Saturday, 25 December 2010

End Of The Year Award Things...Songs Of The Year

I was tempted to do single of the year but i opted not to how about 10 or so songs of the year. The tracks that have really perked me ears up from artists. There could be so many here and as i write this intro i hope i dont go a bit overboard but here we go...(20 songs later...)

Songs Of The Year
(in no particular order)

1. Randolphs Leap - Going Home
2. Paws - Violent Vicky Violet
3. Bear Bones - Diving Bell  
4. Miaoux Miaoux - Snow
5. Mitchell Museum - Warning Bells
6. Over The Wall - Settle Down
7. Other People  - Hello
8. Super Adventure Club - Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle 
10. Carnivores - John Actor Is Monkfish
11. Three Blind Wolves - Captain Of A Ship
12. Admiral Fallow - Squeeling Pigs
13. White Heath - GG
14. Futuristic Retro Champions - May The 4th
15. Trapped In Kansas - Towerblock
16. Esperi - Made For Life 
17. Blue Sky Archives - Crash Your Face
18. The Lava Experiments - Liquid Pig
19.Be Like Pablo - Julianne
20. The Cinnamons - Welcolme To The Business

Ok So i couldn't stop myself here's not 10 or 15 but 20 tracks that i loved last year from scottish acts, i reserve the right to add even more, what can i say its been a good year for scottish music.

Friday, 24 December 2010

End Of Year Awards Thing...Best Live!

Yep its about time i bothered to get my live award up i've still a few more to do but why not go with live first.
Now as alot of people do i go to alot of gigs, usually atleast 2 a week so over the past year i've seen...a good few bands(theres no time for maths) So who did i think was particularly special? Let me tell you.

Best Live....

I had the pleasure of catching Young Fathers this year at OXJAM festival and i was nothing short of blown away by this band. Now i'm not the most knowledgable on the Scottish Hip Hop scene however one of the names that keep on popping up is Young Fathers. Their live show is high energy, with big dance moves, and using the stage like their own personal playground, while working the crowd and really energizing the crowd and getting them involved, seeing a crowd full of people dancing like an albatross is still one of my highlights of the year. If you havent seen these guys live yet, you should as soon as you can.

I don't even know how many times i have seen pooch now(its starting to get a bit stalky), I saw them for the first time back in 2008 in Cassette and have been hooked ever since. Pooch are not one of those bands that seem to have a bad gig, they are a consistently brilliant live band. This band are pure attitude and have one of the finest frontpersons in the Scottish music scene. This band are a must see if you like your electro pop with a good slice of dirtiness. 

Penguins Kill Polar Bears
I first had the pleasure of catching these guys at King Tuts in the summer and was blew away by their intesity. Penguins dynamics in performance follow the dynamics in their sound it is explosive and a pleasure to the senses. Homebound from the "Dawn" EP is one of my tracks of the year. If you like post/alt rock but also have a soft spot for great melodies this could be the band for you. Go and see em.

Special Mentions

This year i could have given special mentions to a bunch of bands as there really are some darn fine live bands kicking around but for now lets go with Mitchell Museum, Hold Your Horse Is, The Lava Experiments and Here We Go Magic.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Monday, 13 December 2010

End Of The Year Best OF Thing Or Something - Best New Bands Award

Well its the end of year on my lazy lazy blog, I'll be better in the new year i swear, but i'm gonna try and go through some of my favourite new bands, favourite songs of the year, favourite gigs, favourite release... lets start with...

Best New Band

Its hard to pick just one band for this section as i've had the pleasure of seeing so many great new acts start up over the past year but i'll narrow it down to say 3?(note i know this may not be exact but i've only been blogging for a few months be easy on me eh?)

What can i say about Paws? They are a fantastic no thrills catchy as f*ck punk rock n roll band. Their debut single "Violent Vicky Violet" is definetley one of my songs of the year. I've followed their progress since they formed and they have already cemented theirselves into the Glasgow music scene. They've toured around the UK had countless support slots and writing some damn fine tunes. I'm really excited to see what these guys do next.

Blue Sky Archives in my opinion are one of the best new bands/bands in Glasgow right now, they are a band who mix awesome hooks over dynamic alt rock soundscapes. I was lucky enough to catch their first official full band gig as a part of the RADAR gig at Nice 'n' Sleazies back in May and was blown away by then and since then they have went from strength to strength playing some great shows aswell as some European touring they are definetley a band to keep an eye on over the next year!


So Many Animal Calls are another bunch of young upstarts who have really caught my eye launching their free EP "Your House Is A Hospice" at the start of the summer which was looped a great deal in my media player, with their heartfelt blend of energetic punk rock i was very exicted to see them live and i actually had the pleasure of being at their first gig as well. At a packed out house in Captains Rest these guys showed a real statement of intent to what to expect from them. They've recently been in Chem19 after winning a grant and i peronsally cant wait to hear what comes from that session.

Special Mentions:

Theres alot of bands that could be in this category but these are just my personal standouts special mentions have to go acts like Verse Metrics, Loch Awe, I Build Collapsible Mountains & Finn LeMarinel.

Dont forget to check back over the next few days to check out my other awards...