time again and this week’s fresh play is this heavy Celestial Harmonies session - all live, no overdubs. Synths, drones, organ, prepared piano... it’s dreamy and dense, aimed right at your third eye. After a week that involved a whole lot of running around, this was a nice way to melt into a Sunday morning. Every time I vibe out to a record like this, I regret not buying all the cheap cassettes at the New Age bookstores I found myself in surprisingly often as a teen. I think I was mostly buying incense?
Manic Street Preachers - "Everything Must Go" (1996) 22 years old today and I remember like it was yesterday the sunny days of late spring/early summer when this came out and the amazing lyrics of 'A Design for Life' & 'Kevin Carter' were eloquently screaming from car radios and from gardens of freshly mown grass. Now I know I'm an old man. I don't know what it takes to rise up from the personal hell that immediately preceded this album, but I do know that strength, or even courage, aren't big enough words. To come back at all, with any album, is remarkable but to come back with an album this glorious, this vividly life affirming, is unbelievable. Sneaking into Britpop via the backdoor while no one was looking and gently singing the words 'Libraries gave us power' into the nations consciousness was everything this band was always about, though it's heartbreaking that they had to lose a friend to do it.