As we reach the end of another year, just a brief message to thank you for your support during the year. It’s been a quiet year by Y6 standards with only 2 3 releases, 2 digital and one physical. The physical release: Y6XV (merry6mas2013) has been more successful in sales terms than the last two merry6mas releases and there are only a handful left (available from Bandcamp or email me). This release was compiled from various recordings made during 2013 that were completed for this release, the remainder of the unfinished material being consigned to the recycle bin to start afresh in 2014.
Thanks to all who have bought this album and for the kind words people have said – it means a lot.
There are lots of plans for 2014, but who at the moment I can’t say what will become of the plans and if they will become reality…. watch this space.
I guess I should not let this pass without the expected ‘best-of’ list…but it’s not what many would see as the most exciting of lists I’m sure. Not much cutting edge or obscurist music, and all-in-all a rather mainstream selection (not that that is a bad thing).
Not many gigs attended this year, but I saw each of two of my favourite bands almost twice - Cowboy Junkies (missed half of first set as stuck in traffic but managed full gig next night) and Low (ridiculously early start to Nottingham gig and missed start of set by arriving at 8.30 pm). Also saw A Winged Victory For The Sullen in Leicester. A small but perfectly formed selection of live shows.
So, most listened to albums of the year in no particular order (and not all released in 2013)
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Low – The Invisible Way
Wire – Change Becomes Us
The National – Trouble Will Find Us
Nadine Shah – Love Your Dum and Mad
Bowie – The Next Day
Explosions in the Sky/David Wingo – Prince Avalanche
Wooden Shjips – West
Pan American – Cloud room, Glass Room
Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms
And because I’m too lazy to type full titles, others by Thought Forms, Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra, Moon Duo, Songs:Ohia / Magnolia Electric Company, Anna Calvi, Rachel’s, Cowboy Junkies, New York Dolls and a lot of old punk favourites.
Of course I have also been listening a lot to the various recordings of Lou Reed (nothing unusual there, but I’ve strayed from the usual selection of faourites). Along with John Peel, he is the one person to have the greatest influence on my own music, the music I love, and the musical world in general. Whilst I would not claim to love every note he ever played, he was always challenging, ground breaking, innovative, wilful, awkward but inspired/inspirational and will be greatly missed.
Wishing a happy new year to you all and I will continue this musical journey in 2014.