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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie - March 2016 RaM Album Club - March 11th, 2016

The RaM Music Club is a blog where each week they pick a guest who chooses a critically acclaimed album they’ve never listened to. The guest explains why they’ve never listened to it, laying out any potential prejudice in advance. i.e. “I’ve never liked the cut of Pink Floyd’s jib” or “Mark E Smith frightens…

Various Artists – C86 Deluxe 3 CD Edition - June 2014 June 15th, 2014

In 1986 the NME’s annual cassette overview of the indie scene, C86, sold 40 000 copies and christened a genre. Blamed for crystalising an unfairly derided fuzzy guitar pop – with tracks by The Wedding Present, The Soup Dragons and the infant Primal Scream – it also pushed aspirational arty noise like The Wolfhounds and…

From their rural French fastness, Marylise Frecheville (free jazz percussion and torch singing), and Eric Boros (anarcho-art-punk guitar and stentorian declamations), continue to surprise. Largely sung in English, and enclosed in a 54 page cloth bound libretto, A L’Abri des Regards Indiscrets pitches reproachful psychoanalytical duets over slapped face rhythms, broken gutter blues, and anthemic…

You don’t need this record. No-one needs this record. These sixteen low-fidelity self-released tracks by ’70s American teens in thrall to Sabbath, Zeppelin, Tolkein, and weed are a desperate attempt to tickle the palettes of jaded hipster know-alls, and Numero Uno records knows it. And yet, and yet… the school doodle satanic imagery, basement boogie…

The Velvet Underground’s second album sank on release in 1968, but became the proto-punk document. In hindsight, it’s a definitive New York minimalist moment too, more indebted to the departing John Cale’s viola and organ drones than to Lou Reed’s free jazz/doo-wop fusions. Without the example of Sister Ray’s sleazy, seventeen minute, two chord splurge,…

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