Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tchotchke Table 2

Following up on last year’s post, here is what my table looks like at the moment. Mostly this is stuff accumulated this year, going back to last December. Quite a bit of back-filling going on, really I haven’t even dipped a toe in 2011 yet, which is pretty terrible. Or is it? My big ‘discovery’ lately has been Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, via Joe Boyd’s White Bicycles, which I got non-tangibly from Emusic, but related to that is the Boyd production, Nico’s Desertshore, at the bottom. Next door, illegibly, is Panda Su’s I Begin EP, which I like a lot, having found its predecessor Sticks and Bricks a little humourless compared to their gigs. I Begin isn’t stuffed with jokes, but it has a lovely light feel to it, and captures their charm much more effectively.

Top right is a Kate Bush single my sister didn’t want, and her new Director’s Cut album, the only thing I have managed to buy from HMV this year (suggestion: make that temporary Scottish indie section you did last year permanent), about which I was deeply ambivalent to begin with, and which I’d have avoided entirely had I seen the new ‘Deeper Understanding’ video first. But I love the new versions of ‘This Woman’s Work’ and ‘Moments of Pleasure’, almost as much as I’ve loved going back to The Sensual World, thoughtfully included in this edition, along with The Red Shoes. Obviously Kate has steered clear of re-interpreting the latter’s ‘Big Stripey Lie’, in the light of Planet Sunflower’s definitive reading. Beneath the single is a book of William Henry Fox Talbot’s photographs, bought mostly because I remember my grandfather taking me to a museum about him sometime in the ’80s. I don’t remember very much, just this enigmatic image and the name, but it is a beautiful book. Travel down and to the left as far as you can go to find The Orchids’ The Lost Star, which is quite brilliant, and well worth the trip.

6 comments:

anneemall said...

Wire! United States of America! Birdie! Yay!!!

Chris said...

Well exactly. Not sure why now for the Wire record, I've been meaning to get it since hearing MBV's cover of 'Map Ref. 41...' around about the dawn of the internet.

Anonymous said...

It's not that I didn't want the single, I just haven't got a record player!

Chris said...

Mind out, you'll damage your street cred! I'll put it on a CD for you.

Andy said...

That's a lot tidier than the picture of my desk I posted on Facebook earlier. The Orchids album is lovely, very underrated band. Coincidence, I was listening to Wire last night. My last trips to HMV have been pretty fruitless. Last month I did get the new Unthanks album, Volume 2 of The Walking dead graphic novel and James Yorkston's book. All wonderful. Went in last week and left empty handed. Mind you, I got a nice big box in the post today with the vinyl version of the Aidan & Bill album and Simon Reynold's new book. Being my day off I sat in the sun with coffee and started ploughing into it despite my promise to myself to save it for a rainy day.

Chris said...

I hadn't realised the Bill box was a planned purchase! Kinda presumed you were confronted with it in a weak moment in Monorail or Avalanche. Glad you agree about The Orchids - I have so little of their stuff, but the new one has made me want to investigate more.

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