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
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
I Daniel Blake
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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
1 Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve – The Soft Bounce 2 Nancy Kerr- Instar 3 Minor Victories – The Debut Album 4 Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Overnight 5 Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 6 Luh – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing 7 Lisa Hannigan – At Swim 8 The Wedding Present – Going ,Going ... 9 Blair Dunlop – Gilded 10 Metallica – Hardwired ... to Self-destruct
Top Ten Gigs
1 Muse, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 2 PJ Harvey, The Eden Project 3 Brian Wilson, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 4 Savages, The Junction, Cambridge 5 Preservation Hall Brass Band, Preservation Hall, New Orleans 6 Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Glee Club, Nottingham 7 Wilco, Albert Hall, Manchester 8 Stick In The Wheel, Village Folk, Derby 9 Lake Street Dive, Scala, London 10 Lucinda Williams, The Plug, Sheffield Individual performance worthy of mention – Dr Ruth Skipper of Moulettes rocking out with her bassoon, an instrument previously unknown to rock out with.
Top Ten Festival Appearances
1 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Derby Cathedral, Derby Folk Festival 2 Peggy Seeger, Derby Folk Festival 3 The Human League, Splendour 4 Bat for Lashes, End of The Road 5 Goat, End of The Road 6 Broken Social Scene, End of The Road 7 Primal Scream , On Roundhay 8 Fairport Convention, Derby Folk Festival 9 Teenage Fan Club ,End of The Road 10 Whitney , End of The Road
Worst and Best Musical moments – (sadly) David Bowie dying and then hearing all the great music he made being played everywhere for the next week. The intro to 'All The Young Dudes' still brings a tear.
Annoying developing live music trend - People talking during shows. It easy folks, music is designed to be listened to, sung along with, danced to, or all three, not for being talked over. Talking whilst a musician is playing is disrespectful to the musicians and annoys other audience members who have paid to hear the musician, not you. Stop It Now.