A busy and deeply professional couple of days listening to a backlog of CDs, MP3s, secure streams, dodgy downloads and so on, which involved us having another go at the Coldplay album. Apparently there's some sort of embargo on revealing opinions about "Viva La Vida". One question that occurred to me, however: when was the last time Brian Eno produced a really interesting album? I'm struggling to think of one here, but if you have any suggestions, let me know.

A busy and deeply professional couple of days listening to a backlog of CDs, MP3s, secure streams, dodgy downloads and so on, which involved us having another go at the Coldplay album. Apparently there’s some sort of embargo on revealing opinions about “Viva La Vida”. One question that occurred to me, however: when was the last time Brian Eno produced a really interesting album? I’m struggling to think of one here, but if you have any suggestions, let me know.



In other news, our capricious postal service means that we’re tearing our hair out waiting for the new Hold Steady album to turn up – hopefully that will arrive tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s the playlist: we seemed to inadvertently hit of a hot streak of stuff I didn’t enjoy very much, so I guess this one shouldn’t be trusted as an infallible list of recommendations. . .

1. James Blackshaw – Litany Of Echoes (Tompkins Square)

2. Dr John And The Lower 911 – City That Care Forgot (Cooking Vinyl)

3. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (Warp)

4. Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Parlophone)

5. Sharron Krauss – The Fox’s Wedding (Durtro Jnana)

6. Lord Skywave – Lord Skywave (This Is Music)

7. Van Morrison – It’s Too Late To Stop Now (Universal)

8. Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)

9. CSS – Donkey (Sub Pop)

10. Oasis – Stop The Clocks/ I Wanna Live A Dream (In My Record Machine)/ Nothin’ On Me (Dodgy MP3s)

11. Black Kids – Hurricane Jane (Almost Gold)

12. Guy Clark – Old No 1 (DBK Works)

13. Wild Beasts – The Devil’s Crayon/ Treacle Tin (Domino)

14. Spiritual Family Reunion – Goodbye Ceremony (Tract)

15. Carla Olson – Dark Horses (Blues Boulevard)

16. Free Kitten – Inherit (Ecstatic Peace)

17. Dirty Pretty Things – Album Sampler (Vertigo)

18. Derek Meins – The Famous Poet Derek Meins (1965)

19. Russian Circles – Station (Suicide Squeeze)

20. Max Richter – 24 Postcards In Full Colour (FatCat)

21. Glasvegas – Geraldine (Columbia)

22. Jaguar Love – Jaguar Love EP(Matador)

23. Dillard & Clark – The Fantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark