(….and the nine before that) GIGS, EP’S, TIPS & MUSICAL EVENTS OF THE YEAR

The penultimate installment and last of 2013, what a top year.

GIGS OF THE YEAR aka go & see this bands in 2014

#1//Suede, Suede, Suede, Suede, Suede, Suede, Suede and Suede. 

(i’ll just put one video ok)

  • #1 Garage
  • #2 Abbey Road – it counts because I said it does
  • #3 Birmingham
  • #4 Ally Pally
  • #5 Banquet – as does this
  • #6 Xfm – and this
  • #7 Southampton
  • #8 Kenwood

Oh, you know the drill.

#2 Pet Shop Boys & Jon Hopkins

There’s nothing like seeing 2 electronic acts of genius in one night, and there’s nothing quite as spectacular and theatrically brilliant as a Pet Shop Boys gig, the o2 was the place to do it.

#3 Siouxsie Sioux & Viv Albertine

Sioux is a queen, and completely (sorry) spellbinding live, when’s the next gigs?

#4 Gabriel Bruce & Gabriel Bruce

(i wasn’t here but it’ll do)

Gabriel Bruce can dance and sing and do all the things you’d ever want from a live show, and I witnessed it twice in 3 months, it was brilliant. He is the must see act for 2014.

#5//Temples & The Merrylees

Temples were great at Ally Pally, but they blew my mind at The Boileroom, nothing quite like it. They’re gonna be huge once this album comes out, I can’t wait

#6//Palma Violets & Childhood & Telegram & Palma Violets & Childhood & Telegram

Palma Violets shows are great in the maddest way possible, and when you’re backed by the new talents of Childhood AND Telegram it’s always gonna be unforgettable

#7//Lovebox: Hurts & Jon Hopkins & assorted others

Lovebox is a great festival, I’d never been before and went alone unable to drink in blistering sunshine, it was one of the best days of the year, everyone was having an incredible time and the line up was impeccable. It was a Sunday but you wouldn’t have believed it.

#8//Drenge & Slaves & Dolomite Minor

(almost)

Drenge are loud live, thunderous infact, and they make fun for a good throwabout.

#9//Trans

Trans are the kind of musical skill I could only ever wish to be half as good at, seeing people play guitars like that is so ace it’s almost disheartening, in the best way possible of course

#10//The Crookes & The Heartbreaks & Hey Sholay

The Crookes are still brilliant, and after 9 gigs always will be, The Heartbreaks returned in incredible style & guts and Hey Sholay are still one of my favourite small bands, next.

#11//Tribes & Superfoo00oood

(sort of)

Tribes are great, it was the last time I saw them and they blew the roof off The Boileroom even when I was standing pinned up against the backdoor, incredible.

EP’S OF THE YEAR

Just incase you’re not all into albums and all that jazz.

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#1//Between Us Girls – Drowners

Drowners have demonstrated they are ace this year on a mere 4 songs, 3 of which are on this EP, enough said.

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#2//Red – Trans

Trans are a great gift of musical genius this year, and this is just half an hour. The next is in Feb, and it’ll sound even better

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#3//Talk Back – Easy On The Amoeba

The debut EP from good old EOTA, and a really outstanding one too, did I mention it’s free too?

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#4//Milkshake – Jaws

A really great EP from a really great new band, the album’s gonna be one to look out for, especially in summer.

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#5//New Life Ignites – Red Kites

A top EP from Guildford’s finest, the best folk rock indie merge I’ve heard probably in forever

MY 5 TOP DISCOVERIES OF THE YEAR/FURTHER TIPS FOR 2014  (I’m not choosing giant obvious ones like Palma Violets because everyone knows how good they are alright)

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Telegram 

Psychy, rocky and the embodiment of 70s – they seem like complete nutters that can write damn good tracks, and that appeals to me.

Temples

Temples

Like a calmer, sweet version of Telegram, sparkly tops everywhere, and out of the world live

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Teleman

Synthy, krautrock-y and all round brilliant, their album should hopefully emerge next year and turn more than a few heads

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Childhood

Synthy (THEY ALL ARE OK) and summery and catchy and onto something.

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 Jaws 

The only ‘b-town’ lot I can bare, really really good stuff.

DISAPPOINTMENTS – it’s not all great is it

#1//PULP. PULP.  PULP WHERE IS YOUR ALBUM. PULP. YOU CANT RELEASE STUFF AS GOOD AS AFTER YOU AND MAKE ME TRAVEL TO THE FURTHEST HIGHEST BACK SEATS OF YOUR ARENA GIG AND STAND AND DANCE ALONE REGARDLESS AND LEAVE ME HERE WITH NOTHING MAKING YOU LAST GIG FUCKING JONATHON ROSS ON THE TELLY. C’MON STEVE, CANDIDA. SORT IT OUT.

yeah that.

#2//Sharks split up

I loved Sharks in the same way I loved Suede, I only got to see them once in an empty tent at Guilfest but left desperate to support them in every way I could, their albums are just incredible, their considered relocation to America after the UK ignored them pained me enough, but this caused me great sadness, go stick Selfhood on

#3//Tribes split up too

Tribes were brilliant, NME virtually slaughtered their impeccable 2nd album in some of the worst played journalism I’d ever seen, it sucks to see them no longer around but if they emerge again in different means and outfits, that’d be something

 2 IMPORTANT MUSICAL UPDATES OF 2013

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#1//Chic taking over the world

Nile Rodgers has become the coolest man on the planet this year, I managed to miss seeing Chic at every hurdle but marvelled at their Glasto & iTunes performances through a screen, I am desperate to see them next year, and they have an album coming out, Nile Rodgers wants it to be their first number one, you heard the man

#2//Alex James’ cheese being alright, actually

I’ve vowed to try his cheese for some time and this year I finally did, and it was alright actually, I happened to meet him too, which was a very important thing  in terms of being a basspiration (don’t repeat that word egh) and he was a nice bloke. Revelation eh?

1 hour kids…

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