Thanks to everyone who contributed to last week’s very interesting playlist thread. If you haven’t had a look, there’s some good talk about the Radiohead and REM albums; dubious thanks to John E, who successfully encouraged/goaded me into unpacking a good month or two’s worth of irritation with regard to “Collapse Into Now”. Better now.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to last week’s very interesting playlist thread. If you haven’t had a look, there’s some good talk about the Radiohead and REM albums; dubious thanks to John E, who successfully encouraged/goaded me into unpacking a good month or two’s worth of irritation with regard to “Collapse Into Now”. Better now.



Moving on, another slightly sketchy list this week: not sure what’s happening, but I seem to be hitting a bit of a lull at the moment, where even stuff I’d expect to like (the Peaking Lights album, for instance) isn’t quite doing it for me. I blame the cricket.

As I write, the doubtless hyped Jamie Woon album is on, and Mark has just suggested that the genre of post-XX music (James Blake, Woon etc) should be called Night Bus. Or Bus-step, maybe?… Canada vs Pakistan it is.

1 Wild Beasts – Smother (Domino)

2 Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor (Light In The Attic)

3 Damon & Naomi – False Beats And True Hearts (Broken Horse)

4 Peaking Lights – 936 (Not Not Fun)

5 Various Artists – Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago (Numero Group)

6 Various Artists – Before The Fall (Ace)

7 Various Artists – Ace Story Volume Three (Ace)

8 The Pierces – You & I (Polydor)

9 Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)

10 Eternal Tapestry – Beyond The 4th Door (Thrill Jockey)

11 Murphy Blend – First Loss (Esoteric)

12 Louvin Brothers – Church Of Louvin (Righteous)

13 L/O/N/G – American Primitive (Glitterhouse)

14 Can – Future Days (Spoon)

15 Link Wray – Wray’s Three Track Shack (Acadia)

16 Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting (Polydor)