Thanks for your forbearance and kind words with regard to Joanna Newsom; it’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts as you hear and live with “Have One On Me” for a while.

Thanks for your forbearance and kind words with regard to Joanna Newsom; it’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts as you hear and live with “Have One On Me” for a while.



Now that cloak-and-dagger operation is resolved, I’m embarking on another one, as you can see below, in response to a promo CD sleeve with the legend, “For print review only – Do not blog, tweet or write about this album online until after release date.” Apologies in advance for a few more weeks of teasing and evasion.

Anyhow, this week’s list; mostly pretty good, with a few selections from our private archives mixed in. Kind of wish I’d brought some Richard Thompson today, to celebrate the excellent news that he’s curating Meltdown this summer.

NME Awards tonight. Wish me luck; maybe I’ll piece together some kind of report tomorrow.

1 Kraftwerk – Kraftwerk (Germanofon)

2 Prins Thomas – Prins Thomas (Full Pupp)

3 Sleepy Sun – Fever (ATP Recordings)

4 Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City)

5 Disappears – Lux (Kranky)

6 Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance (Heathen)

7 Tracey Thorn – Love And Its Opposite (Strange Feeling)

8 Roky Erickson With Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil (Chemikal Underground)

9 The Probably Obligatory New Mystery Record (Not Quite As Big A Deal As The Last One, Frankly)

10 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Good Son (Mute)

11 Stornoway – I Saw You Blink (?)

12 Rainy Day – Rainy Day (Enigma)

13 The New Pornographers – Together (Matador)

14 Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 (Light In The Attic)

15 Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do (PIAS)

16 Kenny Graham & His Satellites – Moondog And Suncat Suites (Trunk)