Best of 2017

Here I am, doing it all wrong again by releasing my Best of 2017 list way before Xmas. Every year it shows, that I discover fabulous artists with some delay and I feel sorry these albums are missing the list, only because I wasn’t quick enough! Like in 2016, I failed to mention these excellent records:

Merk: Swordfish (self-released)
Snails: Safe in Silence (Fearl Child Records)
Minta & The Brook Trout: Slow (NorteSul)
CaStLeS: Foresteering (Hafod Mastering)
Ben Reed: Station Masters (Gare Du Nord)

If you haven’t heard of any of those artists, please check them out!

And here they are, the winners of the 2017 Golden Glades award:


Corridor: Supermercado (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
Mauno: Tuning (Tin Angel)
This Is the Kit: Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)
Brent Cash: The New High (Marina Records)
Raoul Vignal: The Silver Veil (Talitres)
The Parson Red Heads: Blurred Harmony (Fluff and Gravy)
Crepes: Channel Four (Deaf Ambition)
Sweet Baboo: Wild Imagination (Moshi Moshi)
Andrew Taylor: From The Outside Looking In (Rock Indiana)
Hand Habits: Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) (Woodsist)
Omni: Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
Faith Healer: Try (Mint Records)
Balduin: Bohemian Garden (self-released)
The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole (Tough Love)
Travis Bretzer: Bubble Gum (Human Sounds)
Baby Island: Break the Lease (Hello Records)
Human Heat: All Is Too Much (Offline Records)
Midnight Sister: Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)

Of course this list is a purely subjective affair, but if you feel like I missed a highlight, please let me know!!

Also worth checking out: the voting of my ByteFM colleagues
best songs & best album

On Tape

Vor 54 Jahren wurde die Musikkassette erfunden, um die Jahrtausendwende verschwand sie fast komplett vom Markt und feiert nun als Liebhaberprojekt ein rauschendes Comeback. Golden Glades wird heute aber nicht etwa die Zeit zurückspulen, sondern ganz viel aktuelle Musik abspielen, die derzeit On Tape zu haben ist, u.a. von Deerhoof, Alvvays und LAPD.



The Pooh SticksOn TapeCherry Red
Caroline SaysWinter Is ColdWestern Vinyl
Shelf LifeMortal Bus BoyYellow K Records
AlvvaysNot My BabyTransgressive Records
VansireEleven WeeksSpirit Goth Records
DeerhoofCon SordinoJoyful Noise
Kane StrangTwo Hearts and No BrainDead Oceans
GRNDMSWhite Hot MessFox Food Records
SlumbersBattleSports Day Records
My Teenage StrideChristopher ComeUnblinking Ear Records
Plates of CakeJudge On HolidayUnblinking Ear Records
Good MorningOnce You KnowBedroom Suck Records
PoppiesDumb AdviceTopshelf Records
Travis BretzerHistory RepeatsHuman Sounds
Small WonderWind Let LooseGold Flake Tapes
Pickle DarlingChomsky's SweaterZ Tapes
In Love With A GhostI Was Feeling DownƒZ Tapes
motion.ExplanationsHaju Tapes
Human HeatI Need My SpaceOffline Records
Los Angeles Police DepartmentGrownAnti-
Sunshine FacesMore Than ScienceTemporary Enjoyment
Heaven For
Baby IslandMercury LifeHello Records
WwomanWaste Our
GobbinjrDon'tchya KnoYellow K Records
KiDDLittle LucyBarnes Society
Adrian Teacher and the SubsCash for GoldCity Beautiful Records
Dana GavanskiHow Long Has It Been?Fox Food Records
Griffin RodriguezEmmanueleCimiotti Tapes

More Music More Happy

Das Motto der heutigen Ausgabe sah ich unlängst in einem Winterthurer Schaufenster, und es stimmt ja ohne Frage: Musik hat einen ungeheuren Einfluss auf unsere Stimmung. Selbst Landwirte drehen im Stall die Lautsprecher auf, damit die Kühe glücklicher sind und – so das perfide Kalkül – die Milch zügiger fließe. Glückseligkeit ohne Produktionszwang winkt all denen, die heute Golden Glades einschalten. Unter anderem gibt’s einen ausführlichen Ausblick auf das kommende Reeperbahnfestival sowie neue Musik lebensfroher Zeitgenossen wie Alvvays, Ariel Pink und Lee Ranaldo.


Aunt SisFastest AnimalSorry Records
Human HeatBest For YouOffline Records
Abram ShookNo ReturnWestern Vinyl
Archer PrewittO, KYThrill Jockey
AlvvaysPlimsoll PunksTransgressive Records
No MenPart Time PunksBeautiful Music
Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby JamesonKemado
Bobby JamesonCandy Colored DragonVerve
MunicipalityRemnantsHuman Sounds
Travis BretzerEvergreenHuman Sounds
Tandem FelixWere You
Lord YouthParable BluesBB*Island
Caroline SaysGod KnowsWestern Vinyl
unhappybirthdayHimitsuWave Tension Records
Griffin RodriguezCandyCimiotti Tapes
The Parson Red HeadsTime After TimeYou Are The Cosmos
Jon Cohen ExperimentalFeed On MeSugar Gator Records
MaunoHow LongTin Angel Records
Owen PallettOn A PathDomino
SuperorganismSomething For Your M.I.N.D.Domino
King CreosoteLove LifeDomino
This Is the KitMoonshine FreezeRough Trade
Marika HackmanRound We GoSub Pop
Jane WeaverDid You See Butterflies?Fire Records
Nadine ShahPlace Like This1965 Records
Jen CloherForgot MyselfMarathon Artists
Lee RanaldoCircular (Right As Rain)Mute
The Babe RainbowPeace Blossom BoogyFlightless
Angelo De AugustineFadeAsthmatic Kitty
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