As threatened, throughout April - in celebration of Record Store Day - I offer up a daily post related to all things record shop.
And if any of it sounds like a manifesto, consider it good practice for my election campaign next year.
Day nine of this steaming pile of japery, kinghell boring bullshit and contentious nonsense...
LFD AOTY ACRONYM ATROCITY
On the day we've seen the BIGGEST album of the year so far, WET LEG (and undoubtedly a NAILED-ON contender for Album Of The Year in a slew of the music rags) flying off the racks I figured I'd revisit Left For Dead's previous Albums Of The Year. Or as we say in The Biz, the LFD AOTY.
Especially seeing as I'm now collating releases as they happen, rather than pulling a wine fueled all-nighter in the first week of December, looting the crumbling Memory Palace for dates and hazy label details. Last year this was particularly gruesome because successive lockdowns messed with my mental calendar so badly, there were a couple days when I got up and started crying because I couldn't find my PE kit.
And so much for all that eh?
2021: Audiobooks | Astro Tough
2020: All Them Witches | Nothing As Ideal
2019: Sorathy Korwar | More Arriving
2018: Tropical Fuck Storm | A Laughing Death In Meatspace
2017: Oh Sees | Orc
2016: Thee Oh Sees | A Weird Exits
2015: Julia Holter | Have You In My Wilderness
2014: The War On Drugs | Lost In The Dream
2013: Parquet Courts | Light Up Gold
Looking through the various LFD AOTY top 100s and LFD AOTY top 75s it's interesting to see how trends have shaped customer purchases and favourites; for a couple of years (2016-2018) the psych rock of Oh Sees, Brian Jonestown Massacre and *sob* Desert Mountain Tribe figured heavily in the LFD sales charts. The past couple of years female singer songwriter's have featured heavily in the LFD sales charts. And in 2021, Sqork rock - 'can't sing, cant' dance, you look terrible and sound awful, you'll go a long way' was filling the hipster snout bags.
This year I'm predicting a glut of female dominated power pop bands like Wet Leg to bumrush the LFD sales charts.
Given that it's only April and I've already flagged 30 albums for my potential LFD AOTY 2022 top 100, I wonder if they'll make the LFD AOTY 2022 top 10?