Top Tens

Top Ten Albums

1. Meilyr Jones -2013
2. Money - Suicide Songs
3. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
4 Keaton Henson – Kindly Now
5. Dandy Warhols - Distortland
6. Ed Harcourt - Furnaces
7. Spring King - Tell Me If You Like To
8. Teleman – Brilliant Sanity
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
10. Lanterns On The Lake - Beings (actually a 2015 release but too late for last years list)

Top Ten Gigs

1. Traams – Southampton, Lennons
2. Meilyr Jones – Trisha’s Bar, Soho
3. Anna Meredith – Kings Cross Scala
4. Money - Battersea Arts Centre
5. Adem – Reading Arts Centre
6. Damien Durado – Islington Assembly Hall
7. Cat Empire – Portsmouth Pyramids
8. Lemon Twigs – MOTH Club
9. Lanterns On The Lake – Hackney Oslo
10. Tame Impala - Berlin

Top Ten Festival Appearances

In chronological order

Primavera Sound: Beach House
Primavera Sound: Richard Hawley
Primavera Sound: Parquet Courts
Truck : Yndi Halda
Visions : Let's Eat Grandma
EOTR : Meilyr Jones
EOTR : Money
Southsea Festival : Palm Honey
Southsea Festival : British Sea Power
Mirrors Festival - Bill Ryder-Jones

Best Moments:

1. Kylie joining John Grant at The Albert Hall to duet on Glacier

2. Dressing as one of the bears at BSP gig at the Wedgewood Rooms

3 Whilst having a pee at Union Chapel the bloke next to me said 'hello mate' - it was Ed Harcourt!


City Of Ashes Top Ten Albums 2016

1. Yashin - The Renegades: This record became the sound track to so much of our 2016 and we'll forever be grateful to the Yashin boys for taking us out on their album release tour earlier this year. It kick started an incredible 12 months for us and I suspect this one will always hold a special place in our hearts.

2. Death Valley High - Cvlt [as fvk]: We first met these boys on tour with Trapt a couple of years ago. They became the reason we were asked to join the tour drunk as anything at 3amon a Tuesday in Swansea and honestly we couldn't be more grateful. In fact we head out on our first ever European tour next year thanks largely to these guys and can't wait to hit the road with them. I think their new single from this record is their most catchy and fun track yet whilst still being true to the band's image. It reminds me of Marilyn Manson mixed with a little Deftones.

3. Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues: I'm such a massive fan of this band, particularly having spent so much time growing up in the same home town of Tempe, Arizona. I can't think of many bands that manage to churn out such great catchy, energetic pop rock tracks at such consistency. This record pushes the band into a mellower and almost reflective sound which (of course) they get just right.

4. Young Guns - Echoes: Playing this year's Butserfest with Young Guns was a real highlight for me and I've loved their new release. Not much more I can say other than another great record from a great band!

5. The Amity Affliction - This Could Be Heartbreak: I have a huge amount of time for what this band stand for and how giving Joel is of himself to his art and to those that find strength in it. I was in touch with him earlier in the year about our own depression project (The Sometimes Project) and he was enormously supportive of it and us. It's great to see them getting the level of international recognition they deserve.

6. City of Ashes - Rise: I wouldn't normally be down with sticking our own record in something like this but knowing how much went into it keeps me feeling incredibly proud of the achievement. I think myself and James worked around 1500 bar shift hours between us to fund the record so I rate it as a win.

7. Blink 182 - California: I think a lot of people would agree with this. The new vocals and guitar parts have injected a lot of energy and enthusiasm back into the band and created a fun record to listen to.

8. Hands Like Houses - Dissonants: Without doubt my single favourite record of the year. So many great rock tracks!!

9. Tonight Alive - Limitless: I caught their performance from Download this year and what a hell of a performer Jenna is! Another fantastic record.

10. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful: Probably played in the tour van more than any other record this year. The boys got really into this one. A fun record to round off the list!

Celeb Car Crash Top Ten albums 2016


1.   Metallica - Hardwired ... to self destruct
2.   Periphery - Periphery III
3.   Gojira - Magma
4.   The Temperance Movement - White Bear
5.   Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
6.   David Bowie - Black Star
7.   Lacuna Coil - Delirium
8.   Deftones - Gore 
9.   Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis
10. Kings of Leon - Walls




1.  The Gloaming - "2"
2.  Bellowhead - Live: the Farewell Tour
3.  Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
4.  Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds
5.  John McCusker - Hello, goodbye 
6.  The Rolling Stones - Blue and lonesome
7.  Damien Dempsey - No Force on Earth
8.  Seth Lakeman - Ballads of the Broken Few
9.  Daoirí Farrell - True Born Irishman
10. Ducking Punches - Fizzy Brain


1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Circus Maximus, Rome
2. Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls (show #2000), Rock City, Nottingham
3. Lynched, Vicar Street, Dublin
4. Flook, Sugar Club, Dublin
5. Lúnasa, Dervish + Triad, Printworks, Dublin Castle
6. Le Vent Du Nord, Sugar Club, Dublin
7. The Unthanks, Set Theatre, Kilkenny
8. Lindi Ortega, Grand Social, Dublin
9. Daoirí Farrell, Whelans, Dublin
10. Bronagh Gallagher, Áine's living room, Dublin


1. Gogol Bordello, Cambridge Folk Festival
2. P J Harvey, Glastonbury
3. The Waterboys, Folkfest Killarney
4. We Banjo 3, Folkfest Killarney
5. Christy Moore, Cambridge Folk Festival
6. Kíla, Cambridge Folk Festival
7. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cambridge Folk Festival
8. Sharon Shannon, Glastonbury
9. Iarla O Lionáird & Steve Cooney, Folkfest Killarney
10. Máirtín O Connor Band - Folkfest Killarney


Something familiar - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker


Soul Picnic: The music and passion of Laura Nyro - Michele Kort
(from 2002, but best music book I bought and read this year)


Gimme danger: The story of the Stooges - directed by Jim Jarmusch


1 Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
2 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
3 David Bowie – Blackstar
4 The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
5 Goat – Requiem
6 Pictish Trail – Future Echoes
7 Beth Orton – Kidsticks
8 Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
9 Polica – United Crushers
10 The Joy Formidable - Hitch

Festival Performances

1 Mercury Rev - Glastonbury Park Stage
2 Kate Tempest – Glastonbury. Hell Stage
3 Coldplay – Glastonbury Pyramid Stage
4 The National – Latitude
5 Beth Orton – Caught By The River
6 The Very Best – Glastonbury Crows Nest Stage
7 Goat – End Of The Road
8 Michael Kiwanuka – Glastonbury Crows Nest Stage
9 Broken Social Scene – End Of The Road
10 Primal Scream – On Blackheath


1 Pictish Trail, James Yorkston, Withered Hand – Union Chapel 20/12
2 Explosions In The Sky – O2 Brixton 12/10
3 Blues competition final – Flemmington Bowls Club Melbourne 13/11
4 Polica – The Roundhouse 19/10
5 Christine & The Queens – O2 Brixton 2/11
6 The Joy Formidable - Colchester Arts Centre 13/5
7 Hans Zimmer – Arena Wembley 7/4
8 Israel Nash – Garage 15/2
9 LNZNDRF – Oslo London 19/2
10 Withered Hand – Lexington 7/1

Best Musical Moment

Just being at the Howlin’ Fling Festival on the most beautiful Scottish island of Eigg

Worst Musical Moment

Being at Glastonbury when we got the Brexit referendum result

Best Film

Hunt for the Wilderpeople