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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