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16, 2016, albums of the year, angel olsen, best of, brian eno, david bowie, essex, goat, leonard cohen, nap eyes, nick cave, record shop, record shops, records, shop, south, southend, tortoise, ultimate painting, vinyl, whitney -

It's come around again, the time to insist you pay attention to our taste in music.  2016 has been both a great and terrible year for music - tons of brilliant new albums (as you'll see below) and lots and lots of death.  This year we lost David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Colonel Abrams, David Mancuso, Pete Burns, Bobbie Vee, Prince Buster, Alan Vega, Bernie Worrell, Guy Clark, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg, Keith Emerson, George Martin, and loads (LOADS) more.  With all that death there needed to be some good stuff to take our mind off it, and...

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2015, album of the year, albums of the year, best albums, best of, buy, Essex, Father John Misty, list, music, record shop, record shops, shop, south, Southend -

2015, like every other year if you care to dig a little, has been a great year for new music.  We've been lucky enough to put a load of great shows at the shop for free - starting the year with The Bohicas, followed by East India Youth, The Scarletts, Asylums, Fraser A. Gorman, John Doran (The Quietus), Martin Newell (The Cleaners From Venus), Muertos, Ultimate Painting, Velvet Morning, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Baio (Vampire Weekend), with Howard Eynon playing on Saturday and a few great ones lined up for next year already. Album of the year lists can...

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2014, albums of the year, Best of, end of year, Essex, list, playlist, South, Southend, Spotify -

When it comes to opinions and tastes, lists are pretty stupid, one mans ceiling is another's floor and all that.  But in music, despite being the opposite of what (I'd hope) most people make music for, lists get churned out on a daily basis ("10 Best Hats Worn By Left Handed People In Bands" etc).  Everybody can get overwhelmed by all the new stuff that's out there, so with unerring uniformity record shops (and magazines, blogs, gobby people etc) will always do an end of year list.  Some would list their best sellers of the year, most however pick the records they...

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