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The best albums of 2018

“2018, What a year that was” Laconic Hegemony (vol 16), a #mixtape for you.

The new Laconic Hegemony “2018, What a year that was” is now out. Laconic hegemony is a small mixtape I put out with my favourite songs of the past year. You can listen to all, some or none of it. It is your choice. All these songs have been songs which have accompanied my over this year and mean something to me in some way, but I am aware they do not currently mean anything to you. Think of it as a c60 (roughly) of goodness to accompany your work rest and play!, If you are so inclined, let me know what you like from the mixtape.

Technically the Laconic Hegmony mixtapes are hosted by mixcloud.com who provide the free widget above, an app for streaming on your smart phone or even using a website, (A website, can you imagine!) The reason I use mixcloud.com is they are free, (which is important), and also they use their advertising income to pay some royalties to the featured artists. I guess it is not a lot of money but I like the idea that the artist will make something from this randomly being played on the internet.

Album of the Year 2018 (the long list)

Playlist of influence.


I have many different playlists across various services. On iTunes I have about 60 different playlists currently. I have about 20 playlists on Spotify. Some of these are functional collecting a genre or artist together, some are something more life giving. I have a playlist filled with songs I like driving to called “driving”. I have one filled with songs of that help my think about faith called “Worth”. I have a playlist of fragile songs called “fragile”. On the more frivolous side I have a playlist called “six” that just has the sixth song off of a load of albums and one playlist called “way” that only has songs with the word way in the title. I even have an entire history of a band, the blue nile, or list build from the a set list of a concert I have seen, Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil.

Tonight I have been listening to one of the playlists called “40”. The playlist aims to draw together one album from each year I have been alive that means something to me. (The albums don’t really need to be one a year but roughly so). They start with the music of my father and mother, Cliff Richard, the Beach Boys and John Denver. The music of my brother including the band he sang in. The music of my teenage, my Contemporary Christian Music leanings through to today and the dream pop leanings. I don’t often listen to this list, but tonight it has been on. The Boy has enjoyed it being on.

I have always known that the power of song is significant but tonight it struck me just how much of my belief is informed and reinforced by song. How much I am uncritical of songs but adopt them as my own and have a view of faith I have found through song. I learned and identified with song. In listening to this playlist I have been revisiting my initial thoughts about my theological worldview and discovering how much it has shaped me. I don’t quite know what to think but in the meantime I will enjoy.

part 2(016) by Laconic Hegemony (vol 13), a #mixtape for you.

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The new Laconic Hegemony “part 2(016)” is now out. Laconic hegemony is a small mixtape I put out with my favourite songs of the past year. You can listen to all, some or none of it. it is your choice. All these songs have been songs which have accompanied my over this year and mean something to me in some way, but I am aware they do not currently mean anything to you. Think of it as a c60 (roughly) of goodness to accompany your work rest and play!, and is so inclined, let me know what you like from the mixtape.

Mixcloud Mixes Object

Technically my mixtape are hosted by mixcloud.com who provide the free widget above, an app for listening on your smart phone or even using a website, (A website, can you imagine!) The reason I use mixcloud.com is they are free, (which is important) and also they use their advertising income to pay royalties to the featured artists. I guess it is not a lot of money but I like the idea that the artist will make something from this randomly being played on the internet.

Album of the Year 2016

In all my busy-ness I realised I needed to sort out my best albums from 2016.

the long list is, (in no particular order).
Human Performance by Parquet Courts
Is The Is Are by DIIV
Bitter Charm by Dunes
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Heavn by Jamila Woods
Walls by Kings of Leon
Visions Of Us On The Land by Damien Jurado
Good Grief by Lucius
Vitals by MuteMath
Ballard Of The Broken Few by Seth Lakeman
Front Row Seat To Earth by Weynes Blood
Light Upon The Lake by Whitney
Wow to the Deadness (EP) by Steve Taylor and the Danielson Foil
Colouring Book by Chance the Rapper
Yoncalla by Yumi Zouma
A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

the top three are

number 3

Bitter Charm By Dunes.

This is great wee album of post punk beauty which borders on dream pop. Yip possibly my favourite sound in the world.  although they are knocked off a point by only releasing the album on cassette.I don’t mind vinyl, but I am not returning to the world of cassettes.
Link to the SFsonic review

number 2

HEAVN by Jamila Woods

I don’t often got for R&B, but her voice is delicious. the album is great and avaialable for free to stream or download from the artists Soundcloud page.https://soundcloud.com/jamilawoods/albums it is a great album i find myself returning to often during the last year.
(Link to the Pitchfork review)

number 1

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead.

well of course it was.
constantly on repeat, offering something different each listen, melodies to die for.
It is wonderful.

link to the Guardian review
Link to the pitchfork review
link to the FT review

#Bestof2015, musical albums, the Long List of Long Players.

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So in 2015 i got some music and liked a lot of it. here is the long list from which my top three albums of the year will be chosen in some order. As always all musical albums I heard for the first time in 2015 are eligible for consideration and the selection decision is my own.

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists
Stranger Kings by Stranger Kings
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Think by Courtney Barnett
Short Movie by Luara Marling
The Shakes by Herbert
The Scene Between by The Go! Team
Growing up is for Trees by I’m From Barcelona
Goon by Tobias Jesso jr
Apologues by Masatoshi Fujita
Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke by Sea Wolf
Hello I Feel The Same by The Innocence Mission
Eas by Iain Morrison
Amor Supremo by Carla Morrison
Depression Cherry by Beach House
Currents by Tame Impala

and in case you missed it, below is volume 10 of my mixtape series Laconic Hegemony, “20fifteen” containing some of my favourite songs of 2015

20fifteen (Laconic hegemony volume 10) by Sch3lp on Mixcloud

20fifteen (volume 10) by Laconic hegemony, a #mixtape for you

laconichegemony

The new Laconic Hegemony “20fifteen (volume 10)” is now out. Laconic hegemony is a small mixtape i put out with my favourite songs of the past year. you can listen to all, some or none of it. it is your choice. All these songs have been songs which have accompanied my over this year and mean something to me in some way, but I am aware they do mean anything to you. so feel free to have a listen and let me know what you like of the mixtape. think of it as a c60 (roughly of goodness to accompany your work rest and play!

20fifteen (Laconic hegemony volume 10) by Sch3lp on Mixcloud

Technically my mixtape are hosted by mixcloud.com who provide the free widget above, an app for listening on your smart phone or even using a website, (A website, can you imagine!) The reason I use mix cloud is they are free, (which is important) and also they use their advertising income to pay royalties to the featured artists. I guess it is not a lot of money but I like the idea that the artist will make something from this randomly being played on the internet.

what are you listening too? (two)

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This is a brief half-year report on some of the new music I have heard and enjoyed over the last 6 months (July to December 2015). Some are famous, some are not, some you have heard of, some you will not. I hope it is interesting to try to gather them together for your information and delight. If you wish you can let me know what you have been listening to in the comments section.
(you can find the january to july selection here.)

The High County by Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin – File under Indie Rock.
Chances by Minipop – File under Indie Rock.
The Fire Inside by Luke Sittal Singh – File under Indie Pop.
I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty – File under Indie Folk.
Totally Mild by Down Time – File under Indie rock.
Lodge by Lone Wolf – File under Singer songwriter.
The Great Divide by Andrew Howie – File under Indie Pop.
Beneath the skin by Of Monsters and Men – File under Pop.
Silverball by Barenaked Ladies – File under Pop.
Sleep by Max Richter – File under Classical.
Trapped in amber by Jonnie Common – File under Electronic.
Wild Knights by Aqueduct – File under Indie Rock.
Simple Songs by Jim O’Rouke – File under Pop.
Surf by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – File under Hip Hop.
February 15 Ep by Nao – File under Electronic.

Barenaked Ladies 1/oct/15 at o2 ABC glasgow

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on Thursday evening, I accompanied my wife to see one of here favourite bands in the big town, 4 Canadian middle-aged men in a band called Barenaked Ladies. The gig was great fun with plenty of crowd interaction and making everyone laugh. It was a good show. they played a good range of new and old stuff and people generally seemed to be having fun.

musically the change from a 5 to a four piece has taken a while to settle down. the shows have been good and fun, but this time it felt more confident as a four piece. maybe confident is the wrong word, perhaps comfortable is closer description, in many ways it felt stronger than it had before.

perhaps this feeling has to do with the songs on the new album Silverball. It simple when you know that as a band you will be getting royalties from airplay of “One week” or other american chart single successes, or of course the royalties from the theme tune of TV series “the Big Bang theory”. Yet the writing on the 3 albums since 2010 have been getting stronger, 2010’s All in Good Time is a good album, “Grinning Streak” from 2013 is a very good album, and the current album Silverball is also a very good album. and part of the comfortableness I think I detected was a band who were confident with who they were and how they were doing things and that came across well.

anyway a really good show with Colin Hay of off Men at Work as the support act.