Archive for December, 2014

Album of the Year 2014

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Simply tweet @bigtopdesign I Love London: http://youtu.be/kDKltHJupAc

or share the I Love London video on facebook

Do this before the 10th Jan 2015 to be entered into the lucky draw.
The winner, to be picked on the 10th Jan, gets all 5 albums on CD.

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Chosen by James

I like melancholic music and Mark Kozelek makes melancholic music. This album, released in February, contains eleven melancholic songs about suicide, sex and death. Lots and lots of death.  I’m not sure that you will like it. I do though. He played at Green Man Festival this year. Middle of the afternoon, middle-aged and swigging from a bottle of vodka, he didn’t look great. But what a show. I loved it. A word of warning. Don’t listen to Dogs when you’re alone in the room with Grandma. It’s rude.

Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Chosen by Amy

I’m ashamed to say I have missed two golden opportunities to see Nick Mulvey play. Annoyingly I was within spitting distance on both occasions at the Green Man Festival (2012 and last August). In my defence, I didn’t know who he was then and was probably too busy standing in a shower queue or asleep in the sunshine. What a plonker.

I’m not too good at reviews, is it enough to say it’s lovely? I overuse the word lovely. I can’t help it, it’s a nice word and describes a host of lovely things that I find lovely. Nick Mulvey’s First Mind is lovely, have a listen, you’ll find it lovely too.

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Chosen by Daniel

So much good music in 2014 but this was an easy choice for me. I’ve been enjoying ‘Burn’ since the release back in Feb, but it was when my dad and I saw Angel at the excellent and intimate Hare & Hounds near Birmingham back in June that something changed. She looked me right in the eyes… at least I think it was me… I wanted it to be me… For Olsen has a captivating stare and haunting intensity in her voice that is hard to resist, so filled with pure emotion that it always seems just about ready to spill. The songs on BYFFNW range from simple acoustic guitar and voice to more produced offerings (but never overly) fleshed out with lush arrangements of voice, guitar, bass and drums. All equally wonderful and worthy of your attention.

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Chosen by lauren

Great for relaxing, dancing, cooking or working… and that’s good enough for me. I wish I could see them live but alas no no no not for now. I  keep missing out. Headphones. I guess I’ll have to live with that.

Future Islands – Singles
Chosen by all

Love to hate it. Hate to love it. We love it. James hates it. But does he love it really? Theatrical and intense. Serious but NOT. You can’t ignore this one that’s for sure. So we’re making it our joint favourite!

Will the real Father Christmas please stand up …

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Great little insight in The Guardian today about one of my all time favourite author/ illustrators. Christmas isn’t complete without this book and this year will be no different to the last 40 or so for me, as I take a look and smile because it means Christmas is really here!