn Branca’s The Ascension (99 Records, 1981) I discovered Glenn Branca when I was 19, the same year that I discovered guitar effects pedals.  Sonic Youth and no wave bands such as Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and The Contortions got me through my senior year of high school and influenced my earliest years of … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#46 (Brave Timbers’ Sarah Kemp on The Night Is Advancing)

Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers) on… Appendix Out’s The Night Is Advancing (Drag City, 2001) I first got to hear of Appendix Out through a boyfriend I had at the time, around when I was about 19 or 20 years old. We were listening to bands like Low, the Dirty Three, Will Oldham and his Palace stuff, and I guess it was maybe because Appendix Out … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#45 (Spectres’ Joe Hatt and Adrian Dutt on Goo)

Spectres' Joe Hatt and Adrian Dutt on… Sonic Youth’s Goo (Geffen, 1990) Both: For a band who were so heavily rooted in the no wave/experimental scene, they managed to smash their way into a mainstream where they didn't belong. The fact that Sonic Youth were able to bring so many influential bands along with them - Swans, Dinosaur Jr, … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#44 (Dean McPhee on In A Silent Way)

Dean McPhee on…. Miles Davis’s In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) My first introduction to Miles Davis was when a friend put Bitches Brew on my car stereo back in the late-‘90s while we were all parked up a hill in the middle of nowhere. It was copied onto a battered old tape and was slightly warped, which made it sound even weirder, further … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#43 (Keiron Phelan on The Psychomodo)

Keiron Phelan on… Cockney Rebel’s The Psychomodo (EMI, 1974) There was always something gloriously ‘wrong’ about (the first incarnation of) Cockney Rebel. Like a misbegotten romance between a kohl-eyed hippie chick and a suedehead, Rebel existed in a world of musical contradictions and unlikelihood. Their flint eyed, silver haired, bowler … [Read more...]