Channel Audio’s Albums of 2017

Give yourself a headache with these ten albums, let the sounds of 2017 burst your drums, then lie deaf to the world. It’s easier to cope, it’s harder to mope. Trust me, it was worth every last pop.

10. Kendrick Lamar – Damn.

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A Week To Crash And Burn In 2017 Via Song

2017 was one long week, hurtling by like a loose carriage. I’m still looking for myself in the wreckage. I hum as I do, because music keeps us together, at least that’s what we hope.

Monday: Migos – Bad and Boujee ft. Lil Uzi Vert

A hearse parked outside, tires caught in snow. It was 5am when they came to pick me up, take me somewhere warmer. I heard no crying as they carried me in my box, maybe they were, but I couldn’t hear them over my own voice, singing to kill dead time. Family and friends heard murmurings of ‘Raindrops, drop tops (drop top), smokin’ on cookie in a hotbox (cookie)’, before they pried open the coffin lid. It’s an easy mistake to make, and Monday’s are always full of mistakes. For everyone. I didn’t get too mad, as ‘my bitch was bad and boujee (bad)’.

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Channel Audio’s Albums of 2016

Previously for your viewing on Channel Static, the top ten albums of the year has now moved on to here. It’s taken so long because it got lost in a box on the removals van.

I’ll take any excuse.

10. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression


‘I’m nothing but my name’ is something Iggy Pop likes to say, and thus Post Pop Depression was born. It’s an album about legacy, about sex, and about death, with Josh Homme bringing his sludgy Queens riffs to the party. Sometimes a sense of vulnerability can be heard, but before you can scoop it up, he’s back to ranting, to screaming, to throwing his guts against the wall.

Music for those who don’t know who Iggy Azalea is.

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Audio Elsewhere 2016

Other similar sounding bits of music writing in 2016:


Moldy Peaches’s Adam Green bringing his Aladdin show to Liverpool: Here

A number of Liverpool bands set to play SXSW 2016 in Texas: Here

A look at the song ‘Changing Time’ by The Floormen: Here

Beach Skulls signing with PNKSLM Recordings: Here

Introducing Swearwolves: Here

Communions New Faces Tour does as it’s named, bringing new acts to the stage: Here

A look at the song ‘Boys That Sing’ by Viola Beach, less than two weeks before their tragic deaths: Here

Providing a few words regarding the death of David Bowie: Here

A live review of Savages and Bo Ningen at Manchester Albert Hall: Here

A live review of L7 at Manchester O2 Ritz: Here

A live review of Julia Holter at Manchester Cathedral: Here

Listening to Henry Rollins speak at Manchester Bridgewater Hall: Here

A live review of Joanna Gruesome at Manchester The Star and Garter: Here


I think that’s it.

The music website getintothis is ten years old this year, so be sure to go and support them. I’m not offering up much at the minute due to sickness, but there is plenty more great, better stuff than mine. The Cosmic Slop is something else.


The Controversies of Mark Kozelek

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This is a few random mumblings about nothing much at all. It was going to be somewhere else, but I lost it, forgetting to bother retrieving it from wherever it was it fell. 

A band which has been fortunate to find success will often play to huge crowds, and they will soak up every song they sing, every word they say. The stage provides power, and it’s also the place in which a band should be careful what they say, lest comments made blow up into news stories on the net. Mark Kozelek of folk band Sun Kil Moon would know. He would know all too well. Continue reading