Top Ten Albums of 2017, so far

Seems like everyone else is doing half year lists so I may as well have a go…..it helps to remind me when I’m totting these things up at the end of the year as well….there’s no one in the list from our record label as it’s taken as read that they are top notch anyway and it would be a tad self indulgent to include them so I’ll deal with them at the end of the year…anyhow as for the rest here they are  in no particular order

IGUANA LOVERS – SURFING CAOS

Strictly speaking this came out in 2016 but it’s only made its way over here recently from Buenos Aires. A sublime mixture of rock in a shoegaze kitchen. Scuzzy guitars, howling and gurgling synths and bubbling drums however add a space rock vibe. It’s relentless and fun filled and I would imagine quite exciting live.

THE BLACKEYED SUSANS – CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE

Delicious and lush music which hovers between country, blues, and rock. Snarski’s velvet voice is delightful,  the words observational and compelling. A band at their peak, delivering quality material.

TOTAL VICTORY – ENGLISH MARTYRS

A much anticipated  third album . They have a unique sound and they remain steadfast in their delivery of their music.  We were kept happy with an EP compilation last year but its been a long while since National Service. They are big in France but no so much in their own back yard which is bleedin’ typical of the scene in general around hereabouts. Dan Brookes vocals and words are as usual unique and outstanding and the band create mesmerising post-punk vistas.

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE – LET’S GET TIGHT

This emerged as a series of singles over twelve months so it’s a bit hard to regard it as an album from 2017, but it is. A playful collection, a mixed bag of styles, with DG and CM exploring new angles and options. Dave’s observations on the music world and the wider world at large are always apposite and often give pause for thought.  They can do no wrong.

THE SEXUAL OBJECTS – MARSHMALLOW

Seems odd that a band this talented only manages an album release once every seven years. Anything with Davey Henderson’s name associated with if is guaranteed to be good and this is no exception.  A rich sound which matches Henderson’s unique vocal delivery with superior guitar music.

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA

Extremely difficult to keep up with these chaps who appear to be as prolific as Acid Mothers Temple with three albums so far this year, this being the first, and two more planned. The motorik repetition of Rattlesnake sets the tone and demonstrates a band that seem to be totally attuned and in sync. The important thing is that they continue to develop and explore.

SANDELLS – FORWARDS

Long delayed debut from the recently reformed trio. Self described as Kraut-Punk the sound is refreshingly unique driven by Brian Benson polyrhymic drums. Some of Tim Lyons best work lyrically and with the signature sound of Dr Johann Kloos’s hypnotic guitar this beats the so called psychedelic bands out there back into their Haight-Ashbury contrived miasma. Forwards is the correct title, it explores new territories and does not dwell in the past.

LUSTERLIT – LIST OF EQUIPMENT

OK i’m pushing my luck here as it’s really an EP but it’s so damn good I’m including it. Susan and Charlie exceed at writing and delivering exceptional tunes with a literary angle. It blew me away when Charlie sent it my way and it still provides intense listening pleasure never losing its power to please.

DANNY SHORT – FORM YOUR OPINION

He seems to be constantly busy with the Transmitters these days so It’s a wonder he has managed to find the time to record and release this album. A mix of powerful pop punkery interspersed with more languid pastoral pieces. Another Boltonian who deserves wider exposure of his considerable talent. Some fantastic tunes in this collection.

THE STEVENSON RANCH DAVIDIANS – AMERIKANA

Impressive stuff. In which I learned the difference between Psych and Psyche. Vignettes of American life merging an abstracted country sound nestling in a mesh of guitars and vocal washes – the best music defies genre conventions and this does that very well.

 

 

 

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Aural Delights – 23rd March 2011

On tonights show lots of new things to listen to ……

1. For Abel – Yorkshire – Greater Inventions – one of the excellent new Glasgow bands on the Flowers in the Dustbin lable….. more info here

2. Miacca – Anger – Demo – immense Ska band from Swansea – more of these in future weeks! Breathtakingly good ….. more info here

3. Earth – Old Black – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Lights : 1 – from the new album, they play Islington Mill on April 2nd, the masters and progenitors of  drone doom, they seem to have done a bit country and a bit jazz of late…….more info here

4. The Narrows – Noir – Through Constant Decay – from their excellent new EP “Through Constant Decay” available to download at http://www.thenarrows.bandcamp.com…they are on at the Castle in Manchester on Thursday.

5. Taost – Take Me Home –Single – great band from New York defined quite well by themselves as – Taost – 1. n. Good time psychedelic rock with punk sensibilities. 2. a state of personal music zen. example: By the time the 3rd song started, I was totally taost……more info here ….. also Marky Ramone guest drums on this track!

6. Jackson’s Warehouse – Ska Face – Getting Away With It – Jacksons Warehouse formed in 2004. Having worked hard to get a record deal they released ‘Hotel by the Sea’ with SX Records. The single, and its b-sides, received great reviews and an unexpected amount of radio play on XFM, Radio 6 and receiving ‘Track of the week’ status on many student radio’s culminating in a successful tour of Scotland and the North of England as well expanding an ever growing fan base around Essex and London……more stuff here

7. Your Last Drive – Decoys – Simple Solutions Made Complex – Apologies – a lot of factual errors on this show – I say they are from Wigan when they are from Lancaster…….they say of themselves “Your Last Drive and we consist of Luke, Callum, Paul, Joey and the new addition Nathan. We’re based in Lancaster, Lancashire. We have been active for roughly 6 months and are quickly progressing and spreading from our home town, with fans in many areas of the country and a few outside of it. It’s definitely safe to say that our music is from the heart. We don’t make what people want to hear, we make what we like as music, in our opinion, should be. We take a lot of influence from both Hardcore/Post-Hardcore bands such as Alexisonfire, We Are The Ocean and Yashin as well as bands from the original emo scene like Halifax and Hawthorne Heights. We are an extremely hard working band and are always pushing ourselves to breaking point in terms of blowing away the crowd at live performances and securing new opportunities for ourselves as a band. At the rate we are progressing you should look out for us hitting a music scene near you very soon, we have a lot of exciting opportunities in the pipeline and can’t wait to get out there this year!” You can get the EP here for nowt.

8. The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Nature Boy – Psalms, Hymns,and Spiritual Songs – comprehensive website here

9. Glyn Bailey & The Many Splendored Things – The Old Illawallah – The Disturbance – this came into me at the station and I was impressed by the sound – more details here

10. The Jar Family – The Poolie Strut – The Livingston Session – collective of singer songwriters from the North East who have decamped down south – many apologies again …. for calling them the Jar Band on the show – it’s my age you see, I tend to forget things easily and get them muddled up….more info here … and you can get this song as a free download here….The new EP, ‘The Livingston Session’ was recorded in the summer of 2010 and is now available to download via the music section on the site….and very good it is too..

11. The Love Load –  The Human Resourceful – The Human Resourceful – “Dischord veteran, ALKEM creator, and drummer extraordinaire Ben Azzara picks up his sticks and hits the skins behind singer/songwriter Ted Watts, and aided by musical and technical prodigy, Blaine Misner, created the impulse debut album by The Love Load entitled The Human Resourceful. While the band and record are new, the players are neither new to the game or each other. Watts and Azzara have composed the rhythm section of D.C. based Pup Tent for most of the last five years. Both Azzara and Watts have extensive resumes.” – website here

12. The Explorers Collective – The Factory – Single – impressive new band with a great sound which reminds me of bands like Atomic Rooster – info here

13. Water Signs – Toka Toka – don’t know too much about these other than they have three great EPs on Bandcamp – info here and bandcamp here – they play Kraak gallery on April 28th…..

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