Sunday Morning: pondering peeling my banana

This record seems fitting to start my day.  I am glad to finally have it on vinyl.  It has been reissued so many times in so many ways it was kind of hard to choose what to buy.  I finally settled on a more classic reissue on black vinyl.  Now I have the odd question of whether or not to peal my banana?  I know what is under there and I'd rather keep the record in good shape, but it is sssooo tempting.
I am not a huge Lou Reed fan and am pretty happy with just this record and his Transformer album.  I appreciate their place in Rock history and feel both these records are magical.  I don't find I connect as strongly with anything that came after.  
I want records I want to play repeatedly in my collection.  When I make the odd mistake of buying one that I don't know if I'll ever play again, I will try to find it a better home with someone that will love it more.  

These two records are unquestionably going to be played and played and played..... They are touchstone rec…

Mike Johnson

One of my greater regrets is missing the chance to see Mike Johnson live at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR some years back.  Listening to his "The Uninvited" album today I was reminded it has been too long since he released anything I am aware of.  "The Uninvited" came out in 2011 and though he uploaded albums to bandcamp in 2016 the hope of new music to come has faded.

His facebook page has a recent post but just linking to bandcamp and the post before that is over a year old. 

If you are unfamiliar with him please check him out.  Here is my favorite album "Gone Out Of Your Mind"

Gone Out Of Your Mind by Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson web page
Mike Johnson on facebook
Mike Johnson on bandcamp

Ritual Howls new EP "Their Body"


Son Lux - Stolen


The Wanting by Nightmare Fortress

I've been repeatedly listening to this at home on vinyl and digitally in my car.  It is dark and brooding and yet somehow also energizing and invigorating.  I love the vocals and the driving beat.  I recommend it highly if you are into Zola Jesus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Die Form, or other darkwave groups.

The Wanting by Nightmare Fortress

Atonalist featuring Gavin Friday - Atonalism. A cacophony of electronic and acoustic instruments

I'll just say, first and foremost, this is going to be hard to beat out for my favorite record of 2017.  It is simply amazing.  I had to check it out because of Gavin Friday's involvement, but it didn't take but a few seconds of sampling the first song to convince me to preorder this. I was a wee bit anxious after hearing that only half the songs had vocals since I was motivated to buy this for Gavin Friday's involvement.  After several listens though I confess I don't really think of the songs as being with or without lyrics, at least not lyrics with words. The songs without words seem just as lyrical as those with words. I am now sure I will be buying the next Atonalism record with or without Gavin Friday.

It's fun to score

Some items I picked up this past couple of weeks:

Marc Almond - Varieté
Ordered from, Cherry Red Records put this on vinyl - Almost everything Marc Almond has done is essential listening for me - I think this is one of his best.

Suede - Coming Up
I've been watching for these Suede re-releases to be available in USA for affordable pricing. is definitely one of the most affordable places to pick up European albums.

Passenger - Young As The Morning Old As The Sea This has been on my wishlist since it came out, it just took awhile for it to make it on an order.  It is really a great album and the deluxe packaging is really beautiful.  Too many artists don't take advantage of LP size and potential in sleeve and booklet design.  

And from my local record store, Block Street Records: Midnight Oil - Red Sails In The Sunset

Fun Boy Three

Guadalcanal Diary - Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man

The Flesh Volcano - Slut (Marc Almond & J.G. Thirlwell aka Foetus)

The Housema…