Monday, 27 December 2010

THE 2010 PUNK EDITION

Along with my Essential 100 compilation, there were a lot of tracks that wouldve sounded out of place on an mostly indie/alternative collection, so i created the 2010 Punk Edition. Highlights of the year included Frenzy's awesome 'In The Blood' album, Gogol Bordello's 'Trans Continental Hustle' (along with their absolutely mental performance on Later with Jools Holland) and the return of Rancid side project Devil's Brigade, who bought us an unexpected album of rough, tough psychobilly street punk. So here is the utterly essential Punk Edition 2010....



CD1
01. Bad Religion - The Day The Earth Stalled
02. Frenzy - Hero
03. The Peacocks - After All
04. Gogol Bordello - Pala Tute
05. GBH - Unique
06. Devil's Brigde - Bridge Of Gold
07. Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
08. Street Dogs - Up The Union
09. Devo - Fresh
10. Against Me! - White Crosses
11. Mad Sin - Cursed
12. Blacklist Royals - Tennessee Blues
13. Bad Religion - The Devil In Stitches
14. Frenzy - Twice The Struggle (Half The Gain)
15. Hell Death Fury - Gun Show
16. Streetlight Manifesto - Hell
17. Chewing On Tin Foil - Uprooted And Booted
18. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
19. GBH - Perfume And Piss
20. Mad Sin - Wreckhouse Stomp
21. Street Dogs - The Shape Of Other Men
22. Oi Polloi - A Whole New Ballgame
23. Society's Parasites - 666
24. Blacklist Royals - The Promised Land
25. NOFX - Teenage Existentialist
26. Cobra Skulls - Rebel Fate
27. Devil's Brigade - Who's Gonna Save You Now?


CD2
01. Bad Religion - Ad Hominem
02. Gogol Bordello - My Companjera
03. Frenzy - In The Blood
04. The Peacocks - Against It (Come On)
05. Street Dogs - Harpo
06. Chewing On Tin Foil - Forty Shades Of Grey
07. Mad Sin - No Control
08. GBH - Ballads
09. Alkaline Trio - Lead Poisoning
10. Off With Their Heads - Trying To Breathe
11. Hell Death Fury - AfkudaBaca
12. Streetlight Manifesto - They Provide The Paint
13. Devo - Don't Shoot (I'm A Man)
14. The Gaslight Anthem - Boxer
15. Against Me! - Rapid Decompression
16. Oi Polloi - SS Politician
17. Devil's Brigade - Darlene
18. Bad Religion - Where The Fun Is
19. Mad Sin - Kicked Down Low, Get Back Up
20. The Slackers - Because Dub
21. Hell Death Fury - Rob Kill Burn
22. Blacklist Royals - Church Bells Are Ringing
23. Frenzy - Stop The World (I Wanna Get Off)
24. Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

COMPILATIONS: The Essential 100: 2010

'The Essential 100: 2010' is a 100 track, 6 CD compilation of 2010's best tracks.

In the months leading up to the end of the year i began re-creating some of my old yearly 'Best Of's from previous years, and found that rather than the two 90 minute cassettes that each year used to produce, I'd instead end up updating them to include other tracks, leading to sometimes 5 CD compliations. After completing the newly updated edition of my 2002 compilation CD set, i realised it ran to almost 100 tracks, all of great quality and it made me wonder just how many truly great tracks would end up making up 2010's compilation. And after weeks of revisiting the best albums and releases of 2010, i had 'narrowed down' a 'shortlist' of over 200 tracks, even after a lot of strict judgement. So bearing in mind that I've heard more new music in 2010 than any other previous year i decided upon changing my yearly best of format to a 'Top 100' compilation. The 6 CD set (the last disc has the 4 or so tracks that wouldn't fit across the first 5 discs) comes in a nice cardboard slipcase and each disc in its own nicely designed card sleeve. The running order of the compilation is not a countdown, chart or ordered list of the top 100, I just put the songs where they sounded best across the 6 CDs. In addition to the box set, i've also got about 6 discs of the stuff that wouldn't fit into the top 100, which themselves are also great. AND a double CD entitled 'Essential 2010: Punk Edition' of the year's best punk, psychobilly and ska.

I'll post that soon along with my list of top 10 albums of the year, in the meantime here is the truly epic Essential 100: 2010

CD1
1. Crocodiles - Mirrors
2. Cherry Ghost - We Sleep On Stones
3. Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
4. Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
5. The Futureheads - Struck Dumb
6. Gorillaz ft Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
7. I Am Kloot - Northern Skies
8. Foals - Spanish Sahara
9. Delphic - Doubt
10. The Coral - Walking In The Winter
11. The Fall - Bury
12. Klaxons - Twin Flames
13. The Crookes - Backstreet Lovers
14. Ocean Colour Scene - Just A Little Bit Of Love
15. Kula Shaker - Ophelia
16. Fyfe Dangerfield - So Brand New
17. Wilder - Skyful Of Rainbows
18. Vampire Weekend - Holiday
19. The Charlatans - My Foolish Pride
20. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

CD2
01. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo
02. Beady Eye - Bring The Light
03. Frank turner - I Still Believe
04. Cherry Ghost - A Month Of Mornings
05. James - Crazy
06. 2 Wounded Birds - My Lonesome
07. The Coral - More Than A Lover
08. Chief - Breaking Walls
09. Foals - Blue Blood
10. Babeshadow - Sea Serpent
11. Surfer Blood - Swim
12. Feeder - Renegades
13. The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
14. Delphic - Clarion Call
15. Malachai - Snowflake
16. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies
17. Babybird - Unloveable
18. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep
19. Goldheart Assembly - Last Decade
20. Badly Drawn Boy - Too Many Miracles

CD3
01. The Fall - OFYC Showcase
02. The Charlatans - Love Is Ending
03. Blur - Fool's Day
04. I Am Kloot - To The Brink
05. Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee
06. Ocean Colour Scene - Saturday
07. Manic Street Preachers - Hazleton Avenue
08. Paul Weller - No Tears To Cry
09. The Phantom Band - The None Of One
10. The Moons - Chinese Whispers
11. Kings Of Leon - Mary
12. 2 Wounded Birds - Keep Dreaming Baby
13. Vampire Weekend - Cousins
14. Detroit Social Club - Sunshine People
15. Steve Mason - Lost And Found
16. The Coral - Butterfly House
17. Fyfe Dangerfield - High On The Tide


CD4
01. Midlake - Acts Of Man 
02. The Futureheads- Heartbeat Song
03. Edwyn Collins - What Is My Role
04. Muse - Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)
05. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Conscience Killer
06. Doves - Andalucia
07. Gruff Rhys - Shark Ridden Waters
08. Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
09. Black Francis - Six Legged Man
10. Clinic - Forever (Demis' Blues)
11. Paul Weller - Aim High
12 .Crocodiles - Hearts Of Love
13. Manic Street Preachers - A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
14. Mystery Jets - Dreaming Of Another World
15. Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
16. Field Music - Precious Plans
17. Cherry Ghost - Only A Mother
18. Crystal Castles & Robert Smith - Not In Love
19. Broken Records -You Know You're Not Dead
20. Delphic - Counterpoint



CD5
01. Band Of Horses - Compliments
02. Eels - A Line In The Dirt
03. Freebass - The God Machine
04. The Vaccines - Blow It Up
05. Fyfe Dangerfield - Faster Than The Setting Sun
06. I Am Kloot - Fingerprints
07. Morning Parade - Under The Stars
08. LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
09. Klaxons - Flashover
10. Belle And Sebastian - I Want The World To Stop
11. The Bluetones - Firefly
12. The National - Conversation 16
13. The Bees - Winter Rose
14. Funeral Party - NYC Moves To The Sound Of LA
15. Violens - Trance Like Turn
16. Goldheart Assembly - Under The Waterway
17. The Phantom Band - Mr Natural

CD6 
01. The Charlatans - Trust In Desire
02. Manic Street Preachers - All We Make Is Entertainment
03. Cherry Ghost - Kissing Strangers
04. Errors - Beards 
05. Babybird - On The Backseat Of Your Car
06. The Coral - North Parade