• Albums of the year, 2009-2012

    5 Ene 2012, 19:36

    In this journal are my albums of the year lists from 2009 onwards. I'm hoping my pre-2009 lists will magically reveal themselves at some point, but I think I'm clinging to rather faint hope there.

    Edit 04/01/13: Updated to include my 2012 list!

    My top 10 albums of 2009

    1. M83 — 'Saturdays = Youth'
    2. Bon Iver — 'For Emma, For Ever Ago'
    3. Why? — 'Alopecia'
    4. Death Cab For Cutie — 'Narrow Stairs'
    5. Beach House — 'Devotion'
    6. Cut Copy — 'In Ghost Colours'
    7. Mystery Jets — 'Twenty One'
    8. Kyte — 'Kyte'
    9. Vampire Weekend — 'Vampire Weekend'
    10. Brightblack Morning Light — 'Motion To Rejoin'

    My top 10 albums of 2010

    1. Beach House — 'Teen Dream'
    2. Four Tet — 'There Is Love In You'
    3. The National — 'High Violet'
    4. Tracey Thorn — 'Love and its Opposite'
    5. Benoît Pioulard — 'Lasted'
    6. Kyte — 'Dead Waves'
    7. The Radio Dept — 'Clinging To A Scheme'
    8. S. Carey — 'All We Grow'
    9. Bombay Bicycle Club — 'Flaws'
    10. Foals — 'Total Life Forever'

    My top 20 albums of 2011

    1. Destroyer — ’Kaputt’
    2. The Antlers — ‘Burst Apart’
    3. Epic45 — ’Weathering’
    4. Bon Iver — ’Bon Iver’
    5. Peaking Lights — ‘936’
    6. Radiohead — ‘The King of Limbs’
    7. Real Estate — ’Days’
    8. When Saints Go Machine — ‘Konkylie’
    9. The War on Drugs — ‘Slave Ambient’
    10. I Break Horses — ‘Hearts’
    11. Trouble Books & Mark McGuire — ’s/t’
    12. Wild Beasts — ‘Smother’
    13. Beirut — ‘The Rip Tide’
    14. Lanterns on the Lake — ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’
    15. Walls — ‘Coracle’
    16. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX — ‘We’re New Here’
    17. CANT — ‘Dreams Come True’
    18. Grouper — ‘A.I.A: Alien Observer’
    19. Bombay Bicycle Club — ‘A Different Kind of Fix’
    20. Kurt Vile — ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’

    My top 20 albums of 2012

    1. How To Dress Well — ‘Total Loss’
    2. Kindness — ‘World, You Need A Change Of Mind’
    3. Frank Ocean — ‘Channel ORANGE’
    4. Wild Nothing — ‘Nocturne’
    5. Efterklang — ‘Piramida’
    6. Grizzly Bear — ‘Shields’
    7. Port St. Willow — ‘Holiday’
    8. Purity Ring — ‘Shrines’
    9. The xx — ‘Coexist’
    10. Lotus Plaza — ‘Spooky Action At A Distance’
    11. Perfume Genius — ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’
    12. Sigur Rós — ‘Valtari’
    13. Jessie Ware — ‘Devotion’
    14. Yeasayer — ‘Fragrant World’
    15. Here We Go Magic — ‘A Different Ship’
    16. Halls — ‘Ark’
    17. Bear In Heaven — ‘I Love You, It’s Cool’
    18. Twin Shadow — ‘Confess’
    19. Liars — ‘WIXIW’
    20. Orcas — ‘Orcas’

    My top 20 albums of 2013

    1. Bibio — 'Silver Wilkinson'

    the others (in no particular order):

    • Arctic Monkeys — ‘AM’
    • Devendra Banhart — ‘Mala’
    • Julianna Barwick — ‘Nepenthe’
    • Bibio — 'Silver Wilkinson'
    • Blood Orange — ‘Cupid Deluxe’
    • Deptford Goth — ‘Life After Defo’
    • Ducktails — ‘The Flower Lane’
    • Gang Colours — ‘Invisible In Your City’
    • Daughn Gibson — ‘Me Moan’
    • Gold Panda — ‘Half Of Where You Live’
    • Lanterns on the Lake — ‘Until The Colours Run’
    • Lapalux — ‘Nostalchic’
    • Local Natives — ‘Hummingbird’
    • Moderat — ‘II’
    • Mogwai — ‘Les Revenants’
    • Mount Kimbie — ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’
    • The Phoenix Foundation — ‘Fandango’
    • Benoit Pioulard — ‘Hymnal’
    • Kurt Vile — ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’
    • Yo La Tengo — ‘Fade’
  • GIG LIST 2002-2011

    24 Oct 2009, 12:05

    A complete(ish) list of every gig and festival I have ventured to....

    2011 — GIGS

    The Musician, Leicester • February 3rd

    The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London • February 7th

    Town Hall, Birmingham • March 10th

    Assembly Rooms, Derby (March 24th)

    SAM AMIDON with Rebekka Karijord —
    Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London • April 7th)

    WILD BEASTS with Summer Camp —
    Y Theatre, Leicester • May 9th

    SUFJAN STEVENS with DM Stith —
    Royal Festival Hall, London • May 12th

    NOAH & THE WHALE with Ex-Lovers —
    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham • May 17th

    JAMES BLAKE with Cloud Boat —
    The Library, HMV Institue, Birmingham • June 8th

    Heaven, London • June 28th

    Leicester Fringe Festival, The Soundhouse, Leicester • August 11th

    TROUBLE BOOKS with Danny Saul and Andrew Cheetham & David Birchall Duo —
    Castle Hotel, Manchester • August 13th

    EMMY THE GREAT with It Hugs Back —
    The Soundhouse, Leicester • September 30th

    BON IVER with Kathleen Edwards —
    HMV Apollo, Hammersmith, London • October 24th

    TIMBER TIMBRE with Evening Hymns —
    Union Chapel, Islington, London • November 1st

    THE ANTLERS with Theme Park —
    KOKO, Camden, London • November 10th

    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham • November 12th

    BEVERLEY KNIGHT with Electric Empire; Omar —
    Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham • November 23rd

    Bodega Social, Nottingham • November 25th

    2011 — FESTIVALS

    About Group, Born Ruffians, Darkstar, Junip, Trophy Wife, Twin Shadow, Willy Mason
    Victoria Park, Hackney, London • August 6th

    Beirut, Best Coast, Caitlin Rose, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Diagrams, James Yorkston, Joanna Newsom, Lanterns on the Lake, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, M Ward, Other Lives, Rue Royale, The Fresh & Onlys, The Mountaineering Club, Timber Timbre, Treefight for Sunlight, Tune-Yards, Wild Nothing, Woods, Young Man
    Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset • September 2nd-4th


    2010 — GIGS

    MIDLAKE with The Kissaway Trail —
    The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London • January 28th

    LOCAL NATIVES with Peggy Sue and Dog Is Dead —
    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham • February 25th

    WILD BEASTS with Erlend & The Carnival and Lone Wolf —
    Leicester University Students Union, Leicester • March 13th

    Lee Rosy's Tea Rooms, Nottingham • September 27th

    FUTURE ISLANDS with Cymbals and Downdime —
    CAMP Basement, London • September 29th

    St Giles In The Fields Church, London • October 16th

    Rock City, Nottingham • November 6th

    THE NATIONAL with Phosphorescent —
    Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick • November 25th

    Scala, King's Cross, London • December 5th

    2010 — FESTIVALS

    Active Child, Belle & Sebastian, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Corrine Bailey Rae, Grizzly Bear, Here We Go Magic, James, Jamie Lidell, Jonsi, Noah & The Whale, Richard Hawley, School of Seven Bells, The Kissaway Trail, The National, Wild Beasts, Yeasayer
    Henham Park, Southwold • July 5th-8th

    Active Child, The Silent League, Mew
    Hill Farm, Steventon • July 24th


    2009 — GIGS

    Bodega Social, Nottingham • March 20th

    ROYKSOPP with Fever Ray —
    Royal Festival Hall, London • April 11th

    Luminaire, Kilburn, London • April 27th

    Múm w/ The Half Sisters - Notting Hill Tabernacle, London (July 13)

    AU REVOIR SIMONE with Those Dancing Days —
    Proud Galleries, Camden, London • July 25th

    MADELINE PEYROUX with Imelda May —
    Roundhouse, Camden, London • July 26th

    THE XX with Trailor Trash Traceys —
    Bodega Social, Nottingham • October 7th

    Rockhouse, Derby • October 8th

    O2 Academy, Birmingham • October 24th

    Barbican, London • October 28th

    Lee Rosy's Tea Rooms, Nottingham • November 13th

    Secret location, Stokes Croft, Bristol • November 28th

    Union Chapel, Islington, London • December 12th

    Jehrico Tavern, Oxford • December 21st

    2009 — FESTIVALS

    65Daysofstatic, AC Newman, Maps, Patrick Wolf, Teitur, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    Nottingham • May 24th

    Dot to Dot Festival w/ The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, AC Newman, Maps, Patrick Wolf, 65daysofstatic, Teitur - Various venues, Nottingham (May 24)
    Latitude Festival w/ Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Thom Yorke, Gossip, Editors, Saint Etienne, Of Montreal, Mew, Lykke Li, Fever Ray, The Temper Trap, Miike Snow, Teitur, Golden Silvers, Camera Obscura, Emmy the Great, St Vincent, Passion Pit, Phoenix, The Vaselines, Machester Orchestra - Henham Park, Southwold (July 16-19)
    Field Day Festival w/ Errors, Final Fantasy, The Temper Trap, The Horrors, The Big Pink, Four Tet, Mystery Jets - Victoria Park, Hackney, London (August 1)
    Reading Festival w/ Little Boots, The Horrors, Jack Penate, Placebo, Kings of Leon, The Maccabees, Gossip, Noah & The Whale, The Joy Formidable, Metronomy, Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Radiohead (August 28-30)

    2008 gigs

    David Ford w/ House of Brothers - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (January 23)
    Noah and the Whale w/ Ghosts - Bodega Social, Nottingham (February 4)
    The Feeling - Rock City, Nottingham (March 10)
    Elbow - Rock City, Nottingham (April 14)
    Alphabeat w/ Frankmusik - Stealth, Nottingham (April 15)


    » david ford, house of brothers nottingham, rescue rooms
    » noah & the whale nottingham, bodega social
    » the feeling nottingham, rock city
    » elbow nottingham, rock city
    » alphabeat, leon jean marie, frankmusik nottingham, stealth
    » envy & other sins, delays, athlete nottingham, city pulse festival
    » the shortwave set, ida maria, born ruffians, sons & daughters, mystery jets, get cape wear cape fly nottingham, dot to dot festival
    » i was a cub scout nottingham, rescue rooms
    » rosie & the goldbug, broken records, gramattics, beth orton, black kids, the go! team, death cab for cutie, franz ferdinand latitude festival, southwold
    » kyte, envy & other sins, camera obscura, frightened rabbit, roisin murphy, tom baxter, the whitest boy alive, voom blooms, wild beasts, jeffrey lewis, jose gonzales, those dancing days, of montreal, lykke li summer sundae, leicester
    » beth rowley, tokyo police club, estelle, maximo park, will young, stereophonics, muse, noah & the whale, delays, alphabeat, the feeling, lenny kravitz, amy winehouse, young knives, kings of leon, kaiser chiefs v festival, chelmsford
    » massive attack, santogold, midnight juggernauts manchester, castlefield arena
    » golden silvers nottingham, bodega social
    » cajun dance party nottingham, rescue rooms
    » m83 london, scala
    » death cab for cutie nottingham, rock city


    » now its overhead, farewell finito! nottingham, social
    » the boy least likely to, the little ones, loney dear nottingham, rescue rooms
    » just jack nottingham, rescue rooms
    » duke special, stephanie dosen nottingham, social
    » the long blondes, the lodger nottingham, rock city
    » air traffic nottingham, rescue rooms
    » five o clock heroes, operahouse nottingham, social
    » maps, candie payne, draytones, goodbooks, blonde redhead nottingham, dot to dot festival
    » maps, the noisettes, the cribs coventry, godiva festival
    » just jack, pop levi, ghosts, the wombats, switches, mummra, mr hudson, the coral, tom baxter, goo goo dolls, sophie ellis bextor, mcfly, rilo kiley, air traffic, corrine bailey rae, manic street preachers, candie payne v festival, chelmsford
    » voxtrot nottingham, social
    » turin brakes nottingham, malt cross
    » maps, jeremy warmsley nottingham, rescue rooms
    » ghosts nottingham, hard rock café
    » stephanie dosen, jacob golden nottingham, social
    » idlewild nottingham, rescue rooms
    » arcade fire nottingham, arena
    » aim nottingham, rescue rooms
    » cherry ghost, loney dear nottingham, rescue rooms
    » kaiser chiefs, little ones, we are scientists nottingham, arena


    » maximo park, arctic monkeys, we are scientists, mystery jets birmingham, academy
    » the research, piney gir leicester, the charlotte
    » white rose movement loughborough, university
    » dead 60s, the rifles nottingham, marcus garvey ballroom
    » feeder birmingham, nia
    » the spinto band nottingham, rescue rooms
    » the kooks nottingham, marcus garvey ballroom
    » tapes + tapes, late of the pier nottingham, social
    » amusement parks on fire, the harrisons, the automatic nottingham, dot to dot festival
    » the pipettes, the 1990s leicester, the charlotte
    » the lodger, paolo nutini, terry callier, pidgeon detectives, young knives, jose gonzales, the bees, sunshine underground, the magic numbers leeds, across the tracks festival
    » the rifles, morning runner, the feeling, delays, starsailor, richard hawley, the charlatans, razorlight, the upper room, young knives, bloc party, beck, mew, kasabian v festival, stafford
    » amp fiddler nottingham, social
    » young knives, fortune drive nottingham, rescue rooms
    » muse, the noisettes nottingham, arena


    » doves, magic numbers nottingham, rock city
    » kasabian nottingham, arena
    » editors, we are scientists, the cinematics loughborough, university
    » the ordinary boys, bedouin soundclash birmingham, academy
    » the research southampton, joiners
    » the bravery loughborough, university
    » hard fi nottingham, rock city


    » keane nottingham, rescue rooms
    » embrace nottingham, rock city
    » manic street preachers nottingham, arena


    » tim burgess nottingham, rescue rooms
    » fun lovin' criminals nottingham, rock city
    » black rebel motorcycle club nottingham, rock city
    » the libertines london, forum


    » thievery corporation london, scala
    » the cinematic orchestra london, shepherds bush empire
    » fun lovin' criminals london, forum
  • A time for reflection, or something

    26 Sep 2009, 21:18

    This year I have enjoyed so much good music, I'm actually really excited about the mere thought of compiling an end of year 'best of' list, maybe this is why I don't have many friends. It's been my favourite year for music I can remember for a long time. This is the first year I have used with any degree of regularity so I figured as some sort of pointless preamble I would revisit my favourites from 2008 since this page seems to be developing quite nicely into a portal of all my musical goings on (which I guess is the intention, huh).


    Album of the year:
    1 M83 - Saturdays = Youth

    Closely followed by:
    2 Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    3 Why? - Alopecia
    4 Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    5 Beach House - Devotion
    6 Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
    7 Mystery Jets - Twenty One
    8 Kyte - Kyte
    9 Vampire Weekend -Vampire Weekend
    10 Brightblack Morning Light - Motion To Rejoin

    Back in December, yeah?