A few anxious messages these past few days, enquiring about the new Wilco album. For various reasons (not least because I have a stream rather than a download), I haven’t been able to play it and concentrate on it as much as I’d like, so I’m reluctant to say too much at this point.

A few anxious messages these past few days, enquiring about the new Wilco album. For various reasons (not least because I have a stream rather than a download), I haven’t been able to play it and concentrate on it as much as I’d like, so I’m reluctant to say too much at this point.



Seems to be one of those albums, though, where one or two tracks come impressively into focus with each play, and the sound is kind of evolved from previous Wilco albums. “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)”, at this point, is amazing.

Bear with me, anyhow; positive vibes right now. Likewise for PG Six, Sun Araw, Fool’s Gold and Laura Marling, the last of those making me suspect I should’ve spent more time with her previous albums than I did. In the archive department, Light In The Attic on a hot streak, and great pleasures to be found in the Screaming Trees’ ill-starred late ‘90s attempt to make one last album. Here you go…

1 Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm)

2 PG Six – Starry Mind (Drag City)

3 Other Lives – Tamer Animals (PIAS)

4 Brian Olive – Two Of Everything (Alive!)

5 Sun Araw – Ancient Romans (Drag City)

6 Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (Virgin)

7 Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas (Surfdog)

8 Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974 (Light In The Attic)

9 Screaming Trees – Last Words: The Final Recordings (Sunyata Music)

10 Augustus Pablo – Ital Dub (Get On Down)

11 James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg – Avos (Tompkins Square)

12 Charles ‘Packy’ Axton – Late Late Party 1965-1967 (Light In The Attic)

13 Fool’s Gold – Leave No Trace (Iamsound)