Top Ten Albums 2013


1.         The National                           Trouble Will Find Me

To me, a greatest hits album straight off of the bat, I can play and sing-a-long to this album all day long.


2.         Eluvium                                   Nightmare Ending

An epic and awesome ambient masterpiece from Portland’s Matthew Cooper


3.         David Bowie                            The Next Day

The Thin White Duke returned as cool as ever


4.         Israel Nash Gripka                    Rain Plans

A new discovery this year. His latest album took over the Jonathon Wilson mantle of last year. Neil Young esqe and superb with it.


5.         Jason Isbell                              Southeastern

Ex Drive By Trucker. This album puts him up there with Ryan Adams as one of Americana’s finest songwriters.


6.         Low                                         The Invisible Way

This band keep churning out gems, this time with Mimi Parker’s vocals to the fore on the record with stunning results.


7.         Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds     Push the Sky Away

A master of the musical narrative and yet again with the Bad Seeds they didn’t disappoint, even getting back to a performance high with this record.


8.        Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

A career high on a record that does not shun away from the dark side of the topics covered on this devastatingly great LP


9.         Heirlooms of August                                   Down At The 5-Star

Ex-Red House Painter Jerry Vessel with a truly beautiful second album as Heirlooms of August


10.       Haim                                        Days Are Gone

Could not stop playing this infectious record for a month. Toes are still tapping!


Top Ten Gigs


1.         Neil Young & Crazy Horse                      O2 Arena London

 2.        Bruce Springsteen & the E St Band        Ricoh Arena Coventry

3.         Sigur ros                                               Brixton Academy

4.         The Postal Service                                Brixton Academy

5.         The National                                         Roundhouse

6.         Atoms for Peace                                   Roundhouse

7.         Low                                                     Junction 1 Cambridge

8.         John Grant                                           Junction 1 Cambridge

9.         Dave Grohl's Sound City Players            Forum London

10.       The Charlatans & guests                        Royal Albert Hall


Top Ten Festival Performances


1.         The Rolling Stones      British Summer Time   Hyde Park

2.         Band of Horses           Green Man

3.         Sigur ros                     End of the Road

4.         Caitlin Rose                End of the Road

5.         Midlake                      Green Man

6.         Frightened Rabbit        End of the Road

7.         The Leisure Society     End of the Road

8.         Lucy Rose                  British Summer Time   Hyde Park

9.         Arbouretum                 Green Man

10        Half Moon Run            Green Man


Best Song:  Local Natives - 'Heavy Feet'

Best Musical Moment of the Year: The feeling of exhaustion after bearing witness to The Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Piledriver at the O2 Arena.