An Pierlé - Mud Stories
This is my favourite album. If I had to live with only one CD, that would be this one. After having listened to the lyrics and its fragile poetry and beauty, I found out that girl has sung everything that is in my head…
KUKL - The Naughty Nought (holidays in Europe)
It deals with my favourite band. It means 'sorcerer' in Icelandic. They made two albums before renaming themselves The Sugarcubes and changing their music… unfortunately! Their music is really strange, dark and obscure.
dEUS - My Sister = My Clock
When dEUS was doing interesting music… This "album" is completely incredibly eclectic… With this CD, you can feel that Rudy and Stef were going to leave, because it is not really an album of the band dEUS, but of the members of dEUS. There is a lot of Zappa and Beefheart influence in this "album", but with freshness and originality.
DAAU - We Need New Animals
Contrary to Mandi, I like this album best than the first one. I think it's less easy and more original…
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Da Khan - Dance Klore
A band from my hometown, Metz. They play pop-rock-jazzy (and sometimes ska, and sometimes reggae…) music, with plenty of voice distortion, funny weird noises, strange sounds, dark melodies and stuff like that. The guys are singing half German, and a little bit of French and of English. So, you'll have a chance to understand what they say…

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money
This is the first Zappa album my brother gave me to listen to, when I was 7 years old or something like that… I've immediately found this album funny, and now I still find it incredible…

Kiss My Jazz - In the Lost Souls Convention
Unfortunately, the band does not exist anymore. But all the members of it are still very active! Indeed, Kiss My Jazz is, a kind of potpourri of (almost) all the best Belgian bands, that's why their music is so unusual, original, diversified, and absolutely unique.
Zita Swoon - Life= a Sexy Sanctuary
Well, first the title reminds me the name of a great website… ;-p this new Zita Swoon album is really fantastic! Every album that Zita Swoon releases, I'm surprised… If you're in a bad mood, on a morning, go listening to "BananaQueen"! You'll feel much better!
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PPPönk - PP.ep
This is an album I've found in Reykjavik. I first saw this band performing live, in a small reporting, on French TV, maybe 3 years ago; the duration of the music I heard from them was about 10 seconds… But I thought WOW! It quite sounds like The Sugarcubes, but with more energy and foolishness. Pönk's not dead!
Lionell Horrowitz and his Combo - Au Bain Marie
Another band of Rudy Trouvé's numerous ones… It quite sounds a bit like KMJ, but it's more crazy, and it's less rock music… I'm afraid I can't describe it more than that (and above all, in English!). You'll have to listen to it… ;-)


 

 

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Beautiful, melancholic, timeless songs about the destruction of nature and broken-down humanoid robots. Will have you snivelling into your cornflakes.
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Iceland's finest post-rock band pull a total masterpiece out of the bag. Soaring strings, incandescent bowed guitar, heartbreaking falsetto and majestic songs. Essential.
Frank Black and the Catholics - Dog In The Sand
Not his greatest post-Pixies album, but still lovely - a fair bit more radio-friendly, a little more alt-country, more muted vocals - not a patch on 'Pistolero', but great nonetheless.
DAAU - Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung
Still one of my all-time favourite albums. All-acoustic, all-classical-rock-jazz-klezmer-fusion lunacy and crazed beauty from those four lovable Belgian chaps.
Thin White Rope - In The Spanish Cave
Another all-time favourite band of mine, this album, whilst being released back in about 1986-ish, has not dated a second. Twin-guitar distortion attacks, voodoo-stomping drums, and Guy Kyser's tortured howlings in some of the nastiest songs you'll ever hear.

dEUS - In A Bar Under The Sea
The second album from the creators of the Belgian music scene as it is today. 'Worst Case Scenario' was wonderful; for my money, this is even greater. The diversity of the songs through rock, pop, jazz, noise etc. make it almost impossible to sum up in three sentences. Buy it.

Guided By Voices - Isolation Drills
Ahem. What to say about this one. It ain't no Bee Thousand. But then it ain't no Nightwalker either. The jury is still out. But has some lovely moments, eg 'Sister I Need Wine', 'Twilight Campfighter', 'Chasing Heather Crazy'.
Guided By Voices - Suitcase
As many good songs as bad songs. So about 50 on each side, roughly speaking. But what makes this worth forking over £50 approx. are the GOOD SONGS, which are unliveable without. Just don't spend too long with the duff stuff.
Dead Man Ray - Berchem
Debut album by DMR. Fantastically catchy poppy rocky songs with a kind of 80's synth-pop-gimmick to them - authentic gadgets used liberally all over the album. Guitar legend Rudy Trouvé and singer Daan Stuyven make an unbeatable team on this one.
Ring - director Hideo Nakata, 1998
(by the way, this is a film - so, it's our site, we make the rules, hey? hahaha :D) This is a Japanese horror film just available on DVD and VHS in the UK. I am a hardened horror film freak of many long years, but this film scared the living poop out of me. A twisted tale of a cursed video tape which kills people a week after they watch it. Creepy in the extreme.

 

 

Grandaddy - live in Bristol bootleg
no, you may not have a copy, unless you beg and send us something nice. A top boot, apart from the annoying students screaming at each other for half of it. BAH!

Guided By Voices - Isolation Drills
not the best GbV album in the world by a mile, but not the worst. Smells a little funny. A bit like my grandmother - a little pissy and rather confused.
Pixies - The Complete B sides
aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhh!!!! When Black Francis still knew how to scream.
Swearing At Motorists - Number Seven Uptown
Another Dayton band that's pretty hot, actually. So that makes about four in total, then. Dayton must be a little like Swindon. Not much to do, a pop band, a rock band, and a lot of people who think Britney is, like, rilly rilly HOT. They're wrong, you know.
The Willard Grant Conspiracy - Everything Is Fine
Last heard of playing a gig in Winford. That's a tiny little village near Bristol. No-one ever plays in Winford, unless they're a linedance combo. A little odd for an alt-country band, no?
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift yr. Skinny Like Antennas To Heaven
not much good to listen to, but great accompaniment to silent movies. Not a huge recommendation in itself, but handy when the grating 80s soundtrack to the Moroder version of Metropolis gets just that little bit too teethscratching.
Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
like Suitcase, a little sprawling. It's taken a year to get to know this, but it's been worth the wait. Maybe not so good if you're down. And Love isn't just like Jazz, you know, Steven.
Labradford - Fixed::Context
Dreamy post-rockers make album with screechy noise supremo Steve Albini. Surprisingly, still dreamy. But LOUD dreamy, the sort of dream you might get if you fell asleep at a Manowar gig.
Sugar - Beaster
still the most savage thing ever recorded.
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Mucilage - Tastes Like Honey
our man in Virginia, Deral Fenderson, pulls out another weirdo popfest once more.