Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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Things We Love This Week: Hop Along, Warpaint, Good Riddance

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Photo: Shervin Lainez

Hello everyone, happy Friday the 13th to the lot of you.

Before you pop off to the lake to get hacked to pieces by a hockey mask-wearing fiend, listen to this stuff. See you on the other side.

Hop Along – Waitress

What to they put in the water in Philadelphia? Hop Along are another walking advert for the city’s fertile punk scene, with their angular, fascinatingly weird indie-folk-something hybrid having coalesced into the near perfect ‘Get Disowned’ in 2012. They’re back with ‘Painted Shut’ on Saddle Creek in May. Waitress, which you can stream below, suggests it’ll be pretty special.

Warpaint – I’ll Start Believing

Warpaint are on a roll. I’ll Start Believing is a choppy, intriguing beauty and the latest suggestion that the band’s current series of releases will add up to an impressive whole.

Good Riddance – Dry Season

They’ve been gone for almost a decade, but it doesn’t sound like it. ‘Peace In Our Time’ is out in April and, judging by this first taste, will rip.

Bye, folks. @huw_baines

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Things We Love This Week: Screaming Females, Tenement And Warpaint

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Hello folks. The dress was blue and black, now it’s white and gold. Not sure if my eyes are broken or if someone’s fucking with me. Anyway, here are the things that kept us sane this week…

Screaming Females – Hopeless

‘Rose Mountain’, the new Screaming Females record, landed this week and is worth your time and then some. So too is the video for Hopeless, which was directed by Lance Bangs and features a blood-spattered pickguard. For our review of the album, head here.

Tenement – Morning Mouth

The latest song to emerge from Tenement’s forthcoming tape-7″-odds-and-sods ‘rarities’ collection, ‘Bruised Music Volume One’. Thanks Stereogum.

Warpaint – No Way Out (Redux)

Almost (almost) as badass as the Disco//Very + Keep It Healthy video. It’s going to be exciting to have this new singles series periodically dropped in our laps this year.

Cheers all. @huw_baines

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Things We Love This Week

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Hello everyone, stopped bleeding from the shot to the face you took trying to nab a flatscreen TV at Tesco? Good, ‘cos here’s some stuff that you really should be getting excited about…

Donnie Trumpet/Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment

It’s hard to see ‘Surf’, the album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, with a little help from Chance The Rapper, being anything other than great. We got to hear Sunday Candy this week.

Daughter x Warpaint

This had the internet all aflutter last week and the resulting news of a Record Store Day remix EP had the vinyl nerd in me similarly worked up. Warpaint’s rework of Daughter’s Winter is very, very cool indeed.

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Winner Of Warpaint Tickets

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Congratulations to Hilary Lister – she’s won a pair of tickets to see Warpaint live at London’s Eventim Apollo on March 26, 2015. If you missed out, don’t worry, tickets are still available, here, priced at £23.50, plus fees.

Our new Gig Of The Week Competition has launched and this week we have a pair of tickets for Kaiser Chiefs live at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena up for grabs. We’ve teamed up with Eventim to give you the chance of winning tickets for the show on February 5, 2015. The competition closes on Monday November 17 at 12pm – get your entry in now!

Visit Stereoboard’s competition pages for more prize draws and giveaways.

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Winner Of Lady Gaga Tickets

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Congratulations to Graham Low – he’s won a pair of tickets to see Lady Gaga live at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on November 22. If you missed out, don’t worry, tickets are still available, here, priced at £35.00, plus fees.

Our new Gig Of The Week Competition has just launched, offering the chance to win a pair of tickets for Warpaint live at London’s Eventim Apollo. We’ve joined forces with Eventim to give you the chance of bagging tickets for their show on March 26, 2015. The competition closes on Monday November 10 at 12pm – get your entry in now!

Head over to Stereoboard’s competition pages for more prize draws and giveaways.

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Pick Of Friday’s Tickets : Paolo Nutini, Kasabian, The Who, Boxer Rebellion & Warpaint

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PAOLO NUTINI

Having conquered Glastonbury’s Other Stage last weekend, the Scottish singer now looks to further festival appearances at T In The Park and V Festival, before tackling some of the biggest arenas the UK has to offer. The Scottish troubadour hits up Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester between October 24 and November 6 for the biggest tour of his career to date.

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KASABIAN

After bringing last weekend’s Glastonbury festivities to a close, headlining the Pyramid Stage, Leicester’s indie-rock titans look to conquer major UK cities throughout late November and early December in support of their latest studio album, ’48:13′. Mapping out shows for an winter UK tour, including five nights at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, Kasabian, with support from the Maccabees, call at Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Birmingham LG Arena, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Bournemouth International Centre, Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Manchester Phones 4U Arena and the O2 Academy Brixton.

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THE WHO

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have rolled out winter UK shows to celebrate The Who’s 50th anniversary. Taking to the road for what could possibly be their final tour, nine shows have been confirmed, including stops at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Nottingham’s Captial FM Arena, Birmingham NIA, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Manchester’s Phones 4U Arena, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and the O2 in London.

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THE BOXER REBELLION

The Boxer Rebellion return to stages in October to play a handful of UK and Irish shows. The indie quartet call in at Manchester, with stops in Cork and Dublin, before two special nights at London’s Scala, turning out a set made up almost entirely from ‘Exits and Union’ on October 7 and ‘The Cold Still’ and ‘Promises’ on October 8.

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WARPAINT

Following a set at Glastonbury Festival last weekend, the US indie quartet have set up their biggest tour in the UK so far, starting at London’s Eventim Apollo on November 29. The girls also hit up O2 Academy Bournemouth, Gateshead Sage, O2 Academy Glasgow, Manchester’s O2 Apollo and Birmingham’s Institute.

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Check out Stereoboard’s tour pages for a full list of latest announcements.

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