Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Albums Of May

5. Trouble Will Find Me - The National  - May 20th



4.  Silence Yourself - The Savages - May 5th



3.  Clarietta - Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs - May 27th


2. Once I Was A Eagle - Laura Marling - May 27th


1. Random Access Memories - Daft Punk - May 20th



Saturday, 25 May 2013

My Favourite Albums 90-100

100.  Tago Mago - Can

Psychedelic/Prog-Rock
Released: 1971


99.  Low - David Bowie


Art Rock
Released: 1977

98.  The Clash - The Clash

Punk
Released: 1977

97.  Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen


Heartland Rock
Released: 1984

96.  Automatic For The People - R.E.M


Alterative Rock
Released: 1992

95.  Wildflowers - Tom Petty


Folk Rock/Blues Rock
Released: 1994

94.  Slowhand - Eric Clapton
Blues Rock
Released: 1977


93.  In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson

Progressive Rock
Released: 1969

92.  Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake

Folk
Released: 1969


91.  Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young

Folk Rock
Released: 1970

90. American Beauty - Grateful Dead

Psychedelic Rock
Released: 1970

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Best Few Tracks I've Heard Over May

The Strypes - Hometown Girl



The Blues boys returned this month and after a bit of larking about, talking to a few legends and performing alongside Paul Weller. Decided that we mere mortals had been good enough to be graced with this single; ( if you have an consistency with this blog you will know of my adoration of the strypes) Although this single fails to live up to Blue collar Jane it proves they're not just a one trick pony and neither are they a covers band.


Temples- Colours To Life



Who doesn't want to live like a hippy once in their life? Free Love, Psych, Drugs, Unity. There was everythin everybody would want but unfortunately if you're reading this you either didn't live in that wonderful age or you're a very Tech-Savy 60 year old in which case *High Five*.
Temples in this single replicate the sounds of the mid 60s 'Tomorrow Never Knows' Beatles while maintaining a look that Marc Bolan would love.

Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs - Be Glamorous



Horror, Glam Rock and Psychedelica met up one night and made a drunk accident, that accident was named Charlie Boyer and if there was ever a case for "There Are No Accidents" then this is it. Charlie manages to both herald a return to Guitar music and bring back a Bolan-esque feel in this single, while it may not be as good as "Children Of The Revolution" It isn't bad at all.



MGMT - Alien Days



Who Remembers MGMT ? The Wonderkids behind "Kids", Well they grew up. Took Some Acid. And Created The Best Track Of the year. Psychedelica Is Back And with MGMT leading it we may just get a bit of free lovin going on too.



The Magnetic Mind - Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun



Hey, Did you hear that fad back in the 60s... L.A Psych... well i think a echo of it just went by. The Magnetic Mind are without a doubt one of those acts that wish they were in the 60s, in which they would of sold millions and been able to get high with The Beatles (Don't we all yearn for such a occasion ) but unfortunately they weren't going then, so they're just going to have to cope with making music for our ears.


Queens Of The Stone Ages - I Appear Missing



The Queens of stadium rocking return with a lead up single to their album,  which will be released in June. The Queens Of The Stone Ages are truly wonderful, they're unique yet they aren't. They're playing a heck load of festivals over the summer if you're lucky you may just stumble upon the Stadium Rockers themselves, who only Rammenstein And Muse could challenge for the crown of Best modern Stage Performers.

Daft Punk - Give Life Back To Music



The Robots have taken over the world.
Prepare for their entry into your ears.
Electronic Disco Giving life to the masses as well as just music .


The Orwells - Other Voices



George Orwell would likely be disgusted that his name was stolen for such purposes and for the sounds made. However i'm not related to him so i have no qualms at loving this Punk genius who are so young that they make the Strypes appear almost middle aged (Despite the fact that the Strypes are younger, Freaky? HUH?)


Deap Vally - Baby I Call Hell



Do You Remember Jack White? Yeah that legend. I miss him too. I wonder what he's up to? Well his silence (Excluding making songs for soundtracks) has been made up by this duo of female Blues-Rockers who present a 2010s White Stripes and may just become as popular as them. Although they'll need everyones help.


Jagwa Ma - Man I Need



You Know Australia really do try to mantian good music nowadays, what with Tame Impala, Pond and San Cisco and NOW this, Indie Dance is back. So go get back into shape so you can groove to these tunes.

The Genius Better Known As The Strokes

The Strokes are without a doubt one of my favourite 2000s bands, their 2001 album 'Is this It?' is  my favourite album of the past 20 years. I anticipate that most people kno who they are (A Indie- Garage Rock Band) so i won't bore you with details of their brilliance.
All you need to know is that they are genius.

The Strokes are a american rock band formed in New York in 1999, with their membership including; Julian Casablancas (Singer), Nick Valensi (Lead Guitarist), Albert Hammond Jr (Guitarist) , Fabrizio Moretti (Drums),  Nikolai Fraiture (Bass).

Alongside Detroit Based geniuses The White Stripes they helped usher in a new era of Garage Rock, While their debut album 'Is This It?' was declared the 199th best album ever by rolling stone magazine while i consider it the 65th best album ever.


They Have Since Created 4 other albums with their latest 'comedown machine' being the best album of 2013 in my humble opinion


VIVA LA STROKES



Saturday, 18 May 2013

Best Albums Of April

5. The Terror - Flaming Lips - 1st April


4.  Mosquito - Yeah Yeah Yeahs -  16th April


3.  Overgrown - James Blake - 8th April 


2. Itunes Sessions (Yes I know it isn't a studio album) - Gary Clark Jr - 25th April


1. Bankrupt! - Phoenix - 23rd April 


Best Albums Of March

5. Bad Blood - Bastille - 4th March


4. In Love - Peace - 25th March


3. Chronicles Of Marnia - Marnie Stern - 19th March


2.  The Next Day - David Bowie - 12th March


1. Comedown Machine - The Strokes - 26th March 


Best Albums Of February

5. Amok - Atoms For Peace - 25th February


4. 180 - Palma Violets - 25th February 


3. Holy Fire - Foals - 11th February


2. Cabinet Of Curiosities - Jacco Gardner - 11th February


1. The Messenger - Johnny Marr - 25th February


Best Albums Of January

5. Arc - Everything Everything - 14th January 


4.  Wolf's Law - The Joy Formidable - 21st January 


3. True North - Bad Religion - 22nd January 


2.  Opposites - Biffy Clyro - 28th January 


1. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic -Foxygen- 22nd January 


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Top top 10 tracks of the Year SO FAR

1. Upstarts - Johnny Marr

2.  Entertainment - Phoenix

3. Get Lucky - Daft Punk

4. The Stars(Are Out Tonight) - David Bowie

5. San Francisco - Foxygen

6. Immortals - Marnie Stern

7.  Blue Collar Jane - The Strypes

8. 80s Comedown Machine - The Strokes

9. Please Don't Say You Love Me - Gabrielle Aplin

10.  Pompeii - Bastille

Friday, 10 May 2013

Top 100 Britpop songs ever - Really NME ?

I buy NME every week religiously, i sit there, read it, then i proceed to laugh at some of their opinions. I don't openly dismiss their thoughts but.... i've got to say..... NME's top 10 Britpop songs... was terrible this is their top 10.

1. Common People- Pulp
2. Girls & Boys - Blur
3. Cigarettes & alcohol - Oasis
4. Connection - Elastica
5. Yes - Mcalmont & Butler
6. End of a century - Blur
7. Supersonic  - Oasis
8. Reverend Black Grape - Black Grape
9. Animal Nitrate - Suede
10. Sorted for E's & Wizz

Now i won't bore you with why it's bad although i could mention a lack of Kula shaker *cough* *cough*.

so heres my top 10

1.  Common People - Pulp (Me and NME are in agreement there)
2. Live Forever - Oasis
3. Girls & Boys - Blur (Me and NME Both agree to its brilliance)
4. Bittersweet Sympathy - The Verve
5.  Hush - Kula Shaker (Although it was a cover)
6. Connection - Elastica (OK me and NME also acknowledge this)
7. The Beautiful Ones - Suede
8. Alright  -  Supergrass
9. Daydreamer - Menswear
10. Wide Open Space - Mansun


Now you've heard mine, do you agree with me or hate my choice? comment below to have your superior opinions heard

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The sky (ferreira) is the limit.

Sky Ferreira is very possibly the next pop princess... in a good way, no not like Selena Gomez, not  like Kylie either... or Madonna... ok she's a first, but she's actually pretty good, i mean in the same way that i love Florrie's music, i love Sky's.

Her genre is unique, her music style is unique and lets face it she has the face that would make people buy her music if the sounds were that of muffled farts. BUT they're not.

As brilliant as this all sounds, i can guarantee you that if you are a solid blues fan , a standard indie fan or someone who sticks strongly to classic rock reader you won't like her, she plays a mix between synth-pop, alternative pop and dance pop, not the cup of tea for our everyday rocker.

Her debut album is called "I'm Not Alright" which yes i agree i'm not a fan of, although i prefer abstract title names myself or ones that are puns. This one however.... leaves me with a aftertaste in my mouth which doesn't have the heart to go away.  This Debut album is out sometime in august and although i'd recomend it to anyone, i can imagine it not being most peoples cup of tea, however this is just the way i love my Earl Grey.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Bringing The Past Back with Jagwar Ma

I wasn't given the honour to be alive in 80s Manchester, as were many of you i'm sure. However two people who also failed to experience it, are trying to recreate the sounds, no they aren't the Gallagher brothers, they're not even from Manchester, or Britain. It's Australia's Jagwar Ma whom are trying to recreate the 'Madchester' sound. Following in the resurrection of retro by the likes of Jacco Gardner, The Strypes, Temples, Peace and Charlie Voyeur and the voyeurs.

Jagwar Ma are unique in every sense of the world, they're trying to usher in a second wave of Indie dance, when lets face it the independent market doesn't need it, but perhaps this is what has made them so in demand, the fact that they aren't catering for anyone and are just struggling onwards with passion, 'throwing their hair into the wind' being the expression i'd use. 

Think Stone Roses. 
Think Happy Mondays.
Now stop thinking and dance.






Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs are what is known as a retro rock band, with garage rock tendencies, and this causes usual mass confusion about why they're signed up by the 'Heavenly' Label, best known for giving us such psychedelic artists as TOY or Temples, and although this affiliation does them favours (including them in one of the most promising recording scenes) it also doesn't always help them, because people are a lot more likely to ignore them due to their label mates.

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs are also responsible for bringing retro sounds back into the field, and are bringing proper guitar music back alongside NME favourites Palma Violets, while The Strypes bring back blues-rock and Jacco Gardner brings back 60s psychedelica. This resurgence of music is creating a steady stream of music which appears promising and i personally am looking forward to what may come.

Their Album "Clarietta" is out at the end of this month, and it looks promising, check out your local store and buy it. I hope you won't regret it.

Monday, 6 May 2013

In Love : with Peace

Out of every ongoing band which is currently creating the sounds for our ears best known as Psychedelic music, Peace are one of the few acts which openly admits its Psychedelic influences and sounds.

With the ongoing creation of so many new, fantastic psych bands (see Tame Impala, Temples, Jacco Gardener, Etc), why should you listen Peace. Well although its impossible to sway your opinion with other peoples opinion it is a well known and established fact that Peace are one of those bands that have nothing dislikable about them, the band members appear happy albeit somewhat crazy and loveable. 

Perhaps one of the greatest things about this band is there album name, which i loved, "In Love",  now the album title is not a cheesy Rom-Com about a boy in love, it's actually a play on the old much loved hippy slogan "peace and love", now squint your eyes and imagine a donkey. Now forget the donkey as its not that important. 'Peace n' Love' is how it should be pronounced, so may that relieve all of you of  the thought that i love rom-cons.

Now, i'm gonna rap this up as Love Actuall..... I mean Rocky is on TV. 


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Gary Clark Jr. What a Glorious Day We Live in.

To those of us who are aware of modern blues artists, Gary Clark Jr presents the freshest sounds since Stevie Ray Vaughan, and although he has slowly been building up a substantial fan base over the past three years, he has over the past year, truely became a brilliant artist in his own right.

As a guitarist there are none who can equal him, in his age range. He has been showered by compliments by a heap of guitarists. His debut album "Blak And Blu" was amazing, phenomenal, you won't get another one like it for the rest of the year.

The best thing about him? Well that's probably the fact that although you can directly sense his influence in his music, you can still obviously tell it is made in this day and age.


Now roughly three quarters of the artists i write about have a 50/50 chance of making it big time, but Gary doesn't have that, he IS going to make it, this isn't optimism, this is realism at its finest.

Jacco Gardner .Is That The 60s I Hear?

A Dutch child bravely forces open the chest to unveil a kind of treasure never expected by him nor anyone, this child has just discovered what we in the mortal world describe as.... Psychedelic Music.

Now that somewhat long introduction truly serves no purpose except to tell the reader that this post is about a young dutch boy who creates psychedelic music, i thought i was a ok intro actually...

Jacco Gardener was the boys name and people frequently refer to him as the next Syd Barrett which as a massive Syd fan i disagree with but this does not mean that i don't love his music. He is however comparable to the musical unknown Curt Boettcher, one of psychedelica's greatest servicemen.

The honest sad truth is that Jacco won't make it into the mainstream attention unless he sells out, he may be brilliant but no one yearns for brilliance anymore they yearn for a young attractive person with no mind of their own, unfortunately Jacco fits none of this billing.

You're also unlikely to find a more authentic 60s sound in this sad world of ours. The Strypes may embody early 60s music, but Jacco embodies late 60s.


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Top Albums of the 60s - Listen to these tunes.

A few rules a notes for this post, firstly this i'm forcing myself to only include one album of each artist hence why there is only one Beatles album and One Bob Dylan album. Also this is personal opinion so don't start raising the townsfolk in arms just because you disagree. 

10. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones 

The Beatles' great rivals finally succeeded in releasing a album to match the Beatles in 1969 thus cementing them into Rock's history. 


9. Music From Big Pink - The Band

The world's greatest backing band's first solo effort truly destroyed the minds of the musicians of 1968 and left many of them questioning the meaning of their music. 


8. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett's masterpiece was glorious and was the best Floyd effort until Dark Side. However i consider this their 2nd best album overall with only Wish You Were Here topping it. 

7. Tommy - The Who 

The first true Rock Opera. No on has beaten it and i doubt anyone will, the brilliance of it is overwhelming and the Who's instrumental brilliance is shown brilliantly. 



6. The Doors - The Doors

The Californian Psych rockers were never better than in their debut album. 

5. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan 

Dylan' best, and yes that means alot if i had my way, Bob Dylan would release a album a year. He is wonderful and is the true last great musician of the 60s still going (except possibly Paul Simon) and god damn it he better not fall over and break his back before i see him live. 



4. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix

We miss you Jimi return to our planet, please? 
This album is just as brilliant as everything else on this list. 

3. Disraeli Gears - Cream

Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Backer's baby never sounded so groovy. 


2. Revolver - The Beatles

The Best Band in the world. Don't argue with me, in terms of everything they are the best, except best album ever, this one makes number 2 in my best ever list too. Not because it is weak or inperfect just because i'm in love with the other album.


1. Forever Changes - Love

The greatest album ever. Buy it now... i wash't joking -_- you won't regret it

Temples

Psychedelica, the lost artform is being reborn inside the mists of the underground. With foreign artists leading the scene at the moment, we brits must feel depressed at our lack of success as of now with Aussie's Tame Impala, Scandanvian's Goat, America's Foxygen, and Holland's Jacco Gardener.
So we people of the British isles must be somewhat lost... right? wrong! We have a whole host of young musicians who are clinging to the mists of the past, with Peace and Temples being the most prominent two.

Temples are a band from the midlands of England, a rather unexpected area for Psychedelic to be reborn. But despite these somewhat plain origins, Temples are making splashs inside the music industry, with many elder statesmen of music announcing their love for their sounds.

Now i'm not going to start saying they are anywhere as good as the old psych gods of Jefferson's Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Syd Barrett or The Grateful Dead, however i am willing to say they may become the next big hit makers in Britain.