Posted at 8:12pm on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 by Andy
Thanks to the wonder of the API over at Last.fm I’ve been “running the numbers” (as it were) on my listening for 2010. It can be summarised as follows:
- January: The xx and various works by Erlend Øye. Clearly coming down from a heavy Christmas
- February: New Yeasayer! I am new again!
- March: Fang Island, you say? Dramatic! Exciting! Loud! Clang!
- April: Dangermouse is back. Broken Bells is possibly his best collaboration yet. And that whiny git from The Shins isn’t whiny anymore
- May: Dexys Midnight Runners made a third album? And it’s really good? Blimey!
- June: Kevin Rowland wasn’t weird enough. I need weirder. Ahhhh. CocoRosie – there you are
- July: New Wolf Parade! I am new again!
- August: New Arcade Fire! I am new again!
- September: Wolf Parade! Arcade Fire! (still going)
- October: Calm down. Don’t get overexcited. Ooh. Twin Shadow, that’ll do nicely
- November: WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF SUFJAN STEVENS BEFORE?!?!
- December: No. Seriously. Why? He’s been around for years. His back catalogue is massive
And my best albums of the year?
- Expo ’86
- ODD BLOOD
Posted at 9:26pm on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 by Andy
Three albums I’ve been really looking forward to all got released in the last two weeks….
Midlake’s The Courage of Others. If it had been on vinyl I would have worn out my copy of their last album (The Trials of Van Occupanther). While the last one was influenced by the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, and early Fleetwood Mac (music I have to admit to loving) this latest one is influenced by Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span (music I have a real aversion to). Because of my love of the last album I’ve given this new one more listens than I normally would, but have come to the sad conclusion that it’s just a dreary derivative folk album. Fairport Convention lite at best. One down, two to go
Hot Chip’s One Life Stand. Some of the tracks from Made in the Dark and The Warning are stone cold classics. Live even more so. Again I really wanted to like the latest album. Initially I liked the more direct approach – the dance tracks are more straight down the line, ballads (for want of a better description) are more ballady. By the fifth listen, though, I’ve come to realise that what I thought was deliberately more direct is actually knowingly poppy. This is their attempt to break through. I really wouldn’t be surprised if every track ended up on an advert. And those lyrics about the XBox really can fuck off. Two down, one to go.
Yeasayer’s Odd Blood. Hah! This one really is awesome. A genuine move forward from the equally fantastic All Hour Cymbals. Right now I can’t imagine liking another album more this year. At least one purchase was worthwhile.
Posted at 9:57pm on Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 by Andy
Sometimes Jools Holland throws up some absolute stormers. Welcome then my new favourite band (at least this week…) 2080 by Yeasayer.
Definitely from the Wolf Parade/Animal Collective/Panda Bear camp, but what makes them stand out for me is the quality of that bass. I can’t help but think of Talking Heads; David Byrne flapping around stage as Tina Weymouth let rip the funk.