Say Sue Me – Where We Were Together 2018

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Well who would of thought that probably the best indie pop album to be released this year would come from South Korea. Normally the likes of Glasgow and Australia are the best contenders to produce mighty fine indie pop but this gives the likes of Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura a cause to up there game .

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I really cant recommend this enough it really is solid from the start to the finish.

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Angus And Julia Stone – Snow 2017

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t’s been three years since Sydney-born siblings Angus And Julia Stone’s released their self-titled album. Snowis a welcome return to serene sounds which stay true to the minimalist production of previous endeavours.
The title track kicks things off with an oxymoronic, sunny tinge to its tone. Call and response vocal techniques trickle through the album and take precedent in the first track, exploring failing relationships, as well as moving on from them; “Looking at the stars, I have you to myself / Standing here with you and thinking of someone else. / Blanket on my back, I’m cold, I’m cold again. / Smile in the snow, tryna find something to say”.
“Chateau” comprises of a melodic backdrop which later develops into an ethereal display of vocal layering which echoes Bon Iver’s “Calgary”. Young romance is the driving force behind the song as Angus Stone coos “we can go to the Chateau Marmont and dance in the hotel room […] / I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere / I’ll take you there.”

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“Nothing Else” takes us back to the duo’s acoustic roots, with smooth harmonies and saccharine lyrics to boot, while pop ballad “Who Do You Think You Are” offers an accompaniment of guitars with a country twang (similar to those from “Yellow Brick Road” off their second album), and the smooth sheen of “Sylvester Stallone” finishes the full-length with peace and polish.

Lead tracks “Snow” and “Chateau” may create the most groundswell, but don’t neglect the rest of the album – even if some tracks take a little longer to really sink into your earbuds. They’re well worth the wait.

Alvvays – Antisocialites 2017

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Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays combine their fuzzy, jangly indie pop with infectious, sugary melodies that recall the likes of Scottish outfit Teenage Fanclub and nod to the U.K. post-punk act the Dolly Mixture. Lead vocalist Molly Rankin – the daughter of John Morris Rankin from the popular Canadian folk family group the Rankin Family – was joined by childhood neighbor Kerri MacLellan on keyboards, and met guitarist Alec O’Hanley at a show as a teenager before they proceeded to write music together. Rankin self-released a solo EP in 2010 with the help of O’Hanley before bringing the rest of Alvvays together, with Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIsaac (drums) joining the fold. They then toured heavily, supporting the likes of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, while busily working on new songs.

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The band enlisted fellow countryman and musician Chad VanGaalen to record sessions for their debut album at his Calgary studio in 2013, and also worked with Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh and producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, the Hold Steady). Standout performances at 2014’s SXSW and the Internet hype surrounding their demo of “Adult Diversion” alerted their talents to Polyvinyl Records, who subsequently signed Alvvays and released their self-titled album in 2014. The album became something of a sensation, thanks in part to the popularity of “Archie, Marry Me,” and the band began a whirlwind of touring. As they gained popularity, the concerts became larger and they nabbed slots at Glastonbury in 2015 and Coachella in 2016. Along the way, they began sprinkling new songs into their set, but Rankin finished up writing the album while taking day trips to Toronto Islands to work in isolation in an abandoned schoolroom. When the songs were done, Rankin, MacLellan, and Murphy recorded in Los Angeles, then Rankin and O’Hanley moved the sessions to their basement in Toronto, where they invited a few guests to contribute, including Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake. The resulting album, Antisocialites, was released by Polyvinyl in September of 2017.

Ducktails – Jersey Devil 2017

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Last summer, Matt Mondanile announced his departure from Real Estate to focus on his solo project as Ducktails. That renewed attention has led to the bedroom pop outfit’s latest full-length, Jersey Devil, due out October 6th via Mondanile’s own New Images.

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Ducktails’ sixth album overall and follow-up to 2015’s St. Catherine, Jersey Devil was recorded over two years before being mixed in Hoboken, New Jersey at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio with engineer Ernie Indradat. To help out with the production and recording, Mondanile called on producer/composer John Anderson (Sky Ferreira, Girls), who also contributed guitar, as welll as drummer John da Costa, South Korean bassist Chi Yoon Hae of Parasol, and backup singers Malcolm Perkins and Samira Winter.

VA – C88 2017

 

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So yesterday i got my C88 box-set and like the previous Cherry Red Records collection that has been released i just knew it would be a superb release . this was the lead up to the pre baggy scene that took the U.K. with a right kick up the fucking arse that it needed. .

 

Following up their C87box set, which was the next step after their C86 box set, Cherry Red takes yet another step in documenting the U.K. indie pop scene with the 3-disc C88. It follows the fortunes of some of the bands from previous years who didn’t make the jump to major labels, tracks the influx of bands who were influenced by the jangling pop sounds of C-86, and generally provides an exhaustive view of the guitar groups sneaking around the edges of the late-’80s scene. Each disc is a mix of both names that have lasted through the years and complete unknowns; the compilers take great care to make the set one that even dedicated followers of indie pop will find full of surprises. For every Stone Roses or Vaselines track, there’s one by the Driscolls or the Church Grims.

 

For every indie pop classic like the Charlottes’ “Are You Happy Now?” or the Sea Urchins’ unbearably lovely “Please Rain Fall,” there’s a total obscurity that gives them a run for their money, like the Prayers’ “Sister Goodbye,” or “Village Green” by the Clouds. The big labels like Creation, Sarah, Rough Trade, and the Subway Organization are all represented with a few songs each, but mostly the tracks are sourced from tiny labels whose names have been lost to time  names like Whoosh, Bi-Joopiter, and Medium Cool don’t exactly resonate with the public at large, but the bands they contribute to the collection (Holidaymakers, Remember Fun, the Corn Dollies) show that there were plenty of good bands out there and plenty of savvy label owners to release their singles. Most of the collection focuses on sunny indie pop that was noisy, sweet, and as catchy as a summer cold (as typified by the Pooh Sticks, the Flatmates, and the Darling Buds), but there are detours into Lloyd Cole-style sophisticated singer/songwriter sounds (the Caretaker Race’s “Anywhere But Here”), angular post-punk drama (the Great Leap Forward’s “Who Works the Weather”), jaunty instrumental pop (Apple Boutique’s “The Ballad of Jet Harris”), a couple of frothy fun songs from the El Records stable (“The Camera Loves Me” by the Would-Be-Goods and “Curry Crazy” by Bad Dream Fancy Dress”), synth pop with trumpets (Pacific’s New Order-on-a-shoestring-budget “Barnoon Hill”), and tough and scrappy rockers like Rote Kapelle’s “Fire Escape.” They even dug up a rare demo from Pale Saints, “Colours and Shapes,” which shows they were a fine pop band before they discovered atmosphere.

 

These side trips help make the journey a fairly varied one, even within the pretty tight confines of the indie pop scene of 1988. It’s also a thoroughly enjoyable trip, whether you were there at the time and want to rediscover the glorious tunes of your long-ago youth, or a neophyte just getting into indie pop. Either way, there is a wealth of brilliant pop on C88 ripe for the picking, enough to keep anyone smart enough to check it out satisfied for a long time, or at least until C89 arrives.

Daniel Wylie & Cosmic Rough Riders – Scenery for Dreamers 2017

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Daniel Wylie was in Cosmic Rough Riders then he left to pursue a solo career while they carried on without him but now it seems Cosmic Rough Riders are his. Go figure. Anyway he’s back with several slabs of spangling guitar pop with nods to Teenage Fanclub and Big Star. Also with a few nods to Neil young’s crazy horse lets hope we get some kind of a tour from him now

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Real Estate – In Mind 2017

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On In Mind the band fine-tunes the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums—Real Estate, Days, and Atlas—so beloved and pushes their songs in compelling new directions. Written primarily by guitarist/vocalist Martin Courtney In Mind offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record recasts the band in a new light — one that replaces the ennui of teen suburbia with an adult version.

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The Shins – Heartworms 2017

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Rock has many artists who retain a consistent sound across projects. the shins ’ James Mercer is one, and the sound of his fifth album under that moniker retains all that’s good about The Shins, only slightly infused with tricks learnt from side projects like Broken Bells.
As the only remaining original member, perhaps it’s unsurprising. But what startles is the way the tracks contain the same sort of charm and warmth evident on 2001’s Oh, Inverted World. Mercer wrote the entire album, from the clomp of ‘Painting a Hole’ to the Christmastime Spector feel of Fantasy Island. He also took on production duties from Richard Swift.

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Despite being a male-heavy record, ‘Name for You’, the lead single, is billed as a call to arms for Mercer’s three daughters, another reason for……the gap between records, perhaps.

The strongest feeling is one of looking back. There are tales of school days, of learning guitar and Mildenhall is even named after the UK airbase he was raised in. Melancholy levels are high – but that’s a distraction, as beneath this motif is a wealth of songwriting nous that continues to set Mercer apart

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever- The French Press 2017

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever bit of a shite name for a band but who really cares because this band can make some superb music and with only two albums under there belt you can clearly hear that they are here for the long haul .

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Talk Tight was the bands first release and it is a thunderous album Listening to these seven tunes, you can easily trace a national lineage: the relentlessness of radio birdman , the pop literacy of the go betweens , the rambunctious energy of the easybeats , and the belief shared with courtney barnett that guitars are not just crucial to the message but might very well be the message themselves.

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French Press is the follow up from last years mini album release its due out march you need these in your life trust me .

Album of The Day

Ezra Furman And The Harpoons  – Inside The Human Body 2008

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Well we have published our best songs of the year and our best albums of the year alongside Grievous Angel Promotions best of  the year list . So we are heading back to 2008 for a classic album by Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – Inside The Human Body .

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If Ezra Furman’s first album was his The Times They Are A-Changin’, his second is his Highway 61 Revisited. More amped up this time around and more band-oriented than before, instead of acting like an expansion to add flair to songs that Furman wrote on his acoustic, the Harpoons are an integral background component. Along with the band tightening and improving as musicians, Furman has also matured slightly. His yelp isn’t quite as untamed as it was on the first go, possibly because he’s gained control of pitch with practice, or perhaps because it doesn’t seem as outrageous in context with the more crazed numbers. “Big Deal” starts out with an infuriated spittle-infused scream “In a trance in France I learned to dance!” before exploding into a frenetic, Frank Black meets Stiff Little Fingers punk nuke. Yes, punk. The punky aesthetic that filled the lyrics of “Banging Down the Doors” (evident by the introductory line, “This song’s about a whore I knew in Chicago!”) has bled into the music on a few songs here, and with the tempo raised, Furman blazes through his lines like an auctioneer, squeaking out “They put me in a cage and they put me on-stage and they told me I could never go home/The government paid for a place in the shade and then my mouth began to foam” at a mile-a-minute pace. It’s a new angle showcasing the awkward adolescent turned aggressive anarchist, and the rockin’ numbers rock accordingly, proving that the Boston-bred boys can branch out and competently conquer other genres when they put their minds to it, even when tackling the antithesis of folk. But Furman is always at his best when he slows down and connects on an intimate level. “Springfield, IL,” “Weak Knees,” “The World Is Alive,” and especially the innocent Neil Young-ish chamber organ gem “If I Was a Baby” could have fit the earnestly enduring mold of his last album. A mature outing with the awkwardness subdued, all the boyish charm and lyrical finesse that made Ezra Furman & the Harpoons’ freshman Minty Fresh release a success is evident, and many of these timeless tunes could be classics if they ever made their way into the mainstream.

 

best songs of 2016

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Well folks its that time of year when all the best of start to make a show so we thought we would put together a list of 20 songs that “siding with the insane stereo” have loved throughout the year .

20 – st Paul and the broken bones  – is it me

19 – blind pilot – packed powder

18 – needle points – Corazon

17 – yo la tengo – New York groove *not on spotify playlist

16 – M Ward – girl from Conejo valley

15 – Turin brakes – brighter than the dark

14 – Chris Bathgate – big ghost

13 – Margo price – hurtin /9on the bottle)

12 – Whitney – no woman

11 – Mount Moriah – calvander

10 – Justin peter Kinkel-Schuster – painting houses

9 – cool ghouls – days

8 – drive-by truckers – kinky hypocrite

7 – Bon Iver – 00000 million

6 – the avalanches – because i’m me

5 – Karl Blau – no regrets

4 – the goon sax – up to anything

3 – treetop flyers – 31 years

2 – the cave singers – that’s why

1 – Carter Sampson – take me home with you

All these tracks will appear on our spotify playlist apart from yo la tengo (17)and we will have a download link for you soon where  the yo la tengo track will appear .

also keep an eye open for our top ten album of the year .