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Date: December 28th, 2015
Cate: new releases
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2015 | top fifteen albums

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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.

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TOP FIFTEEN

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

RUNNERS UP

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)

Date: December 23rd, 2015
Cate: new releases

2015 | top fifteen singles & eps

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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.

TOP  FIFTEEN

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

RUNNERS UP

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″

Date: November 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Mystic Braves | Days of Yesteryear

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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.

Date: November 17th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Kumari | Walking 7″

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Phil Moore’s classy 60s outfit The Kumari are back with a new single. After the amazing 45 on Hey Girl! they’ve now made a reputation for themselves to live up to. “Walking” is available now from the French label Croque Macadam. While the flip “Beam” is very similar to the folk-rock stylings of their last outing, the top lays down some serious grooves. “Walking” sounds like The See See at the wildest and best. Now we’re just waiting for The Kumari to make it over to Scandinavia for some gigs.

Date: October 7th, 2015
Cate: graphic design, new releases

SIDE70 | podcast

Here’s the latest podcast from me, uploaded a couple of weeks ago actually. It features a bunch of new tracks from bands like Drinks (Tim Presley & Cate Le Bon), new faves C.C.T.V. (Coneheads off-shoot), Raw Nerves and Salad Boys outta New Zealand, lots of Aussie goodness, Destruction Unit (whom I am watching in Sweden tonight) and an amazing track from a new Fungi Girls tapes full of outtakes from the band’s short existence.

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Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp – Alternator
Drinks – Cannon Mouth
C.C.T.V. – Anxiety
Fungi Girls – Casino Dance
The Raw Nerves – I Love This Town
Radioactivity – Silent Kill
The Barreracudas – Cut Me Loose
Salad Boys – Bow to Your New Sensation
Totally Mild – Work It Out
Blank Realm – Palace of Love
Ducktails – Into the Sky
Sonny & the Sunsets – Baby Jokin
Empat Lima – Epic Mountain Song
Terrible Truths – Sink Or Swim
Hierophants – 321
Ghetto Ghouls – Right Hand
Uniform – Faces
Black Panties – Hot Tub Livin
Destruction Unit – If Death Ever Slept
Flesh World – Your Love Is Like a House
Love of Diagrams – Racing
Kitchen’s Floor – Down
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks – Right Down the Street
Primitive Parts – Rented Houses
The Loons – Out of the Frame
Jessie Jones – Twelve Hour Man
Angie – Ricky Street

Date: October 7th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Paul Messis & The Suburban Homes

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Paul Messis has been busy making the rounds with The Higher State, of which he is now the only member apart from founder Marty Radcliffe (The Mystreated). Finally, Messis has returned with a new solo single, this time on his own label Market Square. With a string on brilliant 45s and two LPs on labels like 13 O’Clock and State he has built a solid reputation for himself, but he still does not have a band. Working the one-man-band sound to its limits, Messis has turned out what I believe is his best single yet – combining all the aspects of his sound with a cleverly nonchalant vocal. In particular, the b-side “As Time Rolls By” is a fine piece of songwriting. The first 100 copies come with the yellow photocopied sleeve above.

Everyone might not be familiar with the fact that Messis is also the artist behind the Suburban Homes moniker which has received quite a bit of attention after their initial 45, also released on Market Square. Punk labels around the world paid attention and Totally Punk snapped them up for their new release “Conformity In the UK”. For Messis it has been a relief to work on these much simpler and straightforward tunes, and he has managed to squeeze a fair bit of aggression and frustration in there. Let’s just hope that is not the only driving force behind his music, or we will stop culling the fruits of his labour as soon as things start to look up in the world. On second thought, that is not bound to happen any time soon.

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Worthless & The Wrong Society

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After an album they were mildly disappointed with, The Wrong Society from Hamburg released a fantastic single last year. It was called “To Be Free”, came out on a small label and was full of angsty and moody 60s garage stylings. Bernie and Kai have done a great job spreading the word about the group and now they have a new single out on Paul Messis’ boutique label Market Square. The new one has “She Destroyed Me” on the a-side, a particularly honest put-down number with plenty of organ. The jangly New England sound of the flip is paired with some evil-sounding fuzz, to make what is probably their best song so far.

Worthless is a weirdo DIY group from Brooklyn, who released an interesting psychedelic album called Keep Sleeping a few years ago on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (also the home of Heaters). I was less impressed with the new album All My Friends Are Stone that is out now on the same label. It devotes most of its time to the 17-minute closing track and never gets to the high of “We’ve Always Been Here”. However, they also have a single out on Market Square and now we’re talking. The b-side “Softest” will in particular appeal to those who liked the Smoking Trees album from earlier this year – and definitely any fan of the The Fugs.

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Heaters & The Mantles

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Heaters are back with a second album, out on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond – and the coloured vinyl is almost sold out already. I love my green copy of the non-album single “Mean Green” and while this record is more mellow it’s still bang on psychedelic stuff. Holy Water Pool will keep you dreaming about sunny poolsides a bit longer.

In case you didn’t know, The Mantles have got their act together and recorded another album’s worth of Bay Area goodness. The brilliantly titled All Odds End, is out at the end of the month but you can already check out the nervy “Hate to See You Go” and a couple more on Soundcloud. This actually reminds me of the new Blank Realm record out on Bedroom Suck, which is quickly becoming a favourite of 2015.

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Butterscotch Cathedral

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Matt Rendon of The Resonars is back. After having played in bands like Lenguas Largas, The Knockout Pills and Freezing Hands, he’s now started a new studio project called The Butterscotch Cathedral. It picks up where he left off with the latest album Crummy Desert Sound, which I rated top album of that year. The new one is equally ambitious, upping the ante for his experimental side even more. The self-titled concept album is a tribute to baroque pop masterpieces like Odessey and Oracle and perhaps most notably Tommy. Rendon has often mentioned the immense influence of The Who on his music-making, and you can also spot traces of Butterfly-era Hollies on this one. This is a brilliant record with only 3 tracks – the first one doesn’t even have a title. Head over to Trouble in Mind to pick up your copy before the release on Friday – trust me, this is not one you want to listen to on Spotify or the horrible Apple Music.

Date: September 10th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Scully | Don’t Want That

One of the most interesting new bands to appear is ex-Splinters outfit Scully, who just released a split single with La Luz in the LAMC series. This track is brilliant! Free downloads as usual, and check out their demo tape too.