Speakers Push Air


The Speakers Push Air Albums Of The Year Chart 2016
December 21, 2015, 10:42 am
Filed under: 2016 Albums Of The Year

For one reason or another, long-winded countdowns, teasers and write-ups are beyond me this year, which is ironic because this year I bought more new music than I ever have, and it’s been of a remarkable quality for the most part.

Anyway, here’s the Top 10. Criteria for inclusion – I have to own it on vinyl if it’s on vinyl (some other physical format if it’s not); no live albums, compilations, reissues etc. Erm.. that’s it… Oh yeh, and it has to be mint.

Joint First:
Hey Colossus – In Black & Gold / Radio Static High
(Rocket Recordings)

jon

It had to be really, didn’t it? No band of recent years has brought me so much pleasure – live and on record. And to release two albums of this ridiculously high standard within a few months of each other is a Husker Du-style level of industry. You can read a review of Radio Static High here – guitarist Jon told me it’s the best thing he’s ever read about something he’s a part of, which may well have changed given the critical acclaim they’ve received of late, all entirely deserved.

This band fucking rocks.

 

2. DBUK (Denver Broncos UK)   Songs One Through Eight
(SCAC Unincorporated)

dbuk

I’m still meaning to write a proper review of this somewhere. It’s the long awaited debut album from DBUK (formerly Denver Broncos UK) and it’s utter fucking genius. DBUK are Slim, Munly and Dwight from Slim Cessna’s Autoclub and Rebecca from some of Munly’s side projects. It’s tar-black gothic americana, equal parts Gorey, Poe, Faulkner and Portis. It’s gallows humour and warped sexuality, it’s infanticide and crossdressing and acoustic instruments that sound like creaking doors. It’s disturbing and funny and genuinely, unarguably, utterly unique.

 

3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor  Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress
(Constellation)

GYBE

All I know is that when I listen to Piss Crowns Are Trebled – and I have, over and over and over – I see slo-mo news footage of cop cars on fire and people taking to the streets and banks in ruins and I feel genuinely uplifted.– from my Narc review

 

4. Morton Valence – Another Country (Bastard)

morton

“After three brilliant, criminally overlooked albums, Another Country might be Morton Valence’s masterpiece, the purest distillation of their gradual shift to an ‘urban country’ sound. Hacker’s lyrical take on the poetry of the city has rarely been better, his melodies never stronger, his and Anne Gilpin’s voices rarely so simpatico. From opener Chinatown, the greatest song Calexico never wrote, to the two-part prison drama of First Night/A Tear For Every Year to The Hawkline Discotheque – suburban angst set to an infectious disco beat – this album never lets up. The arrangements are magnificent, by turns heartbreakingly intimate or spaghetti western-epic, and the linking soundscapes evocative. Another Country is a total triumph and you need to hear it.” – from my Narc review

 

5. Woven Skull – Lair Of The Glowing Bantling
(Penske Recordings)

woven

Woven Skull have been my discovery of the year, cropping up everywhere and killing it every time, whether it’s a kids gig in a tent, a hungover gig in a church or on a weird flashy club stage in Leeds. Their music – an almost indescribable blend of folk and post-rock, like a Celtic Sister Ray or something – soars the way Godspeed do, and you end up gobsmacked that three people with minimal kit can ROAR quite like that. But ROAR they do. Get the album – and all manner of other releases and collaborations – here.

=6. Sleaford Mods  Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)

mods

a torrent of fury and despair that veers from personal vendettas to searing political insight (lyrics about the futility of analysing capital markets) to taking pot-shots at image-driven try-hards (“you’re shit, you look like Rocket From The Crypt”), all of it a sometimes moving, sometimes amusing, sometimes rabid sketchbook of what it’s like to live in this zero-hours-contract, race-to-the-bottom, piss-stinking, bleak and banal world– from my Narc review

=6. Band of Holy Joy – Land Of Holy Joy (Stereogram)

the_land_of_holy_joy_sleeve

… on this wonderful new album, even Brown is sounding worn out and worn down as Austerity Britain chips away at what remains of the working class hope and dignity he cherishes. The nation Brown is describing here isn’t a million miles from the squalid, hopeless wastelands of Sleaford Mods.” – from my Narc review

7. Low – Ones & Sixes (Sub Pop)

LOW_OnesSixes_cover

An attempt to blend the songs of recent albums with the more experimental sounds of the rather unloved Drums & Guns, Ones & Sixes isn’t Low‘s best album but it is really, REALLY good and Mimi Parker’s voice on Lies just makes my heart soar.

8. King Midas Sound & Fennesz – Episode 1
(Ninja Tune)

KMS

“A year after releasing the finest album of 2014 as The Bug, restless innovator and musical omnivore Kevin Martin is back in King Midas Sound guise for a collaboration with Austrian musician Christian Fennez, the first of four such ventures. The degree of collaboration varies: some tracks – the lovely On My Mind, the yearning Loving Or Leaving, Roger Robinson’s heart-breaking spoken piece Melt – see Fennesz adding flavour to what are very much King Midas Sound songs. On others – especially the stunning, 13-minute Above Water – Fennesz’s trademark sound is to the fore, gorgeous washes of texture and opiated melody dubbed up by Martin. A fine start to the series, it’s exciting wondering who the other collaborators will be. – Narc review

9. Grey Hairs – Colossal Downer (Gringo)

grey

“… Colossal Downer is the fantastic result. An homage in part to a kind of pre-lapsarian Pacific North West, before grunge was even a thing. Before the smack, before Geffen, before Everett True. … it’s fair to say that a couple of the tracks do sound like early, sloppy Nirvana. The propulsive, mutant surf of Jesco is one obvious highlight, the feedback drenched onslaught of Emergency Banger is another. Fuck it, they’re all highlights. This album is just a whole lot of scuzzy drunken fun.” – from my Narc review

10. Blown Out – Jet Black Hallucinations
(Golden Mantra)

blown

Of all the combinations of the Vest / Batey / Hedley Geordie Jagermonster stoner doom attack, Blown Out are the best. They killed it at Supernormal and it’s live that you realise how powerful that rhythm section is. Power trio doom with a little bit of muscular funk in its DNA.

 



The Speakers Push Air Albums Of The Year Chart 2016: 20-11
December 18, 2015, 3:41 pm
Filed under: 2016 Albums Of The Year, Uncategorized

And here we go into the middle stretch, positions 20-11 in the rundown.

 

11. Teeth Of The Sea – Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (Rocket Recordings)

TOTS

12. Holly Golightly – Slowtown Now (Damaged Goods)

holly

13. Henry Blacker – Summer Tombs (Riot Season)

henry

 

14. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse Girl (Sacred Bones)

hval

 

15. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Of Asking (New West)

daniel

16. Shape Worship – A City Remembrancer (Front & Follow)

shape

 

17. Wire – Wire (Pink Flag)

wire

18. EEK & Islam Chipsy – Kahraba (Nashazphone)

eek

 

19. Shannon & The Clams – Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)

clam

 

20. Thee Tsunamis – Saturday Night Sweetheart (Magnetic South)

tsunamis



The Speakers Push Air Albums Of The Year Chart 2016: 30-21
December 18, 2015, 2:01 pm
Filed under: 2016 Albums Of The Year

And here we go with the main albums of the year list. First off, from 30 – 21.

21. Death & Vanilla – To Where The Wild Things Are (Fire)

death

 

22. Legendary Shack Shakers  – The Southern Surreal (Alternative Tentacles)

LSS

23. Luminous Bodies  – Luminous Bodies (Box)lum

24. Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt – Vintage Piss (We Deliver The Guts)

piss

25. Workin Man Noise Unit – Play Loud (Riot Season)

wokri

26. Steve Gunn & Black Twig Pickers – Seasonal Hire (Thrill Jockey)

twig

27. Haiku Salut – Etch & Etch Deep (How Does It Feel To Be Loved)

etch

28. Bad Guys – Bad Guynaecology (Riot Season)

bad

 

29. Shit & Shine – 54 Synth Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral (Rocket)

shit 54

 

30. Follakzoid – III (Sacred Bones)

iii



The Speakers Push Air Albums Of The Year Charts: Reissues And Compilations
December 18, 2015, 10:37 am
Filed under: 2016 Albums Of The Year | Tags:

Not the usual bells and whistles for the end of year charts this year – no big countdowns or write ups. Anyway, here are the releases from 2016 that are disqualified from the ‘proper’ chart – reissues and compilations.

Various Artists Compilations

1 Saved & Sanctified – Songs Of The Jade Label (Numerophon)

jade
2 Studio One Jump-Up (Soul Jazz Records)

jump
3 Shirley Inspired (Earth)

shirley
4 In A Moment (Ghost Box Recordings)

ghost
5 [Cease & Desist]- DIY Cult Classics From The Post-Punk Era 1978-82 (Optimo Music)

optimo

Artist Reissues / Remasters And Such

1 Coil – Backwards (Cold Spring)

coil
2 Mogwai – Central Belters (Rock Action Records)

mogwai
3 Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (Remastered & Expanded) (Warners)

van
4 Sun City Girls – Torch Of The Mystics (Abduction)

sun
5 Leatherface – Razorblades & Aspirin (Fire Records boxed set)

leather
6 Áine O’Dwyer – Music For Church Cleaners Vol. I And II (MIE Music)

aine
7 Mission Of Burma – Signals, Calls, And Marches (Fire Records)

mish
8 Broadcast – Warp Reissues (Warp)

broad
9 Marcel Bontempi – Witches Spiders Frogs & Holes – Demos & Recordings 2009-2014 (Stag-O-Lee)

marcel
10 Shit And Shine – Jealous Of Shit And Shine (Riot Season)

shit



August – December Narc Pieces

Yeh, Yeh – I’ve been really slack uploading various Narc articles over the last few months, apologies. So here’s lots at once.

Sunn O)))

GYBE

Hawley

Promoters

pokey

Teeth Of The Sea

Tusk

Pokey

midnight doctors

tusk

csd

bodies unit

BOHJ

Delines

KMS

PHH

Sadier

delines

evil blizzard

HC

newsom

PHH

singles

Sleaford Furrow



Tusk 2015

Very pleased to be invited to review this year’s Tusk Festival for The Wire magazine – 20 years a reader, so it felt good.

Tusk



Narc Magazine – June and July 2015

June 2015

Nick

Sly

td

BOHJ

Box

jenny

Piney

July 2015

Mods

Peyton

11th haiku

heavy trash

Otis




Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,007 other followers