heard on the wire

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Architecture and Morality 1

A recent post that celebrated having finally listened to a record I bought five years ago has given me an idea. The idea is to take a vinyl record from the shelves, scan the sleeve in a decent resolution and post the images alongside some cuts from the plastic they encased.

Architecture and Morality was the third LP by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark and proved to be their most successful, selling three million copies and spawning three hit singles, two of which deserve to be listed among the finest of all time.

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Bring me the head of Justin Bieber

Bring Me the Head of Justin Bieber is the title track of an EP by The Bordellos, who describe their music as alternative indie pop noise from the north of England. Like a great deal of good recorded music these days, the record is available through the increasingly fantastic Bandcamp, guaranteeing that a fair wedge of your purchase price—in this case it’s pay-what-you-want—goes directly to the artist.

Justin Bieber, on the other hand, is a hugely talented Canadian singer and the Bordellos’ song is an expression of envy at the boy-man’s phenomenal contribution to 21st century culture. Or perhaps not.

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Trying to spread some hope into your heart


I recently set a personal record for the longest time between buying a record and getting round to listening to it. This particular record was purchased in a San Francisco record store in March 2008 and consigned to the bottom of a suitcase, before standing, forgotten, amid ranks of closely stacked vinyl.

Featuring an unlikely collaboration between Australian instrumentalists Dirty Three and US masters-of-slow Low, In the FishTank 7 was, as the name suggests, the seventh record in a series of Fishtank sessions recorded by Konkurrent, a Benelux record distributor. Add a Neil Young song to that mix and something lovely was bound to happen.

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Hannah Montana does the african savannah


Now that’s a search engine-friendly way to mark a return from this blog’s semi-enforced hiatus — work, life and travel are such inconvenient priorities — and what better way than this track from a veteran of these pages?

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ latest LP, Push the Sky Away, is a reassuring return to form by Australia’s greatest export, following 2004’s uninspiring though critically acclaimed Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus and the largely forgettable 2008 offering, Dig, Lazarus, Dig.

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