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Live4ever’s Best Of 2020: The Albums…So Far

Posted on 26 May 2020 at 7:39am

Nearly halfway there people. Nearly halfway through the annus horribilis to end all anni horribiles (googled the plural).

At least for music fans, during the utter s**tstorm that is 2020, artists have been ploughing through isolation, financial turmoil and postponed dates to deliver another selection box of unmissable albums to our front doors – here’s ten of the best we’ve featured on Live4ever so far…

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: The Music Videos

Posted on 31 Dec 2019 at 10:30am

Our 2019 retrospective series ends today with the countdown of Live4ever’s 20 favourite music videos featured on these pages during the past 12 months.

Our publisher and Primetime Emmy Award (Visual Effects) winning founder Paul Bachmann has been looking out especially for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: Working Men’s Club discuss our track of the year Teeth

Posted on 10 Dec 2019 at 6:58am

If you were to compare the singles Bad Blood and Teeth you would assume they came at different points in their band’s career.

But they are the early offerings which demonstrate how much Working Men’s Club have evolved over the course of 2019. Bad Blood was a promising debut, bouncing shimmering indie designed for the dancefloor, and was enough to get them a deal with Heavenly Records. Teeth is something else entirely.

Gloriously menacing, with an electronic hook that stands alongside the greats (i.e. impossible to forget), and guitars that sound like jet planes lost in a hurricane, it’s like nothing else this year, with a haunting, Godlike vocal from Sydney Minsky-Sargeant on the verse (which sounds like your conscience on a Sunday morning) which then becomes more despairing as the songs reaches its crescendo, vocals and guitars working in simpatico.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: The Tracks

Posted on 10 Dec 2019 at 6:58am

On our Best Albums list, 2019 brought us future classics from Fontaines D.C., Dave, The Murder Capital, FEET, slowthai and black midi to name just a few. Those and plenty more feature too on our favourite tracks of the year.

Picked out by editor David Smith from the hundreds which have featured on these pages during the past twelve months, Sinead O’Brien, Dry Cleaning, Black Country New Road, Kate Tempest and Working Men’s Club are just some who have added to a year which, whilst nostalgia has continued its grip on the mainstream, has quietly created a vintage all of its own.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: Our year with Fontaines D.C.

Posted on 03 Dec 2019 at 7:31am

When Fontaines D.C. first made it on to Live4ever’s Best Of… lists in 2017, something special was already brewing.

Hurricane Laughter had begun the charge for what are now known as the Darklands Sessions, the backbone of a subsequent debut album which is our number one of 2019.

Sandwiched in between, Darklands brought us our #1 track of 2018 too, the double A-side single Chequeless Reckless/Boys In The Better Land adding more hints to the brooding, effortless lyricism which was about to underpin Dogrel. When we interviewed the band almost exactly a year ago to mark the occasion, the city of Dublin, the poetry, the building blocks pointed to by so many when heaping praise upon the record, had been solidified.

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Live4ever’s Best Of 2019: The Albums

Posted on 03 Dec 2019 at 7:16am

Live4ever’s Best Of 2010s: The Tracks 25-1

Posted on 26 Aug 2019 at 8:17am

It’s the summer Bank Holiday in the UK today, and with mighty fine weather greeting it for once here’s part two of a playlist which might just add to the soundtrack for today’s activities.

50 of the best tracks to have been featured on Live4ever during the past decade have been picked out, this second installment featuring the likes of Idles, Kendrick Lamar, Laura Marling, Little Comets and A Tribe Called Red.

Check out the videos below, and find Part 1 right here.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2010s: The Tracks 50-26

Posted on 26 Aug 2019 at 6:52am

It’s the summer Bank Holiday in the UK today, and with mighty fine weather greeting it for once here we’ve got part one of a playlist which might just add to the soundtrack for today’s activities.

50 of the best tracks to have been featured on Live4ever during the past decade have been picked out, this first installment featuring the likes of Alabama Shakes, Shame, Arctic Monkeys, Skepta and PJ Harvey.

Check out the videos below, and stay tuned for 25-1 a little later today.

Live4ever’s Best of 2018: The Music Videos

Posted on 31 Dec 2018 at 4:00am

Our 2018 retrospective series ends today with the countdown of Live4ever’s 20 favourite music videos featured on these pages during the past 12 months.

Our publisher and Primetime Emmy Award (Visual Effects) winning founder Paul Bachmann has been looking out especially for cinematography, visuals, production value, editing, concept and adaption.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2018: ‘It’s been a very compassionate exchange’ – Idles talk Joy As An Act Of Resistance

Posted on 17 Dec 2018 at 8:22am

During 2018, bravery has come in many forms.

Upon the centenary of the Armistice, it was there on the faces of those experiencing the horrors of the Western Front, vividly brought back to life by Peter Jackson’s painstakingly restored footage. All things considered, its use should start and end there.

Yet it has also been used to describe Billy Monger, stood on artificial limbs last night collecting the Helen Rollason Award after returning to racing at the age of 19 less than a year on from his life-changing accident, speaking eloquently for as long as Clare Balding saw fit.

It’s been Eric Dier, a footballer who normally plays like he’s experiencing gravity differently to the rest of us, stepping up to take the decisive penalty during England’s shootout with Colombia at the World Cup. It’s been used to lend some narrative to a small group of bug-bitten celebrities gulping down mashed-up fish eyes for our viewing pleasure, complete with Holly Willoughby dry-wretching in the background.

And yes, it’s been used to describe the many virtues of Idles’ second studio album Joy As An Act Of Resistance.

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