Wishing you all a very sweet new year full of great pop moments !!!
Je vous souhaite une nouvelle année pleine de petits bonheurs et de grands moments pop !!!
Math and Physics Club : S/T (Matinée)
This highly awaited debut album from
This is not the latest Stereolab e-single, this is "Zzotto" taken from "Straight of Lame", the 1967 - and only - album by The Daisy Chain, a legendary obscure female foursome from Orange County, California. This ultra-rare psych-garage album, reissued in 2005 on Sundazed Records, is proving that an all-songwriter-girl combo could do something drop-dead cool in those years, ruled by flower power teenage boys. Rosemary, Camille, Shel Le and Dee Dee Lea have accomplished here a very weird but charming one-shot diversified project, oscillating from Soul to Garage and from Pop to Psych, and, as you can hear, the carrier waves from that seism are still being felt today...
Best album or EP :
Could have done this in 3 parts : best indie album, best electro album and best EP, but I’m getting tired with all these charts so I’m gonna do it all at once. Ooooh, and if you’re a twee boy or girl, do not forget the traditional TweeNet Poll end-of-year reflex!!
01. Ponies in the Surf Ponies on Fire
This album simply deserves the top for its delicate melodies and its brilliant minimalist outline. At the era of the 0,99 € e-song and the i-pod, this handmade sleeve and this rock-bottom price (4$) are the incontrovertible evidences that the best pop quality remains the affair of passionate people.
02. Tender Trap 6 Billion People
A very dense and mature work, perfectly synthesizing all Amelia Fletcher’s personal background, from Heavenly’s sonic spaces to Marine Research’ grace.
03. Love is All Nine Times that same Song
The first Pop ‘n Cherries post back in April and a home fave since 2 years now. A unique saxo-saturated heady post punk sound, male choirs from beyond the grave and J.O’s transcendent sputters. The best live experience of the year and a truly classic album, recently re-released on a major !
04. The Radio Dept. Pet Grief
05. Cats on Fire Draw in the Reins EP
06. Pipas Sorry Love
07. Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
08. Stereolab Fab Four Suture
09. Little Name How to Swim and Live (streamed on the web)
10. The Hit Parade The Return of the Hit Parade
11. Bears S/T
12. The Electric Pop Group S/T
13. The Happy Couple Happy Times & Petty Crimes
14. Pants Yell Recent Drama
15. Casiotone f.t.p. Alone Etiquette
17. Dominique A L’horizon
18. The Most Serene Republic Phages EP + Underwater Cinematographer
19. Junior Boys So this is Goodbye
21. Mirafiori No Podemo Volver a Casa
22. Momus Ocky Milk
23. Destroyer Destroyer’s Rubies
24. Hypo and EDH The correct Use of Pets
25. The Embassy Tacking (Worldwide release)
26. Hot Chip The Warning
27. Poni Hoax S/T
28. Pas/Cal Dear Sir EP
29. Nathan Fake Drowning in a
30. El Perro
31. Holden Chevrotine
32. Voxtrot Mother, Sisters, Daughters and Wives EP
33. Farina Allotments
35. Gossip Standing in the Way of Control
36. All my Friends All my Friends get hung up
37. The Airfields Laneways EP
38. Lo Fi FNK Boylife
39. Math and Physics Club S/T
40. The Pipettes We are the Pipettes
41. Orval Carlos Sibelius S/T
42. Dat Politics Wow Twist
43. Miou Miou La la grande finale
44. My Brightest Diamond Bring Me the Workhouse
45. Camera Obscura Let’s get out of this Country
46. Mates of State Bring it Back
47. Electroluvs Bubblewrapped
48. The Long Blondes Someone to drive you home + EP’s
49. The Cathouse Bloody Hours EP
50. Peter, Bjorn and John Writer’s block
Must have forgotten some…
Of course, many stories to be checked in the archives…
1. The Kids at the Club : An Indiepop compilation (How does it Feel to be Loved)
2. The Trip - as curated by Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey (Family)
3. Chloé & Ivan Smagghe : The Dysfunctional Family (Kill the DJ)
4. CD86 : 48 Tracks from the Birth of Indiepop (Sanctuary)
5. Peachy Little Secrets (Fruit Records)
6. Blue Skies Up – Welcome to the New Pop Revolution (Dogbox Records)
7. BIPPP : French Synth-Wave 1978/85 (Born Bad)
8. Pop the Question (Book Club Records)
9. Digital Penetration (Alt/Del Records)
10. Kitsuné Maison Compilation 3 (Kitsuné)
Thomas Hilverkus and Johanna Maier (aka Janehoney) from Germany are what we call "Music Mates", having a common love for "The Pop Moment". In 2002, they created the marvellous Félicité Single Club (with an él in it yeaahhh), releasing some stylishly packaged collector 7" with cult artists as King of Luxembourg, The Catalysts and Roy Moller.
In the same time, they formed The Happy Couple, releasing their first highly acclaimed EP "Four Seasons"on their own label. 2005 saw the release of their second EP "Fools in Love"on the lovely Matinée label (in collaboration with B&S' Stevie Jackson) and earlier this year, they recorded a third confidential "Song for the Troubadour" CDEP. This compilation on the Japanese label Quince gives us the opportunity to get the 3 EP's reunited, confirming the duo sweet tendencies for tasteful, fragile, jangly twee pop. One of the best Xmas gifts I could imagine...
Oooh yeah it's that time of the year, and we'll start with an easy one, remembering what we loved this year in the field of french chanson, variété, french-speaking pop or whatever you call it... So, in the absence of Orwell, Watoo Watoo and Arnaud Fleurent-Didier, my choice went to :
The Chanson Française tradition is not dead, thanks this heartbreaking woman, with her profound voice and stylish pen.
Perfect catchy pop tunes in the best indie style, enclosed in an antique tape. What more do you want ?
The Hexagone is still anxiously waiting for an innovative pop-rock act. This act already exists in...Québec, Canada. Malajube's immediate and energetic melodies kicked my ass...
The rest du meilleur :
Vanessa and the O's
La ballade d'O
Celle que vous croyez
Raides à la ville EP
Entre deux rivages
(Trois Jeunes Tambours)
Ouh la la la
Comme un seul homme
Tant de temps
la nuit m'attend
Saule et les pleureurs
Vous êtes ici
Que le temps passe
(Barclay / Universal)
One great explorative debut album (Underwater Cinematographer) and a brilliant long EP (only available on tour initially) this year are sufficient to consider MSR as one of Canada's most precious acts. While the album was exploring all directions (from Blonde Redhead to Broken Social Scene), "Phages" allows them to find their very own noisy and melodramatic sound. Stunning act to follow !
==> The Most Serene Republic - Proposition 61 (from Underwater Cinematographer)
Language of Flowers : You're the One (from The Kids at the Club Compilation)
"Language of Flowers" was a song on Pale Saints' first album and is also the name of this talented outfit from UK. Their debut album on Shelflife records was one of the best 2004' discoveries and the song Tara Mascara has now become a classic indie anthem.
"You're the One" is part of the great indiepop compilation "The Kids at the Club" released some months ago on How Does It Feel To Be Loved? label. The song never sounded right to be included in the 2004 album and has been re-released many times before this final version.
This post is especially dedicated to the person who stole my laptop last week...
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