Thursday, 19 January 2012

Soooo cooool

I can't even think of anything wittily ironic to say about Patti Smith. Her book 'Just Kids' is HIGHLY recommended and check out the little interview link. So cool.

The only slightly uncool thing I can think of Patti Smith saying is when she slagged off uber-God Bruce even though he provided her with her most enduring and popular tune which probably paid for a lot of camera film. Anyways -- she rocks.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Tribes - Haircutty Central

We saw a bit of them at Latitude Festival last year and as new bands do they had all their mates jumping around at the front, actually there only was 'the front'. Still as jangly indie goes I quite like this tune

There is a guitary version about too, but jangly is better

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

6th Day My Mission

This is my first ever blog anywhere. Huzzah for me in joining the modern age!
Huzzah to Paul B for inviting me in from the cold.

Upon completing my initial On The Sixth Day review and analysis, I have come to the conclusion that the 90's and 00's must be eradicated.

To that end I now share with you a video, whilst easy on the eye, is as vacuous as anything Duran Duran have ever committed. Girls on film indeed.

SmashHitsBoy Ahoy!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

And for 2012

This isn't going to come as much of a surprise to new band of the year prediction is Meursault. OK not particularly new, but the next album is going HUGE...maybe 1500 copies sold.

and with Frightened Rabbit chap doing a splendid version of I'm on Fire

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Festive Fifty

Here's a list of the most heavily rotated fifty tunes on my Ipod that were released this year, in descending order of astoundingness, and limited to 2 tracks per Artist;
1) The Domino State- Safe Now
2) Amusement Parks On Fire- Echo Park//Infinite Delay
3) Butterfly Explosion- Tracing Stars
4) Foals- Spanish Sahara
5) God Is An Astronaut- In the Distance Fading
6) Sennen- Age Of Denial
7) Malory- Floating
8) Amusement Parks On Fire- Flashlight Planetarium
9) Union Sound Set- Cause & Resolve
10) Holy F*ck- Silva & Grimes
11) I Like Trains- We Saw The Deep
12) Lowline- Outside
13) Air Formation- Low December Sun
14) Mogwai- Mogwai Fear Satan (Live)
15) Jonsi- Grow Till Tall
16) Biffy Clyro- Many Of Horror
17) Delphic- Clarion Call
18) School Of Seven Bells- Heart Is Strange
19) The Twilight Sad- The Wrong Car
20) 65 Days Of Static- Tiger Girl
21) The Arcade Fire- Ready To Start
22) The Boxer Rebellion- If You Run
23) The Domino State- You Are The Winter
24) Film School- Heart Full Of Pentagons
25) Butterfly Explosion- Closer
26) Exit Calm- Hearts & Minds
27) Mono- Pure As Snow (Trails Of The Winter Storm) (Live)
28) Kyte- Fear From Death
29) Blood Red Shoes- Don't Ask
30) The Joy Formidable- I Don't Want To See You Like This
31) Spotlight Kid- All Is Real
32) School Of Seven Bells- Ilu
33) The Arcade Fire- We Used To Wait
34) Tears Run Rings- Innocent
35) Union Sound Set- Here's To You
36) Sennen- Red Horizon
37) Frightened Rabbit- Nothing Like You
38) 65 Days Of Static- Debutante
39) I Like Trains- These Feet Of Clay
40) Delphic- Counterpoint
41) Kyte- The Smoke Saves Lives
42) Sad Day For Puppets- Such A Waste
43) Saxon Shore- Thanks For Being Away
44) God Is An Astronaut- Worlds In Collision
45) Mogwai- Glasgow Mega Snake (Live)
46) Team Ghost- A Glorious Time
47) The Joy Formidable- Popinjay
48) Holy F*ck- Stilettos
49) Interpol- Lights
50) Air Formation- Meltdown
30 tracks from this list that will hopefully make a difference to your lives will be available on 2 CD's in the New Year.
Merry Christmas.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Top 20 Albums of 2010

Not the greatest of years, it has to be said, and a top 20 took me some head-scratching, but here goes;
1) Amusement Parks On Fire- Road Eyes- very few in the UK care, so this Nottingham five-piece decamped to LA, hooked up with Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups, and came up with the most shimmering, rocket-propelled sunshine rock album of the year. Not released in the UK yet, but doing decent business where it was intended.

2) The Domino State- Uneasy Lies The Crown- debut from London band who have Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland's brother in their ranks. Despite this, they managed an album that sounds like Ian McCulloch fronting Ride, which is a very good thing indeed.

3) Butterfly Explosion- Lost Trails- reverb-drenched heaven from Southern Ireland. Knob twiddling by Torsten Kinsella of God Is An Astronaut.

4) Biffy Clyro- Only Revolutions- the angular, stop-start rhythms of old are gone, and in their place a collection of balls-out, stadium-sized rock monsters. Suddenly being discovered by 12 year old girls, as a result of Matt Cardle's murdering of "Many Of Horror".

5) Mogwai- Special Moves- live album taken from their dates in Brooklyn, NYC, last year. Perfectly captures the awesome power of their live performance, with "Mogwai Fear Satan", in particular, scaring the hell out of the neighbours, as it should.

6) Malory- Pearl Diver- German Slowdivers with added Hybrid/Massive Attack electronics.

7) Foals- Total Life Forever- not as immediate as their debut, but definitely the sound of a band capable of going global monster huge.

8) Blood Red Shoes- Fire Like This- what The White Stripes should have sounded like, if they weren't so busy disappearing up their own crevices. Not seen a moshpit for a while like the one at Leeds Festival for them.

9) Mono- Holy Ground- Japanese post-rockers live with New York's Wordless Music Orchestra. I defy anyone to listen to this version of "Trails Of The Winter Storm" without being reduced to a quivering wreck by the end.

10) I Like Trains- He Who Saw The Deep- becalmed second from former Leeds historians, who focus here instead on a bleak environmental message for the future.

11) The Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

12) God Is An Astronaut- Age Of The Fifth Sun

13) School Of Seven Bells- Disconnect From Desire

14) Holy F*ck- Latin

15) Union Sound Set- Start/Stop

16) Sennen- Age Of Denial

17) Frightened Rabbit- The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

18) Jonsi- Go

19) Kyte- Dead Waves

20) Exit Calm- Exit Calm

Festive fifty posted tomorrow or 30 tracks to make up "Best of 2010" compilations.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Top Albums 2010

Just for a change top to bottom


By a mile the best album of the year, if you don't like it on first play, just turn the volume up. OK so Neil's voice may be back in the mix in parts- well - TURN THE VOLUME UP. The songs are fantastic, the guitars are excellent, he's a great singer and whatever the beeps and clicks are they work for me...By a Mile!

Titus Andronicus

I'm not sure I can explain this one properly either, it's got a lot of guitars on it, it's quite shouty in places and it's certainly got a few great tunes on it. It's also a bit messy a bit oddly produced and doesn't exactly flow. It just makes me excited listening to new music though, definitely a heart rather than a head album. Play it loud and be immersed.

The National

Not that tricky really, just write an album choc full of great songs and everyone will love it. It's worth getting the first issue not the re issue though as Terrible Love is far better on it, they throw a drum kit down a long flight of stairs and record it.

Akira The Don and Joey2tits

In which AKD turns in his best work of the year, awesome mixing, great tunes, and the best UK exponent of hip hop for sure. Tunes meet dance meet rap meet pop, it's even got 60's riffs in there.

Arcade Fire

It took me a while to get this, the online video wotsit helped and then I played it in the car. My favourite driving album of the year perfect beats to singalong songs

Male Bonding

Old style indie guitars, no really old style, think Steve Diggle with more effects pedals. It's like all of Manchester Indie music chucked in a blender, switched to max spin and popping the lid. 3 minute pop songs making a welcome comeback...with screech guitar.

Kid Canaveral

Every song a classic, Sarah Records meets the neu folk revolutionists.

The Hold Steady

Trust me it's better in retrospect, I played it to death for a month earlier in the year and loved it, then I got bored with it and now it's my 2nd favourite Hold Steady album. It's always about the quality of the songs you know.


This was free at the start of the year and the blogosphere went crazy. It worked a treat for Mr Yelawolf who signed for a major and pocketed the cash. If you listen to one rap album this year get a copy of the earlier issue. The big label scrapped half the best tunes stuck some filler in and trashed a great album. (I know someone with a copy ;-))

Gaslight Anthem

It's probably become fashionable not to like them by now but, I'll still be playing this album in 5 years time. It may be as a bit predictable, however as long as the verses and chorus' are singable it'll do me.

Silver Columns

Electronic, dance fun from north of the border

LCD Soundsystem

Some top tunes in amongst a few duffers, what the heck is that Bowie rip off doing on there?

Frightened Rabbit

They've become a bit popular and indeed a bit pop in parts but, I've played this album an awful lot and I've a feeling it's going to stick.

The Futureheads

As with all Futureheads albums it's a bit inconsistent, but when its good its mint. 'Heartbeat' is the best pop song of the year.


Talking of great pop songs 'Spanish Sahara' is one of the best his year too. It's my favourite spinning around album of the year.

Johnny Flynn

I don't care if he's mates with the rest of the southern new folkies and almost so hip he can barely limp because this album is full of surprises. It's almost trad folk and it's very pop in parts too, but in the way that Shane McGowan can write great songs I think Mr Flynn may well have a few classics in his locker.

And then a few other notable inclusions

Best Album illegally copied for me

Shoegazey Pop

Best Album nonchalantly passed by USB stick

Jangly pop tunes

And without further ado back to the magnificent Meursault, best album of the year and best gig of the year too.

If you haven't seen the live songs from Glastonbury then these are worth a look. Some good looking chaps in this audience! You know the rules TURN THE VOLUME UP

and the quieter

I think I'm starting to like the fact that the music industry is disintegrating and you have to search out the god stuff again rather than it being spoonfed to the masses.