måndag 19 september 2011

Opeth - Heritage

No, I can't wait any longer!! It's being released tomorrow but I won't have it on vinyl until earliest Friday I think. When I pre-ordered the album from the official website I was promised a download code of the entire album the day before it's release.

Today I got two e-mails with a download code in each (I ordered two versions so if anyone wants a code just get in touch:)) and I've just added the album to my iPod so now I'll go to bed and listen to Heritage in my headphones for the first time! I'm excited!!

Hidden gems from my dad's old collection.

I owe my huge music interest more or less all to my dad. As a kid I remember looking through his vinyl collection looking for cool records to listen to. So I picked out The Beatles, David Bowie, The Clash, Eagles vinyl etc. etc. from his collection and I've been listening to it for a long time.

Recently I've been going through his collection once again picking out vinyl that I want in my collection and I think I left with about 200 vinyls when I did that. Most recently I took all of his 7" singles as well. There are about 3-400 of them from his collection and I can add about 200 probably that I've bought through the years. I add all of these into two different databases, one is a simple excel form that I simply put in the information of the record: artist, title, record company, year, format, genre. The other one I use is Discogs.

Today I was adding the last batch of singles that I've gotten from my dad, and to my surprise there was one single that is worth quite a lot of money
Mandarines - EP
Mandarines is a Swedish band from the late 70's that I hadn't really heard of until today I listened to this EP and it's actually quite good. Some nice powerpop/punk. The guitarist, Janne Andersson, later came to play with Japop, Ulf Lundell and Gyllene Tider to name a few. 
I searched them on Discogs to add this release to my collection and when I get to the release page I see that there is one copy of this for sale. The price is an unbelievable £115.99! Sometimes the sellers on Discogs can put insane prices on quite random releases so I went to popsike to see what it had sold for on ebay and it's selling for somewhere between 80-150 US dollars! A recent sell on ebay (from february this year) shows an ending price of $142. Insane, to say the least!

lördag 17 september 2011

"Album of the year" project

The last few years I've listed my favourite albums from the past year. I will do so this year as well but this time I will do it a little differently than before. I always have difficulties ranking the records. Often the number one spot has been quite easily decided but how do I really come to the decision?

I think I mostly base it on the number of times I play a record, the more you like a record, the more you're likely to play it, right?

This year though I'm gonna have a play off with the records of the year. I've put together a grid play off with 64 brackets. Here's an example of how one of these things looks, for those of you who doesn't understand what the hell I'm talking about:

So I'll put two records up against each other and the one I think is better advances to the next stage until at last there is just one album still standing- the album of the year!

First I had the idea of putting up a vote on my blog on each "match up", but for a few reasons it wouldn't work. For once there aren't that many readers here to be honest, and those who would vote would probably be three of four people so it wouldn't be too much of a competition:)

Second of all it's my blog and my opinions so I thought it would be better to have my views on it. Also I'll have help from my girlfriend to decide some of the match ups. I'll have final say though;)

I will put the albums against each other that have been released at the same time of the year so that I've had the chance to listen to both albums an equal amount of times. Which in most cases I haven't, but at least I've had the chance... So first up will by Decemberists against the Delillos album which were both released in January this year.

The criterias I have for an album to be part of this is:
1. That I own it on vinyl.
2. That it is an original release. Not a collection (like Foo Fighters - Medium Rare), not a live album (like Neil Youngs - A Treasure or Mastodon - Live At Aragorn) etc.
3. It qualifies to be among the best 64 records released this year. Apparently I have too many records at the moment. I own a few from the year already and I also have a list of records that will be released this year that I will buy so I have to sort some of them out before this thing starts.

Here are the albums that I've got so far:

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Tao Of Dead
Akron/Family S/T II
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising
Anna Järvinen Anna Själv Tredje
Bigbang Epic Scrap Metal
Black Country Communion BCC 2
Blackfield Welcome To My DNA
Bon Iver Bon Iver
Boris New Album
Boris Heavy Rocks
Boris Attention Please
Bright Eyes People's Key
Buffalo Tom Skins
Cave Singers No Witch
Crowbar Sever The Wicked Hand
Decemberists The King Is Dead
Delillos Trist Å Väre Glad
Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots
Earth Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light
Explosions In The Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Girls Father, Son And The Holy Ghost
Graveyard Hisingen Blues
Haunted Unseen
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
J Mascis Several Shades Of Why
Jarle Bernhoft Solidarity Breaks
Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges
Kaizers Orchestra Violeta Violeta Vol.1
Kebnekajse Idioten
Ljungblut Over Skyene Skinner Altid Solen
Low C'mon
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die
My Morning Jacket Circuital
Okkervil River I Am Very Far
Panda Bear Tomboy
Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
REM Collapse Into Now
Spirits Of The Dead The Great God Pan
Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Thurston Moore Demolished Thoughts
TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light
Twilight Singers Dynamite Steps
Urge Overkill Rock&Roll Submarine
Wino Adrift
Wobbler Rites At Dawn
Wolf Legions Of Bastards

And there are releases from all of these bands that have just been released or are expected later this year that I'll most likely buy:
Steven Wilson
Sivert Höyem
The Amazing
Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah
Black Keys
Ryan Adams
Lou Reed and Metallica
St. Vincent
Tom Waits

Are there any records that I'm missing from the year so far, or upcoming releases?