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20 Dec
Podcast #7 – Top 15 songs of 2013
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2013… probably the most difficult year to come up with a solid top 10 in a long time. I don’t know, I guess I haven’t been buying as much new music as I normally do (darn budgets!) or maybe it’s just that I’ve been paying more attention rediscovering older bands. So anything I’m totally missing out on? Joanna Gruesome, Black Hearted Brother, and Frankie Rose just missed the cut. I still need to check out that New Lines LP.

As usual Shelflife releases are excluded from the list (yeah I know The Ocean Blue is on there, but it was released on Korda before us, so I’m counting it). Funny enough my favorite release of the year will also be coming out on Shelflife in 2014. It’s in an EP from Australia’s Flyying Colours that pretty much kills! More on that soon!

As you can see I’m still going old school with a podcast. You’ll find my top 15 tracks below. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Top 10 releases of 2013

1. Flyying Colours “Flyying Colours EP” (Universal)
2. The Ocean Blue “Ultramarine” (Korda)
3. My Bloody Valentine “mbv” (s/r)
4. RxGibbs “Contact” (Cascine / Bella Union)
5. Silver Screen “When You and I Were Very Young” (Plastilina)
6. Veronica Falls “Waiting For Something To Happen” (Slumberland)
7. TOY “Join The Dots” (Heavenly)
8. Ceremony “Distance” (Moon Sounds)
9. Sally Shapiro “Somewhere Else” (Paper Bag)
10. The Fauns “Lights” (Invada)

Podcast #7 – Top 15 songs of 2013
(in no particular order)
1. Love Dance – Safe Sounds
2. Veronica Falls – Teenage
3. Flyying Colours – Wavygravy
4. Black Hearted Brother – Look Out Here They Come
5. Silver Screen – Only Ever Yours
6. The Ocean Blue – Give It A Try
7. High Hazels – Hearts Are Breaking
8. RxGibbs – Contact
9. The Fauns – Lights
10. Toy – You Won’t Be The Same
11. Beach Fossils – Clash the Truth
12. Heathers – Teenage Clothes
13. My Bloody Valentine – Who Sees You
14. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
15. Frankie Rose – Requiem


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26 Nov
The Fireworks – Runaround
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Shelflife presents the second 7″ release from The Fireworks with “Runaround” b/w “With My Heart” and “Asleep” released today. Limited to 300 copies, the first 100 will be available on transparent red vinyl, exclusively on

10 Oct
The Ocean Blue – Sunset-Moonrise
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12 Mar
The Holiday Crowd on tour
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The Holiday Crowd are heading overseas to Germany, Italy, France and the UK.

March 18 – Berlin, Germany at Marie-Antoinette w/ Der Elegante Rest. info
March 20 – Rome, Italy at Blackmarket, presented by info
March 21 – Carpi, Italy at Mattatoio. info
March 22 – Treviso, Italy at Spazio MAAV Vittorio Veneto. info
March 23 – Milan, Italy at Pop Days #1 @ Ohibò w/ Northern Portrait. info
March 25 – Paris, France at Pop In. info
March 27 – London, UK at Buffalo Bar w/ The Proctors & The Fireworks. info
March 28 – Glasgow, UK at Nice and Sleazy supporting Haight-Ashbury. info
March 29 – UK TBA.
March 30 – Cardiff, UK at Wales Goes Pop! @ The Gate. info

12 Mar
Shelflife Night in London
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19 Dec
Podcast #6 – Top 20 songs of 2012 (by Ed)
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Finally had a chance to finish this up. Have to say 2012 was a challenge to commit to a solid list. I especially found it difficult to exclude all Shelflife releases. Albums by Burning Hearts, Dylan Mondegreen and The Garlands would surely be in the mix for my top 5. The pains of being unbiased …

But top honors this year is still no real surprise. Violens “True” was an easy love affair. A sound that just defines “wheelhouse” for me. The first three tracks on the record are my most played songs of the year and fittingly so. “Der Microarc” is perhaps one of the best songs written in the past twenty years!

To keep up the podcast tradition, you’ll find my top 20 tracks below. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Top 10 releases of 2012

1. Violens “True” (Slumberland)
2. Ice Choir “Afar” (Underwater Peoples)
3. Frankie Rose “Intersteller” (Slumberland)
4. By The Sea “By The Sea” (The Great Pop Supplement)
5. Toy “Toy” (Heavenly)
6. Wild Nothing “Nocturne” (Captured Tracks)
7. Pop Singles “All Gone” (Vacant Valley)
8. Jim Ruiz Set “Mount Curve Avenue” (Korda / Mystery Lawn)
9. Man Without Country “Foe” (Lost Balloon)
10. Motorama “Calendar” (Talitres)

Top 5 EPs of 2012

1. RxGibbs “Futures” (Cascine)
2. Epic 45 “Fragment #3″ (Monopsone)
3. Violens – Fragment #1 (Monopsone)
4. Bart and Friends “There May Come A Time” (Matineé)
5. Cocoanut Groove – Colours (Fraction)

Podcast #6 – Top 20 songs of 2012
(in no particular order)
1. Pop Singles – All Gone
2. Violens – Der Microarc
3. Toy – Left Myself Behind
4. Wild Nothing – Shadow
5. The Fresh & Onlys – Presence of Mind
6. Young Prisms – Runner
7. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Postcard
8. Lightships – Sweetness In Her Spark
9. Man Without Country – Puppets
10. Epic45 – Defeat
11. By The Sea – Waltz Away
12. Motorama – Image
13. Pale Lights – Boy of Your Dreams
14. Jim Ruiz Set – Young Mr. Ruiz
15. Bart and Friends – There May Come A Time
16. Liechtenstein – Strange Ideas
17. Beach House – Wild
18. Ice Choir – A Vision Of Hell, 1996
19. RxGibbs – Futures
20. Frankie Rose – Pair Of Wings


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15 Nov
Dylan Mondegreen – Come Tomorrow
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Come Tomorrow

Download the new Dylan Mondegreen single for “Come Tomorrow” for free!

Includes the full album version of “Come Tomorrow” featuring the lovely Maria Due sharing vocal duties with Børge, as well as two exclusive remixes: “Keeper of Secrets” by the legendary Ian Catt (producer of Saint Etienne, The Field Mice, Northern Picture Library, Trembling Blue Stars, etc) and “The Heart Is A Muscle” by our good friends Invisible Twin (Mario and Rose from Shoestrings).

Dylan Mondegreen’s self-titled album is still available on LP, CD and digital formats via Shelflife Records in North America, Division Records in Europe and Fastcut Records in Japan.


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