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Decoy’s Guide to Music

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2012 or It’s the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel…*shrugs*)

Within Korea (and outside) I think PSY may find with time that the exposure (and its attendant irony) will defuse any political/social motivations behind the song and render it the exact opposite: a total glamorisation and endorsement and validation of the very things he sought to ridicule. Everyone LOVES “Gangnam Style” = it’s totally cool to be Gangnam Style. Oppan Frankenstein…

Róisín Murphy – Overpowered (2007)

Whether it’s the hot lava landscape of “Cry Baby”, or the sweat-soaked swamps of “Primitive”, or the dark neon city of “Overpowered”, or the icy caverns of “Scarlet Ribbon”, or the urban fast-lane of “Movie Star”, or the oceanic pulses of “Checkin’ On Me”, or one of the other extrasolar songs on this album, they will all lure you at some point. And once crash-landed, you may debate whether to try and escape at all…

The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)

This became a private soundtrack to many nights, alone, staying up late, reading, thinking, staring at the carpet, holding mental court over various recriminations. The album is one long confessional…a conceptual ode to the id. Greg Dulli is having it out with himself, never sparing his psyche, which may be ready to collapse, or perhaps through the furnace of these songs rise up and Phoenix from the flames…

Röyksopp – Senior (2010)

Last year when Norwegian electro-duo Röyksopp released their 3rd album, Junior, they were obviously continuing the development of 2005’s The Understanding, which was a more synth-pop orientated sound than their 2001 debut Melody A.M. That tasty first album was adding dimension to the ambient electronic landscape mapped by Warp label operatives like Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada…

J.J. Cale – Naturally (1971)

Even in this era of fashionable ageing-rocker-mega-tours, Cale has always remained a kind of mystery man, despite a cult status that could easily be capitalised on. Instead, he has chosen the quiet dignity of going about his bluesy business outside the parameters expected of musicians of his ilk. He has become a timeless enigmatic Mr. Cool that the Claptons and Knopflers can only envy and do covers of…

The Deluxe Treatment Disintegrates…

After seeing Deluxe Editions of the albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography, The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, The Cure are (finally!) set to release a Deluxe Edition of their legendary 1989 album Disintegration…

The xx – xx (2009)

It’s like meeting a bunch of cool dudes at a bar, and somehow you end up in their car, soundlessly cruising through empty streets snug in the backseat, and they have this cool music coming out of the old stereo, and not much is being said, but you feel you can trust them because they’re not driving too fast and the tones of the keyboard are like protective coloured skins…

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1968)

No matter who comes along now, whenever they try to make one of those ‘Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ lists, the #1 spot will always be reserved for Jimi Hendrix. It’s one of the immutable laws of Rock. Which is how it should be. Hendrix redefined the guitar (and the blues) like no one else. He achieved sounds that still mystify guitarists today. ‘How the hell did he do that?’ But this designation often overshadows and negates Hendrix’s other skills as singer and songwriter and lyricist and producer…

Miles Davis – In a Silent Way (1969)

Come the late 60s, Miles Davis was set to ignite the jazz world (I should say ‘music world’) by employing electric instruments into his ensembles. Fusion was born. And jazz (I should say ‘music’) would never be the same. When Miles Davis released the double album Bitches Brew in 1970 he was embraced by the psychedelic rock contingent, who enjoyed the funked-up rhythms and his free-flowing explorative style…

The Conet Project – Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations (1997) • Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline (2007) • Elvis Presley – The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

‘Seven, zero, nine, eleven…Seven, zero, nine, eleven…’; ‘Alpha, charlie, lima, delta…Alpha, charlie, lima, delta…’ Then, after a few minutes, they disappeared. This was weird. ‘What the hell is it?!’, was on the lips of many listeners. They became known as Numbers Stations, and no official explanation had ever been given when Akin Fernandez came across them in 1992. So the industrious radio addict started to log the frequencies and the times and the messages of these enigmatic occurrences. And more importantly, he recorded them…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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