Here's me phoning one in a bit, as I had the flu for a week and didn't feel much like writing about anything. I no longer own a Zen Micro (which started malfunctioning within a week of the warranty expiration) but I won't say which player I do use now, as the last time I did the comments section turned into an iPod defense/bashing session (and people asking me questions like "what do you use as a jukebox program?"), which I guess I started. To put it simply, if I still did a weekly show on WFMU, this is some of what I'd be playing:
Folk duo featuring the haunting voice of Josephine Foster, CD from 2004. Where Shirley Collins and the American plains meet; gloriously languid and more than a little bent.
Franz de Byl - Und
NWW list obscurity (Germany 1972) that was recently made available again on vinyl. Most of the tracks are surprisingly standard post-psychedelic folksinging. This song, however, is great.
Birthday (The World's Gates) (File removed upon request of author)
Mellifluous, hypnotic, jazzy space-rock from Finland. Vocalist Mika Rättö, a formidable talent in the contemporary Finnish underground, is also a member of Circle and Rättö ja Lehtisalo. CDs available on Ektro Records. K.P. @ MySpace and Last.fm
Italian Depressive Black Metal. This track is from their first, self-titled full-length from 2004. Oddly engaging and crammed with lo-fi weirdness.
Marianne Faithfull - Rich Kid Blues
Recorded in 1971, while Marianne was living on a wall in Soho, a homeless junkie and anorexic. Not released until the mid-80s, several years after the success of Broken English. A lost masterpiece, with some chillingly frail renditions. Beware of Darkness | Rich Kid Blues