Friday 9 June 2023


Today's selection revisits the territory of last November's Scarlet Villagers post, in that it's another dive into a CD-R of ripped albums gifted by my friend John circa 2009/2010. Titled Stuff, the package contained three discs of, well, stuff, some of which I hadn't heard before.

I've pulled together a 10-track selection from disc 2, running order is exactly the same as how the albums were presented on the CD-R, with the exception of opening artist Bat For Lashes, who returns to provide the closing track.  All of the songs date from 2009, apart from the Regina Spektor song, from 2002 but presented to me on Stuff via her 2005 compilation Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers And Other Short Stories.

Other welcome new discoveries courtesy of Stuff were Here We Go Magic and God Help The Girl, respectively featuring Luke Temple and Stuart Murdoch, The Decemberists, The Invisible and the wonderful soundtrack to Where The Wild Things Are, courtesy of Karen O & The Kids.
I was already familiar with - and a fan of - Ladyhawke and Sébastien Tellier, less familiar with Regina Spektor but liked what I'd heard. All in all, it was a pretty solid collection and I hope the selection gives a flavour of this and encourages you to dig out your own copies of the albums, or hunt them down if you don't have them.

As before, John's self-produced sleeve only hints at the very talented comic artist and letterer that he is.
1) Pearl's Dream (Album Version): Bat For Lashes (2009)
2) Everything's Big: Here We Go Magic (2009)
3) Musician, Please Take Heed: God Help The Girl (2009)
4) Heads Up: Karen O & The Kids (2009)
5) Dusk Till Dawn (Album Version): Ladyhawke (2008) 
6) Consequence Of Sounds: Regina Spektor (2002)
7) Look: Sébastien Tellier (2008)
8) The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle The Thistles Undone): The Decemberists (2009)
9) Climate: The Invisible (2009)
10) Siren Song (Album Version): Bat For Lashes (2009) 
2002: Songs: 6
2008: Ladyhawke: 5 
2008: Sexuality: 7
2009: God Help The Girl: 3 
2009: The Hazards Of Love: 8
2009: Here We Go Magic: 2 
2009: The Invisible: 9
2009: Two Suns: 1, 10
2009: Where The Wild Things Are OST: 4
Stuff (Disc 2) (42:52) (Box) (Mega)
Scarlet Villagers available here


  1. Hi. Have you ever done a The Future Sound Of London compilation post? Just curious. Thanks!

    1. Hello blureu, thanks for asking. Whilst they've regularly contributed tracks and mixes to Dubhed selections, I surprised myself by discovering that Messrs. Dougans and Cobain have only had one selection dedicated to their own work, in August 2021. Even then, it's a relatively brisk selection of remixes of other artists as either The Future Sound Of London or The Amorphous Androgynous.

      I've restored the original post link:

      This has obviously got me thinking that a follow up is long overdue. I do have an old C90 (poss a C120) cassette compilation of FSOL to recreate at some point, but I also have a lot of their subsequent albums and collections. Watch this space...

  2. That is excellent news, thank you!