2009 Musical Choices

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I really miss the Peel Festive 50 around now so I often compile a 'best of' list to friends and work colleagues and maybe slip a CD inside. That's the plan this weekend, so what features?

My own take on this year would have to include:

Antlers - Hospice LP
Frenchkiss Records
At first I thought this was pretentious nonsense, especially as the first and last songs are called prologue and epilogue respectively. However songs like 'Kettering' are hugely atmospheric and emotional, quite a thrilling ride and worth experiencing.

Boris - Japanese Heavy Rocks Hits (3x7")
Southern Lord Records
Bit of a concept piece, like the Melvins 10" releases a few years ago except this is much better. Each member of the trio takes the lead, or at least it seems. Huge amount of variation and experimentation, don't be fooled by the title!

Delorean - Ayrton Senna LP
Fool House Records
More of an EP but a huge tuneful romp from this Spanish outfit. Any album named after an F1 driver is of course an automatic inclusion, even an overrated Brazilian.

Japandroids - Post Nothing LP
Unfamiliar Records
Sloppy guitar seconds that occasionally breaks out into a tune. Just 8 tracks on this release so its over before you know it.

Melt Banana - Initial T 7"
Initial T Records
Two out of these tracks are absolute corkers that would fit easily onto the classic 'Cell-Scape' LP. Bodes well for the next full length.

Melt Banana - Melt Banana Lite Live Ver 0.0 LP
A-Zap Records
This is Melt Banana but without guitars and I'm hooked on it. This sounds like a gig recorded in an amusement arcade with the machines taking centre stage. Even some of the songs from 'Bambi's Dilemma' sounds fresh in this new setting.

Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Self Titled LP
Slumberland Records
This could slot onto Postcard Records easily except its 2009 and the band are from New York. Some great indie noise pop picked moments here.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus LP
Layaute Records
Brilliant French pop, so slick and stylish; making it a sweet listen from beginning to end.

Ramona Falls - Intuit LP
Barsuk Records
One of the guys behind Menomena teams up with various musicians and gives us a more string based experienced and we're thankful for it.

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer LP
Jagjaguwar Records
Everything in the melting pot here and at times you're holding on trying to stay in close proximity. At times it thrills and with a little more focus could have been a great one.

The Tranzmitors - Busy Singles LP
Busy Records
Great Canadian guitar pop-punk music done with huge style and some strong writing ability.

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Fast LP
Kill Rock Stars Records
Real fun album with uplifting moments and some catchy hooks.

We Were Promised Jet Packs - These Four Walls LP
Fat Cat Records
Local band deliver the debut of the year. Moments of Leatherface, Jawbreaker and a naivety reminiscent of the great Ride in terms of playing and lyrics. One to watch!

The XX - XX LP
Warp Records
Praised debut by many and I cannot disagree. Just something you have to hear again and again to fully appreciate

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