Mark’s stuff on the turntable:
Kings of Leon: Only by the Night – was waxing lyrical about this a bit too early. It is good and I think the opening track Closer is brilliant. I think I need a few more listens.
Lambchop: Oh (Ohio) – has some harking back to Is a Woman and overall is very good. I don’t think it’ll be in the final list though.
TV on the Radio: Dear Science – it’s good on first few listens. I’m not sure if it’s got as much as their previous offer but we’ll see.
Emiliana Torrini: Me and Armini – my thoughts here are that if you are going to try and be Björk then you need to do a bit more than you’re doing. Overall it’s not very good and two or three tracks are painful actually.
Mercury Rev: Snowflake Midnight – only one listen and it sounded ok.
Mogwai: The Hawk is Howling – first listen and it’s pretty good, even though not sold yet.
Pivot: O Soundtrack my Heart – instrumental, which I generally like as a track or two but not an album. The track titles really bug me too!
Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw – nowhere near what they are capable of. First two listens grab me.