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Get into the Groove

Posted by Ali Johnson on

We’ve asked our resident vinyl junkie and occasional pop picker, Phil to give us the low down on the best new releases for Record Store Day (18th April). Put the needle to the record...and enjoy.

And in no particular order they are......

The Replacements: Alex Chilton An E.P. pulled from the wonderful Pleased To Meet Me long player. For further listening check out their Let It Be album and beyond.

TOY and Jane Weaver: Fell From The Sun  / H. Hawkline: It’s A Drag TOY and Jane Weaver, what’s not to like. Jane Weaver’s latest album The Silver Globe should be on the National Curriculum... along with TOY’s. Don’t know too much about H. Hawkline (apart from an abundance of hair) but I’m more than willing to find out.

Crispy Ambulance: Compulsion The best group to appear on Factory Records... apart from Joy Division... and New Order.... and errr Happy Mondays.

Young Knives: Something Awful Leicestershire’s finest team up with rock royalty (Savages, Hot Chip, Hugh Cornwell etc) to bring us ‘something awfully good’.

The Pre New: Speed Queen From the people who gave us the truly wonderful World of Twist & Earl Brutus. (RIP Mr Ogden & Mr Sanderson, your talents were wasted down here).

Sleaford Mods: Tiswas EP Worth splashing out your pocket money for the sleeve alone.

Musical image interlude:

And breath....

Riddles: Psychedelic Power Engine Iron Claw Thunder Mistress Haven’t a clue who these are but with a title like that who cares.

Pere Ubu: Elitism for the People, Pere Ubu 1975-78 Everyone loves a bit of Pere Ubu to brighten up their day.... 

Midlake: Live in Denton Live in Denton!!! At first I thought Denton, East Manchester and how on earth did I miss this historic event.... then I realised it was Denton, Texas. Panic over.

Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible One of Wales finest bring us their finest, this time on picture disc. Almost good enough to eat. 

Johnny Marr: I Feel You It’s Johnny Marr, nuff said.

Blue Mountain Eagle: Blue Mountain Eagle Think Grateful Dead fronted by Stephen Stills with Jimmy Page at the controls and you’re halfway there.

Amorphous Androgynous: A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) - The Wizards of Oz These guys take my record collection and put in it a spin-dryer on full to make their compilations. Just make sure you hang out your mind to air after listening. This time they bring us tunes from down-under, thankfully sans Men At Work.

Dexys Midnight Runners: Don’t Stand Me Down It’s 12 inch and it’s purple... that’s the record not Mr Kevin Rowland’s tie.

Alex Chilton: Jesus Christ From the god-like-genius who brought us Big Star. The title sums it up.


- Phil Skegg (Founding Member of Dorothy, Collector of Icelandic Prog Rock Vinyl and Part-time Inventor of Novelty Crisps)

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