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Thom’s Top Albums of 2008

 
By on Wednesday, 31st December 2008 at 11:07 am
 

I did intend to do a full top ten, but seeing as I ran out of time I’m gonna list (in no particular order) the top albums of 2008.. I didn’t get time to cut down my shortlist either..

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular – This is the only album I ranked and I did so at Number One. A little cliched? Probably.. Predictable? Yes.. They’re topping loads of lists for this accolade (including the NME) and so perhaps this wasn’t the most shocking, but the truth is that I was praying for a 2008 release on this album (though strictly it was first released in 2007 the retail and UK versions fell in 2008). These physc-rockers have created the best album in a long while. It falls under no specific genre or style, yet is instantly listenable.

Highlights – Time To Pretend, Kids, The Youth

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bIEOZCcaXzE]

MGMT – Kids

The Metros – More Money, Less Grief – The most under rated debut of the year. If you could bottle London, muggings, sexual riots, ASBOs, depression, topshop and all, then press it on to a CD, it would sound like this. The South London based garage indie rockers have produced one of the best albums of the year, every track is brilliant and the signles released have been on par with the quality of the album as a whole. This definately deserves a listen.

Highlights – Talk About It, Last Of The Lookers, Education Pt.2, Sexual Riot

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zw55Dr324dY]

The Metros –  Education Pt. 2 (Live)

Bloc Party – Intimacy – The unexpected third album from Bloc Party was a pleasant surprise, and anyone lucky enough to see them live this year were lucky as they maintained top form through festivals and tours. The album was a digital adventure in to varying sounds, lead single ‘Mercury’ was a stark contrast to some of the other more mellow singles. It wasn’t low on energy either, ‘Trojan Horse’ amongst others going down a treat at live shows.

Highlights – Signs (whilst there are a load on this album, this track is a must listen

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FWH3WAe6a_0]

Bloc Party – Talons

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Best of 2008: Live

 
By on Tuesday, 30th December 2008 at 10:22 am
 

Idlewild @ ULU - 3rd July 2008

10. Idlewild at London’s ULU (3rd July)
First time catching the indie rockers, blown away. So much so that I caught them again in Bristol just a month later, they were that good. They showed just how they’ve managed to be so successful for the past decade, with energy and great songs.

9. I’m From Barcelona at London Scala (25th November)
I know I said I’d write a review and then didn’t, but things were kinda hectic with university stuff at the time. Still, I’m From Barcelona provided one of the best nights of entertainment I’ve had in a while – chaotic, crazy, they had so much energy I was finding bits of ticker tape for days after.

8. Bloc Party at London’s Apple Store (10th October)
My second Bloc Party experience of the year, hot and sweaty in the Apple Store. I was expecting a bland, boring performance but we got anything but – chaotic, Kele was on top form, crawling over the crowd, standing all over the place. I’d hate to have had the job of cleaning up the next morning!

7. Friendly Fires at Oxford Zodiac (5th October)
My second time seeing Friendly Fires, they were even more intense than the first time. Loud, energetic, and slightly chaotic – we forgot it was Sunday night and danced like it was 3am. Just immense. Watch them become huge in 209.

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Best Of 2008: Albums

 
By on Sunday, 28th December 2008 at 1:30 pm
 

It’s been a pretty amazing year for music around the UK, and following on from my top 10 of 2007, here is my top 10 of 2008.

Viva Stereo (roar lion roar album cover)10 – Viva Stereo – Roar Lion Roar
You’ve probably not heard much about this Scottish collective. However, their third album was a surprise favourite for me – anthemic, accessible, slightly My Bloody Valentine and yet still so gorgeous.

Read more about Viva Stereo here.

Favourite: Knee High Boots.

9 – Sigur RósMeð suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
As ever, an amazing collection from the Icelandic group. More pop than previous albums, their songs sound all the more amazing. I caught them live at Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, where they preceded Franz Ferdinand and blew them out of the water. As the sun went down, they soundtracked the festival for us, showing their sense of humour and making beautiful music that had more than a few grown men in tears.

Favourite: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

8 – Ra Ra RiotThe Rhumb Line
Dark in places, Ra Ra Riot come from the same school of musical geekiness as Vampire Weekend, but with a bit more serious and a bit less money. Dark in places, the group are still recovering from the death of their drummer in summer 2007, which shows on tracks like “Winter ’05”.

Favourite: Dying is Fine

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TGTF Readers Survey 2008

 
By on Sunday, 30th November 2008 at 5:54 pm
 

It’s that time of the year again when people start compiling “best of” lists and trying to decide what was their highlight of another year in the music business. We’ve already had Mike’s take on who to watch for next year in his picks for the BBC’s Sound of 2009, and now we want yours.

Alongside your picks for the top of 2009 and your best of 2008, we also want to know a bit about what you think about TGTF, and where you think we can improve – we know we’re not perfect, and we want to find out what we can do better in 2008, what you like and what you don’t like.

But, I hear you ask, why should you enter?

Well, we have TWO iTunes vouchers of £10 each to give away to two people who complete the survey (it’ll only take 5 minutes, honest!)

So, just as with our competition to win a copy of the Virgin Book of British Hit Singles (which over 300 of you entered, and was won by Alice), enter your thoughts below and we’ll get back to you in the new year!

Good luck!

NOTE: This Survey has now CLOSED. Thanks for all who entered, more details will be along shortly.

 

Bridgette Amofah / New UK Tour shows

 
By on Thursday, 27th November 2008 at 8:54 pm
 

Now, you may not have heard of Bridgette Amofah before. I’ll even hold up my hands and admit that I hadn’t heard of her before I got the email introducing us.

However since then I haven’t looked back. She’s got an amazing voice, and could well be one of the shining talents of 2009 – the songs are quintessentially English but inspired by her musical heroes – from classic French artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf, to Burt Bacharach and Minnie Ripperton with a nod to contemporary artists like Feist.

She’s not just a one talent flash-in the pan – Amofah’s life story could have resulted with her heading down one of many different routes. She toyed with becoming an author – the first poems she ever wrote as a child were published – and she still writes stories today. Then she did stint as a charity worker raising money for worthy causes before becoming a catwalk model – she was flown first class around Europe but was ultimately turned off by the industry and it’s ways.

Her debut single, ‘What It Takes/Not Your Style’ is released in two weeks time on 8th December, so be sure to at least have a listen on the myspace, and if you like it go and buy it.

She’s off on tour throughout December and early next year, playing the below dates, including a stint supporting Candi Staton – surely a match made in heaven.

Wednesday 3rd December – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Saturday 6th December – Reading, Oakford Social Club
Thursday 11th December – London YoYo @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Friday 19th December – London Portobello WInterfest
Wednesday 21st January 2009 – London Monto Water Rats
Wednesday 18th February 2009 – Bristol Academy (supporting Candu Staton)
Friday 20th February 2009 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (supporting Candi Staton)
Saturday 21st February 2009 – Birmingham Town Hall (Supporting Candi Staton)
Tuesday 24th February 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Candi Staton)
Wednesday 25th February 2009 – Hove The Old Market (Supporting Candi Staton)
Thursday 26th February 2009 – London Book Slam @ Neighbourhood
Wednesday 4th March 2009 – Exeter Vibraphonic Festival

 

Live Review: I’m From Barcelona @ London Scala – 25th November 2008

 
By on Wednesday, 26th November 2008 at 2:08 am
 

Okay, so last night I caught I’m From Barcelona at London’s great Scala. Quite honestly, it blew me away. It was similar to the Polyphonic Spree’s show at the Astoria, but gone European, and much more spontaneous.

A full review will follow, but let’s just say for now that they had more confetti, more fun and more balloons on stage than any band I’ve seen for a while.

After the jump: setlist. Full review by end of the week (hopefully).

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