Soundcast: Offtober

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THE more observant of Sound Advice readers will have noticed that the sum total of two sentences were posted on the blog during October.
Now, I reckon the best way to get back in to the swing of it is to let you know exactly what you’ve been missing while I’ve been away, in the form of an October listening habits playlist so you can all ape me.
First up I’ve been listening a lot to classics both modern and not-so-modern in the form of Alt-J’s all conquering An Awesome Wave, and the entire Beatles back catalogue. So I’d probably have mentioned those.
More recent records in rotation have included Shields by Grizzly Bear – which grows on me more on every listen, like a welcome fungus – and British folk heroes Lau’s Race The Loser, as well as acoustic bass-tastic Reside Away from Kalabi and Remulak, off The Wheel album, which is well worth a spin.
And even more immediate than them there humdingers are Thavius Beck’s The Most Beautiful Ugly and Cody Chesnutt’s Landing On A Hundred – both of which came out this week of all weeks.
Looking forward, I’m also salivating excessively over the prospect of imminent albums from The Sword and Deftones.
And lastly, as October was a month capped with the year’s biggest celebration of PUREST EVIL, I listened a lot to the villainous vocals of Rose Kemp.
Normal service will be resumed this month, I promise.


Half-time Report: Albums of the Year so far 26-16

SO FAR, I think you’ll agree, 2012 has been a pretty good year for music.
An if you don’t, listen to each and every one of these albums, my 26 best releases from the first 26 weeks of the year.
The first instalment is tonight, the second tomorrow and the top five will be revealed on Sunday – feel free to rate and slate the countdown on the comments…

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26. Thavius Beck – Symphony Of The Spheres
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25. The Futureheads – Rant
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24. Get The Blessing – OC DC
23. Meshuggah – Koloss
22. Suborno – The Instrument
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21. Keaton Henson – Dear
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20. Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense
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19. Jack White – Blunderbuss
18. Foe – Bad Dream Hotline
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17. Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet
16. Grimes – Visions

Tomorrow, numbers 15-6…