In the 12 months of 2013 we have bought a large number of albums, EPs and singles on various permutations of vinyl, CDs, tapes and downloads. Here’s a track from each our favourite 12 releases. Feel free to send angry messages about records we may have overlooked!
Disclaimers: The Vision Fortune record is technically a mixtape, and their debut album proper ‘Mas Fiestas Con El Grupo Vision Fortune’ is also amazing, but this one has that close-up of Kevin Costner in ‘Waterworld’ on the cover. The Wooden Shjips song is from the free 7″ that came with the album, but I prefer this version. Not least because it sounds exactly like ‘Someplace Else’ by Cheval Sombre. The Lorelle Meets The Obsolete album came out before they hooked up with us to release next year’s ‘Chambers’.
Some other records from 2013 that should get honourable mentions: Ricardo Tobar ‘Trellis’, Daniel Avery ‘Drone Logic’, Cave ‘Threace’, White Manna ‘Dune Worship’, Deerhunter ‘Monomania’, Zoo Zero ‘Zoo Zero’, Team Ghost ‘Rituals’, James Holden ‘The Inheritors’, Ty Segall ‘Sleeper’, White Fence ‘Cyclops Reap’, The Fall ‘Re-Mit’, The Holydrug Couple ‘Noctuary’, Ultramarine ‘This Time Last Year’, Boards Of Canada ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’, Föllakzoid ‘II’, Phosphorescent ‘Muchacho’, Fuck Buttons ‘Slow Focus’, Yo La Tengo ‘Fade’, Kurt Vile ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’, Thought Forms ‘Ghost Mountain’, Warm Digits ‘Interchange’.
Broad Church Mix Forty Four by Sonic Cathedral on Mixcloud
Finally, here’s a new Broad Church mix for your enjoyment. It’s been a while since the last one (probably something to do with releasing countless records over the last few months and never having a spare minute) but this was broadcast on Strangeways Radio on December 3, and was actually put together to play at last week’s Dean Wareham shows, hence the New Zealand bent (Dean was, of course, born in Wellington), and also the inclusion of John Cale, Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band, The Everly Brothers’ ‘Living Too Close To The Ground’ (as covered on the iTunes bonus version of recent mini-album ‘Emancipated Hearts), The Rutles’ ‘Cheese And Onions’ (memorably covered by Galaxie 500) and The Chills and The Feelies, both of whom shared members with Luna (drummer Stanley Demeski and bassist Justin Harwood respectively). Hey, I never said this stuff was thrown together. Oh, there’s some astral jazz and Jon Hopkins’ beautiful ‘Abandon Window’ thrown in, too.
We’re busy packing records for the Independent Label Market, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, November 30) at Old Spitalfields Market in London.
If they haven’t sold out already, we’ll be bringing along copies of all of our recent releases by Younghusband, Black Hearted Brother, Dean Wareham, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete and Happy Families, plus assorted goodies and any rarities we might stumble across in the bottom of the drawer.
We’ll be there from 11am until 5pm and a few things we’ve got are worth getting down early for:
>>>>> Signed copies of recent 7″s by Dean Wareham (see below) and Neil Halstead! <<<<<
>>>>> The last few copies of the Kraftwerk tribute single! <<<<<
>>>>> The last few copies of Younghusband’s Cassette Store Day release! <<<<<
>>>>> A super limited Yeti Lane 7″ featuring a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Barstool Blues’! <<<<<
>>>>> A 7″ featuring Cheval Sombre’s cover of The Beatles’ ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’! <<<<<
The good folk of Heretic will also be joining us on the stall to hawk some of their recent prints and posters, too.
And if all of this lot, plus the wares of all the labels on the poster above – Bella Union! Drag City! Warp! Gringo! Phantasy! Fuzz Club! Pink Flag! O Genesis! – are not enough to tempt you out on a chilly Saturday a few weeks before Christmas, this time around not only will there be actual music (DJs will be playing throughout the day) but the market has joined forces with the London Brewers’ Market, so you can drink your own bodyweight in indie beer after buying your own bodyweight in indie vinyl (and CDs and tapes). It’s a dangerous combination. We can’t wait!
Devastated doesn’t even come close to how I feel about the death of Lou Reed. It goes without saying that barely any music I’ve ever liked and certainly no band who has ever played at Sonic Cathedral and no record I have released would sound or look like they do without him. That’s quite an influence. Strange that when I heard the news I was with my good friend Lucas Renney who – apart from the solitary Velvet Underground cassette in my local library in Devon – taught me more about the likes of Reed, Chilton, Cohen, Parsons et al than anyone.
There are plenty of classic interviews and nice tributes out there to read – including John Cale’s very moving statement and Dean Wareham’s wonderful piece for Salon.com, in which he recalls touring with Lou and supporting the reformed Velvet Underground with Luna in 1993.
Here are my five favourite Lou Reed songs in no particular order. RIP, Lou.
After a whole year of excitement – ever since the doors of perception closed at the last one – the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia is upon us with the best line-up ever assembled in this country.