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Played This Week

April 17, 2009

My headphones dying this week led to a bit of a deficit, but here are a couple of things:

Various Artists – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-1976 (Part 2): Great sounds. This whole series (also including a disco and a psychedelic compilation) is good, and the Soundway label has done some other reissues of old African and Latin stuff which are worth checking out as well.

Some of the tunes from Nadja’s upcoming cover album. Massive.

A bunch of weird nineties videos, via online Beavis and Butthead episode streaming. There were some strange videos on that show, and a number of them seem quite familiar, actually, leading me to assume they were in rotation elsewhere as well. The early days of alternative in the nineties, when the industry was still trying to figure out how to deal with it all, were a time when people were getting away with such garbage. Beavis and Butthead itself is a good example of this. Have you ever tried watching a couple of episodes of it since 1993?

Sonic Youth – Murray Street: Remember how this record served as a sort of re-emergence for the band in 2002? Not that they had gone anywhere, really, but this release marked a sound shift and an upturn for them, generating a lot of interest in the band’s older releases and further establishing their current status, showing that they were one of North America’s truly excellent and influential groups, but yet totally still relevant and able to develop. This was one of the two LPs (Sonic Nurse being the other) they made with Jim O’Rourke, both of which were fab. And now that Sonic Youth is moving into another phase of things, with a new release due out on Matador in the summer, it seemed like a good time to revisit this one again.

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