As some of you guessed last week, Neil Young’s exceptional “Le Noise” was one of the mystery records in Playlist 34. I’ve now got clearance to blog about it so, all being well, I’ll post something here tomorrow, deadlines permitting. As you can see, “Le Noise” isn’t the only auspicious arrival this week.

As some of you guessed last week, Neil Young’s exceptional “Le Noise” was one of the mystery records in Playlist 34. I’ve now got clearance to blog about it so, all being well, I’ll post something here tomorrow, deadlines permitting. As you can see, “Le Noise” isn’t the only auspicious arrival this week.



But a quick heads-up on two less heralded records. Koen Holtkamp is half of Mountains, and his solo effort is very much in the same airspace, while the new Steve Gunn album, in the company of freeish drummer John Truscinski, is a Sandy Bullish killer. More on both of these as soon as I get a chance. I suppose we should probably have a conversation about Sufjan Stevens at some point, too?

1 Wooden Wand – Death Seat (Young God)

2 Bob Dylan – The Witmark Demos 1962-1964: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 (Columbia)

3 Koen Holtkamp – Gravity/Bees (Thrill Jockey)

4 Another Mystery Album

5 The Sexual Objects – Cucumber (Creeping Bent)

6 Neil Young – Le Noise (Reprise)

7 The Pre New – The Pre New Anthem (Youtube)

8 Voice Of The Seven Thunders/Andrew Liles – The Blue Comet Mixes (Tchantinler)

9 Zombie Zombie – Plays John Carpenter (Versatile)

10 Cam Deas – Blind Chance (Blackest Rainbow)

11 The Creole Choir Of Cuba – Tande-La (Real World)

12 Steve Gunn/John Truscinski Duo – Sand City (Three Lobed Recordings)

13 Steve Gunn – Boerum Palace (Three Lobed Recordings)

14 Sharon Van Etten – Epic (Ba Da Bing)

15 DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us/I’ve Been Trying (Island)

16 Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy (Souterrain Transmissions)

17 Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty)