We've hit mid-November which means new releases have finally slowed down a little but I've still got six for you this week in Indie Basement: The John Hughes Mixtapes is '80s teen film gold, Love & Rockets launch a vinyl reissue campaign, plus new albums by Breanna Barbara, Jeb Loy Nichols, veteran electronic duo Plaid, Blinker the Star, and more.
If you need more of the week's new stuff, Andrew reviews L.S. Dunes, Smidley, Christine and the Queens and more in Notable Releases. For more Basement-related: GOAT Don Letts just announced his debut solo album which features Terry Hall, Wayne Coyne, and Hollie Cook; there are also new albums on the way from The Raincoats' Gina Birch, Beta Band's Steve Mason, and Fever Ray; Robyn Hitchcock will be touring with Kelley Stoltz; The Sisters of Mercy are finally coming back to the US; and The Flaming Lips' Space Bubble Concert Film is on the Criterion Channel.
Also: read my recaps from Iceland Airwaves.
A reminder that there's an Indie Basement section of the BV shop whose virtual shelves are stocked high with vinyl and merch from Love & Rockets, Mogwai, The Flaming Lips, King Gizzard, Pavement, Wet Leg, Mo Troper, Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, Broadcast, Stereolab, Belle & Sebastian, Talking Heads, Spoon, Lilys, Cocteau Twins, Can, Dinosaur Jr and more.
Various Artists - Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes (Demon)
John Hughes fans finally get the soundtracks they deserve -- mostly -- with this collection that mixes hits with long-sought-after rarities
"As always, we went for passion over popularity." That's John Hughes in the press release for the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack, but it sums up the approach he brought to choosing the music for his films which are some of the most beloved of the '80s. Unfortunately the actual soundtrack albums for Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and others didn't always have the best songs that were in the films. This compilation -- available in a variety of editions, big and bigger -- does a good job of correcting that, and is a real white whale release for John Hughes fans. I wrote this up back when it was announced and here's part of it:
Life Moves Pretty Fast does not have everything. There are tracks omitted probably for budget reasons -- The Beatles "Twist & Shout" from Ferris Beuller, The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" from Pretty in Pink, not to mention Psychedelic Furs' title track) but none of those are particularly hard to find. What it does have are most of those lost treasures, especially from Ferris Bueller: The Flowerpot Men's "Beat City" (which was only released as a John Hughes Fan Club 7" and has been repressed for the super deluxe edition of this box), The Dream Academy's majestic instrumental cover of "Please Please Please," and The English Beat's "March of the Swivelheads" that soundtracks Ferris' mad dash home across neighborhood backyards.
There's also Propaganda's incredible "Abuse [Here]" which is the most memorable piece of music in Some Kind of Wonderful (sorry, Flesh for Lulu); The Revillos' B-52's-esque "Rev Up" and The Specials' "Little Bitch" from Sixteen Candles; and The Rave-Ups' "Positively Lost Me" which they perform live in Pretty in Pink but were not allowed to be on the soundtrack because A&M wanted songs written just for the film. They even included Pop Will Eat Itself's grebo-hip-hop cover of '60s garage rock obscurity "Beaver Patrol" from The Great Outdoors.
Read the whole review here, and and read about some of the comp's biggest inclusions and omissions here.
Pick up Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes as a double LP vinyl set or as a 4-CD/cassette/7" box set in the BV shop. The comp isn't available to stream but someone did make a playlist with as many songs as they could find: