Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best of 2017: Yung Lean - Stranger



Four years after shrugging his way into the hip-hop conversation with the gauzy Unknown Death 2002, Jonatan Leandoer Håstad might be the most unsung young influencer in all of contemporary hip-hop. Though the connecting lines are arguably more dotted and circuitous than solid and straight, the emo wave of SoundCloud rap that brought us the likes of Lil Peep and Trippie Redd owes a certain spiritual debt to the Sad Boys movement. While Yung Lean and his like-minded cabal never quite blew up on Billboard, the miasmatic spread of this current, oft-Floridian sound into the charting mainstream nonetheless smells of his groundwork if not his actual handiwork. CoS


Best of 2017: Aldous Harding & Waxahatchee



Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee and the follow-up to her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life.



*****




Comprising a formidable clutch of songs, 2017’s Party sees Harding shape-shift through a raft of roles: chanteuse, folk singer and balladeer - all executed with her twisted touch of humour, hubris and quiet horror. In other words, she’s having a good time. Stretching her limbs with playful cunning and steely fervor; every note, word and arrangement posed with intellect and inventiveness

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best of 2017: Tellin' Lies from After The Party by The Menzingers


Oh getting old sucks!

Oh yeah, everything is terrible when buying marijuana makes you feel like a criminal / When your new friends take a joke too literal, making you feel like the bad guy / Oh, where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over? / Oh yeah, all hope abandoned not young enough to be your companion / Not old enough to be your guide, what a cliche time to try / Oh, where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?/ Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over? / Everyone's asking me over and over. / The decade taken hostage by my own guilty conscience / When you gonna quit this nonsense, everyone's asking me over and over / But I don’t mind tellin’ lies. / So oh yeah, let's go to Vegas, put it all on black and get married by Elvis / If we wake up broke we’ll be fine, we’ll get rich in another lifetime. / Like tension you can cut with a knife, like a wedding ring that never fit right / Like a car alarm that won’t stop howling, a decade lost in the motions / To romance and cheap whiskey, the subtle sound of a fleeting feeling / Like four chords that don’t love you no more, in a motel room / In a sleeping bag on the floor, is it wrong to say that things can change?

Deer Scout - Synesthesia




Deer Scout performs on Live From Studio B on WOBC 91.5 FM

One of my favourite songs from 2016… Simply beautiful.

BLEEDERS - WE HATE MEN - 2017


Dominique Powell Bleeder's has an electric yet joyful energy. Lyrics that can tap into any woman's rage alongside a killer persona and presence by the lead singer paired with a large and unique soundscape made an unforgettable show

Now, Now on Audiotree Live

Kid Trails - Kid Trails Rising - 2016


WELFARE - "Silent Other" EP - 2017


“Gorgeous, slow-burning songs" ROUGH TRADE

"Absolutely beautiful" BBC 6 MUSIC's GIDEON COE

”Another rare gem from the supremely talented singer-songwriter” THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Brenda - Creeper - 2017


Friday, December 8, 2017

wiaiwya​-​7777777 - 2017



MÄRVEL - ANGELA - 2017


http://www.marveltheband.com

"Fast paced, hard driven seventies inspired Swedish goodness. Powerful poppy and full of glee! Yes, this comes straight from the Sunshine Factory! A good way to start a new week!"
- Stoner Hive

Jengyz - 'Remember Me' - 2017


Bolstering a bag of repertoire, Jengyz recorded his debut EP The Healers Call at the Skelletone Productions studio. He has received positive reviews for the EP all-round. “Wow, cool guitar work. The vocal is great and I love how it’s on top. The theme is great. Great job!”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Men I Trust - I hope to be around - 2017



I hope to be around 
The day we grasp in truth 
The nature of mind 
Befriending time, in truth 

In a midway I stand where many stood 
Only to come home again 
Walking through these streets I know too well 
But my thoughts stray away 

I dream of my future 
Remote from time bounds 
Becoming myself 
Without any end 

Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding - 2017



TONYA HARDING, MY STAR 
by Sufjan Stevens 
I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991. She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition.

Loch Lomond - Legs & Antlers - 2017