Schlagwort Archiv: Teenage Fanclub

Ausblick 2021

Golden Glades gibt einen Ausblick auf das, was kommt, in diesem noch frischen Musikjahr 2021. Für Ende Januar stehen diverse Alben in den Startlöchern, zum Beispiel der harmonieselige Jangle Pop des spanisch-schottischen joint ventures The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness. Wer es lieblich-verträumt mag, könnte mit dem Psyche-Pop Debüt «Soleil ’96» von Vanille aus Montreal glücklich werden. Große Erwartungen hängen an The Notwist, immerhin gelten die Herren nach gut drei Dekaden Bandgeschichte als Institution unkonventioneller Popmusik. Auf dem neuen Werk «Vertigo Days» machen sie einmal mehr deutlich, dass ihre Stärke in der Vielfalt liegt.

Ausblick 2021 ist zu hören am Mittwoch, den 13.01.21 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 16.01. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz


ArtistTrackLabel
The NotwistWhere You Find MeMorr Music
Aloa InputDesert SomethingSiluh
TED TYROLaddertedtyro.bandcamp.com
Freelove FennerShoulder SeasonMoone Records
CindyFalcon HeavyTough Love
Stephen's ShoreSkogenMeritorio Records
Real NumbersDarlingMeritorio Records
VanilleCarte du cielBonbonbon
TacsidermiGwirLibertino
The ChillsYou're ImmortalFire Records
Gabe GoodmanImmortalsGabe Goodman/Monotone
Dani NashLady, Loverself-released
Zwanie JonsonHate Is Coming BackFun In The Church
wor_kspaceTransferGlass Modern
SulkaFear ItLost Map
Adele & The ChandeliersTreasurePretty Olivia
Remington Super 60I Wont Change My MindCafe Superstar
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Jane WeaverThe Revolution Of Super VisionsFire Records
Departure LoungeMercury In Retrograde (Edit)Violette Records
Slow DecadesAmbient ViolenceSlow Decades
Teenage FanclubEverything Is Falling ApartPeMa
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessPlay (On My Mind)Bobo Integral
FixturesFive Ft OneBobo Integral
SWANSEA SOUNDI Sold My Soul on eBaySKEP WAX
Rats on RaftsA Trail Of Wind And FireFire Records
SisyphesHispanieA Certain Kind Rec.
Eva B. RossJim Beam Moonbeamsself-released
Cory HansonPaper FogDrag City
Matt McManamonPulling At The ReinsFretsore Records
Euros ChildsKitty Dear Part 1National Elf

Get Into The Grove

Mundgerechte Leckerbissen rund um Glasgow: Da wären zum einen die Golden Glades-Lieblingsschotten Teenage Fanclub, welche sich auch nach 30 Jahren Bandgeschichte als absolute Bank erweisen. Ihre neuste Single «Home» klingt unverwechselbar gereift, aber auch wehmütig.

Weitere feine Klänge aus Glasgow schenkt uns das Label Olive Grove zu seinem zehnjährigen Bestehen mit dem Sampler «Get Into The Grove». Lloyd Merediths Einmannbetrieb sieht sich in der Tradition schottischer Plattenfirmen wie Fence Records oder Chemikal Underground und unterstützt mit viel Herzblut lokale Talente – und dies in erstaunlicher Bandbreite. Auf dem Geburtstags-Sampler sind u.a. LoFi-Sounds von Moonsoup, besinnlicher Pop von Jo Mango und überdrehter Folk von Randolph’s Leap vertreten. Grund genug, diesen Anlass ein wenig zu feiern.

Get Into The Grove war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 18.11.20 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 21.11. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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PlaylistGG_KW47


ArtistTrackLabel
Stephen's ShoreBrisbane RadioMeritorio Records
The Phoenix FoundationMiserable MealMemphis Industries
Blood WizardBreaking EvenMoshi Moshi
Lizzy YoungElephantsGFY
European SunNow I'm Ready To Be A PrincessWIAIWYA
European SunA Song For SistersWIAIWYA
The State BroadcastersBe The SomeoneOlive Grove
Randolph's LeapPlanet SoundOlive Grove
The PolychromesGoing Offlineself-released
WorthitpurchaseProspect HeightsWiggle World Records
Good Morning TVInsomniacGeographic
Candy OperaThese Days Are OursA Turntable Friend
Die RegierungTiefe Tiefe LiebeStaatsakt
Jess LockeDestroy EverythingDot Dash / Remote Control
Pip PorterBetween WomenChapter Music
The Lavender BluesLesbian NationChapter Music
Philip ParfittAll Fucked UpA Turntable Friend
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Kacey JohansingI TryNight Bloom
Sam BurtonNothing Touches MeTompkins Square
SnailsAmyGlass Modern
Emma KupaI Keep An Eye OutFika
MoonsoupCheer Up, Kid! (feat. Sulka)Olive Grove
Jo MangoCordelia (feat. The Madrigirls)Olive Grove
Andrew TaylorHunter's Moondropkickmusic.bandcamp.com
Teenage FanclubHome (Single Edit)PeMa
The Left OutsidesOnly Time Will TellCardinal Fuzz
Tom SandersMost Of The TimeMoshi Moshi
Kiwi Jr.Cooler ReturnsSub Pop
WicketkeeperThe SideMeritorio Records
Love, BurnsGate and the GhostKUS
Blackbird MantraHigh And DryLa Pochette Surprise
BirdspotterPeaceful ManZ Tapes

Jede Menge Flötenklänge

Um den Ruf der Flöte ist es nicht gut bestellt. Insbesondere die Blockflöte zeichnet als hocheffektives Quälmittel für zahllose Traumata verantwortlich. Dabei handelt es sich um ein potentiell hochkarätiges Instrument, dass gut gespielt und richtig eingesetzt einem Song das gewisse Etwas verleihen kann. Sandra Zettpunkt wagt heute den Versuch, die Berührungsängste abzubauen und den ambivalenten Luftklinger ein stückweit zu rehabilitieren, mit feinsten Klangbeispielen von Belle & Sebastian, Vanishing Twin und the go! Team.

Expose youself to the Flötenflut!

Jede Menge Flötenklänge waren zu hören am Mittwoch, den 23.09.20 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 26.09. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW39


ArtistTrackLabel
Belle & SebastianStep Into My Office, BabyRough Trade
Teenage FanclubSome People Try To Fuck With YouCreation
ElrichmanSeeking Grey SkiesBobo Integral
Stephen MalkmusJuliefuckingetteDomino
ErikPainted On The WallVanguard
Double FranoiseLoin de toiFreaksville Music
Odessey & OracleMascaraAnother Record / Dur et Doux
the go! teamCookie SceneMemphis Industries
Klaus Johann GrobeGeschichten Aus Erster HandCargo Records
CornershopHighly AmplifiedAmple Play
Lavinia BlackwallWaiting For Tomorrowlaviniablackwall.bandcamp.com
Laura J MartinRed FlagStatic Caravan
The Divine ComedyA Desperate ManDivine Comedy Records
Zola MennenšhI will always be yours, foreverfigureight records
Almond MarzipanSummer LoveAce Records
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The PastelsSecret MusicDomino
Gold CelesteAnnunakiRiot Factory
Richard AlbumWoolyrichardalbum.bandcamp.com
The BeatlesYou've Got to Hide Your Love AwayParlophone
The Rolling StonesRuby TuesdayDecca
Gorky's Zygotic MynciMiss TrudyMercury
Gorky's Zygotic MynciIf Fingers Were XylophonesMercury
OrwellLes Mains de BiancaHot Puma
Vanishing TwinThe Conservation of EnergySoundway Records
Kadhja BonetProcessionFat Possum
Bettye SwannI Want Sunday Back AgainAce Records
Alex IzenbergCaravan Ch‰teauWeird World
The SaxophonesFlower SpiritFull Time Hobby
The Room in the WoodDragonflyA Turntable Friend
Sing LeafSunshineTin Angel Records
NovakBlue ChinookKitty Kitty

Qurantunes

Golden Glades ByteFM Playlist

Aus der solidarischen Isolation im schweizerischen Bern setzt unsere ByteFM-Moderatorin Sandra Zettpunkt auf die Kraft der Musik in schwierigen Zeiten. Wie gewohnt in reiner Heimarbeit hat sie eine Pandemie-taugliche Portion «Qurantunes» zusammengetragen.

Zu hören sind Songs, die unsere aktuelle Lage beschreiben, vom «Slow Emergency» (Gold Motel) bis zum «Shutdown» (Jane Pow). Zudem gibt es jede Menge positiven Zuspruch sowie moralische Unterstützung: «The World Will Be OK (Teenage Fanclub), «Don’t Let It Bring You Down» (Neil Young) und «Sing Along Until You Feel Better» (Phil Ajjarapu).

Ganz egal, wie lange die Ausnahmesituation unser aller Leben noch auf dem Kopf stellen mag – die Musik ist und bleibt dein Freund.

Die Qurantunes waren zu hören am Mittwoch, den 25.03.20 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 28.03. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW13


ArtistTrackLabel
Elephant StoneWe Cry For HarmoniaFuzz Club Records
Math and Physics ClubWe're Not LostMatinee
The PoochesBe Not So FearfulLame-O Records
Tahiti 80UnpredictableHuman Sounds
Gold MotelSlow EmergencyGood As Gold
Lake RuthLonely StreetKUS
StereolabOne Small StepDuophonic
The Hannah BarberasI Can't Go OutsideSubjangle/Spinout Nuggets
Phil AjjarapuSing Along Until You Feel BetterRecords DK
SagittariusI Sing My SongSundazed
Divine ComedyMy Happy PlaceDivine Comedy Records
Fenne LilyHypochondriacDead Oceans
New BuffaloRecoveryThree Of Hearts
Neil YoungDon't Let It Bring You DownReprise
Olivier HeimIt's Getting BetterZozoya Records
Lawrence ArabiaSolitary Guyslawrencearabia.bandcamp.com
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SnailsHard-WiredGlass Modern
LowpinesPath of the Ploughlowpines.bandcamp.com
Teenage FanclubThe World Will Be OKCreation
Ariel Sharratt & Mathias KomEverything for EveryoneBB*Island
DisqDaily RoutineSaddle Creek
DisqLonelinessSaddle Creek
LewsbergAt Lunchlewsberg.bandcamp.com
MossEverybody Needs a HandExcelsior Recordings
Jane PowSanitizedTarget
Jane PowShutdownTarget
LakeDon't Give UpK-Records
RokkPatienceTollie
Po!SafeRutland Records
The Paul & JohnCan't Be Too CarefulMystery Lawn Music

Rip It Up And Start Again

Zum Einstieg in die neue Dekade hat sich Golden Glades von dem Orange Juice-Klassiker «Rip It Up And Start Again» inspirieren lassen. Neue und alte Lieblinge gehen in der heutigen Sendung Hand in Hand, wobei Musik aus Schottland sozusagen die Oberhand behält.

Mit dabei sind frische Singles von Dropkick, Fair Mothers und Snowgoose, die allesamt sehr bald neue Platten vorlegen werden.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 01.01.20 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 04.01. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW01


ArtistTrackLabel
Orange JuiceRip It UpDomino
Pale LightsGolden Timesfadeawayradiate.bandcamp.com
BALDUINThe Pinholebalduin.bandcamp.com
Da BrasiliansShadowsUnderdog Records
LispectorNothing to Believe InTeenage Menopause Records
LispectorSmall Town GraffitiTeenage Menopause Records
Pocket KnifeManger ConstructeurOlive Grove
Fair MothersRainfall CanadaSong, By Toad
Dark GlobesDie Heretheedarkglobes.bandcamp.com
Teenage FanclubSidewinderSony
The TomsShe Said GoodbyeFutureman Records
The TomsTalk is CheapFutureman Records
illuminati hottiesppl plzrilluminatihotties.bandcamp.com
Field MusicBeyond That of CourtesyMemphis Industries
Gold CelesteDust and SmokeRiot Factory
Studio ElectrophoniqueYou Had Me Hanging OnViolette Records
Dwight SmithUnderwater Topographydwightsmith.us
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CUPSpinning CreatureNorthern Spy Records
Advance BaseSweet Old Worldadvancebase.bandcamp.com
JW FrancisIs That the Onejwfrancis.bandcamp.com
KACHI THE BANDThis Is Notkachitheband.bandcamp.com
Graf Tati & Les AllesRomy Schneidertic trafic
Hurt ValleyApartment HousesWoodsist
Andrew TaylorMake A DifferenceRock Indiana Records
DropkickFeeling Never Goes AwayBobo Integral
BeckLazy FliesGeffen
Lazy FliesOf All The Thingslazyflies.bandcamp.com
Ivan CampoMagicEverlasting
SnowgooseHopeGlass Modern
Lesley DuncanRainbow GamesCBS
Yani MartinelliGoin To BeFox Food Records
Matt MalteseTall Buildings7476
The Greek TheatreThe Streets You HoldSugarbush
SUPER 8Island Girltrip8.bandcamp.com

November Blues

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Von Weltuntergangsstimmung bis zum Herzschmerz in Reinform: Golden Glades wird sich heute der Schwermut hingeben, denn sie gehört zu dieser schummrigen Jahreszeit so obligatorisch wie das Amen in der Kirche. Klang gewordenen November bieten u.a. neue Tracks von The Lilac Time, Girl Gaze und Boduf Songs.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 20.11.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 23.11. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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PlaylistGG_KW47


ArtistTrackLabel
Patrick WatsonDream for DreamingDomino
Shannon LayNovemberSub Pop
Wendy & BonnieThe Ice Cream Man SongSundazed
The Lilac TimeMarch to the DocksBMG
TindersticksTake Care In Your DreamsCity Slang
Girl GazeMy RoomTeam Love
Mount Eerie w/ Julie DoironEnduring the WavesP.W. Elverum & Sun
Matt MalteseCurl Up & Die7476
VetiverUp On HighLoose Music
Wished BoneSap Seasonwishedbone.bandcamp.com
Major MurphyMy C. C. BluesWinspear Records
Lazy FliesHell Is Other Peoplelazyflies.bandcamp.com
The FinksNo One ElseMilk! Records
Night HeronBlown Awaynightheron.bandcamp.com
James Clark FiveMaireadBeautiful Music
Ally KerrRagged ManMuch Obliged
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Boduf SongsUnseen Forces and How to Use ThemOrindal Music
Dana GavanskiOff AgainFull Time Hobby
Jeffrey Lewis & The VoltageDepression! Despair!Moshi Moshi
lowly loverboiStephen Kinglowlyloverboi.bandcamp.com
Simon JoynerThe Last Time I Saw You, BillyBB*Island
Dave BixbyWaiting For The RainsGuerssen Records
The Left BankeThere's Gonna Be a StormMercury
Teenage FanclubDark CloudsPeMa
Tandem FelixBravo Maestrotandemfelix.bandcamp.com
FloristAs AloneDouble Double Whammy
Max GowanPaintermaxgowan.bandcamp.com
Those Pretty WrongsTonight, Tonight, TonightBurger Records
Bill FayFilled With Wonder Once AgainDead Oceans
Rozi PlainWhen There is No SunMemphis Industries

Viele Feelings

Golden Glades New & Selected

Golden Glades serviert uns heute viele Feelings und setzt dabei den Fokus auf zwei wunderbare Alben: Jesca Hoop wuchs in einer kalifornischen Mormonen-Gemeinschaft auf und übte bereits dort das vierstimmige Singen ein. Inzwischen wohnt sie im englischen Manchester und hat mit «Stonechild» ein Werk voll raumgreifender Feelings geschaffen. Produzent John Parish (This Is The Kit, Aldous Harding) half ihr dabei, sich auf das Wesentliche zu reduzieren, um bisweilen eindringliche Akzente zu setzen.

In einer ungleich verschwommeneren Klanglandschaft suhlt sich die Einmannband Sunbeam Sound Machine von Nick Sowersby. Der Australier hat über Jahre an Sounds gebastelt, bis sich die Songs seines Zweitlings «Goodness Gracious» wie von selbst herausschälten. Die Platte durchzieht ein tröstliches Gefühl, das wie ein nostalgisch-melancholischer Traum daherkommt.

Weitere Feelings zeigen in dieser Sendung ungeniert: Butcher The Bar, Crumb und Buzzcocks.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 03.07.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 06.07. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW27


ArtistTrackLabel
The NinesHow Does It Feel?Air Mail Recordings
Scott MannionNot Exactly DeepLil' Chief Records
CrumbPart IIICrumb Records
CrumbNinaCrumb Records
Doug TuttleCan You Feel ItBurger Records
Sunbeam Sound MachineHold Me BackDot Dash
Mike GaleYou Know How I'm Feeling Nowmikegale.bandcamp.com
Jay SomSuperbikeLucky Number
TothSentientimentFigureight Records
Benjamin Lazar DavisA Love Song Seven WaysBLD Records
Jesca HoopDeath RowMemphis Industries
Paul Den HeyerPassing Of The SeasonA Turntable Friend
SUPER 8Love Like Ours--
Friedrich SunlightWas will man noch mehr?Tapete Records
Kevin AyersTown FeelingHarvest
Ari RoarFeelin' FurryBella Union
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Frankie LeeSpeakeasyLoose Music
TriptidesNirvana NowHypnotic Bridge
Sunbeam Sound MachineTalking DistanceDot Dash
Sunbeam Sound MachineAnyway, AnywayDot Dash
The ConcernsGood RunWarHen Records
The Young SinclairsBirthday CardRequiem Pour Un Twister
MaunoVampireTin Angel Records
Butcher The BarLyingBobo Integral
Teenage FanclubFeelSony
BuzzcocksYou Say You Don't Love MeDomino
The Martial ArtsNew PerformanceLast Night In Glasgow
LOUDMAMMOTHLet GoLast Night In Glasgow
Jesca HoopRed White And BlackMemphis Industries
Jesca Hoop01 TearMemphis Industries
FeltWhirlpool Vision of ShameCherry Red

Boys & Girls

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Rap und Hip-Hop gehören nicht unbedingt zur musikalischen Baustelle von Golden Glades. Aber für die Beastie Boys wird heute eine Ausnahme gemacht, denn die drei jüdischen Jungs aus New York City absolvierten bis zum tragischen Krebstod von Adam «MCA» Yauch eine beispiellose popkulturelle Karriere und verliehen dem Genre neue Anknüpfungspunkte. Dass Humor und Albernheit dabei eine große Rolle spielten, wird auch in ihrer jüngst veröffentlichten Autobiografie – dem Beastie Boys Buch – deutlich: Die verbliebenen zwei Mitglieder haben viele kleine Geschichten zusammengetragen und bringen mit diesem reich bebilderten Format ihr Gesamtwerk zu einen gloriosen Abschluss.

Und warum heißt die Sendung «Boys & Girls»? Weil es neben biestigen, schüchternen und nervösen Jungs auch allerhand Mädchen zu hören gibt.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 27.02.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 02.03. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 04.03. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW09


ArtistTrackLabel
Bobby OrozaYour Love Is Too ColdBig Crown Records
TelekinesisSet a CourseMerge
Lost ShipsBest Laid PlansSubjangle
Lost ShipsHere's What You Could Have WonSubjangle
RaysSubwayTrouble In Mind
Marine GirlsLove To KnowCherry Red
Golden DazeBlue BellAutumn Tone
Rozi PlainConditionsMemphis Industries
GirlpoolLucky JokeAnti-
GirlpoolSwamp And BayAnti-
Tim Presley's White FenceI Can See YouDrag City
KiDDTomorrow Skykidd.bandcamp.com
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessTBWTPNPretty Olivia
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessClose The DoorsPretty Olivia
Stephen BaileyHydeCardinal Fuzz
The Golden RailThe Sky is Always BlueCandlestick Records
Shy BoysBrick By BrickPolyvinyl
Eerie WandaMagnetic WomanJoyful Noise
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AnemoneSunshine (Back to the Start)Luminelle Recordings
ThreatmanticsShadow On Your HeartFfatbyrg Records
Beastie BoysRoot DownCapitol
Beastie BoysGirlsDef Jam
Silver ApplesProgramGeffen
DrugdealerFoolsMexican Summer
Weyes BloodEverydaySub Pop
Big StarDaisy GlazeArdent Music
Teenage FanclubEverything Is Falling ApartPeMa
TothSong To Make You Fall in Love With MeFigureight Records
Max Gowan7th DayZ Tapes
Cass McCombsSleeping VolcanoesAnti-
Holiday GhostsStuck HerePNKSLM
Tony MolinaBefore You GoSlumberland
Girl GazeWordsTeam Love

Musik rund ums Jahr

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Um sich optimal auf das frische Jahr einzustimmen, präsentiert Golden Glades heute Musik rund ums Jahr. Es ist eine Tradition, die sich in den letzten elf Jahren bewährt hat und immer wieder neue musikalische Schätze zeigt: ein Lied zu jedem Monat, eine Ode zu jeder Jahreszeit. Wir erleben im Schnelldurchlauf, wie die Erde auf ihrem Weg um die Sonne etwa 940 Millionen Kilometer zurücklegt, und begegnen dabei so unterschiedlichen Zeitgenossen wie Saint Etienne, Baxter Dury und Big Star.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 02.01.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 05.01. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 07.01. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW01


ArtistTrackLabel
Modern StudiesIt's WinterFire Records
BellowsSpring, Summer, Autumn, WinterDouble Double Whammy
The Essex GreenJanuary SaysMerge
Baby IslandSnowWater Island Records
TomberlinFebruarySaddle Creek
Jonathan BreeValentineLilÕ Chief Records
Kid ChameleonMarchkidcham.bandcamp.com
KiddAn Afternoon in AprilPretty Olivia
The Babe Rainbow2nd of April30th Century Records
Le SuperHomardSpringtimeElefant
Saint EtienneSpringWarner
Beautify JunkyardsMay Day EveMega Dodo
Scott OrrSeasonsOther Songs
The SeamsIn JuneMeritorio Records
Alpaca SportsSummer DaysElefant
Ida WenoeChanging of SeasonsDanCan Music
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Dylan MondegreenSunless SummerSkiPop Records
TriptidesJulyRequiem Pour Un Twister
Sam EvianSummer DaySaddle Creek
Baxter DuryAugustLE LABEL
Big StarSeptember GurlsArdent Music
Chris Richards & The SubtractionsJust Another SeasonFutureman Records
Teenage FanclubFalling LeafSony
Robyn HitchcockAutumn SunglassesYep Roc
Nicholas KrgovichOctoberTin Angel Records
gobbinjrNovember 163Topshelf Records
SnailsWinter Heartssnails.bandcamp.com
Remington Super 60A Winter SongCafe Superstar Recordings
The Love-BirdsDecember (Get to You)Trouble In Mind
Caroline SaysWinter Is ColdWestern Vinyl
Richard StrattonNew Yearhomefortheholidays.bandcamp.com
Julie LondonThe Thirteenth MonthCapitol

Best of 2018

Best Of 2018 Shy Boys The Fernweh Lake Ruth Teenage Fanclub Ari Roar Tony Molina

I listen to an awful lot of music every day, it’s my job and responsibility as a radio presenter. But most of all, it’s a labour of love digging out interesting stuff, making new discoveries in all directions. The end of the year makes me think of my ultimate favourite tunes, which is never an easy thing to do. However, here’s some kind of a Best Of list with some records and artists I especially enjoyed in 2018.

Adrianne Lenker – “Abysskiss” (Saddle Creek)

Some of you are probably familiar with Lenker as a guitarist and vocalist in Brooklyn-based indie rock band Big Thief. Her full-length solo record is a stripped-down singer-/songwriter approach and with this, she’s covering intimate emotions on her stroll along the abyss. In a way it’s hauntingly intense, but nevertheless comfort for your soul. Adrianne Lenker shows a subtle, otherworldly brilliance with her light fingerpicking on acoustic guitar while her songs are thoughtful, deep and poignant. And with this combination, there’s a true affinity to other outstanding artists like Judee Sill or Connie Converse.

 

Ari Roar – “Calm Down” (Bella Union)

Sometimes it’s true: great art comes from great pain. Adrianne Lenker has quite a history with being born into a religious cult and she almost died, when a railroad spike crashed her skull as a kid. And she managed to create something special in the wake of the tragedy, just like Caleb Campbell alias Ari Roar. The Texan singer-songwriter struggled with panic attacks from early on. As a late teenager, he had an operation on the spine, which left him bed-bound for months. Of course, these experiences have an impact. And in this case, he’s doing the best by channelling it into beautiful melodic lo-fi pop. The sweet miniatures on Calm Down might sound effortlessly in the first place, but there’s something else underneath the surface, with traces of doubts and fear. It’s a glorious debut for repeat listens.

 

Clearance – “At Your Leisure” (Topshelf)

This band provides a compelling sound by picking up familiar indie rock in a modern way. They create something fresh and interesting and already got a lot of praise here in my blog. If you like passionate, bright guitar music from the 80ties and 90ties, you should listen to this one.

 

Field Music – “Open Here” (Memphis Industries)

Whenever there’s a new Field Music record, it always ends up in my top ten of the year. Again, the spacious production on Open Here is exquisite, the compositions are intricate and classy. Field Music are ambitious, but they have all the knowledge and the talent to follow their visions. It’s a beautiful and well-crafted record that needs to be heard, because it has something to say. Maybe it’s all a bit too smart to reach the big crowd – but I’m sure the time will eventually come and Field Music get all the praise they deserve.

 

Lake Ruth – “Birds of America” (Feral Child Records)

They like to go under the banner “baroque pop”, but there’s so much more to discover in the music of Lake Ruth: from folk to jazz to avant-pop. I’m a fan of Matt Schulz since his days with Enon – he’s an excellent, versatile drummer. And singer Allison Brice, she has a way of phrasing her poetic lyrics in meandering harmonies like no other. All backed-up by a multi-layered smooth texture with a slight vintage touch. Lake Ruth are quite unique doing their own thing, and Birds of America is nothing less but an awe-inspiring masterpiece.

 

Shy Boys – “Bell House” (Polyvinyl)

Undeniably, these guys know how to sing! And the harmonies all perfectly meld together. It’s a special quality that only happens, when siblings start a band. The family sound is so intriguing because the harmonies are amazingly organic. Music history is filled with such examples and just like Field Music, the Shy Boys are band of brothers, supported by a couple of best friends. I summoned up a rave review earlier this year in my little blog here.

 

Stephen Steinbrink – “Utopia Teased” (Melodic / Western Vinyl)

This singer-/songwriter is a terrific talent. And again, we have an artist here, who knows a lot about the dark stuff in life. Stephen Steinbrink was left devastated after a fateful fire during a warehouse party in Oakland, California that killed 36 people in December 2016. After a couple of months stunned with grief, Steinbrink quit a minimum wage job, locked himself up in a shipping container with all sorts of music equipment, stimulated by a daily diet of LSD. And the songs started pouring out of him. Utopia Teased sounds a bit different, less perfect than his previous records. It’s a bit more daring with field recordings and synthesizers, but again it’s a collection of beautiful songs with substance and a hidden treasure for eternity.

 

Still Parade – “Soon Enough” (Feel Flows)

This is a very fine piece of work from Berlin, but made with love in LA. It feels like Niklas Kramer had a very clear vision for his new Still Parade album and he obviously put a lot of effort and thought into it. It sounds warm like a cozy blanket and puts the listener at ease. Of course, the Beach Boys influence is evident, but in a clever way. Smart harmonies combined with a startling sense of intimacy, and the formidable production brings out a nice vintage flair. It’s the kind of music that makes the world a better place. Sometimes, that’s just what you need.

 

The Fernweh – “The Fernweh” (Skeleton Key)

Yes, I am repeating myself here – I already picked this album for my Best Of list two years ago! Back then, I received a promotional copy from the band directly. Thankfully, it just got a proper release via Skeleton Key because this sublime debut is really exceptional. It’s a beautiful collection of hazy late 60s, early 70s inspired folk and pop, combined with a gentle nod to British psychedelia. Treat yourself & give it a listen, if you’re not already familiar with this. The Fernweh demonstrate an exceptional level of song craft and the record deepens with every listen.

 

Tony Molina – “Kill The Lights” (Slumberland)

Tony Molina is deeply rooted in 60s songwriting and DIY aesthetics. With Kill The Lights, he created a truly glorious pop record by offering 10 tracks in under 15 minutes. His sensitive songs are infectious and short to the point. Just like Ari Roar, Tony Molina is able to put it all into a 60-second song and I never get tired of listening – again and again. This really is a lovely, but as well soul-baring record.

 

Teenage Fanclub – Vinyl-Reissues (Sony)

Why should I be interested into these reissues when I already have all the vinyl of Teenage Fanclub in my collection? Well, guitarist and singer Raymond McGinley of the band explained to me: back in the 90s, the vinyl was just a copy of the CD. But if you want the best vinyl sound, you need a special mastering. That’s basically, what Teenage Fanclub did: they took the original master tapes, worked through all of them at Abbey Road Studios and improved the mastering for this new vinyl edition. And it really does make a difference, especially the new pressing of 1993s Thirteen is now more immediate and has a much better dynamic. Also, each essential album includes a bonus seven-inch single, mostly of tracks which originally appeared only on CD singles and EPs. To promote all these reissues from the Creation era, Teenage Fanclub played a very special concert series in Great Britain. Here’s my review of the nights in Birmingham and London, which also marks my concert highlight of 2018.

 

SUPER 8 – T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies/Turn Around Or…/HI LO (Futureman Rec)

Frequent listeners of my radio show already know about SUPER 8 – Paul Ryan a.k.a. Trip got a lot of airplay in 2018. Not only, because he put out a lovely mix of guitar pop as a one-man-band with all sorts of instruments like cello and trumpet. He also managed to surprise again and again with new top material. Three homemade full lengths were released this year on Futureman Records and it’s hard to pick a favourite album really. Each release is kind of special and filled with a laid-back and sunny charm. Backed up now and again with some thoughtful songs and well-curated cover versions. It looks like SUPER 8 will be back in 2019 with a more acoustic-based album – a thing looking forward to!

23th December 2018