Bit of a mixed bag here: let me enthusiastically flag the Secret Sisters, Wooden Wand, Dean McPhee, Imaad Wasif and The Fresh And Onlys, and maintain a dignified silence about a few of the other records on the playlist this week.

Bit of a mixed bag here: let me enthusiastically flag the Secret Sisters, Wooden Wand, Dean McPhee, Imaad Wasif and The Fresh And Onlys, and maintain a dignified silence about a few of the other records on the playlist this week.

Couple of other points. Just got the Animal Collective’s “Oddsac” DVD movie yesterday, and did, I guess, the last thing the band wants: put it on my computer, listened to the music and almost entirely ignored the visuals while I got on with my work. I can say that first impressions of the music are extremely good, even in isolation – it totally works that way. I’ll report back when I’ve spent proper time with the whole package, but maybe some of you have already seen it and can file a report?

Also, someone hooked me up with this clip of the Magic Band in full flight, which I love, not least for the fact that Beefheart appears to be the straightest man on the stage. Check it out if you have a moment.

1 Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (One-Four-Seven)

2 Carl Barat – Carl Barat (Arcady)

3 Secret Sisters – Big River/ Wabash Cannonball (Third Man)

4 Wooden Wand – Death Seat (Young God)

5 Captain Beefheart – I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby (Youtube)

6 Syl Johnson – Complete Mythology (Numero Group)

7 The Posies – Blood/Candy (Ryko)

8 ESG – Dance To The Best Of ESG (Island)

9 Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band – Anda Jaleo (Fire)

10 Various Artists – Auteur Labels: Factory Records 1987 (LTM)

11 Lester Flagg & Earl Scruggs – Folk Songs Of Our Land/Hard Travelin’ (T-Bird)

12 The Psychedelic Aliens – Psycho African Beat (Academy LPs)

13 Mt Desolation – Mt Desolation (Island)

14 Highlife – Best Bless (New High/Social Registry)

15 Animal Collective – Oddsac (Plexifilm)

16 Dean McPhee – Brown Bear (Blast First Petite)

17 The Fresh & Onlys – Play It Strange (In The Red)

18 Imaad Wasif – The Voidist (Tee Pee)