The Awkward Sons of Patrick Stewart
The second part of our Best of 2012 feature.
There's been so much great music this year, and everyone's doing the obligatory end of year rundown.
It's all a bit bleakly familiar, though.
No matter the magazine/shop/blog/Facebook update, it seems that Scott Walker, Swans, Actress, Can, Godspeed... etc hold pride of place in pretty much every record collection out there.
Obviously, most of these are decent albums (Godspeed aside), and it's hilarious that Michael Gira and his double album/three hour live show can slip into Time Magazine almost unnoticed.
But hunting for records isn't what it was 10+ years ago. There's so much easily available info and so many 'lost' recordings out there now that the idea of an established canon is pretty much redundant.
So, why the same-old end of year entries? Why the endless lionising of the old guard, just because they've come around again? Obviously, not everyone is stuck in this routine, but it feels like some sort of mass critical gridlock.
I guess it's easy to fall back on the big names when you're faced with a seemingly endless flood of new ones, especially when the time to take them all in just isn't there. And a bunch of familiar faces helps the money flow, too.
With all that in mind, The Awkward Sons will be leaving the big hitters off this week's show in favour of some great records that probably won't show up on a lot of these lists. Not out of some kind of misguided snobbery - simply because tesco.com probably has samples of the new Scott Walker up online and the new Laurel Halo is actually just arse.
So, strap your arses in for the essential sub-underground bangers that aren't getting the love they deserve.
It's going to be a fucking rinse out.22:00 - 23:00