Viewing Gum Listening Post #10

The Viewing Gum Listening Post hits double figures, and given it’s highly unlikely it’ll reach triple figures (let’s get real here, guys), let’s celebrate! And what better way to do so than with another bumper playlist. Yup, despite my Spotify discord (new problem: massive font/spacing), there’s just too much music out there to not keep compiling these cross-sections of my listening habits over the past what-have-you. I’ll be honest – it’s pretty much all over the shop this time round and has gone through many alterations, some stuff I’ve just whacked in having only listened a couple times (the new Janelle Monáe), some I’m not instantly sold on but hope it will grow on me just by virtue of being on my new playlist (the new Daft Punk) – but hey! There’s something for everyone here, make no mistake. You can click here to open on your Spotify, or stream below. 10/10!


  1. Peace – Toxic
  2. Guards – Resolution of One
  3. Kurt Vile – Shame Chamber
  4. François And The Atlas Mountains – Les Plus Beaux
  5. Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. – feat. Erykah Badu
  6. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  7. Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge – Blood On the Cobblestones
  8. The Knife – Without You My Life Would Be Boring
  9. The Flaming Lips – Always There, In Our Hearts
  10. Duologue – Gift Horse
  11. Ólafur Arnalds – Sudden Throw
  12. British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy
  13. The Leisure Society – Forever Shall We Wait

Viewing Gum Listening Post #1

Welcome to the Viewing Gum Listening Post! I’ve decided to start collating what I’ve been listening to recently on Spotify into some sort of order, selecting favourite tunes of mine from the past few months, and putting them together into a handy playlist for everyone else to enjoy. It’s a real pic ‘n’ mix, from all new American indie to Icelandic electronica, and from krautrock to Chinese rock. Should give you a flavour of my own music interests, but by all means, recommendations are most welcome.


  1. Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing
  2. The Shins – Simple Song
  3. The Leisure Society – It Dissolves in the Writing
  4. Can – Mother Sky
  5. Neu! – Hero
  6. New Pants – Go East
  7. Apparat Organ Quartet – Polynesia
  8. Grimes – Genesis
  9. Yukihiro Takahashi – The Words
  10. Andrew Bird – Dissent
  11. Gillian Welch – Dark Turn of Mind

2011: Albums of the Year

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST ALERT! Though I’ve picked out ten of my favourite albums of the year, there were plenty of other great albums and some damn fine singles released too, so I’ve put together a pretty great collection of 28 tracks into one super-duper playlist. Enjoy!

1. Darwin Deez – Wonky Beats

I’m probably as surprised as you that a concept rap album sampling Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from already accomplished none-more-hip singer-songwriter Darwin Deez would be my album of the year, but it’s just too much damn fun for it not to be. The lyrics are more like a bizarro geek stream of consciousness than anything, a 21st century pop culture time capsule, and few have other musical offerings this year have left me with quite as broad a grin on my faces as Wonky Beats. And the best thing of all? It’s free!

TOP TRACK: I Don’t Like The Look (Remix)

2. The Horrors – Skying

The Horrors expand on the successful formula they nailed with Primary Colours, with an even bigger and better sound than before. Not original by any stretch of the imagination, but by golly, it’s an album that truly soars.

TOP TRACK: Monica Gems


3. Matt Berry – Witchazel

Not just gifted with a smooth voice and comedy chops, Matt Berry is also a supremely talented musician, as is evident with this, his third album – a magical folk-infused journey into the English countryside, with a warm 70s telly incidental music sensibility.

TOP TRACK: Take My Hand


4. Metronomy – The English Riviera

The sound of the summer, Metronomy’s best album yet was stripped-back, stylish simplicity married with bona fide excellent tunes.




5. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light

Another typically strong work from the TVOTR team, though tinged with inevitable sadness with the passing of bassist Gerard Smith shortly after its release.

TOP TRACK: Repetition


6. Battles – Gloss Drop

Battles return as a trio, but on fighting form with a sparky set of intricate tracks, buoyed by wonderful guest turns from the likes of Gary Numan, Matias Aguayo, and Yamantaka Eye.

TOP TRACK: Ice Cream


7. Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Abstruse, for sure, bordering on the impenetrable, but given time, The King of Limbs unfolds into a fascinating and atmospheric listening experience.

TOP TRACK: Lotus Flower


8. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Few artists manage to conjure up quite so wonderful dreamy soundscapes as Anthony Gonzalez, and this double album is a fine example of what he does so well.



9. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco

Topping their debut was always going to be a tall ask, but Justice come pretty close with another batch of hard-to-beat beats that mainline into whichever part of the brain responds to awesomeness.

TOP TRACK: Civilization


10. The Leisure Society – Into The Murky Water

A musical voyage of pure unabashed loveliness that gently rocks you into submission. Something special.

TOP TRACK: Into The Murky Water



Honourable Mentions:

Cults – Cults
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome
The Dø – Both Ways Open Jaws
Flashman – To the Victor the Spoils!
Fruit Bats – Tripper
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Ladytron – Gravity the Seducer
Russian Circles – Empros

BONUS: Music Video of the Year

Is Tropical – The Greeks (Dir: Megaforce)