Posted in SHOFT on Friday 2nd January 2015 at 9:07am


It's been a long while since I could legitimately refer to myself as a Music Blogger. So long in fact, that a good number of the contacts I made back then have largely forgotten who I am and are focused on getting more active and prolific champions to notice their own next big projects. That's how music works, and in some ways I'm surprised it took such a long time to happen. One way I'm not forgotten though, is by the mailing lists of press people. This produces an endless queue of 'for review' items even now - often wildly badly targeted, almost exclusively pretty dreadful too. But once or twice, this historical status has landed a gem of an anticipated release in my lap - and I've felt almost guilty for eagerly downloading it, knowing the chances of me writing anything on it are vanishingly slim. So this post is as much an apology and a nod to those who've sent me good things during the year as it is a personal end-of-the-year list. This is after all, how my blogging began...

So in a pretty lean year when I've had to be very selective about where my money goes, what has been essential? Have I been more conservative - or still struck out into uncharted waters? Well, the content of my list is unashamedly focused on the Scottish music which has dominated my listening over the past decade for sure - but there are a few blasts from the past creeping in here too.

In no particularly sensible order, here is my list...

  1. Withered Hand - New Gods
  2. Thurston Moore - The Best Day
  3. King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
  4. Mogwai - Rave Tapes
  5. Book Group - Tantrums EP
  6. Mecca Normal - Empathy For The Evil
  7. Randolph's Leap - Clumsy Knot
  8. Paws - Youth Culture Forever
  9. Beerjacket - Darling Darkness
  10. Ex Hex - Rips
  11. Jonnie Common - Trapped In Amber
  12. The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
  13. David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
  14. James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
  15. John Knox Sex Club - Oh Wow Must Be The Devil
  16. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
  17. The Son(s) - The Things I Love Are Not At Home
  18. White Heath - Out Of Angles EP
  19. Parquet Courts - Content Nausea
  20. Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present
  21. The Phantom Band - Strange Friend
  22. Meursault - The Organ Grinder's Monkey
  23. Ought - More Than Any Other Day
  24. RM Hubbert - The Ampersand Extras
  25. Bastard Mountain - Farewell, Bastard Mountain


Lost::MikeGTN

I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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