This year has been very eventful for me personally with my own band and all of the gigs that I have been to but I am going to try and recap my year in music.
Top Album – My Love Is Cool by Wolf Alice
I have been waiting a long time for Wolf Alice to release a full album and it did match up to my expectations. The album covers a wide range of bases so there is always a perfect song for whatever occasion. Here is You’re A Germ.
Top EP – Fit Me In by Frankie Cosmos
I really love Frankie Cosmos because she always writes songs that are very lo-fi with quirky lyrics. Here is the single from this EP.
Top Song – Party Police by Alvvays
If you have read any of this blog you will realise that I love Alvvays and in one of my more obsessed moments I listened to this song and Next Of Kin on repeat for an entire six hour round trip (with a days break in between). I still haven’t grown tired of it!
Best New Discovery – Waxahatchee
I created this category because I really like Waxahatchee but without any preference to particular albums however as far as songs are concerned I am a bit of a fan of Air.
Best Vinyl Purchase – Grievances by Rolo Tomassi
I saw Rolo Tomassi at a festival a few years ago and was really impressed that a woman who ran a cute sewing website could also scream like that. I saw Rolo Tomassi with a friend a few months ago and it was a really cool experience to see a band that I love in my hometown with a friend.
Best Gig – Alvvays
I think I could write for hours about this gig and the day that I spent in Bristol beforehand. The gig was amazing, the tracks they played were perfect and the sound was great. I think that gig also made me realise that I wanted to make this kind of music and people just like me could make it in their front rooms. This video is from an earlier gig at Bristol because there are no videos from that night and mine corrupted.
(Unfortunately this didn’t post when it was supposed to because the scheduled posting on WordPress is a bit dubious)
I’m breaking the jangle theme to bring you a timeless Christmas classic from The Ramones.
Day 4 of the all-star tvvee janglefest
Its Christmas eve, traditionally a day for festivities and Santa tracking and today’s song would probably more aptly be tomorrow’s song but I don’t care. So here’s Saint Etienne with I Was Born On Christmas Day.
Hello are you still there for day three of my alternative Christmas songs collection.
Today’s song comes courtesy of a rather obscure French/Belgian synthpop group from the 80’s, Antena. Expect retro synths, some jangling guitar, poetic sounding French vocals and faint waves noises in the background.
Day two of my brilliant jangling collection of Christmas songs
It Was Just Like Christmas – Low
This is an indie Christmas classic that has even now made a bit of a foray into pop culture on account of my local Morrison’s playing it along with Mariah, Kylie and all of those beloved Christmas classics.
Day one of my brilliant collection of Christmas songs (whatever that means). All of these songs, along with other great Christmas songs that didn’t quite make the cut for this blog, will be going up on a Christmas playlist on my Spotify.(username: riotgrrlpool)
Christmas – Brighter
Here is one of the more depressing Christmas songs written from Sarah band, Brighter, just to brighten up your winter day.
untitled – Snail Mail
This week’s music comes from a young band from Baltimore, US. Their music is a form of alt-folk with lyrics that are intriguing. I particularly like these lyrics which perfectly capture my feelings a lot of the time – “I wanna sleep and never leave my bed and then I won’t hesitate to call it my friend again”. Unfortunately there is not a YouTube link for this so instead I have linked their band camp where you can listen and hopefully buy.