Thursday, November 16, 2006

Year-end mixtape

Here's the tracklist of my year-end double CD mixtape.

This Year I Have Mostly Been Listening To….



1 Akira the Don - Thanks for All the AIDS
2 Archie Bronson Outfit - Dart For My Sweetheart
3 Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
4 The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
5 Bloc Party - Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
6 Boy Kill Boy - Suzie
7 Easy Star All*Stars - Airbag
8 Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
9 Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
10 Graham Coxon - Standing on My Own Again
11 Hot Chip - Over and Over
12 Hot Club de Paris - Everyeveryeverything
13 Howling Bells - Blessed Night
14 Infadels - Can't Get Enough
15 Jim Noir - My Patch
16 Justice v Simian - We Are Your Friends (Edison remix)
17 The Killers - When You Were Young
18 Klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone
19 The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
20 Kooks - Naive

1 Hess is More - The Magic Invention of T.D.P.R.C.
2 Lily Allen - LDN
3 The Longcut - A Tried and Tested Method
4 Lovely Feathers - Wrong Choice
5 Morrissey - You Have Killed Me
6 Mystery Jets - The Boy Who Ran Away
7 Paolo Nuttini - Jenny Don't be Hasty
8 Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks
9 Portishead - Requiem for Anna (Un jour comme un autre - Anna)
10 Pretty Girls Make Graves - Parade
11 Pull Tiger Tail - Animator
12 Raconteurs - Steady as She Goes
13 The Rakes - All Too Human
14 The Rapture - Get Myself Into It
15 Roots Manuva - No Love
16 Switches - Message from Yuz
17 Teddybears - Cobrastyle
18 Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
19 TV On the Radio - Province
20 The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club - Ban the Gin
21 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion
22 The Young Knives - She's Attracted To

Monday, November 13, 2006

Second-album syndrome

I'll be interested to see if the class of '04 can come up with the goods this year - Razorlight, Kasabian, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Futureheads, the Bravery, the Zutons, the Caesars.... Franz Ferdinand have raised the bar for second albums, let's see who can step up and match them.
I wrote this in my first post on this blog, on 5 January of this year. Well the second albums have come and gone (please can we stop using that horrible word 'sophomore'? It means a second-year American student, FFS) some (Kasabian, Killers, YYYs) acceptably decent, others (Razorlight, Futureheads) a pale shadow of the potential shown on the first albums, but all of them missing that spark that makes you shout YESSS!

One of the names missing from my original list is Bloc Party. Their second album, Weekend In The City, is not due out until February 2007, so it doesn't count as an '06 release anyway - or does it? An early mix of the album has been leaked online in the past few days and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. To say that it has the wow factor missing from the second albums mentioned above is putting it lightly - very lightly. This album is making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I even just caught myself headbanging at my desk.

So be excited. Be very excited!

You can download live versions of various tracks off the album from my fellow bloggers at Good Weather for Airstrikes blog here, and read the official track-by-track guide published in this week's NME here.

And here's a video of them performing track 2, Hunting for Witches:

Sunday, November 12, 2006

This Month I Will Mostly Be Listening To….

1 Pull Tiger Tail - Animator
2 Ali Love - K Hole
3 Cansei de Ser Sexy - Alala
4 The Fratellis - Whistle for the Choir
5 Babyshambles & friends - Janie Jones
6 Green Day & U2 - The Saints are Coming
7 The Horrors - Count in Fives
8 Switches - Testify
9 The Legion of Doom - Crazy As She Goes
10 The Maccabees - Lego
11 Graham Coxon - What You Gonna Do Now?
12 IV Thieves - You Can't Love What You Can't Understand
13 Radio 4 - Packing Things Up on the Scene
14 The Knife - Like a Pen
15 Hot Club de Paris - Your Face Looks All Wrong
16 The Automatic - Rats
17 65daysofstatic - Radio Protector
18 Klaxons - Hall of Records
19 The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Herculean
20 The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club - Ban the Gin
21 Tokyo Police Club - Nature of the Experiment
22 The Holloways - Two Left Feet
23 Snakes Say Hisss! - Love is a Heart Attack