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Andrew Ryan's Top 10 Albums
1. The Cairo Gang – Goes Missing
2. Floating Points – Elaenia
3. Low – Ones and Sixes
4. Alyx Dennison – Alyx Dennison
5. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
6. Benjamin Witt – Audio Illogical Backyard Dog
7. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
8. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie
9. Luke Vibert – Bizarster
10. Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet
Dart's Top 20 Tracks
1. Break feat. Celestine – Hope
2. Bredren feat. Manon Gogos – High On Yourself
3. DJ Marky feat. Adrienne Richards & Random Movement – Getaway
4. Lenzman feat. Steo – My Tearz (Ulterior Motive Remix)
5. Digital + Response – Silver Lining
6. Gran Calavera feat. Bonnie – Needs/Unreachable
7. SCAR – Your Move/Fall From Grace
8. Paradox & Nucleus – Creator
9. Silent Witness & Survival – Trust No One
10. Etherwood feat. Zara Kershaw – Souvenirs (Ulterior Motive Remix)
11. DLR feat. Hydro – Empyreal
12. Tremah – Mud
13. With You – Speak (2 Bad Mice Remix)
14. Bailey – Sugar
15. Dead Man’s Chest – Nautilus
16. Hyroglifics – No Drama
17. SpectraSoul feat. Dan Moss – The Mistress
18. Bungle – Alone
19. Ed:It – Collecting Dust
20. LSB – Omega
Dennis Gedling's Top 10 Musical Discoveries
The Rosemary Beads’ Very Welcome Comeback
More of a welcome back rather than a discovery in 2015. I’m not a fan of the reformation of a band more often than not as normally it’s a cash in on a legacy that is quickly ruined (the Stone Roses for example). I’ll make an exception for the Rosemary Beads though. After a whirlwind couple of years in the 90s they crashed and burned, with one member disappearing from music and another tragically passing away right when they were making one hell of an impact. It seemed as though they would be spoken about in past tense on a Tuesday morning on RTRFM but thankfully they eventually returned and not only re-released all their EPs in one compilation but also played a stand out set at the 2015 In The Pines as well as some other sporadic yet memorable shows.
Neneh Cherry’s Live Show
I was a little giddy when around this time a year ago when Neneh Cherry announced a more-than overdue-tour of Australia which would take in PIAF for two nights at the Festival Gardens. While always a huge fan I was unsure about what to expect from her playing live with her new muses RocketNumberNine with layered sounds on the new album and lack of reputation as a live act.
While the crowd was small for her Sunday night show the sound was big and was my probably favourite gig of 2015. With only Neneh and the two brothers of RNN on stage, her amazing voice, stage presence and wigging out dancing during some of the more jammy parts of the set were an exceptional and wonderful surprise. Another surprise was the set list excluded but old gems like Manchild making the set list among the tracks from the impressive album she released in 2014.
Warmupi Band’s Tape Collection
Warumpi Band are very well-known, very dear to me and appreciated by the larger music community so it was great to see all their work put onto one re-issue that came out on Festival Records towards the end of 2015. The new compilation Warumpi Band Rules Ok! not only features their wonderful albums from the 80s Go Bush! and No Beds No Blankets but also their much forgotten about third album in 1996 (featuring only two of the classic lineup) and their very rare tapes from when they were unsigned.
While the music on the tapes are largely a collection of simple songs and covers that make them sound like a Stones cover band, it showed the beginnings of what about be the Butcher brothers powered rhythm section of the band that really could only be bettered by Wyman and Watts themselves. We all knows their signature tunes and the massive legacy left but I implore everyone to go out and get this double album and investigate this influential band even further.
You could say William Onyeabor is yet another Nigerian musician from the 70s era ‘afrorock’ scene that came, recorded and disappeared only to show up on the odd compilation. Thankfully his own compilation, the fittingly titled Who is William Onyeabor?, was released at the end of 2013. I was taken by the album cover during 2015 at Dada’s before anything when record shopping with its bright red colour and William proudly on the front arms crossed and with sporting a 10-gallon cowboy hat a la JR Ewing.
What I found was a wonderful collection of songs that is backed up by the extraordinary story of Onyeabor who has never played live, studied cinema in Russia, owns a flour mill, is a high Chief in his native country and then converted to Christianity among other things. There is also a tribute band featuring people such as David Byrne from Talking Heads among others who get together once or twice a year and play his songs such is the respect the guy has. Well worth checking out even if you’re late onto the scene with William Onyeabor like I am.
This rather talented WAAPA trained-musician came in to my headspace early in 2015 with his music as eclectic as it is eccentric. He (and quartet) featured early at In The Pines this year and played a stand out show that mixes many moods and genres. He plays around the traps at places like the Moon and even in libraries with most shows trying something different. Some fantastic local talent (and there’s a lot of that!)
Not really a discovery per se but 2015 was the year I got right in to this three-piece and their debut album was one of my favourites this year. One of the many great bands on the Bedroom Suck record label, the Melbourne-based South Australian’s album was short – less than 30 minutes) – to the point and full of reverby goodness. We saw all this in their show at the Bird the other week too.
When it comes to Melbourne bands there are a million and one lo-fi scuzzy reverb bands doing the same thing (and probably all located in Brunswick) but these guys are a standout from that crowd.
One band who supported Terrible Truths at that Bird show was Kitchen People. This local quintet are young, loud and full of the devil. I first saw them at Babushka supporting the not-in-hiatus-anymore Hootenanny and played fantastically tight and fun garage rock. Between song “banter” is mainly…
“Which song is next?”
“That one that goes da-da-da-da then da-da”
This will be followed by a short, sharp and very tight 90 second tear through track. This is a band you definitely have to catch at Distant Murmurs in January at the Rosemount Hotel for RTRFM. Even if you aren’t a fan of this style of music the keyboard player Vin (who is also is in Hideous Sun Demon) wears a stackhat and has a stage presence that can be filed under “unique”.
Boston as a city and the New England region in general have spat out some wonderful bands over the years and one I only just discovered this year is Guerrilla Toss. Their 2013 album Gay Beard came on NNA Tapes and divided many but was loved by those who mattered who enjoy unconstructed freaky rock and electronica.
The lead singer Kassie Carlson also echoes Kathleen Hanna in some sectors which is always a good thing with a new single now out and an album to follow very soon.
Another plus is that the beards at Pitchfork don’t like them so that’s even more of a reason to get in to this band. Maybe if they did a project with Drake or something they would be accepted by the Pitchfork types.
The Returns of the Holy Rollers
Greg Dear has been a part of the local music scene for some 30 years now, playing in numerous bands and undertaking a little renascence of the past couple of years. While the Beautiful Losers released an EP earlier this year and his solo stuff came out in 2014 as a compilation showing off his prowess as a songwriter, I finally discovered why The Holy Rollers were such a revered band in the 80s when hearing a track very early in the morning on Breakfast.
The Shenton Park Hotel-dwelling four-piece made a one-off reunion appearance at this year’s State of the Art Festival playing some rather lovely indie pop that shows just some of the talent this State has produced over the years. If you can track anything of the Holy Rollers down then it’s worth the price as I found out in 2015. Hopefully it won’t take decades for them to make another appearance.
Soul and Gospel just isn’t for the older artists. The album Coming Home by this 26 year old Fort Worth musician breathed new life into the genre(s) for me. It’s a refreshing take on a done-to-death style but a very talented and sharp-dressed man who washed dishes for a living right up until 2014 when discovered and signed by Columbia Records.
The trouble is though now he is starting to feature in iTunes advertising and becoming friendly with Pharrell Williams (that weird looking guy with the hats) so by this time next year he may be featuring on Black Eyed Peas albums and touring with Katy Perry. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen and if it does his ‘Coming Home’ release was this year’s little surprise for me. Hopefully a tour will happen to Australia some time soon.