Archive for December, 2015

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″