Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best of 2009 - The Singles

The best singles of 2009!

1.a-ha- Foot of the Mountain
2.Bat for Lashes- Daniel
3.Detachments- The Flowers That Fell
4.Florence + The Machine- Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
5.Mando Diao- Dance With Somebody
6.White Lies- Farewell to the Fairground
7.Pet Shop Boys- Love etc.
8.Depeche Mode- Fragile Tension
9.Fleet Foxes- Mykonos / False Knight on the Road
10. Editors- Papillon
11.Animal Collective- Summertime Clothes
12.Phoenix- Lisztomania
13. Florence + The Machine- You've Got the Love
14.Little Boots- Remedy
15.La Roux- Bulletproof
16.The Radio Dept.-David
17.Kasabian- Underdog
18. Camera Obscura- The Sweetest Thing
19. Noisettes-Never Forget You
20.White Lies- To Lose My Life 
21.Natalie Imbruglia- Want
22.Empire of the Sun- We Are the People
23.Röyksopp- The Girl and the Robot
24.Metric- Help I'm Alive / Help I'm a B-Side
25.Animal Collective- My Girls
27.Little Boots- Earthquake
28.Tiga- Shoes
29.Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson- Relator
30. Ladyhawke- Magic 
31.Muse- Undisclosed Desires
32.Patrick Wolf- Vulture 
33.Fleet Foxes- Your Protector 
34. Metric- Sick Muse 
35. Lily Allen- 22 
36. Morrissey- I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 
37. Voxtrot- Trepanation Party 
38.Datarock- Give It Up 
39.Bat for Lashes- Pearl's Dream 
40. Music Go Music- Warm in the Shadows
41. Sonic Youth- Antenna
42. a-ha- Shadowside
43. Franz Ferdinand- Ulysses 
44.Hockey- Song Away
45. Muse- United States of Eurasia 
46. Doves- Kingdom of Rust
47.Simple Minds- Rockets
48.Bad Lieutenant- Sink or Swim 
49.Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Zero 
50.Tesla Boy- Electric Lady

Monday, December 21, 2009

Best of 2009- The Album List

Ladies and Gentleman, our year in music in a quick overview!



1. Editors-  In This Light and on This Evening [Kitchenware]
2. Music Go Music- Expressions [Secretly Canadian]
3. Echo and The Bunnymen- The Fountain [Ocean Rain]
4. Metric- Fantasies [Metric]
5. Little Boots- Hands [679]
6. Mando Diao- Give Me Fire! [Universal/Vertigo]
7. Kasabian- West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum  [RCA/BMG]
8. Marc Almond- Orpheus in Exile - The Songs of Vadim Kozin [Cherry Red]
9. White Lies- To Lose My Life [Fiction/Geffen]
10. a-ha -Foot of the Mountain [Universal]
11. Papercuts- You Can Have What You Want [Gnomonsong]
12.Bat for Lashes- Two Suns [Parlophone]
13. The Mary Onettes- Islands [Labrador]
14.Neon Indian- Psychic Chasms [Lefse]
15.Pet Shop Boys- Yes [Parlophone/Astralwerks]
16. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [V2]
17.The xx- xx [Young Turks]
18.Depeche Mode- Sounds of the Universe [Mute]
19. Swan Lake- Enemy Mine [Jagjaguwar]
20.Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career [4AD]
21. Lightning Seeds- Four Winds [UMTV]
22. The Church- Untitled #23 [DA-SMR]
23. Manic Street Preachers- Journal for Plague Lovers [Columbia]
24. Handsome Furs- Face Control [Sub Pop]
25. Röyksopp- "Junior" [Wall of Sound]
26.Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino]
27. Atlas Sound- Logos [4AD]
28. Florence + The Machine- Lungs [Universal/ Islands]
29. The Clientele- Bonfires on the Heath [Unorthodox]
30. Simple Minds- Graffiti Soul [UMTV]
31. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson- Break Up [Rhino/ Atco]
32. IAMX- Kingdom of Welcome Addiction [Metropolis]
33. Noisettes- Wild Young Hearts [Mercury]
34. Lily Allen- It's Not Me, It's You [Regal]
35. Fischerspooner- Entertainment [Lo]
36. Empire of the Sun- Walking on a Dream [Capitol/ Virgin]
37. Screen Vinyl Image-  Interceptors [Custome Made Music]
38. Muse- The Resistance [Warner Bros]
39. Annie- Don't Stop [Smalltown]
40.Hockey- Mind Chaos [Virgin/Capitol]

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Simple Minds & OMD- Neon Lights- Live

Simple Minds together with OMD cover the Kraftwerk classic "Neon Lights". This is from their live performance at the Heiniken Music Hall in Amsterdam, performed on November 26, 2009..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Landscape

Landscape was a British group which remained best known for their hits "Einstein A Go Go" and "European Man". The group was led by Richard Burgess who was previously a member of soft rock group Easy Street. In the mid 70's, he left the group to form Landscape. He also remained as one of the best record producers of the 80's era.


In 1976 Burgess left Easy Street to form a group that would eventually play some fusion of slick synth-op music mixed with funk and jazz. Landscape was formed and already in the 70's they released few singles and toured. The group compromised of Andy Pask on bass, Chris Eaton on keyboards, John Walters on keyboards and woodwinds, Pete Thomas on trombone and keyboards and the master himself Richard Burgess on drums and vocals. Not like other popular New wave groups they employed both electronic and traditional instruments. The band released their self titled debut album 'Landscape' in 1979. The album was produced by Greg Walsh with a big jazz/funk influence. It sold rather poorly and so Landscape decided to accent the synthesizers more in their music.

 

In 1981 they produced their second album in a collaboration with Colin Thurston. The album was titled 'From the Tea-rooms of Mars ... to the Hell-holes of Uranus'. They scored their first top ten hit in the UK with the catchy tune "Einstein A Go-Go" and two more songs followed, "Norman Bates" and "Shake The West Awake". Landscape released their last album 'Manhattan Boogie-Woogie' in 1982. This album was also produced by Lanscape and this time they were a trio also know under the moniker Landscape III.
Landscape broke up for good in 1984. Burgess started to concentrate more on his producing career. While he was still a member of Landscape, he produced Shock and the first two albums by Spandau Ballet and many other popular artists of that time including Adam Ant, Kim Wilde and Visage. He also used the pseudonym Caleb Kadesh for his production skills. Burgess is also credited with coining the term New Romantic encompassing the early 80's British music, club and fashion scene and with conceptualizing and designing the first electronic drumset the Simmons SDS-V. The first two albums by Landscape were reissued on CD in 1992.

 



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

'Japan and Self Existence'

Japan's Mick Karn has just published his autobiography which is titled 'Japan & Self Existence' and is described as 'a personal insight into life as a musician and artist spanning more than 30 years'.The 387 pages include 24 photos, of which only 7 have ever been published before. The Book is available on lulu.com

http://www.mickkarn.net/