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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Year's End


Here's a round up of a few things from 2014 as the year dribbles to its conclusion. I missed this from earlier this year; a Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve re-imagining of New Energy, in three phases- some 60s backwards psychedelia followed by the more familiar beat driven techno and then the wonderful drone section. There's loads more Avery stuff, remixes, radio sessions and so on, at his Soundcloud page.



There's also the trippy Roman Flugel remix of All I Need which has all the right things in all the right places.



Underworld's dubnobasswithmyheadman was 20 years old and the re-issued box set was 2014's possibly best bet if you were buying just one big box of music you already own. It cemented in my mind the view that dubnobass... was the best album of the 90s. This video was chosen by the band as the winner in a competition.



The stand out music book of 2014 was Viv Albertine's autobiography Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys. Totally honest, warm and funny, uncomfortable in parts but fascinating and written entirely in the present tense which gave it real immediacy. If you haven't read it, you should read it.



And I'm just beginning to listen to FKA Twigs. There's something going on here...






7 comments:

Echorich said...

FKA Twigs is almost mystical and the visuals go a long way towards cementing that. It was one of my favorite discoveries of 2014.
Viv Albertine's book along with Tracey Thorn's 2013 Bedsit Disco Queen break the mold of male view rock tomes. Viv happily kicks them in the balls.

drew said...

I can't seem to get FKA Twigs, not sure why.

All the best to you and yours when it comes SA.

C said...

My reading intentions have gone to the wall this year but Viv's book is top of the list (also Tracey Thorn's as mentioned by Echorich). It is always interesting for me to get the female view!

Happy New Year to you and yours, SA. Julien Temple's Clash at the Roxy film should be good tomorrow night!

charity chic said...

Happy New Year to you and yours SA

george said...

Happy New Year to you and family, Adam. Listening to Daniel Avery and liking it. And it's had a very soothing effect on the younger dog.

The Swede said...

Happy new year Adam.

Scott said...

Happy New Year Adam, all best wishes for 2015...