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Finestkind 2015

I know, another year and here we go again with another set of db’s finestkind. I have bemoaned to all and sundry that “this year is terrible”. However, again we have 3 cd’s worth, somehow.

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Albums of the year 2015

I thought I should give you nod towards the better albums to buy or be given. I was struggling this year to find the perfect albums. So this is my breakdown for you, if you like what you hear, a guide to buying.

Albums of the year

These can be purchased with complete confidence; i.e. 9/10

Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Natalie Merchant – Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings
Olafur Arnalds – The Chopin Project

Albums that are very good

These can be purchased with confidence; i.e. 8/10

Melanie de Biasio – No Deal
Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus – Beauty Will Save The World
Chris Forsyth Koen Holtkamp – The Island
Olafur Arnalds Nils Frahm – Collaborative Works
Mathias Eick – Midwest
Josh Garrels – Home
Noah Gundersen – Carry The Ghost
Kaleo – (to be confirmed 2016)
Elliot Moss – Highspeeds
Jill Scott – Woman
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Albums that are good

These are albums I really like i.e. 7/10

Acorn – Vieux Loup
Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo
Isreal Nash – Silver Season
Fat Freddys Drop —Bays
Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows
Daisy Vaughan – Light On Our Limbs
Ryan Adams – 1989

These albums are for those who don’t mind working at it —6/10

Leon Bridges – Coming Home
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll
Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun
Lloyd Cole – One D Electronics 2012-2014
Son Little – Son Little
Jack Savoretti – Written In Scars
Martin Courtney – Many Moons
Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

All the other tracks ir Kiwanuka etc are one off tracks only

much love
db

Please let me know those you are enjoying.

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Finestkind 2014

This year’s Finestkind tracklist…

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Finestkind 2013

I recommend you buy OR get a partner/child/uncle whatever to buy the following for you as they are no brainers:
Lloyd Cole -Standards
Arctic Monkeys -AM
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
Agnes Obel -Aventine
National -Trouble Will Find Me
Goldfrapp -Tales Of Us
Jah Wobble Marconi Wobble -Anomic
Sam Williams – Europatron (release 2014)

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Finestkind of 2011

This year a bunch of us Finestkinders (20 in all) went to End of the Road Festival and dance we did to Tinariwen, Wooden Shjips. Lykke Li, Leisure Society… The rain stayed away, other than a shower on the last night. Thanks to the tip from Malcom of Rough Trade, we checked out Lanterns on The Lake, amazing and the album is beautiful too; Laura Marling was better than her new LP.

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Finestkind of 2010

Volume 1.

  1. Nada Surf: Electrocution, from If I Had A Hi-Fi, on Mardev: ASIN: B003AO3CIK
  2. Eels: Gone Man, from End Times, on V2 / Co-op: ASIN: B002VP3C5W
  3. Gorillaz: On Melancholy Hill, from Plastic Beach, on Parlophone: ASIN: B0032W7CZO
  4. Leisure Society: A Short Weekend Begins With Longing, from The Sleeper, on Full Time Hobby: ASIN: B002MB0X16
  5. Bombay Bicycle Club: Rinse Me Down, from Flaws, on Island: ASIN: B003M3UJKS
  6. Delta Spirit: 911, from History From Below, on Decca (UMO): ASIN: B003EYEFC8
  7. Black Keys: Sinister Kid, from Brothers, on V2 Coop: ASIN: B003G5MTFK
  8. Vampire Weekend: Diplomat’s Son, from Contra, on XL Recordings: ASIN: B002J N74WI
  9. Delphic: This Momentary, from Acolyte, on Chimeric/Polydor: ASIN: B002USCGOS
  10. Jakob Dylan: Yonder Come The Blues, from Women And Country, on Columbia: ASIN: B003AYBD4A
  11. Steve Miller: Don’t Cha Know, from Bingo! on Roadrunner: ASIN: B003GE69J8
  12. Nada Surf: Enjoy the Silence, from If I Had A Hi-Fi on Mardev: ASIN: B003AO3CIK
  13. Gorillaz & Snoop Dogg: Welcome To The World…, from Plastic Beach, on Parlophone: ASIN: B0032W7CZO
  14. Peter Gabriel: Waterloo Sunset, from Scratch My Back on Virgin: ASIN: B002ZCJBGK
  15. Steve Mason: All Come Down, from Boys Outside, on Double Six : ASIN: B003CWRNOY
  16. Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie: Midnight Marauders, from Midnight Marauders, download
  17. Danton Eeprom: Give Me Pain, from Yes Is More, on Republic of Music: ASIN: B002R7SDIK

Volume 3.

  1. Album Leaf: Tied Knots, from A Chorus of Storytellers, on Sub Pop: ASIN: B002ZTIJ2U
  2. Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Oscarine, from Chamber Music, on Universal France: ASIN: B002MGNR4Q
  3. Nils Frahm: Tristana, from Wintermusik, on Erased Tapes: ASIN: B002WBW0A8
  4. Ólafur Arnalds: Þú Ert Jörðin, from And They Have Escaped…, on Erased Tapes: ASIN: B003EGI72A
  5. Peter Gabriel: Philadelphia, from Scratch My Back, on Virgin: ASIN: B002ZCJBGK
  6. Sun Kil Moon: Australian Winter, from Admiral Fell Promises, on Caldo Verde: ASIN: B003N9XGBK
  7. Marconi Union: We Travel, from A Lost Connection, on Just Music: ASIN: B003L8AKEO
  8. Grasscut: 1946, from 1 Inch / 1/2 Mile, on Ninja Tune: ASIN: B003HIDJMS
  9. Peter Gabriel: The Boy In The Bubble, from Scratch My Back, on Virgin: ASIN: B002ZCJBGK
  10. Steve Mason: I Let Her In, from Boys Outside, on Double Six: ASIN: B003CWRNOY
  11. Sun Kil Moon: Bay Of Skulls, from Admiral Fell Promises, on Caldo Verde: ASIN: B003N9XGBK
  12. Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Mako Mady, from Chamber Music, on Universal France: ASIN: B002MGNR4Q
  13. Steve Tibbetts: Chandogra, from Natural Causes, on ECM: ASIN: B0038QBP7A
  14. Ólafur Arnalds: Loftið Verður Skyndilega Kalt, from And They Have Escaped…, on Erased Tapes: ASIN: B003EGI72A
  15. Album Leaf: Perro, from A Chorus of Storytellers, on Sub Pop: ASIN: B002ZTIJ2U
  16. Marconi Union: Transient, from A Lost Connection, on Just Music: ASIN: B003L8AKEO
  17. Nils Frahm: Ambre, from Wintermusik, on Erased Tapes: ASIN: B002WBW0A8
  18. Jóhann Jóhannsson: Theme, from And In The Endless Pause…, on Type: ASIN: B0030M06QS

Volume Blue.

  1. Smoke Fairies: Hotel Room, from Through Low Light And Trees: on V2 Coop: ASIN: B003UNN5YW
  2. Freelance Whales: Hannah, from Weathervanes, on Sony Music:ASIN: B003626TL8
  3. Black Mountain: The Hair Song, from Wilderness Heart, on Jagjaguwar: ASIN: B003UHYSDK
  4. Acorn: Bobcat Goldwraith, from No Ghost, on Bella Union: ASIN: B003BTIG30
  5. Besnard Lakes: And This Is What We Call Progress, from …Are The Roaring Night, on Jagjaguwar: ASIN: B00347ZYU2
  6. Black Mountain: Old Fangs, from Wilderness Heart, on Jagjaguwar: ASIN: B003UHYSDK
  7. Black Angels: Sunday Afternoon, from Phosphene Dream, on Blue Horizon: ASIN: B003WHL9FS
  8. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Snake Song from Hawk, on V2 Records: ASIN: B003TVMHV2
  9. Lloyd Cole: If I Were A Song, from Broken Record, on Tapete: ASIN: B003TE9BKO
  10. Bombay Bicycle Club: Fairytale Lullaby from Flaws, on Island: ASIN: B003M3UJKS
  11. Climbers: I Keep Falling, from The Good Ship, on Willkommen: ASIN: B003L1UWNU
  12. Harper Simon: Wishes And Stars from Harper Simon, on PIAS Recordings: ASIN: B00384GJ3W
  13. Firekites: Autumn Story, from The Bowery, on Own Records: ASIN: B002KPW402
  14. Wooden Shjips: Loose Lips, from Vol. 2, on Sick Thirst: ASIN: B00395CEEI
  15. School Of Seven Bells: Babelonia, from Disconnect From Desire, on Full Time Hobby: ASIN: B003PO342E
  16. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Come Undone, from Hawk, on V2 Records: ASIN: B003TVMHV2

Volume Red.

  1. Leisure Society: The Sleeper, from The Sleeper, on Full Time Hobby: ASIN: B002MB0X16
  2. Bombay Bicycle Club: Ivy & Gold, from Flaws, on Island: ASIN: B003M3UJKS
  3. Firekites: Last Ships, from The Bowery, on Own Records: ASIN: B002KPW402
  4. Eels: Apple Trees, from End Times, on V2 / Co-op: ASIN: B002VP3C5W
  5. Besnard Lakes: Chicago Train, from The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, on Jagjaguwar: ASIN: B00347ZYU2
  6. Wooden Shjips: Vampire Blues, from Vol. 2, on Sick Thirst: ASIN: B00395CEEI
  7. Delta Spirit: Bushwick Blues, from History From Below, on Decca (UMO): ASIN: B003EYEFC8
  8. Black Keys: Ten Cent Pistol, from Brothers, on V2 Coop: ASIN: B003G5MTFK
  9. Black Crowes: Jealous Again, from Croweology, on Silver Arrow: ASIN: B003S897U0
  10. Nada Surf: You Were So Warm, from If I Had A Hi-Fi, on Mardev: ASIN: B003AO3CIK
  11. Harper Simon: Berkeley Girl, from Harper Simon, on PIAS Recordings: ASIN: B00384GJ3W
  12. Leisure Society: The Darkest Place I Know, from The Sleeper, on Full Time Hobby: ASIN: B002MB0X16
  13. Lloyd Cole: Why In The World?, from Broken Record, on Tapete: ASIN: B003TE9BKO
  14. Jakob Dylan: Everybody’s Hurting, from Women And Country, on Columbia: ASIN: B003AYBD4A
  15. Steve Miller: All Your Love (I Miss Loving), from Bingo! on Roadrunner: ASIN: B003GE69J8
  16. Delphic: Doubt, from Acolyte, on Chimeric/Polydor: ASIN: B002USCGOS
  17. Vampire Weekend: Taxi Cab, from Contra, on XL Recordings: ASIN: B002J N74WI
  18. Jahcoozi: Barefoot Dub, from Barefoot Wanderer on Republic of Music: ASIN: B0039S7EZ4
  19. Prince Fatty: Insane In the Brain, from Supersize, on Wrasse Records:ASIN: B0040ZTO6C
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Best artists and albums 2009

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It was quite an odd year 2009 for music, artists and their albums.
By June I was convinced that finestkind would be a single album plus a padded out finestkind 3.
However over the summer and into the autumn, things were back on track.
Not with the usual major artists and major label releases, all of which come out at this time for Christmas.
No, just some great little gems that caught me by surprise.

You have to know that most of these tracks I have played, somewhere between 30 and 50 times.
So please do me and do yourself a favour, PLAY these CDs more than a couple of times.
Like a great wine, they need to breathe.

The trawl started at the end of December and by now, the first week of November I have managed to listen to over 400 albums!! Thanks to the great convenience of www.we7.com, as over 200 of theses I heard using their services. Most of which were dreadful and therefore using the service saved me a fortune.

So if you can afford it I would recommend that you buy these albums immediately. AA Bondy, Acorn, Cave Singers, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jon Hassell, Vassils Tsabropoulos, Johann Johannsson, Susumu Yokota, Great Lake Swimmers, Low Anthem, Richard Hawley, School of Seven Bells, Wooden Ships, Vetiver, Mumford and Sons, Monsters of Folk and Mariachi El Bronx.

Mind you, with all the other artists on finestkind I found joy with their albums. Although some of these artists have brought out ANOTHER album by the year-end. AA Bondy, Todd Snider and Teitur, they are not as good as the ones featured on finestkind. So make sure you order the right ones!!

Although not on finestkind this year one of my favourite albums was the Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live at Madison Sq Garden. Get it if you have ever liked either of these guys, it is the best thing they have done in 15 plus years!!! Damn, I wish I could have seen them… I tried to get their Voodoo Chile on finestkind, but at 17 Minutes!!! I even went for an edit but could not get it down to less than 10 minutes.

Also for those who love their Electronic/Beat music, the Field are fantastic. It is a great album of groovy dance trance stuff; again editing it down did not make sense.

Buy it… Also check out Lloyd Cole – Ashtray albums… they are great…

You may want to take advantage of using www.we7.com and Spotify to listen to any of the albums before buying. Or you can check the first 45 seconds if you go to Amazon.co.uk.

While going to Amazon always check the Used and New section on each album page, more often than not you can find the album at a much cheaper rate than Amazon. I find these Amazon approved sellers to be excellent, just read what they are selling and their messages check their rating of customer satisfaction.

Anything above 4* is good.

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Finestkind of 2009

Devil Way Down In A Hole Side: Vol.1

  1. Acorn: Flood Pt.1, from Glory Hope Mountain, on Bella Union: ASIN: B001DR9H5S
  2. Florence & the Machine: Dog Days Are Over, from Lungs, on Island Records: ASIN: B001PB3RU8
  3. Sola Rosa: Turn Around Featuring Iva Lamkum, from Get It Together (download – contact db)
  4. Fat Freddy’s Drop: Pull The Catch, from Dr Boondigga & The Big BW, on The Drop: ASIN: B002GJ3OH4
  5. Ladi6: Give Me the Light, from Time Is Not Much, (contact db)
  6. School of Seven Bells: Iamundernodisguise, from Alpinisms, on Full Time Hobby: ASIN: B001LRRZOU
  7. Great Lake Swimmers: Still Lost, from Channels, on Nettwerk: ASIN: B001PS0ETS
  8. Mariachi El Bronx: Sleepwalking, from El Bronx, on Whichita: ASIN: B002CKWQKI
  9. Crippled Black Phoenix: Rise Up and Fight, from 200 Tons of Bad Luck, on invada: ASIN: B00262GGH6
  10. M Ward: Fisher of Men, from Hold Time, on 4AD: ASIN: B001KVW588
  11. Vetiver: Sister, from Tight Knight, on Bella Union: ASIN: B001R4MEY8
  12. Todd Snider: Fortunate Son, from Peace Queer, on Aimless: ASIN: B001CITQPE
  13. Bat For Lashes: Sleep Alone, from Two Suns, on EMI: ASIN: B001RQ0SJO
  14. Wooden Shjips: We Ask You to Ride, from Wooden Shjips, on Holy Mountain: ASIN: B001U7B50G
  15. Richard Hawley: Remorse Code (edit), from Truelove’s Gutter, on Mute: ASIN: B002JAPF04
  16. Teitur: The Singer, from Teitur, on A&G Records: ASIN: B001R193JK
  17. Fat Freddy’s Drop: Shiverman, from Dr Boondigga & The Big BW, on The Drop: ASIN: B002GJ3OH4
  18. Terry Lynn: Kingstonlogic (Angry Mix), from Kingstonlogic 2.0, on Feraltone: ASIN: B001FTHTIQFront Image – Score for ‘String Paths’ by Mara Helmuth from Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer. ISBN 978-0-9795546-4-3

With God On Our Side Vol. 2

  1. Neville Brothers: Way Down In The Hole, from The Wire, on Warner: ASIN: B000YDOOT6
  2. School of Seven Bells: Prince of Peace, from Alpinisms, on Full Time Hobby ASIN: B001LRRZOU
  3. Cave Singers: At The Cut, from Welcome Joy, on Matador ASIN: B002DESIEQ
  4. Gomez : Little Pieces, from A New Tide, on Eat Sleep ASIN: B001RTYL0I
  5. Monsters Of Folk : Dear God, from Monsters Of Folk, on Rough Trade Records ASIN: B002ERCIDY
  6. Acorn: Crooked Legs, from Glory Hope Mountain on Bella Union ASIN: B001DR9H5S
  7. Vetiver : Roll On Babe, from Tight Knight, on Bella Union ASIN: B001R4MEY8
  8. Cave Singers : Summer Light, from Welcome Joy, on Matador ASIN: B002DESIEQ
  9. AA Bondy : American Hearts, from Vice Rag, on Fat Possum ASIN: B0015D3YSG
  10. Great Lake Swimmers : Everything Is Moving So Fast, from Lost Channels, on Nettwerk ASIN: B001PS0ETS
  11. Monsters Of Folk : Sandman, The Brakeman And Me, from Monsters Of Folk, on Rough Trade Records ASIN: B002ERCIDY
  12. Mumford & Sons : Little Lion Man, from Sigh No More, on Island ASIN: B002L5R75S
  13. Todd Snider : Stuck On the Corner (Prelude to a Heart Attack), from Peace Queer, on Aimless ASIN: B001CITQPE
  14. Wooden Shjips : Losin’ Time, from Wooden Shjips, on Holy Mountain ASIN: B001U7B50G
  15. Arctic Monkeys: My Propeller, from Humbug, on Domino ASIN: B002E3BQLS
  16. Ladi6 : Walk Right Up, from Time Is Not Much, (contact db)
  17. Terry Lynn: IMF, from Kingstonlogic 2.0, on Feraltone ASIN: B001FTHTIQ
  18. Salmonella Dub Freak Local, from Freak Local EP, on Phantom Sound & Vision ASIN: B002FG9NKA
  19. Fat Freddy’s Drop: The Nod (faded), from Dr Boondigga & The Big BW, on The Drop ASIN: B002GJ3OH4

That Side Vol.3

  1. Jon Hassell: Blue Period, from Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street, on ECM: ASIN: B001O2MBBE
  2. Vetiver: Down >From Above, from Tight Knit, on Bella Union: ASIN: B001R4MEY8
  3. Vassilis Tsabropoulos: The Insider, from The Promise, on ECM: ASIN: B001PS0ELQ
  4. Low Anthem: Charlie Darwin, from Ambient/Dream Pop: on Bella Union: ASIN: B00288AXOK
  5. Moritz 5. Von Oswald Trio: Intro, from Vertical Ascent: on Honest Jon’s: ASIN: B00274OCF6
  6. Johan Johannsson: The Rocket Builder (Lo Pan!), from Fordlandia: on 4AD: ASIN: B001D45BSI
  7. Great Lake Swimmers: Concrete Heart, from Lost Channels: on Nettwerk: ASIN: B001PS0ETS
  8. Susumu Yokota: Tree Surgeon from Mother: on Lo: ASIN B001JDC1ZO
  9. Peter Broderick: Part 6: Electroconvulsive Shock, from Music for Falling From Trees: on Erased Tapes: ASIN: B0029FO34I
  10. Bat For Lashes: The Big Sleep, from Two Suns: on EMI: ASIN: B001RQ0SJO
  11. Jon Hassell: Light On Water, from Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street: on ECM: ASIN: B001O2MBBE
  12. Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes Of Rita, from The Astounding Eyes Of Rita:
    on ECM: ASIN: B002FEUOB4
  13. Grubby Mitts: Last Stop For The Good Old Times, from After The Facts: on Lost Toys: www.losttoysrecords.com
  14. Susumu Yokota: Warmth, from Mother: on Lo: ASIN B001JDC1ZO

Who’s On Your Side Vol. 4

  1. M Ward: Shangri-La, from Hold Time, on 4AD: ASIN: B001KVW588
  2. Eels: In My Dreams, from Hombre Lobo, on Polydor: ASIN: B00288AXNG
  3. AA Bondy: How Will You Meet Your End, from American Hearts, on Fat Possum: ASIN: B0015D3YSG
  4. Cave Singers: Hen Of The Woods, from Welcome Joy, on Matador: ASIN: B002DESIEQ
  5. Alela Diane: Tatted Lace, from To Be Still, on Names: ASIN: B001P5Q6NE
  6. Mumford & Sons: Timshel, from Sigh No More, on Island: ASIN: B002L5R75S
  7. Monsters Of Folk: Wh7. ole Lotta Losin’, from Monsters Of Folk, on Rough Trade Records: ASIN: B002ERCIDY
  8. Low Anthem: The Horizon Is A Beltway, from Ambient/Dream Pop, on Bella Union: ASIN: B00288AXOK
  9. Mariachi El Bronx: My Brother The Gun, from El Bronx, on 4AD: ASIN: B001KVW588
  10. Gomez: Bone Tired, from A New Tide, on Eat Sleep: ASIN: B001RTYL0I
  11. Alela Diane: Take Us Back: from Names, ASIN: B001P5Q6NE
  12. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs: Sugar Magnolia, from Under The Covers Vol. 2, on Shout! Factory: ASIN: B002B9L8FE
  13. Eels: Tremendous Dynamite, from Hombre Lobo, on Polydor: ASIN: B00288AXNG
  14. Sola Rosa: Del Ray, from Get It Together, (contact db for details)
  15. Grasscut: Swallow the Day, from High Down – EP, on Ninja Tune, ASIN: B002E6LD3Q
  16. Moritz Von Oswald Trio: Pattern 3, from Vertical Ascent, on Honest Jon’s: ASIN: B00274OCF6
  17. Choir of Young Believers: Hollow Talk, from This Is for the White In Your Eyes,
    on Ghostly International: ASIN: B002G3DTYI
  18. Acorn: Oh Napoleon, from Glory Hope Mountain, on Bella Union: ASIN: B001DR9H5S
  19. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs: Willin’, from Under The Covers Vol. 2:
    on Shout! Factory: ASIN: B002B9L8FE
  20. Richard Hawley: Ashes On Fire, from Truelove’s Gutter, on Mute: ASIN: B002JAPF
  21. Fireman: Lovers In A Dream, from Electric Arguments, on Pinnacle: ASIN: B001IMFI1U
  22. Fireman: Sun Is Shining, from Electric Arguments, on Pinnacle: ASIN: B001IMFI1U
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Yeah… finestkind is done

Well as the year rapidly heads towards the end db’s finestkind is completed. I will be announcing the finestkind list by the end of next week.

It has been an interesting year, things that you hoped would be good were disappointing. Things that you thought might be interesting were not.So another year of surprises, of good things found, unearthed and loved.
What about you?
How were things for you?
What albums held up?
What were the disasters of the year?
How many of those ‘critical noted’ albums were a waste of money?
Who came good?

A note to Korda Marshall….good luck with Temper Trap.. you deserve it. I hope things go well in 2010…

A note to Simon Raymonde at Bella Union….great year, lots of lovely stuff.

A note to artistes managers and any fan of an unsigned artist or artist that has been dropped.

we are looking… listening…

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It has been a mixed year so far

Bands Singer/Songwriters

It is nearly the years end. db’s Finestkind has been underway since the end of December 08.

It started off, full of promise, but struggled into the summer.
The usual release period when major labels try to break new acts in January / February / March was a damp squib. Things like Micachu, Little Boots, Dan Black, Francis Karima, Metric,Sky Larkin, Animal Colllective, Esser, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, VV Brown and Andrew Bird. Loads of pre hype, very little substance

Still we plowed on.

More to be revealed later.

The amount of demos coming in has slowed down. There has been very little that has caught our attention. There has to be a young band or singer songwriter out there, looking for a label/manager!

If you know of anyone, there is a home here.

cheers

db

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