the SIC Xmas message

So, take a cake for the last SIC mailout of the year, including the never less than interesting Albums Of The Year results.

2015: How will it fit into history?

Not a flagship year for…advancing mankind (remember them) or, um, anything really, I suspect.

Not that there wasn’t fun to be had.

I published that book, which I might possibly have mentioned already. DARE just got itself a reprint. So thank you for that, if you bought a copy.

If you didn’t YET, then I feel duty bound to insist that it’s still on sale for only a TENNER via http://www.abookcalledDARE.com

“the perfect stocking filler” Melissa Laurie

“a nostalgic celebration…it psalms the early 80s gleeful glide into synthesisers, electronica and flamboyant creative weirdness” Chris Roberts

“….you will love this” Record Collector ****

“serious love for this book….ace stuff” Sabotage Times

“extraordinary” Classic Pop magazine, 5 (count ‘em) page feature

“David Laurie has written an engaging guide that is both passionate and very well-informed.” David Quantick

SIC’s musical endeavours have brought forth much fruit also…

The mighty PIANO WIRE have become the country’s leading exponents of hard and fast punk rock anthems. I’ll Kill You was the lead track from The Genius of The Crowd mini LP, of which there about 50 copies left so dive in, if you want one.

Fans of Television, Supergrass, Brainiac, Pixies, The Damned, JSBX and The Bad Seeds should be paying attention.

The toured all summer long and have become a ferociously great live band. They actually made money too and used it to record a single with Gil “Pixies/Foos” Norton. Amazing…

There’s another tour coming in February with the similarly pulsating HYENA, with whom we’ll be doing a split single. A new PIANO WIRE EP will follow in March with that Gil Norton track.

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HOLY STRAYS has just finished his debut album. It’s stunning and hugely ambitious record. A quantum leap forward. Calls to mind Morricone, Fourtet, Swans, FKA Twigs, Arca and all sorts of beautiful things, all set on a sea of deep deep bass. There are a number of very special guests on there and more details will follow next year.
Meanwhike Seb will be bringing his brand new show to Eurosonic in January.

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ENJOYED released his debut album, Keep To Chloe in the summer and it’s a wondrous shiny disco pop record, with vocals from Femme, Bossy Love and Victoria. If you’ve had love for Chemical Brothers, Screamadelica, Hot Chip, New Order or Chvrches, then you should have a listen.

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SIC also released a truly great 12” from SHAUN RYDER. Close The Dam / Electric Scales marks a career high for Uncle Shaun. There are a handful left here if you are quick. Not more than about 10 though so again, act now if you are so inclined. There’s a stunning album and some live shows from Shaun coming next year.

After several decades, I rejoined The Labour Party after going to see Jeremy Corbyn speak. I am not alone. More people have joined Labour since the election than are in the Conservative Party. Ponder that.

He gets a daily roasting in the press that would have most of hiding under the duvet forever but he sticks to his guns with stoic calm and dignity. Hearing him speak and answer all of the tough questions with common sense, common decency and practical logic was hugely inspiring for me.

Unelectable, my arse. He is so very electable that the right wing press is dementedly, continually trying to kneecap him. Scared much?

It’s been amazing to see his ideas seeping into the Tory policy. There have been some amazing U-turns from the govt since April. Amazing.

The vote for more bombing notwithstanding. Obviously.

But we’ll see how popular another endless, futile war works for Dave over the next few years.

Also

I feel duty bound to bring you down a tad. We all learned about the Holocaust at school, right? It seemed unthinkable. How could country after country turn on a religious minority like that? And not those foreign, “barbaric” countries either but educated, “civilised” Western countries.

Well, now we know.

It’s not difficult at all.

It has been a depressing year and no mistake.

But, as ever, art can and does lift us up.

Here is my Year End List thang….

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2016

The best ones

JULIA HOLTER Have You In My Wilderness
This is a transportative masterpiece. Truly beautiful.

HEALTH Death Magic
This is the sound of being young.

ALGIERS Algiers
And this is something really rather odd indeed. Post Punk Gospel? Kinda…

LONELADY Hinterland
Naggingly insistent post punk (again) Factory-esque tunes

FLOATING POINTS Elaenia
From out of nowhere these mediations on this and that, are from the jazzy end of Talk Talk and Radiohead

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA Multi Love
Weird funk

EMPRESS OF Me
Perfect future pop

MERCURY REV The Light In You
luminous

VIET CONG Viet Cong
Dark and strange

FAITH NO MORE Sol Invictus
Mebbe you won’t believe me but this is an amazing record

And also…..

SHAMIR Ratchet

RAINER Water

ESCORT Animal Nature

DURAN DURAN Paper Gods

EAST INDIA YOUTH Culture of Volume

BLANCK MASS Dumb Flesh

NATALIE PRASS Natalie Prass

TOVE STYRKE Kiddo

WOLF ALICE My Love is Cool

CHVRCHES Every Open Eye

GRIMES Art Angels

IBEYI Ibeyi

CANNIBAL OX Blade Of The Ronin

METZ II

GAZ COOMBES Matador

MATTHEW E WHITE Fresh Blood

JOHN CARPENTER Lost Themes

FFS FFS

TAME IMPALA Currents

YACHT I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler

CHEMICAL BROTHERS Born In The Echoes

FORT ROMEAU Insides

HOT CHIP Why Make Sense

ARCA Mutant

CFCF Radiance & Submission

COURTNEY BARNETT Sometimes I Sit And Think…..

De LUXE Generation

GAZELLE TWIN Unflesh

CHELSEA WOLFE Abyss

DEAN BLUNT Black Is Beautiful

UNCLE ACID The Night Crawler

WHITE REAPER White Reaper Does It Again

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

There were many but joint first….
HEALTH Stonefist

TOVE STYRKE Borderline

DAVID BOWIE Blackstar

EPs

UBRE BLANCA The Sadist

GILLBANKS EP 1

FKA TWIGS M3LL155X

REISSUES

THE THREE JOHNS Volume
Damn I love that band.

TIPS for next year

Puppy, Tigerlion, Ubre Blanca, Fawkes

FILMS OF THE YEAR

The Voices so clever, this one. Dark but curiously clear minded
Sicario utterly spellbinding
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Antman
The Martian
A Most Violent Year a low key masterpiece, I thought
The Lobster
Trainwreck it really is very funny
Black Mass
Avengers: Ultron
and
I dare say
STAR WARS The Force Awakens

TV
Hannibal RIP
Justified RIP
Mr Robot
Jessica Jones
Brooklyn 99
The Man In The High Castle
Blindspot
Blacklist
Marvel: Agents of SHIELD
Show Me A Hero
Daredevil
Homeland you’ll probably not belive me but this season is tense as hell and scarily prophetic

GAME OF THE YEAR
Metal Gear Solid V. I am finding it quiter hard and really very very strange but it’s sooo addictive,

Ask me after Xmas about battlefront and Call of Duty

So, yes.

That’s it.

Look after yourself, your loved ones and, from time to time, total strangers, this Christmas

And remember, next year is going to be the Year of The Album:

Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Chromatics, Bowie, Suede, Ty Segall, and many many more.

That is my Best Albums Of 2016 sorted then

So
Keep it real and buy my book. I’ve started writing another one now.

David / SIC

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