Things I bought with my Christmas money
By Princess Stomper
You might not have heard this from anyone, but having a baby can be quite disruptive. You can’t easily, for example, take a 300-mile train journey to stay with relatives over the festive season, and find yourself instead stuck at home taking it in turns to wolf down your roast dinner while the other one holds the screaming infant.
So the in-laws came to us a few days before Christmas, and instead of the sacks of socks and bath salts they’d normally bestow upon us, gave us instead a nice wadge of cash. Since albums these days are cheaper than pints of lager (if you’re drinking in Camden and buying £3.99 records), I went on a bit of a spree at Amazon and bought the following delectable discs.
Thinking Plague – In Extremis and A History Of Madness
I picked these up as a recommendation from JG Thirlwell’s Tumblr blog, and have played particularly In Extremis to absolute death on my MP3 player to retain my (questionable) sanity during those debilitating middle-of-the-night infant feeding sessions. If the words ‘Rock In Opposition’ mean anything to you, you probably already own this (along with oodles of Magma, Henry Cow and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum). If you’re staring at the screen blankly, well, it’s prog rock, but really good. Less aimless meandering about little pixies and more something groovy, heavy and faintly mind-bending. As if my mind needed bending lately.
Amon Tobin – Isam
Another recommendation, this time from The Needle Drop. Tobin made a very elaborate light show for his recent tour, and it’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be a DVD available, but the genre-defying collages of spaced out samples are entertaining enough in their own right. If you like experimental electronics of the Aphex Twin variety, you’ll probably be impressed.
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy OST
I’d been meaning to pick this up ever since seeing the surprisingly entertaining film a while back. It strikes the right balance of sounding like retro ‘video game music’ while being compelling dancefloor fodder.
William D Drake – The Rising of the Lights
Although I loved Lucy Cage’s incredible review, it took me a little while to get around to buying this. It is, of course, exactly as she says it is.