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Festive cock 50

Discussion in 'General' started by Jim, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Jim

    Jim Computer stained fingers

    :m23:

    I am compiling the annual Festive Cock 50 for all stormcockers:

    basically just email me your top albums of the year before 29th December

    (top 3 or top 5 or top 10)and I will compile them into a chart...

    they can be new albums or rereleases so long as they were released in 08.

    I think this year has been amazing for new music... although none from Nick or Roy - still lots to vote for.

    Please email me at; jfel2@yahoo.co.uk

    I look forward to hearing from you

    james


    PS Out of interest this is last year's chart:

    FESTIVE COCK 50 2007 (well top 30)

    28= Grinderman - Grinderman
    28= Seasick Steve - Doghouse Music
    28= Patti Smith - Twelve
    27 Matt Churchill - Blue Stars
    22= Acoustic Ladyland - Skinny Grin
    22= Ray Davies - Working Man's Cafe
    22= Hawkwind/Man/Brinsley Schwarz etc - Greasy
    Truckers Party
    22= Awkward Annie - Kate Rusby
    22= Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade
    21. Julie Fowlis - Cuilidh
    20. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
    19. John Martyn - Live in Concert
    18. Tinawiren - Aman Iman
    17. Om - Pilgrimage
    14= Lucinda Williams - West
    14= Springsteen - Magic
    14= Radiohead - In Rainbows
    11= Julian Cope -You Gotta a problem with me
    11= Kevin Ayers - The Unfairground
    11= Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
    10. Robert Wyatt - Comic opera
    8= Linda Thompson - Versatile Heart
    8= Joni Mitchell - Shine
    7. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
    5= Martin Simpson - Prodigal Son
    5= The National - Boxer
    4. Roy Harper - (Remastered Version) Stormcock
    3. Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
    2. Plant/Krauss - 'Raising Sand'
    1. Nick Harper - Miracles for Beginners
     
  2. fuzzytnth3

    fuzzytnth3 Gracing the Bahamas in see through pyjamas

    Here's what I've enjoyed this year (In descending order).

    Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid.
    An excellent album this one, that will stand the test of time me thinks. Despite it driving Mr Percy crazy with the vocal affectation noise the lead singer makes. Or is it a dentistry defect? who knows it doesn't bother me.

    Jeff Beck - Performing This Week… At Ronnie Scott's. I nabbed this off BBC iPlayer as I enjoyed it so much when I saw it and then discovered only last Friday that there was an official release on iTunes so I bought that. The iTunes version doesn't have the Imogen Heap song but that's not the end of the world. Being a guitar player I was blown away by this album / prog

    Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes. Found out about these guys whilst watching The Late show.CSNY meet the Beach Boys lovely sound they make. Will they sustain it for a second album?

    Donna Maciocia - Demo-A-Week. I'm not sure if this complies with your requirements but Donna has been releasing individual songs with the aim of releasing one a week on her website for free. Any road up she writes thoughtful little pop songs and lately has been composing most of them with a Uke so that gets a big vote in my book. Sadly she has been through a bit of emotional turmoil with a recent relationship break up and so she has only managed to release four so songs so far.

    Lawson/Dodds/Wood - Numbers. One of Steve Lawson's best collaborations with some excellent beautifully put together improvs

    Nils Lofgren - The Loner: Nils Sings Neil. Completely unexpected this and found out about it via Mr Bill's cd. Nils does an excellent deftly simple job.

    Julia Nunes - I Wrote These. Again another Uke player, this is her second CD and a much more polished effort but maybe not quite there yet but watch this space.

    Sandy Denny - The Best of the BBC Recordings. What can I say Sandy Denny does no wrong. Some of the recording quality is a tad ropey but who cares it's Sandy what matters.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008
  3. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    Please everyone contribute to this as much as possible. James did a brilliant job last year and made me aware of plenty of music I didn't know about, which was wonderful.

    P.
     
  4. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    I just wish I could remember everything that's been out this year!

    Off the top of my head I'd choose these for sure:

    KINGS OF LEON - Only By The Night

    TEDDY THOMPSON - A Piece Of What You Need

    TOM BAXTER - Skybound

    THE VERVE - Forth

    LEVELLERS - Letters From The Underground

    TOM JONES - 24 Hours
     
  5. fuzzytnth3

    fuzzytnth3 Gracing the Bahamas in see through pyjamas

    I haven't got round to buying the Levellers or Tom Jones latest cds but they are on my list of CDs to get. The Tom Jones one I will get first as that will suit my eldest to a tee for Crimbo but don't tell her ok :)
     
  6. NoCelebrity

    NoCelebrity Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    30 new CDs, only 3 new this year

    The Raconteurs
    The Rolling Stones/"Shine A Light" (DVD and CD versions), and
    EPICYCLE/"Jingo Jangle" (which technically was free, but my childhood best friend's latest release with his bro).

    I think all my other new music is old Harper.
     
  7. marky

    marky I've got a zappy little nappy

    Glenn Hughes - First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
    Dream Machine - The Castle Of A Thousand Universes
    The Levellers - Letters From The Underground
    Ozric Tentacles - Sunrise Festival

    :confused1: released this year I think that is about it :confused1:
     
  8. rusinurbe

    rusinurbe I've got a zappy little nappy

    :m9:

    Steven Wilson - Insurgentes
    Bass Communion - Pacific codex
    Scrapomitic - Sidewalk ceasars
    David Gilmour - Live in Gdansk
    Fleet Foxes- Fleet foxes

    re-issue of the year
    Graham Nash - Songs for beginners
     
  9. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Copied from my email submission ...

    ... just to jog a few thought processes.

    "Ziggurat" - Steve Tilston
    "Lau Live" - Lau
    "Before the ruin" - Drever, McCusker, Woomble
    "Dual" -Julie Fowlis/ Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
    "This Earthly Spell" - Karine Polwart
    "Ships in the forest" - Karan Casey
    "Trespasser" - Chris Wood

    Is canvassing like this allowed?

    Too late.
     
  10. Shane

    Shane Computer stained fingers

    im pretty out of touch musically, and only got a few new albums from this year. i did like:

    Josephine Foster - This Coming Gladness.
    Christina Carter - Texas Working Blues
    Christina Carter - Original Darkness

    Christina Carter seems to be at a bit of a peak these days, her singing and playing sound stronger than ever to me.
     
  11. Jim

    Jim Computer stained fingers

    Festive 50 cock-thought

    I have often wondered whether I should give a bit of a running commentary about what has been voted for so far...

    but in the end I decided not to - as it may get people voting for ones they see when they wouldn't have voted for them originally? But I can't stop anyone else posting their choices....

    Also I like making criptic comments, such as....

    '2 debut albums with an amazing amount of votes so far'

    and 'mmmmm.... a lack of votes for the big rereleases so far...'

    PLEASE KEEP THE VOTES COMING IN! I've had almost as many votes already as so far as I got in the whole of last year...

    Jx
     
  12. bigchris

    bigchris Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    My 2008 Top 10

    James,

    Firstly thanks for doing this ... it’ll be interesting to see what the cockers have been into this year .... even more surprised if any of my choices make the “real” top 10 !?!?

    1.Modern Guilt by Beck
    2.Icarus by Icarus
    3.Glory by Modern Eulogy
    4.Live in Japan by Rodrigo Y Gabriela
    5.St. Jude by The Courteeners
    6.The Armada by Jeff Martin
    7.System of Strings by Tucan
    8.Wagonwheel Blues by The War on Drugs
    9.The Wire: And All the Pieces Matter -- Five Years of Music from The Wire ( Soundtrack by Various Artists )
    10.Same Old Man by John Hiatt

    Cheers,

    Chris.
     
  13. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Having looked at The Times and OMM's list of their Top 50 today, it's reminded me of all those I'd missed completely this year (ie Bon Iver, whom I shall start taking in), those I'd never even heard of and one I'd forgotten and would be on my list (Duffy - Rockferry).

    So, as I haven't done a full 10, Jim, I will complete my list before 2009 for ya!
     
  14. Jim

    Jim Computer stained fingers

    adding songs

    :m14:No problem

    anyone who wants to add songs up to a max of 10
    over the next 2 weeks feel free to do so

    the more votes the better I think....
     
  15. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style

    Off the top of my head my long list is...

    The Levellers: Letters from the Underground
    Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
    Teddy Thompson: A Piece Of What You Need
    Rodney Crowell: Sex and Gasoline
    Lucinda Williams: Little Honey
    Alison Moorer: Mockingbird
    Antony and the Johnsons: Another World
    Seasick Steve: I Started Out with Nothin' And I Still Got Most Of It Left
    Paul Weller: 22 Dreams
    Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
    Emmylou Harris: All I Intended To Be
    Bob Dylan: Tell Tale Signs
    Joe Bonamassa: Live From Nowhere In Particular
    Randy Newman: Harps and Angels (thanks Mr Bill!)
    Calexico: Carried To Dust
    John Martyn: Ain't No Saint
    Steve Earle: Copperhead Road (Deluxe Edition)
    Bo Diddley: Greatest Hits
    Ry Cooder: I, Flathead
    Martha Wainwright: I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
    My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
    Orchestra Baobab: Made In Dakar (was that this year or last?)
    Free: Fire and Water Deluxe Edition
    Kossoff: Back Street Crawler Deluxe Edition
    Duffy: Rockferry
    Van Morrison: loads of remastered reissues but especially Wavelength
    Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree
    Wishbone Ash: Argus Deluxe Edition
    Steve Miller: King Biscuit Flower Hour

    Still a bit of whittling to get that lot down to 10!

    Bob
     
  16. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Ah, Bob, I see you and I are on a similar wavelength! (Can't tempt you with The Twang, can I?!:biggrin:).

    You've mentioned Bon Iver too. I caught him doing the Black Cab session, then sort of put him to one side. Is the album a good 'un then?

    Please take a listen to Tom Baxter, if you haven't already. I think you may well like him.
     
  17. purtock

    purtock I've got a zappy little nappy

    1. Eliza Carthy. Dreams of Breathing Underwater
    2. Christy McNamara. The House I was Reared In
    3. Beck. Modern Guilt
    4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Dig! Lazarus Dig!
     
  18. bigchris

    bigchris Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    At last ... someone agrees with me on one of my choices !!
     
  19. Bob Jacobs

    Bob Jacobs Ride away in style

    I've not come across The Twang or Tom Baxter. I'll look them up. The Bon Iver record has a wonderful haunting sound to it. A bit samey across the whole record at one sitting but if you get one track pop up on the iPod it's wonderful - any track. Bit like Nick Harper in that respect (not that Nick is samey but I prefer him in small doses).

    Bob
     
  20. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    My final Top 10 (in no particular order).

    KINGS OF LEON - Only By The Night

    TEDDY THOMPSON - A Piece Of What You Need

    TOM BAXTER - Skybound

    THE VERVE - Forth

    GLASVEGAS - Glasvegas

    LEVELLERS - Letters From The Underground


    DUFFY - Rockferry

    FRIENDLY FIRES - Friendly Fires

    TOM JONES - 24 Hours

    THE SCRIPT - The Script
     

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