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  tasty 2004 review

If someone had told me that there’d actually be a year 2004 in 1986, I’d have told them to bugger off out of the 2nd Year Common Room, and never to darken our doors again. Back then, quite frankly, 2004 was far too far into the future to even think about writing about. 

But, strap me back, here we are. And I’m still listening to The Smiths at least once a day. But 2004 has been much more than that. Thank heavens. We’ve had another great year from Matinee Records, for example, as well as some great stuff from Track and Field, and much enjoyment from the ace Norwich scene. 

This is, of course, without mentioning the way tasty has embraced a whole range of new music over the last year. This can be put down to the excellent contributions and tireless work of Shane, Drew and Luke – all of whom have made 2004 the best by far for the fanzine. A succession of great shows in Leeds mean that this year has meant that we’ve all probably listened to more new music than ever before. Hurray! 

But enough about us. Let’s ask some of our favourite people who they’ve loved this year. So, after a big rambling e-mail to a few people in my address book, this is what some of tasty’s bestest friends have been listening to this year. 

See you in January, pop kids….

Alan Farmer – Bearos Records

Lightning Bolt "Wonderful Rainbow" (Load Records)
Metal so hard and fast it'll rip your ears off but leave you with one hell of a smile. Possibly the best live band of the year as well.

Interpol "Antics" (Matador)
Beautifully crafted hypnotic 80s indie pop in the style of The Psychedelic Furs and The Chameleons.

James Summerfield "Hailah, Hailah" (Bearos)
Sorry for the self promotion but this is the best record I've released all year! The jaunty country of The Grateful Dead meets the dark introspection of Low.

Drew Millward – tasty

On/Off/On - Mission of Burma
Flashlight Seasons - Gravenhurst
Pockets - Karate
More Deep Cuts - Thee More Shallows
Micah P. Hinson and The Gospel of Progress - S/T


Steve Woodward – Johnny Domino

Ooof! three is a dangerously low number (albeit the magic number...) - here goes, buddy! These are the three that made me grin from ear to ear the most when I first played them:

1) The Bad Plus - "Give"
2) Brian Wilson presents "SMiLE"
3) Various Artists "DFA Compilation #2"

(bubbling under: Wilco "A Ghost Is Born", Animal
Collective "Sung Tongs", Mystic Chords of Memory CD,
Tom Waits "Real Gone", Rufus Wainwright 'Want One"
........).Yeah, I know you said three!

Matt Hutchings – Bearsuit

Herman Dune - Mas Cambios
Sodastream - A Minor Revival
Daniel Johnston - Covered/Discovered


Scott McDonald – The Meeting Places

TV on the Radio - Desparate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly
Lali Puna - Faking the Books


Chase – The Meeting Places

Interpol - Antics
Autolux - Future Perfect
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry

Luke Drozd - tasty

That Fucking Tank - A Document of the First Set
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon
Thee More Shallows - More Deep Cuts
Mission of
Burma - On Off On
Castanets – Cathedrals


Gav, Camera Obscura

I don't buy many new records but I'm going to give this a bash:

The Aislers Set - How I Learned To Write Backwards (was that 2004?)
Nouvelle Vague - Can't remember the name of it! You know don't you?
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Rattlesnakes (20yrs re edition)


Jonathan – Deerpark

The self titled Hala Strana album.
The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom.
Surprising Sing Stupendous Love by Scatter.

Joe Richardson, Sandman York

Sparta - Porcelain
Mclusky -  The Difference Between Me and You is That I'm Not on Fire
Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs

Eric Ostermeier – Words on Music Records

The Silent League - The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused (File 13)
Trashcan Sinatras - Weightlifting (Picnic)
The Blue Nile - High (Sanctuary)

James McMahon - Mavis

The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
The Dears - No Cities Left

Aberfeldy - Young Forever

Mark Hibbett – MJ Hibbett & the Validators

RIGHT! To be perfectly honest I haven't bought many records at ALL this year, and most of my favourites have been ones AAS have released! I have decided NOT to be embarrassed about this any more, cos after all surely the POINT of having your own label is that you get to put out things that are GRATE? Actually i did a show on Kooba Radio (er... if you fancy it) playing all AAS stuff, and I was quite MOVED by how much I liked them all!

Anyway, here's my list then, DISCIPLINED enough to only put three in, but if there was four i would just CRACK and put Johnny Domino in too... I'll put comments in as well, if you want them, feel free to delete if not!

1. Frankie Machine - ReUnmelt My Heart. Beautiful, heartfelt, musical, and extremely funny songs that grow and grow every time you listen to them. Harrowing genius CAN be fun!
2. Bjork - Medulla. RAMPANT imagination, taking one simple rule and then extrapolating ASTOUNDING sounds and SHACKLING them to wonderful tunes that MEAN something. Experimentalism CAN be fun!
3. John Otway - Ot-Air. 45 minutes of LOVE. Otway sings about LOVE, his band PLAY with LOVE, and God help any listener who doesn't love this wonderful warm generous, open-hearted HERO when they've heard it. A true Godhead of the Indie Ideal, doing it ALL his way and doing it all with, and i may have already mentioned this, FUN. Fun CAN be fun!

... and as I say, the other record I've listened to most is "Solid Ground" by Johnny Domino. Also "London Is Sinking" by Chris T-T, A LOT, but that came out in 2003 I think, sorry!

Shirley Lee – Spearmint

 "Minimum Listening Guarantee" by HOST
 "The Futureheads"
 "Uh Huh Her" by PJ Harvey

Shane Blanchard – tasty

Penalyn – TEAM
As if by Ghosts – Dreamend
We Make Beginnings - The Je ne sais Quoi
Optimism is not a Curse – Viva Stereo

Steven Drew (Track and Field)

futureheads - futureheads
wilco - a ghost is born
joanna newsom - the milk-eyed mender