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1. Anderson Looper – Sofa Lord (2017) (Time: 00:00)
5. Flasher – Pressure (2018) (Time: 12:14)
Any band that the Domino Recording Co label make their latest signings usually present their own band of aggressive jangle-pop which is delivered with just that bit of spit and snarl that is so synonymous with the label.
Washington DC’s Flasher carry on this noble tradition on their debut Constant Image album and prove that their brilliance self titled debut EP was no mere fluke.
Life can be a bit dull sometimes with the likes of Kourtney Kardashian splitting up with her husband every few months, Bono ‘surprising’ everyone by wearing sunglasses inside and the British Government managing to stall Brexit year after year whilst desperately wishing they had not been drinking when deciding upon whether a referendum was a ‘good thing’.
However every so often a glorious surprise comes along and this title track from the Lost Ships debut EP (see review here) is one of those moments that slides you past the humdrum as the 1990’s band The Kites (see #15) re-unite and re-ignite under a different moniker, but with the same essential brilliance
10. Ne-Hi – Haunted Summer (2014) (Time: 29:08)
Chicago based four piece Ne-Hi, released one of the most underrated albums of 2017 in their quite brilliant sophomore album ‘Offers’, after moving from the Manic Static to the Grand Jury label.
However it is still this track from their self-titled 2014 debut that I turn to repeatedly for my pre-Friday night beer routine with its warped mixture of psyche/jangle and blissed out indie rock providing the perfect impetus for that glorious once a week session with my mates!
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11. Orange Juice – Moscow (1980) (Time: 32:22)
This b-side to the Falling and Laughing single was not only the darling of early 1980’s University / Polytechnic radio stations, but also signaled the start of something very different to the generally miserable Goth, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen grumpy, forboding type aesthetic that had stolen the non commercial airwaves at the time.
Despite only being a B-side and an instrumental at that, this may well have been the track most responsible for getting the Postcard Records label the momentum it deserved.
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12. The Bascinets – Some Time on My Own (2017) (Time: 34:26)
Janglepophub reviewed The Bascinets brilliant 2018 EP 378 Vol. 1 recently (review here) which reignited my adoration of the 2017 full length release Always Want to be Your Friend and especially this superlative track from it.
Post review communications with the band confirms that ‘Vol.2’ is being recorded and will be out soon and if their is any justice in the musical world the consistent brilliance of their output should receive some much overdue recognition.
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13. The Bodines – Scar Tissue (1987) (Time: 37:48)
Unfortunately the ‘Kingdom of Musical Cool’ is and always has been a veritable breeding ground for inverse snobbery and The Bodines suffered more than most at the hands of the perpetrators.
During the death throes of The Smiths and the immediate post The Smiths era, they were the darling everyone clambered to be associated with after they released a handful of singles out of the ‘immediately cool’ Creation Records label
Then the big boys came knocking and they signed for a major (Magnet Records), who in a very un-major like manor, allowed them what appears to complete artistic control on their debut album Played which was exactly the same aesthetic as the Creation singles and in some notable cases such as this track, even better.
That did not matter…because you see, they had joined a major and that sort of stuff matters to those lucky enough to have entered ‘Kingdom of Musical Cool’ !
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14. The House of Love – Feel (1992) (Time: 41:28)
The first two eponymous The House of Love album’s from the very late 1980’s are, ‘perhaps’ correctly, still considered as the bands’ joint magnum opus. However if I was to don a Wurzel Gummidge type argumentative and contrary head I would hold up this album and especially this track. as my point of contrary defiance.
This track superbly displays how in the face of all things baggy and Madchester in the early 1990’s, the band added just that little bit of spaced out bliss to their swirling guitars to often brilliant effect.
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15. The Kites – Faster (1994) (Time: 45:21)
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16. The Plastic Shoelaces – It’s Not A Gun (2018) (Time: 49:36)
The Plastic Shoelaces fit perfectly after two 80’s and 90’s jangle-pop tracks, as they have that sort of bouncing, laconically vocalized aesthetic all held together by the slightest reference points to the remnants of the post-punk chunky bass lines of yesterday.
All delivered with the more modern squelchy guitar work that is beginning to typify today’s jangle-pop era….absolutely great stuff out of the Secret Center cassette label.
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17. The Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft (1987) (Time: 52:19)
I could feel the last few tracks of the playlist getting just that little bit too ‘nice’. Just that little bit too pretty perhaps? As such who better to muddy the water and present us with some janglepop that mixes all things belligerent, incessant and just incredibly cool, than The Wedding Present.
Those that follow the blog regularly will know that we have some very committed TWP fans (including myself) especially on our @janglepophub Twitter page and as such I offer no apologies should tracks such as this one from the George Best Plus album keep finding a regular way onto the Fickle Finger play lists.
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18. Van Swane – Wonder (2018) (Time: 56:28)
From the three track Wonders EP, self released in August 2018, this solo artist (Evan Ashworth) is from the same town and musical camp (Lansing, Michigan) that has also released similar bedroom-pop janglers in the form of Andrew Younker‘s critically acclaimed work.
With a similar aesthetic as Younker and a not inconsiderable talent, Van Swane is probably just another couple of releases away from similar ‘underground Bandcamp adulation’.
This French indie-pop act could never be considered a jangle-pop band such is the proliferation of keyboards in their generally indie-chic sound. However, since 2001 they have released five albums and all of them have included at least a couple of absolute jangle-pop bangers, such as this track from their latest 2018 album Modern Express.
The release is touted in its promotional literature as being their final full album release and I for one will miss their output, no matter how infrequent, greatly.
20. Woolen Men (2015) – Temporary Monument (Time 01:02:39)
Whilst 2018’s self released Post album has deservedly been receiving massive amounts of critical acclaim, coincidentally it is the two albums out of the Woodsist label, 2012’s eponymous album and the 2015 release which this track is the brilliant title track for, that still remain my definitive favourites.
Sloppy, occasional strangulated jangle-pop at its finest is what you get from this Portland. Oregon based band.
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Thanks for listening and see you in a couple of weeks for Fickle Finger #0006