Real Gone’s End of Year Round-Up, 2018

In 2018, Real Gone celebrated its ninth birthday. It’s been a long and hard road to this point, but we’re pleased to be celebrating our most successful year online to date. Hundreds of new albums have been heard and a record number of gigs have been attended. Not only has this year been our biggest success…it’s also been our favourite.

Nearing the close of 2018, it’s time to look back and celebrate our favourite events – including our top ten  album releases…

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Normally, each year has an album that’s a clear stand out. Making that distinction this time around has been somewhat trickier, so we’re awarding a joint “album of the year” to two very different albums. If that seems like a cop-out, we don’t care…there really was only a hair’s breadth between them.

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Listen: Dancing Robots & Punk Rock Angels – A Real Gone Playlist for 2018

Previously at this point in December, it has become the custom for Real Gone to issue a free download containing some of the best underground tracks of the year.  For the past seven or eight years, these downloads have been a popular fixture on the Real Gone calendar, turning people on to all kinds of artists.

With the changing times, we regret to say the era of the free sampler has come to an end.  It seems that people much prefer streaming and with that in mind, we’ve made the decision to highlight some of our favourite tunes in an eighty minute playlist.

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Watch ‘So Lonely’, the new video from the Kurt Baker Combo

There’s a new Kurt Baker Combo album on the horizon.  ‘Let’s Go Wild’ explores some new territory for the singer-songwriter and his band, moving further away from the usual power pop tropes and deeper into garage rock.  For those who love it rough and ready but still crave a big hook, the album serves up more than enough gems.

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KURT BAKER COMBO – Let’s Go Wild!

Kurt Baker is a very prolific musician and songwriter. In the six year stretch between 2012 and Easter 2018, whether solo or part of a band, he’s released the equivalent of at least two albums per year. Against the odds, most of the material has been great.

Relocating from the US to Spain in 2013, Kurt formed the Kurt Baker Combo, a band who would ultimately inject a little more of a garage rock ethic into his gift for a power pop hook. Their first record, 2016’s ‘In Orbit’, was a little fuzzier than expected and took a bit more getting into than any of Baker’s earlier works, but still carried great choruses and a fiery energy throughout. Working to a similar formula, the Combo’s 2018 record ‘Let’s Go Wild!’, if anything, is even fuzzier. Given the rate Baker has released records, it was only a matter of time before one of his albums showed a couple of flaws. This is that record. In terms of production, some of the shinier power pop elements are absorbed by dense guitars and a world of vocal filters that sometimes make the material a little more difficult to process.

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Kurt Baker Combo: Upcoming Euro Tour Dates

In May 2018, the Kurt Baker Combo will release ‘Let’s Go Wild’, their follow up to 2016’s ‘In Orbit’.

In the lead up to the album launch, the band are embarking on a European tour. All confirmed dates are listed below.

03/03/2018 Lazkao, Oker Taberna, Spain
11/03/2018 Madrid, Delia Records, Spain
18/04/2018 Montpellier, Secret Place, France
19/04/2018 Lyon, Trokson, France
20/04/2018 Besancon, L’U, France
21/04/2018 Stuttgart, Kellerclub, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
22/04/2018 Bern, Rössli, Switzerland (w/ The Fleshtones)
24/04/2018 Köln, Sonic Ballroom, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
25/04/2018 Chemnitz, Subway to Peter, Germany
27/04/2018 Wilhelmshaven, Kling Klang, Germany (w/ The Fleshtones)
28/04/2018 tba, Germany
30/04/2018 Frankfurt, Feinstaub, Germany
26/05/2018 Madrid, Sala Sol, Spain “LET’S GO WILD RELEASE PARTY”
01/06/2018 Albi, Jour de Fête, France

Read a review of Kurt’s ‘Lost Weekend’ EP here.
Read an interview with Kurt here.
Read a review of ‘Take 1’ by K7s (featuring Kurt Baker) here.