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MY TOTAL 13

Happy holidays to y’all!

Once the few family Xmas commitments successfully finished, it’s time I start focusing on closing this 2013. I’m gonna start with the easiest part, which is the list of my 13 favorite album releases.

I reckon this year has been marked by harder sounds and styles compared to the last years. Somehow it seems that my current mood is also looking for more energy in music. Truth is that, as usual, there are many albums I haven’t listened to yet and perhaps with the passing of time the list would change, but right now these are the albums I’ve been enjoying most this strange 2013.

13. VALIENT THORR: OUR OWN MASTERS

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Rage and pure energy, Valient Himself and his guys nailed it once again with this album. Lyrics with message, so to speak, wrapped in exploding riffs and superfast speed. Very happy I could attend another of their burning shows last month.

12. SUN & SAIL CLUB: MANNEQUIN

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This is the project of Scott Thomas Reeder, Kyuss former bass player, Bob Balch and Scott Reeder (the drummer) of Fu Manchu. Vocoder robotic voice melodies can prevent some people from loving this album which is a masterpiece of powerful riffs, intense bass lines and kickin’ ass drums. Respect for the veterans!

11. TOUCHÉ AMORÉ: IS SURVIVED BY

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Post-hardcore bands are not within my usual range of music, however some of them manage to step into my universe from time to time. This time was Touché Amoré, recommended by my dear friend (and mentor) Jordi, personally and through the magazine. Confessional lyrics, lots of yelling, weird writing, but with an overwhelming intensity.

10. MONSTER MAGNET: LAST PATROL

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The return of Dave Wyndorf and his gang to the fields of psicodelia. I had the chance to interview the leader for Rockzone magazine and thanks to his explanations and remarks I could enjoy the album even more. As a whole, as a journey, some sort of confession of experience and release of emotions. There are great songs such as ‘Paradise’ or ‘The Duke (of Supernature)’ of ‘I Live Behind The Clouds’. A great comeback superior to their previous releases. Can’t wait to see their show in February.

9. NEKO CASE: THE WORSE THINGS GET, THE HARDER I FIGHT, THE HARDER I FIGHT , THE MORE I LOVE YOU

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This is the hardest album of the artist and the most confessional. She leaves the story telling aside and focuses on expressing what’s she’s going through, marked by the loss of important members of her family, and a state of depression she eventually underwent to for some time. it is Neko, the woman, the human being here, you can feel closer to her, identified with some of her songs. ‘Man’, ‘Nearly Midnight, Honolulu’, ‘Calling Cards’ are thrilling.

8. ORANGE GOBLIN: A EULOGY FOR THE FANS

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This live album is the celebration of the success achieved with their last and most solid up to date studio album A Eulogy For The Damned. The only BUT I find here is that sound doesn’t capture their performance 100%, but still it’s a good document to confirm that not only their at their best moment but also that the Brits are a live band.

7. AMERICAN SHARKS

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This crazy trio from Texas blew my mind with their single ‘Overdrive’ and reached my thrashy side with their debut album. Every time I have a dj session I play one of their songs. Energy and fun, sometimes they remind me of Gluecifer for some reason. Wish I can see them playing in Spain in 2014.

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6. DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD: STAY TRUE

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I feel ashamed for not having written about this wonderful album already, because it deserves a special attention and I don’t think many people are aware of this wonderful work. I couldn’t find the proper time or the mood to write about it as a week album, however I’ve been constantly listening to them when looking for a realm of peace and relax. Danny and the Champs leave the Bruce Springsteen formula so present in Hearts & Arrows and focus on more rooted sounds.

5. MICHAEL MONROE: HORNS & HALOS

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The blonde Finnish is a God of some kind. every time he releases a new album everybody’s expections end up completely fulfilled. This time I was a bit afraid of the change from Ginger Wildheart to Dregen of Backyard Babies as the main guitar and writer, but the result has been very positive, in fact Horns & Halos is superior to Dregen’s first solo album which has left me completely indifferent and not interested at all. Listening to any Monroe’s album means feeling  something inside you unsettled, which at the end of the day you realize it’s the need for partying crying for good times. I don’t understand the reckless energy of the singer, and I don’t care. I just take it as it comes and enjoy the most of it.

4. RED FANG: WHALES AND LEECHES

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No need to comment much about this album after what I wrote. It’s brutal and can’t stop listening to it. I really needed this badass music in my life. Exactly one month remaining for their show in Barcelona. I know it’s gonna be insane.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2013/11/10/album-of-week-45-whales-and-leeches/

3. HEY! HELLO!

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Ginger is a sort of Kind midas in music, but fortunately every project he starts is worth listening and the results are usually great. This time teaming up with Victoria Liedtke, he’s surprised the fans with more partying and very fresh tunes, and perhaps it’s been the key to retake and resuscitate his main son, The Wildhearts.

Hey! Hello! will open for The Wildhearts in April and I’ll be at The Electric Ballroom to tell you about it. it’s gonna be awesome, probably one of the best 2014 shows.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2013/08/29/album-of-week-32-hey-hello/

2. CLUTCH: EARTH ROCKER

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Clutch has been the greatest discovery of this year. They’ve become a complete reference and have also awaken the spirit of the fan which was a bit in stagnation. Earth Rocker came demolishing and I devoured it with devoted passion. The impact of the self titled single on my was one of the most intense I remember in the last years. It left me breathless, and when I recovered I had the full album which was an injection of energy I really needed. I also relate the album to many personal highlights this year, among others writing for Rockzone magazine and coming back to the company I had been fired from last year.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2013/03/19/album-of-weeks-10-11-earth-rocker/

1. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: …LIKE A CLOCKWORK

Well, after not so much thinking I’ve finally reached the conclusion that Like a Clockwork is my favorite album of the year.

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It was an instant crush since the very beginning and has been settling throughout these months. When I first listened to the album I compared the experience as dating someone you idolize, therefore now I could regard my relationship with the album as a consolidated. Yeah, we’re a couple, we can flirt with others but at the end of the day it will be Like a Clockwork the one I’ll always choose.

Josh Homme has improved not only his singing but also his writing, and his evolution, very criticized by many of his fans in Kyuss, is fascinating from my point of view. Probably ‘The Vampyre of Time and Memory’ is my favorite song of the year, but I love the whole album and regard it as an indivisible unit.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2013/05/17/like-a-clockwork/

THE POWER OF A SINGLE

I try very hard not to believe in coincidences. In fact I think that everything happens for a reason, fair or unfair, justified or nonsense. The fact that I’m aware of the existence of a brand new band from Austin hasn’t been by chance. The way I see it it’s more like I was in the right place at the right time.

Today I’ve received the debut album of American Sharks, which was released just two days ago. I was able to listen to it for the first time yesterday thanks to Revolver Magazine.

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Perhaps, some curious freak like me might be wondering how come I knew about this band when no local media has ever written a review and I shouldn’t have references at least for the moment. Aaaah, friends! Internet has the answer for it, moreover Twitter. I like to think that you can have the world at your hands in just a click. It’s terrific, yet at the same time disturbing, don’t you think? The world has ended being a map of links and connections.

The starting point is The Sword. I started following them after the amazing performance offered in June here in Barcelona. I like Kyle Shutt, the lead guitarist of the band, first due to his talent as a riff master and the style he plays, second for his wonderful blonde hair, and finally because he has one of these friendly and smart faces you feel curious about and want to know further. Because Twitter is the perfect display I started following the blonde boy. Never such  an expression as Curiosity Killed the Cat suited me best. I’ve met lots of people and done weird stuff in the name of curiosity. Sometimes I think I should have been investigator or researcher of anything.

Anyway, Kyle is not a super proactive Twitter user. Seems that the guy is into videogames and sometimes looks for people to play with him online, other times talks about guitars and bands but not so often. But any random evening in August he asked his followers to check a video he had produced, and being very obedient (and curious), so I did. And this is what I found.

What a blast! Not only Overdrive is super powerful but the video is great. I love the party animal spirit and great vibes spread, and the energy of the song is overwhelming. Just one listening and I was delighted, and I started looking for some more stuff now they had awaken my appetite for fun…but there wasn’t stuff available. They are really new on scene and announced the release of their homonymous debut album now in September.

Even though you might not believe it I don’t act according to instant uncontrollable impulses but usually think what to do twice at least. Sometimes it takes lots of thought to decide something, but this time I checked the total amount of the CD + shipping and it was one of these “Whaddahell” moments I purchased it in a  blink of the eye. You know what happens once you get sales confirmation. Doubts always bring out. This time was something like I might be buying a piece of chunk, but the power of Overdrive was so convincing I had to surrender and there was no way back.

Finally I could listen to the complete album on line and I felt relieved as, considering most songs move in the same style and direction, it had very good tunes and high energy and spirits were constant and present in every song. And I discovered another hit which kicked my head again named Indian Man.

Will I ever attend a show of American Sharks in Spain? Who knows…I only hope that since they’re The Sword’s protégées, they might tour Europe together in a not so far future. A bit of mayhem on stage wouldn’t be bad at all.

Thus this is my latest discovery, really an adrenaline bomb, and I’m definitely spreading the word, because we need bands like this one from time to time.

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Well fuckin’ done, punks!

By the way, American Sharks is one of the coolest band name ever. How come nobody thought of it before? Aaaah,  unexplainable mysteries.