Some unusual and intriguing releases in November. Let’s start with Thought Gang, the jazz project of Twin Peaks collaborators David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. It’s as messed up as you would expect from these two but there’s just enough narrative in the music to keep it together (just).
Sun Kil Moon‘s jazz-blues-folk-rock effort This is My Dinner also sees vocalist Mark Kozelek employing a stream of consciousness approach throughout the tracks, which is for the most part, very enjoyable.
Most interesting of all was Slovenian industro avant-garde band Laibach‘s take on The Sound of Music (yes, that one). What could easily be dismissed as a novelty actually has some very interesting reworks of the very familiar tunes, and then suddenly goes off on a tangent about North Korea halfway through Maria/Korea from which it never returns. Still hugely entertaining.
A quick mention for The Prodigy. New album No Tourists doesn’t see them push any boundaries beyond the punk-rave genre they invented, but when it’s this good, who really cares.
Top pick this month, really shouldn’t be there. When I was compiling this review I had committed to making it about original albums. No live shows, no compliations, no reissues etc. But Robert Hood‘s DJ Kicks mix is just so damn good that it couldn’t be ignored. This is a classic slice of Detroit Techno that pushes all my buttons. As soon as you stick it on you’re transported to a sweaty all-night (possibly illegal) rave and you just don’t ever want it to stop. For me, this was everything that was joyous and hedonistic about music in my youth and I am clearly still mad for it.
Top 10 November 2018
1: Robert Hood – DJ Kicks
Standout track: Just listen to it all
2: Laibach – The Sound of Music
Standout track: My Favorite Things
3: Cuts – A Gradual Decline
Standout track: A Gradual Decline
4: The Prodigy – No Tourists
Standout track: Tomebomb Zone
5: Thought Gang – Thought Gang
Standout track: One Dog Bark
6: Big Lad – Pro Rock
Standout track: Eating Food and Fighting Wizards
7: audiobooks – Now! (in a minute)
Standout track: Dance Your Life Away
8: Big Joanie – Sistahs
Standout track: Fall Asleep
9: The Limiñanas – I’ve Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2
Standout track: The Mirror (feat. Kirk Lake)
10: Sun Kil Moon – This Is My Dinner
Standout track: This Is Not Possible