I start every year promising myself that I will buy some ‘older stuff’, you know fill some of those rather embarrassing gaps and there are a lot. For example I do not own a copy of anything by ‘Love‘ on Vinyl or ‘James Brown’s The Payback‘. I only have one Can album on wax, maybe it’s time to fill those ‘Spaceman 3‘ gaps or push the boat out and buy ‘The Heads Inner Space Broadcast ‘. One thing keeps getting in the way, money and new music (yes I know that’s two it was meant to be a joke and now I’ve had to explain it it’s lost it’s comedic value, maybe by doing this I’ve pulled it back round to being funny again…..). Now the money thing is always going to be an issue and if you have read this far I am sure you feel my pain. The other thing, the “new music” thing was something that at the grand old age of 47 I thought would no longer be a problem, I assumed that I would be one of those sad old fucks only buying albums from their youth or maybe I would be happy buying a Coldplay album every few years. Could 47 be the age that I would finally understand why people would spend £80 to stand in a Enormo Dome and listen to the audience sing the words to every single fucking song and then everyone goes blah blah blah in tune with fucking guitar solo!
Alas all of these wonderful thoughts and ideas seem to turn into dust (just like my hopes and dreams) within the first week of the new year as my “go to” labels and artists announce their upcoming releases, friends and online communities would start to chat about what new albums they were looking forward to and which bands were touring half empty (or half full) venues . Bandcamp has once again to proved a useful resource giving me a chance to listen to stuff before I pull the trigger and I think I have finally learnt not to drink and click. As always it has been the recommendations of friends around the world that has had me spending my wife’s hard earned money. Gig wise it’s been another great year thanks mainly to The Other Window putting on so many great gigs in Leicester, highlights were, Sneers, Julies Haircut, Juju, Black Helium, ILL, Kuunatic, Luminous Bodies, and Acid Cannibal all of these great bands have been supported by some truly brilliant local acts, Colossloth, Early Reamains, Five Head and Earls all deserve your attention. Outside of my home town I got to meet some of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and join them in two mind blowing sets from The Myrrors and Bonnacons of Doom. Here are my top ten live performances.
- The Myrrors
- Bonnacons of Doom
- Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska
- Acid Cannibals
- Julies Haircut
- Black Helium
I have decided to share a completely pointless and uninteresting list. I don’t listen to music through my computer that much but when I do its all logged by LastFM. So according to LastFM here are my 20 most played albums (old and new) of the year.
- Dead Sea Apes- Recondite
- The Left Outsides – All That Remains
- Dead Otter – Bridge Of Weird
- TBWNIAS – Masters Of Molehill
- The Final Age – S/T
- TBWNIAS – Boxset 2
- TBWNIAS- Basement Blow Outs
- Can – Soundtracks
- Hakwind – In Search Of Space
- Black Sabbath – Sabotage
- Dead Sea Apes – Warheads
- Dead Sea Apes – Spectral Domains
- Deep Purple – Machine Head
- Neal Young – Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live
- Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen….
- Teeth Of The Sea – Highly Deadly Black Tarantula
- The Myrrors – Entranced Earth
- Can – Ege Bamyasi
- Can – Tago Mago
- John Mcbain – Accidental Soundtracks: Vol 1
So there you have it my “End of Year Thing Pt 1”, in a couple of days the inventively titled “End Of Year Thing Pt 2” will appear late and without any prior warning it will feature my 20 favorite new releases of the year. Sometime in very early January the final part of my yearly round will be published it will feature a couple of mentions regarding special releases and an in depth interview with my artist of the year.