Monday, February 18, 2008

album of the day

Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth.

A slight break with tradition here, in that it's not an album that I've been moved to write about after listening to it while doing the washing up. Instead, I was moved to think "I really must listen to that again" after reading about it in an article in The Independent this morning.

It's in the news because the painting which featured on the cover (Kerze by Gerhard Richter - Kerze is German for candle, language fans) is up for auction at Sotheby's next week and is expected to fetch many times its catalogue price of two and a half million pounds. Which is, it must be said, quite a lot for a painting of a candle.

An alternative approach might be to scoot over to Amazon and invest in the album itself at the bargain price of £5.98. This, in contrast, seems like very little money at all for one of the great rock albums of the last 20 years (a double album as well, from back in the vinyl age - 1988 - when that term still had some meaning). If you have some sort of aversion to electric guitars, electric guitar feedback and general noise, you might want to take the opportunity to augment your Daniel O'Donnell collection instead, though. It's really up to you.

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