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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 1

Wild Beasts – Present Tense Wild Beasts are definitely one of my all time favourite bands, but as a fan I’ve always had two criticisms of their music. One is the fact that they tend to overdo the eccentric character …

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Music Alliance pact – December 2014

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 17-track compilation through Dropbox here. MALTA: Stagedive Malta Fraser – Bouboulina Sunshine UK …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 2

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days Mac DeMarco surprised me greatly back in 2012 when he released his debut album 2. It was a record filled with detuned guitar. Mac’s nerdy croon (which he adapted after recording his first EP, using …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 3

Ariel Pink – Pom Pom Pom pom is quite a unique album in the mighty Ariel Pink discography. There’s a certain amount of joyous abandon which he’s never really had before. Take opener Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade – …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 4

Total Control – Typical System Somehow, every single year, a post punk band makes it into my top ten. This year it’s Australia’s Total Control. Basically there are a lot of elements which appeal to me. Some examples would be …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 5

Swans – To Be Kind Generally albums recorded after a long hiatus spell disaster, but weirdly Swans have been able to buck this trend. Not only have the post-reformation records been strong, but each release just keeps getting better and …

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48 Hours over Utrecht: Le Guess Who Festival, November 2014 – part 2

photo courtesy of Eric Luyten The thought of a Franco/British post-punk act joining forces with a Japanese noise rock band sounds equally exciting and sonically terrifying. Luckily the Savages/Bo Ningen collaboration was a mixture of both. Facing each other on …

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48 Hours over Utrecht: Le Guess Who Festival, November 2014 – part 1

Who would have known that a small festival, originally set up in 2007 with the intention of showcasing Canadian alternative bands would end up being one of Europe’s most interesting and varied musical delight? Le Guess Who’s grew larger with …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 Nos.6.1 & 6.2

6.1 Metronomy – Love Letters Let’s be honest – ever since 2008, Metronomy have been threatening to record an album of pure pop. Well six years down the line, a line up change and two records later it has finally …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No.7

Liars – Mess There are two types of Liars albums. With some albums the band is trying out a new style, while with others the band is feeling comfortable with that style and trying to push it to further limits. …

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