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A festive fifty — part three

The last time I put together a list such as this was sometime around the and of 1994 and it comprised two C90 cassette recordings of my favourite songs from the previous couple of years. I still have the tapes. Boo Radley’s magnificent Giant Steps and Nick Cave’s finest LP, Let Love In, figure strongly.

Ironically, given the advances in technology, pressing play and record and pause between switching records was probably less time consuming than this: typing, retying, finding links, cutting and pasting. Maybe next year I should just burn a couple of CDs and post them out to anyone who wants them.

One thing that list and this had in common was an alphabetical order. It precludes any other kind of hierarchy and thereby excuses me from having to make a decision about the relative merits of, for instance, the last track in part two, and the first to begin with the letter I, some self- and accurately styled “garage stomp pop” from London.

Love L.U.V. // I Got a Letter

Continuing the “I” theme, this is another antipodean offering, from Brisbane’s Major Leagues.

Major Leagues // It was Always You

From here, it’s a relatively short hop back to Auckland.

Fazerdaze // Last to Sleep

A few years ago a list like this would have been dominated by the Americans, and by Americans from Brooklyn in particular. There are some sounds from that New York borough yet to come, but for the time being we’re in San Jose, California (not literally, if only) with seven people who like music and cats, but mostly music.

Kitty Kat Fan Club // Looking to Run

This is the last of four tracks from Fazerdaze’s lovely Morningside LP. Buy their records.

Fazerdaze // Lucky Girl

If ever a city has had an impact on the UK music scene disproportionate to its size, that city is Norwich. These may be its first riot grrrls of any note. More please.

Peach Club // Mission Impossible

There’s something about this not record that reminds me of Japanese experimentalists Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Perhaps it’s the unusual fusion of Greece and Scotland that took place when the Occasional Flickers moved from Athens to Edinburgh. Whatever the reasons, the outcome is a lovely record.

The Occasional Flickers // Most of the Time

As far as I can tell, Darren Hayman has recorded under nine different guises. Starting with the excellent Hefner and thence through varying backing bands and variously appended solo projects he’s consistency is remarkable. And while he rarely surprises, there is always a new variation on the “Hayman sound”. Most recently that variation has been a partnership with Emma Kupa, once of erstwhile indie darlings Standard Fare.

The Hayman Kupa Band // No More Bombs

Terrible pun; terrific music.

Peaness // Oh George

I mentioned Norwich earlier and there is little to commend the city’s musical heritage more than the 15-year output of Iain Ross, Lisa Horton and Jan Robertson, first of the magnificent Bearsuit and latterly turning out fantastic electro pop as Mega Emotion. An LP can’t surely be too far away. We’ve waited long enough…

Mega Emotion // OK MAYBE OK

»A festive fifty — part one
»A festive fifty — part two


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