The best music recommender in the world. L.

OK, so I sort of liked how it went last week. I liked the element of risk involved in choosing between an album you love from the US or the UK or an album you have hastily found via an Ask Jeeves search for ‘wicked cool bands from Antarctica preferably not death metal or anything with saxophones in it though just to be on the safe side, yeah?’ that will earn you double points. So I stuck with it. This week’s double points countries were Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, Gabon, Guyana, Thailand (all of which had at least one album representing them chosen) Luxembourg, Samoa, The Gambia and Poland (that didn’t).

The scores I scored were as in the following scores…

  • Black Caviar Music chose Big Butt by Lib Teck

    Now, I’m all for record companies putting forward their own records. Why not, I say? If you aren’t pleased with it, don’t publish it. If you are, promote it. I’m not sure how much exposure you are going to get from this blog but every little helps, or something, yeah? However, if you are going to do it, make sure you have a quick glance at the rules. Big Butt by Lib Teck is one four-minute-and-twelve-seconds long song. It is not an album. It’s good, but… as I say… not an album. I should have disqualified it really. I didn’t because I needed a Liberian choice and, you know, I kinda liked the song. Black Caviar score 1 (x2) = 2 points.

  • Daniel Carpenter chose by Lemon Jelly

    What are the odds of recommending Lemon Jelly to the only person on earth who doesn’t like them? Pretty slim, I’d say. Pretty slim. But here we are, me all unmoved and Dan with only 2 points.

  • Adrian Slatcher chose The High Frontier by Lumerians

    Music is a magic spell. If you cast it well you can get away with almost anything, but if anyone notices that what you are doing is ridiculous you are usually screwed. If you are Led Zepplin or something you can (mostly) get away with your Tolkien-esque lyrics because you have this massive catalogue of fat riffs to distract the listener with but most of us don’t have Jimmy Page to get us out of trouble. Unfortunately for Lumerians, their lead singer has the exact same voice that Bret McKenzie adopts for The Flight of the Conchords’ psychedelic rock homage The Prince of Parties. I couldn’t get past it, so, sorry Adrian, you only get 3 points.

  • Nick Rayney chose Reality Testing by Lone

    …and then very nearly changed his mind and went with Loyle Carner… but stuck with his first thought… and… oh my god! He’s only gone and made the biggest mistake since Chris Waddle decided he’d have a go at popping his penalty in the top left corner at Italia ’90, hasn’t he? That might have cost him the championship, Clive! He could be ruing that at the end of the season. You hate to see it. 4 points.

  • Donna Morris chose The Next Venture Collection by Lift-Oil

    So, this is the moment you find out I don’t use Spotify like the cool kids. What can I say? When I signed up to a streaming service Spotify were in a battle with Taylor Swift and, forced to chose sides, I chose Taylor Swift, obviously. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that the streaming service that I do use hasn’t got The Next Venture Collection on it and, as my Thai is a bit rusty, I struggled to match any of the tracks I found on Youtube to the album. The songs I did find kind of sucked but it may be that they are an unrepresentative selection of Lift-Oil’s oeuvre. Thailand’s Lift-Oil could be the world’s greatest band. I just don’t know. I have added some bonus points on just in case. So… Donna Morris scores 5+10 (x2) = 30 points.

  • Tom A chose Life Will See You Now by Jens Lekman

    Wikipedia describe Jens Lekman as being influenced by Jonathan Richman and Belle and Sebastian so this was going to go one of two ways. Or so I thought. Because while you can taste the influence of Belle and Sebastian, Lekman tempers it into something that I found far less objectionable than the real thing. I even quite liked some of the album, so, all in all, at the end of day, when all is said and done, 6 points.

  • jummo70 chose Explains by Little Wings

    And we’re fully into ‘stuff I liked’ territory now, so it feels enormously unfair that this only got 7 points. But it did. So….

  • Neal chose L’Afrikain by Lord Ekomy Ndong

    Which I was firmly onboard with, and which scores 8 (x2) = 16 points.

  • Tom chose Never Own by Luisa

    Which I also liked very much indeed, so I gave it 9 points. I sometimes worry that now we are up to twenty or so albums a week, leaving me only enough time to listen to each record once, some albums score less than they might. Two listens each and this might have scored double what it has. Success makes monsters of us all I guess.

  • Dan chose Frequencies by LFO

    Which, let’s face it, is the best album on this list by a country mile. It’s a banger’s banger’s banger. It is human civilisation’s peak. It should be the only thing we send into space, a message to the universe that we aren’t all bad. You can tell it’s a fookin’ classic because it is so fookin’ class. Under normal circumstances, Frequencies would get an easy twenty points but Dan knows how I feel about it, and the fact that he feels the same way doesn’t alter the fact that choosing this as his L choice is basically insider trading or something. I have therefore limited him to 10 points.

  • Sleepy chose Fever In, Fever Out by Luscious Jackson

    And while I’m more of a Natural Ingredients kind of guy, there is no denying its brilliance. 11 points.

  • Slugger chose Blow ‘Way by Lancelot Layne

    Which, at over two hours long, was a risk, no? It could easily have outstayed it’s welcome. It didn’t though. I loved it from beginning to end. I have marked it down a few places though, what with it being two hours long and everything. Which means it gets 12 (x2 for being from Trinidad and Tobago) = 24 points.

  • Georgia Boon chose It’s a shame about Ray by Lemonheads

    And I don’t know what to do about that. On the one hand, it is one of the most perfect half hours of music every pressed to vinyl and as such should be rewarded. But on the other hand, it is so obviously great that it has a whiff of ‘My choice for B is The Best of The Beatles’ to it. (Though I understand it is quite ‘in’ to not actually like The Beatles nowadays, so that may be an unhelpful reference). Am I being unfair? Possibly. So, I am going to award Georgia 13 points but if anyone reading this hasn’t heard this record before today, and goes and listens to it, and loves it, and reports as much in the comments, I will double that. I understand that this offer would be easy to abuse but honestly, I don’t care. I have no qualms with this record eventually earning twenty six points.

  • George Sandison picked Forever Changes by Love

    Which again is perhaps too established a classic to earn big points but it does seem to be eternally undervalued so I am giving out 14 points (though with the caveat that I am not going to double this one’s score no matter how many comments turn up claiming it has just changed somebody’s life. I know. It’s all hugely unfair. But that’s the way it is.)

  • Em chose Make a Living Making Time by Lonely Vacations

    This is the first time, as far as I know, somebody has nominated a relative. It only brought on a mild panic attack. I only screamed, “Yeah, nominate your brother’s band why don’t you? That won’t make me look like a monster if I think your brother’s band sucks will it?” for a little while. Well guess what? Em’s brother’s band is only a very good band. Phew, eh? Phew indeed. Give ’em a listen, guys. I think you’ll like them. 15 points.

  • Picky Bastards picked Yesterday’s Gone by Loyle Carner 

    Recommending Loyle Carner as a stealth Guyana choice was a canny move on Picky Bastard’s part but double points are only worth getting if the album you pick is good enough to get plenty of points in the first place. Two times zero is zero. Yesterday’s Gone is great though, and double sixteen points is 32 points.

  • William Mallin chose Let’s Party Tonite by Leston Paul

    The first track of which may be the most 1980s thing on God’s earth. It is more 1980s than the Rubik’s Cube, and only partly because the Rubik’s Cube was actually invented in 1974. It is an absolute wonder and being from Trinidad and Tobago it gets double points too. Which means it is today’s highest scoring album, with two lots of seventeen points making a massive 34 points.

  • Graham Cox chose Forces of Victory by Linton Kwesi Johnson

    Did you know that David Bowie gave his copy of Forces of Victory to Mos Def? You probably do. It’s probably common knowledge. It was news to me though. I found it out while researching an album that, it turns out, I really should have been more aware of. Listening to it I could see why too. It’s an absolute cracker and it gets 18 points.

  • Chris Bissette chose Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair by La Dispute

    You know what, I don’t think I could confidently define what post-hardcore actually is but I’m a sucker for it when it’s done well. (So much so, that if I had had to pick an album for the ‘An album I love that nobody else does’ category a couple of weeks ago, Fightstar’s Grand Unification would have made my shortlist – though I probably would have chosen The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani in the end). La Dispute sound absolutely nothing like Fightstar (as I say, I have no real concept of what makes something post-hardcore, so I couldn’t really tell you what the signifies in the grand scheme of things, if anything). I enjoyed it so much though that it is the album I am listening to now as I type up the results. A richly deserved 19 points.

  • Dave Hartley picked Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

    Look, I know what I said about Lemonheads and Love being too obvious. I know. But it’s Lizzo, mate. How many points did you expect me to give it? Because it’s getting the full 20 points.