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Our second personal countdown comes from long time top twenty stalwart Chris T Popper, a fish of fine musical taste and the Steve Bould of Mad Mackerel.

20 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish

 

19 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz

 

18 Meat Wave – The Incessant

 

17 Roadhouses – Drinkin’

 

16 Ty Segall – Big Man

 

15 Public Serivce Broadcasting – All Out

 

14 The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys

 

13 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer

 

12 King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard – Vomit Coffin

 

11 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored

 

10 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting
A methodic rollercoaster of a tune. Flurry of drums at the start and we’re in to the somniferous beat with some ominous guitar work echoing in the background. It’s heavy shit – plenty of reverb and that shamanic thump carries on ricocheting inside your head like a tripped out game of Pong.

 

9 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto
Fantastic title for a song and the band name isn’t bad either; this comes from the album One in the Hate (which also includes the track ‘Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence’ which has to be worth a mention). It certainly hurtles along at a frantic pace and honed down to less than 2 and half minutes it packs plenty in with minimal fuss.

 

8 Big Thief – Shark Smile
Infused with a sadness that you sense immediately, Adrianne Lenker’s divine vocals transports you to chasing that yellow van on the moonlit road. It feels effortless with Lenker’s precision and timing. I especially loved her line comparing a kiss to the need for oxygen. A song that feels both poignant and strangely uplifting.

 

7 Lød – Folder
Folder is a rather splendid 8 and a half minute journey that takes the scenic route. Borrows from pretty much all my favourite bands and still sounds original. Fantastic breaks using keyboards and real good bass, never fails to keep you amused and bemused.

 

6 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead
I’m still coming to terms with the fact I missed The Coathangers UK tour this year. Vocalist and guitarist Julia Kugel said the song was partly a response to the direction America has taken under a certain person elected to office in January lamenting ‘The reward for malicious action is often a bag of shit, one way or another’. The sense of disappointment is palpable and brilliantly observed.

 

5 Cool Ghoul – Gord’s Horse
My top ten wouldn’t be complete without a Gord’s Horse. San Francisco quartet Cool Ghouls put this laid back beauty together that plods along like… a horse I guess. A horse tripping on acid but still a horse.

 

4 Whispertown – Born To Ride
Whispertown is the rather marvellous LA based singer/songwriter Morgan Meyn Nagler. She possesses such an engaging and warm vocal style it hooked me in pretty much straight away. The song is so damn smart, feeling fresh and inventive and I absolutely love the hazy backing vocals.

 

3 Terry – Take Me To The City
Following last year’s entry at number 6 Terry have nabbed the no 3 spot this year with the instantly likeable Take Me To The City. The ‘All they talk about…’ refrain hints at longing for brighter lights but you get the feeling no one is escaping soon. Possesses a hook and riff you would die for.

 

2 Idles – Exeter
Idles so nearly managed a clean sweep for me this year. My favourite album with Brutalism, my favourite live act of the year and finally very nearly the best song of 2017. Joe Talbot’s lyrics are delivered with a most agreeable ferocity. Hands up whose ready for a bar fight, there’s plenty of takers here. A tour de force of barely contained anger at the banality of it all.

 

1 Metz – Drained Lake
Opening a song with feedback is always good in my book. I’m a simple soul. From it’s urgent, jarring beginning and opening line (‘Forever getting nowhere, while blankly staring in to space’) Drained Lake is just pure badass from start to finish. Guitar like buzzsaws, manic drumbeat and a sense of barely held together chaos throughout. It’s relentless and uncompromising and it delivers.

 

Each year we share MM’s contributors’ personal favourites of the year. Kicking us off is a fine selection from the Italian Job. Buon Lavoro.

20. Lød – Folder

 

19. BAIT – Push The Elephant

 

18. The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys

 

17. Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid

 

16. Beaches – Void

 

15. War On Drugs – Holding On (Edit)

 

14. Idles – Exeter

 

13. The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz

 

12. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Vomit Coffin

 

11. Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low

 

10. Deer Tick – Sea of Clouds
I love this understated and insightful all-American piece. I love the lead singer’s harsh voice against the unsophisticated arrangement and the nostalgic melody. I could not find a better tune to initiate the countdown to my best top 10 songs of the year.

 

9. Protomartyr – My Children
Once again, with this superb (and cynically accurate, I may add) contemplation on matters of ‘legacy’, Protomartyr did not disappoint! Absolute best intro of 2017 for me.

 

8. Screaming Females – Glass House
So-much-drama! Marissa Paternoster’s (great name) deep voice, the melodramatic chant-like lyrics and that bass… all coming together perfectly in a greatly anticipated mighty burst of frustration, drums and infuriated guitars. Intense!

 

7. Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down
A tune I liked instantly and that never shifted from my top 10. With its chorus ostensibly cheery but contrastingly set against a base of jarring guitars, this song is catchy and often plays on a loop in my head. I never get tired of it.

 

6. FEWS – La Guardia
Ha! What to say about this brilliant piece of work? Relentless, anxious, powerful and unsettling. It gives me goosebumps every time. A few lyrics down the line – a short, unequivocal statement and then.. screams! Distant and desperate screams. What else would you want from a track?

 

5. Big Thief – Shark Smile
After leaving their beautiful ‘Paul’ out of my top 20 last year (a decision that at times still regret), I was glad Big Thief were back delivering this sweet and emotional little piece, which immediately claimed and gained a top spot amongst my favourites of the year. I’m a sucker for emotive lyrics and forlorn tales, so no wonder this beautiful one instantly stole my little heart away.

 

4. Trevor Sensor – High Beams
Admittedly it took a while for this song to catch my attention and even then I struggled with Sensor’s voice… “nah”, I thought, “I couldn’t possibly put up with his voice, it gets on my nerves!”. Well, fast forward to now and I can’t get enough of it. I ended up falling for the desperate and mournful tinge in this piece, like a lament -beautiful and nostalgic. Definitely struck a chord.

 

3. Public Service Broadcasting – All Out
A masterpiece, politically charged and powerfully executed. The noise of the rise and fall of the coal mining Industry in Wales still reverberates today, inspiring this remarkable piece of work. Raging guitars play the perfect, striking soundtrack to the anger and unrest of a real dark hour in UK contemporary history -one not to forget.

 

2. Ha Ha Tonka – Race to the Bottom 
Race To The Bottom is a song filled with resignation – unsurprisingly… the clue is in the title. The dim, hopeless lyrics (“you’re going down, down, down, down, down”) clash with the fast, unrelenting pace. The tone is surely bleak and melancholic but glorious at the same time and this is exactly what makes this a superb tune for me.

 

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter
Here’s to my top song! An eerie tribute to the mind happily (creepily?) drifting away somewhere between sleep and wake -”..my favourite state to be”. There’s a mildly sinister feeling to this song (and isn’t it great) lurking amidst a jovial, almost childish rhythm and harsh, distorted guitar riffs. It’s obsessive, it’s wicked and I love it.

 

50 Hiccup – Teasin’

 

49 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish

 

48 Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid

 

47 Roadhouses – Drinkin’

 

46 Dream Police – Revenge

 

45 BAIT – Push The Elephant

 

44 Meat Wave – The Incessant

 

43 Young Fathers – Only God Knows

 

42 Ty Segall – Big Man

 

41 The Sugarmen – Our Gallows

 

40 The War On Drugs – Holding On

 

39 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored

 

38 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer

 

37 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting

 

36 Protomartyr – My Children

 

35 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto

 

34 together PANGEA – Money On It

 

33 Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys

 

32 Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low

 

31 Screaming Females – Glass House

 

30 The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue

 

29 Idles – Mother

 

28 Deer Tick – Sea Of Clouds

 

27 The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her

 

26 The Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Be

 

 

Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

So here we are again. A round-up of our favourite posted tracks from September, all beautifully compiled and presented for you to put on one lovely mix. And as always, a couple of new tracks for you too. Enjoy.

The RakehellsLost Weekend mp3

Aggressive, yet danceable pop with an in-your-face attitude and catchy hooks

The MoondoggiesIt’s A Shame, It’s A Pity mp3

Ramshackle country-rock with a big nod to Neil Young

Summer CampGhost Train mp3

Shambling, languid and really rather captivating

Nathan Wade & The Dark PioneersLake Of Fire mp3

Mighty fine purveyors of apocalyptic, twisted Americana, offering fire & brimstone-laden tunes

Heavy HawaiiTeen Angel mp3

Like an illicit visit to an old time carnival – full of the smell of greasepaint, sawdust and woodsmoke and populated by dark, fantastic characters and their fantastic promises. A harmony drenched, hazy gem

The Gay BladesTry To Understand mp3

Crushing just about every musical genre going into a seething mass of their own confident construction – from sneering garage-punk to folk to dance to glammed-up funk

The Tallest Man On EarthLike The Wheel mp3

Set-closing song that became a fans’ favourite on folk troubadour’s recent tour

JapandroidsHeavenward Grand Prix mp3

Loud, aggressive, and the slightly feral vocals are a bit more to the fore, but by slowing things down a touch they’ve added a palpable air of menace

The WidowersBeacon Street mp3

Insistent, repetitive twang and groove that somehow manages to come across like the cocksure and impudent offspring of a Johnny Cash song overdosing on 70s US punk attitude

Sharon Van EttenDon’t Do It mp3

Slow burning, and overwhelmingly alluring

SuunsUp Past The Nursery mp3

Sexy, menacing electro and arena-sized psych complete with droning guitars and pulsing synths

Fresh & OnlysBe My Hooker mp3

Jangly garage-pop perfection

WarpaintAshes to Ashes mp3

In a month of great covers, here is one of the standouts. Bowie given the Warpaint treatment

Pancake BreakfastThe Ballad Of Maynard Noe mp3

Catchier than a dose of crabs in a brothel!

Kurran & The WolfnotesYour Four Limbs mp3

Plaintive, resigned lyrics and a darker undertone than most can manage. A sinuous melody and smoothly picked guitar gives it a hook that stays with you long after the song has concluded

The MoanersCowboy Bob mp3

Porch-swing singalong mixing an appealing garage stomp with Mississippi style blues into a hypnotic southern groove

Blank DogsNorthern Islands mp3

Smothered lo-fi dance-punk fuzz

And a couple of new ones to finish off: firstly in a month of many covers here is another, Mumford & Sons doing Old Crow Medicine Show. Secondly, French duo The Limianas with some rather fetching sultry garage pop and lastly from the excellent Sparrow & The Workshop comes their first new track since their much acclaimed Crystals Fall album.

Download Mumford & Sons –Wagon Wheel mp3 (BBC Radio 2 Session)

Download The Limianas – Funeral Baby mp3 (from The Limianas)

Download The Sparrow & The Workshop – Tired Of This Town mp3 (via the NME)

New from The Gay Blades

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock
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A couple of years ago we were very taken with the full on assault of O Shot by New York duo The Gay Blades, a storming crackerjack of a song that was one of our favourites of 2008.

The pair take just about every musical genre going and then gleefully crush them into a seething mass of their own confident construction – from sneering garage-punk to folk to dance to glammed-up funk it is all there, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Now, after what seems a very long gap, they are back with a lead-off single Try To Understand from their forthcoming second album Savages (due in October).

Take a listen to the old and the new – we’re pretty sure you’ll like what you’re hearing.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download The Gay Blades – Try To Understand mp3 (from Savages)

Download The Gay Blades – O Shot mp3 (from Ghosts)