singles by choice
(albums when it's necessary)
9 February 2007
(listening through speakers)Linn LP12
Linn Ittok LVII
Linn Arkiv
TAG McLaren CDT20R / Chord DAC64
TEAD Microgroove Plus
Linn Exotik
Linn LK140 (x3)
Linn Espek

I heard something by these on the radio once, and it was amazing. I’ve no idea what it was, because none of the stuff I’ve picked up by them since has been particularly good at all. The a-side of this sounds like the Delgados without the girl (who was the best thing about the Delgados. Sorry I don’t remember her name.), and therefore is okay. Side b makes me think of Brian McMahon doing guest vocals on a Buffalo Tom album track, and is rather boring.

3

Third single from their dead good, but badly recorded Let’s Get Out of This Country LP. Like the rest of the album, listening to this is rather like looking closely at something in a blizzard.

This is one of the only songs on the album that doesn’t make me wish the bloke who used to sing was still singing with them. The b-side is a cover of I Love How You Love Me, which is excellent, but not as good as the Rose Melberg version on that Patty Duke Fanzine record.

I can’t easily tell you how much I want to go to America and see Camera Obscura supporting The Essex Green. Alas, I don’t have a lot of money, and am scared of flying.

4

Wilfully difficult in that the screenprinted sleeve is glued shut, and can’t be opened without damaging it (I still haven’t opened that mummified Bearsuit thing), and that the sides are unlabelled. Drums in one speaker, guitar in another is also quite difficult, if not madenning on a Walkman type device. Then it goes all funny and electronic on the other side, whilst still maintaining full use of the stereo image.

3

All very modern sounding, but I’m not sure there’s anything very new in here. It’s a bit of a mish-mash of things that remind me of The Strokes, The Walkmen, and maybe even the tamer moments of Cows or the Jesus Lizard. (I’m not sure where that comes from, but that’s what it reminds me of.) Short and to the point, but what exactly is the point?

2

Starts off sounding like Tricity Tiara by John Sims, then this flat, tuneless, Teutonic sounding singing starts and it all sounds a bit cliched and stereotypical. B-side sounds like a cheap keyboard German version of Echo and the Bunnymen.

2

How do you describe Clinic? Well, I suppose if the person you’re talking to has heard Clinic, then you don’t really have to. If they haven’t tell them to listen to Clinic. Get anything. This one will do.

4

This reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what. It’s probably something middle-of-the-road from the back end of the nineteen seventies. It’s cosy, friendly, slightly cheesy, and fairly good.

3

Bright yellow vinyl, and kind of interesting, but somehow disappointing. I think I expected it to be more insane and noisy, and was in the mood for something like that. It’s awful when you listen to a record, think “yes, that was pretty good”, then put it on the shelf knowing you’ll never play it again. I don’t want that to sound dismissive, but with a few thousand records in the house, it happens. Sorry Errors.

2

I think I’ve got these mixed up with someone else, because I thought they were Japanese, which is plainly wrong. It turns out to be reasonably bouncy girl fronted indie, which I quite enjoyed.

2