Massenger are back with their second album, and it’s my favorite release of the year so far! I was in Burger Record’s Fullerton store a few weeks ago and picked up a copy of the tape. They didn’t think they had them yet, but after a look in the backroom I came up trumps. I would also highly recommend the Banshee EP they released last autumn, which is only available on tape from Burger. Here’s a video for “Runnoft” from the Peeling Out LP. Dig it.
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Stockholm punks Viagra Boys have finally released their first record. It’s a monster of an EP and everything I could have hoped for after seeing them live in Malmö last summer. “Can’t Get It Up” is a modern classic and right up there with the best of Black Time. It’s the Swedish label Push My Buttons who are behind this excellent release, which is a welcome return to form after that amazing Outer Minds release. Check out the video for “Research Chemicals” below, recorded at a bar in Södermalm. The band will be back in Malmö next weekend for a gig organized by Rundgång Records.
Check out my article for HYMN on Viagra Boys.
Here’s the latest mix from me, featuring some 12-string favourites – a bit more heavy on the folk side than my Bitter Bells series, which featured 12-string garage 45s. Some of these were mastered by Colin Mason – thanks! The cover features an sculpture by Finnish artist Jiri Geller.
The Rose Garden – If My World Falls Through
Sunset Love – Reach Out
The Penthouse 5 – You’re Always Around
The Byrds – It’s No Use
Dennis & The Times – Flight Patterns
Jan Ashton – Cold Dreary Morning
The Us – How Can I Tell Her
The Tikis – Darkest Night of the Year
Modern Folk Quintet – If All You Think
The All Nite Flight – Here I Stand
The Girls – Here I Am In Love Again
The Mojo Men – You Didn’t Even Say Goodbye
The Ashes – Dark On You Now
Velvet Seed – Sharon Patterson
The Contents Are – In Trouble
Ill Wind – Waking In the Water
Charity Shayne – Ain’t It Babe
Linda Pierre King – Hard Lovin’ Babe
The Trodden Path (miscredited) – In This World I Need Love
Blackburn & Snow – Stranger In a Strange Land
The Hustlers – Destination Nowhere
The Roosters – She Sends Me
Sandy Coast – I’m a Fool
The Night Flight – To Color Turn
The WordD – Today Is Just Tomorrow’s Yesterday
Neighb’rhood Childr’n – I Need Love
The Hollies – So Lonely
The Choir – Don’t Change Your Mind
The Gremlins – The Only Thing On My Mind
The Kirkbys – Don’t You Want Me No More
What a year for albums, some bands have even done two (I’m looking at you, Wand and King Gizzard). Finally a longplayer from The Belltowers, and the unexpected delights of The Magnetic Mind who deserve the #1 spot bigtime. There are a few more newcomers here, like Melbourne’s Little Desert (whom I believe where on the singles list last year), Thee Tsunamis and Uh Bones who both turn in impressive full-length debuts. As usual it’s been a painstaking process to single out the 15 best – even the runners up were hard to whittle down. There are way too many who deserve a mention, sorry! Hopefully I’ll have more time for running updates next year.
This list, in a shorter form, was also submitted to HYMN, where the lists from every contributor have been merged into a Top 40 list. Two of my selections made the cut – have a look to see which ones.
The Magnetic Mind – …Is Thinking About It Heavy Soul
The BellTowers – Day Breakaway TSB
Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven Bedroom Suck
Mystic Braves – Days of Yesteryear Lolipop
Thee Tsunamis – Saturday Night Sweetheart Magnetic South
The Achtungs – Welcome to Hell Going Underground
Dead Ghosts – Love and Death and All the Rest Burger
Uh Bones – Honey Coma Randy
Fungi Girls – Place Unknown Gnar
Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia Polyvinyl
Little Desert – Saeva It
The Smoking Trees – TST Ample Play
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon Castle Face
Heaters – Holy Water Pool Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Frankie and the Witch Fingers – s/t Permanent
Wand – Golem In the Red
Wand – 1000 Days Drag City
Warm Soda – Symbolic Dream Castle Face
Western Plaza – s/t Burger
The Mantles – All Odds End Slumberland
Widowspeak – All Yours Captured Tracks
Terrible Truths – s/t Bedroom Suck
Snooty Garbagemen – s/t 12XU
Royal Headache – High What’s Your Rupture?
BEST SWEDISH RELEASE
Death and Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are Fire
(and Black Time on Förbjudna Ljud)
So what do all these sound like? Well, not everything is on Spotify, but I’ve compiled what I could find and put in a few tasty extras to make up for the missing bits. Both album tracks and singles here, enjoy and see you next year.
(Check the comments for a full list of recommended releases from 2015)
This has been an amazing year for albums, but perhaps not so much for 45s. Maybe I simply haven’t had the time to keep up, or maybe it’s that no one out there is covering singles and EPs to the same extent anymore (bar Still Single). Either way, we have some rock-solid entries at numbers 1 through 7, with a last minute addition of Levitation Room a couple of late nights ago. Can’t wait for their debut LP on Burger in February! BellTowers deliver again, with another amazing single – not included on their LP that came out in the spring (will that be on the albums list….?). Both Pearl Charles and CCTV are artists that have debuted this year, so well done. CCTV (even the 2nd press) and several others are already sold out, like the Mystery Lights tape for example. But I picked up the 45 out on Wick today, which has two tracks from this EP.
This year I’ve made a similar list for HYMN, with 10 entries. Two of them ended up in the final list compiled from our 40 contributors. To find out which ones, head over to the HYMN article.
Sheer Mag – Sheer Mag II Static Shock EP
Levitation Room – Minds of Our Own Burger MC
The Heaters – Mean Green Beyond Beyond Is Beyond 7″
The BellTowers – Here to Stay Market Square 7″
The Mystery Lights - At Home With… Hologram Skies MC
Pearl Charles – s/t Burger MC
C.C.T.V. – s/t Lumpy EP
Paul Messis – The Blind Leading the Blind Market Square 7″
Tommy & the Youth – Mean, Moody & Magnificent Moody Monkey EP
Warm Soda – Renegade Mode Southpaw 7″
The Hanging Stars – The House On the Hill Great Pop Supplement EP
Miriam – The Hand Don’t Fit the Glove Norton 7″
Fogbound – Purple Wax John Colby Sect 7″
Scully/La Luz – LAMC #16 Famous Class split-7″
Mama – Speed Trap Hozac EP
The Urges – Passing Us By Mersol 7″
Les Grys-Grys – Left Unseen Dirty Water 7″
The Noble Krell – The Velvet You 13 O’Clock 7″
Matthew Melton – Too Many Hearts Lack Lovers Southpaw 7″
Hinds – Burger Burger MC
The Baron Four – Walking Out State 7″
The Ar-Kaics – Always the Same Market Square 7″
Terry & Louie – Can Ya Tell Me (How Life Goes On) Tuff Break 7″
The Suburban Homes – Conformity In the UK Total Punk 7″
Patsy – Eat It Total Punk 7″
The Higher State – Consider It a Debt Repaid 13 O’Clock 7″
The Kumari – Walking Croque Macadame 7″
BEST SWEDISH RELEASE
The Alloy Six – Eye to Eye Hullu 7″
Nightmen – Girl For You Rundgång 7″
One of the most anticipated album releases of the year is here, Mystic Braves’ third LP, which has appeared in digital form only. The vinyl should be available from Lollipop sometime next year, but this means that we have another contender for our imminent end-of-year lists. This year, I will also be submitting my lists to HYMN, but I’m not sure how their tally will work.
I must admit I was a bit late in catching onto last year’s Mystic Braves masterpiece Desert Island, which has eventually revealed itself as one of the best records of 2014. The cover of “Pain In My Heart” is right up my street. And now we’ll also have to look out for the upcoming 45 by related outfit The Creation Factory (how brilliant is that name?) on Market Square Recordings. Days of Yesteryear delivers all the jangle, organ and psychedelia you could possibly wish for on a longplayer, check it out on bandcamp.
Following on from the ’85 in ’15 playlist theme, here’s the reappearance of the Record Turnover club night for one night only. In keeping with the original concept, there will be a unique guest DJ – who has indeed been invited to Record Turnover in the past – Jasmine Berganäs. Saturday next week we will be playing vinyl from 80s indie labels, and some 90s labels. Expect to hear all your favourites from Narodnik, 53rd and 3rd, Bus Stop, Summershine and A Turntable Friend.
And don’t forget to check out the playlist in my previous post.
Söder Om Småland, Malmö
Sheer Mag are coming to Malmö, Sweden – finally. I was supposed to see them in Paris, then Copenhagen and finally Malmö tonight. But of course, that never happened as the Paris flight was just a few hours after the attack and we ended up not going. So hopefully, the gig tonight with Nightmen supporting will make up for it. Don’t let oppressors dictate your life.
Here’s a promotional poster I designed for a poster competition, featuring an image by the brilliant photographer Katharina Poblotzki.