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Chris T Popper's Best of 2013

As well as our Top 100 tunes of the year that we’ve posted over the past few days, each of the MM contributors have put together their own lists. Next up is Mr Chris T Popper.

20. Coathangers – Adderall

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19. GRMLN – Summer Days
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18. Willie Nile – American Ride

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17. Mickey Gloss – Are You Happy

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16. Orwells – Who Needs You

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15. Chelsea Light Moving – Lip

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14. Wooden Wand & World War IV – I Hate The Nightlife

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13. Vandaveer – Omie Wise

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12. Coma Cinema – Virgin Veins

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11. Quiet American – Wild Bill Jones

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10. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Gammy Leg
I underestimated this offering from Australia’s finest when I first listened to it. Essentially a tale of the immense bad luck befalling the protagonist and his ‘gammy leg’ it’s easy to dismiss. That would be a mistake. The wonderful deadpan, matter of fact delivery is laced with some brilliant throwaway lines and the black humour never wavers for a second.

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9. Water Liars – Fake Heat
I kind of loved this song despite trying not to if you know what I mean? In the end I gave in gracefully (which wasn’t difficult, there’s a fair bit of imploring in this one) as the heart should always overrule the brain when it comes to music. It does have an undeniable glory to it as well though which can’t help stirring even this most cynical of souls.

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8. Jesse Woods – Cold Blood
As traditional as the aching sadness of yet another year wasted Christmas always brings, there will undoubtedly be a latecomer to my top 10. Step forward Jesse Woods. I was listening to this song in the car when I first got the CD and when I finally heard to it on a ‘proper’ music system it blew me away. Woods has great timing to his delivery and an even better voice. It’s bloody magnificent.

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7. Foxygen – No Destruction
This was pretty much nailed on. With the opening line of I’m sending you this photograph of me in my new car I had already signed up on the Foxygen dotted line and was awaiting further instruction. A subversive laid back and slightly peculiar song. Kept me thinking all year, as I never knew where I really had it.

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6. T Hardy Morris – OK Corral
Sad, sad songs eh? Love ‘em myself and T. Hardy Morris delivers a tour de force with OK Corral. You can’t help it as you’re dragged in to the drowsy chorus and it’s tangible sense of sorrow. It’s also another song from this year with a great opening line. Swear me in, I’m good at making promises…

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5. Terry Malts – I Was Not There
As my previous top 10s bear out I do like a proper modern punk song. Terry Malts can do that. Heavy drums and a real hurry-up guitar combine to great effect. It’s an enjoyably unforgiving song.  And ‘I was not there’ are four words that have constantly come in useful throughout my own life.

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4. Burning Hell – Grown Ups
An instant hit. From the very start Grown Ups is a treat, with the most arresting opening lyric I’ve heard for some time. Guitar meanders along as the tale unfolds about nostalgia and the joy of hanging around graveyards being ‘little goth idiots’. I had a goth stage in my teens – trench coat, skinny black jeans, miserable outlook and an utterly appalling haircut. The quintessential goth you might say and a really great effort from me.

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3. Southerly – Desolation Low
Now I mean this in a good way, but I just love the damn ‘seriousness’ of this song. Serious without being shit that is. And for that Southerly must be congratulated and lauded. Instead we have a climatic build up and an epic finale that gave it a deserved top 3 status. It just picks me up and carries me away no matter how many times I hear it.

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2. Low – Plastic Cup
I haven’t met anyone who didn’t like this song after the very first listen. I think Low may have cracked it. There’s a dreamy kind of stillness to it and a perfect example of the genius of simplicity. It never tries too hard because it doesn’t need to.

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1. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
In a recent interview Matthew Houck talked about Song For Zula and how he felt he had achieved something with the song that he thought was beyond his ability. An almost unconscious level of quality he hadn’t perceived was there. I know exactly what he means… apart from never having achieved anything to my ability or beyond it. But I can imagine, so I won’t let it hold me back. Just the best song I’ve heard in ages.

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MM's Favourite Tracks Of 2013: 75 - 51

The countdown of our one hundred favourite tracks of 2013 continues…today we reach halfway as we bring you 75 down to 51.

75 GRMLN – Summer Days
Thrashy, catchy, singalong rock’n’roll with platform shoes and ridiculous flares.

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74 Sisters – Clearhead
Here are my shoes. See how I gaze at them. It says 2013 on the label, but I’ve gone back to the early 90s. Lovely. (Mrs M)

 

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73 Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
Deadpan, conversational, charming, funny, literal and literate – a drunken night’s tale told with an upbeat lo-fi jangle and amiable vocal delivery.

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72 Pickwick – Lady Luck
Gorgeous cover of the Richard Swift tune, and featuring Sharon Van Etten.


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71 Holograms – A Blaze On The Hillside
Most thrilling riff of the year?

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70 Willie Nile – American Ride
The best roadtrip song we’ve heard in many a moon, impassioned and infectious.

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69 Cerny Brothers – Whiskey
Moonshine Americana straight from the back porch.

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68 Mickey Gloss – Are You Happy
Wry social commentary meets punk DIY and garage psychedelia in a distillation of antipodean sun and London melancholia.

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67 Nick Cave – Wide Lovely Eyes
Oh clever, clever Nicholas Cave and his voice so hypnotic, deep and dark. You could imagine this as part of a recruitment drive to join a cult (yes you, with your wide lovely eyes). With a teasing yet subdued musical arrangement, this is the gospel according to St Nick. (Mrs M)

 

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66 Barbarossa – The Load
A sparse and delicate ballad, undercut by a distorted organ refrain, and constructed around remarkable and tender vocals.

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65 The Orwells – Who Needs Who
Roaring drums and aggressive, snapping vocals gave us the most thrilling garage punk single of the year.

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64 Fuzz – Sleigh Ride
Heaviest riff of the year?

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63 Cass McCombs – Big Wheel
Hypnotic, rumbling, country-dirt travelogue.

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62 Arcade Fire – Reflektor
We are right in the mix here: a bit of dance therapy needed. Remember the hypnotic triangle of cooker/fridge/sink? Throw some shapes, make a curry, go knock yourself out; I didn’t want to dance, but they made me. (Mrs M)

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61 Chelsea Light Moving – Lip
Hardcore anthem of the year.

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60 The Cave Singers – Canopy
Sun-drenched, mellow indie folk opener from their Naomi album.

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59 Coma Cinema – Virgin Veins
Spare and haunting. Talking of quiet suffering, loneliness, ugliness and confusion, “The heart is a monument / to a childhood of abuse.

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58 Dune Rats – Stoner Pop
In a parallel world somewhere, this was the smash hit of the summer.

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57 Wooden Wand & The World War IV – I Hate The Nightlife
On Wooden Wand’s wrist is a tattoo: WWNYD – What Would Neil Young Do? Our guess? Buy this record. Epic, taut, tense, and full of the fiery guitar so beloved of NY.

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56 The Head & The Heart – Shake
The bass drum kicks this one into action, a little bit of clapping and then, hello, the rest of the band follows. There’s a sweet change of tempo for the chorus: ‘And the memories we made will never be lost, no.’ Maybe not, but watch out for that prevailing wind. (Mrs M)

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55 Half Moon Run – Full Circle
A captivating blend of exquisite guitar lines and delicate folk melodies.

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54 Quiet American – Wild Bill Jones
Old time folk for modern times, Quiet American bring new light to the many faceted tale of all-American bad boy Wild Bill Jones.

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53 Gaz Coombes Presents – One Of These Days
Heartfelt, beautiful melancholia set to a piano and strings and a pulsing bass line.

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52 Blitzen Trapper – Feel The Chill
That old wreck of a shack buried in evergreen and murky darkness at the bend in the road up on Jackson Hill where we used to drink and never failed to give me a chill driving by in the old Impala for it’s implacable mystery.” That’s where Feel the Chill takes place.

 

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51 Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Gammy Leg
I underestimated this offering from Australia’s finest when I first listened to it. Essentially a tale of the immense bad luck befalling the protagonist and his ‘gammy leg’ it’s easy to dismiss. That would be a mistake. The wonderful deadpan, matter of fact delivery is laced with some brilliant throwaway lines and the black humour never wavers for a second. (CP)

Thursday Means Eight of the Best!

Here are eight of the very best tracks to reach out to us from our inbox and the internet over the past few days.

First up we have a new track from the forthcoming album Soft Will from Smith Westerns, which distills the spirit of Big Star into a delicately reverential tribute to classic 70s radio rock. We have the superbly maudlin, gloom-pop of Franklin the Flirt by Porches and possibly even trumping that we have Coma Cinema’s third single from forthcoming album Posthumous Release. The spare, haunting Virgin Veins talks of quiet suffering, loneliness, ugliness and confusion, “The heart is a monument / to a childhood of abuse.

Next comes the energetic, scrappy indie rock of Potty Mouth and their new single The Spins. We have the enervated, laconic acoustics of Modern Hut and the excellent track History that makes Bill Callahan look like a childrens’ entertainer. Sixth is La Luz’s jangly, surf-tinged harmonies and sweet garage pop of new single Brainwash.

The sub 90 seconds of Bad Boys by White Fang is a triumph of catchy, deliberately dumb rock’n’roll and a cracking track to boot. Finally via the excellent Yankee Calling blog we have a repost of their fine recommendation for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and their new 7″ release Look It Here that sounds as joyous a slab of classic 60s soul as you’re likely to hear.

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Here is our regular round-up of the very best of October’s postings. Twenty great tracks for a great mix, plus three new ones to enjoy too. You can check out all of our previous best of the month mixes just by clicking the links for April, May, June, July. August and September.

No AgeFever Dreaming mp3 (from Everything In Between)

A full on, take-no-prisoners punk rock anthem with a massive guitar riff, howling vocals and brutal, pummeling percussive support.

Download Pop. 1280Step Into The Grid mp3 (from The Grid EP)

Want a mosh-pit meltdown in your front room? Be our guest with this three and a half minute junkyard gem.

Download Howling OwlsMood Ring mp3 (Demo)

Our favourite discovery of 2010. This one is a little quicker, more staccato, less downbeat, but lyrically still overwhelmed with regret and a barely containable bitterness.

Download Dr. DogNobody Knows Who You Are mp3 (from Tour 7”)

More ramshackle countrified goodness.

Download Giant SandFields Of Green mp3 (from Blurry Blue Mountain)

A gentle acoustic lament that Howe Gelb does better than just about anyone else.

Download Silver SwansAnyone’s Ghost mp3 (National Cover)

Icy synths and a gorgeous, breathy vocal to send shivers down the spine.

Download Indie FolkerMonsters In Rome mp3 (from Monsters In Rome)

Genuine home-made indie folk in the tradition of anti-folk if you know what we mean.

Download Lanterns On The LakeLungs Quicken mp3 (from Lungs Quicken 7”)

Lush poetic, experimental folk soundscapes that are as evocative as they are poignant.

Download Wounded LionPointed Sticks mp3 (from Pointed Sticks 7″)

Glam rock backbeat, handclaps and a catchy chorus.

Download CowlickWires mp3 (from Wires)

Hypnotically groovy.

Download The Morning BendersOutlaw Blues.mp3 (from Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’)

Superb, metronomic cover of Dylan.

Download GenerationalsTrust mp3 (from Trust EP)

Shimmering hooks, girl-group choruses, and late-summer breeziness.

Download SalesmanSo Much Faster mp3 (from Red Wine Jug Lover 7”)

The desert-rock murder ballad of a dancing girl and her two boyfriends at a strip club called Deja Vu Showgirls.

Download The War On DrugsThe History Of Plastic mp3 (from Future Weather EP)

Sprawling, epic centrepiece of new EP/mini album.

Download Gross RelationsYou Don’t Know Me mp3 (from Fuzzy Timelines 7”)

Fuzzed up, reverb ridden, garage pop of the most infectious kind.

Download Kurt VileIn My Time mp3 (from In My Time)

Distorted prog-folk from forthcoming album.

Download PaleoThe King James Fakebook mp3 (from A View Of The Sky)

Calls on the spirits of Guthrie, Kerouac and other hipsters of old and simply and easily transports the listener through melodic landscapes unique, immediate, emotive, playful, and filled with longing.

Download Tapes ‘n TapesFreak Out mp3 (from Outside)

A frenetic romp that is catchier than just about anything we’ve heard so far this month.

Download Coma CinemaHell mp3 (from Blue Suicide)

A wonderfully aching and melancholic snapshot of genuine heartbreak.

Download The Asteroid #4Ignition Slated For Eight mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)

Hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psych, krautrock, shoegaze, folk and even 70s ‘cosmic’ country-rock.

And some new ones for you too. First up Heartbreaker by Girls from their forthcoming new release Broken Dreams Club, the Crystal Castles get all Cured up with Robert Smith guesting and lastly Jordan Reyne’s wonderfully dark, industrial folk-noir from her album How The Dead Live.

Download Girls – Heartbreaker mp3 (from Broken Dreams Club)

Download Crystal Castles (featuring Robert Smith) – Not In Love mp3 (from Not In Love)

Download Jordan Reyne – The Proximity Of Death (Blue-Eyed Boy) mp3 (from How The Dead Live) Despite being sent this song by the PR company and asked to post it, some fuckwit is now alleging infringement of copyright and has had the song removed – we can’t do anything about this, but posted in good faith based on an authorisation that it was OK to offer for free download. Clearly a case of right hand and left hand and arseholes.

Despite Mat Cothran, aka lo-fi one-man band Coma Cinema, offering two albums for free from his website, I had never really sat down and listened to them. It has taken the announcement of a new album, titled Blue Suicide, and a couple of advance tracks to make me prick up my ears and then go back and find out just what I had missed out on.

It was latest advance track Hell that got me to sit up and take notice. It’s short at 80 seconds long, but not a moment is wasted and it is a wonderfully aching and melancholic snapshot of genuine heartbreak.

So I listened to the preceding track, Business As Usual, and once again was struck by the lyrical skills of one so young and the more driven, swelling backdrop, so I gave the previous album Stoned Alone a proper chance.

It is a beauty, a mix of rambling, mumbling folk, lo-fi picking, sparse, hypnotic rhythms, and lyrical couplets that turn a handful of these tracks from songs into mini-masterpieces.

Check out the brilliant plucked acoustics of Have You? and the much more desperate Blissed. And watch the video for the latter too – astonishing.

Visit his website here to get the first two albums for free. Check Wonderbeardtapes for details of the new album’s release in 2011.

Download Coma Cinema – Blissed mp3 (from Stoned Alone)

Download Coma Cinema – Have You? mp3 (from Stoned Alone)

Download Coma Cinema – Business As Usual mp3 (from Blue Suicide)

Download Coma Cinema – Hell mp3 (from Blue Suicide)