Favourite albums of the year – the long list

Every year at work, the music lovers in our little team share our ten favourite albums of the year. I thought I would share my long list which I am working my way through in the next couple of weeks. I probably know 6 that are deffo in the 10 but they seem to be from the start of the year so I need to make sure its not just because I have listened to them more!

  • Anderson.Paak – Malibu
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman
  • ANHONI – Hopelessness
  • Anna Meredith – Varmints
  • Beach Slang – A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
  • Blood Orange – Freetown sound
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  • Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  • Christian Kjellvander – A Village: Natural Light
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Escapsim II – Sam
  • Hamilton Leithuaser & Rostram – I had a Dream that you were mine
  • Ian William Craig – Centres
  • Illum Sphere – Glass
  • Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  • Johann Johannsson – Orphee
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  • Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun
  • Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
  • LNZNDRF – LNZNDRF
  • Max Cooper – Emergence
  • Mitski – Puberty 2
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
  • Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table
  • Sturgil Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  • Tribe Called Quest – We  Got it from Here
  • Tristian Perch – Noise Patterns
  • Various – Late Night Tales: Olafur Arnalds
  • Various – The Quietened Bunker
  • Yak – Alas Salvation
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Treadmill Tracks 4 – #Shinemarathon 2

After the success of this weeks gym, i thought it best to do myself another set of tracks to keep me focused, keep the nostalgia and sweat flowing whilst keeping everyone else out of my way. It also came into my thought process whilst overhearing a couple of teenagers discussing some perceived slight by one emo band to another. It could never beat the rumour that The Seahorses were named because it’s an anagram of ‘Hates The Roses’ . Gold. Paranoid Gold. This one is another one based upon the greatest compilation album of all time – Shine and the uber-awesome #shinemarathon.  This one will feature more well-known tracks than the first one which had either lesser known bands or not as well-known tracks by well-known bands. Again – it’s not my favourite tracks, but the ones for hammering the treadmill. Enjoy!

  1. Blinded by the Sun – The Seahorses
  2. One to Another – The Charlatans
  3. Grateful when you’re Dead – Kula Shaker
  4. Getting Away with It – Electronica
  5. 10 Storey Love Song – The Stone Roses
  6. Kandy Pop – Bis
  7. Nancy Boy – Placebo
  8. The International Language of Screaming – Super Furry Animals
  9. Lost Myself – Longpigs
  10. The Day we Caught the Train – Ocean Colour Scene
  11. Babies – Pulp
  12. Wide Open Space – Mansun
  13. Going for Gold – Shed Seven
  14. We Could be Kings – Gene
  15. The Masterplan – Oasis

There it is… defiantly get the blood pumping!

Next one may possibly be a Johnny Cash Special – as i find his stuff very driving.  I may one day even post about something related to the profession 🙂

Let me know what you think!

Treadmill Tracks 3

This is the third installment of my attempt to improve gym music, though this I’ve decided that the running order at the start for this one may need to be changed:

  • Party Hard – Andrew WK
  • A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicous
  • Master of Puppets – Metallica
  • A.M. 180 – Grandaddy
  • When My Baby Comes – Grinderman
  • Crush – Abe Vigoda
  • Bigger Than Us – White Lies
  • Courtyard – Club Smith
  • L’estat -Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti
  • What’s it Gonna Be – Gucci Mane
  • Lucidity – Tame Impala
  • Letter from God to Man – Dan Le Scrobious
  • Ask – The Smiths
  • Crown Of Love – Arcade Fire

So – there’s your treadmill tracks including warm down, if you listen to these whilst treadmilling your guaranteed* to shed the weight!

Let me know what you think!

* you’re not guaranteed obviously

Treadmill Tracks 2 – A #shinemarathon special

This is the 2nd installment of Treadmill Tracks – trying to improve the quality of music in gyms – and I thought i would do a playlist from another musical topic close to my heart – The Shine Marathon .The only rules are that they are on the Shine Marathon playlist and they are songs that i like. It’s not my ‘best of’ #shinemarathon, more songs suited to the treadmill. I’ve tried to go for either not that well-known artists or in most cases not the artists most well tracks. So it may be educational as well as err exercisonal! Either way i hope  it will still get the feet a moving on the treadmill. Or Cross Trainer. Or Stairmaster. Or Exercise Bike. I have put the #shinemarathon number after them in case you want to play along 🙂

  1. My Star -Ian Brown (287)
  2. Race – Tiger (238)
  3. Richard III – Supergrass (325)
  4. Something 4 the Weekend – Super Furry Animals (95)
  5. Angel Interceptor – Ash (50)
  6. One in a Million – Sussed (161)
  7. Livin’ it Up – Northern Uproar (153)
  8. 12 Reasons Why I Lover Her – My Life Story (136)
  9. Sandstorm – Cast (61)
  10. Sleep Well Tonight – Gene (109)
  11. Divebomb – Number One Cup (69)
  12. Let’s All Togther – Marion (57)
  13. She Said – Long Pigs (85)
  14. We Love You – Menswear (131)
  15. U16 Girls – Travis (240)
  16. Chinese Burn – Heavy Stereo (154)
  17. Bully Boys – Shed Seven (231)
  18. Tomorrow – James (261)
  19. One Night Stand – The Aloof (204)

This is worth listening to purely for the lyric wonderment that is  Number One Cup – Divebomb. Awesome.

So after one gym session listening to that, you should be fitter and smarter. And of the opinion that the 90’s were indeed the best decade for music. If you think music starts and ends with britpop. Which it totally does.

Let me know what you think!

edit 07/02/11 – Having actually test driven it, i feel its slightly too long, and as such have removed Pavement- Shady Lane from the list.

Indie-Work Out Mix Version/Volume 1

I don’t see why, on the whole dance music corners the market of ‘gym music’ be it the awful background music, the work-out mixes or even in spinning classes. It doesn’t help that its the dull repetive dance music. Basically it is the slave ship drum beat (as often seen in Asterix cartoons) with a 21st century tilt.  Guitar music can also be uplifting, fast paced and driven.

With this in mind i have taken it upon myself (with no scientific evidence) to develop the ultimate ‘Indie’ workout mix, using my limited knowledge of mainstream music. It’s going to be approximately an hour-long, with a 3-5 minute cooldown (or 1 slow song at the end). There will  be a sprinkling of a #shinemarathon in here most probably but I will try to keep it as current as possible as not just to be my favourite fast paced tunes!

  1. Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
  2. The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
  3. No Future Part III – Titus Andronicus
  4. Power – Kanye West
  5. Grounds for Divorce – Elbow
  6. Worm Tamer – Grinderman
  7. King of the Beach – Wavves
  8. I’m not Living in the Real World
  9. A Pot in Which to Piss – Titus Andronicus
  10. Round & Round – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
  11. Paper Planes – MIA
  12. Night – Zola Jesus
  13. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
  14. The Golden Path – The Chemical Brothers

If this doesn’t get you running, nothing will! This will be my soundtrack to the treadmill until I bother with another one.

(Alternatively – Just listen to the entire Titus Andronicus: The Monitor Album)

Let me know what you think!

*Edit* – Should be called ‘Treadmill Tracks’. Stupid slow brain.

Shine Marathon Playlist

The #shinemarathon is the complete collection of the mid-90’s Indie/Britpop compilations called ‘Shine’ – starting at first (Shine On) and ending with the Best Of. If anyone knows of way to transfer this into I-Tunes/WM playlist please let me know.

Now onto the list…

  1. Blur – Parklife
  2. Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol
  3. New Order – Regret
  4. The Cranberries – Zombie
  5. Suede – Animal Nitrate
  6. Elastica – Connection
  7. Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time?
  8. Dodgy – So Let Me Go Far
  9. Shed Seven – Speakeasy
  10. Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
  11. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
  12. James – Sit Down
  13. Electronic – Getting Away With It
  14. The Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow
  15. The Farm – All Together Now
  16. Inspiral Carpets – Dragging Me Down
  17. Charlatans – Weirdo
  18. Jesus Jones – International Bright Young Thing
  19. Dinosaur Jr. – Feel The Pain
  20. The House Of Love – Shine On
  21. Oasis : Some Might Say
  22. Paul Weller : The Changingman
  23. Ash : Girl From Mars
  24. Stone Roses : Love Spreads
  25. Edwyn Collins : A Girl Like You
  26. Boo Radleys : Wake Up Boo!
  27. Lightning Seeds : Change
  28. Dodgy : Staying Out For The Summer
  29. Cast : Finetime
  30. Elastica : Waking Up
  31. Cranberries : Ridiculous Thoughts
  32. Sleeper : Vegas
  33. Gigolo Aunts : Where I Find My Heaven
  34. Gene : Haunted By You
  35. Belly : Now They’ll Sleep
  36. Teenage Fanclub : Sparky’s Dream
  37. Suede : Stay Together
  38. Happy Mondays : Kinky Afro
  39. Joy Division : Love Will Tear Us Apart ’95
  40. Pulp : Underwear
  41. Pulp : Common People
  42. Oasis : Roll With It
  43. Supergrass : Alright
  44. Lightning Seeds : Marvellous
  45. Sleeper : What Do I Do Now?
  46. Menswear : Stardust
  47. Cast : Alright
  48. Garbage : Only Happy When It Rains
  49. Echobelly : King Of The Kerb
  50. Ash : Angel Interceptor
  51. Blur : End Of A Century
  52. Stone Roses : One Love
  53. Boo Radleys : From The Bench At Belvidere
  54. Gene : Olympian
  55. Charlatans : Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over
  56. Levellers : Fantasy
  57. Marion : Let’s All Go Together
  58. Shed Seven : Where Have You Been Tonight?
  59. Wannadies : Might Be Stars
  60. Happy Mondays : Step On
  61. Cast : Sandstorm
  62. Pulp : Mis-Shapes
  63. Supergrass : Mansize Rooster
  64. Menswear : Sleeping In
  65. Shed Seven : Getting Better
  66. Northern Uproar : From A Window
  67. Ocean Colour Scene : The Riverboat Song
  68. Skunk Anansie : Weak
  69. Number One Cup : Divebomb
  70. Marion : Time
  71. Longpigs : Far
  72. Blur : The Universal
  73. Echobelly : Dark Therapy
  74. Gene : For The Dead
  75. Stone Roses : Ten Storey Love Song
  76. Radiohead : Just
  77. Lightning Seeds : Lucky You
  78. Cardigans : Carnival
  79. Dubstar : Anywhere
  80. Smokin’ Mojo Filters : Come Together
  81. Oasis & Friends : Fade Away
  82. Ash : Goldfinger
  83. Shed Seven : Going For Gold
  84. Dodgy : In A Room
  85. Longpigs : She Said
  86. Cranberries : Salvation
  87. Kula Shaker : Grateful When You’re Dead
  88. Paul Weller : Out Of The Sinking
  89. Ocean Colour Scene : The Day We Caught The Train
  90. Skunk Anansie : Charity
  91. Cast : History
  92. Blur : Stereotypes
  93. The Divine Comedy : Something For The Weekend
  94. Space : Female Of The Species
  95. Super Furry Animals : Something 4 The Weekend
  96. Supergrass : Going Out
  97. Marion : Sleep
  98. Sleeper : Inbetweener
  99. Booth & The Bad Angel : I Believe
  100. Blameless : Breathe (A Little Deeper)
  101. Gin Blossoms : Follow You Down
  102. Cardigans : Rise And Shine
  103. Wannadies : You And Me Song
  104. Oasis : Don’t Look Back In Anger
  105. Pulp : Sorted For E’s & Whizz
  106. Ash : Oh Yeah
  107. Menswear : Being Brave
  108. Radiohead : Fake Plastic Trees
  109. Gene : Sleep Well Tonight
  110. Suede : The Wild Ones
  111. Northern Uproar : Town
  112. Stone Roses : One Love
  113. Mansun : Take It Easy Chicken
  114. Lush : Single Girl
  115. Terrorvision : Perseverance
  116. Levellers : Hope St.
  117. 60ft Dolls : Talk To Me
  118. Audioweb : Into My World
  119. Eggman : Not Bad Enough
  120. Whipping Boy : Twinkle
  121. Folk Implosion : Natural One
  122. Salt : Bluster
  123. Garbage : Queer
  124. Paul Weller : Peacock Suit
  125. Charlatans : One To Another
  126. Manic Street Preachers : A Design For Life
  127. Suede : Trash
  128. Dodgy : Good Enough
  129. Ocean Colour Scene : The Circle
  130. Shed Seven : On Standby
  131. Menswear : We Love You
  132. Cardigans : Lovefool
  133. Blur : Charmless Man
  134. Ben Folds Five : Underground
  135. The Divine Comedy : Becoming More Like Alfie
  136. My Life Story : 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
  137. Sleeper : Sale Of The Century
  138. Babybird : Goodnight
  139. Joyrider : Rush Hour
  140. Boo Radleys : What’s In The Box? (See Whatcha Got)
  141. Presidents Of The United States Of America : Lump
  142. Rocket From The Crypt : On A Rope
  143. Cranberries : Free To Decide
  144. Electronic : Forbidden City
  145. Oasis : Champagne Supernova
  146. Cast : Walkaway
  147. Pulp : Something Changed
  148. Longpigs : On And On
  149. Terrorvision : Bad Actress
  150. Levellers : Exodus (Live)
  151. Mansun : Stripper Vicar
  152. Imperial Teen : You’re One
  153. Northern Uproar : Livin’ It Up
  154. Heavy Stereo : Chinese Burn
  155. Elcka : Look At You Now
  156. Lush : 500 (Shake Baby Shake)
  157. Dubstar : Elevator Song
  158. Sarah Cracknell : Anymore
  159. Ruth : Valentine’s Day
  160. Bawl : Beyond Safe Ways
  161. Sussed : One In A Million
  162. Kenickie : Punka
  163. Placebo : 36 Degrees
  164. Cast : Flying
  165. Suede : Beautiful Ones
  166. Manic Street Preachers : Everything Must Go
  167. Gene : Fighting Fit
  168. Skunk Anansie : Twisted (Everyday Hurts)
  169. Longpigs : Lost Myself
  170. Pulp : Disco 2000
  171. Lightning Seeds : Ready Or Not
  172. Ocean Colour Scene : You’ve Got It Bad
  173. Boo Radleys : C’Mon Kids
  174. Silver Sun : Lava
  175. Bis : Kandy Pop
  176. Placebo : Teenage Angst
  177. Soundgarden : Burden In My Hand
  178. Terrorvision : Celebrity Hit List
  179. Speedy : Boy Wonder
  180. Geneva : No One Speaks
  181. Echobelly : Great Things
  182. Sleeper : Nice Guy Eddie
  183. My Life Story : Sparkle
  184. Oasis : Morning Glory
  185. Garbage featuring Tricky : Milk
  186. Sneaker Pimps : 6 Underground
  187. Dodgy : If You’re Thinking Of Me
  188. Shed Seven : Chasing Rainbows
  189. Electronic : For You
  190. Babybird : You’re Gorgeous
  191. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci : Patio Song
  192. Space : Neighbourhood
  193. Blur : Girls & Boys
  194. The Divine Comedy : The Frog Princess
  195. Oasis : Whatever
  196. Supernaturals : Lazy Lover
  197. Supergrass : Lenny
  198. Super Furry Animals : If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You
  199. Paul Weller : Broken Stones
  200. Lemonheads : If I Could Talk I’d Tell You
  201. Radiohead : Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  202. Dubstar : Not So Manic Now
  203. Catatonia : You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
  204. The Aloof : One Night Stand
  205. Cast : Free Me
  206. Charlatans : North Country Boy
  207. Bush : Swallowed
  208. Reef : Place Your Hands
  209. Placebo : Nancy Boy
  210. 3 Colours Red : Sixty Mile Smile
  211. Manic Street Preachers : Kevin Carter
  212. Mansun : Wide Open Space
  213. Kula Shaker : Tattva
  214. Monaco : What Do You Want From Me?
  215. James : She’s A Star
  216. Gene : We Could Be Kings
  217. Symposium : Farewell To Twilight
  218. Lightning Seeds : Sugar Coated Iceberg
  219. My Life Story : King Of Kissingdom
  220. White Town : Your Woman
  221. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci : Diamond Dew
  222. The Divine Comedy : Everybody Knows (Except You)
  223. Dodgy : Found You
  224. Oasis : Masterplan
  225. Suede : Lazy
  226. Blur : Beetlebum
  227. Depeche Mode : It’s No Good
  228. Eels : Novocaine For The Soul
  229. Skunk Anansie : Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
  230. Pulp : Babies
  231. Shed Seven : Bully Boy
  232. Pavement : Shady Lane
  233. Bennet : Someone Always Gets There First
  234. Sleeper : Statuesque
  235. Ruth : I Don’t Know
  236. Jocasta : Go
  237. Candyskins : Monday Morning
  238. Tiger : Race
  239. Grass Show : 1962
  240. Travis : U16 Girls
  241. Wannadies : Hit
  242. Supergrass : Caught By The Fuzz
  243. Intastella : Skyscraper
  244. Audioweb : Bankrobber
  245. Oasis : D’You Know What I Mean?
  246. Suede : Filmstar
  247. Paul Weller : Heavy Soul (Part 1)
  248. Charlatans : How High
  249. Supergrass : Sun Hits The Sky
  250. Placebo : Bruise Pristine
  251. Ocean Colour Scene : 100 Mile High City
  252. Republica : Drop Dead Gorgeous
  253. Mansun : Taxloss
  254. Levellers : What A Beautiful Day
  255. Blur : On Your Own
  256. Beck : Where It’s At
  257. Cardigans : Your New Cuckoo
  258. Silver Sun : Julia
  259. Super Furry Animals : The International Language Of Screaming
  260. Monaco : Sweet Lips
  261. James : Tomorrow
  262. Reef : Come Back Brighter
  263. Radiohead : Paranoid Android
  264. Seahorses : Blinded By The Sun
  265. Cast : Guiding Star
  266. Echo & The Bunnymen : Nothing Lasts Forever
  267. Gene : Speak To Me Someone
  268. Lightning Seeds : You Showed Me
  269. Teenage Fanclub : I Don’t Want Control Of You
  270. Dubstar : No More Talk
  271. Sneaker Pimps : Post Modern Sleaze
  272. Supernaturals : Love Has Passed Away
  273. Geneva : Best Regrets
  274. Northern Uproar : A Girl I Once Knew
  275. Stereophonics : A Thousand Trees
  276. Symposium : Fairweather Friend
  277. Wannadies : Shorty
  278. Delirious? : Promise
  279. Warm Jets : Hurricane
  280. Spiritualized : Electricity
  281. Cornershop : Brimful Of Asha
  282. Ruth : Fear Of Flying
  283. Eels : Susan’s House
  284. Garbage : I Think I’m Paranoid
  285. Catatonia : Road Rage
  286. Eagle-Eye Cherry : Save Tonight
  287. Ian Brown : My Star
  288. Embrace : All You Good Good People
  289. Dandy Warhols : Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
  290. Fatboy Slim : The Rockafeller Skank
  291. Space : Begin Again
  292. Natalie Imbruglia : Big Mistake
  293. Mansun : Closed For Business
  294. Rialto : Untouchable
  295. Reef : Yer Old
  296. Garbage : Push It
  297. Warm Jets : Hurricane ’98
  298. Super Furry Animals : Ice Hockey Hair
  299. Primal Scream : Burning Wheel
  300. Mighty Mighty Bosstones : The Impression That I Get
  301. Chumbawamba : Amnesia
  302. Cornershop : Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
  303. Pulp : A Little Soul
  304. Radiohead : Karma Police
  305. Bernard Butler : Stay
  306. James : Destiny Calling
  307. Seahorses : Love Me And Leave Me
  308. Travis : More Than Us
  309. Shed Seven : She Left Me On Friday
  310. Silver Sun : Golden Skin
  311. Drugstore featuring Thom Yorke : El President
  312. Puressence : This Feeling
  313. Theaudience : A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed
  314. Gene : Where Are They Now?
  315. Babybird : Bad Old Man
  316. Ocean Colour Scene featuring PP Arnold : It’s A Beautiful Thing
  317. Stereophonics : Local Boy In The Photograph
  318. Space & Cerys Matthews : The Ballad Of Tom Jones
  319. Lilys : A Nanny In Manhattan
  320. Levellers : Celebrate
  321. Symposium : Blue
  322. Comfort : The Proof Of You
  323. Pulp : Common People
  324. Placebo : Nancy Boy
  325. Supergrass : Richard III
  326. Garbage : Stupid Girl
  327. Republica : Ready To Go
  328. Charlatans : The Only One I Know
  329. Manic Street Preachers : You Love Us
  330. Ocean Colour Scene : The Riverboat Song
  331. Blur : M.O.R.
  332. Mansun : Wide Open Space
  333. Chumbawamba : Tubthumping
  334. Reef : Place Your Hands
  335. Elastica : Waking Up
  336. Boo Radleys : Wake Up Boo!
  337. Paul Weller : The Changingman
  338. Wannadies : You And Me Song
  339. Oasis : All Around The World
  340. Oasis : Wonderwall
  341. James : Sit Down
  342. Embrace : All You Good Good People
  343. Radiohead : Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  344. Stone Roses : Love Spreads
  345. Catatonia : Mulder And Scully
  346. Suede : Animal Nitrate
  347. Space : Avenging Angels
  348. Cardigans : Lovefool
  349. Ash : Goldfinger
  350. Seahorses : Love Is The Law
  351. Shed Seven : Going For Gold
  352. Ian Brown : My Star
  353. Cast : Free Me
  354. Eels : Novocaine For The Soul
  355. Primal Scream : Loaded
  356. Cornershop : Brimful Of Asha
  357. The Prodigy : Breathe
  358. Underworld : Born Slippy .

As you will no doubt agree, an awesome list, for awesome folk!A song if feel should have been on there (aside from the entire There’s Something Going album by Babybird) is Morning Afterglow by Electrasy.  Let me know what you think!