My top ten albums of 2009

10. The Fiery Furnaces — I’m Going Away It wouldn’t be an end-of-year music roundup from me without something related to The Fiery Furnaces appearing on the list. And here it is: I’m Going Away. This is probably the lowest they have appeared in my end-of-year list since I discovered them. Not that I’m Going […]

Music of 2008: Top ten

10. Stereolab — Chemical Chords This is more or less what you would expect from Stereolab. Fantastically jaunty and slightly idiosyncratic pop songs. This is hardly Stereolab’s best album (and I say that as someone who has only heard three of them), but it is a joy nonetheless. 9. David Byrne and Brian Eno — […]

The Fiery Furnaces — Remember

You wouldn’t expect The Fiery Furnaces to do anything in the conventional way. When their debut album, Gallowsbird’s Bark, was released in 2003, they were seen almost as being part of the same scene as The White Stripes. There was the bluesy-rock element to the thing, then the fact that both bands were a brother–sister […]

Music of 2007: #10–#4

At last! I have got round to the top ten. Was it worth it? Probably not. Next (i.e. this) year, I am only doing the top 20, I swear… 10. Hanne Hukkelberg — Rykestrasse 68 A neat album of playfully experimental jazzy folky songs. The interesting but subtle use of found sounds makes Rykestrasse 68 […]

What I listened to in 2007

I am a bit late with my ranking of albums of 2007. I know it’s the new year and it’s not very fashionable to be looking back once the new year has begun. But unlike some people — who publish their lists in early December or sometimes even mid-November — I like to wait until […]

My ten favourite albums of 2006

So here it is at last, my top ten. As always, you’ll have to press play every 30 seconds on the audio clips. 10. Franz Ferdinand — The Fallen / L. Wells Okay, so this isn’t an album, but did you want me to call this post “my ten favourite albums and / or singles […]

Matthew Friedberger interview

There’s an interesting interview in Pitchfork with Matthew Friedberger from The Fiery Furnaces. The Fiery Furnaces are one of my favourite bands at the moment. I’m so glad that a crazy band like that can exist. Friedberger comes across as a little bit weird in the interview. By that I mean he seems very dogmatic. […]

The Fiery Furnaces — Bitter Tea

Every time I buy a new record by The Fiery Furnaces, I’m never quite sure what to expect. They have quite a madcap sound and tracks constantly change in direction, which is sure to keep you on your toes. Despite this, though, their sound remains remarkably consistent from album to album (give or take the […]

Seven songs and non songs

I tried to bugger off yesterday, but you won’t leave me alone. For I’ve been tagged! List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they are any good, but they must be songs you are really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your […]