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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Albums of the Year 2016

I've gone through several drafts on what to say about 2016 but none of it quite suffices. The last twelve months has covered everything from political horrors, to personal joys, from devastating losses to musical triumphs. And it's the latter of these that's brings me to the below twenty albums.

Music felt like it should have been better in 2016. Like it should have held up more of a mirror to the year, and helped us through it. Whilst the below records are all very good (some of them are even great) pop as a whole needs to step up in 2017. It's not going to be an easy one.

But hey, at least there's never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan.

20. You Might Be Right – Happy Accidents
19. Stay Together – Kaiser Chiefs
18. Holy Ghost – Modern Baseball
17. E•MO•TION: Side B – Carly Rae Jepsen
16. Head Carrier – Pixies
15. Mono No Aware – Johnny Foreigner
14. I, Gemini – Let's Eat Grandma
13. Commontime – Field Music
12. Varmints – Anna Meredith
13. A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings – Beach Slang
10. From Kaplan To Belsize – Muncie Girls
09. Puberty 2 – Mitski
08. Love You To Death – Tegan And Sara
07. British Road Movies – Kate Jackson
06. Babes Never Die – Honeyblood
05. Blackstar – David Bowie
04. Impossible Dream – Haley Bonar
03. Still Valid – MJ Hibbett & The Validators
02. Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
01. Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart - Martha




Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Wedding Breakfast Playlist

Don't Let Him Waste Your Time - Jarvis Cocker
Jackie Jackson - Franz Ferdinand
Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.
1995 - The Radio Dept.
Out Of Control - Lush
Sad Eyes - Katie Malco
All Of My Heart - ABC
Capricornia - Allo Darlin'
Lifeline - The Answering Machine
The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
Oxygen - Willy Mason
True Love 1980 - Ash
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
By Your Side - Beachwood Sparks
The Light 3000 - Schneider TM vs Kpt. Michi. Gan.
Wild Is The Wind - David Bowie
A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
Newborn - Elbow
High - Feeder
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Foux du Fafa - Flight of the Conchords
Please Stand Up - British Sea Power
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales - Car Seat Headrest
Make Them Gold - CHVRCHES
Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
Nearer Than Heaven - Delays
Annie, Let's Not Wait (Single Version) - Guillemots
Sprained Ankle - Julien Baker
Autumnsong - Manic Street Preachers
It Only Works Because You're Here - MJ Hibbett & The Validators
I Told Her Only Alderaan - Neon Neon
5 Years Time - Noah And The Whale
L.O.V.E. Love - Orange Juice
Shiver - Maxïmo Park
The King of Rock 'N' Roll - Prefab Sprout
Do You Remember The First Time? - Pulp
Coles Corner - Richard Hawley
Portions For Foxes - Rilo Kiley
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve - Johnny Boy
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
The Engine Driver - The Decemberists
There Goes The Fear - Doves
She's Got You High - Mumm-Ra
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
Archie, Mary Me - Alvvays

Friday, 1 January 2016

Top 50 Songs of 2015

I struggle to say a lot about the music of the last 12 months. 2015 was another year where nothing much of anything really happened. I really like all of the below songs, in varying degrees and for different reasons. Some are singles from albums of 2014, but as far as I'm aware all were at least released in some form in 2015. There's a near complete Spotify playlist (missing Alvvays, Kitty and Taylor Swift) at the bottom for anyone interested.

50) Alvvays – Underneath Us
49) Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
48) The Go! Team – Reason Left To Destroy
47) Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
46) Protomartyr – The Devil In His Youth
45) Caitlin Rose – Been Thinking About You All The Time
44) Algiers – Irony. Utility. Pretext.
43) Joanna Gruesome – There Is No Function Stacy
42) Doctrines – Second City
41) Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over
40) Lonelady – Bunkerpop
39) The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It
38) Chorusgirl – No Moon
37) The Vaccines – 20/20
36) Hop Along – Sister Cities
35) Summer Camp – Bad Love
34) Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
33) Colleen Green – Pay Attention
32) The Cribs – Summer Of Chances
31) The Lovely Eggs – Magic Onion
30) Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home
29) British Sea Power – Atom (Sea Of Brass Version)
28) Blur – Thought I Was a Spaceman
27) Menace Beach – Tastes Like Medicine
26) Low – What Part Of Me
25) Desperate Journalist – Control
24) Wolf Alice – Bros
23) Gaz Coombes – Detroit
22) Ash – Dispatch
21) CHVRCHES – Empty Threat
20) Daphne & Celeste – You & I Alone
19) Mitski – Townie
18) Stealing Sheep – Not Real
17) Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
16) Ryan Adams – Welcome To New York
15) Richard Hawley – I Still Want You
14) Ezra Furman – Can I Sleep In Your Brain?
13) Everything Everything – Distant Past
12) FFS – Piss Off
11) Tellison – Boy
10) Paul Smith & The Intimations – The Deep End
09) Pesky! - Keep Me
08) Kitty – Drink Tickets
07) The Decemberists – Make You Better
06) Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
05) Taylor Swift – Style
04) Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
03) Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin
02) Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
01) The Darkness – Open Fire