1)  Jehené Aiko - Souled Out
2)  Curren$y - The Drive In Theatre
3)  Nebu Kiniza - Hypnosis
4)  Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
5)  Mac Miller - Faces
6)  Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
7)  Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
8)  Volumes - No Sleep
9)  Monuments - The Amanuensis
10)  Ghetts - Momentum 2



1. Berri Txarrak - Denbora Da Poligrafo Bakarra
2. You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth
3. Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together
4. Charlie Simpson - Long Road Home
5. PVRIS - White Noise
6. Marmozets - The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
7. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
8. Angels & Airwaves - The Dream Walker
9. Mallory Knox - Assymetry
10. Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence



Here’s our first all-Star Top Ten for 2014 from Lucky Strikes man, Matt Boulter.

It’s been a busy year for Matt playing with Blue Rose Code and Simone Felice as well as doing the Lucky Strikes and solo shows. Matt has also recorded a lot of sessions with other artists that will be coming out next year. 

2015 is also going to be busy because the Strikes have recorded a new album and Matt is close to completing a new solo album so lots of gigging in support of these records to come

Here’s Matt’s top Ten 2014:

1.    Quilt – Quilt

2.    Sun Kil Moon – Benji

3.    Bonnie Prince Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

4.    Rosalie Deighton – Burning Boat

5.    Blue Rose Code – The Ballads of Peckham Rye

6.    Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

7.    Various Artists - Elizabethan Sessions

8.    Sharon Van Etton - Are we There

9.    Danny and the Champions of the World - Stay True

10.   Simone Felice - Strangers


The Lucky Strikes Website

1.  Us amongst the Rest  - Follow the Truth


2.  Joe Bonamassa  - Different shades of Blue


3.  Enter the Lexicon - Enter the Lexicon 


4.  Road to Horizon  - Faultlines


5.  Foo Fighters - Sonic highways


6.  Black Stone Cherry - Magic mountain


7.  These Reigning Days  - Opera of Love


8.  The Fuse - Black Lion


9.  Blackberry Smoke  - The Whippoorwill


10. Kill it Kid - You owe nothing





Asking Alexandria - The Roundhouse


The Fuse – Borderline


Enter the Lexicon – Surya


EofE – Borderline


Man like Me - Village Green Festival, Southend-on-Sea


Road to Horizon - Surya


Iain @Docswallow

1. The War in Drugs - Lost in the Dream


2, East India Youth - Total Strife Forever


3. Beck - Morning Phase


4. Jamie T. -Carry on the Grudge  


5. Perfume Genius - Too Bright


I bought the usual 50+ CDs this year.  Like most of them, but they don't really hit the mark as top ten.  So I have a top 5


Kevin B.


Thank you to all who cast their votes this year.. 100 albums received individual nods of approval and our combined Top Ten Albums of 2013 looks like this:


1          The National    Trouble Will Find Me



2          Laura Marling  Once I was an Eagle



3          John Grant      Pale Green Ghosts



4          Parquet Courts            Light up Gold



5          Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds     Push the Sky Away



6          Arcade Fire      Reflektor



7          Arctic Monkeys           AM



8          Foals   Holy Fire



9          Phosphorescent          Muchacho



10         These New Puritans    Field of Reeds



Other albums receiving votes;


David Bowie

The Next Day

Israel Nash Gripka

Israel Nash's Rain Plans

Jason Isbell


The Leisure Society

Alone Aboard The Ark

Caitlin Rose

The stand-in

Jagwar Ma


Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City

Local Natives


Kurt Vile

Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

I Am Kloot

Let It All In

Steve Mason

Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time

Frightened rabbit

Pedestrian verse

Kanye West



Silence Yourself

Sigur Ros



Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre)

British Sea Power

Machineries of Joy

Lisa Knapp

Hidden Seam


The Invisible Way

Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle

Perils from the Sea


Join The Dots

Daniel Avery

Drone Logic

Dutch Uncles

Out Of Touch In The Wild

East of Eden



Nightmare Ending


Days are Gone

Johnny Marr

The Messenger


Pure Heroine

Manic Street Preachers

Rewind The Film



Milo Greene

Milo Greene

Turin Breaks

We Were Here

Biffy Clyro



From the Hills Above the City


Les Revenants

Neko Case.

The Worse Things Get

Stone Sour

House of Gold & Bones pt2


Tales From Terra Firma

The Kissaway Trail


Fallen Trees

No Country for Poor People

Jagwar ma - Dub

The Time and Space Machine Dub Sessions

Jonathan Wilson


Public Service Broadcasting

Inform, Educate, Entertain

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars



Camera Obscura

Desire Lines

Fallout Boy

Save Rock & Roll

Keaton Henson


Pet Shop Boys



El Pistolero

Deap Valley


Filthy Boy

Smile That Wont Go Down


In Love


The Warner Sound live

Tift Merritt

Travelling Companion

Ulrich Schnauss

A Long Way to Fall


Cerulean Salt

White Denim

Corsicana Lemonade

Boards of Canada

Tomorrows Harvest



Heidi Talbot

Angels Without Wings

Laura Veirs

Warp & Weft


The Shadow Of Heaven

Paul McCartney


Pearl Jam

Lightning Bolt

The Men

New Moon

Bella Hardy


Bring me the Horizon


oldheart Assembly

Long Distance Sound Effects

Jake Bugg

Shangri La

Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams

Lonesome Dreams

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

MK & D

Primal Scream

More Light

San Fermin

San Fermin



Bon Jovi

What About Now


Comfort Songs

Connan Mockassin


Ed Harcourt

Back Into The Woods

Everything Everything


Fuzzy Lights

Rule of Twelfths

Heirlooms of August

Down At The 5-Star

London Grammar

If You Wait

Night Beds

Country Sleep

Phoenix – Bankrupt!


The Besnard Lakes

Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Top Albums

1.    Jagwar Ma                             Howlin

 2.    Johnny Marr                        The Messenger

 3.    Frightened Rabbit              Pedestrian Verse

 4.    Local Natives                      Hummingbird

 5.    Camera Obscura               Desire Lines

 6.    Haim                                      Days are Gone

 7.    White Denim                       Corsicana Lemonade

 8.    Neko Case                          The Worse Things...

 9.    Night Beds                         Country Sleep

10.   San Fermin                        San Fermin

Top Albums


1. Arcade Fire                                       Reflecktor

2. Arctic Monkeys                                AM

3. The National                                     Trouble Will Find Me

4. John Grant                                        Pale Green Ghosts

5. Vampire Weekend                           Modern Vampires of the City

6. Queens of the Stone Age              Like Clockwork

7. Foals                                                   Holy Fire

8. Manic Street Preachers                 Rewind the Film

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds        Push The Sky Away

10. Laura Marling                                 Once I was an Eagle




1. The National- Trouble Will Find Me

This record maintains a level of sophistication that no other album has this year and includes a number of standout songs. A fantastic record, and one in my view, that deserves to number one.

2. Milo Greene- Milo Greene

So near, yet so far. This record was my number one for most of the year, but fell at the final hurdle. This west coast pop rock band have produced a fine record filled with great songs, catchy riffs and lyrics to match. Only downside is its length.

3. The Kissaway Trail- Breach

A fantastic record from the Danish trio. It's been a few years since their last offering and after loosing a few members they have come back with an equally strong record this time round.

4. Sigur Ros- Kveikur

There aren't too many superlatives left to describe this album, but after taking time out, and losing members, Sigur Ros have come back bigger and better than before with their best album since Takk...

5. Local Natives- Hummingbird

The second record from the Los Angeles natives, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner was a corker to say the least. Nearly four years since the release of their debut, most people could be forgiven for forgetting about this band, but boy are they back.

6. Peace- In Love

A band from Worcester, who act like they are from Brooklyn. This is a debut that provides the swagger and rock n roll that a lot of indie bands lack.

7. Paul McCartney- New

Whatever you do, don't underestimate this record. Macca may have been on the tail end of some dodgy hits over the past decade, but this proves that working with the right people really does deliver.

8. Dutch Uncles- Out Of Touch In The Wild

The second coolest thing to ever come out of Marple, Dutch Uncles bring their typical time signatures to the mainstream with their toe tapping third record.

9. Everything Everything- Arc

Everything Everything returned this year with a sophisticated indie record that put them well on the road to success. This singles filled album is one that has seen their song writing improve tenfold.

10. White Denim- Corsicana Lemonade

Amazingly, their sixth album, this is a record that saw White Denim take a leaf out of The Black Keys book of success. A change from their usual sound to a catchier indie rock that, the masses want. A band to watch on the rise in 2014.

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!

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