This is just a brief post to say that my run down of the TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2013 will soon be upon you all! Expect to see something from almost every genre. The list will be released in about 4/5 parts throughout December. Albums at the bottom will receive a little review while the higher entries gain a more complex diagnosis as we approach the No1 spot. As always I cannot include every album of the year, I’ve already cut this down from 150! And please don’t get offended by any of these reviews, these are simply my thoughts and opinions. Feel free to comment, agree or disagree but don’t get ignorant and grumpy. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, let’s all get along and not be elitist fools. With all the being said, the above picture is just a mere sample of what’s to be included. Some will indeed be in the list, others may not. It’s worth noting that the list will only focus on studio albums. I’ve cut out all EPs, live albums, compilations, B-sides/rarities collections and greatest hits. If I have time I may decide to focus on a few of these great alternative records as well as some big non album tracks of the year. That’s me all done for now; expect the first part to be published within the first week of December. I promise the PS4 will not in any way halter my progress…..promise!
Somehow the lads are already onto new material and have primed a fine comeback single. Considering their debut album Priorities was released just shy off a year ago, they’ve done extremely well to accommodate songwriting into their touring and promotion schedule and the end result is superb. They’ve pushed on with their honest lad “guy issues” approach to create what I think is their strongest track so far and no doubt it’ll propel them further into the spotlight. There’s no word of a new album yet but it wouldn’t surprise me if we were to see something new next year. The single however does have a release date of October 13th and will be released on the You Wanna Know EP complete with a couple remixes and acoustic versions of “Here’s The Thing” and “Actors”. Definitely worth the £1.99 price tag!. I’m personally hoping for some tour dates soon as well as these guys absolutely kill it live!
Whilst being away at Knee Deep festival for the weekend, two great new tracks have made their way to me and although I’m in a fragile state right this second, in more ways than one, I’m slowly being fabricated back together. One of these tracks, a tasteful violin lead Babyshambles number (that violin is beautiful isn’t it?!) is working wonders on me now and as for the other, Arctic Monkeys have released another track off their hugely anticipated new album AM due for release 9th September. They recently spoke about a spout of hip-hop influence within this new record and if you listen to new track Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? then the deep sleazy drum beat and that trip-hop guitar in the first half cements their words firmly. These lads are maturing extremely well, carry on!
Oh yes and I’m currently working on the mammoth month of September and its vast amount of albums (I’ve got my eye on 18!) so look out for that sometime this week x
I’m having a massive Gaslight Anthem binge at the moment and admiring every little detail of this wonderful band, especially the artwork. This specific poster designed by El Jefe Design as part of the Never Let You Down series was actually used for charity to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy which makes it all the more sweeter. I really wanted this poster (also available in blue) when it was first released but sadly missed out. With my birthday fast approaching I think I’ll stick some Gaslight Anthem merch on the list! Now I’ll just go sink back into some gorgeous New Jersey sounds….
Thought I’d share another golden beauty from today that has also found its way to me and it’s from the much loved Florida pop punkers Yellowcard. Ryan Key and co are rightfully celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their major label release, which of course is their 4th studio album Ocean Avenue. The album is generally regarded as a milestone within the pop punk genre, albeit falling slightly short of universal acclaimed albums such as Blink’s Enema Of The State and Green Day’s Dookie, to name a few. This isn’t the first time the band have delved into acoustic renditions either. After returning from their hiatus with 2011’s When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes they quickly followed up by releasing a complete acoustic makeover later that year. Personally Ocean Avenue isn’t my favourite record of theirs but it is the first one I purchased many years ago, so I have to thank it for introducing me to one of my favourite bands. It came as no real surprise that they’d do something special with this and I’m glad it’s not the usual “10th Anniversary reissue with demo tracks”…..as that’s just usually a stale attempt to re-inject some life into a classic and doesn’t make for something that exciting. This however hits the spot perfectly and although I’ve heard these tracks before, I’ve yet to hear them like this. It’s going to be a great pleasure listening to this record and seeing how these tracks have mature over the years, especially with the new touches. They’re a band I hold dearly to my chest, and although I’ve dipped in and out of their life over the last decade, it’s nice to finally feel rooted and be able to celebrate this milestone with them. Whether or not you celebrate this album or even the last ten years of their lives, or yours, it’s up to you, but either way I’ll be raising a glass.
P.s If you want to see the official video then you can find it here, however it doesn’t use the studio recording version but instead they opted for a fan based sing along, which is very kind of them no?
Hello again! My blog has been a bit dormant for the past month or so and I don’t really have any specific reason for that, so I’m a tad sorry about that! Although it feels about right to come back now, especially with this fresh track from New Zealand band The Naked And Famous! The band have been lurking away for the past year recording the follow up to 2011’s Passive Me, Aggressive You and have today announced a new album, titled In Rolling Waves that will be released on the 16th of this September. In terms of sound they’ve done very little in experimenting or reinventing themselves, which I actually find great. They’ve got a good sound that needs very little tampering, so stick with it! I’ve always preferred their more electronic lead tracks. I was never too fond of the more grunge, messy, guitar lead tracks off their debut, such as “A Wolf In Geeks Clothing”. This is just another album to add to the already busy month of September which looks incredible. A lot of heavy weight titles are due that month, I’m sure it’ll take it’s toll on me somehow! Whilst on the subject of albums I will resume my monthly preview very soon! I’m aware I’ve missed June but July and August are quite remote so I’ll amalgamate the three into one epic post. Look out for that. Cheers me dears x
Been on constant loop the past couple weeks as it’s flipping incredible. One of the best punk rock albums I’ve heard this decade, probably even ever! Also in regards to my monthly run through of music, it’ll be ready soon, I’ve been quite busy enjoying life and the finished post will be a large one. Hope it’s worth that wait! Oh and another great track from this album is the closing track “I Just Wanna Sell Out My Funeral" and it’s brilliant as it picks bits from most the songs on the album and ties them up to create a corker of an ender!
This page has been a bit barren for the past couple weeks, so to keep things moving I’ll swiftly post this and simply say that my monthly run down of releases will be ready to upload sometime this weekend. Can’t get much vaguer than that can you? It’ll contain a good and varied mixture of artists to say the least…and Jimmy Eat World will be one of them. See yah!