Festive ‘Spill, 2014


Seems it’s that time already for the ‘Spill collective to pick our favourite tunes of the year in the 7th annual Festive ‘Spill.

– Pick your personal 3 best songs of 2014 (or late 2013) & rank them (#1 = top banana.)

– Send your secret ballot, along with mp3’s or mp3 links to shoemail@cfl.rr.com. Eventually (probably by the next weekend), you’ll get confirmation back that either; 1) your choices are recorded &/or; 2) your choice is already snaffled & you can pick a replacement.

– Once we’ve bounced a few e-mails around we will playlist the results on the ‘Spill, in 3 parts, on: Saturday, Dec 20; Monday December 22 & Wednesday, December 24. All starting @ 6:00 PM (UK Time) – aging computer & newfangled WP player permitting.

25 thoughts on “Festive ‘Spill, 2014

    • Having read your FB comment; Was John Peel known much in the U.S?
      Because until all night TV (on only 4 channels) and the terrible ‘America’s top 20’ show (or something), I had no idea that Casey Kasem was a DJ/presenter – it was Shaggy’s voice – that’s all. Is John Peel like that for you?
      Once I knew CK was a ‘famous’ DJ – it made negativland a lot more understandable!

      • Casey Kasem was a very famous DJ here (we don’t really call them presenters here, or the TV version either) – but not like John Peel (going by what i know of him) because CK was an AM / top 40 type DJ. A few more you probably heard of were Dick Clark and Wolfman Jack. We didn’t really know about John Peel here because we didn’t need to – we had FM radio and college radio.

        This is where you really can’t compare the UK and US radio systems at the time. I’m not overly familiar with the BBC Radio breakdown of stations, but we’re a massive country and we had many, many, many radio stations, most locally based. AM radio was Top 40 / Billboard / singles. Casey and the others were well known because they would have had syndicated shows. FM radio was AOR (album oriented rock) – this is where they played the deep cuts, GF’s long cuts, the prog, and where we found the good stuff. The DJs all spoke in probably the American equivelent of RP, very laid back and enexcitable, unlike the AM DJs. But as Fintan said before, FM radio kind of ended with Led Zep (or prog, or whatever). College radio took over from there – universities had their own stations and programming, and that’s where we got the good stuff from the 80’s. They played everything – punk, new wave, indie, world music, reggae hour, jazz – etc. That’s where they played the John Peel type stuff – but there were a billion different stations and i can’t think of any one standout DJ – those were all locally based stations with probably college kids for DJs.

      • But i’m not sure it was my comment – which one? I don’t remember mentioning KC at all – i never even really listend to him, except by accident.

      • CK was just used as an example of an American DJ I’d never heard of; you didn’t mention him at all – I was wondering if Peel was the same for you. Because CK is the ONLY U.S .DJ i know, except Howard Stern whose name I know as a shock jock… but never heard.

        John Peel was for many years the only DJ that played alternative tunes over here – so is THE famous one and also did a yearly top 50 alternative tunes – this ‘spill feature is based on that.

        Now with the internet I can listen to radio from around the world – and I never have to listen to any DJ’s at all – it makes me happy. Peel was the only DJ I could cope with listening to, because he was symbolic – but enthusiastic – some of the tunes where just noise though.

      • CK and the ones i mentioned were well before your time, and even mine – they were more from Mitch’s time. Otherwise our DJs may have been locally known, but even then not by looks, just by name on the radio.

        Nobody here listens to the radio anymore either for music – even in the car it seems that people play from Rhapsody or Pandora or itunes stations by genre or something. Leaving out those pesky DJs and ads.

    • Can I sneak into this slot to respond to Amy & Shane.
      Funny this topic came up here, I lay in bed this morning thing about exactly this. Casem is a non entity, he was a loud noisy a.m. DJ in LA in the 60’s, a personality, his show was on KRLA, a very commercial pop station. It was later franchised nationally, I didn’t listen to him. THE name to be aware of is Tom Donahue, he saw, heard, what was happening with west coast pop music and he seized it, he was a DJ at KMET-fm in SF and was primarily responsible for promoting the musical revolution of that era. He was so successful that KPPC-fm in LA pulled him in and he split his time twixt LA & SF. I became a disciple. There was another DJ in LA who fell in love with his style, that was B.Mitchell Reed at KFWB, he adopted a similar format. BMR as he was known on-air became aware of an English band that was making waves, he went there to try and hook up with them and usher them into the US, they were The Beatles and he was instrumental in Beatlemania.
      Technically there were two broadcast formats, a.m [amplitude modulation] and f.m. [frequency modulation] The differences were in signal range and signal quality, an a.m. station in Denver could reach LA, NY, N.Orleans, SF, crappy signal but it was all there was. That’s how Jamaica listened to all that R&B coming out of the southern states. FM was new, just getting a foothold when I arrived in ’58, FM stations were local, limited to 30-50 miles with no intervening mountains. I bought a tiny fm radio just for one station KRHM, the forerunner of all the good stuff. Tom Donahue changed everything, he broke with the a.m. chatter and trivia and introduced intelligent broadcasting that was devoted to the content, not the commercial sponsors.

      • Hi GF –

        I just caught this over a week later, sorry. I was here on the east coast, so as i kid it was the Philly FM stations that we listened to, which is how we became junior high kids who listened to the likes of Bowie and Genesis and Mott the Hoople when we were 12. But somewhere during the mid to late 70’s college radio here in New England was where the tunes were.

        Seems that most people these days listen to either their own tunes, or Rhapsody type preferred genre playlists these days. I was gratified to discover that one of my favorite suit and tie bosses my own age was a Deadjams station kind of guy on his own time. I did catch Emerson College’s radio station a few days ago in someone’s car, which was decent, so college radio seems to be at least limping along.

    • Ah, I’ve thought of that, Carole. I’m “playing the long game” with my choices this year. I’m going to leave sending them in until quite late. Then, when Shoey emails me back saying a choice is taken, I can choose one of my alternates but still claim that the pre-nabbed one was one of mine! 😉

  1. It’s the season to be jolly
    None of our noms will be folly
    What a musical year it’s been
    Hooray for the Festive Spill 2014

    Best wishes everyone, just sent mine to shoegazer, no time for deliberating ‘gut instinct’ this year.

  2. Update. Those of you who’ve sent in so far, should have heard back from me (if not – something has gone horribly wrong).

    The rest of you, don’t wait too long.

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