Chart for stowaways – 1 September 2017

Here’s the updated album chart:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  4. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  5. Erasure – World Be Gone
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
  10. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
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Chart for stowaways – 19 August 2017

Here are this week’s top albums:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  3. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  4. Erasure – World Be Gone
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  6. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  7. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  10. Pet Shop Boys – Format

Chart for stowaways – 5 August 2017

Here are the top ten albums right now:

  1. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  2. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  3. Erasure – World Be Gone
  4. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  10. New Order – Music Complete

Chart for stowaways – 22 July 2017

Here’s the latest album chart:

  1. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  2. Erasure – World Be Gone
  3. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  4. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  5. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  7. New Order – Music Complete
  8. New Order – Lost Sirens
  9. Saint Etienne – Good Humor
  10. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

Chart for stowaways – 8 July 2017

These are the top albums right now:

  1. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  2. Erasure – World Be Gone
  3. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  4. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  5. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  7. New Order – Music Complete
  8. New Order – Lost Sirens
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre – Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
  10.  Erasure – Hits! The Very Best of

Begin again – revisiting the beginner’s guides

In all, between 2014 and 2015, this blog posted 66 beginner’s guides. The idea was to present six things:

  • Key moments – why you might have heard of these people before
  • Where to start – my thoughts on which of their albums to buy or listen to first
  • What to buy – the three items you should track down next
  • Don’t bother with – an item that is probably best avoided, or definitely should wait until you graduate to the level of completist
  • Hidden treasure – one song that’s hidden away somewhere and should be located at all costs
  • For stowaways – some collected highlights from their posts on this blog

They were very popular – in fact, for a long time, Depeche Mode‘s was the most popular post on this blog, and while that does suggest to me that it reached the wrong audience slightly, it’s still a good thing. They were also divisive – inevitably, people disagreed with a lot of what I wrote and told me so in angry or passive-aggressive ways. This is the internet, after all.

So what’s happened since they were written? Here are some highlights:

  • Air released a vinyl-only box set called Music for Museum, which you can probably skip for now
  • Conjure One released Holoscenic, which is nearly as good as their debut album, so is probably worth tracking down
  • Crystal Castles came back with a new lineup – I haven’t heard it yet, but the feedback seemed positive
  • Depeche Mode returned with the fantastic Spirit. You wouldn’t want to start with it, but it should be high on the list
  • Erasure keep churning albums out every couple of years, and finally seem to have returned to the consistent quality of the late 1980s and early 1990s
  • Goldfrapp have a new album, but it’s not quite as good as the previous one
  • The Human League have a new best of to consider, A Very British Synthesizer Group
  • Hot Chip keep throwing out great albums every time you turn your back for a moment
  • Jean Michel Jarre has managed three fantastic new albums: the two Electronica volumes and Oxygène 3
  • Kraftwerk now have a diverting live collection to consider
  • New Order now have the fantastic Music Complete to add to the list, which wouldn’t be a bad thing to add to the “what to buy” list either
  • Pet Shop Boys brought us the lovely Super
  • Röyksopp reappeared with two albums, Do It Again and The Inevitable End, before taking what looked at the time like an early retirement
  • Saint Etienne reissued their reissue series and just came back with Home Counties

You can find the index to all the beginner’s guides here.

Chart for stowaways – 24 June 2017

Here are the albums this week:

  1. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  2. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  3. Erasure – World Be Gone
  4. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  5. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  6. New Order – Music Complete
  7. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  8. New Order – Lost Sirens
  9. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
  10. Gorillaz – Humanz