A startling amount of responsible journalism behind this week’s playlist: we’ve had a bit of a session getting up to speed on a bunch of mainstream 2010 tips; discovered Lil Wayne should’ve probably stuck to hip hop; tried again to stay awake through the Midlake album and generally done our jobs more or less properly, I suppose.

A startling amount of responsible journalism behind this week’s playlist: we’ve had a bit of a session getting up to speed on a bunch of mainstream 2010 tips; discovered Lil Wayne should’ve probably stuck to hip hop; tried again to stay awake through the Midlake album and generally done our jobs more or less properly, I suppose.



Consequently, I guess regular readers might find less here to interest them than usual, (though I can belatedly recommend Oneohtrix Point Never, Harappian Night Recordings and Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides). If anyone’s still in the mood for guessing games after last week’s shenanigans, feel free to try and work out which one of all these I liked least.

More edifyingly, I’m not often a fan of similes in music criticism, but this stood out when I was re-reading Anthony Powell the other day: “’I know nothing of music,’ Barnby had, in turn, once remarked, ‘but Hugh Moreland’s accompaniment to that film sounded to me like a lot of owls quarrelling in a bicycle factory.’”

I’ve been racking my brain for some music that would fit such a brilliant description. Any ideas? I’d take it as a positive rather than a negative, of course…

1 Oneohtrix Point Never – Rifts (No Fun)

2 That Record Again

3 The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You (American)

4 High Places – High Places Vs Mankind (Thrill Jockey)

5 John Hiatt – The Open Road (New West)

6 Ellie Goulding – Album Sampler (Polydor)

7 Marina & The Diamonds – The Family Jewels (679)

8 FJ McMahon – Spirit Of The Golden Juice (Rev-Ola)

9 The Drums – Summertime (Moshi Moshi)

10 Lil Wayne – Rebirth (Island)

11 Midlake – The Courage Of Others (Bella Union)

12 Apple Boutique – Love Resistance (Vollwert)

13 Egyptian Hip Hop – Wild Human Child (Hit Club)

14 Goldheart Assembly – Wolves And Thieves (Fierce Panda)

15 Various Artists – Forbidden Planets: Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound (Chrome Dreams)

16 Harappian Night Recordings – The Glorious Gongs Of Hainuwele (Bo’Weavil)

17 Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides – 1 (Myspace)

18 She And Him – Volume Two (Domino)

19 Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave (Lost Highway)