new year's resolution
plan isn't going too well. If I want LJ/DW to be a lovely healthy place where I read all sorts of people saying interesting things, I have to try to write in it. Otherwise everyone will go to Facebook or Twitter and I really, really can't stand those two. I don't give a shit about your score on Farmville or whatever horrifying-opinion-espousing group the person I haven't seen since school is 'liking'. I do give a shit what you actually think.
I didn't do a 2011 music round-up, but fortunately I have a ready-made excuse to do one now. A year ago, I reset the playcount on my iTunes, so I know exactly what I listened to most:( Collapse )
And finally, my personal anthem for 2011:
10) National Shite Day
by Half-Man, Half-Biscuit (118) [Extremely weird fan video
I cannot render in mere pixels how much I love this and how much it makes me laugh. It has the best mention of Stockard Channing in popular song, a lesson in pedestrian etiquette and the sad tale of Stringy Bob, sent to prison for sending dead birds to bad comedians. ♥
Apart from a weird period in summer where I mostly listened to Half-Man, Half-Biscuit (and really, no one on here's going to be interested in them), these are the new 2011 things I loved:Imperial by Butcher Boy.
[YT live version
This is completely wonderful -- a little like Belle and Sebastian and yet more proof for the theory that the best music comes from Scotland. ♥ Suzanne and I
by Anna Calvi [YT link to video
This whole album is really interesting, like a cross between PJ Harvey and Chris Isaak. This has an amazing rolling drum pattern that sounds great listened to on headphones. [YT link to Blackout]
I have spoken before of the wondrousness that is King Creosote, a singer from Fife who writes strange, unexpected songs. Diamond Mine
was a collaboration with Jon Hopkins, who produces electronica records. It's a short album, recorded with lots of ambient sound. It's a kind of meditation on that strange time of life where you're no longer young, but you're not old either, just somewhere in the middle and completely out of ideas. (Not that I over-identify with that or anything.) Here's Your Young Voice
(which can reduce me to tears occasionally) and Running On Fumes
, and here's a funny YT video of them talking
. ILU King Creosote. ♥ The English Riviera
by Metronomy looked to the 80s. Here's the scene setter: The Bay
[YT link to video
]. I am a bad person and find it funny that he's basically singing about Torquay, home to Fawlty Towers, when the music evokes some kind of imaginary high-concept Los Angeles of the English imagination.
The other standout was She Wants [YT link]
, which is a bit like a warped Duran Duran track.
I liked The Horrors album Skying
a lot but I suspect that was because they took the eighties and filed the serial numbers off. They stole from, that I noticed, The Cure, Simple Minds, Ride and Curve, which made their high dudgeon at not being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize particularly funny. Here, have Still Life
, which steals the bassline from the remix of The Cure's Pictures of You
Everett True wrote an amusing review of Skying for collapseboard
, and I recommend it to you. I don't agree with a lot of what he's saying (except maybe the U2 bit) but it's very perceptive.
Most of summer was spent listening to Half-Man, Half-Biscuit, and sadly, I fear I shall never convince people of the wonder that is songs such as Dickie Davies Eyes
, or The Trumpton Riots.
Let me offer this country song off the 2011 album 90 Bisodol
which is a pretty tale of murder at a wedding reception.
I think that Love Movement (Ulrich Schnauss remix)
by Justin Robertson is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard, and that the bit at 3.03 sounds like the shafts of godlight you see over English hills on cloudy days, but please bear in mind that I adore repetitive soundwashes and adjust expectations accordingly.
I also listened to Thea Gilmore's winter album, Strange Communion,
which is all sorts of wonderful. If you've heard Fairytale of New York
once too often but still love it and want to hear something similar, you might like this Elvis Costello cover, which is all about murdering your family the day after Christmas. Who among us hasn't been there? Practically the meaning of Christmas, that is. The St Stephen's Day Murders
[bonus Mark Radcliffe!]
And for this time of year: Sol Invictus
Oh, okay, one more Half-Man Half-Biscuit song: Give Us Bubble Wrap
, which is about solving international diplomatic crises through the use of packing materials. And which should be a classic Who vid.
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