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Artists On Albums: AOA#32 (Cyclopean’s Jono Podmore on The Voice Of America)

Cyclopean’s Jono Podmore on… Cabaret Voltaire’s The Voice Of America (Rough Trade Records, 1980) This is not a pretty record. Released in 1980 it generally gets regarded as ‘post-punk industrial’ – for good reason too.  Recorded at the band’s own studio, Western Works, housed in a disused Victorian industrial building in a forgotten … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#31 (Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on Tago Mago)

Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on… Can’s Tago Mago (United Artists Records, 1971) I'll always remember the first time I heard Tago Mago.  I was 15, sat in my then girlfriend's flat, trawling through her brother's LPs. He had a few other Can LPs, Soon Over Babaluma being one, but somehow the slightly Aztec-looking mushroom cloud face on the … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#30 (Eternal Tapestry’s Jed Bindeman on Dialoghi Del Presente)

Eternal Tapestry's Jed Bindeman on... Luciano Cilio’s Dialoghi Del Presente (EMI Italiana, 1977) There are albums that grow on you, and then there are ones that have an immediate reaction, where you know from the first note that you're hearing something special.  Both situations can have their benefits (there are many records that took me … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#29 (Land Observations’ James Brooks on Recurring)

Land Observations’ James Brooks on… Spacemen 3’s Recurring (Fire Records, 1990) When I think of records that influenced my musical approach and belief set, few left the impression that Recurring had on me. At that stage in my musical development the earlier records were still to be hunted down and discovered.  However, in late-1990 … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#28 (The Sea And Cake’s Sam Prekop on Ralf And Florian)

The Sea And Cake’s Sam Prekop on… Kraftwerk’s Ralf And Florian (Philips/Vertigo, 1973) I'm not sure when would have been the first time I heard this record; I suspect mid-nineties, when The Sea And Cake were becoming a band.  I'm quite sure that it was John McEntire who illuminated Kraftwerk for me beyond Computer World - which I had been … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#27 (Gallon Drunk’s James Johnston on Suicide)

Gallon Drunk’s James Johnston on… Suicide’s Suicide (Red Star Records, 1977) I remember the first time I heard this album. Joe Byfield, who later went on to become the maraca player in Gallon Drunk, played it to me one night when I was staying round at his place after a band rehearsal. We were playing together in what was basically a garage … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#26 (Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg on Laughing Stock)

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg on... Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock (Verve/Polydor, 1991) It was the depths that drew me in.  I woke up under a wool coat on the floor at a friend’s house during one of our early tours to the smell of fresh coffee and the sound of a needle dropping onto an LP - and then the first muted trumpet note and violin … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#25 (Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth on No Silver/No Gold)

Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth on… The Baptist Generals’ No Silver/No Gold (Sub Pop, 2003) No Silver/No Gold is the best album Sub Pop ever released. It is a perfect American record, and a huge inspiration. I don’t remember how I heard about Baptist Generals, but I was on board pretty early. I think the album was in a crate of CDs that … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#24 (Mary Lorson on Court And Spark)

Mary Lorson on… Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark (Asylum Records, 1974) iTunes classifies this album as ‘country and folk’ and my first response is to choke! What? How clueless can you… but does it matter? Any country and folk tones on this album are just accents, window dressing; the spines of these songs are rock and jazz. Citified, … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#23 (A.I.R.’s Martin Kennedy on Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror)

All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy on… Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (E.G. Records, 1980) Track 1. “First Light”. We all open beers as the song slowly fades in. The stunningly beautiful combination of Budd’s gentle piano arpeggio and Eno’s shimmering ambience manages to hush an otherwise boisterous group of … [Read more...]