Biggish news this week, with the arrival of Neil Young’s new album, “Fork In The Road”, Neil’s collaboration with Booker T and The Drive-By Truckers, and the second solo joint by ex-Trucker Jason Isbell, which makes me feel like I’ve been moving in ever decreasing circles for the past couple of days.

Biggish news this week, with the arrival of Neil Young’s new album, “Fork In The Road”, Neil’s collaboration with Booker T and The Drive-By Truckers, and the second solo joint by ex-Trucker Jason Isbell, which makes me feel like I’ve been moving in ever decreasing circles for the past couple of days.



Not convinced what I think of any of these thus far, but I can unequivocally recommend the new Wooden Shjips and Raphael Saadiq albums. I also feel the need to listen to Friendly Fires properly, after dismissing them pretty hastily sometime last year. They were an unexpected highlight of the NME Awards last night, with a lot of samba school drumming, carnival dancers (a day late for Fat Tuesday of course, but whatever) and glitter cannons.

In comparison, the Blur reunion – or more accurately the Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon acoustic jam – was shaky and understated, considering the blousy potential of “This Is A Low”, and probably all the more affecting for being that way.

I’m now rinsing out the office with the new Boredoms EP. My God, the Lindstrom remix is levitational.

1 Peter Walker – Spanish Guitar (Birdman)

2 The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique: 20th Anniversary Edition (Capitol)

3 Sleepy Sun – Embrace (ATP Recordings)

4 Alasdair Roberts – Spoils (Drag City)

5 Nathan Fake – Hard Islands (Border Community)

6 Heartless Bastards – The Mountain (Fat Possum)

7 Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)

8 Neil Young – Fork In The Road (Reprise)

9 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Transgressive)

10 Booker T With Drive-By Truckers And Neil Young – Potato Hole (Anti-)

11 Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (Special Edition) (EMI)

12 The Lonely Island – Incredibad (Universal Republic)

13 The Rockingbirds – The Rockingbirds (Heavenly)

14 Wooden Shjips – DoS (Holy Mountain)

15 Richard Swift – The Atlantic Ocean (Secretly Canadian)

16 Faust – C’est Com. . . Com. . . Compliqué (BB 21)

17 The Dukes Of Stratosphear – Psonic Psunspot (Ape House)

18 Art Brut – Art Brut Vs Satan (Cooking Vinyl)

19 Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It (Columbia)

20 Bob Mould – Life And Times (Anti-)

21 Smoke Fairies – Living With Ghosts (Music For Heroes)

22 Boredoms – Super Roots 10 (Avex Trax)