at age 21 months our son is almost old enough to know to stay away from the turntable when there's a record playing...we did sacrifice one stylus along the way to this realization, but still, the records have been coming out more and more and that's a good thing. it also means i've been buying more vinyl than cds recently, which is also exciting...The Field - Yesterday and Today
(Kompakt) this is a double LP in a heavy gatefold sleeve, which also comes with the CD thrown in for good measure, but i find that listening to a side at a time rather than the full hour or whatever it is, is how i enjoy this record most. super pretty and light and completely electronic but still warm. like a New Order vibe without the pop songs. I'm especially enjoying "The More That I Do" which reminds me of the Cocteau Twins...in fact the vocal sample could be
Liz Frazier for all i know. Funny interview here
from 2007 with Mr. Willner, who reveals his surprising desire to sing like Glenn Danzig.Open Strings
4-LP Box (Honest Jon's) subtitled "Early Virtuoso Recordings from the Middle East, And New Responses" this is a beautiful black and white package...the early recordings, from the 1920's Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey and transferred from 78's, are so amazing, i haven't even gotten around to the responses yet (by the likes of Richard Bishop and Bruce Licher). I wish there was more information about the original artists, but maybe the information doesn't exist?
Wee - You Can Fly On My Aeroplane
(Numero Group Asterisk) someone involved in Ohio's Capsoul label (already lovingly documented by the Numero Group) had this project for one album, and it's a good one, smooth kinda spacey soul from 197osomething. Double album and the incredible cover art makes me wish had the money/space to double up on ALL the Numero stuff i already have on CD....