Top Ten Records of 2012

1. The Maccabees, Given To The Wild

2. Mystery Jets, Radlands

3. Hot Chip, In Our Heads

4. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose

5. Spector, Enjoy It While It Lasts

6. David's Lyre, Pictures Of Our Youth

7. Beach House, Bloom

8. Field Music, Plumb

9. RoloTomassi, Astraea

10. Django Django, Django Django


Top Ten Gigs 

Beach House, London Roundhouse

Hot Chip, Southampton Guildhall

Race Horses The Lexington

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Southampton Cellar

Rolo Tomassi, Xoyo

Spector, 100 Club

Ed Harcourt, Cecil Sharp House

Guillemots, Village Underground

Jake Bugg, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Polica, Heaven

Bombay Bicycle Club, Portsmouth Guildhall


Top Ten Festival performances 

Richard Hawley, No Direction Home

The Low Anthem, Truck Festival

Pulled Apart By Horses, XFM All-Dayer, Camden Barfly

Django Django, No Direction Home

Peace, Dot-to-Dot Nottingham

Alt-J, Bestival

Mystery Jets, Truck Festival

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Bestival

Willis Earl Beale, Bestival

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, No Direction Home

Best Song  

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Lilliput

Best Musical experience of the year:

The BSP Krankenhaus club night series.  We went to all 7 Brighton events, each one a different eclectic mix of bands and fun, including an early view of some up n coming 2012 bands like Palma Violets, and Savages first ever live performance.

Most disappointing musical experience of the year:

Getting to Lucy Rose gig a bit late at Winchester Railway and getting stuck at the back with the chattering Winchester youth

Best Book  

How To Watch The Olympics

Best Film  

The montage of film clips screened by Public Service Broadcasting as a backdrop to their fantastic live sets