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Best Albums of the Year 2014

It’s been a weird year for music. There’s been plenty of really great stuff, but nothing that really smacks you over the head and screams “instant classic” like there was last year: no Days Are Gone, Howlin’ or The Bones Of What You Believe. But that’s not to say it’s been a bad year for music: just one that’s been a lot different from last year. The rewards have still been there, just hidden in different places, more subtle. Indie rock and electronica weren’t quite as exciting as they have been in previous years – what was once new and exciting is beginning to get tired and in need of a refresh. As a result, hip hop, garage rock and rootsier genres – country, blues, folk – took up the slack. And sometimes having to dig a bit to really appreciate something is half the joy. Also, check out our … Read more

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The new The Men song ‘Open Your Heart’ is fucking great

The Men’s 2011 noise rock album Leave Home was one of my favourite records of last year. So it was with some excitement that I discovered the band are already planning to release a follow up on March 6th. New song “Open Your Heart” is the title song from said forthcoming album. And it’s fucking brilliant. Much like on Leave Home, the guitar sound is a key element and here it kicks you in the teeth right from the get go, sounding a lot like the opening bars of The Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind”. No band has ever done themselves any harm by taking notes from The Buzzcocks, so this is a very good thing indeed. Also, while Leave Home was all about guitar texturing and analogue distortion with songwriting taking a back seat, here they’ve stepped things up with a really solid, urgent melody as well. Open Your Heart … 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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