This won't take long this week. Often skronky lowlanders once with massive reputations whose current albums seem to have passed most people by take up most of our single interest this week in the shape of dEUS' What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and the Radio Dept's The Worst Taste In Music. If you're that way inclined, the Hornised retro synths have returned to the Pet Shop Boys sound on I'm With Stupid
Scott Walker's The Drift? Don't expect us to be able to decode what's going on, as what we've heard makes Tilt seem like a four to the floor dance record that samples 80s MOR. Still, at least he's well and giving interviews again. One curio that's slipping out this week is Gold Digging: As Sampled By Kanye West, probably not artist endorsed unlike those Fatboy Slim sample compilations from his imperial phase but still a repository of his anthology of everything from the obvious Mayfield and Bassey to Etta James' version of My Funny Valentine, Gil Scott Heron, Al Green and the Chi-Lites.
They will sneak these out when we're not concentrating, but really we should have spotted PJ Harvey On Tour - Please Leave Quietly last week. Although recorded in 2004 on the Uh Huh Her tour the main 16-song set is a grab-bag from across her career edited together from any number of camera angles and incorporating backstage and rehearsal business, video diaries and general rough-hewn gubbins, somewhere between concert document and arty documentary.