saneshane’s best of 2013


Best of 2013 by ME:

10 dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip – I’m contracted to add Pip every year.. this is one of the best protest tracks of the year – again missed by Dorian.
Stiff Upper Lip dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip feat. Itch Repent Replenish Repeat

9 Orties – French elctro making you dance like a robot from 1984 – here you go – accented songs about orgasms and goths – sold.
Ghetto Goth Orties Sextape

8 The Indelicates – Arcade Fire’s extremely intense love of their own dangly bits getting on your nerves? – then try this – yet another brilliant story telling album played with passion and anger but without the egoistic self love of the brilliant ideas involved – they ARE brilliant ideas and wonderfully imaginative musically and lyrically too.
Bitterness Is the Appropriate Response The Indelicates Diseases of England

7 Zola Jesus – with strings, lush and cool reedits of her ‘famous hits’.
Collapse Zola Jesus Versions

6 Manix – the Daft Punk album retro theft left you cold with it stealing from all the crap eras (when they used to at least try and be pioneers) and only having one track of any merit – yep – skip that and play this; it recreats 1992 with all the fun of a prodigy album off their tits with spiral tribe… no pretense at originality – no media hype – this it 24 hour rave and it’s boz.
Your Love Is Over Manix Living In The Past

5 The Lovely Bad Things – the pixie aping nuggets loving bad things.
Darth Lauren The Lovely Bad Things The Late Great Whatever

4 Savages – there’s is no better indie this year – full stop.
No Face Savages Silence Yourself

3 Tricot – jagged jittery brilliance from Japan – a masterpiece of alternative buzz rock playing and performance. ACE.
Artsick Tricot The

2 Sleaford Mods – ranting, swearing infested, bile, spewed forth with aggressive venom and stream of consciousness – brilliant – is number one album of the year when I’m not in polite company – (**this track from Jobseeker 3 track single not austerity dogs album).
Black Monday Sleaford Mods Jobseeker album is Austerity Dogs

1 Juana Molina – crazy mixed up groovetastic joy.
Eras Juana Molina Wed 21

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Six Minutes A Month – August 1993

As we continue the tracking of the evolution of indie via the teenage lifeline of The Chart Show’s Indie Chart (on a 20 year delay system) we are now deep into 1993.

The six minutes a month refers to the amount of time alt/indie music had on terrestrial television at the time. Very few of us has MTV back then, we had four channels and the occasional hope that someone good would be on Top Of The Pops. So many folks I know of my generation discovered their favourite bands from catching a tiny snippet on The Chart Show on a Saturday morning. Our lives would have been different with Youtube & Spotify, I’m sure.

OK, the observations: 

1. There’s a pretty big alt. rock showing from the US. Yes, we called it alt. rock – not grunge. Overall this chart is pretty damn noisy. Suede, heading the Britpop vanguard, must not have had a single out this month. Make no mistake, this chart is pretty damn heavy.

2. “Kylie’s Got A Crush On Us” by the irrepressible BMX Bandits really should have been a world wide smash, it’s a mystery to me why it never was.

3. The Boo Radleys are still in their fuzzy spacey phase, having yet to write any really annoying Britpop anthems Like “Wake Up Boo”, though there always was a pop heart to their tunes.

4. The Voodoo Queens have abandoned their riot grrl leanings and now are singing a song about how to pronounce Keanu Reeves’ name. It’s not very good.

5. I own a fair bit of this chart, my enduring favourites being the 12″s from the Smashing Pumpkins (whose Cherub Rock was the start of their world domination) and of course The Breeders. Cannonball is a classic, as you know, and the video was directed by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth & Spike Jonze. I still listen to these two bands a lot, their music had endured.

6. The Sugar song “Tilted” was from their six track “Beaster” EP, which was heavier and harsher material than their previous, breakthrough, Copper Blue album. “Beaster”, as I figured at the time, was a religious concept album about the life & death of Christ. Maybe.

What were you listening to at the end of the summer of ’93? 

Shoot One Up, Smack One Down

I’m still sort of bitter that i got to RR many years too late for the (Cocaine and) Heroin topic, and as for one who never touched the stuff and never will, i seem to have an inordinate stock of tunes about shooting up. So here i get to make up for it a bit, a snapshot playlist of what’s caught my fancy lately, and some old faves. (I did leave off any duplicates from the RR list.) (We’re also back to business as usual on the rock front there.)

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New Withered Hand? Who nose?

Not much has surfaced from Withered Hand since he won my heart with his best-record-of-2009 album “Good News” – I mean I’ve seen him play loads and randomly walked past him & King Creosote in a wee fishing village in Fife of a day a few weeks ago. I’ve only heard him play one new song live, “Heart, Heart” and now a new one has come up on a radio session called “I Still Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye”. I know there’s at least two ‘Spillers who will love to hear these. So here are the songs.

Dan, please get the new record finished! We’re strung out here! X x.

New ‘Spiller!

What? You wanted to keep your phone bill??

I’d like to introduce you all to a new member of The ‘Spill team. This is Hector, who is 5 months old, and whose hobbies include bringing rocks in from the garden, being in cahoots with the baby to get soil from the potted plants everywhere, and generally being a big sook. Hector has not as yet expressed any preference for specific music, but likes to listen to Radio 4 through the night.

The 20 Year Theory

Okay ‘Spillers, I’m slowly starting to formulate a musical theory in my noggin. This year has seen 20 year anniversary editions of albums that came out when I first started to get immersed in the world of non-mainstream music – when I was 13/14 (you know, when everything was new and vivid and you didn’t even know they were all just ripping off the Velvet Underground cos you hadn’t heard of the Velvet Underground).

It’s only the start of February and so far we’ve has “Screamadelica” rereleased and today I was reading a 9.5/10 review of Ride’s shoegaze classic “Nowhere” on Pitchfork (about time they got their dues, reunion then? Oh no, you’re too busy with Liam Gallagher’s sodding Beady Eye, Andy Bell).

20 years. 20 years. Hmmmm. I’m now thinking it takes 20 years for a musical movement or style to kinda become something almost untouchable that’s firmly in the past and kinda beautiful and magical and spellbinding and worth emulating. The last couple of years has seen My Bloody Valentine come back into the hearts and minds, and shoegaze influences have been all over the alt. rock world. Now we’re getting to plus twenty for the golden age of Grunge, and I’m gonna start claiming that 2011/2012 is Grunge part two. Albums from Yuck and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart should be quite popular this year, both springing from an early 90s Smashing Pumpkins and Dinosaur Jr influences, following on from Male Bonding’s terrific yet retrofied debut last year.

It’s the likes of Nirvana, Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Dinosaur, Hole, Sebadoh, Teenage Fanclub, even Pavement that held the most appeal for me through the grunge era – over the more metally Alice In Chains/Soundgarden/Stone Temple Pilots axis – and it seems that this heavy or shoegaze guitar/drum with indie vocals vibe is the thing that’s making waves – and this makes me immensely happy.

I’m kinda rambling in my head here, so let’s focus slightly. Does the 20 Year Theory (20YT) make any sense? Does anyone remember the start of the millennium when everyone was rehashing the post punk/punk funk thing and like just now the charts sound utterly 80s?

Has this happened before in music, and what are the chances of it happening again? Does 20YT hold water or could it do with refining? Where is all this gonna end up?

I’ve posted a nouveau-grunge song that I can’t stop listening to right now, it’s from the band they’re calling Dinosaur Jr Jr, and is the b-side to their new single. The band is Yuck, and the song is called Coconut Bible.