Not too sure what to write about it. Probably anybody reading this knows Miles Kane better and longer than I do. I jumped really late on this train. I never cared about The Rascals nor The Last Shadow Puppets. I mean I knew those bands existed, but I never really listened to it. And same goes for Miles Kane solo, so it was this year’s Southside Festival in June when I saw him play live and first time proper listened to his songs. And I liked it. Not like ‘omg mindblowing gig’ or whatever, but I was like ‘yeah enjoyed it, should give him a listen soon’ but while having a busy summer I never had the time to actually do it. So it was more than 2 months later when I saw him at Zürich Openair again. He played in the middle of the afternoon at the tent stage so he had a proper light show too and the audience was much bigger and more into it compared to Southside Festival so I wondered again why I still didn’t really listen to his music. Anyway I then even found Don’t Forget Who You Are in a CD store for 9.90 CHF (6,70£ / 8,00€) so I had to buy it. And yeah, it’s not my new favourite record but I like it, so a well deserved #19 I’d say.
fav tracks: Don’t Forget Who You Are, Give Up, Darkness In Our Hearts
Time to kick off my Top20 albums of 2013 and I’ll start it with an artist you probably could only know if you’re Swiss. But then again he is very popular and well-known here. This guy’s called Gustav and he’s from bilingual city Fribourg, so he sings in Swiss-German as well as in French. And sometimes even in standard German, though I usually like these songs the least. Even though Gustav got airplays in mainstream radio before, he became popular to a mainstream audience in 2010 thanks to a TV show called Kampf der Chöre, where several well-known Swiss artists battled each other with their choirs. Gustav often arranged these songs completely new so there are two brilliant interpretations I can think of, if you wanna check them out: Ein Student aus Uppsala and DJ Bobo’s Somebody Dance With Me were total a-class! Enough about the artist - to the album now: It’s Gustav’s 8th album, I think. It’s somewhere between chanson, folk, pop and rock. He played all the instruments on the record himself and part wise used diy instruments like a carton box, spoons etc. The idea by this was that everyone can play and sing along, so the booklet is like the title says a songbook and contains notes and cords to play along too. I think that’s a pretty cool idea so thumbs up for this one.
Oh, and I forgot to mention I saw him play live once. Must have been in Summer 2011, if I’m not completely wrong…
I’m about to list the records I bought + were released in 2013 to make my Top20 list. I’ll start posting next Sunday and hopefully keep on posting until I’m done and it won’t be Spring already :P Anyway, I thought I’ll give you the Top5 of the last 3 years.. so much I would change but I guess that my music taste just evolved.
Dry The River - Shallow Bed
Royal Republic - Save The Nation
Die Ärzte - Auch
Cowbell - Beat Stampede
The Hives - Lex Hives
The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines