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
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.
Top Ten Albums (UK release in 2012)
Top Ten Gigs
Top Ten Festival performances
Best Song (One only)
Best Musical experience of the year: (One Only)
Most disappointing musical experience of the year: (One Only)