steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

ten crucial records
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autorace's ten crucial records

Formed from spare parts from superb twee band Furtips, Autorace are a nifty, weird indie rock act with a sound all their own. Indieville's very own Matt Shimmer wisely recommended their last album, out on the swell Hovercraft label, likening it to "sitting in on the jam session of a more dissonant version of Pavement." Not bad praise at all. Here, each member sent us a nebulously defined list of crucial records, encompassing everything from Dusty Springfield to Slayer. Can't argue with that.

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Camille:

1. 154 - Wire: abstract melodies

2. Don't The Kids Just Love It - Television Personalities: punk melodies

3. Volunteered Slavery - Roland Kirk: visionary

4. Ellington At Newport 1956 (complete) - Duke Ellington: live and hot

5. Nostalgia In Times Square - Charles Mingus: genius at work

6. Tuatara - Various Artists: gimme kiwi pop!

7. It Dockumer Totaeltsje - It Dockumer Lokaeltsje: Hail the Frisians Free! As good as Grafschater, but they never released records

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Maria:

1. Plastic Surgery Disasters - Dead Kennedys: dark and doomy with a lot of comforting

2. Heck on Earth - Cafeteria Dance Fever: raw, no shit and weird too, produced by mates HeyLover. Live a must see!

3. Reign in Blood - Slayer: classic must have, if any

4. Wrong - Nomeansno: drum lessons again and again

5. To! Bum Rush the Show - Public Enemy: now we know what time it is!

6. Runners Four - Deerhoof: genius, hot, sweet and all pure floorkilers

7. Double Nickles on the Dime - Minutemen: the power of short songs

8. Twin Cinema - New Pornographers: UberPop, so pop it's not pop anymore. The melodymakers from Canada

9. Strange Boutique - Monochrome Set: NME(uk) couldn't have put it better: "It's like hearing serenades coming up from the sewers..."

10. all releases by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282: all of the above

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Johan:

1. Any "greatest hits"-like 60s compilation album by The Kinks: Basically, the only pop album you need

2. The Comforts of Madness Pale Saints: Completely underrated, basically the only noise-pop album you need

3. Dragracing EP Big Stick: Basically, the only noise album you need

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Melissa:

1. The Queen Is Dead - the Smiths: When I understood this record it got stuck on my record player, especially "Cemetery Gates."

2. Only By The Night - Kings Of Leon: latest album, beautiful. When it gets to you, you keep crying and crying.

3. Kimono My House - Sparks: Great sleeve, divine melodies and awesome poses.

4. Title TK - Breeders: "Lost album", released 5 years ago. Beautiful clean crisp produced so Kim Deal's voice really gets to you. Awesome to listen with headphones.

5. Wild Mood Swings - Cure: Robert Smith's voice is the most beautiful voice in the world. When I was 14 I immediately fell in love and still am. This was my first Cure album, never seen as a masterpiece, and will always be their best. Sad songs and happy songs...

6. Poses - Rufus Wainwright: Masterpiece of melancholy, again. Simple songs but a lot more and bigger songs to come.

7. Acrobatic Tenement - At The Drive-in: All time favorite band and their best album. Not as popular as Relationship of Command. Raw and in your face. Very melodic and a great lot of lyrics.

8. Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos: Inspirational voice. Horny sound with emotional bursts. Some say it's over the edge, but not for me.

9. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks: My favorite sixties group. Very good songs, great vocals and awesome outfits.

10. Dusty Definitely - Dusty Springfeld: My favorite singer. Great voice and prescence. Whatever song she sings, it's Dustified! "I think it's Gonna Rain Today" and "Spooky" are brilliant.

 

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