Oh 12. You were good to me.

We’ve not counted these up but these are the albums of 2012 that we are very pleased will be going to go forward with us into 2013. In no particular order but Chromatics was best, wasnt it? It was tho, right? And all the little extra bits from them made that all the more obvious. They are on a roll.

Baroness Yellow/Green
Rock music (remember?) done very well

Cat Power Sun
1st time I’ve connected with Chan

Chromatics Kill For Love
My fave really

Dexys One Day I’m Going To Soar
So fucking great it hurts

DIIV Oshin
Old skool indie tunes with a touch of kraut

Petar Dundov Ideas From The Pond
Kraftwerky trance

Goat World Music
Deranged Swedish Psych

Larry Gus Silent Congos
Weird BombSquad antics on DFA

Julia Holter Ekstasis

Levek Look A little Closer
The Free Association tackled by Air

Lindstrom Six Cups Of Rebel

Graceful, dark and weird.

Lotus Plaza Spooky Action At A Distance
DIIV’s cousin, tight, looping indie rock

Melody’s Echo Chamber Melody’s Echo Chamber
A weirdly great pop record

Memory Tapes Grace/Confusion
Deeply trippy prog disco pop

Metz Metz
Fast and fun and loud and great

Niki & The Dove Instincts
Pop hits allll over

NZCA/Lines NZCA/Lines

Lana Del Rey Born To Die
Earworms all. I love this record.

Santigold Master Of Make Believe
Love this, minus the MIAisms

The Shins Port Of Morrow
So shit live but such great tunes

Andy Stott Luxury Problems
Took me a bit of time but this is great

Swans The Seer
Rock writ big and very empthaically

Jon Talabot fIN

Tame Impala Lonerism
Not definitive but definitely very good

Jack White Blunderbuss
Gig of the year. So good.

Bobby Womack The Bravest Man In The Universe

Zelionople The Fire…
Last thing at night, very Mark Hollis

Various Electro Diskow
Mixmag’s 80s comp. badass.

PHILCO FICTION “Christmas Presence” EP


It’s been a brilliant year for Norway’s wonderful PHILCO  FICTION and they will finish it off next week with a splurge of not unfestive activity annnnd announce their first shows of 2013.

There will be a BBC Radio One session for Huw Stephens, a video session for The Line Of Best Fit from Iceland Airwaves and the band will be giving away their Christmas Presence EP via their Soundcloud page  FREE up until Christmas Day.

PhilcoFiction-XMAS EP Image remix LSD

1.  Portrait Of Silence

2.  Horizon (Leo Zero’s Cinquante Quatre remix)

3.  Portrait Of Silence (Trabant’s Actual Jazz cover version)

4.  Horizon (Proviant Audio’s Retro Haze)

5.  Finally (Sandra Kolstad Winter Electric cover version)

Supporting Portrait Of Silence’s icy bad romance are: Leo Zero (Madonna, LDR) who’s brought out Horizon’s inner Studio 54 here; Trabant, from Norway, a free-ish jazz band who have covered Portrait here rather beautifully, Proviant Audio, who bring a twinkling narcotic strut to Horizon and finally Sandra Kolstad, a hip and much lauded Norwegian purveyor of electropop.

LIVE in 2013

Jan 25:          NORWAY, Trondheim Calling

Feb 15:          NORWAY, By:Larm Festival

Feb 21:          LONDON, Sebright Arms w/ENJOYED TICKETS

2012 has seen the band break out of Norway and tour debut album TAKE IT PERSONAL across Europe and America, play FIVE Sold Out London shows and support Chromatics, Snoop Lion, Fanfarlo and DjangoDjango.

 This  week’s holy advent collander runs like this

SUN:    Soundcloud hosts the best Philco remixes of the year for FREE

MON: Leo Zero remix drops via The 405.

TUES:  The Line Of Best Fit premiere Portrait, filmed at Airwaves

WED: Philco in session from Maida Vale + Trabant cover drops

THU:    Proviant Audio remix drops.

FRI:      Sandra Kolstad cover drops

SAT:    A second, song, Finally, Live from Airwaves

Happy Christmas, people, and for the love of Bowie, please choose your parties wisely this month.