Friday, 29 November 2013

Top 5 Songs of 2013 - October/November

I think this will be the final set of songs for the year. The plan was that this would make my top five songs of the year easier but I'm not entirely convinced it has. Anyway, another set of corking tunes to end the year on a high.

1. Mogwai "Remurdered" - Mogwai are going from strength to strength right now. Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will was comfortably my favourite album of 2011, their soundtrack to French zombie thriller Les Revenants was sublime and this majestic tune seems to blend the best of both releases. I cannot wait for the new album to arrive early next year.

2. Ezra Furman "Tell 'Em All To Go To Hell"/"My Zero" - When I first heard Tell 'Em All To Go To Hell, on the Marc Riley show, I assumed it was some 70s glam classic that I'd never heard before. I still know very little about Ezra Furman but I've since got the album from whence this is from and it is glorious eclectic fun from start to finish. My Zero is the single and far too good to leave unmentioned, so I'm breaking my own rules and including that too.

3. Euros Childs "Tête à Tête" - I've been slowly discovering the joys of Euros Childs over the last couple of years but his new album is a real corker and this is probably my favourite track off it.

4. Sebadoh "Once" - I wasn't a huge fan of Sebadoh but this thumping instrumental might well lead me to investigate further. It's a joyous cacophony that I can't stop playing.

5. Future Of The Left "Johnny Borrell Afterlife" - A little gutted that I didn't arrive at the Les Savy Fav gig in 2008 a little earlier. I missed FOTL supporting them that evening and have only just discovered how fantastic they are. This is the catchiest song from their recent LP and manages a brilliant Bobby Zamora name check which makes me smile.


Friday, 15 November 2013

Chop's CD Roulette - B2 "Leisure" by Blur

My CD rack has 11 rows of occupied shelves and approximately 68 slots from left to right. If you pick a letter (from A at the top to K at the bottom) and a number between 1 and 68, I play that CD and blog (or tweet) about it. What could be simpler? #chopscdroulette

Friday, 8 November 2013

Top 5 Album Titles

A very quick top five this week after being inspired by @lazerguidedblog's request for Twitter's Favourite album title.

That had me squinting at my CD spines to come up with a list, one I slightly amended after @Sipperana reminded me of the genius of Budgie album titles. Budgie could deserve a top five all of their own but I'll save that for another day. Also, I do know Superfuzz Bigmuff is an EP but it makes me smile so it's staying (and they did release an album called Superfuzz Bigmuff & Early Singles so ner ner na ner ner).

UPDATE: Here's @lazerguidedblog's full blog post which has even more excellent contenders.

UPDATE 2: My pal John reminded me that the ACTUAL best Album Title ever is Pussy Galore's "Dial M for Motherfucker".

1. "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will" Mogwai

2. "Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot" Sparklehorse

3. "Superfuzz Bigmuff" Mudhoney

4. "If I Were Britannia I'd Waive The Rules" Budgie

5. "If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You" Caravan


Friday, 1 November 2013

Top 5 Eponymous Hatricks

Following from last week's Eponymous Top 5 I'm taking it one step further this week with my favourite eponymous albums that also feature an eponymous song. I'll be honest I'm not entirely sure if I've ordered this by my love of the song or the album but either way I think it works. Hat tip to @Sipperana who found this list online and got me started. It's a bit Metal heavy perhaps, and I couldn't find room for Bo Diddley, but I think these are 5 fine albums/songs.

1. Iron Maiden on "Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden

2. Black Sabbath on "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath

3. Motörhead on "Motörhead" by Motörhead

4. Minor Threat on "Minor Threat" by Minor Threat

5. Meat Puppets on "Meat Puppets" by Meat Puppets