Posts Tagged 2016 lists

Date: January 3rd, 2017
Cate: new releases

Top singles and EPs of 2016

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I have to admit I haven’t listened to or bought as many 45s this year as the last. If you don’t order them straight away it is getting increasingly difficult to keep track of releases and finding a copy before they are sold out. Spotify is useless for singles and many smaller artists aren’t even bothered with it. Instead, I have found most of these on Bandcamp, or Youtube even. Shivas’ “I’ve Had Enough” is really the standout track of the year for me, since it simply has everything I require of a pop song. At number 2 we have a mini-album from Vexx,  which is simply amazing – but also points towards another trend: the ever more diffuse border between what is a single and what is an EP/12″. Since many releases don’t even have a physical format it is also becoming less important to make that distinction. I, however, maintain that albums have to be at least 20 minutes and/or contain 6 or more songs. Some records and tapes on this list have indeed been on other people’s albums list, eg. Peach Fuzz stunning debut cassette. I would also like to congratulate my friend, and owner of Not Unloved, for getting back into the record-releasing business. The label’s first release, by Glasgow group Vital Idles, is sitting pretty at #25.

01 The Shivas – I’ve Had Enough Casino Trash 7”
02 Vexx – Wild Hunt M’Lady’s 12”
03 C.C.T.V. – Piece of Paper and Audiocassette Tape Cristi Califoni MC
04 Peach Fuzz – s/t Dumpster MC
05 Heart Beach – Counting Rough Skies 7”
06 Sheer Mag – III Static Shock EP
07 Straight Arrows – Turn Me Off Rice Is Nice 7”
08 The Side Eyes – s/t Burger MC
09 Snail Mail – Habit EP Sister Polygon MC
10 Soft Candy – Bixarre Luv Pyramids Hozac 7”
11 Scully – No Sense Burger EP
12 The Ar-Kaics – It’s Not My World Goodbye Boozy 7”
13 CC Dust – Shinkansen No. 1 Night School 7”
14 Le Villejuif Underground – Heavy Black Matter Born Bad EP
15 Pleasers – Such a Fool Goodbye Boozy 7”

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Date: December 26th, 2016
Cate: new releases

Top albums of 2016

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This has been a great year for albums, although I haven’t had as much time to listen to them as I would have liked to. There hasn’t been one given favourite this year, so I have actually listed 50 records this time around. The top 10 is the same as the list I contributed towards the complied end-of-year lists at HYMN. So without further ado, let’s dig into it.

01 Eerie Wanda – Hum BBIB
02 Death Valley Girls – Glow In the Dark Burger
03 Levitation Room – Ethos Burger
04 Viv & the Sect – This Will Pass Get Hip
05 Quilt – Plaza Drag City
06 Savoy Motel – s/t What’s Yr Rupture?
07 Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me Trouble In Mind
08 The Higher State – Volume 27 13 O’Clock
09 Gloria – In Excelsis Stereo Howlin Banana
10 Heaters – Baptistina BBIB
11 Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder Slumberland
12 Cool Ghouls – Animal Races Melodic
13 Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Heavy Roller Permanent
14 Pill – Convenience Mexican Summer
15 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity ATO

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