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So belated congratulations to R.M. Hubbert on winning the second Scottish Album of the Year award for his 2012 release ‘Thirteen Lost and Found’. After just two awards it’s difficult to draw many conclusions from the winners but, whilst both Aidan and Bill and Hubby owe much of their profiles to indie audiences neither record can in any way be described as typical indie fare. Perhaps the SAY awards are going to develop a reputation for picking quirky winners.

Looking ahead to next year’s award, with almost half of 2013 gone, it looks again like the award will be spoilt for choice.

In addition to big hitters Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream, I’d suggest that many of the following LPs are worthy of consideration for the 2013 SAY award:

Birdhead – Pleasure Centre

Edwyn Collins – Understated

eagleowl – this silent year

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

Kid Canaveral – Now That You Are  A Dancer

Man Without Machines – The Kreuzberg Press

The Pictish Trail – Secret Soundz Vol, 2

Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart

Spare Snare – Our Jazz

Sparrow & The Workshop – Murderopolis

In a wider sense I’ve regularly commented on the glut of quality LPs this year, and that is backed up by the following list of non-Scottish records, most of which are really great – although not all – there are a few disappointments listed:

The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy

Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving

Julian Cope- Revolutionary Suicide

Desert Hearts – Enturbulation = No Challenge

Eels – Wonderful, Glorious

The Flaming Lips – The Terror

Fuzzy Lights – Rule of Twelfths

The House of Love – She Paints Words in Red

K-X-P – II

Low – The Invisible Way

My Bloody Valentine – m b v

Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

Veronica Falls- Waiting for Something To Happen

Wire – Change Becomes Us

There’s been so many good records this year that I would say that at least a dozen of both the above lists would have been good enough for Top 10 status in my end of year list in previous years – and we’re not at the end of June yet!

It’s also true to say that I’m not as familiar as I’d like to be with virtually all of these records – perhaps of the list only the Kid Canaveral and Wire LPs have received the attention that they merit. That’s the summer listening planned – until the new Grant Hart double LP comes out at least …

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