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2011 Albums Of The Year

Our favourite new records that we heard this year… Dolorean – The Unfazed From first hearing it back in February, it was always pretty obvious it would take something special to top this. Indeed it had to be special itself to follow up their previous effort You Can’t Win. Nothing better came. Album of the … Continue reading

Essential Christmas Listening : #4 Otis Gibbs

As far as Christmas albums go, few offer the full package of seasonal misery through to well placed tongue in cheek humour as Once I Dreamed Of Christmas by Otis Gibbs does. A collection of “crappy Christmas songs” that aren’t actually that crappy. There’s some serious stuff here too, you can find the whole record … Continue reading

Free Festive Fare

Little Red Rabbit Records (http://www.littleredrabbit.co.uk) have released a free Christmas compilation entitled Seasonalia. It is available for download here on their website:¬†http://www.littleredrabbit.co.uk/releases/LRR029.htm The album features all of the artists on their label including Last Harbour, Quiet Loner and Fuzzy Lights. It includes seasonal offerings recorded especially for the album, re-workings of old songs and some … Continue reading

Essential Christmas Listening : #3 Low

We first heard this seasonal offering on a fabulous compilation entitled It’s A Cool Cool Christmas that was released in aid of Shelter back in 2000. As far as Christmas albums go it’s up there with the best (and it’ll probably contribute a few more tunes here before advent is out). Even the Snow Patrol … Continue reading

Essential Christmas Listening : #2 Pacific Ocean Fire

Pacific Ocean Fire are another great band sadly no longer with us. Do yourself a favour and ask Santa for a copy of From The Station To The Church We Are Under The Same Stars for yourself for Christmas. This festive offering, Staying In On Christmas Eve, isn’t on there but gives a seasonal taste … Continue reading

Essential Christmas Listening : #1 Fountains Of Wayne

So yes we all know that Christmas songs are pretty much rubbish. There is the odd gem though, like Fountains Of Wayne‘s festive slice of powerpop. We couldn’t find a proper video or MP3 to embed, but the important bit is all here. There’ll be a few more festive tunes over the next few weeks. … Continue reading

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