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2015 IN PICTURES: FOREST SWORDS LIVE
Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00
 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Forest Swords Live @ Freemasons Hall, Adelaide, Australia.

 

 

 

The Weight Of Gold

Forest Swords (ENG)
From the album, 'Engravings', Tri-Angle. (2013)

Forest Swords 

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Thor's Stone

Forest Swords (ENG)
From the album, 'Engravings', Tri-Angle. (2013)

Forest Swords 

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2015 IN PICTURES: MOGWAI LIVE
Sunday, 22 November 2015 00:00
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mogwai Live @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia.

 

 

 

Mogwai Fear Satan (Live)

Mogwai (SCO)
Original track from the album, 'Young Team', Chemikal Underground. 1997.

Mogwai Official

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IN PICTURES: WE FLOAT @ SOMMARSCEN, MALMOHUS SLOTT, MALMO
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:00
 

We first featured Scandinavian introspective pop outfit We Float a few months back to coincide with the release of their impressive debut album, Silence. Therefore, the opportunity to see the talented quartet, led by Norwegian songwriter and musician Anne Marte Eggen, live, as part of the two month long Sommarscen Malmo Festival was too good a chance for this writer to miss. The show took place against the dramatic backdrop of Malmö Castle and despite some very inclement weather intervening at the half way point of the set, Eggen (bass) and the Swedish trio of Linda Bergström (vocals/keys), Fanny Gunnarsson (electric piano) and Filip Bensefelt (drums) pressed on regardless, adeptly and soulfully taking the appreciative and knowledgeable audience through all but one of the cuts from their album. Below is a selection of pics from the show and a repost of the former Top 30 listed track from the album, 'Mysticeti' from earlier in the year. You can grab a copy of Silence on vinyl by contacting the band here and buy it digitally here and here. If you do, you won't be disappointed. Any European festival promoters out there would do well to enlist this band to their schedule. Such exquisitely crafted music played this well deserves to be heard.

 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

We Float Live @ Sommerscen, Malmöhus Slott, Malmö.

Setlist

1. Intro

2. Tired

3. Echolocation

4. Farewell

5. My Bones

6. Vinden

7. Yesterdays

8. Mysticeti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysticeti

We Float (NOR/SWE)
From the album, 'Silence', Havtorn Records.

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INTERVIEW: JACOB FAURHOLT OF CRYSTAL SHIPSSS
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00
 

Earlier this month saw the release of the third full length record I Will See No Moon, No Sky by Crystal Shipsss, the musical project of experimental Danish artist Jacob Faurholt. It's our much deserved current album of the week. As the title suggests, its a rather melancholic record, recorded in the aftermath of a period of tumult in Faurholt's personal life, the mood matched by the liberal use of the darker elements of the musical spectrum. Faurholt's work has always been fascinating to follow so we relished the opportunity to fire him off some questions about the inspirations, processes and personnel behind the new record and he was candidly forthcoming.

 

INDIE30: There has always been a quite melancholic approach in much of your music but on I Will See No Moon, No Sky you seem to have taken that a step further and really stepped into the mire of sorts. What was the inspiration for the record?

 

JF: I guess the inspiration for the album can be divided into two things. The inspiration for the music itself - and the inspiration for the overall theme of the record. When living in Berlin my good friend Soren (from the Canadian act Man Meets Bear) introduced me to the Canadian, but Berlin based duo Nadja. Their music (drone / ambient metal) inspired the sound on “I Will See No Moon No Sky” a lot. I even asked Aidan Baker from Nadja to recommend other bands in the genre for further inspiration. Aidan also plays guitar on the song CROWN. The mood and the lyrics came out of a turbulent time where I parted with my now ex-girlfriend and decided to leave Berlin after 4 ½ year in the city.  I recorded all of my own parts in my bedroom while still living in Berlin, which was important to me. After that I emailed the tracks to my friend William Kudahl Sørensen (from the Danish ambient act Infants) who recorded more tracks, and in more than one occasion made the songs way longer. So he is the main architect of the long intros and outros. In the end we gave it all to our friend Jens Christian Madsen (from the Danish electronic alt. pop project Tjaere+Fjer) who also recorded more tracks and finally mixed the album in his studio in Copenhagen. So the album also reflects our three musical projects coming together in one piece.  

 

INDIE30: While, your last record under the Crystal Shipsss name, Dirty Dancer, was a very varied affair, there is a more cohesive feel to the new record. Was that deliberate, to present an overt subject as a musical whole? Is there an overt subject specifically?

 

JF: With “Dirty Dancer” the idea was to record whenever I felt inspired, especially by listening to all kinds of different music. Therefore the album was recorded over a long period of time, which is probably the reason why it’s such a varied affair. As mentioned above, the musical inspiration for the new album was very clear from the start, and I had a clear deadline for recording my parts (before leaving Berlin). So yes it was definitely deliberate to present the subject as a musical whole.

 

INDIE30: There is definitely a nod to drone elements on the record. Over the years I have noticed this has been employed sparingly in your work before, suggesting that you’ve always had a penchant for the approach. Would that be right and why the decision to embrace it so wholeheartedly on this release.

 

JF: I was not sure that I would make another Crystal Shipsss album after “Dirty Dancer”. But then I got sucked into ambient / drone metal music, and I thought it would be interesting to wholeheartedly dive into that “genre”. The song “Burning Kingdom” from the first Crystal Shipsss album “Yay” was the first clue to go in that direction. 

 

INDIE30: While darkness is definitely a theme of the record, you still employ aspects that reflect light and hope. There even seem to be pop elements along with definite ambient and even prog like and otherworldly moments blending themselves in with lo-fi dirge and drone. Is there hope to be found on a record titled I Will See No Moon No Sky?

 

JF: Yes I think there is. And as you say it’s not all darkness. There is also beauty in those feelings connected to the overall subject. And that contrast is also reflected in the music. For example the contrast between the high pitched reverby vocals and the heavy distorted guitars. 

 

INDIE30: Can you enlighten us a little as to the one word song titles and what drove the lyrical process?

 

JF: I came up with the one worded titles first and then I improvised the music / lyrics while recording. So the creative process was very immediate. I just wanted to express whatever I was feeling in the moment. The titles were just whatever popped into my head. 

 

INDIE30: Who did you work with on this record and where did you record it? Tell us a little bit about that process, in terms of the people, places and approaches enlisted. Was it a departure from previous methodologies. 

 

JF: I worked with William Kudahl Sørensen (Infants) and Jens Christian Madsen (Tjaere+Fjer) who are now also a part of the CS live band. My parts were recorded in Berlin and the rest was recorded in Copenhagen, where we all live now. And then we had Aidan Baker of Nadja play guitar on CROWN. It meant a lot to me that Aidan said yes to participate, as Nadja was a huge influence on this record. Compared to the previous CS albums, which were more or less solo albums, this one felt like a real band effort. Even though we did not play our first show together until the album was done. 

 

INDIE30: In a studio recording sense, it’s such an alternating mixture of employing real density together with spartan like moments. Was this mixture and the utilisation of density and space part of a search for mood and effect because it succeeds in creating such in spades?

 

JF: I think it’s the process of all of us throwing our musical minds together. My lo-fi recordings / songs, Williams ambient stuff (and talent for atmosphere) and Jens’ studio wizardry (and eye for details). But I had a very clear vision of what kind of record I wanted to make, and I asked William and Jens to participate as I know and love their music. The perfect match.

 

INDIE30: Your work seems to possess quite restless tendencies when it comes to genre. Does this restlessness partly stem from being on the road constantly and living in different cities and countries over the years and being influenced by different “scenes” and artists? What’s been the motivation for the multitude of places and spaces? Has it been a matter of going where the music takes you or have you been searching for something in particular?

 

JF: Crystal Shipsss has from the start been the vehicle for exploring whatever I felt interesting to explore. So it’s definitely a matter of going where the music takes me. With CS there are really no boundaries. I also release albums in my own name, which is more traditional stuff. Songs written on a guitar.

 

INDIE30: You’ve recently moved back ‘home' to Copenhagen after being based in Berlin for some years. What prompted this? 

 

JF: Basically just a need for change. 

 

INDIE30: You seem to have alternated back and forth between releasing work under your own name and Crystal Shipsss. Can you enlighten us as to thought process behind the two approaches and the timing of such and what does that signal about the future for Jacob Faurholt?

 

JF: Crystal Shipsss is the more lets say experimental stuff, and the music I release in my own name is more traditional when it comes to songwriting. Right now I am focusing on promoting the new CS album. But there are also plans for an upcoming solo album + shows.

 

 

James Stocker - June 26, 2015.

 

 

Metal

Crystal Shipsss (DEN)
From the album, 'I Will See No Moon, No Sky', Raw Onion Records

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Drum (edit)

Crystal Shipsss (DEN)
From the album, 'I Will See No Moon, No Sky', Raw Onion Records

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IN PICTURES: CORRIDOR @ BAR LE RITZ PDB, MONTREAL
Monday, 01 June 2015 18:14
 

Montreal art rock quartet Corridor heralded the release of their debut LP Le Voyage Éternal with a blistering set at Bar Le Ritz last Thursday here in their hometown. Highlighting the band's penchant for alternating shades of light and dark, for almost an hour and a half they ripped through all their new tracks peppered with some older numbers as well from their first EP, Un Magicien En Toi. For those of you unfamiliar with the band's sound, its the combination between Julien Perreault's intricate spiky leads and melodies and the warmth and pop sensibility that emanates from dual vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jonathan Robert that results in the aforementioned contrasts and when stitched methodically together by the the powerful, driving angular like bass lines from fellow vocalist Dominic Berthiaume and the metronomic but at times mathematical like beats from drummer Marc-André Chapdelaine, the sound collage is complete. Yes, the Women comparison's are there if you want to be lazy but there's far more to this band for the comparison to be that simple.

Check out some pictures from the show below and listen to the short and hardly sweet track 'Castor et Pollux' as well. It's the only track doing the free rounds right now but to get a better idea of the band, the album is also streaming in full over at Exclaim here. If you like what you hear, grab the album here. If you are in the US, word is the cancelled dates with Melody's Echo Chamber have been rescheduled for later in the year.

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Corridor Live @ Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal.

 

 

 

 

Castor et Pollux

Corridor (CAN)
From the album, 'Le Voyage Éternal', REC-A.

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IN PICTURES: THE SOFT MOON @ HOLOCENE, PORTLAND
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00
 

The Soft Moon, the project of Oakland via Venice via Berlin cold/dark wave electronic musician Luis Vasquez treated the crowd to an intensely powerful set at Holocene in Portland on Sunday night. The show was part of a whirlwind 30 date tour throughout North America and marks the first time Vasquez has played his home state of California for over two years. The band took the appreciative audience through a mind tripping journey of mood and atmospherics as the band ploughed through, at almost breakneck speed, tracks from the lastest record, the European recorded Deeper, as well as some earlier tracks from Zeros. The mastery that Vasquez has over his craft vocally, electronically and on guitar, three things he mixes with ease and the disciplined virtuosity displayed by his touring bassist and drummer were a joy to behold. I managed to view the show stage left behind the drummer and was left in awe. Such power!

Below are some pictures of the night along with the setlist and the remaining dates of the tour. There's also streams of his latest singles from the album, the ultra dark and in your face, 'Black' and the more melodic searching "Feel' below. The awesome new album, Deeper, is out now on Captured Tracks. Get it here and the vinyl repressings of Zeros are available now too.

Set Listing

Black

Machines

Dead Love

Try

Circles

Far

Wrong

Into The Depths

Sewer Sickness

Wasting

Repetition

Insides

Alove Alone

Die Life

Paralells

Want

 

Remaining Dates

 

Friday, May 1 - The Casbah, San Diego

Saturday May 2, Pub Rock, Scottsdale

Sunday May 3, Sister Bar, Albuquerque

Tuesday May 5, The Opolis, Norman

Wednesday May 6, Club Dada, Dallas

Thursday May 7, Fitzgerald’s, Houston

Friday May 8, Austin Psych Fest, Austin

Saturday May 9, One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans

Sunday, May 10, Manimal Gallery, Atlanta

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Soft Moon Live @ Holocene, Portland OR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black

The Soft Moon (USA)
From the album, 'Deeper', Captured Tracks.

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Feel

The Soft Moon (USA)
From the album, 'Deeper', Captured Tracks.

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IN PICTURES: MARIE DAVIDSON & BOAN @ THE KNOCKOUT, SAN FRANCISCO
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00
 

Pinch yourself type coincidences don't come along very often. A few weeks back Indie30 was sent through Montreal's electronic experimentalist of the dark arts Marie Davidson's amazing new record Un Autre Voyage, which this week has pride of place as our AOTW. Then a few weeks later, I heard news of Austin dark wave duo BOAN's forthcoming debut long player, Mentiras (to be released in June), and as you can see from the pride of place the title track has at number three in our Top 30 at present, I fell instantly for that too.

I'm currently away from my Australian base in Adelaide for six months and my trip through North America and Europe began on Wednesday, the 15th of April in the amazingly loveable and crazy San Francisco. I further scrolled down the BOAN promo a few days before I left the country and to my amazement both Marie Davidson and BOAN were touring the west coast of the US and Canada on their Spring Tour and were to be in that very city on that first night of my sonic and travel adventures. They have often been on tour together but for me, being from Australia, this was unbelievable. I obviously then high tailed it down to The Knockout within hours of getting off the plane to catch the Holodeck Records signees and was treated to an incredible evening of nocturnal electronic art at its finest.

Marie Davidson took to the stage first and took the small but appreciative crowd through her new record in her inimitable idiosyncratic style exhibiting as she always does deep passion for her craft. Her dexterity and expertise on her electronic ensemble of analog gadgetry was exemplary. Her vocal voyage through her French and English lyrics was something to behold, even if I can only speak a few words of incredibly bad French. The engagement with her audience was minimal but, at the end of the day, unnecessary anyway.

And the linguistic twists and hypnotic aural melodies continued with Austin duo BOAN whose vocals are sung partly in Spanish. Both artists are of Spanish speaking heritage and have been working together for many years in various guises - and the BOAN incarnation has been together since 2012, previously being two thirds of Medio Mutantes. Jose Cota departs somewhat from his work in his more hard arse, deconstructive Ssleeperhold project and his softening of style and playfulness with melody while still maintaining raw power was a mesmerising experience indicative of his ongoing willingness to use his considerable electronic hardware to mix, explore and experiment with different methods and he clearly relished his work. Mariana Saldano's magnetic and charismatic vocal and stage performance, a mixture of exhibitionism but also of nuanced reservation was pivotal to the experience. She perfectly understands that while she is there to 'entertain', the interaction between herself and the audience is a two way street. Both her and Cota played off each other perfectly.

Check out some of my pics of the gig below. As always, what Indie30 is, is a DIY, not for profit blog done for pure love so they're not of top quality - simply from my phone but I've done my best to capture my experience and bring it to you. Thank you Marie, Jose, Mariana and Jon for traversing thousands of miles on this tour to gift us your art, intensely grateful.

You can order and pre-order Marie Davidson's and BOAN's new albums respectively here.

James Stocker, April 24, 2015.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marie Davidson and BOAN Live @ The Knockout, San Francisco.

 

 

 

Insomnie

Marie Davidson (CAN)
From the album, 'Un Autre Voyage', Holodeck Records

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Mentiras

BOAN (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Mentiras', Holodeck Records. Out June 9.

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INTERVIEW: ANDREW COATES OF BLACK CAB
Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00
 

Late last year we interviewed Andrew Coates from Black Cab about their superb new double album, Games Of The XXI Olympiad. The album came in at 3 in our Top 30 albums of 2014 and now word has come through about a four sided vinyl release - just salivating about that. Couldn't think of a better way to kick off 2015. They ship out in March. Our comprehensive interview with Andrew is below.

**Pre-order Games Of The XXI Olympiad on double vinyl here.**

 

INDIE30: I'd have to say straight off the bat, having immersed myself in Games of the XXI Olympiad over the past few days that sincere congratulations are in order. It's a superb listen. After your first record, you oriented yourselves towards Germany in many ways. Apart from your obvious love of German psychedelic and electronic music, were there any other reasons for becoming so close to the country artistically and otherwise?

AC: We're always been kind of cultural history nuts, particularly for Europe in the 1970's, and I've always been fascinated by German history, culture and music.  We're obviously super interested in the period of the '70's that spawned Kraftwerk, Neu, Harmonia, Cluster and so on, Bowie in Berlin etc.  But German history and culture in the 70’s is also really interesting – extreme politics (Baader Meinhoff etc), DDR, the birth of the green movement etc

INDIE30: Was this a reaction in any way to what was happening in Australia at the time - have you felt your music has been appreciated here? Do you feel closer to Europe in that sense?

AC: We do feel closer to Europe, certainly more so now than the previous more guitar based line-up.  We never felt like we fitted in to that traditional Melbourne rock sound and we sort of fall between the gaps of the festival scene, being neither rock nor dance, but we do have a very loyal fan base here in Melbourne and we feel very close to the people who like our music and seek it out. We certainly don’t do this for the money which is actually very liberating and keeps you focused on music that you’d feel proud to share with the world and that will stand the test of time.

INDIE30: This album and your last two are heavily influenced by East Germany as a political entity and as a concept. I could surmise and venture many reasons for this as it fascinates me too. But what's the fascination there for you guys?

AC: There’s something darkly fascinating about a dictatorship with such a massive inferiority complex that they have to have nearly half the country spying on the other half, as well systematically doping their best athletes over a decade to show the world how awesome their political system is.  But that whole national showboating thing is common across the entire Olympics as a spectacle, even to the stupid outfits countries put together to show off to each other.  In 1976 those outfits reach staggering heights of awfulness. And East Germany beat out the US in terms of medals (they came second after the USSR) and Australia totally sucked ass – winning no gold at all.  We find that hugely amusing and slots right in to our ongoing national inferiority complex.

INDIE30: Tell us about the back story behind coming up with the concept for this album, the East German State Plan 14:25 and the Montreal Olympics, and did that concept evolve over the four year writing and recording process? If so, how?

AC: We knew we wanted to do something electronic around a loose sporting theme and the 1976 Games was a logical one to base it around given the DDR’s doping program and our interest in that country after Call Signs.  We also wanted to explore more electronic territory so this also slotted in nicely with the performance enhanced vibe of those games. Once we settled on that theme it kicked off some great inspiration for tracks like Opening and Closing Ceremony, Supermadchen and Kornelia Ender, and we could bring other tacks into the fold through adding some bombastic synths and treatments.

INDIE30: The trajectory of your music seems to follow the same trajectory of the independent German scene of the late 60s and 70s, going from live instrumentation and psychedelic influences towards the employment of motorik rhythms and a penchant for electronic programming. Has this been simply a natural progression or has it been more of a conscious thing? And either way, how does that happen?

AC: James and I have always been big fans of electronic music.  James is a Kraftwerk nut from way back, and I’ve loved weirder UK stuff like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle as well as great German bands such as Neu and Cluster. Once we made the decision to ditch the guitars and go primarily electronic it was quite liberating as we didn’t have to shoehorn guitars over everything as we did previously. We also love strange sounds, drones and treatments and Steve Law is a great one for weirdness and sonic experimentation and he helped shape some early sounds on tracks like Supermadchen, Edner and Go Slow. And we also selected producers who could help us further shape sounds and ideas, like Simon Polinski, Tim Holmes and finally Woody Annison, who’s also a sonic adventurer with great taste and a dark energy that we really like. I guess we did shadow the evolution of those great German bands - and we'll probably continue further in that vein.

INDIE30: With the embracing of synthesisers and an electronic direction having come to full maturation on the new record, what role did the two singles 'Combat Boots' and Sexy Polizei, written some years ago, play in generating the rest of album's sound?

AC: Both of those singles set the tone for everything else. Sexy Polizei came out of some sessions with the previous more guitar-based lineup.  We worked on a bunch of ideas over two days at Headgap and I hated nearly all of it.  The one track I thought had the most potential was Sexy Polizei and that become the focus.  The other guys (save for James and Steve) hated it. Then we added further fuel to the fire by bringing in Mon Brumby – via Simon Polinksi – to add some gorgeous backing vocals and take us further from what was by then pretty set as a Cab rock sound.  The result was really a template for this album.  Boots built on this further and by then James and I were pretty set on going much further in that direction. That meant the guitars (and guitarists) had to go too as they just didn’t work over the new tracks live. We stripped back as much as we could then rebuilt.

INDIE30: Was a double album always the aim or did that evolve?

AC: James and I stupidly said we’d do the fourth as a double from day one. Like looking at Mount Everest on a postcard and going “Sure – piece of piss.” And once we promised a double, well that was it.  Like a noose around our necks! But we actually had a bunch of tracks that we left off the final album, so fuck Everest – we could have done a triple!

INDIE30: The last two tracks take an ambient reflective almost cautionary note when put next to the exhilaration of 'Supermadchen' and 'Go Slow' to name two. The high's and low's of the doping concept I guess? Was this what you were aiming for in this sense 

AC: We always like to mix things up with a few weird, album oriented ambient tracks otherwise things get a little samey samey.  Some of my favorite album moments are weird reflective tracks like Providence on Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation or The Arm of The Lord on Cabaret Voltaire’s Covenant and Sword LP. Throbbing Gristle were great at this too. You can really push ideas in ways you can’t with a more formal track arrangement, which works great when you have a loose theme to work around.

INDIE30: The sound on the album is absolutely amazing - so clear and crisp, so precise. It's well known the recording was a long and laborious process with a range of producers and studios enlisted. Could you let us in the reasons for the length of time and the changes in location and personnel and what you were trying to achieve with the recording process and what was it like to deal with and manage?

AC: It took us a long time to find the sounds and arrangements that really worked once we’d ditched the guitars and previous live band members.  We started with Simon Polinski who did some great work for us on early versions of Sexy Pol and Boots and has a great track record with electronica, then did some newer stuff with Tim Holmes in London.  Tim’s work with Death In Vegas was super appealing, and Wes Holland knew him from some work he’s done with the Sand Pebbles.  We got some good stuff done with Tim but some of the arrangements needed lots more work, so we took tracks like Go Slow and Supermadchen back to a live context and danced them up a little to try and get people moving.  Arrangements quickly changed and evolved and Supermadchen for example went from a tame 4.5 min arrangement to the current 10 journey based solely on live experimentation, which we were able to do thanks to great technology like Ableton Live.  Adding Wes in on live drums was also great as he pulled the sound from being pure electronic back to some more rock energy.

The final step was then to take all tracks in to Woody Annison who’s been our go to producer for our best work.  Having spent so long on the album we were getting kinda of lost in it, and we needed Woody’s taste and forcefulness to shape the final work and push the sounds a little harder.  He knows what our sound should be and has a great feel for the studio as an instrument. He also has the balls to tell us when we’re serving him up shit which can be hard for non-producers to do.

INDIE30: It's well known that independent artists who stay true to themselves and their art aren't exactly flushed with cash. How does it feel that the record is finally out there now? Were their times you doubted it would surface in the form it has?

AC; We feel great and I think the record stands up well.  The only issue now is how to get it known to people out there who don’t know it exists but would like it if they did.  There are no labels or money in music now so you need to work this distro and promo shit out for yourselves or you’re fucked.  We have some good partners and a great online presence so now it’s up to us to figure out how to break out of Melbourne and get known in some great places internationally.

INDIE30: Any plans for a vinyl release? I'd love it to have pride and place in my collection. In fact I'm positively salivating at the prospect! Are there plans to release the record internationally?

Yep – vinyl in March 2015.  It’ll be 4 sides.

INDIE30: What's next for Black Cab?

Who the hell knows?  It’s been a strange trip so anything’s possible!

 

James Stocker - (November 2014) February 6, 2015.

 

Go Slow

Black Cab (AUS)
From the album, 'Games Of The XXI Olympiad', Interstate 40.

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TOP 100 TRACKS OF 2014
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00
 

 

 

100. Never Come Back Again

The Soft Walls (ENG)
From the album, 'No Time', Trouble In Mind. 

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99. Be Alright

Nate Salman (USA)
From the digital single, 'Be Alright', Self Released.

Nate Salman Facebook

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98. Pure Life

Throwing Shade (ENG)
From the EP, '19 Jewels', No Pain In Pop.

Throwing Shade Facebook

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97. Whenever

The Death Of Pop (ENG)
From the EP, 'Fifths', Art Is Hard. 

The Death Of Pop Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

96. La Verite

Francois & The Atlas Mountains (FRA)
From the album, 'Piano Ombre', Domino

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95. Expensive Dog

Total Control (AUS)
From the album, 'Typical System', Iron Lung.

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94. A Place Called Space

The Juan Maclean (USA)
From the album, 'In A Dream', DFA. 

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93. I Can Do No Wrong

American Wrestlers (SCO/USA)
From the single, 'I Can Do No Wrong', Fat Possum.

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92. Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts (USA)
From the album, 'Sunbathing Animal', Mom+Pop/What's Your Rupture

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91. Keeper

pecas (USA)
From the album, 'Dwelling', Self Released.

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90. Malachite

Lydia Ainsworth (CAN)
From the EP, 'Right From Real Pt. 1', Arbutus Records.

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89. When I'm Gone (feat. GEoRGIA)

Eyedress (PHI)
From the single 'When 'I'm Gone', Self Released.

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88. Lung (feat. Lafawndah)

Teengirl Fantasy (USA)
From the EP, 'Thermal', Break World Records.

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87. Palm Readers

The Shilohs (CAN)
From the album, 'The Shilohs', Light Organ Records.

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86. Asleep

Makthaverskan (SWE)
From the album, 'II', Luxury/Run For Cover. (Originally released in Sweden 2013)

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85. Je Te Montrerai (feat. Donzelle)

Police Des Moeurs (CAN)
From the split LP, 'Police Des Moeurs/Essaie Pas', Altier Ciseaux,

Police Des Moeurs Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

84. Crime

Real Estate (USA)
From the album, 'Atlas', Domino. 

Real Estate Official Site

Official Video

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83. Infinity Street

Sui Zhen (AUS)
From the single, 'Infinity Street', Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control

Sui Zhen Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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82. Everything Everything

The Mary Onettes (SWE)
From the mini-album, 'Portico', Labrador.

The Mary Onettes Official Site

Audio Stream

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81. Retox

Essaie Pas (CAN)
From the split LP, 'Police Des Moeurs/Essaie Pas', Altier Ciseaux,

Essaie Pas Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

 

80. Come On Back This Way (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders (AUS)
From the album, 'Playmates', Self Portrait / Inertia /Fat Possum

Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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79. Jackson

Cymbals Eat Guitars (USA)
From the album, 'Lose', Barsuk.

Cymbals Eat Guitars Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

78. Our Love

Caribou (CAN)
From the album, 'Our Love', Merge/City Slang

Caribou Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

77. Glass

Total Control (AUS)
From the album, 'Typical System', Iron Lung.

Total Control Soundcloud

Audio Stream

 

 

76. Adorn

You'll Never Get To Heaven (CAN)
From the EP, 'Adorn', Mystic Roses/Psychic Handshake

You'll Never Get To Heaven Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

75. Psychic Trauma

Cloud Nothings (USA)
From the album, 'Here And Nowhere Else', Carpark/Mom+Pop.

Cloud Nothings Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

74. Come & See

Protomartyr (USA)
From the album, 'Under Color Of Official Right', Hardly Art.

Protomartyr Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

73. Pendulum

FKA twigs (ENG)
From the album, 'LP1', Young Turks.

FKA twigs Facebook

Audio Stream

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72. NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat. Ezra Koenig)

SBTRKT (ENG)
From the album, 'Wonder Where We Land', Young Turks/Remote Control.

SBTRKT Facebook

Audio Stream

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71. A Power

How To Dress Well (USA)
From the album, 'What Is This Heart', Weird World/Domino. 

How To Dress Well Facebook

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70. Delorean Dynamite

Todd Terje (NOR)
From the album, 'It's Album Time', Olsen Music.

Todd Terje Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

69. Hesitate

Hockeysmith (ENG)
From the EP, 'But Blood', Double Denim. 

Audio Stream

 

 

68. Interference Fits

Perfect Pussy (USA)
From the album, 'Say Yes To Love', Captured Tracks.

Perfect Pussy Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

67. Bitch

Allie X (CAN)
From the digital single, 'Bitch', Self Released.

Allie X Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

66. Unfurla

Clark (ENG)
From the album, 'Clark', Warp Records

Clark Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

65. Hold On

Wilderness (SWE)
From the single, 'Hold On', Self Released.

Wilderness Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

Official Video

 

 

64. Limitless

Korallreven (SWE)
From the album, 'Second Comin', Cascine.

Korallreven Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

63. What's In The World?

Yawn (USA)
From the album, 'Love Chills', Old Flame Records.

Yawn Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

62. Going Out

Hospitality (USA
From the album, 'Trouble', Merge.

Hospitality Facebook

Official Video

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61. An Ocean Beneath The Waves

The War On Drugs (USA)
From the album, 'Lost In The Dream', Secretly Canadian. 

The War On Drugs Official Site

(Unofficial) Audio Stream

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60. Continental Shelf

Viet Cong (USA)
From the album, 'Viet Cong', Jagjaguwar. 

Viet Cong Bandcamp

Audio Stream

 

 

59. Put Your Number In My Phone

Ariel Pink (USA)
From the album, 'Pom Pom' 4AD.

Ariel Pink Official Site

Official Video

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58. Hotel

The Antlers (USA)
From the album, 'Familiars', Anti. 

The Antlers Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

57. Your Love Is Killing Me

Sharon Van Etten (USA)
From the album, 'Are We There', Jagjaguawar.

Sharon Van Etten Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

56. So Cold (feat. Carmen Elle)

Beta Frontiers (CAN)
From the single, 'So Cold', Buzz Records.

Beta Frontiers Facebook

Audio Stream

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55. The Space Between Us

+/- (USA)
From the album, 'Jumping The Tracks', Teen Beat Records.

+/- Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

54. Like Lust

Movement (AUS)
From the EP, 'Movement', Modular.

Movement Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

53. Clarity!

Ought (CAN)
From the album, 'More Than Any Other Day', Constellation.

Ought Facebook

Audio Stream

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Live Performance

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52. Flesh War

Total Control (AUS)
From the album, 'Typical System', Iron Lung.

Total Control Soundcloud

Audio Stream

 

 

51. I'm Calling

Tennis (USA)
From the album, 'Ritual In Repeat', Communion

Tennis Official Site

Official Video

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50. Obsidian

Sister Crystals (USA)
From the digital single, 'Obsidian', Feel Trip.

Sister Crystals Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

49. Waterfall

Fear Of Men (ENG)
From the album, 'Loom', Kanine.

Fear Of Men Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

48. Lights Out

Angel Olsen (USA)
From the album, 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness', Jagjaguwar.

Angel Olsen Official Site

Audio Stream

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47. Other Ones

Mini Dresses (USA)
From the EP, 'Three', Self Released.

Mini Dresses Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

46. White Morning

Seoul (CAN)
From the digital single, 'White Morning', Slef Released.

Seoul Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

Official Video

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45. Confidence

Brett (USA)
From the album, 'Brett', Cascine

Brett Facebook

Audio Stream here

 

 

44. Breathe (feat. Ejecta)

Joel Ford (USA)
From the single 'Breathe', Driftless Recordings 

Joel Ford Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

43. Erosion

Cymbals (ENG)
From the album, 'The Age Of Fracture', Tough Love

Cymbals Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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42. Swallow

Best Friend (USA)
From the single 'Swallow/Still There', Self Released.

Best Friend Facebook

NYP Buy here

Audio Stream

 

 

41. Cockscombs

Deepest Bison (USA)
From the EP, 'Cockscombs', Self Released.

Deepest Bison Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

 

40. Battles

DNKL (SWE)
From the digital single, 'Battles', Self Released.

DNKL Official Site

FREE DOWNLOAD

Official Video

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39. North Circular

Real Lies (ENG)
From the digital single, 'North Circular'', Marathon Artists.

Real Lies Facebook

Live Performance Stream - BBC Maida Sessions

Official Video

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38. Cherry

Pillar Point (USA)
From the album, 'Pillar Point', Polyvinyl.

Pillar Point Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

37. Archie, Marry Me

Alvvays (CAN)
From the album, 'Alvvays', Royal Mountain/Polyvinyl/Transgressive

Alvvays Official Site

Audio Stream

Official Video

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36. Alena

Yumi Zouma (NZL)
From the single 'Alena', Cascine.

Yumi Zouma Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

35. Inside

Brett (USA)
From the album, 'Brett', Cascine

Brett Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

34. You Can't See Me

Colours (AUS)
From the single, 'You Can't See Me', Father/Daughter.

Colours Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

33. Along The PCH On Oscar Night

Nicholas Krgovich (CAN)
From the album, 'On Sunset', Self Released/Tin Angel Records.

Nicholas Krgovich Official Site

Audio Stream

Official Video

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32. Breaking The Angle Against The Tide

Craft Spells (USA)
From the album, 'Nausea', Captured Tracks. 

Craft Spells Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

31. The Highest State Of Grace

Korallreven (SWE)
From the album, 'Second Comin', Cascine. 

Korallreven Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

 

30. Queen

Perfume Genius (USA)
From the album, 'Too Bright', Matador.

Perfume Genius Facebook

Official Video

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29. Taking

Grand Courriers (USA)
From the single, 'Taking', Self Released.

Grand Courriers Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

28. Wanderlust

Wild Beasts (ENG)
From the album, 'Present Tense', Domino.

Wild Beasts Official Site

Audio Stream

Official Video

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27. Meet Me In The Park

Nicholas Nicholas (USA)
From the album, 'Wrong', Self Released.

Nicholas Nicholas Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

26. Conversations

Woman's Hour (ENG)
From the album, 'Conversations', Secretly Canadian.

Woman's Hour Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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25. Divinity

KUCKA (AUS)
From the single, 'Divinity', Midnight Feature/Inertia

KUCKA Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

25. Seasons (Waiting On You)

Future Islands (USA)
From the album, 'Singles' 4AD.

Future Islands Official Site

Official Video

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24. Red Eyes

The War On Drugs (USA)
From the album, 'Lost In The Dream', Secretly Canadian. 

The War On Drugs Official Site

Audio Stream

Official Video

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23. Bent

Kiasmos (ICE/FAR)
From the album, 'Kiasmos', Erased Tapes. 

Kiasmos Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

22. Can't Do Without You

Caribou (CAN)
From the album, 'Our Love', Merge/City Slang. 

Caribou Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

21. Lunar

Bad Blocks (NZL)
From the EP, 'Circulate', Stars and Letters.

Bad Blocks Facebook

FREE DOWNLOAD

 

 

 

20. Beautiful Criminal

ALX (SCO)
From the single, 'Beautiful Criminal', Self Released.

ALX Soundcloud

Audio Stream

Official Video

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19. PSI

Lydia Ainsworth (CAN)
From the EP, 'Right From Real', Arbutus Records.

Lydia Ainsworth Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

18. Talking Backwards

Real Estate (USA)
From the album, 'Atlas', Domino. 

Real Estate Official Site

Audio Stream

Official Video

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17. Little Killer

 Merchandise (USA)
From the album, 'After The End', 4AD/Remote Control. 

Merchandise Label Page

Official Video

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16. In The House Of Yes

Mr Twin Sister (USA)
From the album, 'Mr Twin Sister', Infinite Best/Twin Group

Mr Twin Sister Official Site

Audio Stream

 

 

15. Carissa

Sun Kil Moon (USA)
From the album, 'Benji, Caldo Verde',

Sun Kil Moon Official Site

Audio Stream

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13. Black And White

Parquet Courts (USA)
From the album, 'Sunbathing Animal', Mom+Pop/What's Your Rupture

Parquet Courts Facebook

Official Video

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12. Esoteric Tizz

Free Time (AUS/USA)
From the single, 'Esoteric Tizz', Underwater Peoples

Free Time Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

11. The Brae

Yumi Zouma (NZL)
From the EP, 'Yumi Zouma', Cascine.

Yumi Zouma Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

 

10. Way To Be Loved

TOPS (CAN)
From the album, 'Picture You Staring', Arbutus Records.

TOPS Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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9. Fiona Coyne

Saint Pepsi (USA)
From the single, 'Fiona Coyne', Carpark

Saint Pepsi Facebook

Audio Stream

 

8. Forever

Iceage (DEN)
From the album, 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love', Escho / Matador.

Iceage Official Site

Audio Stream

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7. Under The Pressure

The War On Drugs (USA)
From the album, 'Lost In The Dream', Secretly Canadian. 

The War On Drugs Official Site

Official Video

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6. Lovers

Brett (USA)
From the album, 'Brett', Cascine

Brett Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

5. Era

Fiance (USA)
From the EP, 'EP1', SQE. 

Fiance Facebook

Soundcloud audio here

Official Video

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4. You Can

Tearjerker (CAN)
From the EP, 'Hiding', SQE. 

Tearjerker Facebook

Audio Stream

Official Video

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3. Copper Thief

Case Conrad (SWE)
From the album, 'Leikko', Stargazer.

Case Conrad Official Site

Official Video

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2. Supermädchen

Black Cab (AUS)
From the album, 'Games Of The XXI Olympiad', Interstate 40/Remote Control.

Black Cab Facebook

Audio Stream

 

 

1. Two Weeks

FKA twigs (ENG)
From the album, 'LP1', Young Turks. 

FKA twigs Official Site

Official Video

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TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2014
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
 

*Note - no albums released on a major label were eligible for this list.

 

30. HOW TO DRESS WELL (USA)

What Is This Heart?

Domino / Weird World

How To Dress World Facebook

Buy here

1. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
2. What You Wanted
3. Face Again
4. See You Fail
5. Repeat Pleasure
6. Words I Don't Remember
7. Pour Cyril
8. Precious Light
9. Childhood Faith In Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay The Same)
10. A Power
11. Very Best Friend
12. House Inside (Future Is Older Than The Past)

 

29. TOPS (CAN)

Picture You Staring

Arbutus Records

TOPS Facebook

Buy here

1. Way To Be Loved
2. Blind Faze
3. Circle The Dark
4. Outside
5. All The People Sleep
6. Sleeptalker
7. Superstition Killer
8. 2 Shy
9. Change Of Heart
10. Easier Said
11. Driverless Passenger
12. Destination
Listen to full album here

 

28. THE ANTLERS (USA)

Familiars

Anti- / Trangressive

The Antlers Official Site

Buy here 

1. Palace
2. Doppelganger
3. Hotel
4. Intruders
5. Director
6. Revisited
7. Parade
8. Surrender
9. Refuge

 

27. ODONIS ODONIS (CAN)

Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled

Buzz Records

Odonis Odonis Official Site

Buy here

1. Tension
2. Are We Friends
3. Order In The Court
4. New Obsession
5. Breathing Hard
6. Mr Smith
7. Release
8. Angus Mountain
9. Office Sluts
10. Highnote
11. Transmission From The Moon
12. Alexa Wait

 

26. KIASMOS (ICE/FAR)

Kiasmos

Erased Tapes

Kiasmos Facebook

Buy here

1. Lit
2. Held
3. Looped
4. Swayed
5. Thrown
6. Dragged
7. Bent
8. Burnt
 
 

25. FUTURE ISLANDS (USA)

Singles

4AD

Future Islands Official Site

Buy here

1. Seasons (Waiting On You)
2. Spirit
3. Sun In the Morning
4. Doves
5. Back In The Tall Grass
6. A Song For Our Grandfathers
7. Light House
8. Like The Moon
9. Fall From Grace
10. A Dream Of You And Me

 

24. LYDIA AINSWORTH (CAN)

Right From Real

Arbutus Records

Lydia Ainsworth Official Site

Buy here

1. Candle
2. White Shadows
3. Malachite
4. Take Your Face Off
5. Moonstone
6. Hologram
7. PSI
8. The Truth

 

23. RICKY EAT ACID (USA)

Three Love Songs

Orchid Tapes

Ricky Eat Acid Facebook

Download free digital version here

*Download entire album

1. There Is Only You In The Light & Nothing Else
2. Driving Alone Past Roadwork At Night
3. Inside My House; Some Place I Keep Dreaming About
4. Big Man's Last Trip Outside
5. In Rural Virginia; Watching Glowing Lights Crawl From The Dark Corners Of The Room
6. Inside Your House; It Will Swallow Us Too
7. It Will Draw Me Over To It Like It Always Does
8. In My Dreams We're Almost Touching
9. God Puts Us All In The Swimming Pool
10. Outside Your House; The Lights Went Out & There Was Nothing
11. I Can Hear The Heart Breaking As One
12. Starting Over
*Download entire album

 

22. MR TWIN SISTER (USA)

Mr Twin Sister

Infinite Best / Twin Group

Mr Twin Sister Official Site

Buy here

1. Sensitive
2. Rude Boy
3. In The House Of Yes
4. Blush
5. Out Of The Dark
6. Twelve Angels
7. Medford
8. Crime Scene

 

21. PARQUET COURTS (USA)

Sunbathing Animals

Mom + Pop / What's Your Rupture

Parquet Courts Facebook

Buy here

1. Bodies
2. Black And White
3. Dear Ramona
4. What Color Is Blood
5. Vienna II
6. Always Back In Town
7. She's Rollin'
8. Sunbathing Animal
9. Up All Night
10. Instant Disassembly
11. Duckin' And Dodgin'
12. Raw Milk
13. Into The Garden
 
 
 
*Note - no albums released on a major label were eligible for this list.
 
 

20. PERFUME GENIUS (USA)

Too Bright

Matador

Perfume Genius Official Site

Buy here

1. I Decline
2. Queen
3. Fool
4. No Good
5. My Body
6. Don't Let Them In
7. Grid
8. Longpig
9. I'm A Mother
10. Too Bright
11. All Along

 

19. OUGHT (CAN)

More Than Any Other Day

Constellation

Ought Facebook

Buy here 

1. Pleasant Heart
2. Today, More Than Any Other Day
3. Habit
4. The Weather Song
5. Forgiveness
6. Around Again
7. Clarity!
8. Gemini

 

18. ANGEL OLSEN (USA)

Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Jagjaguwar

Angel Olsen Official Site

Buy here

1. Unfucktheworld
2. Forgiven/Forgotten
3. Hi-Five
4. White Fire
5. High & Wild
6. Lights Out
7. Stars
8. Iota
9. Dance  Slow Decades
10. Enemy
11. Windows

 

17. KORALLREVEN (SWE)

Second Comin'

Cascine

Korallreven Facebook

Buy here

1. Death Is Not For Us
2. Spirit Away (feat. China)
3. Threats
4. The Highest State Of Grace
5. Limitless
6. Second Comin'
7. Try Anything Once (feat. Cornelius)
8. Mantras (feat. I Break Horses)
9. Alone In Shinjuku
10. Ki (feat. I Break Horses)

 

16. REAL ESTATE (USA)

Atlas

Domino

Real Estate Official Site

Buy here

1. Had To Hear
2. Past Lives
3. Talking Backwards
4. April's Song
5. The Bend
6. Crime
7. Primitive 
8. How Might I Live
9. Horizon
10. Navigator

 

15. SHARON VAN ETTEN (USA)

Are We There

Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten Official Site

Buy here

1. Afraid Of Nothing
2. Taking Chances
3. Your Love Is Killing Me
4. Our Love
5. Tarifa
6. I Love You But I'm Lost
7. You Know Me Well
8. Break Me
9. Nothing Will Change
10. I Know
11. Every Time The Sun Comes Up

 

14. PROTOMARTYR (USA)

Under Color Of Official Right

Hardly Art

Protomartyr Facebook

Buy here

1. Maidenhead
2. Ain't So Simple
3. Want Remover
4. Trust Me Billy
5. Pagans
6. What The Wall Said
7. Tarpeian Rock
8. Bad Advice
9. Son Of Dis
10. Scum, Rise!
11. I Stare At Floors
12. Come & See
13. Violent
14. I'll Take That Applause
 
 

13. CARIBOU (CAN)

Our Love

Merge

Caribou Facebook

Buy here

1. Can't Do Without You
2. Silver
3. All I Never Need
4. Our Love
5. Dive
6. Second Chance
7. Julia Brightly
8. Mars
9. Back Home
10. Your Love Will Set You Free

 

12. TOTAL CONTROL (AUS)

Typical System

Iron Lung

Total Control Official Site

Buy digitally here  (vinyl sold out & delayed)

1.Glass
2. Expensive Dog
3. Flesh War
4. Systematic Fuck
5. Liberal Party
6. Two Less Jacks
7. Black Spring
8. The Ferryman
9. Hunter
10. Safety Net

 

11. BEN FROST (AUS/ICE)

Aurora

Bedroom Community / Mute

Ben Frost Soundcloud

Buy here 

1. Flex
2. Nolan
3. The Teeth Behind Kisses
4. Secant
5. Diphenyl Oxalate
6. Venter
7. No Sorrowing
8. Sola Fide
9. A Single Point Of Blinding Light

*Note - no albums released on a major label were eligible for this list.

 

10. WILD BEASTS (ENG)

Present Tense

Domino

Wild Beasts Official Site

Buy here

1. Wanderlust
2. Nature Boy
3. Mecca
4. Sweet Spot
5. Daughters
6. A Pregnant Pause
7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
8. A Dog's Life
9. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace

 

9. THE BILINDA BUTCHERS (USA)

Heaven

Orchid Tapes / Atelier Ciseaux

The Bilinda Butchers Tumblr

Buy here

1. Ume (feat. Juri Nakashima)
2. Less Than
3. Old Style Amami (feat. Juri Nakashima)
4. Shadow Beat
5. Golden House (feat. Sarah Psalti)
6. New Style Askashi (feat. Juri Nakashima)
7. The Lover's Suicide
8. Tanka (feat. Lamp)
9. Edo Method
10. The River Sumida
11. Golden House (feat. Juri Nakashima)
12. Heaven Holds A Place (feat. Harriet Brown)
13. Heaven (feat. Juri Nakashima)

 

8. SWANS (USA)

To Be Kind

Young God Records

Swans Facebook

Buy here

1. Screen Shot
2. Just A Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)
3. A Little God In My Hands
4. Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture
5. Some Things We Do
6. She Loves Us
7. Kirsten Supine
8. Oxygen
9. Nathalie Neal
10. To Be Kind

 

7. FKA TWIGS (ENG)

LP1

Young Turks

FKA twigs Facebook

Buy here

1. Prelude
2. Lights On
3. Two Weeks
4. Hours
5. Pendulum
6. Video Girl
7. Numbers
8. Closer
9. Give Up
10. Kicks

 

6. BRETT (USA)

Brett

Cascine

Brett Facebook

Buy here

1. Chalon
2. Lovers
3. Confidence
4. Inside
5. Goon
6. Always
7. Golden
8. Thrash
9. Glass Hearts

 

5. SUN KIL MOON (USA)

Benji

Caldo Verde

Sun Kil Moon Official Site

Buy here (CD Only - no vinyl release)

1. Carissa
2. I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love
3. Truck Driver
4. Dogs
5. Pray For Newtown
6. Jim Wise
7. I Love My Dad
8. I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same
9. Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes
10. Micheline
11. Ben's My Friend

 

4. ARIEL PINK (USA)

pom pom

4AD

Ariel Pink Facebook

Buy here

1. Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade
2. White Freckles
3. Four Shadows
4. Lipstick
5. Not Enough Violence
6. Put Your Number In My Phone
7. One Summer Night
8. Nude Beach A G-Go
9. Goth Bomb
10. Dinosaur Carebears
11. Negativ Ed
12. Sexual Athletics
13. Jell-o
14. Black Ballerina
15. Picture Me Gone
16. Exile On Frog Street
17. Dayzed In Daydreams

 

3. BLACK CAB (AUS)

Games Of The XXI Olympiad

Interstate 40

Black Cab Facebook

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1. Opening Ceremony
2. Supermadchen
3. Victorious
4. Performance Center Obertauern
5. Kornelia Ender
6. Go Slow
7. Problem Child
8. Combat Boots
9. Little Blue Ones
10. My War
11. Sexy Polizei
12. State Plan 14:25
13. Closing Ceremony

 

2. THE WAR ON DRUGS (USA)

Lost In The Dream

Secretly Canadian

The War On Drugs Official Site

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1. Under The Pressure
2. Red Eyes
3. Suffering
4. An Ocean In Between The Waves
5. Disappearing
6. Eyes To The Wind
7. The Haunting Idle
8. Burning
9. Lost In The Dream
10. In Reverse
 
 

1. ICEAGE (DEN)

Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Matador

Iceage Official Site

Buy here

1. On My Fingers
2. The Lord's Favorite
3. How Many
4. Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled
5. Stay
6. Let It Vanish
7. Abundant Living
8. Forever
9. Cimmerian Shade
10. Against The Moon
11. Simony
12. Plowing Into The Field Of Love

 
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