More stuff about the music and stories on this weekâs Melodica.
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THAT FUZZY FEELING: STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS – NO ONE IS (AS I ARE BE)
This week’s tune of the week is taken from the new Jicks album Mirror Traffic. Producer Beck has kept Malkmus’s proggy tendencies in check to make a great album of angular, melodic, witty, gritty guitar music. The playing is as amazing as ever and the lyrics don’t disappoint. Check Senator, some kind of ironic modern anthem with the classic line – I know what the Senator wants, what the Senator wants is a blow job.
This tune is a lot more mellow than most of the album, the Jicks’s Pale Blue Eyes moment if you like.
Two fine but very different compilation albums this week.
MGMT have done the latest Late Night Tale, a collection of pretty mellow, mostly guitar based music that fits their style perfectly. Velvet Underground, Durutti Column, Felt, TV Personalities and Suicide all feature in the mix.
Also worth checking is the latest edition of Permanent Vacation’s series – If This Is House I Want My Money Back, another great collection of old school new school post-house house.
JUSTUS KOHNCKE’S COVER VERSIONS-
Top electronic producer Justus Kohncke is re-releasing his album of electropop cover versions that first came out in 1999. The album, Spiralen der Erinerung features such magic moments as his cover of Wings’ Let Em In and a great version of Janis Ian’s 70’s angst classic At Seventeen. All sounding as great as ever.
ULRICH TROYER – SOUNDS FOR WILLIAM
Ulrich Troyer’s album of experimental electronic dub comes with chapter one of a graphic novel dedicated to William, who turns out to be a guitar stomp box. All the tracks on the album are made with real metal analogue gear.
Grace Jones has returned to the source of her most iconic images, photographer Jean-Paul Goude for her latest project Hurricane Dub, which is, as you might have guessed, a dub version of her last album, Hurricane.