Best albums of 2014

  Ahoy there! We have another one of them fancy lists for your reading pleasure. Since everyone and their mothers (and farmers’ mothers) have a “best of” list by now, we asked our readers and collaborators for their choices. Some heard the call and voraciously, viciously and vividly described what they enjoyed (or not – more on that later) in this year of our Lord … Continue reading Best albums of 2014

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SXSW Diaries – That Friday I sorta met a hero of mine.

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Note/Warning: My proper reviews for SXSW will be on La Pop Life and Gold Flake Paint soon(ish). For Sloucher, I’ll be posting diary-style stuff, mostly unedited (barring a few typos that had to go away, replaced by more typos. Most of these diaries were written late at night and honest to God, this is how they went. No clear cut narrative is intended, just general ramblings. Enjoy this Gonzo-style experiment. Continue reading “SXSW Diaries – That Friday I sorta met a hero of mine.”

The Best 65 albums of 2012

Oh, dear, this one will hurt…

2012 was a weird year. Short story made long then made short again (via RARzilla), the website was abandoned for a PhD that’s geared into its final year. Having written 300 reviews last year (give or take a few), it was hard to narrow it down to less than a 100, so here are the best 65 albums I heard last year.

Criteria:

1) The album must have been heard at least 5 times.

2) A review is a plus, but sometimes time was not available.

3) Overhyped albums are a no.

There will be a list of Best EPs tomorrow. And now, in the tradition of odd choices of background colours for Excel worksheets, here’s my list, in true Excel format. I’d like to apologise in advance to your retinas. Continue reading “The Best 65 albums of 2012”

Sun Kil Moon – Among the leaves

Ah, Mark Kozelek. A man with his hearts on his sleeves, letting the feelings seep through the membranes and translate into emotions. Whether in electrical form (his feedback solos in Red House Painters) or by the pure magic of nylon string guitar (Admiral fell promises , pure acoustic beauty) the man is always brutally honest, for the best and worst of feelings.  Continue reading “Sun Kil Moon – Among the leaves”

Terse memories of spring

Sun Kil Moon – I’ll be there

The skinny : Mark Kozelek, the master of great covers.

The review proper: 3 covers from very different artists and an alternate take.

Stream – ‘I’ll be there’


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The Underdogs of 2010

You know? The other day one of our writer’s got called “whiny Klosterman-wannabe” [sic] on Facebook, and frankly, we laughed at him/her.

But then we looked in the mirror, took a deep breath and accepted our condition as social misfits/outcasts. So we stopped writing and went off to save the universe.

Afterwards, it did. I mean, we remembered we had to put this last (it is THE last, we promise) list.

So without any further ado, here’s our choice of underdogs of 2010. With Spotify links (when available)!

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