The Best Music Videos of 2011 – Part Three

November 24, 2011

A third installment of ten? Sure. Watch the rest by, like, looking elsewhere on this website thing.

Yes, I’m allowing myself Esben here.

Apparat – Song of Los (from the album The Devil’s Walk)

Spankrock – #1 Hit (from the album Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar)

Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (from the album Simple Math)

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – The Copper Top (from the album Everything’s Getting Older)

Polinski – Stitches (from the album Labyrinths)

Childish Gambino – Bonfire (from the album CAMP)

Peggy Sue – Song & Dance (from the album Acrobats)

Esben and the Witch – Warpath (from the album Violet Cries)

Roots Manuva – Get the Get (from the album 4everevolution)

SBTRKT – Wildfire (from the album SBTRKT)

That’ll do, pig.


MD’s Zero Fanfare Top 40 Albums Of 2011

November 17, 2011

Are they in order, from 1 to 40? Perhaps 40 to 1? Yes, no… who cares. Anyway, 40 thoroughly good albums from the year that isn’t quite over (but let’s be fair, there’s nothing but X Factor afterbirth between now and the New Year).

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Katy B – On a Mission
Kuedo – Severant
The Horrors – Skying
Polinski – Labyrinths
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Com Truise – Galactic Melt
Björk – Biophilia
9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens…
Wild Beasts – Smother
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
Mastodon – The Hunter
The Men – Leave Home
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Three Trapped Tigers – Route One or Die
Modeselektor – Moneytown
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Braids – Native Speaker
Rustie – Glass Swords
Dels – Gob
Iceage – New Brigade
Childish Gambino – CAMP
Machinedrum – Room(s)
Martyn – Ghost People
Azari & III – Azari & III
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here
Emika – Emika
Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass
Nils Frahm – Felt
Drake – Take Care
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun

Note: Esben and the Witch’s Violet Cries is disqualified from this list because they’re terrible, terrible people. Nah. But I do co-manage them. And that sort of nepotism just ain’t cool.

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

Katy B – Broken Record

Kuedo – Scissors

The Horrors – Still Life

Polinski – Stitches


The Best Music Videos of 2011 – Part Two

November 11, 2011

Part One, right, is over here. This is another ten. Are they the best videos of 2011? I dunno. I just say what I see.

Youth Lagoon – Montana (from the album The Year of Hibernation)

Battles – My Machines (from the album Gloss Drop)

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Bubble (from the album Diamond Mine)

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot (from the album Tha Carter IV)

Ghostpoet – Survive It (from the album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam)

Hooray for Earth – True Loves (from the album True Loves)

Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise (from the album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two)

Three Trapped Tigers – Reset (from the album Route One or Die)

New Look – Nap on the Bow (from the album New Look)

Wild Beasts – Albatross (from the album Smother)

Yeah, I’ll probably do one more of these before the year is out. Fun, right?


The sharp end of the stick, 2012 edition

November 2, 2011

Tipping season, we’re in it. Any music scribe with a couple of column inches to rub together has, over the past couple of weeks, seen their inbox fill with ‘ones to watch’ messages from major labels, tiny indies, management companies and PR officers alike. For some reason, I get asked to contribute to a few of the more high-profile polls – I’ll let you guess which ones (at least one is completely transparent when it comes to who’s involved, so that won’t take long if you care enough to have a sniff). Apparently some people think I am a voice worth hearing when it comes to This Sort Of Thing. Well, I did nod the way of James Blake last time, so one outta three ain’t bad.

Anyway, here are some names to look for next year. I am not saying they’ll set the charts aflame; neither will they be selling out the o2 this side of Christmas 2013. Well, probably not. They’re just acts I like the sound of right now, acts that just might go some better in the next 12 months and take what can only be described as The Next Step. So long as none of them become The Next Steps, I think they’ll all be okay.

No order. No blurb. (Beyond the above, anyway, promise.) Just clips and links. Listen. Watch. Share? That’s some sort of ident for Radio 1 isn’t it? Bands and stuff…

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The Weekndofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Birds (Part 1) – from the album Thursday (BBC review)

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Frank Oceanofficial site / Twitter

Video: Novacane – from the album nostalgia, Ultra

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Pandr Eyezofficial site / Twitter

Video: Eyes On You – from the EP Eyes On You

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Stumbleineofficial site

Track: Ember – from the EP Rose Tinted

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Bretonofficial site / Twitter

Video: Edward the Confessor – from the forthcoming album Other People’s Problems

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Jessie WareMySpace / Twitter

Track: Strangest Feeling – released as her debut single on November 28

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Cloud Boatofficial site

Track: Lions on the Beach – the duo’s debut single on R&S

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Trophy WifeTwitter

Video: Wolf – from the EP Bruxism (BBC review)

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Niki and the Doveofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Drummer – from the EP The Drummer (BBC review)

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DaughterFacebook

Track: Love – taken from the EP The Wild Youth

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