Chart for stowaways – 11 October 2014

Here are the singles from just a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  2. Espiritu – Bonita Mañana
  3. Goldfrapp – Jo
  4. William Orbit – On Wings
  5. Tomorrow’s World – You Taste Sweeter
  6. VCMG – Single Blip
  7. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  8. CSS – Hits Me Like a Rock
  9. The Opiates – Rainy Days and Saturdays
  10. Computer Magic – Orion

Record Store Day 2014

Despite all my reservations about Record Store Day (mainly, the fact that only eBay sellers actually seem to get anything out of it), it’s hard not to get excited. So given the chance, you should probably think about finding your local record shop this Saturday, and seeing what might grab your fancy.

Here are some of the more interesting releases this year:

  • Amorphous Androgynous (sometimes also known as The Future Sound of London) – The Cartel & Remixes (2xLP, UK only)
  • Art of NoiseLive at the End of a Century (LP picture Disc, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands / Belgium only)
  • David Bowie1984 Picture Disc (7″, 4,000 copies, US / Canada only) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (picture disc, Germany / Netherlands / France / Belgium only)
  • ChromeoEzra’s Interlude / Over Your Shoulder (7″, Germany / Netherlands / Belgium only)
  • CHVRCHESRecover EP (12″, 2,500 copies, US / Canada only) and We Sink (7″, UK / Germany only)
  • Cut CopyIn These Arms of Love / Like Any Other Day (10″, 2,000 copies, US only)
  • DevoButch Devo and the Sundance Gig (Vinyl / DVD, 1,750 copies) and Live at Max’s Kansas City – November 15, 1977 (12″, 2,000 copies, US only)
  • Everything But the GirlEden (30th Anniversary Edition) (gatefold clear LP, UK / Germany / Netherlands / Italy / France / Belgium only)
  • Gemma RayDeath Disc (7″ picture disc, Germany / Netherlands only)
  • Inspiral CarpetsDung 4 + The Cow EP (LP + 7″, UK / Germany only)
  • Joy DivisionAn Ideal for Living (1978) (12″, 7,500 copies, US / Canada / Italy / France / Belgium only)
  • LCD SoundsystemThe Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden) (5×12″, 3,000 copies)
  • David LynchThe Air is on Fire (LP, 1,000 copies) and The Big Dream Remix EP (12″, UK / Germany / Netherlands / France / Belgium only)
  • MGMT – Congratulations (180 gram 2xLP, 1,000 numbered copies) and Oracular Spectacular (180 gram LP, 1,500 numbered copies)
  • Kylie MinogueGolden Boy (7″, Germany / Netherlands / Canada / France only)
  • The NotwistRun Run Run (12″, 1,770 copies)
  • Nova Nova & Peter HookLow Ends (Original and Slabb Remixes) (7″, UK only) and Low Ends (Thierry Criscione Remixes) (7″, UK only)
  • Pet Shop BoysFlourescent (12″, UK only)
  • The SpecialsSock it to ’em J.B. / Rat Race (7″, 1,000 copies, certain US / Canada / Belgium locations only)
  • Tears for FearsReady Boys & Girls (10″, 3,000 copies, US only)
  • Sébastien TellierL’Incroyable Vérité (LP, UK / Germany / Canada / France only)
  • The TheGiant (12″, 2,000 copies)
  • Tracey ThornMolly Drake Songs (7″, UK only)

I’ve done my best to get the territories right, but you’ll probably want to cross-check with the lists here if there’s something specific you’re after…

Last year’s list, if it’s still of interest, was here.

Live – February 2014

Five of the best live acts who you might want to catch in the near future:

Étienne Daho

Touring across France and Belgium starting tomorrow and running through till mid-April, and then with more dates at the end of the year.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Simple Minds

Their tour continues tonight in Fürth, Germany, followed by more German dates, then Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Macedonia, and currently ending in the Netherlands in June.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Cut Copy

With festivals coming up in early March in Australia, followed by live dates in the US and Canada, and then the UK and Ireland in April.

Full list of dates at Songkick

System 7

Straight out of the 1990s, with dates in Manchester, London, Leamington Spa (yes, really) and Amsterdam throughout March.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Phoenix

You’ll find them in Australia over the next few weeks, before heading to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, Colorado, and Mexico over the summer.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Record Store Day 2013

There’s something rather exciting about Record Store Day – loads of your favourite bands start throwing out obscure releases on bizarre formats. Not downloads, but real, tangible formats.

There’s also something rather disappointing about the whole thing. Of all of the releases I’ve heard about and wanted on Record Store Day, I’ve never actually seen a single one of them. Partly because I’ve always been out of the country every year so far, but partly also because I have a sneaking suspicion that what happens is that it’s actually a day for private dealers and too-keen collectors to swamp record shops and buy all the good stuff out. Anything worth having will be up on eBay within the day. Which seems to slightly defeat the object to me.

In fact, the only release from previous years that I remember having seen is the cassette version of Goldfrapp‘s last album Head First – which is a brilliant idea, but the knowledge that I’d never actually listen to it was what stopped me from buying it at that point.

Anyway, this year’s Record Store Day is this Saturday, and I’m actually going to be in the UK this time, so we’ll see if I can keep hold of my wallet while it happens. Here are some of the highlights of the releases that I spotted:

  • Bent – From the Vaults 1998-2007 (unknown format, 500 copies)
  • Booka Shade – Black Out: White Noise EP (12″)
  • David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday Night (7″ picture disc, 3000 copies), The Stars Are Out Tonight (7″ white vinyl, 5000 copies) and 1965 (7″)
  • Calexico – Spiritoso (LP, 2200 copies)
  • CaribouStart Breaking My Heart (LP), Up in Flames (LP) and The Milk of Human Kindness (LP)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Animal X (7″ picture disc, 2500 copies)
  • Cut Copy – Bright Like Neon Love (12″, 4000 copies)
  • Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? (7″)
  • Brian EnoNicholas Jaar x Grizzly Bear (10″, 2000 copies)
  • Frankie Goes to HollywoodThe Eye Has It (7″ shaped picture disc)
  • Garbage – Because the Night (10″, 5000 copies)
  • The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (12″)
  • Inspiral Carpets – Fix Your Smile (7″)
  • Junior Boys – Even Truer Remix EP (12″, 400 copies, “regional”)
  • MGMT – Alien Days (cassette single, 2000 copies)
  • Moby feat. Mark Lanegan – The Lonely Night (7″)
  • Mike Oldfield – Theme from Tubular Bells (7″)
  • Pink Floyd – See Emily Play (7″, 5000 copies)
  • Röyksopp – Ice Machine (10″)
  • Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun (12″, 982 copies, “regional”) and Hvarf / Heim (double LP)
  • The XX – Jamie XX Edits (12″, 1600 copies)
  • Various Artists – Astralwerks 20/20 (seven 7″ box set, including rare and unreleased tracks by KraftwerkAirThe Chemical Brothers and others, 100 copies, “regional”)
  • Various Artists – Factory Records – Communications 1978-1992 (10″ or 12″ including tracks by Joy DivisionNew OrderDurutti Column and Happy Mondays, 1000 copies)
  • Various Artists – Music from the Motion Picture Drive (LP picture disc of the excellent album with tracks by Kavinsky and Cliff Martinez, 1000 copies, US only)

Which should be more than enough to keep you busy. I’ve no idea what “regional” means. Thanks to the New Vinyl blog for helping with information about the releases. The full list is here for the USA and here for the UK.

Chart for stowaways – 15 December 2012

Finally! Pet Shop Boys leave the top spot!

  1. The Presets – Ghosts
  2. Moist – Far Beyond the Endless
  3. Kris Menace feat. Fred Falke – Electricity
  4. Pet Shop Boys – Leaving
  5. Little Boots – Crescendo
  6. Delerium – Consciousness of Love
  7. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  8. Apparat – Candil de la Calle
  9. Nina Sky – Day Dreaming
  10. Moby – The Poison Tree

The Presets of course now hold the top spot on the singles and albums.

Singles chart of the year 2012 for stowaways

Here’s the top 20 for your delectation:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Winner
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Leaving
  3. Delerium with Nadina – Monarch
  4. Saint Etienne – Tonight
  5. Saint Etienne – I’ve Got Your Music
  6. Shit Robot – Take ’em Up
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Invisible
  8. VCMG – EP3 – Aftermaths
  9. Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – Nightcall
  10. Soulsavers feat. Dave Gahan – Longest Day
  11. Shit Robot – Losing My Patience
  12. VCMG – EP2 – Single Blip
  13. Shit Robot – Answering Machine
  14. Gemma Ray – Gemma Ray Sings Sparks
  15. Angelpie – Tin Foil Valley
  16. Pet Shop Boys – Memory of the Future
  17. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
  18. Erasure – Fill Us with Fire
  19. Gotye – State of the Art
  20. Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville

No real surprises if you were paying attention to the singles last year. Outside the top 20, there was a whole load of Saint Etienne and Sébastien Tellier, as well as late entries for The PresetsCut Copy and Röyksopp.

Chart for stowaways – 1 December 2012

Oh well, we’ll catch up eventually I suppose. Here’s last week’s singles chart!

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Leaving
  2. The Presets – Ghosts
  3. Moist – Far Beyond the Endless
  4. Delerium – Consciousness of Love
  5. Delerium feat. Nadina – Monarch
  6. Eric Prydz vs. Floyd – Proper Education
  7. Van She – Jamaica
  8. Ane Brun & Vince Clarke – Fly on the Windscreen
  9. The Good Natured – Video Voyeur
  10. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire

Next week we’ll be kicking off our Christmas countdown, so the chart will continue in the New Year.