I bought the new Stereolab singles last week from my indie online retailer of choice - I'm like a Stereolab junkie - I stopped enjoying their releases ages ago but I've found it really hard to kick the habit. I played all three singles, both sides, back-to-back and sat on the sofa unmoved, distant and a little sad - their cool-loungey-jazz sounds just washed right over me - it wasn't uncomfortable but it wasn't exciting or refreshing. I then put on Lo Boob Oscillator, John Cage Bubblegum and The Light That Will Cease to Fail and just wanted to cry at how Stereolab had "improved" over the years.

I can't help but worry at my Luddite tendencies - but so many bands stopped making music for me.

Other recent purchases

  • Set Free - American Analog Set - I've had this for a week and haven't listened to it yet - I'm a little worried that its NOT a return to form - I may keep it unplayed and pretend that its better than their last three albums
  • Coles Corner - Richard Hawley - another reason for not playing the Amanset album might be that this has been hogging my time - a very lovely album - highly reccomended
  • It's Art Dad - The Clientele - Excellent collection of early Clientele recordings - go buy this - but go buy Strange Geometry first which is released today by Merge (but has been available on Pointy in the UK for a while and is essential!)

The Clientele - Strange Geometry: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

American Analog Set - Set Free: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Richard Hawley - Coles Corner: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Stereolab - Switched On - from when the 'lab were young and fab: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk