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Monday, December 30, 2013
2013 is drawing to a close and it's time to reflect on the past year and reveal the best video, album, gig, cover version and remix of the year.
Best Video of 2013
1. Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - Scarecrow
If there was a more moving, heartbreaking, sadder video released this year then I didn't see it. There were many videos made with much bigger budgets and much slicker production but none of them moved me like Scarecrow.
Running Bridie Jackson close were...
Feldspar - In The Bleak Midwinter
Feldspar's video for their seasonal cover of In The bleak Midwinter was almost as moving, heartbreaking and sad as Scarecrow. It is almost painful to watch the despair and loneliness portrayed in the video.
The Ladykillers - A OK
If talent imitates and genius steals then The Ladykillers are the true personification of genius. The video for A OK is as close to stealing from the Hives you can get without involving the police.
Best Album of the Year
PINS - Girls Like Us
While Silence Yourself was on the shortlist for numerous awards and appeared in many end of year favourite lists the much better Girls Like Us has been unforgiveably noticeable by it's absence. Despite P.I.N.S debut being only slightly less nihilistic, only slightly less angry but much more listenable than Savages debut it's not received anywhere close to the credit it deserves. This may be because it falters lyrically on occasion with some simplistic lines but in the context of the visceral energy that fizzes and crackles from the speakers the odd lyrical flaw can be forgiven.
Where Savages try to beat you into submission and if that doesn't work they just try to beat you harder P.I.N.S have more than one way to win you over. From the raucous stomp of We Want It All to the trancey VU like Velvet Morning, Girls Like Us has more variety than Silence Yourself and it stands repeat listening.
Girls Like Us may not have been the most polished album released in 2013 but it was the album that retained it's place in the CD player of the Devil's automobile longer than any other released this year which makes it album of the year.
Running PINS close were
David Bowie - The Next Day
Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Young Knives - Sick Octave
Public Image Ltd - 30th June 2013, The Other Stage, Glastonbury
Running Public Image close were...
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, 30th October 2013, The Islington, London
Palma Violets, 30th June 2013, William's Green, Glastonbury
The Hives, 28th June 2013, The Other Stage, Glastonbury
The Lovely Eggs, 2nd December 2013, The Lexington, London
Best Cover Version of the Year
Natalie McCool - Wondrous Place
Scouse chantreuse Natalie McCool's cover of Billy Fury's Wondrous Place is spellbinding. She completely owned the song like it's one of her own. No other cover version came close to this in 2013.
Check out the original Billy Fury version
Running Natalie close for the cover of the year were...
Anika - In The City
Half Hour Hotel - Missing
NB Feldspar's cover of In The Bleak Midwinter was excluded from consideration for cover of the yeasr because it was a re-interpretation not a cover version
Best Remix of the Year
Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye (Todd Terje Extended Mix)