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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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Live Review: Parka @ London Borderline

By on Wednesday, 6th February 2008 at 3:03 am

Parka @ BorderlineRemember when indie bands had a want to succeed? A desire to achieve? Not many bands have it in this corporate day and age, toeing the line, saying what they’re told (yes, Scouting For Girls, we’re looking at you), however one band seems like they may just be able to break the mainstream, and still have the desire to achieve massive things.

Their name? Parka.

This Glasgow via London quintet played the “Bollocks to Poverty” event at London’s Borderline, along with The Krak, LR Rockets and Toy Guns. After two rather solid performances from LR Rockets and Toy Guns, it was Parka’s turn, the first band to really get people dancing. Granted, their tunes aren’t completely innovative, they just use a tried and tested formula of guys and guitars (and in their case, a saxophonist too) to make good lads-down-the-pub music. The path trodden by Boy Kill Boy, the Fratellis, the Ordinary Boys and Madness before them is repeated, re-hashed and re-built into some instantly hummable tunes.

Looking like a lo-fi Klaxons with day-glo braces, lead singer Matty guided the fivesome through an impressive set, talking little just plain straight-up guitar tunes. “This is a slower song, so you can dance if you want, or just beat the crap out of each other. If you chose the latter, do it gently, it is a charity gig” commented Matty with a smirk on his face, before plunging into “Closing Time”.

It’s surprising how, with only two released singles, they’ve got such a strong set, culminating in a stage invasion by The Krak ahead of their headlining slot later in the evening. Drunk, yes, but with so much, well, oomph, they could be a force to be reckoned with should the likes of Radio 1 get behind them.

After the jump: Photos.

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Athlete / Tiscali Showcase

By on Friday, 10th August 2007 at 8:46 pm

AthleteNext week’s Tiscali Showcase at Soho Revue Bar will be headlined by Athlete, with support coming from fast, angular Parka and Eugene McGuinness who sounds distinctly like a distinctly wacky Air Traffic, or a slowed down stoned Architecture In Helsinki. They’ll all play the Soho Revue Bar next Thursday, 16th August.

Tickets at £8.50 each are available here to over 18’s only unfortunately. Doors are at 8:45pm.

Photo is taken from Narisa’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License


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