A bumper list this week, as the 2009 releases start arriving in the Uncut office. Not everything here is going down ecstatically, but a first listen to the new Fennesz album today suggests that one was well worth waiting for. In the continuing absence of those My Bloody Valentine reissues, let alone any unreleased material from Kevin Shields’ archives, “Black Sea” really deserves to bring Christian Fennesz to a wider audience, I think.

A bumper list this week, as the 2009 releases start arriving in the Uncut office. Not everything here is going down ecstatically, but a first listen to the new Fennesz album today suggests that one was well worth waiting for. In the continuing absence of those My Bloody Valentine reissues, let alone any unreleased material from Kevin Shields’ archives, “Black Sea” really deserves to bring Christian Fennesz to a wider audience, I think.



I’ll be writing more about that next week, all being well, and I promise I’ll try not to preface it with the usual load of anti-shoegazing invective. Also next week – Monday, to be specific – I should be posting a review of tonight’s Leonard Cohen show at the O2 Arena.

And while I’m on the subject of gigs, can I just draw your attention to the next Club Uncut? It’s been a while, but we have the excellent Wild Beasts headlining London’s Borderline club on November 26. Tickets still available, I think.

Oh, and apparently Endless Boogie will be in town the week after for a show at the Old Blue Last on December 4. Psyched, as you might imagine.

Adverts over. Here’s the main feature:

1 The Flaming Lips – Christmas On Mars (Warner Bros)

2 Cat Power – Dark End Of The Street (Matador)

3 Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light (Rough Trade)

4 La Dusseldorf – La Dusseldorf (Water)

5 Ocean – Pantheon Of The Lesser (Important)

6 TV On The Radio – Dancing Choose (4AD)

7 Gentle Friendly – Night Tape (No Pain In Pop)

8 Telepathe – Dance Mother (V2)

9 Various Artists – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind Volume 1: Cosmic Space Music (Platipus)

10 Nina Simone – To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (SonyBMG)

11 Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

12 Eagles Of Death Metal – Heart On (Downtown)

13 Ron Franklin – Ron Franklin (Alive)

14 Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon (Rhino)

15 Fennesz – Black Sea (Touch)

16 Nickel Eye – The Time Of The Assassins (Ryko)

17 Hunches – Exit Dreams (In The Red)

18 Clinic – Tomorrow (DFA Remix) (Domino)

19 The Mountainhood – Brother The Cloud (Self-released)

20 Bruce Haack – The Electric Lucifer (Omni)

21 The Irrepressibles – From The Circus To The Sea (?)

22 Jesca Hoop – Kismet Acoustic (Nettwerk)

23 Regenorchester XII: Franz Hautzinger/Christian Fennesz/Otomo Yoshohide/Luc Ex/Tony Buck – Town Down (Red Note)

24 Tanlines – New Flowers (Young Turks)

25 Various Artists – The Rapture: Tapes (!K7)