Archive for the ‘Albums of the year 2013’ Category

Lucky devil…

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

You must be wondering who has won our competition? Amy draws a name from the lucky red satchel…

The winner is Tom McWhiter from Carbon Colour. Well done Tom!

Albums of the year 2013

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


Ok it’s Christmas competition time again. As we only had about 10 entires last year, maybe we should be changing our tune, but we hate to break with tradition and it means the odds of you winning are very high. All you need to do is answer this question correctly to win:

Q: What is our preferred fabric of choice in the years Christmas Card?

Send us your answer by email or fill in the contact form. On Monday 13th January, at 2.44pm, we’ll put all the correct entries into a handbag and pick out the lucky winner. Here are the albums you could win. Yes… ALL OF THEM.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Chosen by Amy

Trouble Will Find Me isn’t dark or bleak, it’s just beautiful and wraps you in a soft wool blanket while Matt Berninger’s voice soothes and reassures. Some old favourites, Sufjan Stevens and Sharon Van Etten amongst others, contribute making it a stand out album of the year for me. I’ve been tempted by others in 2013 (Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys), but when TWFM comes on, my whole body relaxes. It’s like good old friends have turned up and given me a great big hug. You will like this.

Lightning Dust – Fantasy
Chosen by Lauren

To really love an album it has to sweep me away to another world.  (I know – I’m quite demanding). The only one that really does it for me this year is Major Lazers Free the Universe (which takes me to a slightly disturbing, seedy but oh such fun world). However, we’ve chosen this as joint favourite so I’ll go for Lightning Dusts Fantasy. I’d describe the style as Dubescent Mellowelectroloncoly if that means anything to you, which it won’t as I made it up. My top track is: ‘In the city tonight’ and my favourite line is ‘marching together like a team of fiends’ because that sounds like something fun yet meaningful to do. I’m also going to throw in a self compiled CD that I’ve been listening to on my headphones since the summer, more than anything else…

Volcano Choir – Repave
Chosen by Daniel

There’s been so much good music that I’ve enjoyed in 2013, its been really quite difficult to round things off with ‘the one’. I’ve picked this Volcano Choir album though, because It’s the one surprised me the most. My expectations weren’t high after their debut (bit abstract) but this kind of floored me and has gradually become my most revisited album of the year. Seeing them live at the barbican with my dad helped seal the deal. The arrangements are sonically rich, Vernon’s voice full of wisdom and his mysterious lyrics pull you in allowing you to make of the songs what you will. Top track: Comrade. Here’s a little nerdy run down for all you pop pickers…

10: Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
9: Buke & Gase – General Dome
8: Mikal Cronin – MCII
7: Bill Callahan – Dream River
6: Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
5: Moonface – Julia with Blue Jeans On
4: Smith Westerns – Soft Will
3: Parquet Courts – Light up Gold
2: Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
1: Volcano Choir – Repave

Sweet Baboo – Ships
Chosen by James

I like lots of Welsh things.
My father-in-law is Welsh. I like him a lot.
Holidays in Wales are always good. Mwnt Beach is lovely.
Green Man Festival is always brilliant. It’s in Wales.
Amy, my half-Welsh wife, makes Welsh cakes. Yum.
Welsh music is often very good too.
I was a big fan of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.
I saw Euros Childs play in Oxford in November. A brilliant gig. His 2013 album is excellent too.
I’ve listened to Cate Le Bon‘s album a lot this year. Very good indeed.
Laura J Martin wears nice shoes and plays a mean flute.
But I’ve chosen Sweet Baboo as my album of 2013.
We saw him play Green Man in August. Super stuff.
I took Lily, my daughter, to see him play in Birmingham.
We met him afterwards, but we didn’t know what to say to him. Lily bought a poster.
His album has good tunes and funny/sad/thoughtful lyrics. You might laugh. You might cry.
You might not like it one little bit. I do though, and it’s my Record of the Year.
Oh, and I’ve bought you the Motorhome Songs EP (on vinyl with download) too. No expense spared.
“Daniel Johnston has written hundreds of great tunes and I’ve got six.”

Major Lazer – Free the Universe
Chosen by all of us

Why…. Bubble butt, bubble, bubble, bubble butt. Bubble butt, bubble, bubble, bubble butt. Bubble butt, bubble, bubble, bubble butt. Turn around, stick it out, show the world you got a BUBBLE BUTT! And that’s why we all love Free the Universe.

Lauren has treated you to both the vinyl and CD versions of the album. Lucky, lucky, lucky.