Spin Cycle's Twelve Days of Christmas, 2016

A countdown of this year’s top releases according to Goldmine’s Spin Cycle’s columnist Dave Thompson.
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Counting down the year's top releases....

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, SOMEONE SHOULD GIVE TO YOU... a years subscription to Goldmine.

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...ELEVEN HOT NEW INDIES

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1. Danny Adler - Gaslight Angels (Dannyadler.com)

2. Bordellos - How To Lose Friends and Influence No-one (Small Bear)review

3. Cait Brennan - Debutante (Black Market Glamour) review

4. Dodson & Fogg - White House on the Hill (Wisdom Twins) review

5. Philip Jeays - Take the Slow Train (Irregular)review

6. Kaelen Mikla - Kaelan Mikla (Bandcamp) review

7. Gary Lucas -Fleischerei – Music from Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform) review

8. Luck of Eden Hall - Acceleration of Time (Head Spin) review

9. Mortlake Bookclub - Exquisite Corpse (Reverb Worship)review

10. Octopus Syng - Hollow Ghost Rochelle Salt (Mega Dodo)review

11. Sendelica - The Cromlech Chronicles (Fruits de Mer)review

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...TEN BIG FAT BOX SETS

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1. Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier (Sony) review

2. Marc Almond - Trials of Eyeliner: Anthology 1979-2016 (Universal)

3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid Super Deluxe Edition (Rhino)review

4. David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) (Parlophone)

5. Dead Or Alive - Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI (Edsel)

6. Alex Harvey - Last of the Teenage Idols (Universal)review

7. Hawkwind - The Charisma Years (Atomhenge)review

8. Edith Piaf - Integrale 2015 (Rhino) review

9. Lou Reed - The RCA and Arista Albums Collection (Sony) review

10. Sisters of Mercy - Vision Thing (Rhino) 

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...NINE OPEN ARCHIVES

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1. The Feelies - Only Life/Time for a Witness (Bar None) review

2. Folk Devils - Beautiful Monsters (Spectacle Music) review

3. Kilburn and the High Roads - Handsome (Cherry Red)review

4. Ian Lowery - Get Out The Sun/Ironic (Spectacle Music)review

5. The Replacements - Let It Be (Rhino)review

6. Silverhead - catalog reissues (Purple Records/Cherry Red)review

7. Gilli Smyth - Mother (Esoteric)review

8. United Bible Studies - Rosary Bleeds (Golden Pavilion)review

9. Frank Zappa and the Mothers - Lumpy Money (Universal)review

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EIGHT BOOKS FOR READING

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1. Trevor Barre - Beyond Jazz - Pink Plonk and Scratch: The Golden Age of Free Music in London 1966-1972 (Compass)review

2. John Blaney - Brinsley Schwarz: Happy Doing What We're Doing (Mega Dodo) review

3. Tamsin Darke - David Bowie Rare Records Price Guide vols 1/2 (Createspace)review, review

4. Ian Helliwell - Tape Leaders (Sound On Sound)reviews

5. Chris Wade - The Music of Frank Zappa (two vols) (Wisdom Twins Books)review

6. TV Smith - Alternative Top 50 (Foruili Codex)review

7. Michael White -Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records (Bloomsbury) review

8. Woody Woodmansey - Spider From Mars - My Life with David Bowie (St Martin's Press)

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SEVEN COMPILATIONS

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1. various - A New Career in a New Town: More Songs by David Bowie (Fruits de Mer)

2. various - Action Time Vision  (Cherry Red)

3. various - Audiological Transmission 38/52, No More Unto The Dance – Future Dissolvation (A Year in the Country) review

4. various - Close to the Noise Floor (Cherry Red) review

5. various - I’m a Freak, Baby…: A Journey through the British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-1972 (Grapefruit) review

6. various - Sharon Signs to Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985 (RPM) review

7. various: Soho Express (Croydon Municipal) review

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SIX GROOVY SINGLES...

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1. Beautiful Junkyards - Constant Flux (Ghost Box)review

2. biG GRunt - At the BBC (Mega Dodo) review

3. Crystal Jacqueline - Morning Dew EP (Regal Crabmophone)review

4. Sendelica - Ziggy Stardust (Fruits de Mer)review

5. Sidewalk Society - Can't Help Thinking About Me EP (Fruits de Mer) review

6. Us and Them - Fading Within the Dwindling Sun(Fruits de Mer) review

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FIVE MORE NEW THINGS...

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1. Gong - Rejoice I'm Dead (Madfish) review

2. Luke Haines - Smash the System (Cherry Red) review

3. Martin Gordon - Gilbert Gordon and Sullivan (Radiant Future)

4. The Honey Pot - Inside the Whale (Mega Dodo)review

5. Van Der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb (Esoteric) review

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FOUR THINGS THAT COST A LOT...

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1. Steve Hillage - Searching for the Spark (Madfish)review

2. Ian Hunter - Stranded In Reality (Proper Records)

3. Pink Floyd - The Early Years (Sony) review

4. Elvis Presley - The Album Collection (Sony)

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THREE LIVE DISCS

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1. John Cale - Fragments of a Rainy Season (Domino) review

2. The Pop Group - The Boys Whose Heads Exploded (Freaks R Us)review

3. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Eagle) review

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TWO THINGS THAT DIDN'T COME

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1. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Bootleg Series

2. Neil Young - the second Archive box set

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AND ONE UNFORGETTABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE IN A PEAR TREE

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1. Stargaze et al - Bowie at the Promsreview