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2011 Non-Poll Winners’ Non-Party

Friday, December 30th, 2011


End of year and end of blog for a while: It’s time for the annual Music That I Did Like Best blog of lists and that…


Songs of 2011:
Fingersnap: I Wanna Rise: A ruddy big soul anthem from the year’s most played EP (even before it was released, via their Soundcloud page).
CockNBullKid: Distractions: Marvellous album with so many top tunes. This was like a magical All Saints pop song.
Patrick Wolf: Together: Single from the excellent mostly-happy-love album. Patrick’s popstar moment.
Autoheart: Control: Debut free single from The Band Formerly Known As the Gadsdens. Beautiful and intricate.
Stevie Nicks: Secret Love: The largest gestation period ever with a song demoed in the 1970s. Bewitching.
The Melting Ice Caps: Strike in the Dark: The band that keeps on growing released an excellent EP and this is the lead track.
Brett Anderson: Unsung: Mega return to form when Brett came back with a rock band.
Bright Light Bright Light: Disco Moment: The launch night gig was a top memory. Glittery greatness.
Kimbra: Cameo Lover: Classic pop from an artist who hasn’t really launched in the UK yet.
Monsta: Holdin’ On: Bryn Christopher returned with that voice in a band whose Soundcloud has some big songs on it.
Florrie: Experimenting With Rugs: Another one of the top EP artists of the year. Pop gold.
The Original 7Ven: Strawberry Lake: The Time came back and continued where they had left off. Funky.
The Pipettes: Boo Shuffle: New non-album energetic single that sounded like the old days.
James Vincent McMorrow: We Don’t Eat: Lovely album, great for the quiet moments.
Emeli Sande: Heaven: When not with shouty rappers Emeli did good things in my ears.
Foster The People: Call It What You Want: This song ended up everywhere in the end.
Lana Del Rey: Blue Jeans: ‘Internet Sensation’ whose songs are on every bloody list this year.
Gomez: Song in My Heart: They continually make great albums and make that seem easy.
Bernhoft: Choices: One of Husband Jamie’s discoveries: super-talented Norwegian all-rounder.
Penguin Prison: Don’t Fuck With My Money: This should have been the pop anthem of the year.
Will Young: Safe From Harm: Consistently good artist teams up with Richard X and makes best album of his career.

Now it’s time for some music:
Control by Autoheart

 

MONSTA by MONSTAcloud

 

Disco Moment [Video Edit] by brightlightx2

Back to the ‘awards’:

Best UK album:
Winner:
Patrick Wolf: Lupercalia : A coherent long-player is quite hard to find these days but Mr Wolf goes from strength to strength.

Runners-up:
CockNBullKid: Adulthood
Brett Anderson: Black Rainbows
Sarah Nixey: Brave Tin Soldiers
Nerina Pallot: Year of the Wolf

Best International album:
Winner:
Steve Nicks: In Your Dreams: I fell in love with the singles and videos, and ended the year with a load of her Fleetwood Mac albums.

Runners-up:
Bernhoft: Solidarity Breaks
Jenny Wilson: Blazing
Foster The People: Torches
Joan As Police Woman: The Deep Field

Best UK Group:
Fingersnap: David McAlmont has always been in my musical lists and the addition of Guy Davies led to one of those duos that are more than the sum of their parts.

The Melting Ice Caps
Autoheart
Monsta

Best International Group:
Foster The People: Earworm singles, fun videos and an album that got played so many times.

The Pierces
The Original 7Ven
Wolf Gang

Best UK Male single:
Bright Light Bright Light: Disco Moment: Why is this man not a massive pop star? The charts deserve some great acts.

Best International Male single:
Penguin Prison: Don’t Fuck With My Money: American equivalent to the great things I see and hear in Bright Light Bright Light.

Best UK Female single:
CockNBullKid: Yellow: She’s just been excellent all year.

Best International Female single:
Steve Nicks: Secret Love: I’m repeating myself from my Songs of the Year now! Lead single that was just perfect.

Best UK EP:
Winner: Fingersnap: Smokehouse EP: See all my other bloggings about why this is such a treasure.
Runners-up:
Florrie: Experiments EP

The Melting Ice Caps: Strike EP
Patrick Wolf: Brumalia EP
The Mummers: Mink Hollow Road EP
The Primitives: Never Kill A Secret EP

Best International EP:
Winner: Beth Ditto: EP: We need an album of this electropop Beth.

Runner up: Uh Huh Her: Black and Blue

Best Gig:
Fingersnap at the Jazz Cafe (20th November): Stunning set, great company, chat with the singer, intimate venue. Excellent.
The Melting Ice Caps, Dream Themes and Mr Solo at Buffalo Bar (21st August): David Shah’s Ice Caps got even better and the other acts were pretty good.
Bright Light Bright Light single launch at London Fashion Week (21st September): Surrounded by trendies (eek!) but the music was so exciting.
The Soft Close-Ups at Native Tongue (2nd August): Perfect sit-down music with beers.

Best Live Album:
David McAlmont Live From Leicester Square CD & DVD : Even if I hadn’t been to that show I would have to recommend this one.

Best project people complained about but I quite liked:
Winner: Kate Bush: Director’s Cut album : But then I didn’t own all the original albums that got re-jiggled and it came in a nice package.
Runner up: Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Make A Scene album

Best album I know is good but I just couldn’t get to grips with as much as I wanted to:
Wild Beasts: Smother : The music didn’t register in my memory despite multiple plays but the EP that followed it had some songs that I understood far better.

Artist that gets a lot of love but I just don’t feel:
Lady Gaga : A hybrid of Grace Jones and Younger Madonna being all Ooh Controversial with some average pop songs? I’ll pass.

Return to form:
Brett Anderson: Black Rainbows : Glad he went back to what he does best after the previous album was too boring to buy. That seemed so wrong.

Best video downloady thing that’s kind of a single I think:
Miles Fisher: New Romance : It’s apparently an in-joke/tie-in with a film I have never seen but still great fun.

Surprise new song that was number two in the UK Top 40 when I heard it:
Emeli Sande: Heaven : Unfinished Sympathy is 20 years old and still wonderful.

Best Scandinavian import newcomer album:
Bernhoft: Solidarity Breaks : The live video clips don’t really show off the full blown production of the album.

Hamel: Lohengrin : Good old fashioned music and lyrics is sometimes all you need.

Best new artist found via a Facebook posting:
James Vincent McMorrow: Early In The Morning album : Minimal at times but always lovely. Not ‘bland’ like this year’s buzzword.

Best new Antipodean act:
Lovers Electric : I ended up buying both their albums after the new one looked promising on a leaks site.
Gotye
Kimba

Best Mashup:
Soundhog: A Witty Title Involving Rockets & Losing Sleep : Marvellous.

Best Comeback For An English Band Popular In The 80s:
Winner:
Duran Duran: All you Need Is Now : The most Duran Duran sounding album since Rio, probably.
Runners-up:
Human Leage: Credo
The Primitives: Never Kill A Secret EP
Blancmange: Blanc Burn

Best cover of one of my favourite old vinyl singles:
Beverley Knight: Fairplay : Lesser known Soul II Soul debut single done well.

Best modern remix of an old track:
Depeche Mode: Puppets (Royksopp Remix) : I wasn’t all that familiar with the original so this sounded like an excellent new track.

Best modern remix that purposefuly sounds like an old one:
Kylie Minogue: Put your Hands Up (Pete Hammmond Remix) : Sounds about putting hands up in a retro remix style proved popular.
Bright Light Bright Light: Italo Disco Moment
Nerina Pallot: Put Your Hands Up Like It’s 1987

Best Use of the Funky Drummer beat:
A tie between Katy B: Broken Record and Jamie Woon: Spirits : The one where I listen to what the young people and critics like.

Best Deluxes Reissues:
Winner:
All of the Suede albums : Even if the packaging of these fat products weren’t quite strong enough to prevent spine damage. Second only to those Saint Etienne ones from last year.
Runners-up:
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Mica Paris: So Good

Best New Song That Arrived Out Of Nowhere:
Winner:
Hologram Heart Parade: Dirty Heart : Massive earworm song that got played a lot on my Czech holiday.

Runners-up:
Foster The People: Call It What You Want
Kimbra: Cameo Lover

Best debut Double A Side ‘single’:
Lana Del Rey: Blue Jeans / Video Games : Was this even a real old fashioned single? Is that concept even relevant anymore?

Best Artist I Always Thought Was OK But I Finally Got Into:
Winner: k d lang : It’s always good to go mad for a bunch of second hand albums by an artist you should have tried before.
Runners-up: Japan, David Sylvian

Best person from a terible TV talent show who made a good album:
Will Young: Echoes : I’m partial to bits of his other releases too but this one actually got purchased in our house.
Rebecca Ferguson: Heaven

Best new song from a Best Of compilation:
Winner: Scritti Politti: A Day Late And A Dollar Short (from Absolute) : Please can we have a new album now?

Runner up: Claudia Brucken: Thank You (from Combined)

Best new Various Artists compilation:
Zang Tuum Tumb: The Art of the 12″ : Excellent double disc ZTT retrospective in 12″s form, with a sequel due in Spring 2012.

 

Outrun my gun / Secretly died

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011


Suede: A New Morning Deluxe +DVD (£9.93 incl P&P)
The final Suede album and the most awkward. I can see what they were trying to do here after all the dramas of the previous one and I can see why they would want to make a different kind of sound but it just doesn’t work as well as it should. A lot of the songs are just not strong enough and even a more Suedey production would not change that. Still, it’s an interesting one and the re-issue package is as lovely as ever.


Foster The People: Torches (£6.99 incl P&P)
The name Paul Epworth pops up in this albums credits (Cee Lo Green, Plan B, etc) and so does Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee, Sia) but it stands on its own as a pretty fantastic Summer pop disc. The music can speak for itself on this one:

Steve Nicks: In Your Dreams (£8.93 incl P&P)
My first Stevie Nicks purchase ever! This album kept on getting played when it leaked quite a whilke ago and there are some excellent tracks on here. It’s the most Steve Nicks-sounding project I’ve ever heard if that makes sense (meaning she focuses on her strangths) with a nice photo of Stevie with an owl on the disc. Lovely horse on the cover too.

Love this house / Stupid as a mouse

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


What with going on holiday and a lot of albums coming out I have got a bit behind on obsessively cataloguing all my purchases so here’s a bumper batch:

15th June 2011:

Suede: Coming Up Deluxe +DVD (£9.93 incl P&P)
Suede Version 2.0′s first album was rather marvellous and it was the one that turned me into a big fan, along with the now unnecessary b-sides album Sci-Fi Lullabies (due to all these explanded editions). The extras on this are fantastic and I can’t recommmend it enough so here are some videos to recommend it instead:

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Make A Scene (£8.93 incl P&P)
aka That Album We Never Thought Was Coming Out. I like it, obviously, and it’s a big of a greatest hits EP plus some new (to me) tracks. Pretty successful as an album to my ears.

20th June 2011
Gomez: Whatever’s On Your Mind (£7.69 incl P&P)
Good old reliable Gomez (in a positive way) have made another album and it’s a good Gomez album. That’s a result.

Patrick Wolf: Lupercalia/ Lemuralia (£14.99 + £3 P&P)
Probably my album of 2011. I love this and have been playing it to death but have not yet killed it completely. This is Mr Wolf’s romantic album and one with many songs that would work well for the gay wedding market. Marvellous songs, lots of interesting noises and it sounds great.

21st June 2011
The Feeling: Together We Were Made (2 disc version) (£12.55 incl P&P)
I wasn’t fussed about the single to be honest and bought it without hearing (wot no leak?) but it’s pretty solid. For some reason they also made a two disc version with more songs and only a few of those ones are b-sidey so it’s a thumbs up from me.

Suede: Head Music Deluxe +DVD (£9.93 incl P&P)
Hmmm… not the best Suede album but it has some nice moments on it. The b-sides are mostly pretty ropey this time. Boo hiss boo! Here are some ‘interesting’ video clips:


… and I’ll stay at home in my house.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


More of the same today: I’ve been buying a lot of albums and want to share…

9th June 2011

Suede: Dog Man Star Deluxe +DVD (1994/2011) (£9.93 incl P&P)
The super-duper deluxe edition of Dog Man Star is rather special… if you’ve got the original it’s well worth buying this one and if you never had it the first time round then you really should. Full of remastered album songs (obviously), b-sides, oddities and some lovely films from the Dog Man Star tour like the ones below. Also: Bernard and Brett having an interview recently. Great value.

The 2 of Us:

Still Life:

David Sylvian: Brilliant Trees (1984) (£3.99 incl P&P)
Affter my Japan week (the 80s band, not the country) I had a David Sylvian fortnight. These three albums are what I call his best as they have less of the meandering atmospherics, nice as those are, and more of the songs. Bonus pop facts moments every time his wife Ingrid Chavez appears as she was a Paisley Park act in the old days and was in that Prince film we don’t mention.

Red Guitar:

Pulling Punches:

David Sylvian: Secrets of the Beehive (1987) (£3.99 incl P&P)
Orpheus:

David Sylvian: Dead Bees on a Cake (1999) (£3.99 incl P&P)
I Surrender:

13th June 2011
Nerina Pallot: Year Of The Wolf (£7.63 incl P&P)
Love this album, easily her best yet. She even replied to me on Twitter when I said so, which was nice (not that I am one of those types who contantly message famouses on there). This one is produced by Bernard Butler who sometimes goes into full-on McAlmont & Butler mode (with David on backing vocals) if you need another reason to look into it.

Next time: Probably some holiday photos in the future which has not happened yet and a load more albums.

Brett: Life In Plastic?

Friday, February 16th, 2007


After yesterday’s Suede-a-thon it is Brett Anderson-a-thon day. I happened to find some of his songs lurking around a virtual council estate and now we have a new favourite to join the phrase “Plastic people wear imaginary smiles… Plastic people… plastic pee-eee-o-ple.” It is “So I went and sat in Crystal Palace… By the plastic dinosurs.” Oh yes. Marvellous. The album is out at the end of March which is next month so that is nice. Isn’t it?
Brett Anderson LP
But what’s happened to The Tears?

Mostly wind…

Thursday, February 15th, 2007


Almost no blog today as it is approaching midnight and then it will be tomorrow. I have just got home after being at work and then being at the pub. I ate way too much then felt uncomfortable in my own body for the rest of the evening, as you do, but I could not resist the treacle pudding and custard. Who could say no to such a thing? We won the quiz even though we were shockingly shit, which meant that everyone else was more shit (or should that be ‘shitter’?) and then we went home and I realised that I have not been eating the right things and was all constipated. Marvellous.

Today I have been mostly listening to the Mika demos I got from a shady source and watching members of the public trying to close automatic doors that do not close because they are automatic.

I also felt the urge to write a musical based around the songs of Suede. It will be set on a council estate and involve a crazy young man who wants to be a filmstar but he is lazy. When not off his face chasing the dragon he shits paracetamol at motorway picnics but eventually he finds fame and becomes one of the beautiful ones.

Or not.

And finally… New Feist!

Feist
Don’t forget.