Alexis Petridis on random music finds

Here’s a sentence you don’t read every day: last Sunday afternoon, our kitchen was brought to a standstill by the sound of a broken-down fairground ride with its calliope in a state of terrible disrepair wheezing out a wildly offkey version of Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual. The reactions among the Petridis family ranged from hilarity (me) to wild, howling terror (Agatha, aged one), both of which somehow seemed right: it was both uproariously funny and deeply unsettling. It was played on Jarvis Cocker’s fantastic BBC 6 Music show, but he had discovered it on the Tape Findings section of a website called Here, an American bloke posts MP3 files of the sounds recorded on random cassettes he finds in thrift stores and garage sales — via

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