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2015 was a terrible year - but one thing that consoled me throughout the year was music! I feel that I have discovered a lot of great tracks during this year, mostly of old bands that I didn't know yet. So here is my year 2015 in music. Please feel free to make your own list, and I'll be glad to check out some of your favourite tracks from 2015! Here is to many more great discoveries in 2016. Cheers!

1. Lucius - Strangers (The Kinks Cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbQTDDHd8E
Without a doubt my favourite song of the year. I see it will be released on Lucius' new album in 2016, so that's already something to look forward to!
2. The Kinks - Lola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LemG0cvc4oU
I think I will forever remember 2015 as the year that I discovered The Kinks. "Lola" is a pretty famous song that is also played on the radio every now and then. Oddly enough it never struck me that much, until for some reason, January of 2015. I was in Madrid and suddenly couldn't get this song out of my head, I must have heard it somewhere. So I went on youtube and listened to The Kinks playlists and I have been hooked ever since.
3. The Kinks - Strangers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR52MIJuZJY
The original version of n. 1. I loved this song and thought there must be cover versions of it, so that's how I found Lucius.
4. The Kinks - Apeman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHqs8SffDo
I was really into this song for a while and listened to it nearly every day.
5. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm (not on youtube)
I really like a music genre called "Antifolk", and am very interested in the history and development of folk music. Bob Dylan's music, and especially this song, are representative for a lot of changes that paved the way for later interpretations of folk music.

I think those would be my top 5 songs of the year. Other songs that I've listened to a lot, in no particular order:

The Kinks - Victoria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2GHlcwlT1Y
Bulimundo - Bulimundo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybh9hz58HqE
Capeverdian music from the 1980's with a killer groove.
Bulimundo - Febri Funaná https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0ORg7-GUM
Great lyrics and groove.
Georges Moustaki - Bahia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9rIGGGNPvQ
Song about the brazilian city Bahia de San Salvador, based on a book by Jorge Amado.
Nana Grizol - Cynicism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZHYex0Ix0
Kind of cheesy but I like it
Bob Dylan - If you see her, say hello (not on youtube)
I like the entire "Blood on the Tracks" album
Jeffrey Lewis - So long (I'm gonna go draw all alone in my shack) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ATWC9oAZfk
Jeffrey Lewis - Manhattan (album)
The only new album that I listened to this year. My favourite songs are "Scowling Crackhead Ian" and "Support Tours".
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Various songs such as "I love you", "This is why I'm hot", "People II The Reckoning". My resolution for 2016 is to explore more from this band :)
 
Are Tiger Trap the most perfect pop band ever? It's possible. They're an all-girl power pop indie band from the early 90s with impeccable credentials (signed to K Records, Calvin Johnson produced their only album), they lasted barely a year, and I honestly couldn't pick a song to recommend off the album because "Supreme Nothing", "Words and Smiles", "Super Crush", "Chester" and "Puzzle Pieces" all have reasons to pick them; because they disbanded before anything could go wrong, there's not a single weak track in their output, and they got their name from a Calvin and Hobbes strip.

As for 2015 records, not much has really captivated me. Apart from the Joanna Newsom album I mentioned a while back, the only obvious pick is Helen, which is exactly the kind of blissful fuzz that would happen if Liz Harris (aka Grouper) formed an indie-pop band... because that's exactly what she did.
 
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meat puppet said:
Thought tiger trap would be a reference to the great beat happening song, given that there is the k records and calvin Johnson connection.

Does the original song reference calvin and hobbes, though, cant remember?
Tiger Trap is on You Turn Me On which came out October '92, the band had already been using the name for a few months by then. I originally assumed the name came from the song, same as Radiohead, Velocity Girl, Death Cab for Cutie and Pretty Girls Make Graves are all named after songs by other artists, but the band themselves say it came from Calvin and Hobbes, though the reasoning behind the reference (on both parts) may be to do with the connection with the name Calvin. I think the Bratmobile/Tiger Trap split single with Words and Smiles predates the Beat Happening song, but that was before they started working with K Records.

Calvin and Hobbes had been running for seven years by then, so coincidental references to the same thing from the very first strip would seem unlikely, mutual influence seems more credible, but who got the idea for the name from who isn't really clear.
 
Christian said:
2015 was a terrible year - but one thing that consoled me throughout the year was music! I feel that I have discovered a lot of great tracks during this year, mostly of old bands that I didn't know yet. So here is my year 2015 in music. Please feel free to make your own list, and I'll be glad to check out some of your favourite tracks from 2015! Here is to many more great discoveries in 2016. Cheers!

1. Lucius - Strangers (The Kinks Cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbQTDDHd8E
Without a doubt my favourite song of the year. I see it will be released on Lucius' new album in 2016, so that's already something to look forward to!
2. The Kinks - Lola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LemG0cvc4oU
I think I will forever remember 2015 as the year that I discovered The Kinks. "Lola" is a pretty famous song that is also played on the radio every now and then. Oddly enough it never struck me that much, until for some reason, January of 2015. I was in Madrid and suddenly couldn't get this song out of my head, I must have heard it somewhere. So I went on youtube and listened to The Kinks playlists and I have been hooked ever since.
3. The Kinks - Strangers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR52MIJuZJY
The original version of n. 1. I loved this song and thought there must be cover versions of it, so that's how I found Lucius.
4. The Kinks - Apeman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHqs8SffDo
I was really into this song for a while and listened to it nearly every day.
5. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm (not on youtube)
I really like a music genre called "Antifolk", and am very interested in the history and development of folk music. Bob Dylan's music, and especially this song, are representative for a lot of changes that paved the way for later interpretations of folk music.

I think those would be my top 5 songs of the year. Other songs that I've listened to a lot, in no particular order:

The Kinks - Victoria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2GHlcwlT1Y
Bulimundo - Bulimundo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybh9hz58HqE
Capeverdian music from the 1980's with a killer groove.
Bulimundo - Febri Funaná https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0ORg7-GUM
Great lyrics and groove.
Georges Moustaki - Bahia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9rIGGGNPvQ
Song about the brazilian city Bahia de San Salvador, based on a book by Jorge Amado.
Nana Grizol - Cynicism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZHYex0Ix0
Kind of cheesy but I like it
Bob Dylan - If you see her, say hello (not on youtube)
I like the entire "Blood on the Tracks" album
Jeffrey Lewis - So long (I'm gonna go draw all alone in my shack) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ATWC9oAZfk
Jeffrey Lewis - Manhattan (album)
The only new album that I listened to this year. My favourite songs are "Scowling Crackhead Ian" and "Support Tours".
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Various songs such as "I love you", "This is why I'm hot", "People II The Reckoning". My resolution for 2016 is to explore more from this band :)

Yes, 2015 was also a terrible year for me but the music lives on.

But, welcome to the world of the Kinks. You will have MANY hours of enjoyment discovering their music. Still the best concert I've ever been to , Edinburgh 19 Oatcake!! It's amazing just how often Ray's songs still turn up on TV adverts and in films/TV programmes. Songs you probably recognise but didn't realise it was the Kinks:)

Now, take the next step and listen to some Neil Young;)
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
meat puppet said:
Thought tiger trap would be a reference to the great beat happening song, given that there is the k records and calvin Johnson connection.

Does the original song reference calvin and hobbes, though, cant remember?
Tiger Trap is on You Turn Me On which came out October '92, the band had already been using the name for a few months by then. I originally assumed the name came from the song, same as Radiohead, Velocity Girl, Death Cab for Cutie and Pretty Girls Make Graves are all named after songs by other artists, but the band themselves say it came from Calvin and Hobbes, though the reasoning behind the reference (on both parts) may be to do with the connection with the name Calvin. I think the Bratmobile/Tiger Trap split single with Words and Smiles predates the Beat Happening song, but that was before they started working with K Records.

Calvin and Hobbes had been running for seven years by then, so coincidental references to the same thing from the very first strip would seem unlikely, mutual influence seems more credible, but who got the idea for the name from who isn't really clear.
Gee, thanks for that interesting bit of trivia. Clearly my thinking was too straightforward here. :)
 
One of the greatest of all time passed away today. Rest in peace, David Bowie.

I didn't actually know he was that ill, so this came as a surprise to me. I'm grateful for the many hours of joy listening to his music. Too bad I could never see him in concert, as I hadn't really discovered him properly, and was probably too young, last time he toured in 2004.
 
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Squire said:
One of the greatest of all time passed away today. Rest in peace, David Bowie.

I didn't actually know he was that ill, so this came as a surprise to me. I'm grateful for the many hours of joy listening to his music. Too bad I could never see him in concert, as I hadn't really discovered him properly, and was probably too young, last time he toured in 2004.
Nobody outside his inner circle knew.

RIP, Ziggy.
 
Christian said:
2015 was a terrible year - but one thing that consoled me throughout the year was music! I feel that I have discovered a lot of great tracks during this year, mostly of old bands that I didn't know yet. So here is my year 2015 in music. Please feel free to make your own list, and I'll be glad to check out some of your favourite tracks from 2015! Here is to many more great discoveries in 2016. Cheers!

1. Lucius - Strangers (The Kinks Cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbQTDDHd8E
Without a doubt my favourite song of the year. I see it will be released on Lucius' new album in 2016, so that's already something to look forward to!
2. The Kinks - Lola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LemG0cvc4oU
I think I will forever remember 2015 as the year that I discovered The Kinks. "Lola" is a pretty famous song that is also played on the radio every now and then. Oddly enough it never struck me that much, until for some reason, January of 2015. I was in Madrid and suddenly couldn't get this song out of my head, I must have heard it somewhere. So I went on youtube and listened to The Kinks playlists and I have been hooked ever since.
3. The Kinks - Strangers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR52MIJuZJY
The original version of n. 1. I loved this song and thought there must be cover versions of it, so that's how I found Lucius.
4. The Kinks - Apeman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHqs8SffDo
I was really into this song for a while and listened to it nearly every day.
5. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm (not on youtube)
I really like a music genre called "Antifolk", and am very interested in the history and development of folk music. Bob Dylan's music, and especially this song, are representative for a lot of changes that paved the way for later interpretations of folk music.

I think those would be my top 5 songs of the year. Other songs that I've listened to a lot, in no particular order:

The Kinks - Victoria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2GHlcwlT1Y
Bulimundo - Bulimundo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybh9hz58HqE
Capeverdian music from the 1980's with a killer groove.
Bulimundo - Febri Funaná https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0ORg7-GUM
Great lyrics and groove.
Georges Moustaki - Bahia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9rIGGGNPvQ
Song about the brazilian city Bahia de San Salvador, based on a book by Jorge Amado.
Nana Grizol - Cynicism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZHYex0Ix0
Kind of cheesy but I like it
Bob Dylan - If you see her, say hello (not on youtube)
I like the entire "Blood on the Tracks" album
Jeffrey Lewis - So long (I'm gonna go draw all alone in my shack) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ATWC9oAZfk
Jeffrey Lewis - Manhattan (album)
The only new album that I listened to this year. My favourite songs are "Scowling Crackhead Ian" and "Support Tours".
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Various songs such as "I love you", "This is why I'm hot", "People II The Reckoning". My resolution for 2016 is to explore more from this band :)
My favourite Kinks songs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v34aT2jQb0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VhfY_5YNV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIc-RnqjwWA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnNDNl6VBdc

:D
 
January 14 1986 - January 14 2016

30 years ago, the biggest tragedy of the Paris-Dakar Rally occurred in Mali. The helicopter with on board race organizer Thierry Sabine and singer/songwritter Daniel Balavoine crashed late at night. All people on board were killed. The heli in the eighties did not have Equipment for the night. In the evening they were attending the start of a football match in Bamako but Sabine had to be there for the end of the stage. The pilot knew he was not gonna make it and so landed in the desert before it was too dark. At that spot they could see the competitors. Sabine stopped the driver Pierre Lartigue and asked for rescuers. They just needed to wait. The reason why the pilot took off again remains a mystery till date.

Daniel Balavoine is one of my favourite French singer (I like his music, some lyrics to his songs are plain stupid, just like some of his interviews on TV but some are very good too).

Among his big hits, L'Aziza will always be my favourite. His very last one which he did not have time to perform in concert.
"Petite rue de Casbah" ("Little street in the Casbah)
"Au milieu de Casa" (In the middle of Casa; Casablanca, that is)
"Petite brune enroulée d'un drap" ("Little Brownie wrapped up with a sheet" > about his wife Corinne, a Jewish lady from Morocco who wears a veil. That would be politically uncorrect, these days :))

Daniel Balavoine was heavily influenced by the Prog rock of the British scene in the early seventies. In 1971, while aged barely 19 he moved from Pau to Paris in order to replace the lead singer in the underground band Présence. For them, he penned this tune "Le jour s'est levé" which I find magnificent. The single hardly sold: about 300 copies. The French have never liked prog rock! But I mean this final guitar solo by Michel Crépin is certainly Worth some of the best British guitar heroes. In 1986, he planned to tour with Peter Gabriel, former Genesis. It could have been wonderful. In his glory period, it stood clear that Balavoine never sounded mainstream pop. You always had that rock feel to his songs.

Vendeur de larmes is another of my faves. It sounds very rock and is really provocative about the little smart a*s who are just covering old songs from the sixties.

My tribute to Daniel Balavoine. :) RIP artist!
 
Echoes said:
January 14 1986 - January 14 2016

30 years ago, the biggest tragedy of the Paris-Dakar Rally occurred in Mali. The helicopter with on board race organizer Thierry Sabine and singer/songwritter Daniel Balavoine crashed late at night. All people on board were killed. The heli in the eighties did not have Equipment for the night. In the evening they were attending the start of a football match in Bamako but Sabine had to be there for the end of the stage. The pilot knew he was not gonna make it and so landed in the desert before it was too dark. At that spot they could see the competitors. Sabine stopped the driver Pierre Lartigue and asked for rescuers. They just needed to wait. The reason why the pilot took off again remains a mystery till date.

Daniel Balavoine is one of my favourite French singer (I like his music, some lyrics to his songs are plain stupid, just like some of his interviews on TV but some are very good too).

Among his big hits, L'Aziza will always be my favourite. His very last one which he did not have time to perform in concert.
"Petite rue de Casbah" ("Little street in the Casbah)
"Au milieu de Casa" (In the middle of Casa; Casablanca, that is)
"Petite brune enroulée d'un drap" ("Little Brownie wrapped up with a sheet" > about his wife Corinne, a Jewish lady from Morocco who wears a veil. That would be politically uncorrect, these days :))

Daniel Balavoine was heavily influenced by the Prog rock of the British scene in the early seventies. In 1971, while aged barely 19 he moved from Pau to Paris in order to replace the lead singer in the underground band Présence. For them, he penned this tune "Le jour s'est levé" which I find magnificent. The single hardly sold: about 300 copies. The French have never liked prog rock! But I mean this final guitar solo by Michel Crépin is certainly Worth some of the best British guitar heroes. In 1986, he planned to tour with Peter Gabriel, former Genesis. It could have been wonderful. In his glory period, it stood clear that Balavoine never sounded mainstream pop. You always had that rock feel to his songs.

Vendeur de larmes is another of my faves. It sounds very rock and is really provocative about the little smart a*s who are just covering old songs from the sixties.

My tribute to Daniel Balavoine. :) RIP artist!
Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed that solo :)
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
It's Friday night, I'm at home and getting lost in the stark, ethereal so-called "psych-folk" of Finland's Islaja, at this point in her career seemingly nestled somewhere between CocoRosie and the early Cat Power stuff...
I can hear Soak the Irish singer in her voice and 'some' of the composition
 

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