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I'm hoping some of those that have been quiet during 2020 have been using the disrupted time to work on new material and we'll have a bumper year ahead.

All I've listened to so far is the LICE album that came out last week. Which was okay. But this week there's a new Pom Poko album, which I'm looking forward to probably more than anything that came out all last year.

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I've made a conscious decision to listen to more albums and EPs this year rather than listening to playlists, favourite trackes etc.

January was a good start where after listening to no music at all on the first day the rest of the month totalled exactly 100 albums and 2 EPs listened to, mostly to and from work via Spotify but also a few physical releases in the house.

So far for 2021 my favourites are :

01 PEARL CHARLES - MAGIC MIRROR

02 VIAGRA BOYS - WELFARE JAZZ

03 SHAME - DRUNK TANK PINK

04 POM POKO - CHEATER

I'm thinking at the moment Pearl Charles is the only one with any chance of being in my top 10 at the end of the year. Pretty much a limited release but I managed to get a copy on nice, blue vinyl from Rough Trade. Viagra Boys also came from Rough Trade, this time on white vinyl.

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"I like the new Madlib one. Do you like the new Madlib one?"

^^^me trying to fit in with the cool kids

(but I do actually like it)

 

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1. Cult of Luna - The Raging River.  Another banging effort to add to their near-flawless discography.

2. Weezer - OK Human. Comfortably better than their many misfires over the last 15 years. Luscious strings complement glorious melodies. 

3. Steven Wilson - The Future Bites. A couple of significant high points (Personal Shopper featuring Elton John) but padded out with filler. There's just not enough going on here.

4. Asphyx - Necroceros. Plenty of oomph from these veterans.

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On 06/02/2021 at 10:58, George Parr said:

1. Cult of Luna - The Raging River.  Another banging effort to add to their near-flawless discography.

2. Weezer - OK Human. Comfortably better than their many misfires over the last 15 years. Luscious strings complement glorious melodies. 

3. Steven Wilson - The Future Bites. A couple of significant high points (Personal Shopper featuring Elton John) but padded out with filler. There's just not enough going on here.

4. Asphyx - Necroceros. Plenty of oomph from these veterans.

The new Weezer is Weezer at their worst but actually quite good.  I far prefer their crunchier, rockier stuff, but OK Human is absolutely not a Black or a Pacific Daydream catastrophe.

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There's a new album coming this year by the world's finest band Parquet Courts. Until it arrives, a new old song has dropped online from the sessions that gave us the "Sunbathing Animal" album. As usual, it's nothing less than brilliant.

 

 

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On 09/02/2021 at 23:37, Jimi Shandrix said:

the world's finest band Parquet Courts. 

I probably agree with this assessment. Delighted to hear there's new stuff on the way.

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On 01/02/2021 at 11:31, mighty meadow said:

So far for 2021 my favourites are :

01 PEARL CHARLES - MAGIC MIRROR

02 VIAGRA BOYS - WELFARE JAZZ

03 SHAME - DRUNK TANK PINK

04 POM POKO - CHEATER

Update : Filling up nicely ...

01 PEARL CHARLES - MAGIC MIRROR 

02 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD - FOR THE FIRST TIME

03 VIAGRA BOYS - WELFARE JAZZ

04 NERVOUS TWITCH - NERVOUS TWITCH

05 AARON LEE TASJAN - TASJAN! TASJAN! TASJAN!

06 SHAME - DRUNK TANK PINK

07 STEVEN WILSON - THE FUTURE BITES

08 POM POKO - CHEATER

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4 hours ago, mighty meadow said:

Update : Filling up nicely ...

01 PEARL CHARLES - MAGIC MIRROR 

02 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD - FOR THE FIRST TIME

03 VIAGRA BOYS - WELFARE JAZZ

04 NERVOUS TWITCH - NERVOUS TWITCH

05 AARON LEE TASJAN - TASJAN! TASJAN! TASJAN!

06 SHAME - DRUNK TANK PINK

07 STEVEN WILSON - THE FUTURE BITES

08 POM POKO - CHEATER

The Black Country, New Road album is excellent. Shame, on the other hand, are atrocious. Quite keen to hear the Pom Poko record. Not got round to it yet.

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The new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah record is fantastic. Where They Perform Miracles is one of the best songs I've heard in ages. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets' (terrible name, great band) new one is excellent as well.

Judging by their live show broadcast on Saturday night, the new Mogwai is going to be very good. Cannot wait for the new Hold Steady on Friday as well. The singles have been great. 

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