A load of new stuff again this week, much of it pretty interesting. The Brethren Of The Free Spirit, incidentally, are a duo featuring the guitarist James Blackshaw, who's received much love here over the past year.

A load of new stuff again this week, much of it pretty interesting. The Brethren Of The Free Spirit, incidentally, are a duo featuring the guitarist James Blackshaw, who’s received much love here over the past year.



The Futureheads album, meanwhile, is one of the most unpleasantly loud things I’ve heard in some time, and sent me running to an excellent blog at http://sickmouthy.blogspot.com/ which grapples with the iniquities of too-loud mastering, compression and so on in a a surprisingly compelling way. Worth a look.

Here’s the last 12 records I’ve played, anyway:

1. Brethren Of The Free Spirit – All Things From Him, Through Him And In Him (audioMER)

2. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges (Rough Trade)

3. The Futureheads – This Is Not The World (Nul)

4. Animal Collective – Water Curses (Domino)

5. Four Tet – Ringer (Domino)

6. Scarlett Johannson – Anywhere I Lay My Head

7. Times New Viking – Rip It Off (Matador)

8. Tetine – Let Your Xs Be Ys (Soul Jazz)

9. Atlas Sound – Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (4AD)

10. Various – Garden Of Forking Paths (Important)

11. Flight Of The Conchords – Flight Of The Conchords (Warner)

12. The Night Marchers – See You In Magic (One Little Indian)