Albums of the Year: Cloud Nothings worth noting

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YOU may or probably may not remember that Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory was named number one on my half-time report on the Albums of the Year back in the summer.
And the album is still going strong on the final end-year shortlist – despite some strong competition from similar sounding acts.
If I can talk you through my thought process, the likes of Cast Of Cheers’ Family, Fighting With Wire’s Colonel Blood, Pond’s Beard Wives Denim, The Royal Headache’s self-titled LP and more were all vying for this slot.
But for sheer raw emotion coupled with raucous rock, for the gritty intensity of this collection, Cloud Nothings eventually reigned – just listen, you wouldn’t dare argue against it!
If it gets your vote, click on the poll below – and if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments!

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

Albums of the Year: Buy George!

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CRIMINALLY underrated act Clean George IV’s God Save The Clean, at the time of writing, is yet to gather a single vote in the Album of the Year poll.
This is, as far as Sound Advice can see, complete heresy – this album is a majestic work.
God Save The Clean is a unique blend of skewed pop, stomping glam, insane electro and sneering rock all ‘throne’ together by the Scottish act, which has been working on this debut on and off since 2007.
It’s a mash of ideas – sometimes contradicting itself in the space of a song – but this unpredictability is what makes it such a thrilling, exciting listen.
Ladies and gentleman, please be upstanding for a clear-cut Album of the Year.
If it gets your vote, click on the poll below – and if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments!

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

Albums of the Year: Basement should’ve been a big seller

IF YESTERDAY’S post showcased a band looking to the future of modern rock in the form of Alt-J, today’s Album of the Year comes from one with a distinct retro outlook.
Basement’s Colourmeinkindness is a blast from the past in every sense – hitting the listener from the outset with a barrage of grungey overdrive.
It’s a tried and tested formula, a path trodden by the likes of everyone from Nirvana to Rival Schools to The Pixies to Nine Black Alps, but here it’s done so well.
If fans of the aforementioned bands gave this a listen, Basement would be a top of the bill act.
That is, if they hadn’t split up after releasing this LP.
If it gets your vote, click on the poll below – and if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments!

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

Albums of the Year: Alt-imate

HI THERE, Captain Obvious here, bringing you the first of my Album of the Year selections.
In case you missed it this year, there was a new band on the block, by the name of ∆ – or Alt-J, if you prefer.
Since releasing their debut, An Awesome Wave, to little fanfare back in May, they have swollen from a cult classic to an all conquering tsunami of a band, a force of nature scooping up awards such as the Mercury Prize and surely set to saturate end of year lists like mine.
The reason – it’s a blinding piece of work, genuinely inventive, refreshingly different modern rock that the likes of Foals and Radiohead would be proud of.
Hell, even the band themselves admit to listening to it to death this year.
So obvious choice or not, there was no way that An Awesome Wave wouldn’t be lapping up the votes on my shortlist.
If it gets your vote, click on the poll below – and if it doesn’t, let me know in the comments!

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

Soundcast: Albums of the Year 2012

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EARLIER today, Sound Advice revealed the Albums of the Year for 2012.
As you might expect, it’s a mixed bag – with award winning efforts such as Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave rubbing shoulders with the lesser-known likes of Clean George IV.
So to make sure you’re all fully versed in this year’s selection, here’s a playlist below to listen to before you place your vote even further below.

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

Sound Advice Albums of the Year 2012

IN THE festive run-up to the end of the year, it’s a time for tradition – and it’s traditional for me to sit down with some headphones and a pad of paper and beat myself up royally about which 10 albums from the year I like best.
Here’s this year’s selection – if you don’t know them, I strongly suggest you get acquainted, I’ll be posting up a playlist later today, and please take a second to vote for your favourite below.
I’ll be explaining a bit more about each selection individually over the coming weeks, and I’d love to hear any suggestions of albums I’ve overlooked in the comments section.

Which is the top Album of the Year 2012

News: Join the Club Smith for new album release

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A BAND featuring Loughborough’s Vijay Mistry has released its debut album.
Yorkshire-based rock band Club Smith, which feature the Leicestershire member on drums, have released Appetite For Chivalry this month.
A spokesman said: “Appetite For Chivalry is the debut album from Leeds four-piece Club Smith.
“It channels lyrical responses to grief, disappointment and frustration through a euphoric blend of itchy rhythms and souring choruses.
“Recorded in late 2011 by Will Jackson (The Music/The Cribs) and James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses/Grammatics) the album shows a more mature sound than that of the earlier recorded output.”
Don’t forget, you can grab a free Club Smith mp3, The Courtyard, as part of the Sound Advice album, available to download for free from here.

News: Bullet For My Valentine shoot themselves onto Download bill

BULLET For My Valentine have been confirmed for next summer’s Download Festival.
The band managed to slip the secret out by posting the appearance as part of their tour dates on their website.
Festival booker Andy Copping said: “Let’s take bets as to who else will ‘leak’ their Download appearance!
“Yes, Bullet For My Valentine are doing Download 2013.”

News: Hendrix to make a slight return in 2013

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PURPLE H-amazing! Despite being dead, guitar god Jimi Hendrix is to release a new album next year.
The late musician had recorded previously unreleased material in 1968-69, and this work is set to get a release under the title People, Hell and Angels in 2013.
In a statement on his website, it says: “On March 5th, a collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings by Jimi Hendrix will see the light.
“People, Hell and Angels follows Hendrix in 1968 and 1969 as he works on material apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and suggests new, experimental directions.
“Hendrix toys with horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar, exploring fresh diversions from his legendary guitar work.”

Soundcast: B-side Britpop

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OF LATE I’ve been listening to a lot of Britpop, the defining music of my yoof.
And by “a lot”, I don’t mean sticking on What’s The Story (Morning Glory).
I mean I’ve been listening to long-forgotten albums by the likes of Gay Dad and Spacehog, trawling charity shops for Gene singles, outbidding people on eBay for the right to hear Longpigs b-sides.
Basically I’ve pushed deeper and harder into the recesses of ’90s guitar pop than I’ve ever been.
Alas Spotify doesn’t allow for a lot of this, but nevertheless I felt compelled to put together a playlist showcasing some of this forgotten Britpop, dusting off the B-sides and album tracks, and featuring nothing ever released as a single.
Fall into the time tunnel below, and feel free to point out hidden gems I’ve missed in the comments section.