It’s a wonder that The Young Sinclairs and 13 O’Clock haven’t created magic together yet. But here is the band’s first single of 2015 and it’s one of their best yet. Available from 13 O’Clock since two weeks if one’s to believe their website. Also streaming on Spotify since December.
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Check out the new single from Paul Messis’ label Market Square! Talbot Adams turns in a brilliantly hazy powerpop 45, definitely something for fans of The Red Button.
So came 2015, and another year for RECORD TURNOVER. This will be the year of completing my Masters course in Design, hopefully moving and buying lots more records. Truth be told, I bought few new records last year, and wrote about very few as well. Apologies to everyone I have promised reviews, but I hope you will be happy to at least appear on the blog’s Best of 2014 list, which you can find below. Since it’s already January, I’ve had some time to catch up on other peoples’ lists (most importantly The Styrofoam Drone, Shake Appeal and The Active Listener) and check some of the boxes I’ve missed. Like Dinos Boys, which is about the best thing that’s happened to punk since Cheap Time.
The See See have turned in their strongest LP so far by yard-lenghts, but if I had to pick ONE records it might just have to be Straight Arrows’ longawaited second album. Rising really shows Straight Arrows as the rock-solid center (and originators) of the Australian garage-punk scene of the 2010’s, with it’s base around Melbourne. Angie and Owen have played in and recorded or produced so many bands since releasing the first Straight Arrows LP in 2010. While a lot of other GREAT bands have appeared in Australia since then, most notably King Gizzard, Straight Arrows even finish ahead of their TWO albums of 2014. Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, Woods and the usual suspects all released albums, none of which managed to impress me enough to make this list, brilliant as they were. Since Fuzz didn’t release an album it seems almost unavoidable that Chad Ubovich’s own new outfit Meatbodies makes the cut. Equally impressive was the debut from Wand, from whom we can expect another LP in just a few months time, on In the Red. Some of my other favourite new bands, still without releases (but not for long!) are Mexico’s Viv & the Sect and Sweden’s own The Alloy Six.
TOP TEN ALBUMS of 2014
Straight Arrows – Rising HoZac
Doug Tuttle – s/t Trouble In Mind
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye Empty Cellar
The Neumans – s/t Screaming Apple
The See See – Once, Forever And Again The Great Pop Supplement
The Ar-Kaics – s/t Windian
The Shivas – You Know What to Do K
The Young Sinclairs – This Is… Ample Play
Wand – Ganglion Reef God?
Meatbodies – s/t In the Red
Miriam – Nobody’s Baby (A-Bones, Norton Records first lady)
Dinos Boys – Last Ones (powerpop outta Brooklyn)
Bad Indians – Keep Losin’
The Flight Reaction – s/t (best Swedish album)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – I’m Your Mind Fuzz
Zig Zags – s/t (best punk album of the year!)
Matthew Melton – Outside of Paradise (better than his LP with Warm Soda)
East Link – s/t (finally their In the Red debut came out)
The Paperhead – Africa Avenue
Endless Bummer – Vol. 1 (ex-Spits, produced by Segall)
While I am compiling the year-end lists for 2014, I’ll be adding records to this Spotify list. I realise there has been a lot of stuff I’ve missed this year, so it’s taking some time to catch up. There has even been a pile of records I have meant to write about during the autumn, but I simply haven’t found the time. This means that next year I will probably switch to more bitesize mentions of records to check out rather than full reviews – so you hopefully won’t miss as much as I have in 2014. Just looking at this playlist, which already contains over 600 tracks, we can definitely conclude that this year has been as great as any year for new music.
If you want a quick catch up, you should read Shake Appeal’s guest lists of 2014, a veritable who’s who of current garage and punk. Pitchfork’s new column Shake Appeal has actually been the lone reason to land on their website again, circa 10 years after it stopped being cool.
Here’s a mix me, Joakim, David and Alessandro made for the MOD-EST weekender, now approaching fast. We picked 4 tracks each, my selections are Beautiful Garden, Del-Vetts, Karo and The Koobas of course. I’m very proud that this mix made it to #4 in the Mixcloud Garage chart (contrary to what is says on the Mixcloud page) and #13 in the RnB chart, during the 7 days that new mixes are trending.
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Some breaking news from Todo Gira! There will not be a regular club night in October, and this is because I’m putting on this event. It’s going to be lovely to have the talented Alloy Six from Stockholm to play for us in Malmö. This exclusive event at Grand will be free and behind the decks all night you will find Phasing Out. The Alloy Six is a great new garage group from Stockholm (ex Moving Sounds and Fortune-Tellers) and ever since seeing them at the Sinful Mod Weekender we’ve been talking about getting them to Malmö. This month, it just so happened that they will be on their way down to Germany for a small tour, so we’re lucky to catch them. This will be a great warm-up night for Lavarone, where I will be heading the day after. The Alloy Six are still unsigned, but they have a brilliant demo that you should check out below.
One of the most anticipated releases of the year, here’s The Young Sinclairs’… 8th (?) album. It’s called This Is the Young Sinclairs and is out now on Ample Play. As completists will know, the Sinclairs have had a habit of repeating songs over several releases. The new LP is no exception, with the a-side collecting single tracks from the last five or so years. It’s a fantastic chance to own signature YS tracks like “You’re Tied” and “Mona Lisa”, that have only been available on tape before. The devout fan will even also have heard the beautifully languid “Never Uneasy”, a demo of which was posted a few years ago.
The biggest surprise may be the inclusion of a track from singer Sam Lunsford’s self-titled debut album on the a-side. “I Just Wanted to Help” was one of the best of that set of West Coast soft psychedelia. But in fact, this number sets the tone for the rest of the LP – as you flip it over – the Young Sinclairs sound even more like the one-man-band it’s more or less become the last few years. It is less jangly, more stripped but at the same time laden with studio finery. Just like on Sam’s solo LP these bare-bones arrangements really highlight his prowess with a melody. “That’s All Right” could a been a long lost Dylan demo sung down a phone line. There are echoes of Colin Blunstone and Emmitt Rhodes here and there, and the standout track is “Dead End Street” with its shuffling drums and tugging vocal sounding like it could have drifted in through the window on a San Francisco street in 1968. It will no doubt be interesting to see what Lunsford/YS can churn out in this vein in the future. This stuff here is already timeless.
Finally getting round to posting some photos of the most recent album art I’ve done. This is for the Greetings From Möllevången longplayer from local bluegrass gurus The Original Five. The cover is set in Academy Sans and Serif from Playtype and printed in the Pantone red specified for Swedish road signage. It’s available on the Rootsy label, and for the launch we also did some matching posters and postcards (of course). It was a pretty brave choice from the band I have to say, but they wanted to break the mold a little bit and it turned out great. Stream the record here. More photos on flickr.
This weekend brings more fun, in the shape of a brand new garage/beat club in Copenhagen. With a great DJ line-up and a live set from The Youth, it’s bound to be spectacular. And as if that wasn’t enough, The Youth just released their 2nd single “Warn Me” on Middle Ear a couple of days ago. Listen and buy this red vinyl beauty here.