It's that time of year, the bi-annual disappointment of not
being as good at football to Germany. But whilst the German's may
be singing along to the utterly terrible Lukas
Podolski song, we've at least got the edge on football
So start panic buying St. George's Cross car flags, roll down
the windows and turn 'World In Motion' up nice and loud.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
It's taken god-knows-how-long and uncountable delays, project
shelvings and cancellations, but finally the MBV back catalogue has
got the remastered treatment that everyone has been waiting
All the EPs, 1988's 'Isn't Anything' and the seminal 'Loveless'
all get the reworks from Kevin Shields, also we are treated to a
new track called 'Good For You', recorded around 89.
The Magnetic Fields is the songwriting and recording project of
New York native and LA resident Stephin Merrit. Having existed
since the early nineties, it was 1999's triple-concept album '69
Love Songs' that broke them into the mainstream; after thirteen
years of listening I'm still digesting most of it. It's more
unwieldy than The Clash's 'Sandinista', some songs pack more humour
and wit into their two minutes than most songwriters manage to work
into their entire discography. The album's defined by Merrit's dry
humour and love songs that bend genre roles, with Merrit's voice
moving between the feminine and masculine, and exist in a timeless
state that shifts incongruously between the modern day and a
romanticised past somewhere between New York and Paris. New track
'Andrew In Drag' from his upcoming record 'Love At The Bottom Of
The Sea' returns to these obsessions and styles after released
three albums in the past decade comprising mainly guitar based
Below are two of his finest moments, one from 1994's 'Holiday'
album, the other from '69 Love Songs' although choosing just one
track is incredibly difficult. Both showcase his wit, oddness, and
subtley infectious songwriting ability.