ALBUMS

1  Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
2  The Magnetic North – Prospect of Skelmersdale
3  Kris Drever – If Wishes Were Horses
4  The Head and the Heart – Signs of Light
5  Heidi Talbot – Here We Go 1 2 3
6  The Changing Room – Picking Up The Pieces
7  Songs of Separation – Songs of Separation
8  Darlingside – Birds Say
9  Turin Brakes – Lost Property
10 Band of Horses – Why Are You OK

GIGS

1  The Leisure Society – St Pancras Old Church
2  Kris Drever & Ian Carr – Sunny Sailor, Maldon
3  Turin Brakes – Colchester Arts Centre
4  Lau – Barbican Centre
5  The Changing Room – Blue Boar, Maldon
6  The Changing Room – Colchester Arts Centre
7  Churchfitters – Colchester Centre
8  Gigspanner – Colchester Arts Centre
9  Hannah & Philip Martin – Colchester Arts Centre
10  Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – Colchester Arts Centre

FESTIVALS (All From Cambridge Folk Festival 2016)

1  Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys
2  Darlingside
3  Megson
4  Songs of Separation
5  John McCusker Band (feat. Heidi Talbot, Kris Drever, Graham Coxon)
6  Jon Boden
7  Brian McNeill
8  The Rheingans Sisters
9  Le Vent Du Nord
10 Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band

BEST SONG

Northway/Southway - The Magnetic North

BEST FILM

Captain America 3: Civil War

BEST TV SHOW

Westworld

BEST MUSICAL MOMENT

Being pleasantly surprised/impressed by an unknown band called Darlingside at Cambridge

WORST MUSICAL MOMENT

The Disappointment felt listening to the new Field Music Album the first time

 

Top Ten Albums

1.  Stone Broken - All in Time
2.  Billy Talent - Afraid of Heights
3.  Sixx:A.M - Prayers for the Damned
4.  GooGoo Dolls - Boxes
5.  Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
6.  Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky
7.  Messenger - Threnodies
8.  Sturgill Simpson - A Sailors Guide to Earth
9.  Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Getaway
10. Dan Patlansky - Introvertigo

Best song

Afraid of Heights - Billy Talent

Cheers
Iain

Top Ten Albums 2016 from Matt Pond of matt pond PA Matt & co. released their latest album, Winter Lives, last month. 

1.  Mitski — Puberty 2
2.  Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam's — I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
3.  Laura Gibson — Empire Builder
4.  Mavis Staples — Livin' on a High Note
5.  Brian Eno — The Ship
6.  Porches — Pool
7.  Lucinda Williams — The Ghosts of Highway 20
8.  Caveman — Otero War
9.  Frankie Cosmos — Next Thing
10. Whitney — Light Upon the Lake

 

A Top Ten from FOONYAP who released her debut full-length, Palimpsest, in October.

1. Woodpigeon - T R O U B L E
2. L.T. Leif - Shadow on the Brim / Rough Beasts
3. Null Command - User Manual
4. Entropy - An Ant and An Atom
5. JindaLee - Wild Spectrum
6. Woulg - Tiny Moon
7. OffWorld - 1
8. The Highest Order - Still Holding
9. Consilience - Under Our Beds
10. Alder & Ash - Psalms for the Sunder

 

Top 10 of 2016 by Jon Rooney, Virgin of the Birds

1.   Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
2.   Modern Studies - Swell to Great
3.  Various Artists - Song, By Toad Split 12” Volume 4
4.  Faith Eliott - Insects
5.  Amanda Bergman - Docks
6  Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
7.  Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
8.  David Thomas Broughton - The Crippling Lack
9.  Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
10. Okkervil River - Away

Check out Virgin of the Birds, single “Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty”

 

Albums

1.  Parquet Courts - Human Performance
2.  Treetop Flyers - Palomino
3.  Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
4.  Black Mountain - IV
5.  Okkervil River - Away
6.  Case Lang Veirs - CLV
7.  Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield
8.  Billie Marten - Writing of Blues & Yellows
9.  Mystery Jets - Curve of the Earth
10. White Denim - Stiff

Top 10 Gigs

The Blue Aeroplanes - The Fleece
Lucero - Brudenell
Hurrah For The Riff Raff - Brudenell
The Sheepdogs - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans
Bo Ningen - Leeds Irish Centre
Parquet Courts - Wardrobe
Cabbage - Ritz, Manchester
Anathema - Picturedrome
Beverly - Picturedrome
Turin Brakes - Picturedrome

Festival Performances

Teenage Fanclub - EOTR
Thee Oh Sees - EOTR
The Blind Shake - EOTR
C Duncan - Deershed
Primal Scream - On Roundhay
Throws - EOTR
Fizzy Blood - Live at Leeds
Emma Pollock - Deershed
Boxed In - Deershed
Goat - EOTR

Favourite Film

Captain Fantastic

Favourite Book

1971 - David Hepworth

Worst moment of 2016 : The obvious losses we have endured, especially for me 2/3 of ELP passing.

Best : New album announcement from The Blue Aeroplanes...

Keith

Here is a top 10 of the year from Tiger Lillies bass player Adrian Stout. 

1.  Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker
2.  Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3.  Beak> - Couple in a Hole soundtrack
4.  David Bowie - Black Star
5.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
6.  The Fat White Family - Songs for our Mothers
8.  Jambinai - A Hermitage
9.  Shirley Collins - Lodestar
10. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

 

The new album from The Tiger Lillies: 'Cold Night In Soho' is due on 26 January 2017, a week before a major solo concert for the band at the Roundhouse in London, which forms part of the venue’s “In the Round” season on 3rd February, 2017. Tickets are Here

This is also the band’s first album not connected to a theatre show in about ten years, representing a return to song-writing for the sake of the songs alone. To mark this high-profile occasion the album will be released in a limited-edition vinyl pressing featuring ten of the songs, as well as a CD, with the full complement of 16 songs. 

With his 'Best Male Vocal' from the British Blues Awards, King King's Alan Nimmo delivers his Top Ten Albums of 2016:

1. Chris Stapleton – Traveler
2. Thunder – Wonder Days
3. Tyketto – Reach
4. The Stevie Nimmo Trio – Sky Won't Fall
5. Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
6. Amos Lee – Spirit
7. The Brothers Landreth – Let it Lie
8. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
9. Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam
10. Knock Out Kain – Rise of the Electric Jester

I’ve actually been very lazy on the music front this year – Promise to do better in 2017. From the little I’ve done:

Album: - Bears Den, Red Earth & Pouring Rain 

Gig: Muse @ O2

Best Song: Kings of Leon “Don’t say its over”

Film: Deadpool

Worst musical moment: realising that half way through the Undertones gig that all their songs sound the same live
Best: the lighting and speaker rig at the Muse Gig

Gavin

Albums

1 David Bowie - Black Star
2 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
3 Drive by Truckers - American Band
4 Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
5 Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker
6 Radiohead - Moon Shaped Pool
7 American Football - LP2
8 Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
9 Wilco - Schmilco
10 The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

Live Gigs

1 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
2 David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall
3 Neil Young & The Promise of the Real - O2 London
4 Coldplay - Wembley Stadium
5 AC/DC (with Axl Rose) - London Stadium
6 The Cure - Wembley Arena
7 Cinematic Orchestra - Rock City, Nottingham
8 Wilco - Brixton Academy
9 Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Genting Arena, Birmingham
10 Sleater Kinney - Sydney Opera House

Festival Performances

1 Thee Oh Sees - End of the Road
2 Low - Caught by the River
3 Warpaint - Green Man
4 Bill Ryder-Jones - Howlin' Fling, Eigg
5 Local Natives - End of the Road
6 Sigur ros - Citadel festival
7 The Magnetic North - Green Man
8 Whitney - Green Man
9 Beach House - Laneway Festival
10 Lush - Green Man

Best and worst Musical moments

Best: Going to a gig at the Sydney Opera House

Worst: The passing of David Bowie and all the musical legends who died this year.

Best Song

Julia Jacklin - Pool Party

Best Film

Black Mass

Best Book

David Millar - The Racer: The Inside Story of Life on the Road

Merry Christmas! Pete

Albums

1. Boy King - Wild Beasts
2. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3. Hope Demolition Project - PJ Harvey
4. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
5. Bat For Lashes - The Bride
6. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
7. GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object
8. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
9. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
10. Anonhi - HOPELESSNESS

Top track

Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Top Ten Albums

Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens is the only new album I've properly listened to that came out in 2016. Mostly in this year of shock, horror and dismay I've turned to comfortable favourites like Out of Time, Blue and Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits to guide me through. BUT, there is something positive on the horizon...I'm so looking forward to maybe finding new music from Bon Iver, Conor Oberst and Leonard Cohen in my Christmas stocking. So no top ten from me, but an anticipation of a better year ahead x

Top 2016 Gig

1) Christine and the Queens at Brixton Academy

Top Three 2016 Festival Appearances.

James @ On Blackheath (AMAZING)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Green Man
Slow Club @ Green Man

Best Film

I Daniel Blake

Best Book

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Best song

Tilted by Christine and the Queens

Best and worst musical moments

Worst, the death of Leonard Cohen
Best, everyone dancing and singing along to Songhoy Blues at Green Man

Lou

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