Ken’s Top Tens 2015

Albums

1 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

2 Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile

3 Foals – What Went Down

4 Tame Impala - Currents

5 Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear

6 Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

7 Rachel Sermanni – Tied To The Moon

8 Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space

9 Kendric Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

10 Idlewild – Everything Ever Written

Top 10 Gigs

1 Father John Misty – Village Underground

2 Nick Cave – Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

3 Death Cab For Cutie – Brixton Academy

4 Mercury Rev – Oval Space

5 Mumford & Sons – Oslo Hackney

6 King Crimson – Birmingham Symphony Hall

7 Matthew E White – Village Underground

8 Lau – Arts Centre Colchester

9 Calexico – Shepherds Bush Empire

10 Black Mountain – 100 Club

Top 10 Festival Performances

1 Sufjan Stevens – End Of The Road

2 The War On Drugs - End Of The Road

3 Patti Smith - Glastonbury

4 Wolf Alice - Latitude

5 Goat - Glastonbury

6 Florence & The Machine - Glastonbury

7 Ryan Adams - Glastonbury

8 Tame Impala – End Of The Road

9 Giant Sand - Glastonbury

10 Motorhead - Glastonbury

Best Song

Foals – London Thunder

@kenjameswallace

 

Top 10 albums:

1. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
3. Darkstar - Foam Island
4. Jamie xx - In Colour
5. Raury - All We Need
6. Romare - Projections
7. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8. Oddisee - The Good Fight
9. Brolin - The Delta
10. Ryan Adams - 1989

You can find my top 40 albums, together with comments on the Top 10

Top 10 gigs

1. Atomic Bomb! Live - Royal Festival Hall, London
2. Jon Hopkins - Brixton Academy
3. Sinkane - XOYO, London
4. Public Service Broadcasting - The Roundhouse, Camden
5. Songhoy Blues - Oslo, Hackney
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Islington Assembly Hall
7. Algiers - The Lexington, London
8. The Gaslamp Killer Experience - Koko, Camden
9. Run The Jewels - 100 Club, London
10. Caribou - Brixton Academy

Top 10 Festival appearances

1. Patti Smith - Field Day, London
2. Beck - BST Festival Hyde Park
3. Son Lux - Visions Festival , London
4. Clark - Field Day, London
5. The Flaming Lips - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
6. Future Islands - BST Festival Hyde Park
7. Super Furry Animals - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
8. Peter Hook & The Light - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
9. Loyle Carner - Visions Festival, London
10. Run The Jewels - Field Day, London

Merry Christmas one and all!

Cheers,

Russell

 

Top Ten Albums of 2015 from Mark Bruce, frontman of The Self Help Group whose album Dead Stars is out now
 

1.  Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

2.  Other lives - Rituals

3.  Father John Misty-I Love You,Honeybear

4.  Israel Nash Gripka - Silver Season

5.  Tallest Man On Earth-Dark Bird Is Home

6.  Low-Ones and Sixes

7.  Vetiver - Complete Strangers

8.  This is the kit - Bashed Out

9.  Beruit - No No No

10. The Staves - If I Was

@thegroupies

 

Albums

1. Low - One & Sixes
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
3. Rozi Plain - Friend
4. This Is The Kit - Bashed Out
5. Calexico - Edge of the Sun
6. The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
7. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
8. Mew - +-
9. Andrew Combs - All These Dreams
10. Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun

Gigs

1. The Blue Aeroplanes - Fleece, Bristol
2. Sun Kil Moon - Leeds
3. The Decemberists, Bristol
4. Steven Wilson - Manchester
5. The Cadillac Three, Leeds
6. PINS, Brudenell, Leeds
7. Moon Duo, Leeds
8. Calexico, Manchester
9. Death Cab For Cutie, Manchester
10. Fish, Sheffield

Festival Performances

1. Low - EOTR
2. Sufjan Stevens - EOTR
3. The Wedding Present - Deershed
4. John Grant - Deershed
5. Pulled Apart By Horses - Long Division
6. Rozi Plain - Long Division
7. My Morning Jacket - EOTR
8. Chris Wood - Unity Folk Festival
9. Fat White Family - Long Division
10. Blossoms - Live At Leeds

 @kjsmith4082

Albums

If I Was- The Staves

I Love You, Honeybear- Father John Misty

B'lieve I'm Goin Down- Kurt Vile

Young Chasers- Circa Waves

Return To The Moon- El Vy

Born Under The Saturn- Django Django

Get To Heaven- Everything Everything

FFS- FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)

Green Lanes- Ultimate Painting

Ivy Tripp- Waxahatchee

Gigs

Interpol - Roundhouse

Death Cab For Cutie- Shepherds Bush Empire

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)- The Forum

Maximo Park- Roundhouse

Elbow- Hammersmith Apollo

The War On Drugs- Brixton Academy

Foo Fighters- Milton Keynes Bowl

Circa Waves- Under The Bridge

Ryan Adams- De Montfort Hall

Battles- The Dome

Festivals

Goat- Glastonbury

Father John Misty- Green Man

Kylie- BST Hyde Park

Ryan Adams- Glastonbury

Circa- Glastonbury

Beck- BST Hyde Park

Hot Chip- Green Man

Everything Everything- Glastonbury

Slug- Green Man

Elbow- OnBlackheath

Song of the year

I Love you, Honeybear- Father John Misty

@thejoeeley

 

Top Ten Albums of 2015 from Gráinne

1. February 15 EP - Nao.

2. All Yours - Widowspeak.

3. No no no - Beirut.

4. Inside Out OST - Michael Giacchino.

5. Jackrabbit - San Fermin.

6. Snack EP - Deqn Sue

7. Over and Even - Joan Shelley.

8. Headlights EP - Tor Miller

9. Hairless Toys - Roisin Murphy

10. Agus anois an aimsir - Colm Mac Con Iomaire

 

Akarusa Yami - Tom Brumpton (Vocals) sends in his Top Ten albums of 2015

1.  Clutch - Psychic Warfare
2.  Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People
3.  Skindred - Volume
4.  Soilwork - The Ride Majestic
5.  Napalm Death - Apex Predator/Easy Meat
6.  Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
7.  Deafheaven - New Bermuda
8.  Rolo Tomassi - Grievances
9.   The Man From UNCLE OST
10. SiKTh - Opacities EP

 

Top Ten Albums of 2015 from Seep Away - Dom Smith (Drums) & Max Watt: (Guitar/Vocals)

1.  Marilyn Manson (The Pale Emperor)

2.  Pictureplane (Technomancer)

3.  HEALTH (Death Magic)

4.  Failure (The Heart Is A Monster)

5.  Desaparecidos - Payola

6.  Lamb Of God (VII: Sturm Und Drang)

7.  Turnstile (Nonstop Feeling)

8.  The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (Not Your Typical Victorians)

9.  The Bastard Sons (Smoke)

10. Pitboss 2000 (The Cult of F*ck Yeah)

 

Practical Lovers’ Top Ten albums of 2015

 

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Modern Dancing - Traams

The Weekend - Beauty and the Madness

Stephan Bodzin - Powers of Ten

Bjork - Vulnicura

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Slaves - Are you Satisfied

Mishka Shubaly - Cowards Path

Beach House - Depression Cherry

Holly Herndon – Platform

 

 

The band have just released their debut LP release ‘Agony’ and also unveiled a new video for ‘Textbook Romance’. Have a look & listen. They also play the Dublin Castle in London this Friday 18th December.

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Top Ten Albums 2015

Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I sit..

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Willis Earl Beale- Noctunes

Bjork-Vulnicura

Kendrick Lamaar – to Pimp a Butterfly

John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Girl band – Holding Hands with Jamie

Unthanks – Mount the Air

False Lights – Salvor

 

Top Ten Gigs 2015

Rhino and the Ranters, Prince of Whales, Birmingham

The Dualers, Junction Ska Train, Cambridge

Keltrix, Grapes, Cambridge

Wire/Orlando, Lexington

Mentes Maskent Trio, Szeged Bridge Fair, Hungary

Hayseed Dixie, Parkers Piece, Cambridge

Major Toms – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Emily Barker, Gill Sandell, Paul Goodwin, Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tomorrow We Sail – Shindig, Unitarian Church, Cambridge

UB40, Corn Exchange

 

Top Ten Festival Performances

Slaves-Great Escape

Zombies, Black Lion, Great Escape

Thurston Moore - GE

Funke and the 2 Tone Baby - Strawberry Fayre

Wilko Johnson- Cambridge Folk Fest

Rhiannon Giddens - Cambridge Folk Fest

The Monkees with Polyphonic Spree –Moseley Folk Fest

Stick in the Wheel - Moseley

Josh T Pearson -Mutations

Lightning Bolt - Mutations

@Kevinhand3

 

Simon Bromide's Top Ten albums of 2015. Well a top 9 plus a plea to The Crystal Slits

1 Katy Carr – ‘polonia’ (deluce)
2 Last Harbour – ‘caul’ (gizeh)
3 Joey Herzfeld and his so-called friends – ‘are watching you’ (scratchy)
4 Desperate Journalist – ‘desperate journalist’ (fierce panda)
5 Wet Dog – ‘divine times’ (upset the rhythm)
6 Gentle Folk – ‘into the greenwood’ (dharma)
7 Drenge – ‘undertow’ (infectious)
8 Sleaford Mods – ‘key markets’ (harbinger sound)
9 The Moonlandingz ep (without consent)
10 Crystal Stilts – and where exactly is the new record. hmm ?????

+ gig of the year - The Replacements at the roundhouse

Simon runs London-based Scratchy Records and plays with 3-piece band Rockersbromide whose next gig is at  Vinyl Records, Tanners Hill Deptford on Sat 19th Dec.

 

Album of 2015

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear 

 

Gigs of the year:

1) Sufjan Stevens @RFH

2) Ride @ Roundhouse

3) Father John Misty @ Cambridge Junction

4) Barr Brothers @ Bush Hall

5) Simone Felice @ Lexington

6) Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Islington Assembly Hall

7) King Creosote @ Barbican

8) Matthew E White @ St Luke's

9) Run the Jewels/Petite Noir @ 100 Club

10) El Vy @ Electric Ballroom

 

Festival performances:

1) Beck @ Hyde Park

2) Future Islands @ Hyde Park

3) Father John Misty @ Green Man

4) Matthew E White @ Green Man

5) St Vincent @ Green Man

@ReluctantLou

 

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