Missed reviews this year

As you may not be aware this blog is going to be retired at the end of the year and transfer to Twitter. The one line reviews will continue to appear on this blog but with a link to the twitter feed which suits our one line review style much better. We’ve been operating on Twitter for 1 month now alongside this website and all we need now is to translate our readers here to followers on Twitter, see link below:-


This has already opened up doors for the site and has lead to me contributing album reviews to RMP magazine, so I hope it grows as much as the readers on this blog have over the last year. But we did reach a plateau, so we’ve decide this platform with help us reach more and more people.

With that in mind please see some of the album reviews we missed the month they come out that made the twitter site

Mainliner – Revelation Space – Fuzz Hendrix pummels you relentlessly with noise and psychedelic riffs until you don’t know which way is up!

Wildildlife – Details – Guns n My Bloody Valentine. The love child of those two would sound like this – glam sunset strip, shoegazing trips

British Sea Power – From the Sea… – Telling the story of a trip around the British coastline. Captures the sound of the old seaside town

Black Flag – What the… – A funkier, grown up take on their classic hardcore sound, just let down by Reyes lazy, too restrained vocals

Church of Void – Dead Rising – 100% doom metal worship but managing to refresh the sound to fit with modern times

Jean Jean – Symmetry – Schizophrenic post rock in the same ecstatic vain as ASIWYFA

Mutation – Error 500 – The glorious sound of falling down the stairs then happily running back up them to throw yourself back down!

Hey! Hello – Hey! Hello – Big fun noise rock guitar pop! What Weezer would sound like if they we born in CBGB’s

Enjoy my musical teapots & be sure to check out more review on Twitter

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Top Albums of 2013 (10-1)

So here we go, the ten best albums of 2013, make sure you get all of these into your life

10. Noah & The Whale – Heart of Nowhere – This could be the start of a new genre – stadium folk, Springsteen style

9. Pelican – Forever Becoming – Atmospheric, thumping, soaring, groovy, epics!

8. Arctic Monkeys – AM – Dark twists, turns, splashes of hard rock & dirty desert riffs

7. Melvins – Tres Cabrones – Chugging riffs & weird absurdities!

6. And So I Watch You From A Far – All Hail Bright Futures – An absolutely joyous burst of sound!

5. Sound City – Reel to Reel – An absolute instant rock classic. full of classic rock greats new and old

4. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork – Like ‘ZZ Top’ on an glorious acid trip

3. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart – Frank Turner just  makes me smile! Simple as that

2. Palms – Palms – Shimmering post rock that is so gorgeously put together I want to cry

and at No.1 for 2013 – Jetplane Landing

1. Jetplane Landing – Don’t Try – This is what we said in July when it was released – “Post hardcore genius! I defy you not to jump around for the whole 35 minute frantic explosion of sound!” And this opinion hasn’t changed. They already had 3 great albums under their belt, but these release just floored us. Definitely their best album yet. There are 10 singles on ‘Don’t Try’, each one as catchy and ‘rock your socks’ as the last. ‘Beat Generation…Ha!’ has to take the crown for best song of the year as well, with a stop start riff that just makes me want to stage-dive off the highest building into a sea of my fellow brothers arms. It’s fair to say this hasn’t left my stereo much this year and is the cause of a speeding fine. Would I do it again? Too bloody right I would!

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Top Albums of 2013 (20-11)

And the countdown continues:-

20. Amorphous Androgynous – Cartel vol 1&2 – Morricone inspired psychedelic brilliance

19. Grouplove – Spreading Rumours – Some of the catchiest indie pop you’ll hear this side of Daft Punk!

18. My Bloody Valentine- m b v – Tune in, Drop out!

17. Death Grips – Government Plates – Bass from the depths of hell and beats and glitches from another world!

16. Hey Colossus – Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo – A magnificent, powerful, sludge tour de force

15. Zolle – Zolle – Who needs chorus’ and verses when the riffs are this good!

14. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer – Like ‘Faith No More’ on steroids.

13. Red Fang – Whales & Leeches – Sludge rock energy & power adding a dose pop sensibility

12. Biffy Clyro  – Opposites – 20 huge anthemic rock songs.

11. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade – Blue collar country soul and funk

Top 10 countdown will be coming your way tomorrow

Enjoy my musical teapots

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Top albums of 2013 (30-21)

And so we come to my favourite time of year, top albums of the year lists. I’ve already done my fair share of shouting at magazine/web pages – ‘how did they end up there’ & ‘you’ve put them at number 1′. I’ve also done my fair share of nodding my head in agreement at some lists. So now it’s time to do ours and I expect exactly the same reaction to my list. Some will love it, some will hate it and hopefully most of you will go out and discover for yourself anything you haven’t heard of or checked out this year. And so we start with No. 30 and our quick snapshot reminders of what we thought of them.

30. The Ocean – Pelagial – Instantly accessible, vastly epic, progressive metal.

29. Pure Love – Anthems – As if Bruce Springsteen found the fountain of youth.

28. Shining – One One One – Avant jazz band exploration into all things extreme.

27. Listener – Time is a Machine – Heart gets poured over every inch of this record

26. Hebronix – Unreal – Pastoral, countrified lush indie rock.

25. Tomahawk – Oddfellows – Angular riffs, ‘Faith No More’ funk and a sprinkle of sludge.

24. Arabrot – Arabrot – Sludge punk energy with Nordic black metal twist.

23. Mogwai – Les Revenants – At their most delicate & beautiful they’ve ever been.

22. Surfer Blood – Pythons – Laid back, wonder pop melodies with spiky guitars.

21. Yuck – Glow & Behold – 90’s indie guitar bands rejoice!

20 – 11 coming to you tomorrow

Enjoy my musical teapots

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As you may be aware there will be no top 10 of December as we work towards our top 30 albums of 2013, that’s not to say that December’s releases will get left out. Just so you have a flavour of what releases we will be listening to in December that might make the top 30, we’ve listed some albums that we are excited about:-

Amorphous Androgynous – Cartel vol 1&2

British Sea Power – From the sea to the land beyond

Black Flag – What the…

Enjoy my musical teapots

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Top 10 Albums of November 2013

It’s been a slow month as Christmas nears. Typically the months of November and December garner less releases than other months. So what albums did come out this month that we loved? There are still some absolute crackers

  1. Melvins – Tres Cabrones - Rocking our socks off with chugging riffs then playing with us weird absurdities! Truly wonderful as always!

  2. Death Grips – Government Plates – No one on the planet sounds like this. Bass from the depths of hell and beats and glitches from another world!

  3. Caspian – Hymn for the Greatest Generation – Never been a fan of the first 3 albums but they have stuck gold with this EP – Melt into twinkling sounds of a still night & clear sky surrounded by your best friends

  4. Wooden Shjips – Back To Land – It’s as if the Velvet Underground got brought up in Sunny California playing blissed out tunes on the beach

  5. Los Campesinos – No Blues – Back  to their best! A youthful explosion of intelligent post punk noise pop. Richly & beautifully layered, get lost in their universe of sound.

  6. Mamiffer & Circle – Enharmonic Intervals – Blissed out, organ led dronescapes. Sounds like the fog lifting on a glorious frozen winters morning

  7. Young Knives – Sick Octave – Otherworldly post punk ramblings that’s got caught up in eerily dark travelling circus’ roundabout.

  8. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe – Funky slow jams dipped in a effortless cool 80’s vibe. A modern day Prince

  9. The Sounds – Weekend – The Swedes know there way around a synth and a hooky punk riff drenched in catchy 80’s sensibilities.

  10. Fierce & The Dead – Spooky Action – Prog rock joining forces with hardcore punk accompanied by an indie band lead guitarist.

The only honourable mention this month goes to Billie Joe + Norah Jones covers of The Everly Brothers called Foreverly. A great little nostalgic trip down classic Americana

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Desert Island Discs

So the format of the famous radio show is that all you can take is 8 Songs, one book and one luxury item (which can’t be used for escaping the island) and  you automatically get The Complete Works of Shakespeare to be marooned with on a desert island. What would you take? I’ve cheated and picked 9 songs – I’ve tried and I can’t take one out.


  1. Foo Fighters – My Hero

  2. Jetplane Landing – Beat Generation..Ha!

  3. Idlewild – Not Just Sometimes But Always

  4. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

  5. ASIWYFA – Big Thinks Do Remarkable

  6. Frank Turner – If Ever I Stray

  7. Bluetones – Golden Soul

  8. Karine Polwart – The Good Years

  9. Gaslight Anthem – 45


  • A complete works of Jasper Fforde

Luxury Item:-

  • My Acoustic Guitar

Enjoy my musical teapots

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