Desert Island Discs.

Augustus Pablo/ King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976)

Beastie Boys/ Ill Communication (1994)

Bob Dylan/ Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Bohren & Der Club of Gore/ Piano Nights (2014)

Brian Eno/ Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)

cassettes/ Old Vinyl & UFO Kids (2004)

David Bowie/ Diamond Dogs (1974)

Death Cab For Cutie/ The Photo Album (2001)

Devo/ Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (1977)

The Fall/ This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)

Guided By Voices/ Isolation Drills (2001)

IDLES/Joy As An Act of Resistance (2018)

There is not one ounce of fat on IDLES’ second album, nor cliché either. They have singlehandedly reinvented punk rock for the 21st century.

Joni Mitchell/ Ladies of The Canyon (1970)

Lou Reed/ Take No Prisoners (1978)

The Microphones/ The Glow Pt. 2 (2001)

My Bloody Valentine/ Loveless (1991)

Neutral Milk Hotel/ In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)

Neil Young/ On The Beach (1974)

Nico/ Chelsea Girl (1968)

Patti Smith/ Horses (1975)

Pavement/ Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)

Public Enemy/ It Takes A Nation of Millions… (1988)

Q-Bert/ Camel Bobsled Race (1997)

Quasi/ Hot Shit (2003)

Rolling Stones/ Exile On Main Street (1972)

Ry Cooder/ Ry Cooder (1970)

Sammy/ Debut Album (1994)

Scritti Politti / Skank Bloc Bologna (1978) / Four A-Sides (1979)

Sonic Youth/ Daydream Nation (1988)

Stephen Malkmus/ Stephen Malkmus (2001)

Sufjan Stevens/ Greetings From Michigan (2004)

Van Morrison/ Astral Weeks (1968)

Velvet Underground/ Live At Max’s Kansas City (1972)

Vivian Stanshall/ Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1978) / Teddy Boys Don’t Knit (1981)

The wordplay and humour is relentless. Stanshall re/creates a slice of English life that feels both familiar and fantasy all at once; charming and charmless, dreamy and nightmarish, but ceaselessly hilarious.

Wedding Present/ Seamonsters (1991)

Though I’ve yet to find a copy that does this real justice. Everything seems muddy or too low in the mix, which is a shame considering Steve Albini is a go-to name for noise reproduction and David Gedge and the band sound as if they’ve found a muscular and melodic confidence. [There is, I see, a 2001 remastering and perhaps these issues are tackled there?] The Wedding Present’s 2005, Take Fountain, album is, sonically, ace and almost equally as compelling.

William Basinski/ The Disintegration Loops (2014)

The sound of iron filings and analogue tape gradually degenerating. Superb to end the day with.

Yo La Tengo/ Today Is The Day (2003)