Pere Ubu – Lady from Shanghai. (Bought as flac download) David Thomas and Co are still at it, with another good album. From the website, it would seem that an accompanying paperback book is available outlining the way the album was constructed. This may seem a bit over the top, but note the extra special limited edition of Nick Cave’s new album – perhaps this is a trend!

The Haxan Cloak – I bought the eponymous first Haxan Cloak album, again as a flac download), after hearing one of the tracks (The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)) from the forthcoming second album on Soundcloud, which I found via Cosey Fanni Tutti’s Twitter. I suspect the new album, due in April, is likely to present a more atmospheric sound.

Todd Snow – Emergence – This is something I also noted from Cosey’s tweets. Quite atmospheric and almost ambient, it’s available on Bandcamp in any format (of course, I chose flac).

Magazine – Live and Intermittent – Bought on CD via the wire-sound website. Bit of a nostalgia trip for me. Magazine always were one of my favourite bands of the late 70s/early 80s. Their post-reform album No Thyself (it’s on sale at the moment, good value at £5) is better than I expected and a worthy addition to their discography. Anyway, back to the live Magazine CD – it’s a bit lo-fi in places, but if you were there back in the day a nice reminder. I also picked up Dave Formula’s CD Satellite Sweetheart, but haven’t  had a chance to listen to it much so far.