DS Favourite Songs of 2013

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It’s always a mighty challenge to narrow down all the songs you’ve heard in one year and slot them into order on a nice tidy list of 20. I’m sure I’ve missed a handful of gems but these are all songs that have either captured my imagination, feet, ears or all of the above and made me think “damn that is a great song”.

1. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street

3. Houndmouth – Penitentiary

4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

5. Bad//Dreems – Caroline

6. Wooden Shjips – Everybody Knows

7. Kirin J Callinan – Victoria M

8. Ooga Boogas – Sex in the Chillzone

9. Ducktails – Under Cover

10. TV Colours – Beverly

11. Popstrangers – Heaven

12. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys – Any Day Now

13. Eleanor Friedberger – When I Knew

14. Sharpie Crows – Thanks You Ladies For The Spread

15. Bill Callahan – Small Plane

16. Neko Case – Night Still Comes

17. Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

18. Arcade Fire – We Exist

19. Suede – Barriers

20. Depeche Mode – Heaven

Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street

Houndmouth – Penitentiary

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being In Trouble

Bad//Dreems – Caroline

Wooden Shjips – Everybody Knows

Kirin J Callinan – Victoria M

Ooga Boogas – Sex in the Chillzone

Ducktails – Under Cover

TV Colours – Beverly

Popstrangers – Heaven

Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys – Any Day Now

Eleanor Friedberger – When I Knew

Suede – Barriers

Sharpie Crows – Thanks You Ladies For The Spread

Bill Callahan – Small Plane

Neko Case – Night Still Comes

Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

Arcade Fire – We Exist

Depeche Mode – Heaven

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: September 13th, 2013

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The big single released this week was Reflektor, the title track to the new Arcade Fire double LP due out on October 29th and it sees the band stretching out into a more rhythm based realm. James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) is all over the track with its indie disco vibe and its nod to bands like Talking Heads. I’ve got to say the first time I heard it I didn’t think much but it has really grown on me. Live it’ll be a monster of a track.

Other notable releases this week were Body/Head’s Coming Apart the new collaboration between Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and guitarist Bill Nace, Wolf & Cub’s Heavy Weight, Willis Earl Beal’s Nobody knows, MGMT’s new self-titled LP, the final album from Ministry called From Beer To Eternity, Nightmares on Wax with Feelin’ Good, Sebadoh’s Defend Yourself, Manic Street Preachers’ Rewind The Film and Bill Callahan’s Dream River. 

The big news on the Australian live scene is the likelihood that this years Harvest Festival is going to be cancelled based on slow ticket sales. AJ Maddah has attributed this in part to the big hitting lineup announced for the 2014 Big Day Out with Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Blur leading the charge. It’s a shame really as the first Harvest boasted an incredible lineup that included Mogwai, Portishead, Flaming Lips, Phosphorescent, The Walkmen, Mercury Rev, The National and more. Last year’s was pretty great too. It does feel though like the left of centre musical audience is pretty well catered for with Laneway Festival, Sydney Festival, elements of the BDO and indeed some of the acts that booked on the Future Music Festival. Maddah is probably best served sticking to what he has built his name on – Soundwave Festival.

Next Tuesday at 4pm the lineup for next year’s Future Music Festival will be announced and I’m getting pretty excited about the rumoured inclusion of Depeche Mode on the bill. If it happens it’ll be their first visit here in twenty years and the final box to be ticked on my ‘must see’ list after being a fan for thirty years.

If you are in the Enmore/Newtown area of Sydney tomorrow night I’ll be playing some records at The Green Room Lounge from 11-1am. Vinyl only and i’m aiming for a 80s indie and pop feel with everything from Teardrop Explodes to Nik Kershaw, New Order to Altered Images going under the needle.

 

ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

That’s it then, 2010 done and dusted and although it wasn’t the best year ever for new music there were some damn fine records released. This year we’re seeing an even more eclectic mix of flavours coming through from witch house, minimal electronica, americana, experimental and the all encompassing indie tag. Have a look at what we loved through the year, click on the covers for linked reviews and please leave comments and let us know your faves…

2010 has also been another stellar year for reissues, remasters and deluxe versions and honourable mentions must go to:

  • David Bowie | Station To Station
  • The Rolling Stones | Exile On Main Street
  • Iggy Pop & James Williamson | KIll City
  • Dexys Midnight Runners | Searching For The Lost Soul Rebels
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood | Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  • The Cure | Disintegration

25. Spoon | Transference

24. Liars | Sisterworld

23. Wavves | KIng Of The Beach

22. Surf City | Kudos

21. Simon Carter | The Black Book Of The Universe

20. Mount Kimbie | Crooks & Lovers

19. James Blake | Klavierwerke EP

18. Forest Swords | Dagger Paths EP

17. Jeremy Jay | Splash

16. Mark Moldre | The Waiting Room

15. Damien Jurado | Saint Bartlett

14. Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest

13. Gayngs | Relayted

12. Zola Jesus | Stridulum II

11. Wooden Shjips | Vol. 2

10. CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

9. Yeasayer | Odd Blood

8. The Black Keys | Brother

7. Tame Impala | Innerspeaker

6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | Before Today

5. Best Coast | Crazy For You

4. Beach House | Teen Dream

3. Die! Die! Die! | Form

2. The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack

1. Arcade Fire | The Suburbs

VIDEO: Arcade Fire’s brilliantly clever new interactive video…

Arcade Fire and more specifically director Chris Milk have raised the stakes of online interactivity with the new video for We Used To Wait. It is part of a HTML5 short film called The Wilderness Downtown which allows you to customise your experience and trip back to the house you grew up in – or any address for that matter… It is pretty damn cool!

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