Top Ten Records of 2012 

1  Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Crown & Treaty

2  Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow

3  The Staves – Dead & Born & Grown

4  The Unthanks – Diversions Vol 2

5  Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

6   Lucy Rose – Like I Used To

7   First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar

8   Karine Polwart - Traces

9   Django Django – Django Django

10  Ben Gibbard – Former Lives


Top Ten Gigs 

1  Elbow – Wembley Arena (Wembles)

2  Blur/The Specials/New Order/Bombay Bicycle Club – Hyde Park

3  Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Bush Hall

4  Bellowhead – Camden Roundhouse

5  Madness - O2

6  Simon Felice – Bush Hall

7  The Pogues – O2

8  Trembling Bells + Bonnie Prince Billy – Union Chapel

9  The Walkmen – Kentish Town Forum

10 Django Django – Shepherds Bush Empire


Top Ten Festival Performances 

1  The Unthanks (with Brass Band) – Cambridge Folk Festival

2   Stornoway – Apple Cart

3   Kan - Cambridge Folk Festival

4   Billy Bragg – Apple Cart

5   Karine Polwart - Cambridge Folk festival

6   The Proclaimers - Cambridge

7   Lau - Cambridge

8   James Vincent McMorrow - Cambridge

9   Noah and the Whale – Apple Cart

10  Abandaman – Apple Cart (they did an imrpov song about me)


Film of the Year

Avengers Assemble

Song of The Year 

Simple Song - The Shins 

Most Disappointing Musical Experience 

The idiot behind me at the Pogues gig. Damn him. 

Best Musical Experience 

Sweet Billy Pilgrim finishing their set with Blue Sky Falls. Great closing song.



Top Ten Records of 2012

1.  Django Django – Django Django

2   Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Crown & Treaty

3   First aid Kit – Lions Roar

4   Meursault – Something for the Weakened

5   The Unthanks – Diversions vol 2

6   Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts in Snow

7   Bellowhead – Broadside

8   Madness – Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da

9   The Shins – Port of Morrow

10  Sharon Van Etten – Tramp


Top Ten Gigs

1  Blur – Hyde Park

2  Elbow – Wembley Arena

3  Simone Felice – Bush Hall

4  Trembling Bells & Bonny Prince Billy – Union Chapel

5  First Aid Kit - Shepherds Bush Empire

6  Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Bush Hall

7  Madness – O2

8  Django Django – Shepherds Bush Empire

9  The Shins – Kentish Town Forum

10 Wonderstuff  - Shepherds Bush Empire


Top Five Festival Performances

1 Billy Bragg – Apple Cart

2 Unthanks – Cambridge Folk Festival

3 Django Django – Field Day

4 Stornaway – Apple Cart

5 James Vincent McMorrow – Cambridge Folk Festival


Song of The Year

King of Rome – The Unthanks

Film of the Year

Avengers Assemble

Most Disappointing Musical Experience

New Order – Hyde Park

Best Musical Experience

Blur – Hyde Park



 Top Ten Records of 2012

1. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

2. Oddisee - People Hear What They See

3. Pinkunoizu - Free Time

4. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

5. Tame Impala - Lonerism

6. Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka - They!Live

7. Gang Colours - The Keychain Collection

8. Ryan Davis - Particles of Bliss

9. Chrome Canyon - Elemental Themes

10. The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough 

Full write up here


Best Song

1. Blur - Under The Westway

Runners-up (in no particular order)

Bat For Lashes - Laura

Rudimental - Feel The Love

Lower Dens - Brains

Laetitia Sadier - Auscultation To The Nation

Plan B - Ill Manors

Slugabed - Mountains Come Out Of The Sky

Perfume Genius – Hood


Top Ten Gigs

1. alt-J / Michael Kiwanuka / The Maccabees - Mercury Prize gig, St Luke's Church, London

2. Radiohead / Caribou - O2 Arena, London

3. Jack White / First Aid Kit

4. Phenomenal Handclap Band - Hooga, Chelmsford

5. Withered Hand / Darren Hayman / Seamus Fogarty - The Shacklewell Arms, London

6. Simone Felice - Union Chapel, London

7. Lower Dens - Hoxton Bar and Grill, London

8. Slow Club at Club Attitude, Village Underground, London

9. Milagres / Vadoinmessico / Peter and Kerry - Barfly, Camden

10. Friends - The Lexington, London


Top Ten Festival Performances

1. The Stone Roses - V Festival

2. The National - ATP Festival

3. Michael Rother - ATP Festival

4. Perfume Genius - ATP

5. Wild Beasts - ATP

6. The Antlers - ATP

7. Tom Jones - V Festival

8. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - V Festival 

9. Tim Hecker - ATP Festival

10. Wilko Johnson - Village Green festival



Top Ten Records of 2012


1. Martha Wainwright: Come To Mama

2. Anais Mitchell: Young Man In America

3. Jack White: Blunderbuss

4. Woods: Bend Beyond

5. Tame Impala: Lonerism

6. Father John Misty: Fear Fun

7. Saint Saviour: Union

8. Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill

9. Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Megallan

10. Rufus Wainwright: Out Of The Game


Top Ten Gigs

1. Amanda Palmer, Koko

2. Jeff Mangum, Union Chapel

3. Jack White, HMV Forum

4. Saint Saviour, The Lexington

5. Tame Impala, Brixton Academy

6. Anais Mitchell, The Lexington

7. Jonathan Wilson, The Lexington

8. Tori Amos, Royal Albert Hall

9. Ray Davies, Bath Pavilion

10. Dirty Projectors, The Roundhouse


Festival performances: 

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, IOW

2. Woods, EOTR

3. Grandaddy, EOTR

4. Pearl Jam, IOW

5. Mark Lanegan Band, EOTR

6. Alabama Shakes, EOTR

7. Antlers, EOTR

8. Bruce Springsteen, IOW

9. Patti Smith, EOTR

10. Suzanne Vega, IOW


Nigel W.

 Top Ten Records of 2012

1.   Dry The River                     Shallow Bed

2.   Tanlines                             Mixed Emotions

3.   Django Django                    Django Django    

4.   Alabama Shakes                Boys & Girls

5.   Milo Greene                        Milo Greene

6.   Big Pink                             Future This

7.   Cody Chesnutt                    Landing on a Hundred

8.   Lord Huron                          Lonesome Dreams

9.   Divine Fits                          A Thing Called Divine Fits

10. Electric Guest                     Mondo 


Top Gigs 

1.    Dry The River                                Garrison

2.    Alabama Shakes                           Lees Palace

3.    Norman Blake/Joe Pernice             Dakota

4.    Mogwai                                         Phoenix

5.    Dry The River                                Garrison

6.    Alabama Shakes                           Kool Haus

7.    Great Lakes Swimmers                  Montreal

8.    Django Django                               Wrong Bar


Top Festival Shows 

1.    Pickwick                                      SXSW

2.    Jesus & The Mary Chain               SXSW

3.    Django Django                              SXSW

4.    Nick Waterhouse                          SXSW

5.    Ed Sheeran                                  SXSW

6.    Big Pink                                       SXSW

7.    Of Monsters & Men                       SXSW

8.    Dunwells                                      SXSW

9.    Silent Comedy                              SXSW

10.  Bob Mould  "Copper Blue"              SXSW 


Top Single

Dry The River    "New Ceremony"

Top Movie


Top Ten Records of 2012

Alt-J                              An Awesome Wave

Django Django                Django Django

Sweet Billy Pillgrim         Crown & Treaty

Admiral Fallow                Tree Bursts in Snow

Beth Jeans Houghton      Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose

Field Music                     Plumb

Father John Misty            Fear Fun

Grimes                            Visions

Sharon van Etten             Tramp

Bat For Lashes                The Haunted Man


Kevin B.

Top Four Records of 2012

1. Macabees                           Given to the Wild

2. Alt-j                                       An Awesome Wave

3. The XX                                 Coexist

4. Paul Buchanan                   Mid Air

I also bought the new issue of both Blue Nile albums with new recordings that are fab…



Top Ten Records of 2012

1.              Bob Mould                                      Silver Age

2.              Iris Dement                                     Sing the Delta

3.              Great Lake Swimmers                  New Wild Everywhere

4.              Simone Felice                                Simone Felice

5.              Patterson Hood                              Heat lighting Rumbles in the Distance

6.              Sharon van Etten                           Tramp

7.              Half Moon Run                               Dark Eyes

8.              Father John Misty                           Fear Fun

9.              Benjamin Gibbard                          Former Lives

10.            LightShips                                       Electric Cables                       


Veteran’s Top Ten Records of 2012


I just had to do a classic chart; there was so much great music out there from very established artists this year. It really shows the health of the music industry, creavtivity wise. The bar is always being raised even for more experienced artists: 

1.              Dr John                                                          Locked Down

2.              Neil Young & Crazy Horse                        Psychededelic Pill

3.              Bob Dylan                                                     Tempest

4.              Leonard Cohen                                            Old Ideas

5.              Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band      Wrecking Ball

6.              Donald Fagen                                               Sunken Condos

7.              Rush                                                                Clockwork Angels

8.              Bill Fay                                                             Life is People

9.              Chuck Leavell                                                Back to the Woods

10.            Scott Walker                                                    Bish Bosch


Top Ten Records of 2012

1. Sharon Van Etten- Tramp

2. The Staves- Born, Dead & Gone

3.  Band of Skulls- Sweet Sour

4. Dry The River- Shallow Bed

5. Walk The Moon- Walk The Moon

6. Admiral Fallow- Tree Bursts In Snow

7.Of Monsters and Men- My Head Is an Animal

8. Cold Specks- I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

9. Alabama Shakes- Boys and Girls

10. Jake Bugg- Jake Bugg 


Best Festival Performances

1. The National- ATP curated by The National

2. Elbow- Latitude

3. Local Natives- ATP curated by The National

4. Battles- Latitude

5. White Lies- Latitude


Best Gigs

1. Coldplay- Emirates Stadium, London

2. Radiohead- O2 Arena, London

3. Field Music- Kazimer, Liverpool

4. The Staves- Portland Arms, Cambridge

5. Blur- Hyde Park, London

6. Ryan Adams- Concert Hall, Nottingham

7. Band of Skulls- Junction 1, Cambridge

8. Dry The River- Garage, London

9. Lanterns on the Lake- Junction 2, Cambridge

10. Admiral Fallow- Portland Arms, Cambridge


Best Musical Moment;

The lighting up of the wristbands at the Coldplay show.

Worst Musical Moment; 

Emile Sande's record. A great debut single, followed by a run of the mill album full of X factor style ballads.

Best Film


Best Song Song 

Iscariot- Walk The Moon

Other mentions go to;

ill Manors- Plan B,Sweet Sour- Band of Skulls, Two Fingers- Jake Bugg


Top Ten Records of 2012

1. Jake Bugg

2. Jack White - Blunderbuss

3. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

4. Mumford & Sons - Babel

5. The XX - CoExist

6. Beach House - Bloom

7. Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon

8. Of Monsters & Men - My Head is An Animal

9. The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now

10. Grizzly Bear - Shields


Not quite..

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

Django Django - Django Django



Best Gig;

Noel Gallagher - at Dingwalls. August.



Top Ten Records of 2012

I buy a lot of old music and I don’t always achieve ten current year purchases but the top records that I bought in 2012, in no particular order:


1. The Beachwood Sparks – Tarnished Gold

One of my favourite bands and this new album contains some truly beautiful Byrds like harmonies and pedal steel.


2. Jens Lekman – I know What Love Isn’t

One of my favourite songwriters, currently delving into heartbreak.


3. Beginner’s Guide to Country – Nascent Records

A great compilation covering Capitol Records’ country output from the 60s and 70s. Some very weird and rare country gospel songs that set the imagination running.


4. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

Another fine release from Mark Kozelek focussing on the trials of the touring musician…I can relate.


5. Dr. Feelgood – All Through City

Not strictly new music for 2012 but this 4 CD box set complete with all recordings, TV appearances and book covering the Wilko Johnson years is great for anyone wanting to get a complete overview of early Feelgood.


6. Bob Dylan – Tempest

Lyrically I thought Tempest was an interesting turn for Bob Dylan and I am sure this is the first time he swears on record? And he does it a few times.


7. Folk Police Recordings Compilation - Weirdlore

A wonderful compilation of English leftfield folk.


8. Marie Sioux/ Bonnie Prince Billy – Love Skulls EP

I bought this on limited edition vinyl while on tour in April. I had to keep it safe for two weeks and it was well worth it. Love Skulls is one of my favourite songs of 2012…mystical, mesmerising, beautiful, dramatic.


9. Simone Felice – Simone Felice

I toured this album a lot this year. It’s dark and touching in equal measure.


10. Kate Denny – Closer to Home

Kate is a fantastic English folk artist who I am lucky to know. This album is well worth a spin.





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