Luke Turner is one of the co-founders of online music magazine The Quietus, as well as a freelance journalist for the likes of NME, The Stool Pigeon, Dazed & Confused and The Guardian. He enjoys proper shoes, and spending in ordinate amounts of money on vinyl records of stern music.
L. Pierre - Jim Dodge Dines At The Penguin Cafe
L. Pierre is a project by former Arab Strap vocalist and Scottish Album Of The Year Award winner Aidan Moffat, whose beard is surely a legend in his Falkirk hometown. There's a new L. Pierre album out in early January 2013, and to keep you going until then check this great piece of Scots tropicalia is from his 2005 album, Touchpool.
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta
The Quietus is hosting a stage at the Field Day Festival in London in May, and we're really excited that this man, Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, is going to be playing for us. In past years we've had the likes of Konono No 1 and Omar Souleyman on our stage, and it's always ace to see people lose their minds to non-Western sounds. This track featured on the great Optimo Sleepwalk Compilation.
Hirsute Pursuit - Boys Keep Swinging
Hopefully you're as thrilled as the Quietus at the return of David Bowie. Hirsute Pursuit are thrilled by a lot of things including David Bowie, who they cover brilliantly here. Be warned, though - many of the thrills you'll find on their debut album, which came out last year and from which this is taken, are rather more… visceral…
Nitzer Ebb - Murderous
So Christmas might be passed and everything, but please can someone send me one of the special-edition t-shirts that the mighty Nitzer Ebb did for Fred Perry's 60th birthday? 'Murderous' is a big, bracing, EBM work-out. Get your sweat up.
Serafina Steer - Night Before Mutiny
Serafina Steer crops in all sorts of places, from playing quiet intimate gigs in London with just her harp and excellent between-song wit for company, and playing synths for John Foxx' live show. Now, Jarvis Cocker has got behind the desk for the first time to produce her new album The Moths Are Real, of which this great track is the first single.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R
Nick Cave writing in text speak? Whatever next!? Still, should we be so surprised - this is, after all, the man who was infamously spotted waving a big plastic hand in the air at Brighton panto. This first track from the Bad Seeds' new album is the calm after the recent guttural blues of Grinderman, and is reminiscent of some of the later work of Cave's great inspiration, Leonard Cohen. Nice flute at the end too.
Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things
While a lot of American indie rock bands sit around farting Pabst Blue Ribbon and trying to out-scruffy each other, Yo La Tengo have always had more vigour and vim to their step. Really love the quiet, propulsive rhythm behind this pretty little song, which appears on their new album Fade.
Esben & The Witch - Deathwaltz
Yo La Tengo's Matador label-mates Esben & The Witch also have a new album out soon, the follow-up to their debut from a couple of years ago, Violet Cries. While that was steeped in the gothic and gloaming, the new material - such as this great first track from it - is pacey and lets in more light while still being very smart indeed.
Joe Gideon & The Shark - Freakish
Man-on-guitar, lady-on-drums duos weren't just a post-White Stripes fad, you know. Which is why we should hail the return of the lunacy of genuine sibling act Joe Gideon & The Shark, and this bonkers song about losing one's mind in front of a collection of animals. New album out now.
Comanechi - Major Move
You might know Comanechi's Akiko from The Big Pink or nu-grunge revival troupe Pre. This is her best band, though, in which she joins guitarist Simon Petrovich (who always plays in excellent jumpers and professes a love of dangerous and deranged metal group Electric Wizard) and a young drummer who's like an even hotter Leonardo DiCaprio when he was in Romeo & Juliet. Ding dong! They've a new album, featuring this track, out on Valentine's Day.
The Horrors - I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass remix)
The Horrors snuck out an album of remixes of their material just before Christmas. If you missed it in the rush of parties and wrapping-paper-nihilism, catch up! This remix by Blanck Mass (half of Fuck Buttons) takes The Horrors' mind-bent psychedelia for a gentle and pleasant intergalactic stroll.
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