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    Sunday, December 03, 2006

    If it's not Scottish it's crap!

    I popped into Newbury Comics today for the first time in a long while. I picked up two albums on sale for $10.88 apiece (gotta love those Newbury sales). Both are from the early '80s, both are from Scottish bands, both are jittery post-punk, and both are quite good.

    Orange Juice (of Glasgow) and Josef K (of Edinburgh) are two short-lived bands who recorded around the same time as each other and defined the sound of artsy, independent music in Scotland. Orange Juice's The Glasgow School and Josef K's Entomology are each packed with 20+ songs. Orange Juice has received some attention lately from bands like Franz Ferdinand who've dug them up from their country's back catalog. But so far, I think I'm enjoying the Josef K album a little more.

    What I'm not enjoying, however, is the free CD that the woman at the register slipped into my bag. It's a sampler with new songs by Slayer, Helmet, and Sammy Hagar which just further reinforces the fact that if it's not Scottish it's crap.

    A pair of Scottish post-punk tracks for you:

    Orange Juice "Breakfast Time"

    Josef K "Radio Drill Time"