One of a bunch of interesting Record Store Day exclusives just turned up for this week’s playlist; a lovely EP from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy that involves Jonathan Wilson in some capacity, and features covers of Leon Russell and Merle Haggard.
A friend just emailed to say it had made him rethink his long-held antipathy towards Will Oldham, and wondered what he should play next. I sent him a long list of recommendations, and found myself inevitably turning to my favourite Oldham record, as you’ll see below. If you fancy helping him out, leave your suggestions in the Facebook comments box.
As luck would have it, anyway, an unusually revealing interview with Will Oldham is one of the highlights of a very packed new issue of Uncut, out today or thereabouts in the UK. Dexys are on the cover, and it also features Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, John Lydon, Bob Seger, Peter Hook, Bruce Springsteen, Pulp, Kevin Shields, a great piece on “Nuggets”, Sharon Van Etten, Afghan Whigs, Beachwood Sparks and something by me on Damon Albarn’s “Dr Dee”. Let me know how it all reads, if you have a chance.
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2 Birds Of Maya – Ready To Howl (Richie/Testoster Tunes)
3 Arnaldo Antunes/Edgard Scandurra/Toumani Diabaté – A Curva Da Cintura (Mais Um Discos)
5 Pat Murano & Tom Carter – Natch 4 (http://natchmusic.tumblr.com/)
6 Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse (In The Red)
7 The Silver Jews – Early Times 1990-91 (Drag City)
8 The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Big Moon Ritual (Silver Arrow)
9 C Joynes – Congo (Bo’Weavil)
10 Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night And Day (Yep Roc)
11 Hot Chip – In Our Heads (Domino)
12 Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
14 Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute)
15 Animal Collective – Transverse Temporal Gyrus (Domino)
16 Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends (Warner Bros)
17 Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Wie Das Wispern Des Windes (Bureau B)
18 Bonnie Prince Billy – Hummingbird EP (Spiritual Pajamas)
19 Palace – West Palm Beach/Gulf Shores (Drag City)
20 Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (Rough Trade)