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In Defence of Kanye West and Why the Grammys Still Suck

The Grammys are a few weeks old now and still the predictable Kanye hate trudges on. We all know that Kanye West is one of history’s great douchebags and that his wife is one of the worst people alive. These are indisputable facts, and not up for debate. But still, seriously people, what the fuck. So for those of you that missed it (really?), Beck was awarded album of the year at this year’s Grammys on account of being around for ages – the basic Grammy awards qualification for non-pop acts. Beyonce was again in contention for best album, and Kanye again attempted to take the stage to demonstrate his dissatisfaction with this result. Beck was actually pretty cool about it, and Kanye never actually took the mic, but loudly voiced his views regarding the matter in a post-awards interview for which he has since apologised, albeit quite a long … Read more

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Best Songs of the Year 2014

Our best songs of the year just gone, complete with playlist and podcast. Read more

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Best Albums of the Year 2013

So, 2013 eh? Maybe it was just because it was the year I finally got round to getting a paid Spotify account, but it seemed to me that there was a ridiculous amount of great music in 2013. It definitely felt like an album year to me, so hopefully you’ll find a few on this list that you really dig. As with the songs, we didn’t set a limit to the albums on this list – there were as many great albums as there were great albums, so setting a fixed limit seemed to defeat the purpose. We’re joined by Dave and Bren and you can hear our Egonomist podcast of the year in music here. We’ve also got a Best of 2013 Spotify playlist here. Enjoy! Later… When The Tv Turns To Static – Glasvegas Mike: Glasvegas’ 2008 debut album was a true classic:t song after song of anthemic … Read more

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Best Albums of 2011

Another great year for music! Check out our list of the best albums of 2011, complete with a forward by our conservative correspondent, the ever-miserable Steven Sourman. “Sigh… Music used to be so much better when I was young. You used to be able to watch music television or mainstream radio and really be told what you were supposed to like. Not like these kids these days: it’s all interwebs and deciding for themselves. How are they supposed to know which Rolling Stones re-release or new album by an aging 1970s folk singer to buy, when there’s all this new music getting in the way of the classics? This freedom of choice will be the death of us, just you watch. It’s practically communism! Have we already forgotten Vietnam, people?” – Steven Sourman, 2011 15. Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves Mike: A semi-concept album about mid 80s New York drag … Read more

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Our Top 25 Songs of 2011

What a year it was! So much great music. Arcade Fire even won a Grammy (albeit about 7 years and two albums too late), for what that’s worth in 2011. And boy, there were some great songs – too many to limit to a top ten this year. So here’s our favourite 25 songs from the year that was 2011… 25. Blink 182 – “Up All Night” Mike: Remember when you were younger and you used to like music for the sheer enjoyment of it: you loved what you loved and fashions didn’t matter? How as you got older things like trends and what your friends liked started to obscure and influence your taste, and how this sometimes meant that you couldn’t always like things just because they were good? How this made you overlook things like the fact that, despite the dick jokes and American Pie soundtracks, Blink 182 … Read more

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New music: Some of my favourite recent albums

After last week’s bile fest, here’s something to help wash away the horrid aftertaste of the new RHCP song. To restore your faith in modern music, and humanity in general, here’s a few recent albums that I’ve been loving. Remember, there’s more good music than bad out there, you just gotta look. David Comes To Life – FUCKED UP A hardcore punk concept album from Toronto Canada’s Fucked Up. While the vocals are pure 80s hardcore, the songs are anything but: complex arrangements, female backing vocals and a guitar sound to die for. Must be heard to be believed. Coastal Grooves – BLOOD ORANGE I’ve already posted the full stream of this album a few weeks ago, but I’m still obsessively listening to it so figured it deserved another mention. Here’s Dev Hynes performing its opening song while dressed as a fucking wizard way back in 2009. That’s a contender … Read more

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Three Overrated Albums of 2010

While we’ve already established that 2010 was a damn good year for music, every year there’s always a few bands whose worth gets blown out of all proportion. In 2009 Animal Collective was the big one for me – I tried and tried, but even after a dozen listens they still sounded like a hipster humpback whale pumping out a Cleveland steamer after a hard night on the vindaloo. Here are three bands and albums that I felt got more than their fair share of attention in 2010. The National – High Violet I keep thinking someone is pulling my leg when I hear people raving about this album. Didn’t they release this already, a few years ago? If I wanted to listen to Joy Division-lite, I’d listen to early New Order. Yet every couple of years The National release a new album that sounds exactly like the last one … Read more

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Mike’s Top 10 of 2010 – SONGS

I’m a songs person rather than an albums person in general, so here are my favourite songs of 2010. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood” Song of the year for me, no question. It’s everything that MGMT’s second album material should have been but wasn’t – anthemic, instantly memorable, modern and beautiful. Well deserving of the Silver Scroll for songwriting – the system occasionally works, folks. If you didn’t like this song in 2010, your ears were painted on. The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing” Catchy as fuck, this was the instantly memorable indie pop hit of the year. Making something new and fresh from a tried and tested theme, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the psychedelic, fresh-faced, unashamed optimism of this song. Tommy Ill – “Best Damn Evening” Wellington rapper Tommy Ill captures all that is good about hip hop – well crafted, superbly delivered … Read more

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