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« Jan 19, 2021 19:15:30 GMT »
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I managed to dig out a few scratchy, slightly drunk videos from that night. The atmosphere was a bit special. It moistens the old peepers.

Let's Dance



Modern Love



Life on Mars (this was ACE)



Under Pressure



Let's Dance again. The amp gave up, so this dude got up on the public khazi and led the singalong.



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« Jan 21, 2021 9:11:49 GMT » -
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Shakira would not make my 200xs list


49 .- Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp (2016, #7)



The only thing against this I can say is the length, it’s simply too short to gain a higher spot on my list, but it’s one of those records I genuinely love every time it’s on. The production is amazing for a lofi record, specially the way it suits the needs of each song. The initial lyrics of 'In Heaven' are devastating, it breaks my heart everytime I hear it. Then 'Everybody Wants To Love You' sounds so cheery. Truth is the record is at least as sad as this thread (before this surprising resumption)




never heard of her. Checked some stuff of hers out, and now I almost bought this album on cd, old school as I am.


Great stuff overall, Barny


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« Jan 24, 2021 7:11:00 GMT »
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I loooovvveee Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

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« Jan 24, 2021 7:27:11 GMT »
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I managed to dig out a few scratchy, slightly drunk videos from that night. The atmosphere was a bit special. It moistens the old peepers.

Beautiful scenes Titch. I remember considering going up there... but it was January and cold & I assumed the police would have moved everyone on by the time I got there :D What a tribute.

I remember being at work and we had the radio on real low and my manager said "Did I just hear that right, Bowie's dead?" to which i replied "nah fuck off, he's got a new album out, probably mentioning that". It was bizarre WTF moment, can only compare it to hearing Cobain was dead via Kurt Loder on MTV news. Looking back, I guess that wasn't a huge shock but as a kid it was the first death I'd ever experienced, I don't think I'd even known of any deaths in real life at that point. 

Still, Bowie's left us enough music to last a lifetime. Even if you've heard his entire back catalogue, there will always be a record or an era that you'll revisit and hear with fresh ears. Those 90's records, whilst often patchy offer so many different styles & ideas. Whenever I feel bummed he's gone I go back to those, even though I've heard them a bunch I always find something that grabs me that hadn't previously. Or I just stick Modern Love on repeat, probably one of the most stupidly joyous songs ever created. 

Sorry to hijack your thread with DEATH Barny, please continue  8-)  

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« Jan 24, 2021 8:24:31 GMT »
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Nah, I'm glad it's opening some conversation!

Now the 5 anniversary has passed I can't see them releasing an special edition in another "5 years" (wink), so I think I'll pick up the vinyl

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« Jan 31, 2021 15:35:37 GMT »
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92.Destroyer - Kaputt (2011, #24)



Saxophones never had it easy in modern rock, not until the 80s revival (which is lasting longer than the actual 80s) started to open the gates for them. Meanwhile, Bejar is probably an unbearable person, a smartass ranting around and using pretentious turns of phrase that don't make sense most of the time.

Besides or maybe because all that, Kaputt is a wonderfully crafted sophisti-pop curio, instrumentally rich and soothingly engaging. Even if it's influences aren't too hidden and its textures contributed hugely to the sound of the past decade, I feel there are not many records that can evoke the same ambience. The production is simply spotless, turning what initially looked like an ironic take on a démodé era into a successful double pirouette.

Suddenly people started unbuttoning their shirts, moving along slowly to cheesy music while sickly sweet coctails poured from expensive looking glasses. Ba, da, dum, bum, bum, ba, da, da, da.



I swear I had never seen the video for the title track and it funnily feels like a similar but different depiction of what I just wrote


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92.Destroyer - Kaputt (2011, #24)



Saxophones never had it easy in modern rock, not until the 80s revival (which is lasting longer than the actual 80s) started to open the gates for them. Meanwhile, Bejar is probably an unbearable person, a smartass ranting around and using pretentious turns of phrase that don't make sense most of the time.

Besides or maybe because all that, Kaputt is a wonderfully crafted sophisti-pop curio, instrumentally rich and soothingly engaging. Even if it's influences aren't too hidden and its textures contributed hugely to the sound of the past decade, I feel there are not many records that can evoke the same ambience. The production is simply spotless, turning what initially looked like an ironic take on a démodé era into a successful double pirouette.

Suddenly people started unbuttoning their shirts, moving along slowly to cheesy music while sickly sweet coctails poured from expensive looking glasses. Ba, da, dum, bum, bum, ba, da, da, da.



I swear I had never seen the video for the title track and it funnily feels like a similar but different depiction of what I just wrote


I love that album Barny. It has an atmosphere all of it's own. It feels like a soundtrack to a debauched night in 80s soho or Berlin.


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« Jun 22, 2021 18:37:31 GMT »
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Fuck me, February was a lifetime ago...

38 .- Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See (2011, #2)



"I poured my aching heart into a pop song, I couldn't get the hang of poetry" I'll never understand the way well crafted soft pop songs are so badly considered. Truth is this record suffered a lot of undeserved backlash and it's probably my second favourite by them. Maybe the early singles (Chair, Brick) were a bit misleading and dumb-fun-ish, but the rest of the record with Alex crooning under warm tones and melodic finesse is simply so pleasing and comforting. Most of all, here they're particularly fun and charming which is easy to overlook but always welcome, and the arrogance and quiffs hadn't landed yet. This model shagging shit might not happen on the streets of Sheffield but so what?



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