Some of Getintothis‘ favourite Liverpool musicians offer their thoughts on the last 12 months in music.
Gen Er Al Midi: Unappointed skipper and uber-instrument guru with the Pool’s premier avant-pop boppers a.P.A.T.t
Getintothis chats to a.P.A.T.t.
1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today
2. etron fou leloublan: Les Poumons GonflÃÂ©s (reissue)
3. Oh No Ono: Eggs
4. Shining: Black Jazz
5. Barberos/Stig Noise Split 12″
Mr Midi added: ‘I adored the Biennial and all the events that were happening all over Liverpool at once. It’s always a class time, but this year saw some real special events and exhibitions from the likes of Mercy and the Wolstenholme Creative Space.
‘Not to mention 2010 POSTMUSIC finally getting a space in Liverpool and working with some amazing artists and musicians to get the place up and running.‘
Fabian Devlin: We Came Out Like Tigers‘ guitarist and occasional neck-muscle-propelled vocal violence roarer.
Fabian’s Top 5 Albums:
1. Her Name is Calla: The Quiet Lamb Fabian said: ‘Dark and desperate, yet beautifuly hopefull, so ambitious at 80+ minutes, sonic and emotional extremes, I still can’t get over how perfect this record is.‘
2. Adam Gnade: Trailerparks ‘This finally got released in 2010, ‘talking songs’ of depression and alcohol, friends and mischief, his best release to date, easily.‘
3. Kaddish: Kaddish ‘Who knew that this year’s best screamo record wouldn’t come from Italy/U.S./France, but rather Dundee – chaotic and relentless, insanely underrated!‘
4. S: I’m Not As Good At It As You ‘Solo LP from Jenn Ghetto from Carissa’s Wierd – like CW this is totally heartbreaking stuff.‘
5. The Saddest Landscape: You Will Not Survive ‘They returned with an LP after a lengthy break – brutal and honest, a lot of internal turmoil behind their music, stunning effort!‘
Fabian’s Top Tracks:
1. Sleeping Peonies: Lighthouse Alight, Stars Aligned (from Rose Curl, Sea Swirl EP) ‘Imagine if M83 got real into black metal, they’re pushing everything forward, the entire EP is amazing.‘
2. Battle of Wolf 359: Eclipse Chasing (from 7″ split with June Paik) ‘Emo Violence at it’s most intense, vital stuff.‘
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks: A Far Cry (from The Last Place You’ll Look EP) ‘Another stunningly honest track, lyrical beauty and further experimentation with their sound.‘
4. J. Tillman: One Task (from Singin Ax) ‘His ability to create genuinely affecting stories is best seen on this track, crushing.‘
5. Salem: Sick (from King Night): ‘The black metal influence with the screwed MC vocals make it something that is truly unsettling, it really draws you in.‘
Fabian’s Top Gigs:
1. Youthmovies with Adam Gnade: The Deaf Institute, Manchester. ‘Last ever Youthmovies tour, supported by one of my favourite ever artists, it was special!‘
2. Maths: The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham: ‘This was breathtaking, they hadn’t an ounce of energy left afterwards, they left everyone stunned, I still think about that performance a lot, one of the most inspirational bands I’ve ever seen.‘
Fabian’s Special Mentions:
1. Carissa‘s Wierd vinyl reissues – YES!
2. a.P.A.t.T.‘s (non) performance at The Kazimier with Flat Earth Society, so brave and cleverly executed, people’s reactions were priceless!
Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords: One-man Wirral drone wizzard, whose Dagger Paths record topped FACT Mag‘s end of year record poll, with notable entries in end of year lists such as Pitchfork and Vice. And of course, Getintothis.
Getintothis chats to Forest Swords.
Matt’s Top 5 Albums:
1. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Getintothis review)
2. Deftones: Diamond Eyes
3. Actress: Splazsh
4. Drake: Thank Me Later
5. Arial Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today
James Feltham: Tall, dark, dashing guitarist with Bicycle Thieves.
James’ Top 5 Albums:
1. Surfer Blood: Astro Coast
2. Liars: Sisterworld
3. Grinderman: Grinderman 2
4. Guards: Guards EP
5. Sound Of Guns: What Came From Fire. James added: ‘Five years ago, these boys would have been fucking massive. It’s a shame because every track could be a single. Here’s hoping they build upon a great couple of years and fly the flag for Liverpool.‘ (stop that gushing brotherly love, Jimmy – End of Year List Ed).
James’ Top 5 Tracks:
1. Best Coast: Boyfriend
2. Villagers: Becoming A Jackal
3. Walkmen: Angela Surf City
4. Foals: Spanish Sahara
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Aya
James’ Hero of 2010: Craig Pennington (Bido Lito! editor). ‘Bido Lito! is a revelation. The Pink One is exactly what the scene was crying out for. Inside Pages was the event of the year.‘
Getintothis chats to Craig Pennington.
Stu Cook: Capac: Big knob-twiddler with Huw Stephens-endorsed ambient-glitch electro warriors Capac.
Getintothis reviews Capac debut Pastels:
5 6 Albums:
1. James Blake: Limit To Your Love
2. Darkstar: North
3. Trentemoller: Into The Great Wide Yonder
4. Nedry: Condors
5. Four Tet: There Is Love In You
6. These New Puritans: Hidden
Tom Gorton: The slightly taller one in fractured beat extraordinaires Shadow Cabinet. Also editor of newly-founded Versus magazine – go check.
Tom’s Top 10 Tracks of 2010:
1. Pional: In Another Room
2. Tim Paris: Edges of Corrosion
3. The xx (Four Tet remix): VCR
4. Art Department: Without You
5. Audio Werner: Mean
6. Nhar: Wisdom
7. WU LYF: Split It Concrete Like The Colden Sun God
8. Oh No Ono: Eleanor Speaks (Caribou remix)
9. Siriusmo: einmal in der woche schreien
10. Girl Unit: Wut
Lee Glynn: Australian axe-wrecker with Sound Of Guns. Not remotely arsed about the Ashes.
1. The Sword: Warp Riders
2. Grinderman: Grinderman 2
3. Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
4. Lafaro: Lafaro
5. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster: Blood And Fire