Freitag, 10. Dezember 2021

2021 - Short


I featured the other days albums that impressed me much and was played often at my place and I thought it was the time to write down the best songs of this year. Many of them you can find on the long posts and I have to admit that I am not the one that is able to finish the list because there were so many songs I heard the first time this year that made me happy once or several times. Other songs crossed my attention weeks later when I listened to them on my yearly playlist on Spotify where I collect new songs year by year. Looking at this playlist I find more than 200 songs and the more I think about it I can't decide which one would reach a top ten. So here are some songs, subjective of course and not showing the full range of music I listened too but still worth to be named when you look back on this year.

Donnerstag, 9. Dezember 2021

2021 Long 2/2


Part two of my personal review of albums that impressed me much this year. When I look at the list it seems that my taste in music reduced speed and turned into more ambient. But this is not the truth. It is only because less complete albums made me feel to listen completely for several times. Anyway, a list I can agree and I hope there were some inspirations for you all.

Liminanas / Laurent Garnier - Le Pelicula

Saint Etienne - I've Been Trying To Tell You

The Vendetta Suite - The Kempe Stone Portal

Richard Norris - Hypnotic Response

Daniel Avery - Together In Static

The Grid / Robert Fripp - Leviathan

Tindersticks - Distractions

Late Night Tales - Version Excursion with Don Letts

Coyote - The Mystery Light

Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark

Mittwoch, 8. Dezember 2021

2021 - Long 1/2


The year is almost over and it is time to have a look back to the releases from 2021. I have to say that there were many albums released that are worth to be mentioned in a retrospective. Not all albums that impressed me or made fun got it on the year and list. What doesn't mean that they are no good at all but I decided to list 21 albums from this year without scoring in the order. 

Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

Sault - Nine

Ben Watt - Storm Shelter

The Orb - Abolition of the Royal Familia (Guillotine mixes)

International Music - Ententraum

Mogwai - As The Love Continues

Nashville Ambient Ensemble - Cerulean

Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers

Dot Allison - Heart Shaped Scars

Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life

Alan Vega - After Dark

Montag, 6. Dezember 2021

Monday's Long Song


Jah Wobble returns with his new album to his roots and made a dub-version of PIL's 1979 classic album Metal Box. And it is not surprising, that he doesn't play it in the same way he did more than 40 years ago. He returned to this album to present us interesting versions of the songs on a floor of dub. I think you can't compare the original with this version. It is more a new album paying tribute to Metal Box. A surprising and wonderful new release that made me to listen to the original once again.

Freitag, 3. Dezember 2021

Friday's 60s Girl Groups

 Talking about female soul singer of the 60's there were mostly named singers from across the Atlantic ocean. Sadly it was overlooked that Great Britain had also wonderful soulful voices. If it was Welsh singer Mary Hopkin, Essex born Sandie Shaw or Scottish singer and actress Lulu - all of them had a great voice and veritable hits almost 60 years ago and worth to be remembered.

Today I start my annual journey to Sri Lanka again. So there will be only a few posts in the next weeks. Have a wonderful time and stay safe.

Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days

Sandie Shaw - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me

Lulu and the Luvvers - Shout

Mittwoch, 1. Dezember 2021

The Contino Sessions


Short before the turn of the century Richard Fearless released with his band Death In Vegas a classic record that I rediscovered a few days ago. I got this record by recommendation by a friend and what I heard blew my mind. I seldom listened to an album that was different and never boring. A melange of loops inspired by The Velvets, JAMC and The Stooges and combined with the best electronic music could give you at this time. And it was no wonder that Iggy Pop, Bobby Gillespie, Dot Allison and Jim Reid appeared on this forgotten masterpiece.

Death In Vegas - Dirge

Death In Vegas - Soul Auctioneer