Albums of ’09

8 12 2009

As things start to wind down, all the magazines are printing their lists of the year as not much else is happening. Last month you may remember I submitted my albums of the year for NME and Hot Press and as they’re now published I can post up what  I submitted (exciting, eh?). I haven’t seen Hot Press’ list yet, but I have seen NME’s and I think it’s quite similar so I’m on the same page as at least a few folk. Pick up this week’s copy as I’ve written some of the accompanying blurbs.

Anway-enough labbering-here’s my albums of the year (insert drum roll here)

Albums Of The Year (Edwin McFee)

1.      Gallows ‘Grey Britain’ (Warner Bros)

2.      Kasabian ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ (RCA/Columbia)

3.      Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘It’s Blitz!’ (Interscope)

4.      Therapy? ‘Crooked Timber’ (Demolition Records)

5.      The XX ‘XX’ (Young Turks)

6.      The Cribs ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ (Wichita)

7.      Morrissey ‘Years Of Refusal’ (Decca)

8.      Julian Plenti ‘Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper’ (Matador)

9.      Iron Maiden ‘Flight 666 Soundtrack’ (EMI)

10.    Lily Allen ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ (Regal)

11.    Amanda Blank ‘I Love You’ (Downtown Records)

12.    Karen O and the Kids ‘Where The Wild Things Are OST’ (DCG)

13.    Rancid ‘Let The Dominoes Fall’ (Hellcat)

14.    Spinnerette ‘Spinnerette’ (Anthem)

15.    Dananananaykroyd ‘Hey Everyone!’ (Best Before)

16.    Kill It Kid ‘Kill It Kid’ (One Little Indian)

17.    Paramore ‘Brand New Eyes’ (Fuelled By Ramen)

18.    Empire of the Sun ‘Walking On A Dream’ (EMI)

19.    Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’ (14th Floor)

20.   And So I Watch You From Afar ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’ (Smalltown America)





Rancid-Last One To Die

17 09 2009

I don’t care what the punk snobs say-I love me some Rancid.  Their new record ‘Let the Dominoes Fall’ is one of the best of the year and ‘LA River’ is my jam. Sadly they haven’t made a video for it yet, so here’s a clip of their latest single instead.





Spinerette

16 12 2008

Back in 2003, Tim Armstrong and Brody Dalle made two break up albums about their personal lives. Being a fan of both Rancid and the Distillers, I was interested to see what they would come up with in light of Tim’s former lady hooking up with Josh Homme and the results were pretty mixed when all was said and done. Rancid’s ‘Indestructible’ won the battle with ‘Fall Back Down,’ ‘Start Now,’ ‘Ghost Band’ and the rare track ‘Tattoo’ all being as close to perfect as you can get and the Distillers’ patchy ‘Coral Fang’ failed to live up to ‘Sing Sing Death House’s’ potential (though ‘Die On a Rope’ was brilliant-especially the scathing lyric-“I wish you didn’t love me no more, I’ve been dead for years.”).

A year or so later the Distillers broke up and Brody took some time out for herself. After a few years in the wilderness she’s back with a new band-Spinerette. After a few listens I’m far from impressed by this mess of a single and it’s hard not to hear Homme’s influence bleed through the speakers. To be honest I’m a bit disappointed in the tune.I was always a Distillers fan (I even flew over to London to see them and Pretty Girls Make Graves) but ‘Ghetto Love’ just sounds like a b-side from the recent piss poor Queens of the Stone Age album. I hate saying it, but it’s true. Hopefully the rest of the record will prove me wrong.

 

Tim 2, Brody 0.