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  • @LPGrp forthcoming themes knockout extravaganza!palooza

    14. Jul. 2012, 18:09

    Voting is now open for the fine denizens of the planet to cast their votes to determine forthcoming themes for the underground scene that is shaking the internet to it's very solenoids....Peruse the following list of fine ideas and choose 10, yes 10, themes you would like to vote for and send them, on twitter, vis DM or ordinary tweet to @LPGrp by closing date of Weds 18 July at 20:00 hours. In a change to most months people may cast their vote for the theme they have nominated.

    On with the show...


    1. Act contains siblings
    2. Africa
    3. Steve Albini produced
    4. Albums Containing Several Cover Versions
    5. Album nominated by an @LPGrp stalwart
    6. Albums with birds on the cover
    7. All-girl bands
    8. Animal connections
    9. Atlantic Records
    10. Australia
    11. Bands/Artists who have appeared as themselves on The Simpsons
    12. Bella Union Records
    13. Big in [Obscure Country]
    14. Boy & girl duos
    15. Break-up albums
    16. John Cale produced albums
    17. California
    18. Canada
    19. Canterbury Scene
    20. Cheesy music
    21. Cherry Red Records
    22. The colour red
    23. Comeback albums
    24. Concept Album
    25. Creation Records
    26. Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young
    27. Deep Purple 'family tree'
    28. Detroit
    29. Do not drive whilst listening to this album
    30. Eleckra Records
    31. Brian Eno produced albums
    32. Eponymous
    33. European (non-UK)
    34. Everyone else thinks is genius - you think is rubbish
    35. Factory Records
    36. Fairport Convention 'family tree'
    37. Favourite hangover LP
    38. First LP you either downloaded/listened on iPod/ MP3 player
    39. Folk-rock
    40. Foreign language albums
    41. Freak-Beat
    42. Germany
    43. Glam Rock
    44. Glastonbury Headliners
    45. Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    46. Hip-Hop
    47. Instrumental
    48. Ireland
    49. Island Records
    50. “I’ve seen them play that live!”
    51. Jazz
    52. Glyn Johns produced albums
    53. King Crimson 'family tree'
    54. Kitchenware Records
    55. Kitsuné
    56. Leeds
    57. Liverpool (excluding Beatles as a group or solo)
    58. Lo-Fi
    59. Mercury nominees/winners
    60. Mini Albums (7 tracks or less)
    61. Mod
    62. Motown
    63. My most played album
    64. New Romantic/Synth Pop
    65. Non-English language albums
    66. NWOBHM
    67. An 'old' album I discovered recently
    68. Will Oldham (Palace, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy etc.)
    69. One Album Wonders
    70. John Peel's record collection
    71. Post-punk
    72. Pre-1960
    73. Prog Rock
    74. Protopunk
    75. Pun titles
    76. Punk
    77. Reggae
    78. Revolution
    79. Robots couldn't play this
    80. Rough Trade Records
    81. Scandinavians
    82. Sci-Fi
    83. Seattle Acts
    84. Sex
    85. Shoegaze
    86. Soul/Funk
    87. Southern USA
    88. Titles that include a number
    89. Third Albums
    90. Tribute/charity albums (ie multi-artist compilation)
    91. Woodstock
    92. World music
    93. 1960s Psychedelia
    94. 1960s
    95. 1966
    96. 1968
    97. 1981

    Here endeth the lesson....vote and exercise your right to rock and roll all night and party every day.
  • @LPGrp Scotland

    9. Apr. 2012, 14:14

    Voting is now open for the May LP Group listening session on Twitter. This month's theme is "Scotland"

    This will involve anyone who is interested listening to the same album on Twitter at the same time and having a bit of a discussion.

    Send five votes to @Lpgrp from the list before 10pm on Friday 13th April 2012. The number only will do. You are unable to vote for an album you nominated.

    Please send a Direct Message or a Mention.

    Please send all of your comments to @LPGrp. This will hopefully clear the clutter from your timelines for your followers.

    To follow the session search @LPGrp with a program such as Tweetdeck.

    Everyone is welcome!

    This session will take place at 9pm, Sunday May 6th.

    The previous @lpgrp Sessions are as follows;

    January - 'Great album' - Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    February - 'Debut' - Portisthead - Dummy
    March - 'Women' - PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
    April– ‘Neither North America/UK’ - Kraftwerk– Trans Europe Express
    May - 'Sophomore' - REM– Reckoning
    June - ' 1980s Alt-Rock Classics' - The Smiths– The Queen Is Dead
    July - ‘1967' - Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
    August - '1990s' - Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
    September - 'Folk' - Joni Mitchell– Blue
    October –‘First album Purchase’ - The Teardrop Explodes– Kilimanjaro
    November - 'Movie Soundtracks' - Various Artists– O Brother Where Art Thou and Various Artists– Lost in Translation
    December - 'Solo Projects From Band Members' - Ryan Adams– Heartbreaker
    January 2012 - 'Best Albums Of 2011' - PJ Harvey– Let England Shake
    February 2012 - 'Live Albums' - Johnny Cash– Live at Folsom Prison
    March 2012 - '4AD' - The Pixies– Doolittle


    Upcoming topics

    June 2012 - '2000s'
    July 2012 - '1979 or 1980'
    August 2012 - 'North of England'

    Here is the, rather, long list.

    1. Admiral Fallow - Boots Met My Face
    2. The Associates - The Affectionate Punch
    3. The Associates - Fourth Drawer Down
    4. The Associates - Sulk
    5. Arab Strap - Monday At The Hug And Pint
    6. Arab Strap - Philophobia
    7. Arab Strap - The Week Never Starts Round Here
    8. Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
    9. Ballboy - A Guide For The Daylight Hours
    10. Ballboy - The Royal Theatre
    11. Belle & Sebastian - Boy With The Arab Strap
    12. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
    13. Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk
    14. Martyn Bennett - Bothy Culture
    15. The Beta Band - The Three E.P.'s
    16. Big Country - The Crossing
    17. Bis - The New Transistor Heroes
    18. Bis - Social Dancing
    19. The Blue Nile - Hats
    20. The Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops
    21. Boards Of Canada - Music has the Right to Children
    22. Boards Of Canada - Twoism
    23. Bows - Blush
    24. The Burns Unit - Side Show
    25. Butcher Boy - Profit In Your Poetry
    26. Camera Obscura Let's Get Out Of This Country
    27. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
    28. Cocteau Twins Bluebell Knoll
    29. Cocteau Twins - Garlands
    30. Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
    31. Cocteau Twins Milk & Kisses
    32. Codeine Velvet Club - Codeine Velvet Club
    33. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Rattlesnakes
    34. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
    35. Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle
    36. De Rosa - Mend
    37. Delgados - The Great Eastern
    38. Delgados – Peloton
    39. Julie Fowlis - Uam
    40. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
    41. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
    42. Fratellis - Costello Music
    43. Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight
    44. Frightened Rabbit - Sings the Greys
    45. Geneva – Further
    46. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
    47. Goodbye Mr McKenzie - Good Deeds and Dirty Rags
    48. Idlewild - Warnings and Promises
    49. The Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
    50. Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch
    51. Bert Jansch - Crimson Moon
    52. Bert Jansch - Toy Balloon
    53. Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands
    54. Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy
    55. Jesus & Mary Chain - Stoned and Dethroned
    56. Josef K - Only Fun in Town
    57. King Creosote - Bombshell
    58. King Creosote - KC Rules OK
    59. King Creosote - Kenny & Beth's Musakal Boat Rides
    60. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
    61. Laudibus Chamber Choir - Scotland at Night
    62. Jackie Leven - The Mystery of Love
    63. Lone Pigeon - Concubine
    64. John Martyn - One World
    65. John Martyn - Solid Air
    66. Meursault - Pissing on Bonfires, Kissing with Tongues
    67. Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat
    68. Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People
    69. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
    70. Mogwai - Mogwai Young Team
    71. Mount Vernon Arts Lab - Séance at Hobs Lane
    72. Mull Historical Society – Loss
    73. Orange Juice - The Glasgow School
    74. Orange Juice – The Orange Juice
    75. Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
    76. Orchids - The Lost Star
    77. Pastels - Truckload of Trouble
    78. Pictish trail - Secret Soundz Vol 1
    79. Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
    80. Phantom Band - The Wants
    81. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
    82. Proclaimers – This is the Story
    83. Alasdair Roberts - Farewell Sorrow
    84. Malcolm Ross & Low Miffs - Malcolm Ross & Low Miffs
    85. The Royal We - The Royal We
    86. Sexual Objects - Cucumber
    87. Silencers - A Blues for Buddha
    88. Silencers - Letter to St Paul
    89. Simple Minds - Empires and Dance
    90. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
    91. Simple Minds - Sons and Fascination
    92. Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain
    93. Slam - Fabric09
    94. Sons & Daughters - This Gift
    95. Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
    96. Teenage Fanclub - A Catholic Education
    97. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
    98. Teenage Fanclub - Songs From Northern Britain
    99. Teenage Fanclub – Thirteen
    100. Trash Can Sinatras - Cake
    101. Trashcan Sinatras - I've Seen Everything
    102. Trashcan Sinatras - Weightlifting
    103. The Twilight Sad - 14 Autumns and 15 Winters
    104. The Twilight Sad - Forget the Night Ahead
    105. U.N.P.O.C - Fifth Column
    106. Urusei Yatsura - We Are Urusei Yatsura
    107. Various Artists - Whaur the Pig Gaed on the Spree: Scottish Recordings by Alan Lomax
    108. Vaselines - Dum-Dum
    109. Vaselines - Way of the Vaselines
    110. Waterboys - Pagan Place
    111. Waterboys - This is the Sea
    112. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - Everything's Getting Older
    113. Win - Uh! Tears, Baby
    114. Withered Hand - Good News
    115. Roddy Woomble - The Impossible Song and Other Songs
    116. Roddy Woomble - My Secret is My Silence
    117. James Yorkston - Moving up Country
    118. James Yorkston - When the Haar Rolls In
  • Dispatches from Clatskanie..

    8. Nov. 2011, 19:58

    Sat 5 Nov – Richmond Fontaine


    So Billy Bragg was a bust because of a ticket snafu. Least said about that debacle the better. Onwards and upwards.

    Went to see Richmond Fontaine play last night. They are slowly creeping up to be the band I've seen most live. It must be in double figures now.

    The band are touring behind the release of their new album,The High Country. The album is possibly the closest musical distillation of singer Willy Vlautin's lauded career as a novelist. A song cycle, a concept album if you will, about a bunch of sad, lonely people in and around a logging community in the Pacific NW of America.

    The gig was fun despite the seemingly grim material. The addition of Amy Boone on keys and the voice of "the girl" on the album was very welcome and added a softer, lighter touch to the music. Her pieces on Inventory and Let Me Dream Of The High Country were superb. Chilling, unspeakably sad yet tinged with softness. It was good to see her take the female counterpoint on Post To Wire too later in the show. She also did a fine song of her own which reminded me of the shamefully forgotten Hazeldine.

    The band played the whole album front to back as one piece and finished the night with a selection from their wonderfully rich back catalogue. Winner's Casino, Post To Wire, Lonnie, Four Walls and Moving Back Home #2 all made an appearance.

    As for the album itself, I think as a personal experience it works wonderfully well. You immerse yourself in the story and it engages you. As a live piece I feel it loses a little something in translation. Possibly because you want this to be "your" world, "your" experience and sharing it with others who might only be there for a drink and to hang out with friends..well it kind of waters the whole thing down a bit. That is just a personal view though and hopefully those who were there that were not aware of the story of the album were won over.

    Either way, once again, Richmond Fontaine..literate, rocking, funny, self deprecating and easily the best American band currently working. Spare a thought for The Girl and The Mechanic. It's a hard road..

    Richmond Fontaine, the best band you've never heard. Richmond Fontaine