Sunday, March 17, 2019

Live: Anna Calvi @ Acro (Athens, March 16th, 2019)


The timing of Anna Calvi's first ever appearance in Athens couldn't have been better as her most recent full-length effort, the exquisite "Hunter", is her most potent work so far and one of the best albums of last year.


With the help of just two musicians, a drummer and a keyboardist, Anna Calvi with her guitar was a force of nature on stage, unleashing lustful, primal rock energy. She opened the set with the slow burn of "Hunter" and "Indies or Paradise", building up the tension and reaching the first climax with "As A Man". Several more were to follow in a masterful hour-long set, which also included "I'll Be Your Man", "Suzanne & I" and "Desire" from her debut, "Don't Beat the Girl Out of My Boy", "Swimming Pool", "Wish" and "Alpha" from "Hunter", the last two being my highlights of the evening, while the encore ended with a powerful rendition of Suicide's "Ghost Rider", a much fiercer version than the one we know from the "Strange Weather" EP.


Undoubtedly a unique live experience from one of the most talented performers of the current decade, who we hope to meet again soon on a stage somewhere!

Check out below a few more photos from Anna Calvi's performance at Acro, plus videos of "Don't Beat the Girl Out of My Boy" and "I'll Be Your Man":






Anna Calvi - Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy (live in Athens)


Anna Calvi - I'll Be Your Man (live in Athens)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Listening Habits 01-02.2019

In the first post of this blog in March 2008, we presented the list of the Top 20 albums we have been listening to during the start of that year. Fast forward eleven years and what better way to start C.M.C.'s twelfth year on Blogger than with our current list of favorites:

As usual at this time of the year, the mix of albums we are listening to combine new releases with quite a few important "leftovers" from the previous year, records we either started listening close to the end of 2018 and we still can't get enough of (Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Low, Spiritualized, Mudhoney), a few late releases that took us a while to get a hold of (Jon Spencer, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings), but also some new discoveries that came to our attention thanks to the various year-end lists (Tropical Fuck Storm, The Beths, Audiobooks, Gabe Gurnsey), which should definitely find a place in the final version of our own "Best of 2018" as well.

As for the first new releases of 2019 that earned our appreciation and the most spins during January and February, those include "Ex:Re", the debut solo project by Elena Tonra of Daughter, "Stuffed & Ready", the third LP by Cherry Glazerr (see also here), the return of Deerhunter with "Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?" and, of course, "Remind Me Tomorrow", the fifth and best album so far by Sharon Van Etten, who tries and succeeds to open up her sound to new influences, creating a joyous and richly rewarding listening experience from start to finish.

Here are our 20 favorite albums and tracks for January - February 2019:

Top 20 Albums

1.   Remind Me Tomorrow - SHARON VAN ETTEN
2.   Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? - DEERHUNTER
3.   Stuffed & Ready - CHERRY GLAZERR
4.   Ex:Re - EX:RE
5.   Aviary - JULIA HOLTER
6.   Bottle It In - KURT VILE
7.   Spencer Sings The Hits - JON SPENCER
8.   A Laughing Death In Meatspace - TROPICAL FUCK STORM
9.   Digital Garbage - MUDHONEY
10. Double Negative - LOW
11. And Nothing Hurt - SPIRITUALIZED
12. C'est La Vie - PHOSPHORESCENT
13. Physical - GABE GURNSEY
14. Now! (in a minute) - AUDIOBOOKS
15. Future Me Hates Me - THE BETHS
16. Last Building Burning - CLOUD NOTHINGS
17. Merrie Land - THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
18. Big Attraction & Giddy Up - AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
19. Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 18 - VARIOUS ARTISTS
20. Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980 - 1983 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Top 20 Tracks

1.  Seventeen - SHARON VAN ETTEN
2.  Element - DEERHUNTER
3.  Wasted Nun - CHERRY GLAZERR
4.  Romance - EX:RE
5.  I Shall Love 2 - JULIA HOLTER
6.   Loading Zones - KURT VILE
7.   Do The Trash Can - JON SPENCER
8.   The Future Of History - TROPICAL FUCK STORM
9.   Friends In The Bubble Bath - AUDIOBOOKS
10. You Can - GABE GURNSEY
11. Boys in the Better Land - FONTAINES D.C.
12. Future Me Hates Me - THE BETHS
13. Westgate - AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
14. Kill Yourself Live - MUDHONEY
15. The Morning After - SPIRITUALIZED
16. New Birth In New England - PHOSPHORESCENT
17. Fly - LOW
18. Merrie Land - THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
19. Half Life - SMERZ
20. Leave Him Now - CLOUD NOTHINGS