Best Of 2019

Is it too late for a roundup of my favourite albums of 2019? I’m actually glad I waited so long, because a very good album from last year only recently came on to my radar.

Here’s my selection of records I highly recommend listening to, if you don’t already know them.

Tandem Felix: Rom-Com

While everyone kept raving about the latest Wilco release Ode To Joy, I’d like to make sure, this sort of like-minded band from Dublin gets some attention: Tandem Felix is the project of David Tapley, a subtle singer-/songwriter who is giving insights into his and other people’s life. It’s kind of downhearted but witty, filled with splendid melodies and a quality of mellow comfort. In-between showing moments of a slacker attitude and some psycherock tendency with the song “Oil Money”. Surprisingly, Rom-Com is a debut full-length. You wouldn’t expect that, because it shows a very fine and thought through production. The arrangements are meticulous and the song collection is cohesive. And most of all: I can listen to it every day without getting tired of it. Also, worth mentioning is the well-chosen artwork by French surrealist Guy Billout. It perfectly reflects the oeuvre of Tandem Felix.

Vanishing Twin: The Age Of Immunology

Well known for their lead single “Magician’s Success” which comes with a space pop vibe à la Stereolab meets Broadcast, Vanishing Twin have way more to offer. Seeing the band live in early December 2019 in Hamburg was mind-blowing. Percussionist Valentina Magaletti impressed with a versatile playing and obviously enjoyed keeping the group together with her jazzy shuffles, shouting commands to her three international colleagues on bass, guitar and vintage keys. Vanishing Twin are a genre bending affair and nothing like the usual indie outfit. They are modern visionaries taking a different approach in every track: old film scores, psychedelic krautrock, melodic art pop and jazzy soundscapes. The Age Of Immunology takes the listener on to an exciting adventure.

Cate Le Bon: Reward

I always liked Cate Le Bon. Her songs sometimes are kind of strange – but in a beautiful, haunting way. And after all these years, the Nico comparison still lingers on. Not only the light and dark tone of Le Bon’s voice and her Welsh accent reminds of the German singer, it’s also embodied in the artistic self-image. With a credo like: show courage and never confine your sound and vision. The music on Reward isn’t trying to please the mainstream, it’s experimental and playful. But there’s also a pop- and folk-feel and there’s always a connection between the composition and the emotion. It’s open-minded and passionate and with this combination, Cate Le Bon creates songs that sound like nothing else. She’s also an awe-inspiring producer and responsible for the slick production of Deerhunter’s latest album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? It was a pretty good year for Cate Le Bon and she’s definitely one of the most exciting artists of 2019.

Doug Tuttle: Dream Road

I fell in love with Doug Tuttle’s songwriting a few years back when he started with his psychedelic band project Mmoss. But then he started recording songs alone in his bedroom studio and he got better with every release. On his fourth solo album Dream Road, multi-instrumentalist Tuttle perfected his elegant nostalgia-soaked sound. His vocals are quite hazy, but with full of emotive lyrical content. And although this downer pop moves into delicate grounds, it’s soothing and hopeful. The fragile harmonies are hypnotic, deep and warm. Doug Tuttle’s songwriting recalls all the lost good moments of late 60s and early 70s pop with a haunting touch of psyche and Americana. I have found myself returning to this beautiful record a lot last year and it keeps on spinning on my turntable.

Kiwi jr: Football Money

This fantastic record was released in March 2019 and re-released earlier this year on a label from Leipzig (Germany) called Persona Non Grata – I still remember Persona Non Grata from the 90s, when they started out as a low-key Fanzine, covering all the Indie rock bands I was into at that time. And here’s the thing: Kiwi jr from Canada just as well could have been your favourite act from the 90s. Every track on Football Money sounds familiar: there are jangly guitars and beatific melodies. Catchy hooks and choruses to sing along are combined with a great sense of humour. It’s this kind of nonchalance we fell in love with listening to Orange Juice or Pavement. A ferocious feel-good energy is running through the veins of this debut album. It’s astute and not too calculating in referring to all the familiar sounds. It’s fun! And I hope there’s more to come from Kiwi jr.

Further records I really enjoyed in 2019:

Pernice Brothers: Spread The Feeling

Lens Mozer: Don’t Stop

Max Gowan: Bygones 

Sunbeam Sound Machine: Goodness Gracious 

Froth: Duress

2019 was a pretty decent year for music and it looks like 2020 is going to be a good one too! Stay tuned…

Love & Other Hopeless Things

Love & Other Hopeless Things, so heißt das neue Langspielwerk von David Scott und seinen The Pearlfishers. Immer dem meisterhaften Popsong auf der Spur, vermittelt der Schotte (übrigens auch als Uni-Dozent), wie raumgreifende Arrangements ihre beste Wirkung entfalten. Samt herzerweichender Melodien entsteht klassischer Schönklang für die Ewigkeit. Darüber hinaus hören wir noch andere feine Beispiele, in denen die Liebe und andere hoffnungslose Dinge das Thema geben: der musikalische Briefwechsel von Jens Lekman wird dabei ebenso vorkommen wie die neuen Veröffentlichungen von Versus, Cate Le Bon und The Divine Comedy.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 08.05.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 11.05. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz


VersingRenewSub Pop
SUPER 8Something NewSubjangle
The Memory FadesShe Loves The BirdsSunday Records
VersusInvisible LoveErnest Jenning Rec
Mini TreesSteady
Ralph CastelliHauntedself-released
Rozi PlainThe GapMemphis Industries
Aldous HardingDesigner4AD
Lonesome StationRestlessLabelship
Angela AuxTaking The TrainTrikont
ClinicLaughing CavalierDomino
Napoleon XIVThey're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!Warner
The Divine ComedyQueuejumperDivine Comedy Records
TothNo ReasonFigureight Records
E.B. The YoungerOut of the WoodsBella Union
Cate Le BonHome To YouMexican Summer
The RodeoCandelabreClaro Oscuro/GoodToGo
Birgitta AlidaGloryBlanca Records
The PearlfishersCould Be A Street Could Be A SaintMarina Records
The PearlfishersLove & Other Hopeless ThingsMarina Records
The Hannah BarberasCafe SongSubjangle
The Hannah BarberasSlow CookedSubjangle
TH Da FreakNuttyHowlin Banana Records
Ari RoarLet OutBella Union
FellFor The Picklingself-released
Jens LekmanWho Really Needs WhoSecretly Canadian
Hannah CohenOld BruiserBella Union
She Keeps BeesKinshipBB*Island


Die Golden Glades-Frühjahrskollektion offeriert knallfrische Musikware für den Hausgebrauch. Dem unberechenbaren Wetter entsprechend unterschiedliche Eigenschaften tragen die Beiträge in sich: von angenehm entspannten Vertretern bis hin zu dramatisch und leicht unbequemen Zeitgenossen werden wir Zeugen der gesamten Bandbreite des im Frühjahr Menschenmöglichen. Mit dabei: Edwyn Collins, Cate Le Bon und The Pearlfishers.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 10.04.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 13.04. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 15.04. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz


ShadowgraphsSilent SpringGolden Brown
Your Heart BreaksSpring
SuperBravoAnouckaLa Souterraine
Le SuperHomardKaraokingElefant
Edwyn CollinsOutsideAED
Edwyn CollinsIn The MorningAED
Bobby OrozaDeja VuBig Crown Records
Lucille FursFirst, Do No HarmRequiem Pour Un Twister
MunyaBlue PineLuminelle Recordings
Fabian Simon & The Moon MachineTomorrowself-released
Henry JamisonReading DaysAkira Records
VersingTetheredHardly Art
The Love
I Was a KingNo Way Outself-released
Gary OlsonAll Points NorthKleine Untergrund Schallplatten
DrugdealerHoneyMexican Summer
ArltPiege a loupsAlmost Musique
Weyes BloodWild TimeSub Pop
Indigo BuntingReading
Dr. DogCan't Catch MeWe Buy Gold
Robert ForsterThe MorningTapete Records
Ben WattSpringUnmade Road
The PearlfishersSometimes It Rains in GlasgowMarina Records
Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessNeed You To KnowPretty Olivia
Cate Le BonDaylight MattersMexican Summer
ThreatmanticsUnder The SunFfatbyrg Records
BarrieDarjeelingWinspear Records
Spiral StairsFingerprintzNine Mile Records
Stephen MalkmusOcean of RevengeDomino
Ubertrager & The NewLinesThe Sound at the End of the RoadKleine Untergrund Schallplatten
Helado NegroPlease Won't PleaseRVNG Intl.
J FernandezUnwindJoyful Noise

Playlist 17.08.2016


In der heutigen Ausgabe hält sich Miss Zettpunkt mit Moderationen zurück und lässt die Musik für sich sprechen. Mit dabei: Morgan Delt, Whitney und Owen.


The JunipersDig Me
LeaplingDon't Move Too FastExploding in Sound
Community RadioLove to Get
OwenSettled DownWichita
Mutual BenefitCloser, StillMom + Pop Records
BibioC'est La VieWarp
WeavesEagleMemphis Industries
Nap EyesMixerParadise of Bachelors
Tracy BryantHey Spaceman!Burger Records
William WilsonOmidSeahorse recordings
MuseyroomSleeperGrind Select
Sound of CeresYou're MeJoyful Noise
TelemanFall in TimeMoshi Moshi
Chris CohenMemoryCaptured Tracks
The Blank TapesLittle Things We
RoarTrvck Stop
We All TogetherWhyLion Production
OscarBe GoodWichita
CoastgaardFurEntertainement One U.S.
Sycamore AgeThe Womb Of NowhereSanteria/Woodworm
Brave RadarEarth ControlFixture Records
Cate Le BonLove Is Not LoveTurnstile
Morgan DeltI Don't Wanna See What's...Sub Pop
case/lang/veirs1000 Miles AwayAnti
Andy ShaufThe Worst in YouAnti
Carter Tanton330Western Vinyl
Emitt RhodesFriday's LoveOmnivore
HappynessMontreal Rock Band SomewhereMoshi Moshi
StarlessMisty NightsMarina Records
WhitneyLight Upon The LakeSecretly Canadian
Al WilsonPoor Side Of TownSoul City
High HighsLondon, After the RainNever Leave Never Sleep
Still ParadeMorning LightHit Or Heist
Jon LindsayIn BreachFile 13
Ben AbrahamYou and MeSecretly Canadian

Playlist 27.04.2016

Mehr Licht!

Wo Licht ist, da gibt es auch Schatten. Das begreift ein jedes Kind, doch fast jeder Erwachsene will nichts davon wissen. Auch die heutige Golden Glades-Ausgabe widmet sich vornehmlich dem Helllichten in verschiedenen Erscheinungsformen. Dass die Kehrseite dabei unaufhörlich droht, wird mit großem Elan wegmoderiert. Mit dabei on the bright side of town: Whitney, Owen Pallett und Bibio.


Night MovesLeave Your Light OnDomino
BrightenerWhen The Lights Come
DropkickI'm Over
C DuncanPearly-Dewdrops' DropsFatCat
El Pino & The VolunteersHullabalooExcelsior Recordings
El Perro Del MarBreadandbutterGing Ging Records
BibioLight Up The SkyWarp
WhitneyGolden DaysSecretly Canadian
Steady HolidayNo
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosFree StuffCommunity Music
Emitt RhodesSomeone ElseOmnivore
The NeumansDark Are The ShadowsScreaming Apple
TelemanDŸsseldorfMoshi Moshi
OscarSometimesBrown Rice
Robbers On High StreetHollow HillDangerbird
Lightning In A Twilight HourThe Sky Beyond The SkyElefant
Olivier HeimFar
Owen PallettTransformer (Guitar Demo)
Carter TantonFresh Faced ClaireWestern Vinyl
Radiation CitySeparatePolyvinyl
Marshmallow CoastMystical ShitHHBTM
WoodsSun City CreepsWoodsist
Frankie CosmosEmbodyBayonet
EskimeauxPowerDouble Double Whammy
Alun WoodwardI Was The KingChemikal Underground
Cate Le BonWonderfulTurnstile
Animal DaydreamSun (Turn Around)Jigsaw Records
Soft FangsThe
Giorgio Tuma & Laetitia SadierMaude HopeElefant
DungenSista GŠstenSmalltown Supersound
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