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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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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
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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: July 9th, 2015
Cate: Music

Greetings from Hamburg

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Last month I visited Hamburg to play at the new Molotow for Sugar and Spice Club. We were in the upstairs “skybar” and partied until the sky outside the windows started getting bright again. I’d like to thank the residents Bernie, Caroline and especially Kai who invited me and was an excellent host. Great to see my German friends Saskia, Ben, Kian and Teresa again and I hope to be back for the Looks At the Lights Go Up newyears weekender. Here are some tracks from my set:

Las Cuatro Monedas y Gregory – Trauma
Los Grimm – Want My Love Again
The Avengers – Open Your Eyes
The Lemon Drops – I Live In the Springtime
Count Five – Contrast
Double Dutch – Double Cross
David Clayton Thomas & The Shays – Take Me Back
Les Misérables – Vivre Avec Toi
Trúbrot – Eg Veit Ro Pu Kemur
Rupert’s People – Dream In My Mind

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Date: March 16th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Singles no more

I never got around to posting my favourite singles and EPs of 2014, so here they are…

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TOP TEN

The BellTowers – No Matter Hidden Volume 7″
The Kumari – Until That Day  Hey Girl EP
The Young Sinclairs – Change Your Mind 13 O’Clock 7″
Les Grys-Grys – Hot Gully Wind  State 7″
The Rosalyns – Hide and Seek Ugly Things EP
Night Sun – No Pressure Burger 7″
Paul Messis – Nightmares 13 O’Clock 7″
Little Desert – Ashes It 7″
Thee Tsunamis – Delirium & Dark Waters Magnetic South EP
Wet Blankets – Dieter Caught My Bus Goodbye Boozy 7″

RUNNERS UP

The Turns – Gone EP
Fuzz/CCR Headcleaner – LAMC #10 split-7″
Southern Comfort – Suzanne 7″
Radar Eyes – Positive Feedback 7″
French Boutik – Mieux comme ca EP
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest EP
Las Sultanas – Haren EP
The Barreracudas – Promises 7″
The Hussy – EZ/PZ 7″
Beastman – s/t EP

Date: January 19th, 2015
Cate: Music

So last year…

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.

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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

RUNNERS UP

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)
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Date: December 28th, 2013
Cate: new releases

2013 | top fifteen albums

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, but let’s not jump straight to the dessert. First I’ve got some honourable mentions of releases that deserve a list of their own. These are either records that came out late in December of last year, or really great records recorded by equally great friends.

Bad Indians – …Are On the Other Side CQ
Sam Lunsford – s/t self-released
Gestapo Khazi – The Jewel of the Land self-released
The Resonars – The Greatest Songs of… Trouble In Mind
Beachniks – In Color Neotomic
Sapphire Mansions – Over America 12″ It’s Raining
Amor de Dias – The House At Sea Merge

Now, picking the below 15 from the original shortlist of roughly 85 albums was hard, but there’s definitely no doubt which have been the best five albums of 2013. That’s why this year I’m presenting them in a non-ordered 5+10 list. As usual Thee Oh Sees have had a good year, with a new album that I think actually might be my favourite from Dwyer’s pen so far. They also released Vol. 3 of their singles collection, and an excellent EP called Moon Sick. The powerpop album of the year turned out not to be the new Bad Spors LP (despite opening track “Get You” being absolutely killer) but the debut from Nightmare Boyzzz. It includes one of last year’s best songs, “My Body Breaks Down” from their Younger Siblings split, and also, since Plateaus didn’t release an album this year, Bad Patterns stole the limelight. Fittingly, “Crying In the Limelight” was the best track on the new Audacity record… Cool Ghouls and The Shivas are my best discoveries of the year. And Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel is the latest inclusion, perhaps it will grow on me, or perhaps it will be forgotten as mere psych pastiche. That’s the unfair treatment you’ll have to consider when you’re comparing an album you’ve had 11 months to digest with one you heard last week. I haven’t written anything about either Night Beats or King Gizzard, but you’ve probably caught on anyway. If you feel like you’re missing stuff I recommend following Record Turnover on soundcloud and fb where I share a lot of things I don’t have the time to write about at length. Of course, Night Beats were guaranteed a spot even before I heard Sonic Bloom, since their Malmö gig was purely captivating.

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The Higher State – s/t 13 O’Clock
The Shivas – Whiteout! K Records
Night Beats – Sonic Bloom Reverberation Appreciation Society
Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities Trouble In Mind
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Float Along—Fill Your Lungs Flightless
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Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel – Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious Burger
Fuzz – s/t In the Red
Dead Ghosts – Can’t Get No Burger
Cool Ghouls – s/t Empty Cellar
Elephant Stone – s/t Hidden Pony
The Frowning Clouds – Whereabouts Anti Fade
Paul Messis – Case Closed State
Nightmare Boyzzz – Bad Patterns Slovenly
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin Castle Face
Mikal Cronin – MCII Merge

And that’s it for this year. It’s been a great holiday season reading other people’s list, catching up on heaps of records and remembering just the incredible amount of good music being recorded and released. Even if it’s just a cassette, like the new Goochi Boiz album for example. And I just saw that What Next? released a new tape in May. Please tip me about anything I might have missed in the comments, sometimes you don’t hear your fave record of a certain year until one or several years later. Apart from the releases here in the archives, I’ve been listening a lot to albums from Warm Soda, Running, The Go, Mozes & the Firstborn, Bad Sports, King Kahn, Useless Eaters, Bazooka, White Fence, Black Angles, Crystal Stilts, Psychic Ills, Catholic Spray, Lantern, Audacity, Mantles, Wrong Words, Pastels, Primitive Hearts, Limiñanas, Feeding People etc etc.

A couple of mixes coming soon, as a complement to the lists.

Date: December 26th, 2013
Cate: rediscovered, web

2013 in review

2013 has been a really good year. I completed two internships, got a fulltime position, started a Masters degree in design, and was awarded a bursary for that. I’ve learnt a lot about what I’m good at and worked on some inspiring projects for Dansk Industri, Lundbeck and many more. You can already read about some of them on e-Types new website, which was launched a week ago. It’s been an important year for e-Types too, not only because they’ve got a new virtual home. Two employees have left to set up a new agency together with ex-Kontrapunkt folk, called AM, we wish them the best of luck! Sister agency India have now changed name to e-Types Daily, and together with Playtype are now all under the same roof at e-types.com. Currently it’s only featuring news items, with the full cases being added in come January. Before then you won’t be able to check out the brilliant arrow key navigation. But if you head over there now you will however be able to read some copy I have written, including the headline on the main page. This is the splash screen, that will change over time.

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Musically it’s been as good as any year. I’ve tried launching a new club night called Shadows & Reflections together with my friend Lauren, and although we haven’t found a permanent home yet, I think it’s been successful. My highlight of the year was definintely going to the Double Sight weekender in Glasgow, and also doing a half-hour set there. I’ve got some of my top wants this year, here are my favourite purchases:

Früt of the Loom – One Hand In the Darkness Loom
The Other Four – Once and For All Girl P.L.A.Y.
Chapter II – East of My Place Philips
Lydia Marcelle – The Girl He Needs Manhattan
The Avengers – Crying All Alone Mr Genius
The Rogues – And You Let Her Pass By Decca
The Sparklings – Now It’s Your Turn to Cry 7 Up
George Cash  – The Phantom of My Past Philips
Tony’s Defenders – Waiting For a Call From You Columbia
Charlotte & Emily – Love Not Have I New Voice
Something Young – Oh Don’t Come Crying Back to Me Fontana
The Girls – My Baby Capitol
Cinquetti – Πάντα Κοντά Μου Pan-Vox

The best gigs I have seen in 2013 have by far been Night Beats, Bad Sports and Cosmonauts in Sweden, Jacco Gardner and Dead Ghosts in Denmark. Something that I’ve left out of my Top 15s of albums and singles are reissues. There have been a few this year that deserve a mention:

Clothilde – French Swinging Mademoiselle 1967 Born Bad LP
Los Brincos – Contrabando él CD
Neo Boys – Sooner Or Later K Records 2LP
Adrian Lloyd – Lorna Sundazed RSD 45
Denise & Co. – Boy What’ll You Do Then Big Beat 45
Beachwoods Sparks – Desert Skies Alive LP
The Human Expression – Love at Psychedelic Velocity Mississippi/Change LP
Anonymous – Inside the Shadow Machu Picchu LP
Quarteto Nova Era – Apolo EP Groovie 45
Tandyn Almer – Along Comes Tandyn Sundazed LP

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Date: December 24th, 2013
Cate: new releases
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2013 | top fifteeen singles & eps

Once again, it’s time to round up and get ready for another year of great releases. You might have already checked the great lists from Styrofoam Drone and Tiny Grooves, and I’ll definitely have a few repeasts. I’ve had some catching up to do though over the last few weeks, but I’m now ready to present my list of the best 45s and extended plays of 2013. It’s been a good year for several artists, who will appear both here and in the albums list: Jacco Gardner (who was also on last year’s list), The Frowning Clouds, Warm Soda, and of course The Young Sinclairs who have 2 singles making the cut (out of a total of 5 this year).

The Thanes make an incredibly strong comeback in 2013, and also their new Dirty Water 45 should be in the shops any day. The biggest surprises may come from powerpop knock-outs Chain Letters, new US garage group The Neumans, and the Jacco-produced debut from Miri May. Fergus & Geronimo have evolved into Parquet Courts and The Keepsies, the latter of which is my favourite, on here with their second single (which doesn’t seem to be available on vinyl yet?). Another couple of off-shoots Winter Bear (ex-Cave Weddings) and Las Rosas (ex-Harlem) round out this list which is organised in a 5+10 fashion, with no particular order within the groupings.

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The Thanes – She’s Coming Back to Me State
The Neumans – Fuzz Filled Dreams Wild
The Young Sinclairs – Hurt My Pride Requiem Pour Un Twister
Miri May – You Are My Angel Saturno
The Frowning Clouds – Gospel Sound From the Church of Scientology EP Saturno
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The Keepsies – She (Was My Baby) Chrome Waves
Chain Letters – Bad Reflection Pogo Time
The See See – The Rain & the Snow Sundazed
Warm Soda – Tell Me In a Whisper Goodbye Boozy
Jacco Gardner – The End of August Trouble In Mind
The Young Sinclairs – You Know Where To Find Me EP Planting Seeds
Winter Bear – Jump In the Fire Hozac
Las Rosas – s/t EP Burger
Energy Gown – I Watch the Sun EP self-released
Endless Bummer – Ripper Current EP In the Red

 

Others that at least deserve a mention are brilliant releases from Straight Arrows, Drags,  Beach Party, Fuzz, Temples, Cold Warps’ tour tape, Los Wallas, Vacations, Ketamines, The Raw Nerves, Unwed Teenage Mothers, The Higher State, Plateaus and Nightmare Boyzzz. Look out for the albums list coming soon, as well as a podcast of tracks from both lists and a spotify playlist. Plenty to come!