In the words of the great Danny Dyer, someone’s been ‘mugging me off’. Last week I wrote a big long boring blog about why I wasn’t doing anymore Purchase Of The Week’s this year in favour of a series of posts highlighting some of the best releases of the 2013. But that blog seems to have deleted itself. Love computers. So rather than repeat myself, as it was a fucking boring post, defo not my best work, I’ll summarise why I’m doing my ‘Best of 2013′ blogs- cos everyone else does it in some shape or form. Also you may find it helpful when looking for xmas present alternatives to pants & socks for lovers & rellies, why not buy them some music as recommended by your old pal Jasper?
So cracking on, in no particular order but basically as they popped in my head (they’ll also be a few more this time next week), here goes:
THE NATIONAL – TROUBLE WILL FIND ME
Probably the best break up album of the year. You can click here for my original post on the album for some in-depth shiz on the record, but if you can’t be arsed here’s a snippet from it to get your teeth into.
JAGWAR MA - HOWLIN’
Aussie dudes doing early 90′s acid house. I’m in. Here’s my original post from way back when the sun was out.
AUTRE NE VEUT - ANXIETY
Did this one with last week’s post but as I said it somehow deleted itself . Basically the album sounds like sex. Click here for my original words on it.
CUT COPY - FREE YOUR MIND
Who’s winning the Ashes? Who gives rat’s ass? more aussies, more early 90′s (with a dash of 80′s thrown in) dance vibes. Original post.
DISCLOSURE - SETTLE
Loads of good dance to go get propa nutted (not sure why I keep going back to danny dyer today, but I’m going with it. Slags) to this year wasn’t there. This one’s from a couple English lads. Rule Britannia. Who liked UK garage? AYIA NAPA AYIA NAPA AYIA NAPA. Here’s what I said about it all those months ago.
Think that’ll do ya for this week. But don’t worry I’ll back this time next week with a few more for you. I’ll leave you as I started with a few wise words from Danny Dyer in The Business, ‘Me cocks shrunk and I can’t feel me neck’. Lovely.
And as it’s xmas, here’s a bit more for die hard Dyer fans…
Bit of a weird one this. Magistrates aren’t a new band at all. They’re actually over 6 years old. But they’re yet to actually release anything past a couple of singles. So let me take you on a little journey back to the heady days of 2007-8 when beer was cheap (it wasn’t), girls were loose (they weren’t- at least not the ones the spottier younger version of me was out chasing), life was care free (it kind of was, this was pre credit crunch), and MySpace was the social network du jour. And to this back drop, 4 young likely lads were preparing to dominate the world’s music scene. They had released first single, got themselves signed, dominated the live scene, bossing the much lauded NME Radar tour, and had the UK’s music press falling over themselves in worship for their brand of soulful indie dance pop.
And those four lads were called… The Operators, LOLZ!!!! Sorry that’s a different story, kind of the same but with four other likely lads from the Isle Of Wight rather than Essex. The four lads I’m actually talking about, the cleverer guys out there (Ben Hollington) will already have cottoned on to due to the blog title, were The Magistrates.
Thing is that after the initial clambering of both industry & press to claim a little piece of the band (a race won on the industry side by XL recordings, around about the time a young Adele was making her way in the music world on the same label- again I digress) and the Magistrates had released two belting singles, Make This Work & Heartbreak (check them out they’re really really great), they just disappeared (sound familiar The Operators?! Double LOLZ). Many speculated they’d just got disillusioned with the potential trappings of fame and wandered into Epping forest with a truckload of tinnies and a load of weed never to be seen again. But I always knew that someday they’d resurface (I didn’t- but I did hope). They were just too good not to. And whilst it may have taken slightly longer than their band soulmates (although they’ve never met as far as I know), our Boyz, the Operators, to wash up on the musical shore, they’re finally back with a more 80′s influenced sound and another single, When We Are Apart, and I’m fucking made up as it’s just as good as the old stuff.
It’s good to have you back guys, here’s hoping an album follows the single out in the not too distant future.
Wooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo it’s friday. Let’s all go, let’s all go to Hoyle Road. Let’s.
See you soon los amigos x
But just before you go…
Quickie today as got no time yo, but hey I still bring you good new tunes cos I’m so so good to you.
So this week’s new music comes from uber cool producer songwriter extraordinaire Sohn. You may recognise that name from my recent post about my favourite new vocalist on the block, Kwabs (check it here, you won’t regret it cos the bloke is fucking amazing). Back to Sohn though cos he’s the dude behind Kwabs’ most recent track Last Stand. So well produced was that it made me investigate what Sohn’s own stuff was like and it’s also really rather good. As you could probs of guessed from the Kwabs track, it’s all moody minimal James Blake/ Jamie Woon esque soulful electro- The Guardian called it sadwave? So if that’s what it is, then I loves me a bit of sadwave. This one’s called Lessons.
More info? Click here for his website which has everything you could possibly need
Not much by way of top notch albums out this week so instead of being my usual lazy self and not bothering with a post at all, thought i’d have a quick scout around the E.P. releases see if I can at least find something small to tide you over until next week. And that lucky E.P. i’ve selected for your listening pleasure is from Fanfarlo, and it’s called The Sea. It’s a four tracker, and for those of you already familiar with The Farlo, as their fans like to call them (I just made that up), it’s an E.P. that carries on the same gentle progression from folk pop into 80′s indie pop that their last few releases have followed. If you don’t already know them, then think along the lines of a modern day The Waterboys with a bit more synth, fronted by Patrick Wolf and you’re not far away. Their lead singer also has one of the best surnames in music, (Simon) Balthazar. For the uneducated amongst you here are the definitions of Balthazar:
1. one of the three Magi (one of the three wise men in other words)
2. a wine bottle holding 13 quarts (12.3 litres)
One of the most badass motherfuckers you’ve ever met. You don’t see someone with the name Balthazar and think they are a pussy. Hell no, a Balthazar is gonna come over and fuck your shit up just for kicks. Balthazars can fake their own deaths, steal anything they want and have twelve ways. That’s right. Twelve ways.
Person 1: Dude, did you hear what Rocky did last night? He fucked three lesbians last night!
Person 2: Seriously!? He’s such a Balthazar!
In short Fanfarlo’s lead singer is a wise, badass motherfucker who has a massive bottle of booze named after him, even bigger than those pansy Jeroboam’s you see floating around shitty west end clubs with sparklers sticking out of them making their way to footballers and TOWIE/ Made In Chelsea cast members. As far as I’m concerned the only name that beats it in the bottle size scale is Methuselah, and that doesn’t even beat it in size (click here if you’d like to learn more about booze bottle sizes), it’s just a more satisfying word to say- it just rolls off the tongue better.
None of this makes a great deal of difference to your every day life but hey, who doesn’t enjoy talking about the intersection between names of indie band members and booze bottle sizes? Now off you got to enjoy the title track from Mr Balthazar’s band’s new E.P. The Sea.
Jasper out x
P.S. If you’re just a casual reader of this blog and not a fully fledged YHM groupie who’s liked our FB pages or is following me on Twatter (if you’re not then why not?) you’re more than likely wondering how we got on at the Soccer Six Indie tournament we played in on friday. Well obviously we won it. Well we won our little tournament within the greater ‘Soccer Six Indie’ umbrella anyway. Click here to see the magnificent trophy in all it’s glory sat proudly on yours truly’s mantlepiece.