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The Red Door

The red door – The Aislers Set

It was record fair day today so – waking up a 5:30, gone by 6 – that is why i’m writing this so late. This song being in my head was a wishful subconscious coming out and affirming the kind of thing i was hoping i’d find today. Even though i already own this. It’s the only Aislers Set record i do own.

No Aislers Set, but it was quite a haul. Someone was clearly doing the sensible thing by ridding himself of physical media, so who am i not to capitalise on that? I’m not proud of what i spent, but it was there, it was never there before, so i bought:

7″
Biff Bang Pow – Love’s Going Out Of Fashion
Blood Sausage – Touching You In Ways That Don’t Feel Comfortable
Bogshed – Morning Sir!
Boys Life/Giants Chair – split
Bubblegum Splash – Splashdown EP
Built To Spill/Marine Research – split
The Chills – Rolling Moon
The Chills – Doledrums/Hidden Bay
Delta 5 – Try
Depeche Mode – New Life
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
The Edsel Auctioneer – Our New Skin
Erectus Monotone – Glider (i bought two of these by dumb accident. Does anyone want one?)
Erectus Monotone/Polvo – spilt
Even As We Speak – Goes So Slow
The Flatmates – Shimmer
Gentle Despite – the Darkest Blue EP
Heavenly – P.U.N.K. Girl
Heavenly – Space Manatee
Huggy Bear – Rubbing The Impossible To Burst
Iconoclast – their first one
The June Brides – No Place Called Home
The June Brides – Every Conversation
Liliput – Eisiger Wind/When The Cat’s Away Then The Mice Will Play
The Magnetic Fields – Long Vermont Roads
The Magnetic Fields – All The Umbrellas In London
Manda Rin – DNA
Manda Rin – Guilty Pleasure
Marine Girls – You Must Be Mad/Don’t Come Back
McTells – Wind-Up
Mineral/Jimmy Eats World/Sensefield – split
The Mo-Dettes – Dark Park Creeping
Orange Juice – Simply Thrilled Honey/Breakfast TIme
The Orchids – I’ve Got A Habit
The Pastels – Songs For Children (Villa21)
The Pastels – Songs For Children (Overground)
The Pastels – Truck Train Tractor/Breaking Lines
The Pastels – Crawl Babies/Empty House
The Pastels – Different Drum/Empty House
Primal Scream – Crystal Crescent/Velocity Girl
Scattered Order – Escape Via Cessnock
The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine
The Sea Urchins – Solace/Please Rain Fall
The Sea Urchins – i don’t know what it’s called but it’s Fright032
Seam – Kernel
Slant 6/The Make-Up – split
Stereolab – The Free Design
Teenage Fanclub – God Knows It’s True
The Three Johns – Death of the European
Unrest – Cath Carroll
Velvet Crush – The Soul Crusher EP
The Wedding Present – Once More
The Wedding Present – Pourquoi es tu devenue si raisonnable?
The Wedding Present – Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm

8″
Ex-Ignota

12″
The Coolies – Master
The Hated – the unreleased LP
Razorcuts – Sorry To Embarrass You EP
Scattered Order – Comfort
V/A – The Girls Can’t Help It

Yes…

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One Half Laughing

One half laughing – The Aislers Set

There’s something kind of dark about Aislers Set songs that runs against this pop business they fit perfectly in. Be it lyric matter, the weird, creative, oddly sensible and, above all, fantastic way Amy Linton writes these songs, or the way they’re recorded – nothing ever seems as bubbly and happy as it should be. I can’t think of something plainly convival by them. Even this song, one of their most upbeat and playful, is mitigated to… i don’t know… something somber and sinister. The label “perfect pop” is not one that usually lends itself to darkness, nor to aberration and experiment. Not these days anyway. The Aislers Set are a perfect pop band in every way they distance themselves from “perfect pop”.

the wayward cloud

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One Half Laughing

One half laughing – The Aislers Set

La la la la la la la la la la la la la . Perfection. Who is this mysterious Aislers Set? I know every tool for research is at my disposal, every genesis, every personnel, every consequence of the band traceable, but still they hold a place for me mysterious, singular, unrecognised, alone in my gathered music listening. Oh, look, Amy Linton.

wild style

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