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2016 Music, how was it for you ?

Been a bit of an odd year. Loads of Time but I've been doing a lot of catching up on things I might have missed out as they happened, Captain Beefheart, Can. Big Star, Love, Dylan type stuff. But as far as this year's music goes nothing extraordinary good has reached these ears. Lots of good stuff but nothing that's got me in a lather.

My favourite album of the year hast even got a mention in the music mags album of the year reviews and that is the Ben Watt Album Fever Dream. A close second is the Radiohead album A Moon Shaped Pool, back to their best if you ask me. The Drive By Truckers new one is awesome, up there with their best as are new albums by The Coral, Teenage Fan Club and James

Probably the most interesting but brilliantly listenable stuff I've heard has come from two women, Cate Le Bon and Angel Olsen, two ace albums. Oh and the Newish Thee Oh Sees album A weird Exists is as good if not better than A Floating Coffin for me and The New Ryley Walker stuff is just brilliant, my cup of tea exactly these days.

The Wilco album is a scaled down stripped back thing of beauty Whereas the Sturgill Simpson album is a full on blown up trawl through Americana, both brilliant. The White Denim album is ok but more work required methinks with the new line up. The Low Anthem  return with Eyeland is a challenge but ultimately very rewarding. I love the Kevin Morby album and he is going to get better and better as is Bill Ryder-Jones ex Coral.

Other Honourable Mentions for me are, Jaguar Ma, Hiss Golden Messenger, Eleanor Friedberger, Cass McCombs and the New Nick Cave album sounds good although ive not heard much of it. As far as straight up Indie Rock goes I think the Car Seat Headrest album is probably my favourite. The Last Bowie album seems to have cleaned up the awards but I just haven't got round to listening to it.

Think that's about it, might have missed something bit anyone else?
Cutsyke

Bought one new album this year. Teenage Fanclub. Been to see New Order twice, Super Furry Animals, Primal Scream and Echo And The Bunnymen. I was hoping Kid Wave would play New York but no such luck. I'm afraid I'm a bit out of step with new bands. Can never snag tickets for Thee Oh Sees who I am reliably informed are mustard live.

The New Order gig at Radio City and The Bunnymen gig at Webster Hall will live long in the memory for the right reasons. The Duper Furry Animals gig sadly for the poor turnout, probably less than 500 there. And Primal Scream, what I saw was fantastic, I mean, really, really good but they went on at 9 and we got there at 9:40, a venue that usually has main bands on at 10. Friend of mine saw The Damned there, they came on at 11:15. So that was both good and bad.
Dock

I'd like to hear the Teenage Fanclub album. Its on my Christmas list. This year has mainly been about single tracks rather than albums for me. But I have been switched on to people like Theo Parrish and Pete Rock and anything on Daptone Records including a belter of an instrumental album by The Olympians.

Theo Parrish is a Detroit house DJ/Producer who is, in the final analysis, a fucking wizard at bending my head with older jazz and mixing it into a thoroughly addictive beat.





My album of the year is 'Remixed with Love Vol. 2' by Joey Negro. I personally know a house DJ of some repute who always refers to JN as: "The Man." Joey is a London-based DJ/ Producer/ Record Archivist/ Vibe Merchant who makes his own music but this 2 CD release was him getting obscure disco records from the 70's and stepping up the sharpness of the beats and string arrangements to make them into a much wilder animal than their original incarnations. Fucking ace!

Their are far too many parallel's between Northern Soul, Disco, and House Music to mention, but as a fundamentalist believer and fan of all three genre's  I can honestly say that the cd format gives you those rarities that you could never afford or track down only on vinyl. And the Joey Negro comp is a stellar example of that.





Cutsyke

Is Daptone the label Sharon Jones was on? if so I like the story of the label. People pretending they remembered the releases from the 70s when they were actually brand new.
Heyho

Seen James about 5 times this year and another one in Liverpool (with the Charlatans) next week. Every one has been ace. Teenage Fanclub have supported them a couple of times as well. As did Primal Scream on one occasion.

Also seen Neil Young this year who was also brilliant.

A bit miffed I missed the Pixies the other night though.
Dock

Cutsyke wrote:
Is Daptone the label Sharon Jones was on? if so I like the story of the label. People pretending they remembered the releases from the 70s when they were actually brand new.


Yes she was a Daptone artist. Never heard that story before about people falsely claiming they remember the releases from the 70's. What Daptone have is a live it- breathe it worship of staying true to recording music how it used to be recorded and that's what makes them the best label in the world if you ask me.....I know you won't. This clip is why I love Daptone. They are in it for the music. Everybody pitches in just like the early Motown days. Check it:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rK81HgOpbuM
Cutsyke

I like the things I've heard. Apparently the covers of the early releases didn't have dates on them and you know what people are like, they want to be into everything before you were, some DJs were saying they remembered hearing certain releases years ago. I also think it's an off shoot of an earlier label.
Cutsyke

Great video that. They probably violated so many city codes doing it by themselves with so little knowledge. That said, I know an Irish lad who rewired a bar by attaching new wires to the old ones and puling them through. Later he bought a book on electricity and is now a successful (very) contractor.
Butts

Best  albums - Car Seat Headrest, Bowie, Karl Blau, William Tyler, Conor Oberst, Brandy Clark, Wilco, Sturgill Simpson

Best gigs - Bruce (of course), Margo Price, Car Seat Headrest, Wilco, Neil Young, Nada Surf, Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Cat Power. Teenage Fanclub, BC Camplight.

Not a stellar year but some big hitters on the horizon in 2017
Cutsyke

I like that C Duncan too though I don't have the album. Is Cat Power back on form, I like her.
Butts

I find her quite compelling. Dead nervous at the start but the last 3/4 songs were blinding. Very odd body language, she did a Leonard Cohen cover (forget which) that had me on the verge of big tears.
Cutsyke

I saw her in Fort Lauderdale. High point of a crap holiday at my brother in laws. One of those holidays that you do for the kids but is hard work for the adults. We had three little ones each. Yeah she's ace. I think she's a bit of a one off.
Late Doors

Cheers Dock, i know i get a bit bogged down in my littel world of White guys with guitars so ill check those tracks out at leisure, sounds good.

You got tickets for Car Seat Headrest at the Brude Butts? In March but already sold out. Didnt manage myself Might chance it on the night though
Butts

We're away the day they're in Leeds so seeing them in Manchester on the Friday (also sold out). Completely brilliant live
sheeps

It has been a bit too loud for me this year.
fartcatcher

I've asked for the new Stones album for christmas. Mick and Keef having some fun.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
I've asked for the new Stones album for christmas. Mick and Keef having some fun.


I've heard the single and its a cracker. It's them doing what they know best. It's on my list as well FC. Hope you get what you want. Because you can't always get what you want but you just might find, you'll get what you need!!!

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