Friday, January 01, 2016


8th January: David Bowie - Blackstar

15th January: Daughter - Not To Disappear

22nd January: The High Llamas - Here Come The Rattling Trees Savages - Adore Life, Shearwater - Jet Plane And Oxbow, Suede - Night Thoughts, Swahili Blonde - And Only The Melody Was Real, Tindersticks - The Waiting Room, Tortoise – The Catastrophist

29th January: Bloc Party - Hymns, Emma Pollock - In Search Of Harperfield, Saul Williams - Martyr Loser King, T-Shirt Weather - Pig Beach

5th February: Field Music - Commontime, Telegram - Operator

12th February: Flowers - Everybody's Dying To Meet You, Grawl!x - Aye, School Of Seven Bells - SVIIB

19th February: Animal Collective - Painting With, Wild Nothing – Life Of Pause

26th February: Emmy The Great - Second Love, Meilyr Jones - 2013

4th March: Steven James Adams - Old Magick

25th March: Kiran Leonard - Grapefruit

1st April: Future Of The Left - The Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left

At some point in the year, possibly/probably: The Afghan Whigs, ANOHNI (Anthony Hegarty), Band Of Horses, Bat For Lashes, Beach Fatigue, Beck, Cat Power, Clock Opera, David Thomas Broughton, Explosions In The Sky, Gorillaz, Grandaddy, Grizzly Bear, Helen Love, Holy Fuck, The Horrors, Japandroids, Jens Lekman, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Johnny Foreigner, The Last Shadow Puppets, Los Campesinos!, M.I.A., M83, Martha, MGMT, Mowbird, Napoleon IIIrd, Oscar, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Rose Elinor Dougall, Roxy Rawson, Run The Jewels, Seazoo, Sigur Ros, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, The Spook School, Still Corners, Swearin', Teenage Fanclub, Vampire Weekend, Warpaint, White Lung, The Wrens, The xx, Yeasayer

Friday, December 18, 2015

STN albums of 2015 10-1

10 John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

9 Chorusgirl - Chorusgirl

8 Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

7 Nadine Shah - Fast Food

6= Trust Fund - No One's Coming For Us/Seems Unfair

5 Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness

4 Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

3 Algiers - Algiers

2 Haiku Salut - Etch And Etch Deep

1 Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens, "Should Have Known Better" (Official Audio) from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

And as is traditional here's our 2015 Spotify playlist, including a track from all fifty albums (apart from Two White Cranes and Grubs which aren't on there and can only lead us to think someone there owes Roxy Brennan money) plus a grab-bag of standout tracks from near misses, albumless singles, loose songs etc. As many as are on there of these (unedited random figure ahoy) 93 tracks:

Alimony Hustle - DWUW
Amateur Best - They Know
Animal Collective - FloriDada
Anna Of The North – The Dreamer
AUTOBAHN - Impressionist
Battles - Summer Simmer
Belle & Sebastian - Nobody's Empire
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - This Dark Desire
The Bitter Springs - Only Sour Grapes Are Free
Bruising - Emo Friends
The Catenary Wires - Intravenous
Cheatahs - Freak Waves
The Chills - Silver Bullets
Cloud - Sunshine Psych
Comet Gain - To The City's Core
Craig Finn - Newmyer's Roof
Daughter - Numbers
David Bowie - Blackstar
Diagrams - Phantom Power
Dilly Dally - Purple Rage
Drape - Replica
DRINKS - Hermits On Holiday
Du Blonde - Young Entertainment
Echo Lake - Waves
Elizabeth Morris - Historic Times
Emma Kupa - Consequences
Evans The Death - Enabler
Everything Everything - Regret
The Fall - Dedication Not Medication
Fever Dream - Serotonin Hit
FEWS - Ill
FFS - Piss Off
Foals - What Went Down
Froth - The Rat
Girls Names - Reticence
Gramma's Boyfriend - I Live My Broken Dreams
Grandbrothers - Arctica
Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
Heavy Petting Zoo - Isabelle
HeCTA - Sympathy for the Auto Industry
Idles - The Idles Chant
Jamie XX - Loud Places
Jilk & Haiku Salut - Periscopes
Johnny Foreigner - Flooding
The Jonbarr Hinge - Ballbarian
Kiran Leonard - Pink Fruit
Laura Groves – Committed Language
The Leisure Society - The Fine Art Of Hanging On
Lone Wolf - Bleak Technique
Lord Huron - The World Ender
The Lucid Dream - Cold Killer
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
Man Of Moon - The Road
Maribou State feat. Pedestrian - The Clown
Martha - Chekov's Hangnail
Matthew E White - Fruit Trees
Meilyr Jones - How To Recognise A Work Of Art
Mercury Rev - The Queen Of Swans
Mew - Satellites
Model Village - Time To Share
Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire
Novella - Land Gone
Oh Peas! - Learning To Love You Less
Oscar - Daffodil Days
Ought - Men For Miles
Outblinker - Pink
Palehound - Molly
Peaness - Fortune Favours The Bold
Pinkshinyultrablast - Umi
Public Service Broadcasting - Go!
The Radio Dept. - This Repeated Sodomy
Rival Consoles - Afterglow
Roxy Rawson - Nothing Was Left
Savages - T.I.W.Y.G.
Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down
Simon Love - The New Adam & Eve
Spectres - Family
Spoilers - It Would Be Nice
Stanley Brinks & the Wave Pictures - Berlin
Supermoon - New Boy
Swahili Blonde - Discover Aurora
Sweet Baboo - Got To Hang Onto You
T-Shirt Weather - (Don't) Hold Your Breath
Telegram - Inside Outside
Tindersticks - We Are Dreamers
TVAM - Porsche Majeure
Vienna Ditto - Long Way Down
The Wave Pictures - I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)
Widowspeak - All Yours
Wire - Octopus
With Luck - Garnethill
Yak - Hungry Heart
Youth Lagoon - Hghway Patrol Stun Gun

Thursday, December 17, 2015

STN albums of 2015 20-11

20 Death And Vanilla - To Where the Wild Things Are

19 Robert Forster - Songs To Play

18 The Drink - Capital

17 Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

16 Laura Marling - Short Movie

15 Colder - Many Colours

14 Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter

13 Other Lives - Rituals

12 Lonelady - Hinterland

11 The Spook School - Try To Be Hopeful

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

STN albums of 2015 30-21

30 The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ

29 Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

28 Low - Ones And Sixes

27 TRAAMS - Modern Dancing

26 Lone Wolf – Lodge

25 Summer Camp - Bad Love

24 Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

23 C Duncan - Architect

22 SHOPPING - Why Choose

21 SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

STN albums of 2015 40-31

40 Girlpool - Before The World Was Big

39 Blur - The Magic Whip

38 Two White Cranes - Radisson Blue

37 Grawl!x - Good Grief

36 Landshapes - Heyoon

35 Marika Hackman - We Slept At Last

34 Ralegh Long - Hoverance

33 Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts - Manhattan

32 Post War Glamour Girls - Feeling Strange

31 H Hawkline - In The Pink Of Condition

Monday, December 14, 2015

STN albums of 2015 50-41

For various reasons there's not going to be the usual mini-essays for each entry this year so it's basically a week's worth of one of those illustrated listicles they have now, but if the example tracks sound good you know where to find the full albums and details thereof.

50 Tigercats – Mysteries

49 Darren Hayman - Florence

48 Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet

47 The Acorn - Vieux Loup

46 Mammoth Penguins - Hide And Seek

45 The School - Wasting Away And Wondering

44 Guy Garvey - Courting The Squall

43 Grubs - It Must Be Grubs

42 Totem Terrors - Hard Science

41 Micachu & The Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Drink - The Coming Rain

Things have slowed up around here as the number of things we can post has slowed up just as dramatically as the number of readers. Don't worry, there'll still be far more end of the year gubbins than you could ever handle regardless. And as it stands The Drink's upcoming album Capital, out on the 13th, may well be in the album of the year big rundown if this serpentine, barbed slinkiness is any guide.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Old reliables: Johnny Foreigner and Martha

Johnny Foreigner - Flooding

Alcopop! are putting out at split 12" - yellow, of course - with Dog Knights Productions featuring Playlounge, Doe, Doctrines and two new songs from these old peculiars, from which we've picked the second and its self-examination to crunchy compacted riffing.

Martha - Chekov's Hangnail

And Pity Me's own have new material coming out on a split vinyl too, a 7" with Radiator Hospital to mark their joint tour that starts at the end of October, choc full of power-pop hooky charge, accented harmonies and existential anguish.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Tessera Skies - Such Great Heights (Raindrops)

No, not a Postal Service cover but a continuation of the Newcastle trio's record of putting out one great track a year. A single released on the 16th, this is notably far more filled out than their previous crystalline sound, filling out their space atmospherics with emotive, stratospheric build and big sweeping Fripptroniced guitar sounds.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

And more again

Tindersticks - We Are Dreamers

Tindersticks' tenth album, The Waiting Room out - oh lord - 22nd January 2016, arrives with a great amount of bubbling restraint even by their standards. Savages' Jehnny Beth pops by to offer counterpoint to Stuart Staples' always reliable baritone. They may have settled into their particular groove but they're still wriggling around in fear of the human condition within it.

Tindersticks - We are dreamers! from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Post War Glamour Girls - Cannonball Villages

From the second half of their two-part Feeling Strange album, out 30th October, a return to a default doomy state over eight and a half heavy minutes of shuddering shards of guitar noise, barely pent up rage born of frustration.

The Spook School - Binary

The big obvious pop hit from second album Try To Be Helpful, out 9th October, ever since they debuted it last summer, informed lyrically by gender norms and singer Nye Todd's trans identity and musically by a joyful rush of pop-post-punk.

Bruising - Emo Friends

Touring with Los Campesinos! in November ahead of this 7" out on the 20th, the Leeds duo trade in misleadingly coy west coast harmonies and Breeders-recalling fuzzed up summer riffs.

Freddy Lobos - I'm Fucking I'm Free

Huge Part Chimp-recalling riffs and anxious quiet-loud dynamics drive the debut offering from a band featuring some of Ex Comets and (soon to become extinct) Maybeshewill's John Helps.