• Best Songs and Albums of my Lifetime by Year

    9 Nov 2012, 13:25

    Best albums so far

    2014 - Top 10

    1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    2. The Antlers - Familiars
    3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
    4. How to Dress Well - "What is this Heart?"
    5. Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    6. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
    7. FKA twigs - LP1
    8. Aphex Twin - Syro
    9. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    10. Spoon - They Want My Soul
    2013 - Top 10

    1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
    2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    3. Kanye West - Yeezus
    4. Lorde - Pure Heroine
    5. Volcano Choir - Repave
    6. James Blake - Retrograde
    7. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
    8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    9. HAIM - Days Are Gone
    10. TOY - Join the Dots
    2012 - Lana Del Rey - Born to Die: Paradise Edition
    --------tied with---------
    2012 - Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE

    2011 - Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

    2010 - Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

    2009 - The Antlers - Hospice

    2008 - The Killers - Day & Age

    2007 - Radiohead - In Rainbows

    2006 - Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    2005 - Foo Fighters - In Your Honour

    2004 - The Killers - Hot Fuss

    2003 - OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

    2002 - Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

    2001 - Radiohead - Amnesiac

    2000 - Radiohead - Kid A
    - -------- Tied with --------
    2000 - OutKast - Stankonia

    1999 - Metallica - S&M

    1998 - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#∞

    1997 - Radiohead - OK Computer

    1996 - OutKast - ATLiens

    1995 - Radiohead - The Bends

    1994 - Portishead - Dummy

    1993 - Radiohead - Pablo Honey

    1992 - Tom Waits - Bone Machine

    Best songs so far

    2014 - Top 10

    1. "Red Eyes" by The War on Drugs
    2. "Palace" by The Antlers
    3. "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" by Run the Jewels
    4. "Face Again" by How to Dress Well
    5. "Two Weeks" by FKA twigs
    6. "Can't Do Without You" by Caribou
    7. "Partition" by Beyoncé
    8. "Chandelier" by Sia
    9. "Do You" by Spoon
    10. "Prince Johnny" by St. Vincent
    2013 - Top 10

    1. Play by Play by Autre Ne Veut
    2. Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
    3. Reflektor by Arcade Fire
    4. Comrade by Volcano Choir
    5. Buzzcut Season by Lorde
    6. Hold My Liquor by Kanye West
    7. Sea of Love by The National
    8. Arabella by Arctic Monkeys
    9. Yung Rapunxel by Azealia Banks
    10. White Noise by Disclosure (feat. AlunaGeorge)


    2012 - Lana Del Rey - Ride / Frank Ocean - Pyramids

    2011 - Bon Iver - Holocene

    2010 - Kanye West - Monster

    2009 - The Antlers - Sylvia

    2008 - The Killers - Human

    2007 - Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

    2006 - Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

    2005 - Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life

    2004 - Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)

    2003 - OutKast - Ghetto Musick / OutKast - Hey Ya!

    2002 - Interpol - Untitled

    2001 - Radiohead - Pyramid Song

    2000 - OutKast - B.O.B.

    1999 - Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors

    1998 - Elliott Smith - Walt #2 (XO)

    1997 - Radiohead - Paranoid Android

    1996 - OutKast - ATLiens

    1995 - Pulp - Common People

    1994 - Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

    1993 - Radiohead - You

    1992 - Tom Waits - Goin' Out West
  • Radiohead at Manchester Arena

    7 Oct 2012, 15:44

    Sat 6 Oct – Radiohead, Caribou

    The show was absolutely amazing. As an avid Radiohead fan, this was my favourite gig I've been to, but as my first time seeing them live, I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't disappointed in any way, whatsoever. I will definitely be seeing them again, a setlist like the one they played just begs me to see them over and over. Oh and it was nice of the crowd to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Thom!!

    Certain moments in the night were indescribably emotion evoking. Weird Fishes brought a tear to my eye, but almost immediately after the song, I was back to smiling and singing along. Right from Thom coming onstage and claimed "Hello, I'm Lady Gaga", the night was set up for being an amazing night for all concerned.

    I can't deny that I went into the gig hoping they'd play a slightly different setlist (they missed out one of my favourite live staples - Like Spinning Plates). Having said that, I wouldn't change a single song that they played!

    A must see band for any music lover!

    Radiohead 06/10/2012
    - Manchester Arena


    Lotus Flower
    The Daily Mail
    The Gloaming
    These Are My Twisted Words
    Pyramid Song
    Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
    There There
    The National Anthem (Hunting Bears outro)
    Paranoid Android

    Encore 1

    You And Whose Army
    (Crowd sang 'Happy Birthday' to Thom)
    Ful Stop (new song)
    Morning Mr Magpie
    Planet Telex
    How to Disappear Completely

    Encore 2

    Give Up the Ghost
    Everything In It's Right Place (Unravel (Bjork Cover) intro)

    Encore 3




    The Bends - 1
    OK Computer - 2
    Kid A - 4
    Amnesiac - 3 (inc. Hunting Bears)
    Hail to the Thief - 3
    In Rainbows - 3
    The King of Limbs - 6
    Non-Album tracks - 4 (inc. Bjork - Unravel cover)
  • Bands I've Seen

    18 Jul 2012, 0:07

    Linkin Park
    Biffy Clyro
    Black Stone Cherry
    Papa Roach x2
    Heaven's Basement
    Madina Lake
    Muse x2
    Steel Panther
    The Big Pink
    Pulled Apart By Horses x2
    Band of Skulls
    The Antlers
    Tribes x3
    The Joy Formidable
    The Black Keys
    Foo Fighters
    Star Fucking Hipsters
    Angels and Airwaves
    The Hives
    The Blackout
    Passion Pit
    The Courteeners
    The Cure
    Mystery Jets
    The Shins
    Enter Shikari
    The Vaccines
    Azealia Banks
    Florence + the Machine
    Tegan and Sara
    The Killers
    Bon Iver
    Johnny Marr
  • Don't Look Back In Scorn

    14 May 2012, 11:13

    As of the end of 2010, I pretty much turned my back on the world of Hard Rock and Metal and moved on into the world of Indie and Alternative music. From then on, I almost exclusively listened to music I discovered after this point. I made the odd dip into my old music collection (including such bands as Linkin Park, Alter Bridge and Metallica) but listened to a very small proportion of what I did. Going back even further, I used to listen to the odd bit of (artists such as Eminem and Jay-Z) which I treated with even more scorn. My new music collection includes bands like Radiohead, The Smiths and The Antlers. Despite finding all of this new music, I found that, after about 18 months or so, I was finding this area not quite so satisfying as I had. I started dabbling in my old collection and found myself reliving old memories of listening to this music for the first time. My point? Turning your back on whole genre can satisfy you for a while, but eventually, you will want to have a look back at what you used to love and find that you still love it.

    Nowadays, I count myself as having quite an eclectic taste in music. My pallete now spans , , , , , , , and many others. I am finding myself more musically fulfilled than I have in a long time.

    The lesson I learned?

    Don't turn your back on what you used to listen to... You never stop loving it in some form or another
  • A great show!

    9 May 2012, 10:43

    Mon 7 May – Tribes, Sharks

    Despite being late and not seeing either of the support bands, this show was great. Tribes opened up with the first track of Baby, Whenever. The song immediately whipped the crowd into a frenzy and set the mood for the rest of the night. Swiftly followed by 'Girlfriend' from their 'When My Day Comes EP', 'Sappho' and 'Corner of an English Field'. After a number of upbeat songs, the set was slowed slightly with Himalaya, calming the crowd down and allowing the band to show their softer side. This was followed by two more EP tracks; 'Face to Face' and 'Not So Pretty'.

    Alone or With Friends (sung by Dan (lead guitarist), which I hadn't noticed when listening to the album, thinking there were some simple effects being used) was a great sing-along moment of the night, however it was shadowed by the following number. Ending the set with We Were Children, Tribes lit the a fire under the crowd again and showing that Johnny Lloyd really knows how to play the crowd. After a brief exit from the stage, the band came back on to do a one song encore consisting of Coming of Age from their We Were Children EP.

    The set included a few surprises, backed up by hard hitting album tracks. Overall, a very pleasing setlist including crowd pleasers and a few songs for dedicated fans. An impressive gig, I will go see Tribes again when they tour!

    Tribes Setlist from Sheffield Leadmill