• My Best of 2009

    Jan 8 2010, 9h45 por PhilBe

    1. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
    Not the pastoral beauty of it's predecessor but this was a really solid album full of great songs. Yes, it's a bit predictable that it's my No 1 (me being a big fan) but according to my last.fm stats it's the album I listened to the most so there. Favourite track was Still

    2. Chuck Prophet- Let Freedom Ring!
    Rock record of the year and Chuck's best album, raw rock 'n' roll recorded in Mexico City during the Swine Flu epidemic. There's some absolute corkers on this disc,"Where the Hell is Henry?", "You and Me Baby (Holding On)" "American Man" and the closing track "Leave the Window Open" the best track written about living for the moment and "living this life before it's gone". Love Chuck, love this, brilliant album.

    3. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
    What a great songwriter! This contains tunes of such poignancy it almost brings a tear to the eye. It's a stunning effort, a real joy to listen to. …
  • The Best of 2009 ! ( according to Anja)

    Dez 29 2009, 22h05 por anjaaaaah

    Remember when I asked you all for ideas and stuff? Yeah, that worked out just splendid.

    I listened to nearly 200 albums over the course of 2009 and tried really hard, but could not make a top 10. Top 20...huge fail. Top 30...nope.
    So here is my top 20 of 2009 - and if you want to see their album covers AND the other 40 albums I just HAD to mention - go here!

    Comments are always welcome. Bashing me for my musical preferences is not.
    Only Amy is allowed to kick me, because I'm expecting it ;)

    My top 20 from 1 -20 :

    1. Storybox - You can be Replaced

    The 2009 effort of Dutch band Storybox is by far my favourite of the year. Just like with their 2006 debut 'A fool's attempt', I can find no fault on it. As far as albums go, this is what perfection sounds like :)
    Yay for Helge and the guys!

    My favourite tracks are 'The Andersons' and 'Happy man'.

    2. El Pino and the Volunteers - The Long -Lost art of becoming Invisible

  • Vanessa Peters, a blast @ the blik

    Mar 15 2009, 0h35 por PhilBe

    Fri 13 Mar – Vanessa Peters

    Friday the 13th, unlucky for some but certainly not for this correspondent as this was a superb gig, just wonderful.

    Life is full of pleasant surprises for those who go looking for them... Until a few weeks ago I'd never heard of this artist until her name appeared on the venue's website. In fact I wasn't planning to go to this concert until, this week while doing some on-line research and seeing the plaudits for her new album 'Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up' (Little Sandwich music) I decided to take a chance and go.

    Vanessa Peters, voted in the top ten of Austin folk artists a couple of years ago, hails from Austin but is also based in Italy some of the time. This comes from her time spent in Tuscany as an exchange student, and is very cued up on all things Italian. Her backing musicians with the exception of her Dutch bass, mandolin and violin player Alex Akela are Italian. I think you could describe her musical style as a more folky Laura Veirs meets Aimee Mann. …