My Musical Obsessions | 2017


Top 10 Albums of 2015

The Good Fight – Oddisee


Everybody’s A Good Dog – Diane Coffee


Ages – Incredible Polo


Ici le Jour (a tout enselavi) – Feu! Chatterton


La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful – Petite Noir


Mr. Face – Ty Seagall


Pretend You’re Mine – Pearls


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff


The Duke of Burgundy – Cat’s Eyes


Bad Pop – Soft Powers


20 Scores That Spring to Mind

Anton Karas ‘The Third Man’ – 1949

Bernard Herrmann ‘Psycho’ – 1960

Bernard Herrmann  ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ – 1963
Bernie scores twice in a row

John Barry ‘Zulu’ – 1964

Mikis Theodorakis ‘Zorba the Greek’ – 1964

Ennio Morricone ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ – 1968

Krzysztof Komeda ‘Rosemary’s baby’ – 1968

Roy Budd ‘Get Carter’ – 1971

Paul Giovanni ‘The Wicker Man’ – 1973

Gheorghe Zamfir ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ – 1975

John Williams ‘Jaws’ – 1975 

Bernard Herrmann ‘Taxi Driver’ – 1976
Bernie back for more

Giorgio Moroder ‘Midnight Express’ – 1978

Jerry Goldsmith ‘Alien’ – 1979
John Hurt crossover here with Midnight Express.

Ennio Morricone ‘The Thing’ – 1982
Deux points for Ennio for the original score to The Thing. All this time I thought John Carpenter did all the music.

Vangelis ‘Blade Runner’ – 1982
Ridley Scott scores again

Basil Poledouris ‘Conan’ – 1982
Basil also did Robocop and Starship Troopers

Roger Waters ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’ – 1982

Toto ‘Dune’ – 1984
Paul L. Smith (1936-2012) crossover with Midnight Express

Damon Albarn, Michael Nyman ‘Ravenous’ – 1999

Twitters Songs of the Year 2014 #soty

Thanks to those of you who have joined in with song of the week this year. For those that didn’t and want to in 2015, it’s easy, the rules are on here somewhere and it’s an ace way to share good music and make new discoveries.

On New Years Eve we asked for your song of the year and here they all are. They can also be found on spotify as a complete playlist  Twitters songs of the year 2014

@tvermar Trembling Bells and Bonny Prince Billy – New trip on the old wine

@kedwardphil Todd Terje – Inspector Norse

@mstick68 St. Vincent – Birth in reverse

@goonersoph R Dean Taylor – Ghost in my house

@flylilypad SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York

@Cockers_ Diane Coffee – Hymn

@eljimosabe – Mac Demarco – Passing out pieces

@nickMotown Lonely the Brave – The Blue, The Green

@crimsonavenger    @etranger81 Sleaford Mods – Tied up in Nottz

@cattell_matt Hozier – Take me to Church

@leardodd  Future Islands – Seasons

@loonytoon Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton


Ultrascores by Chassol (2013)

It might have come out in 2013 but I only heard it this year. It’s classed as electronic/pop/jazz and comes from a piano in France, presumably Christophe Chassol’s piano in France.

Salad Days by Mac Demarco (2014)

Since ‘Rock and Roll Night Club’ in 2012, I’ve liked Mac Demarco’s cross-dressing, beer swilling, mellow  brand of rock. This album continues along the same lines, with a bitter sweet, heartfelt collection of tunes, crowned by the instant classic ‘Passing out Pieces’.

Amphetamine Ballads by Amazing Snakeheads (2014)

Gut wrenching lyrics and slow-fast bluesy guitars made this group stand out. There’s a kind of garage rock meets hammer horror element to some of the songs like ‘I’m a Vampire’, ‘Nighttime’ and ‘Swamp Song’. The kind of tunes that make you constantly feel the need to look over your shoulder or head butt a lamp post for no reason.

It’s Album Time by Todd Terje (2014)

Ultimate dancing music. This album made everyone feel good this year. That’s EVERYONE. Check out the Inspector Norse video if you haven’t seen it for an extra treat.

Exegesis by Alden Penner (2014)

Being a fan of Clues, I was bound to like Alden Penner’s solo work. It’s all about the quirky, delicate song-writing hinting to a greater divinity in the universe. Or something like that, woah, I need to stop sniffing the furniture polish.

My Friend Fish by Diane Coffee (2013)

‘Hymn’ could well be the song of the year for me (and cockers). Diane Coffee is also the drummer in the mighty Foxygen.

Deltas by Chapelier Fou

More electronic music delighting my ears in 2014, with this beautiful mix of violins, clavecin (a type of piano just for French people) and other assorted noise makers. Trust me, c’est fantastique!

Consult the Horse by Thing Kong (2013)

Don’t know if this is technically an album, but the five songs it contains are all songs you will want to add to your skateboarding or snowboarding video to make it instantly 100x cooler. That’s how I found out about the little known group actually, a very trendy skater doc.

Bazaar by Wampire (2014)

‘Hearse’ was the song that got my attention and with this album they kept it tight. I’ll always remember one of the band members cited ‘Sebastian’ by Cockney Rebel as a favourite tune on Radio 6 Music. A man after my own heart. And a band with all the right influences.

Just Enough Hip to be Woman by BRONCHO (2014)

Definitely enough hip to be played by a man or a woman. Or an alien man from the planet ‘I Like Good Music’.