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We’ve had a lovely year by Will

‘Come on, chaps – let’s have a listen to that new joint from Chrysalis.  Thompson’s gone on a pimp juice reccy. Last one to get crunk is a wet blanket’

Indeed. Well, there’s nothing like gathering in Norwegian woollen jumpers, lighting pipes and giving the last 12 months in music a right going over. That’s exactly what we’ve spent the last month doing. We now have a massive pipe tobacco dependance, broad 1940s accents and a penchant for calling each other by surname only. More truthfully, 2009 has been a sensational year for Chrysalis artists. Much lauded albums released, big gigs played, festival crowds won over, new artists signed, ads synched, tv spots spotted, Mercury prize nominations nominated, picnics played, Letterman’s performed, end of year lists invited.. So with that in mind for your aural (and sexual?) pleasure (no, probably not) here compiled are our musical revelations of the year. The ones that will endure in our minds for the longest into the new decade and beyond. Of course the choosing was very difficult. But 2009 according to Gareth, Sophie, David and Will was all about this:

Gareth ‘I’m the boss so I’m not putting anything here’ Smith:

  1. YYY’s ‘Zero’ – Is the bit about a minute and a half in when the song is launched into orbit that makes me smile. On the tube. At randoms. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
  2. THE CRIBS ‘Cheat on Me’. Effortless, honest and unpretentious.
  3. EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘Home’. A singalong stroke of brilliance by a band of 15 smiling people on stage – a cult you want to join.

Sophie ‘S’aink S’aink’ Urquhart:

  1. THE BIG PINK ‘Too young to love (Unkle Remix)’ – Ridiculously cool track in itself. The Unkle remix just gives it that special s’aink s’aink. Pure ear joy.
  2. THE LOW ANTHEM ‘Charlie Darwin’ – This song makes me want to smile and cry simultaneously.
  3. GOSSIP ‘Four Letter Word’ – I love the insanely catchy synth bassline in this track which makes me feel like I’m at an 80’s discotheque every time I listen to it, which is a lot.

David ‘Why use one word when fifty will do’ O’Bryan:

  1. BAT FOR LASHES ‘Daniel’ – Despite being drenched to the core at her Somerset House gig, seeing her perform a flawless rendition of this mystical pop song of Fleetwood Mac proportions is a definite gig highlight of ther year for me.
  2. NATHAN FAKE ‘The turtle’ – I love techno when it’s for the head, like Aphex Twin. I love techno when it’s for the dancefloor, like Dubfire. But when you have techno that’s for the head AND the dancefloor in one song, it’s perfection. This song is just that.
  3. PATRICK WOLF ‘Hard Times’ – His show at the Palladium is one of my favourite gigs of the year… seeing him sing this song in a giant glitter cape, whilst spinning like a pagan dandy, is one of my music highlights of the year.

Will ‘I grew attached to it’ Theakston:

  1. THE HORRORS ‘Mirrors Image’  I have listened to this song 7,863 times this year. I marked each play by dropping a small paper effigy of the band in my ‘I love the Horrors bassline’ hope chest. That’s not weird.
  2. METRIC ‘Satellite Mind’ The greatness of this song and Metric’s album should be screamed from the rooftops. We’re not allowed on our roof anymore, so I’ll scream it from a, er, blog.
  3. ANDREW BIRD ‘Fitz and Dizzyspells’  If you could open a can and summer came out this song would be the accompaniment. LOVE the bird.

 Oh, and without further ado..

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we do the links so you don’t have to by Will
September 23, 2009, 2:17 pm
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…as it says on the tin.

ANDREW BIRD and ST VINCENT collaborate for les soirees de poche (french innit – ‘evenings of the pocket’). Intimate setting, hand held HD camera – beautiful. Click here // DEVENDRA BANHART streaming his forthcoming single, ‘Baby’  and discusses his video past with the NME  // THE CRIBS take over the guardian comments section and release the very limited edition Roses Edition  // WHITE LIES make rare track, ‘taxidermy’, available to download here and perform ‘Death’ on Jimmy Kimmel // ST VINCENT discusses her ‘Vampirey Song’ duet with BON IVER (!!) for Twilight ‘New Moon’!! This is exciting. Officially. // And last but not least – we are very happy to see that LEONARD COHEN  has recovered quickly and is back on tour. Very good news indeed.



the link roundup by Will
August 13, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Afternoon. Here is the Sphynx:

 

And here are the links:

//  BRENDAN BENSON is Pitchfork’s ‘best kept secret’. Storming review // JOHNNY MARR reveals THE CRIBS new artwork for forthcoming album ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ // THE HORRORS talk speedy third album plans and ‘massive collaborations’ here // DiS meets the wonderful (and newly signed to Chrysalis) ST VINCENT to discuss her latest album, ‘Actor’ (which we love) // Performances in churches don’t get much better than this – On ‘Cemetary Gates’ at this year’s Lolapalooza direct from Chicago, Illinois-e, ANDREW BIRD (last seen performing with LAURA MARLING and friends at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday)  and, the lovely, ST VINCENT. Ignore at your peril. Click here, instead. And here, also. //

We’re off for a picnic. Have a sunful afternoon.



We Do The Links So You Don’t Have To by Will

Good Morning. Here is the Lynx:

 And here are the links:

// Drowned in Sound’s ‘Best tracks of  2009…so far’ features YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLSST VINCENT, METRICANDREW BIRD,  BAT FOR LASHES and THE HORRORS. Check out here // ‘In short, the old model is dead but the new one is still an ugly mutant’ – Sean DiS comments on the state of the industry. Nice piece with METRIC getting a lot of column width. // THE FREQUENCY‘s debut EP, ‘Morning to 3am’, album of the week and much lauded by the peeps at Dance Music Review here. // ENGINEERS get a stonking 8/10 album review in DiS. Lovely. (by the way, in case you hadn’t guessed today is DiS day ;))



Don’t flip the Bird at Andrew Bird by Will
April 14, 2009, 1:36 pm
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Don’t flip the bird at Andrew Bird (or call him a bird brain). And this is why…