August 12, 2008

The Best Records You Can't Buy In A Record Store (Part 2).

As promised, here's part 2 of my "Best records you can't buy in a record store".

5. Mark Mulcahy - SmileSunset: Mircle Legion's former frontman/lead songwriter, ex-Polaris leader (little Pete's favorite band), and apparently Thom Yorke's idol; Mark Mulcahy is all the rage. SmileSunset is just quite possibly the most brilliant album of all time, featuring one of the widest scopes of minimalist jangle ever recorded, while seamlessly bricking over every single expectation set for him by his loyal indie-hipster followers. Listening to this album comparatively with, say, Miracle Legion's famed Surprise Surprise Surprise will immediately lend my seemingly over-glorifying description of Mulcahy's unexpected, yet warmly welcomed, shift from aggressive jangle rock to pensive jangle folk. Enjoy.
6. Shrimp Boat - Cavale: Yes, of course. Shrimp Boat - the predecessor to the greatest band to ever form, The Sea and Cake - was quite a strange little project of Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge's, ranging stylistically from alt country to jazz, to bluegrass and folk, to just plain weirdness, all conveniently cased within a soft indie rock shell. Other notable releases from this criminally unknown act include the massive four-disc compilation of live, unreleased and alternate recordings spanning their entire discography, 2004's Something Grand.
7. Sun City Girls - High Asia/Lo Pacific: Ominous, paranoid, chaotic and eccentric; these are the instruments used by Sun City Girls. This, their 9th and 10th volume of Carnival Folklore Resurrection, sees an ambient journey through Southeast Asia and the Middle East, complete with tribal chants and sitar medleys in abundance. You're lucky to locate a copy of this mind-blowing collection anywhere.

Well, our time has come to an end once again, sadly; don't fret, I'll be back with Part 3 soon. Get to work on these first seven, for now.

blog comments powered by Disqus

>> << <