Sunday 29 December 2019

Not Unloved's favourites of 2019

Usually, Not Unloved's pals at Monorail Music ask for our top 10 albums of the year. This year they decided they could do without us trying to up the jangly pop count on their chart so, in a break with tradition, the various lists below aren't ranked or limited to 10. 2019 was a smashing year for music (aren't they all?) so it's a shame that for a bunch of very dull reasons the opportunities to settle down and really absorb all the records that came over the threshold were fairly limited. Ah, well...I've got the rest of my life to listen to them, eh? I have a hunch that if I'd been keeping tally, The Delines and Business of Dreams records were the ones I played the most. I hadn't really been paying attention to country-influenced music over the last few years so it's a bit of a surprise just how hard I fell for "The Imperial". Seeing The Delines twice (at Oran Mor then Barras Art & Design) really fixed its songs in my affections. As ever, only records bought on physical formats are included.


The Delines "The Imperial" (Decor)
Business of Dreams "Ripe For Anarchy" (Slumberland)
Comet Gain "Fireraisers Forever!" (Tapete)
Richard Youngs & Raul Refree "All Hands Around The Moment" (Soft Abuse)
Seablite "Grass Stains and Novocaine" (Emotional Response)
Julia McFarlane's Reality Guest "Ta Da!" (Night School)
The Embrooks "We Who Are" (State)
Marry Waterson and Emily Barker "A Window To Other Ways" (One Little Indian)
Carla dal Forno "Look Up Sharp" (Kallista)
His Name Is Alive "All The Mirrors In The House (Home Recordings 1979-1986)" (Disciples)
Kim Gordon "No Home Record" (Matador)
Honey Radar "Ruby Puff of Dust" (What's Your Rupture?)
Tomaga "Extended Play 1" (Negative Days)
The Reds, Pinks and Purples "Anxiety Art" (Pretty Olivia)
Amateur Hour "Framtiden Tillhör Inte Oss" (Happiest Place)
Parsnip "When The Tree Bears Fruit" (Trouble In Mind)
Jeanines "s/t" (Slumberland)
R. Elizabeth "" (Night School)
Neutrals "Kebab Disco" (Emotional Response)
Vanishing Twin "The Age of Immunology" (Fire)


Molly Linen "Outside e.p." (Lost Map)
Elite Beat "By The Light of the Pyramids" (Research Records)
Emilia Sisco with Cold Diamond and Mink "Don't Believe You Like That" (Timmion)
Jetstream Pony "I Close My Eyes" (Kleine Untergrund Schallplaten)
Kallista Kult "s/t" (A Colourful Storm)
Failed Flowers "Faces" (Slumberland)
Fleur "Mon Amie Martien" (Bickerton)
Electric Looking Glass "Death of a Season" (Hypnotic Bridge)
Les Milous "Annie Hall" (Happiest Place)
Smiles "Gone For Good" (Slumberland)
Bill Wells "Winter Dreams" (7ep)
A Certain Smile "Bae e.p." (Kocliko)
The Oilies "Psychic Dog" (Fruits and Flowers)
Carolina Lins and Os Planatos "I Predict A Riot" (Tru Thoughts)
Public Service "I'm Gonna Kill That Man" (Anxious Music)
Current Affairs "Buckle Up" (...)
Durand Jones and The Indications "Morning In America b/w Cruisin' To The Park" (Colemine) (N.B. This is on the list for the flip!)


Insides "Euphoria" (Beacon Sound)
The Society "You Girl" (B-W/My Mind's Eye) (N.B. From the 60s but a first issue)
Various Artists "Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 5" (Kent)
Karen Marks "Cold Cafe" (Efficient Space)
Michael O'Shea "s/t" (AllChival)
Barbara Howard "On The Rise" (Colemine)
Various Artists "A Short Illness From Which He Never Recovered" (Blackest Ever Black)
The Springfields "The Singles 1986-1991" (Slumberland)
The Pooh Sticks "The Pooh Sticks" (7" box setOptic Nerve)
Kizza Ping "Först River Man Allt" (Fördämning Arkiv)
Dolly Mixture "Other Music" + "Demonstration Tapes" (Sealed)

So far this is the only 7" I've bought from the Dave Godin compilation...

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