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Slacker Shack’s Top 20 Alt’ Tunes of 2017

Posted in Lists, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2017 by dc

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The world may have seemingly teetered on the brink of apocalypse now and again during 2017 but it’s been a pretty good year for music nonetheless. They often say that in times of bleak politics and social division great artistry shines, and whilst it may have been a fairly dull year at the cinema, it was a blockbuster year for TV and maybe even more so for music – or at least I like to think it was as I reminisce over the year gone by.

I love compiling a Top 20 list of tunes each year. I’ve done it since 2008 and it’s started to feel like a nice little time capsule collection and something that helps my middle-aged brain look back and absorb the year.

The ‘Slacker Shack Top Ten Albums of the Year‘ list will appear in the next day or two but in the meantime I want to jot down a handful of my musical highlights from the year:

  • The mighty King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard releasing four albums – and four great albums too – there are very few bands around at the moment who are trailing a blaze quite as fierce as these adventurous antipodeans
  • Another King – this time, Londoner, King Krule‘s album ‘The Ooze‘ – Gilles Peterson described it as the album that best sums up exactly where British music is at currently – it sucks in everything from classic London songwriters like Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg, to 90’s trip-hop, British soul and 2-tone – a real melting pot of brilliance
  • The return of Beck – whilst ‘Colors‘ is not as mindblowingly genre shaking as he’s been in the past, any Beck album beats 99.9% of the music it finds itself surrounded by and singles, Dear Life, Dreams and title track Colors were up there with him at his peak
  • The raw, fat-trimmed post-punk bellow of Bristol’s Idles and their cracking Brutalism album – there’s was something very 2017 about their sound and popularity
  • Four Tet’s ‘New Energy‘ album – it made me reminisce back to my days as a youth in the mid to late 90’s whilst simultaneously sounding like a modern blueprint for progressive electronica and IDM

There’s more of course – I could blather on for hours like a lonely Pitchfork writer with verbal diarrhoea. I could ponder why San Felu‘s ‘How To Build Windmills‘ EP didn’t get heard by as many folk as it’s excellence warranted. Or why I’ve not heard people waffle on about the brilliance of Wovoka Gentle, OCS, Landlady or Snail Mail as much as I should’ve. But I won’t 😉

So, without further-a-do here are Slacker Shack’s Top 20 Alt’ Tunes of 2017 – if you’re on Spotify, get streaming – if you’re not, sorry…

Dead Captain – The Fear – new video

Posted in Art, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by dc

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Tameside duo, Dead Captain released a Halloween themed tune earlier on today.

The Fear‘ is a spooky bit of garage rock from the duo and can be downloaded or streamed for free here.

They’ve also released a new lo-fi video to go with it – check iot out below:

The Cornelius Crane – Isobella – new video

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by dc

Another lovely tune from the Tameside crew…

Kuso – film trailer

Posted in Film, Movies, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2017 by dc

Check out the bizarre trailer for, Kuso, the debut film from Flying Lotus (aka Captain Murphy aka Steven Ellison):

My new favourite t-shirt

Posted in Art, Clothing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by dc

I’ve never been a t-shirt collector but I do take a shine to a great design and have had loads of favourites I’ve worn till they’re faded and full of holes. Great t-shirts are like a great pairs of shoes, you wear them until they’re falling to bits. Many of my old favourites have long since withered, so my latest find came as both a necessity and a delight – as it fits like a glove.

My new t-shirt’s also got an awesome design splayed across it courtesy of turtle loving, Cornish artist, JIMP (aka Jim Hollingworth). It’s a black number made in collaboration with Blackwater Studios. Check it out in all it’s glory (on a model) below:

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Not only is it a cracking design, it’s also soft as a hamster wrestling a marshmellow in a pillow factory, 100% organic cotton and completely “earth positive”. Go and grab yourself one before they run out at the Blackwater Studios site.

JIMP’s also designed some badges if you’re into that kind of thing (no-one enjoys a lonely looking jacket collar or lapel). Have a peek at them below and if you like them you can check them out in detail here.

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Rest In Peace Leonard Cohen

Posted in Art, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by dc

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Lance Skiiiwalker – Attraction – new video

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by dc