The Best of 2017

Yes it’s that time of the year again when people make lists…..

I was going to do a podcast/radio show on all of this nonsense but I ran out of time and frankly there was so much new stuff I hadn’t caught up on yet that I couldn’t make it work with the remaining available podcasts.

It has been hard to be objective with so much material being released by German Shepherd that I truly felt was outstanding and frankly I could have listed everything we put out in a best of list but i’ve restrained myself and just included those that had the most impact.

The amount of new material i’ve been sent/bought this year is in the 1000s of items, i’ve done 152 radio shows at the time of writing and working back through so much material means that something will have been forgotten, neglected or lost in the mists of time.  But the lists below are things that stand out.

Many thanks to all those that accompanied me, or came to gigs during the year especially SD, Moet, and Bob S and the incredibly tall people of Warrington!

Thanks to Brad Cain and Dave Hammond specifically for support above and beyond……and the wonderful chaps at Analogue Trash  for letting me play Jazz music on their excellent radio station.

GIGS OF THE YEAR

  • Dave Graney Pop-Up Band/Loudhailer Electric Company – O’Riley’s Hull
  • Dave Graney Pop-up Band/Poppycock/Uke Punk – Fred’s Ale House, Manchester
  • The Cravats – Star and Garter, Manchester
  • The Coathangers – Night and Day, Manchester
  • Ian Moss’s Birthday Party – The Witchwood, Ashton U Lyne
  • Blaney – The Castle, Manchester
  • Boz Hayward Tennessee Ten album launch – The Eagle, Salford
  • Barry Melton at Freds Ale House
  • Keltrix / Johann Kloos at Freds Ale House
  • Factory Acts Single Launch at The Crescent (sadly the last gig I saw at the venue)
  • Sandells/Factory Acts at Gullivers, Manchester
  • Four Candles/The Junta/Cannonball Statman at The Eagle
  • Adventures of Salvador – Blind Tiger, Bury
  • Moff Skellington, Ian Moss and Loop Aznavour – The Castle, Manchester

NOTABLE ALBUM RELEASES

  • The Screaming Love Collective – Thought It Would Have Been Better By Now
  • Issac Navaro – Paths to the Shore
  • The Necks – Unfold
  • The Screaming Love Collective – Spirit Radio
  • Ian Moss – Words and Music
  • Ian Moss – Music and Words
  • Keltrix – Bobby Says
  • Moff Skellington – Golfer In Disgrace
  • Captain Black and Friends – The Madman In The Attic
  • Boz Hayward – Tennessee Ten
  • Moff Skellington  – On Flanders Moon
  • Cannonball Statman – Playing Dead
  • Drink and Drive – This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food
  • Four Candles – Killing The Image
  • Curry Quiche – Behind The Machine
  • The Fall – New Facts Emerge
  • The Sandells – Forwards
  • The Stevenson Ranch Davidians  – Amerikana
  • Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
  • Cam Butler – Find Your Love
  • Dälek –  Endangered Philosophy
  • The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?
  • Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions  – Guiding Light
  • Peter Hammill  – From The Trees
  • Georgio “The Dove” Valentino  – The Future Lasts a Long Time
  • Havania Whaal –  Elaborate Minor Crisis
  • The Cravats – Dustbin of Sound
  • Go Go Sapien – Love In Other Dimensions
  • Trojan Horse – Fukushima Surfer Boys
  • Total Victory  – English Martyrs
  • The Sexual Objects – Marshmallow
  • Blaney – The Severance
  • JD Meatyard – Collectivise
  • Mammoth Penguins & Friends – John Doe
  • Nadah El Shazly  – Ahwar
  • The Sand Pebbles – Pleasure Maps
  • Charlie Marshall & the Curious Minds  – Sublime
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Let’s Get Tight
  • The Stress of Leisure – Eruption Bounce
  • Umbrella Assassins   – 12
  • The Blackeyed Susans – Close Your Eyes And See
  • Sad Adults – How To Be Afraid

TOP TWENTY RELEASES THAT WEREN’T FULL ALBUMS

  • m.t. scott  – A Ticket For The Titanic
  • Monster Island – King of the Minglers/The New Vernacular
  • m.t.scott & the swing youth – Live at the Edelweiss Lounge
  • Lusterlit – List of Equipment
  • Issac Navaro – Terminals
  • KIT B – 6 Singles
  • Dominic Carlton Jones – 1
  • The Scissors – Sjhake
  • Issac Navaro/mark t – Aa
  • The Scientists   Mini Mini Mini/Perpetual Motion
  • PrunX –  Mind Trajectory
  • Pearl Divers – The Past Ain’t Made To Last
  • Mark Corrin- EP III Dystopia
  • PrunX – Vol III
  • Cannonball Statman  – Cackles
  • West Coast Sick Line – Someone Else’s Band
  • Staggs – 2.4
  • The Strays – Explicit Content
  • Factory Acts – Second Amendment
  • The Junta – Ergo

DISAPPOINTMENTS OF THE YEAR

  • The closure of The Crescent
  • Missing Tim Berne in London (rectified next year with a plan to see Big Satan in Birmingham)
  • Even more covers/tribute bands filling the diminishing places for live gigs
  • Jools Holland continues to be allowed by the BBC to peddle mediocrity
  • The inability to break through to BBC with our artists
  • The sound at Academy 1
  • Bands with over-inflated opinions of themselves that have no perception of how their behaviour impacts on other artists and their audience

WRITERS OF THE YEAR

  • Emily Oldfield – Louder Than War Articles
  • Dave Graney – Workshy and Blog
  • Robert Forster – Grant and I

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

  • The return of
    • Positronik
    • Monster Island
    • Sandells
  • Moet and Patriq performing Lou Reeds Supper Club

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