In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work.
Like any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.
The latest Cure album. Haven't listened to it in a long time, and I really enjoyed it.
Key Tracks: Underneath The Stars, The Hungry Ghost, The Only One
A live album from the 1992 Wish Tour. Released as a companion to Show - another live album released at the same time.
Key Tracks: The Figurehead, Play For Today, A Letter To Elise, Apart, Charlotte Sometimes
The final Sugarcubes album.
Key Tracks: Hit, Leash Called Love, I'm Hungry, Walkabout
Loveless celebrated its 20th Anniversary this week.
Key Tracks: Come In Alone, Only Shallow, When You Sleep
The second album from Bauhaus. Beautiful.
Key Tracks: Hair Of The Dog, Passion Of Lovers, Hollow Hills, Mask
The former Bauhaus leader's first album since 2004. Buy it now.
Key Tracks: Uneven And Brittle, I Spit Roses, The Prince And Old Lady Shade
In 2002, Murphy released Dust - a complex album, featuring a heavy Turkish feel. It also includes two reworkings of 'Subway' and 'My Last Two Weeks.'
Key Tracks: Things To Remember, Fake Sparkle Or Golden Dust, My Last Two Weeks
A 5-song EP from 1998. Also includes two reworkings of older Murphy tracks.
Key Tracks: Surrendered, Indigo Eyes
Following the release of Sgt. Pepper's, The band released a 6-song EP of songs from the Magical Mystery Tour film in the UK. In the US, their label added 5 more of their recent singles to make it a full album
Key Tracks: Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, I Am The Walrus
Mostly instrumental and pretty relaxing. :)
M83's brand new album. Really, really digging this one. Buy it.
Key Tracks: Intro, Midnight City, Wait, Reunion
Been revisiting this album since I got the new M83 record.
Key Tracks: Kim & Jessie, Skin Of The Night, We Own The Sky
Another brand new album you should check out. Her voice is really mesmerizing.
Key Tracks: Avalanche, In Your Nature, Vessel
A 2010 EP from Zola Jesus containing 4 tracks.
Key Tracks: Poor Animal, Sea Talk
Another 2010 EP. 6 songs. Worth it alone just for the track 'Night.'
Key Tracks: Night, Trust Me, Manifest Destiny
The debut solo album from Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
Key Tracks: If I Had A Gun, The Death Of You And Me
Eno's third solo album. Guest appearances by John Cale, Robert Fripp and Phil Collins.
Key Tracks: The Big Ship, Golden Hours, Sky Saw, Becalmed
Beautiful classical guitar from Julian Bream. I borrowed this one a long time ago from my brother. It's on vinyl and I don't think it was ever released on CD. The purchase links below are some other recommended recordings by Bream.
The 2002 debut by Interpol.
Key Tracks: Obstacle 1, PDA, The New
Such a great band. This LP is from 1996.
Key Tracks: Over The Ocean, Anon, The Plan, Laugh
Check out the track 'In The Drugs'
Key Tracks: In The Drugs, (That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
Death Cab's fourth studio album. Released in 2003.
Key Tracks: The New Year, Transatlanticism, Title And Registration
The second, all-original album from the former Red House Painters' frontman, Mark Kozelek.
Key Tracks: Lost Verses, Moorestown, Lucky Man
The debut LP from Glasgow, Scotland's The Twilight Sad.
Key Tracks: And She Would Darken The Memory
Another band from Glasgow. This is their brand new album.
Key Tracks: Medicine
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