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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best Records of the Year 2017

After our favourite EPs, and without wasting no more time, now it's time to unveil our Best Records of 2017! As in previous years, we have listed the 30 albums that we have listened and enjoyed the most during the last twelve months. As always, choosing between all the bands/artists' new releases that we have enjoyed during this 2017 has been very hard, but after thinking it quite a lot (which is also fun & a good excuse to have a great soundtrack with you) we believe that we have made a very varied and complete list. Awaited comebacks, new discoveries and in short, a lot of exciting music! Give it a try and stay tuned, because while you are listening this, in our opinion, amazing collection of records, we are finishing our the best songs of the year ... Coming soon!

30. Powerplant - Girlpool
29. Holiday Destination - Nadine Shah
28. Tomorrow - The Keep Left Signs
27. Rescued Objects - Arts & Leisure
26. The Weather Station- The Weather Station
25. Into the Shroud - Flesh World
24. Life After Youth - Land of Talk
23. Change of State - Novella
22. Nothing Feels Natural - Priests
21. Records de Kyoto - Últim Cavall
20. In Phrases - Zebra Hunt
19. Fits & Starts - A Certain Smile
18. Others Towns Than Ours - Last Leaves
17. Lost World - Star Tropics
16. Morningside - Fazerdaze
15. Stellular - Rose Elinor Dougall
14. Antisocialites - Alvvays
13. Els Afores - Renaldo & Clara
12. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
11. A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs
10. The Courtneys II - The Courtneys
9. The Deep Set - The Bats
8. Second of Spring - Beaches
7. Slowdive - Slowdive
6. Sleep Well Beast - The National
5. Or - Eyelids
4. Blue field - The Luxembourg Signal
3Relatives In Descent - Protomartyr
2Crybaby - Danny de la Matyr
1The Navigator - Hurray for the Riff Raff

Special mentions note: There are some records that we are discovering & enjoying just right now. Therefore, as they have 'arrived late' to our ears, they haven't made the list, but we are pretty sure that, with a little more time ahead, they would part of the "chosen few". Three come to mind right now: Las Ruinas - 'Latidos Cósmicos', Nuevos Hobbies - 'Palmeras' and The Ocean Party - 'Beauty Point'.

Want to check last year's list? Then check here
Or do you prefer checking 2015?
And 2014? Or 2013? And 2012's? Click here
Or 2011's?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Best EPs of the Year 2017

As we announced last week, it's time to unveil our best lists of the year! We begin with our 15 favourite EPs of 2017, the ‘little brothers’ of the albums that, despite their limited length (we include here releases between 3 to 6 songs, not 1-2 tunes singles), frequently prove the old saying of "good things come in small packages"... but, as always, the final say is all yours. So, allow yourself to be the judge and enjoy the bands & artists listed... And stay tuned, more lists in the works!!

15. Debbie Downer- You Know You’re Wrong
14. Dianas- Leave Love
13. Swimming Tapes- Soft Sea Blue
12. Secret Meadow- Same Old Fear
11. Chemtrails- Headless Pin Up Girl
10. Drahla- Third Article
9. Tennis- We Can Die Happy
8. Terry vs. Tori- Leap Day
7. We.the Pigs- EP2
6. Stutter Steps- Floored 
5. Rat Fancy- Suck a Lemon
4. Line & Circle- Vicious Folly
3Seablite- Seablite
2Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press 
1Mick Trouble- It’s The Mick Trouble

Want to check the best EPs of 20162015, 2014, 2013 and 2012?

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 171

While we are in the midst of preparing our best of the year lists (a fun tradition that we couldn't leave you without, right?) and some of you are enjoying a really long weekend, we saved a little time to bring you our new (and probably last of 2017) TOP TEN Jukebox with some 'familiar faces' like Fascinations Grand Chorus, Hideous Towns or Puzzles y Dragones, but also with several discoveries like The Nature Strip or Très Oui. Because being on the last month of the year does not necessarily mean there's no new & good music around! Have a nice day and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 170

First day of December! Yes, we are starting that month of the year that people start to think about Christmas, really long lunches and dinners with a lot of food, gifts and winning the lottery....(plus many more 'traditions' and 'compulsory things to do') So, making an effort to avoid all these forthcoming craziness, that's coming to us, we have compiled a new TOP TEN Jukebox full of new discoveries. Only two of the bands, We.ThePigs and Dream Wife, have already appeared at our Jukebox so we encourage you to enjoy the latest 'additions' to our playlist while you arrange the perfect plans for this weekend. And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 169

Had enough of Black Friday stupi... I mean craziness? Don't be scared! In this post we ain't going to sell you anything you don't really need... we just want to share with you a bunch of exciting tunes with our latest TOP TEN Jukebox! Another eclectic playlist with our regular dose of new bands worth checking out like Mopac, Ocre or Robert Earl Thomas ace tunes, and the fantastic returns of bands we already love, such as Hater or Sea Pinks. Want more? Sure! We also have a lost gem from the great Aberdeen... plus two terrific covers! One by Widowspeak doing wonders with an eternal Neil Young's classic, the other being our beloved Mountain Goats making a stunning rendition of The Sisters of Mercy! A lot to listen... for free! Enjoy the weekend and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 168

Another week comes to its end, which means that we are ready to unveil our latest TOP TEN Jukebox! And what a collection of tunes we have gathered for your ears only! A pretty eclectic playlist ready to cheer-up your weekend with plenty to discover: from the dreamy indiepop of  Surfvampires (first band ever from Brunei to make it at the Blog!) and Firestations, the perfect jangle-pop of The Keep Left Signs (what a record, folks, what a record), the straightforward knockout of The Dayoffs, going through the post-punk rush of Cross Wires or the lovely new proposal of Blog friends Fascinations Grand Chorus. As we just said, lot to enjoy and get haunted by. And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Discoverer 160: new indie findings

What a trio of wonders we have prepared for you in our discoverer series! New incarnations of a most-beloved band, a heavyweight promise and some fake music news hiding a masterpiece! Plenty to discover, so let's go!

Last Leaves. The Lucksmiths rank high, very high within this Blogger's janglepop heart, so just knowing about the existence of this band, with three quarters of the much-longed Australian wonder reassembled together (songwriter & guitarist Marty Donald, who assumes vocal duties, Louis Richter on guitar and Mark Monnone on bass, joined by drummer Noah Symons), was enough to make this humble virtual space collapse with anticipation and excitement. Now the waiting is over. Recorded over the course of nearly three years, debut album ‘Other Towns Than Ours’, out since late October via Matinee Recordings and Lost and Lonesome Records, is all we could expect from the Aussies. Perfect jangle-pop, open country roads, melancholic melodies, instant-crush guitar lines, fading satellite new hints of fuzz and darker corners that announces (we hope so) Last Leaves are here to stay and explore new pop territories. With us.

Spinning Coin. Happily discovered at the last & wonderful Wales Goes Pop Fest, we jump to Glasgow to meet this quintet that formed in 2014 as a four-piece, leaded by Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin. With members heavily involved into music community and a DIY collective approach-idiosyncrasy in their way of creating music, the band released some tapes in 2015, but really began to make some buzz with the 2016 7" 'Albany/Sides'. followed at the beginning of this year by 7" 'Raining on Hope Street/Tin', both released by Geographic Music, The Pastels’ Domino imprint. Now the five-piece has just put out debut album 'Permo', confirming all the promise anticipated in previous releases. Like a rejuvenated & slightly experimental reincarnation of Teenage Fanclub, Spinning Coin is a beast of several heads and bold statements (check the lyrics), Armstrong's tunes bringing the pop brightness and Mellin's the fury and roughness, Spinning Coin is a breadth of fresh air and hope. Not to miss. 

Mick Trouble. This is crazy, ridiculous, more than apt for the era in we are living (this Trump-fake-age), fun and genius at the same time. The available info says Londoner Mick Trouble was a kind of lost legend of pop-pub-punk who, in the early 80's was coveted by John Peel and part of the inner circle of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, surely about to break it big. But as many other promises, Trouble vanished... or maybe not? Seems the truth send us to New York, where Jed Smith (you might remember that power-pop blast that was My Teenage Stride) has just delivered a stunning EP entitled 'It’s The Mick Trouble EP', out since September via Emotional Response. The story tells us this four tunes are a find cut directly from a master reel discovered under Trouble's basement (there's another Trouble jam, unheard & possibly, alongside The Glitter Band, Lemmy Kilmister, and Damo Suzuki, if you are making-up something, do it big) but who cares about reality when the tale sounds so amazing?. Summoning the spirits of Dan Tracey, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, The Jam, Stiff Records... this is a mind-blowing exhumation of a certain riotous, instant-catching pub rock tunes and one of the EPs of the year... Whether the year is 1981 or 2017 is up to you.