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Best of 2019 

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Evilchili's Album of the Year! (Long) 

U2 sure make it hard to like U2 these days but boy oh boy is early U2 good. War is such a great record. Way more postpunk than you have any reason to expect and it always surprises me.

@evilchili ahh the good old Nettwerk label. still can't believe from that mostly industrial label came Sara McLachlan

do you all know Pentangle? I assume you all know Pentangle. But in case you don't, Pentangle:

Didn't notice this release until very late on

Jehnny Beth - To Love is to Live has garnered my attention with a lot of ... what's this?!!! waaah!! reactions as I make my way through the release for a 2nd time

Atticus Ross is responsible for the production and you can feel it come to the fore on many of the tunes including the 1-2 punch of Innocence & Flower.

On the attached Heroine you can feel the heavy production compliment her vocals and not dominate as it easily could.

She has spoken of Bowie's passing being a great motivator for finally doing a solo LP (I wouldn't call it a debut because of her recording accomplishments already). It does bear repeated listenings and will be on many best of 2020 lists.

@akajtg need your superior memory. first track on side b of a record was a gravelly-voiced guy going on about meat. "Meat meat meat and meat. I'd eat Capn Crunch with Beef Berries if they made the damn stuff. " what was the record?

in case you're social distancing in my neighborhood and you here a couple of seven year olds yelling Oi!, I offer this by way of explanation.

oh and also The Loneliest Girl by Princess Chelsea. Weird record. Like.

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Crate digging took me some unexpected places on Bandcamp tonight, but I feel good about where I ended up:

Transmission Suite by 808 State
Where Wye & Severn by 808 State
Bedroom Sessions by Subsonic Eye
The Fury of the Aquabats! (Expan... by The Aquabats!
See In The Dark by Deborah Jordan
dawn by mxmtoon
Record Kicks Chartbusters by Record Kicks
The Royal Blew Eccentrics by SkyBlew & Scottie Royal
SkyBlew x DJ Reimei - The Univer... by SkyBlew
SkyBlew x SublimeCloud - Destine... by SkyBlew
Painting 'Til She Dials by SkyBlew
Net Split or, the Fathomless Hea... by MC Frontalot
Rhyme Your Business by Wordburglar

Just noticed it was 30 years ago on June 1 that 808 State released my gateway album 90.

From the first tones of Magical Dream I knew this was going to be special. And it just gets better from there. Ancodia shows how the LP will not just be a formulaic sound but pushing the tech limits of the time. Then the relentless Cobra Bora leads right into the tune that absolutely clinched it for me, Pacific 202 with that sax and those wildlife noises. My love for electronica was absolutely cemented.

The Independent described it as "It was the aural equivalent of throwing a party inside a giant flotation tank. That was 808 State."

Listening to it now...

I'm so pumped for this to happen.

Additionally there's a new track available as a Bandcamp exclusive

New music from Elvis Costello. Lyrically there's a bit of the Angry Young Man in there but sonically it's closer to the record he did with the Roots. I dig it.

@evilchili (or anyone else for that matter) It's been bugging me for 2 days now. This song (and about 3 others on the LP) sound very similar (vocal style, jangle guitar) to someone that I just can't put my finger on. Can you tell me who you think it sounds like?

this weekend in our house:

- Cocteau Twins
- Aquabats
- Thermals
- Prince
- MC Frontalot
- Saint Etienne
- Future Sound of London

May 2 1989 release for an all-time favourite

This tour was one of my top 10 shows (supporting acts were none too shabby The Pixies and Love and Rockets)

Abother blistering set from Sama', fast becoming my favourite club DJ.

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