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2014 In Gigs
December 29, 2014, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Bands, Gigs!, Photos

so my anal retentiveness reaches its zenith once again with a list of all the bands I saw in 2014. (I already posted my gigs of the year here).

I’ll have missed some, which irks me, but it’s still a pretty hefty list…

After Hours Orchestra
Aidan Moffat
Alan Tyler
And Also The Trees
Band Of Holy Joy (x2)

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Barberos
Bass Clef
Big Fail
Big Mike & The Useless Playboys
Big Red & The Grinners
Bill Callahan
Bin
Blacklisters
Buffalo Skinners
Cath & Phil Tyler
Chain & The Gang

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Corn Potato String Band

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Cornshed Sisters
Cosmic Dead
Cowtown
Cure
Daniel Meade
Danny & The Champions Of The World
Dan Owen
Dark Northumbrian
Davina & The Vagabonds

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Delines (x2)
Dolly Parton
Dom & The Ikos
Eaux
Evil Blizzard

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Fernando
Fickle Lilly
Flamingods
Frank Fairfield
Fuck Buttons
Fucking Stupid Ugly People
Fun City Shills
Gem Andrews
Gnaw
Gnod
Good Throb
Hacker Farm
Half Horse
Handsome Family

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Hannah Rickard & The Relatives
Hard Skin
Hauschka
Henry Blacker

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Holovr
Holy Moly
Hookworms
Horse Loom
Hot Seats
House Of The Black Gardenia
I Draw Slow
Iceni
Interrobang? (x3)

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Jayhawks
Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams
Jennie Hval
Joanna Gruesome
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

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Karen Gwyer (x 2)
King Bees
King Champion Sounds (x2)
King Of Cats
Kogumaza

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Komodo
Legendary Shack Shakers
Lost Bros
Lowest Form
Lowri Evans
Luminous Bodies
Lykke Li
Magnolia Sisters
Martha (x 2)
Martin Stephenson & Friends
Martyn Roper
Mary Lou Lewis
Matmos
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns (x2)

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Micah P Hinson
Miners Hymns
Misty’s Big Adventure

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Mogwai
Morton Valence
MXLX
Necro Deathmort
Neutral Milk Hotel / Laetitia Sadier
Nev Clay
NG52s

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Ommadon
Otis Gibbs
oVo
Paddy Steer

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Palehorse
Part Chimp
Pentecostal Party
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
Pet Shop Boys

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Phil Minton’s Feral Choir
Pipe Riot
Qawwali Party
Ramleh
Rattle
Ravioli Me Away (x 2)
Rebecca Pronsky

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Rebirth Brass Band
Rhodri Davies
Richard Dawson (x3)
Rivals
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra (x4)

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Rockingbirds

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Ruts DC
Sam Underwood (x2)
Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band (x2)
Serious Sam Barrett & David Broad
Seth Faergolzia
Sex Swing
Shannon & The Clams
Shipcote & Friends
Shooting Of
Side Café Orkestar
Sir Jac’s Bantamacs(x2)

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Skylark Song
Slackers
Sleaford Mods
Sly & The Family Drone (x2)

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Smut
Snakes
Sons Of Bill
Sour Mash Trio
Southern Culture On The Skids

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Speak Galactic
Steven James Adams
Struggle Buggy
Sturgill Simpson
Swans (x2)

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Symphonic Pictures
Table Scraps
Taman Shud
Teeth Of The Sea
Them Things
This Little Bird (x2)
Tiger Lillies
Vikesh Kapoor
Wanda Group
Wolf Eyes
Woods

 



End Of Year Charts – The Top Five (well, six)
December 15, 2014, 10:52 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

After last week’s rundown from 30 to 6 of my albums of the year, this weekend those lovely people at Narc Magazine published my top five / six.

Click here to read me banging on about them.

They were as follows:

1= The Bug- Angels & Devils
1= The Delines - Colfax
2 Richard Dawson – Nothing Important
3 Frontier Ruckus – Sitcom Afterlife
4 King Champion Sounds – Songs For The Golden Hour
5 Band Of Holy Joy – Easy Listening



End Of Year Charts 2014
December 11, 2014, 2:03 pm
Filed under: 2014 Albums Of The Year | Tags:

Since various personal and practical issues are eating into my Anally Retentive List Making time, this end of year business is going to be much less elaborate than previous years. The lovely new Narc Magazine website is going to post my Top 5 over the weekend. But here’s the rest (a new rule this year – to be included in the chart, I have to own the vinyl, if it came out on vinyl. If not, meh.. )

Albums Of The Year – Numbers 6 to 30

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6 Swans – To Be Kind (Mute)

7 Steven James Adams – House Music (The State 51 Conspiracy)

8 Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Rock Action)

9 Sleaford Mods – Divide And Exit (Harbinger Sound)

10 Martha – Courting Strong (Fortuna Pop!)

11 Kogumaza – Kолокол (Lancashire & Somerset)

12 Lykke Li – I Never Learn (Atlantic)

13 Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra – Talk About The Weather (Tea Pad Recordings)

14 Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)

15 IX Tab – R.O.C. (Exotic Pylon)

16 Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)

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17 Carla Bozulich – Boy (Constellation)

18 Chain & The Gang – Minimum Rock N Roll (Fortuna Pop!)

19 Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)

20 Warpaint – Warpaint (Rough Trade)

21 Resource Centre – Low Fantasy EP (Geography Trip)

22 Morton Valence – Left (Bastard)

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23 Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)

24 Billy Childish & CTMF – Acorn Man (Damaged Goods)

25 Teeth Of The Sea – Master (Rocket Recordings)

26 Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals (Quietus)

27 Mirel Wagner – When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day (Sub Pop)

28 Wooden Wand – Farmer’s Corner (Fire)

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29 Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads (Domino)

30 Kemper Norton – Loor (Front & Follow)

 

Gigs Of The Year

  1. Sly & The Family Drone / Teeth Of The Sea / Part Chimp (August 9th, Supernormal Festival) – A triple-whammy of glorious demented noise.

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  1. King Champion Sounds / Interrobang? (November 16th, The Ferret, Preston) – two of my favourite new bands of the year at their absolute peak

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  1. Neutral Milk Hotel (May 18th, Manchester Albert Hall – as much as anything , because I never thought I’d see these songs played live again.

 

  1. Richard Dawson / Rhodri Davies / Pentecostal Party / Nev Clay (November 1st, Star & Shadow) – a celebration not just of Dawson but of the incredible vitality of the Newcastle scene

 

  1. Southern Culture On The Skids (April 5th, Austin Continental Club) – because I was in Austin. Watching Southern Culture On The Skids. Duh!
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Soundtrack Of The Year

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Mica Levi – Under The Skin (Milan / Rough Trade)

Live Album Of The Year

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Ambarchi / Campbell / Flower – Live At Tusk Festival 2013 (Tusk)

Compilation Of The Year

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In transit back from Austin…

 

Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music (8 Album Boxed Set) (Mississippi)

 

Single Of The Year

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Oren Ambarchi – Stacte Karaoke (Black Truffle)



Narc Magazine July 2014

tusk

curwen

 

singles

 

naomi

 

instinct

 

dolly

 

shannon

 

swans



Narc Magazine April – June

june cover

heron 1heron 2

 

fup 1fup 2

 

Fuck Buttons Pic Junefuck buttons june

 

Gnaw June

Phantom June

 

shannon pic juneShannon June

 

White June

 

Woods

 

Wooden Wand

 

Sons Of Bill April

 

SnakeheadsSingles April

 

Rockingbirds

 

Miners 1MIners 2

 

 

 

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Cathode

Afghan



Band of Holy Joy @ The Cluny
March 26, 2014, 11:19 am
Filed under: Narc | Tags: ,

2014-03-02 21.00.35

Band Of Holy Joy

The Cluny, March 2nd

Despite a frustratingly short set in the middle of an oddly mismatched bill, Band Of Holy Joy totally overwhelmed me tonight. I’d waited twenty-five years to see them play and they still managed to exceed my expectations. Their recent Easy Listening album is the best of the year so far and the songs from it were wonderful – the dignified, measured rage at the heart of There Was A Fall, their forensically scathing account of the death of Ian Tomlinson; their gorgeous cover of Darryl Banks’ timeless Open The Door To Your Heart, which saw singer Johny Brown beseeching and imploring like a North Shields James Brown. The band – four musicians managing to sound like so much more – did justice to the richness and ambition of the songs without ever lapsing into bombast, and clearly a had a blast on their cover of Penetration’s Don’t Dictate (which Brown introduced as having changed his life). And as great it was to finally see Tactless live – one of my very favourite songs – it was during the genuinely astonishing closer A Train Ride To Another Place that my arm hairs prickled, my heart soared and I was reminded all over again that Brown is without question the greatest songwriter the north east has ever produced.

(this didn’t make it into the April edition of Narc magazine so I’m posting it here instead)



Narc March 2014

Quite a busy month for me in Narc, including another cover feature (and what a beautiful cover it is)

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