1. OK, so progress with the Mountain Goats is being made. I’ve only listened so far to All Hail West Texas, and I like several of those songs – but I am absolutely blown away by “The Mess Inside”.
2. Universal is releasing The Complete John Peel Sessions by the House of Love shortly – next week or the week after. It’s a two-disc set, but the track listing of the first disc is good enough for me:
1. Destroy The Heart
2. Nothing To Me
6. Don’t Turn Blue
8. Love In A Car
9. In A Room
10. Beatles And Stones
12. Loneliness Is A Gun
I *think* I saw the House of Love play at the Creation Records “Doing it for the Kids” show at the Town and Country Club in London, summer of ’88. Unfortunately, it was the same day that my friend Dave and I discovered the joys of Special Brew, so I don’t remember much about who played. Biff Bang Pow, Momus and Felt, I think – Jasmine Minks? MBV?
3. My favourite record label at the moment might be Bella Union, out of Scotland. The End of History by Fionn Regan, for example, is an incredible album. If you go here, you can listen to “Black Water Child” and watch the video for “Put a Penny in the Slot”. Both are beautiful, beautiful songs.