Backlash aside, I always feel as though we should try and stir up a bit of excitement for this weekend’s Record Store Day, as we did in previous years. Here are some of the releases that caught my eye…
a-ha – Hits South America – five previously unreleased live tracks (12″ EP, 3,000 copies in the US, also in the UK and Germany)
Air – Casanova 70 – four remixes including two by Brendan Lynch (12″ “maxi transparent splatter vinyl”, Canada, UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (12″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands), TVC15 (7″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands), and I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles (12″ EP, 7,500 copies in the US, also Canada)
Cassius – Action EP and 8 Beats (both 12″x2, Germany only – the latter also in Canada)
Chvrches – Every Open Eye Remix EP (12″ EP, 5,000 copies in the US and Canada)
John Cooper Clarke – Ou est le Maison de Fromage (180g coloured vinyl, UK only)
Étienne de Crécy – Super Discount 1, Super Discount 2, and Super Discount 3 (all UK only, format not stated)
Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2xLP, 1,500 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands)
808 State – Pacific – three remixes (12″ EP, 2,000 copies in the US, also in the UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Europe – The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary – three tracks including new remix (12″ electric blue vinyl, UK only)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Rage Hard (The Making of a 12″) (12″ EP, 2,500 copies in the US, also in the UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
The Future Sound of London – Accelerator plus Andrew Weatherall remix of Papua New Guinea and Stolen Documents (black heavy weight LP in printed inner bag with hand-numbered 7″ vinyl, UK and Germany only)
Heaven 17 – (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (repressed 12″, Canada, UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Kings of Convenience – Quiet is the New Loud, Versus, and Riot on an Empty Street (LPs, UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Madonna – Like a Virgin & Other Hits (12″ pink vinyl, reissue of 1984 Japanese EP with Obi Strip, 4,500 copies in the US, also in Canada, the UK and Netherlands)
Mike Oldfield – Nuclear (7″ picture disc, Canada, UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
The Orb – The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (4xLP, UK and Netherlands)
The Residents – This is a Special DJ Record of The Residents’ Alleged Music. Please Do Not Steal It! Keep it at Your Station – We Need the Radio Airplay (LP, 1,500 copies in the US, also in Canada, the UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf – including remixes by The Grid (12″, Canada, UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Alan Partridge – Knowing Me, Knowing You (picture disc, UK only)
Doctor Who – Genesis of the Daleks (LP blue vinyl, 2,500 copies in the US, also in the UK, Germany, and Netherlands)
Dr. Who and the Daleks / Dr. Who – Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (LP box set, UK only)
Good luck trying to find any of those. More information for the US here, the UK here, Germany here, and various other countries here.
We’ve covered Erlend Øye‘s latter career already, but when he started out he was merely a member of a rather good acoustic duo, Kings of Convenience.
They managed a number of minor UK hits, with Failure, Toxic Girl, and I’d Rather Dance with You, but they’re definitely an album band.
Where to start
Start at the beginning with the brilliant Quiet is the New Loud (2001). If you never buy anything else, you do at least have a great chillout album.
What to buy
Follow up the debut with its companion remix album Versus (also 2001) for a very different perspective on many of the same tracks. That leaves the second and third albums Riot on an Empty Street (2004) and Declaration of Dependence (2009), neither of which quite has the charm of the first, but both have some great moments.
Don’t bother with
Any of the singles. Also, if you weren’t too sure about the second album, you might want to give the third one a miss – each one is marginally less memorable than its predecessor.
Velferd‘s free 2013 remix of unreleased Rule My World is great, if you can still find it floating around anywhere.
It’s always a pleasure to be able to hide the odd nine-minute gem in the middle of a radio show, such as the brilliant Virus Mix of Everything But The Girl‘s Lullaby of Clubland. Surprisingly, the webcam shows me looking relaxed in the extreme.
Show 31: Wed 9 Feb 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Massive Attack.
The Grid – Heartbeat
Trance Atlantic Air-Waves – Chase
Sylver – Take Me Back
The Human League – Love Me Madly?
Everything But The Girl – Lullaby of Clubland (Virus Mix)
The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Camouflage – The Great Commandment
Visage – Fade to Grey
Pet Shop Boys – How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? (Ragga Zone Remix)
For the seven-week Spring term of 2005, Music for the Masses returned with a Wednesday slot, and was an entirely relaxed affair, with the presenter sitting back and operating the controls with his legs crossed. Or maybe I was just posing for the webcam – it’s difficult to know for sure.
Show 30: Wed 2 Feb 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Retrospective of 2004, with predictions for 2005 (no artist of the week).
Kings of Convenience – Misread
Delerium feat. Zoë Johnston – You & I
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended Remix)
Show 27 was, judging from the pictures and playlist, a blistering affair, involving lots of waving hands around in the air like I just didn’t care, and finally seeing Kraftwerk as the artist of the week.
Show 27: Mon 22 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Kraftwerk.
One of the busiest and most varied musicians to turn up in the last couple of decades, Erlend Øye‘s name keeps turning up all over the place. If you haven’t come across him before, you have a lot to look forward to.
In addition to appearing on Röyksopp‘s debut album Melody AM, and being an integral part of both Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy Alive, he also has a solo career. You’ll probably remember him best for Poor Leno.
Where to start
His 2003 musical journey across Europe Unrest is both unique and brilliant, and on top of that it seems to have been largely overlooked, so it would seem a good place to kick off.
What to buy
His DJ Kicks album (2004) is one of the best you could hope to come across, so would be a good place to go next. Then introduce yourself to The Whitest Boy Alive with Dreams (2006) before coming right up to date with his latest solo work Legao. You can grab Rules later too, if you like.
Don’t bother with
Nothing – in fact, bother with everything. Oh, by the way, we’ll cover Kings of Convenience separately in a few weeks.
The lovely recent one-off La prima estate, and the single version of Sheltered Life, both of which are worth finding.
LSR FM, Leeds University’s student radio station, used to apply for an FM licence for a month once or twice a year, and this used to be extremely popular, as large numbers of wannabe DJs would apply to do shows. So it was that the returning Music for the Masses ended up in a graveyard slot, last thing at night on a Saturday night (or first thing on a Sunday, if you prefer to look at it that way, which nobody did, as they were all students). This had the nice effect that sometimes another presenter would forget to turn up, and your show could comfortably overrun by twenty minutes or so.
Show 22: Sun 17 Oct 2004, from 4:00am-6:20am
Broadcast on LSR FM, on FM and online. Artist of the week: Jean Michel Jarre.
Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
William Orbit (with Beth Orton) – Water from a Vine Leaf
Gotan Project – Época
Jean Michel Jarre – Équinoxe (Part III)
Ladytron – Light and Magic
Elektric Music – TV
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Andy Pickford – Oblivion
Jean Michel Jarre – Tout est Bleu
Massive Attack – Protection
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Kings of Convenience – Know-How
Bomb the Bass – Darkheart
Dirty Vegas – Walk Into the Sun
The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
Jean Michel Jarre – Aero
Robert Miles – Maresias
Komputer – The World of Tomorrow
Client – Radio (Extended)
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Baxendale – Your Body Needs My Sugar
Paul van Dyk – Time of Our Lives
Moby – Porcelain
Manu Chao – Bongo Bong
This show was recorded, and for the most part still exists. It will be posted as a Playlist for stowaways soon.