Mouse on Mars – “Catching Butterflies With Hand”

Mouse on Mars is a quirky electronic outfit that’s been around for a while; Idiology came out ages ago. It’s not full of music I like, but it’s got a few gems on it like this one. Give it a minute, it starts out pretty weird.


Augie March – “Heartbeat and Sails”
Sunset Studies

Augie March’s Sunset Studies is a far cry from the masterpiece that is Strange Bird, but it’s got some fantastic tracks on it. This isn’t really representative of them, but it’s a great song – I love the metronomic beat of the banjo.


Blood On The Wall – “Lightning Song”

Loved this song as soon as I heard it. Blood On The Wall are hit-or-miss, but they can hit pretty hard, particularly when the lady is singing instead of the guy. I love that “Lightning Song” is exactly the length and depth it wants to be – it’s just a perfectly crafted song.


The Lovely Feathers – “Lowiza”
Fantasy of the Lot

Compared with Hind Hind Legs, this album is very tame. Of course, an exploding fireworks factory is tame next to Hind Hind Legs. But the pieces that made it great are still there. Great melody, fun lyrics delivered well, and a feeling that they’re not taking it that seriously. I’ve only listened through it two or three times and it’s already growing on me.


Lovage – “To Catch A Thief”
Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By

I love this album, though you have to be in the mood for it. This track and “Strangers on a Train” are the best. Jennifer Charles’ vocals are ridiculous (only topped by Mike Patton on other tracks).


Johann Sebastian Bach, “Sonata in G, Andante”

Love this track. I saw it performed live in London by a very good pair of musicians and they really killed it. This version is good but the performers combined the mathematical precision with a bit of life to make something more of it.


The Fruit Bats – “Seaweed”

I love the guitar in this song. So calming. This is a great album, by the way, one of the few albums I have with a distinct twang to it. I’m okay with that.


Field Music – “You’re Not Supposed To”
Write Your Own History

This album is a great little collection of b-sides and early songs by a band I didn’t even know existed. They’ve got a unique sound going on though, a sort of cross between Tunng and The Lovely Feathers.


Bibio – “Dopplerton”
Vignetting the Compost

V. good. The playful electronics of later Minotaur Shock crossed with the jangly guitars of the Fruit Bats. Repetitive to be sure, but cheerful and hypnotic.


The Beatles – “Revolution”
Hey Jude Single

This version is awesome. I heard it on the radio ages ago but only recently realized it was a “real” version.