Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2012 series begins today with ten of our own favourite debut releases of the year. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for essential music videos; EP, track and album highlights from the many bands which have featured in our Radar section during the course of the year; as well as the pick of the gigs Live4ever has witnessed over the past twelve months. And don’t miss our wider, main Albums rundown next month to see which, if any, debuts have also made it on to that list.
Is your favourite debut of 2012 missing from our Essentials retrospective? Remember, we’re recommending, not preaching, so make sure you highlight your pick of the year by leaving a comment below.
Skinny Lister have confirmed plans to issue a new EP later this year following the release of their debut album ‘Forge & Flagon‘ back in the spring, which featured in Live4ever’s half-term Essential Listening retrospective in July.
Summer 2012. We’ve just had the wettest June on record, the festival season has been fractured by a series of cancellations, and album sales have fallen in their millions.
And yet, for every music fan, there’ still reasons to be cheerful.
The Stone Roses have just completed – with no major hiccups – the fastest selling weekend of live music in UK history, Blur have deemed us worthy to sample the fruits of their studio labours, some faith in humanity was restored when The Voice had its live tour pulled and, most importantly, for seven months now artists both new and established have been releasing a steady stream of truly impressive albums, proving once again that, if you’re prepared to look hard enough, quality is still out there in abundance.
So, take a look through just some of those releases we’ve pulled together for our latest Essential Listening rundown, and maybe you’ll spot something which will soon occupy a prominent place in your own record collection for the remainder of the year. And when you’ve been through the list, why not do the same for us by leaving a comment below highlighting your own favourites of 2012…so far.
Upstairs at Camden’s Enterprise is a small affair.
The stage sits barely two feet off the ground and with fifty or so beer swilling punters it’s beginning to get a little cramped towards the back. When Skinny Lister enter the scene, five strong and sporting a double bass as big as a bath tub, you know that you may be in for a little more than bargained for.
But when you’re officially crowed 2011’s Hardest Working Band in Britain by PRS things then begin to make sense.
The Skinny Lister sound, one that encapsulates the old traditions of Ireland complete with rickety fiddles and jaunty accordions, is one that could potentially turn any British summer into a barn-stomping, sundown jig filled with the romanticisms of twirling your sweetheart around with a belly full of good cider.
Looking for some free new music to tide you over this weekend? Well you’re in the right place with the Live4ever Ezine‘s New Tunes guide. We’ve sorted through our packed inbox over the last seven days to offer up the best in mp3s, Soundcloud links and YouTube videos for your viewing and listening pleasure. Check out previous editions of the New Tunes Guide here.
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