Top Albums


1. Arcade Fire                                       Reflecktor

2. Arctic Monkeys                                AM

3. The National                                     Trouble Will Find Me

4. John Grant                                        Pale Green Ghosts

5. Vampire Weekend                           Modern Vampires of the City

6. Queens of the Stone Age              Like Clockwork

7. Foals                                                   Holy Fire

8. Manic Street Preachers                 Rewind the Film

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds        Push The Sky Away

10. Laura Marling                                 Once I was an Eagle




1. The National- Trouble Will Find Me

This record maintains a level of sophistication that no other album has this year and includes a number of standout songs. A fantastic record, and one in my view, that deserves to number one.

2. Milo Greene- Milo Greene

So near, yet so far. This record was my number one for most of the year, but fell at the final hurdle. This west coast pop rock band have produced a fine record filled with great songs, catchy riffs and lyrics to match. Only downside is its length.

3. The Kissaway Trail- Breach

A fantastic record from the Danish trio. It's been a few years since their last offering and after loosing a few members they have come back with an equally strong record this time round.

4. Sigur Ros- Kveikur

There aren't too many superlatives left to describe this album, but after taking time out, and losing members, Sigur Ros have come back bigger and better than before with their best album since Takk...

5. Local Natives- Hummingbird

The second record from the Los Angeles natives, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner was a corker to say the least. Nearly four years since the release of their debut, most people could be forgiven for forgetting about this band, but boy are they back.

6. Peace- In Love

A band from Worcester, who act like they are from Brooklyn. This is a debut that provides the swagger and rock n roll that a lot of indie bands lack.

7. Paul McCartney- New

Whatever you do, don't underestimate this record. Macca may have been on the tail end of some dodgy hits over the past decade, but this proves that working with the right people really does deliver.

8. Dutch Uncles- Out Of Touch In The Wild

The second coolest thing to ever come out of Marple, Dutch Uncles bring their typical time signatures to the mainstream with their toe tapping third record.

9. Everything Everything- Arc

Everything Everything returned this year with a sophisticated indie record that put them well on the road to success. This singles filled album is one that has seen their song writing improve tenfold.

10. White Denim- Corsicana Lemonade

Amazingly, their sixth album, this is a record that saw White Denim take a leaf out of The Black Keys book of success. A change from their usual sound to a catchier indie rock that, the masses want. A band to watch on the rise in 2014.

Top Ten Albums 2013


1.         The National                           Trouble Will Find Me

To me, a greatest hits album straight off of the bat, I can play and sing-a-long to this album all day long.


2.         Eluvium                                   Nightmare Ending

An epic and awesome ambient masterpiece from Portland’s Matthew Cooper


3.         David Bowie                            The Next Day

The Thin White Duke returned as cool as ever


4.         Israel Nash Gripka                    Rain Plans

A new discovery this year. His latest album took over the Jonathon Wilson mantle of last year. Neil Young esqe and superb with it.


5.         Jason Isbell                              Southeastern

Ex Drive By Trucker. This album puts him up there with Ryan Adams as one of Americana’s finest songwriters.


6.         Low                                         The Invisible Way

This band keep churning out gems, this time with Mimi Parker’s vocals to the fore on the record with stunning results.


7.         Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds     Push the Sky Away

A master of the musical narrative and yet again with the Bad Seeds they didn’t disappoint, even getting back to a performance high with this record.


8.        Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

A career high on a record that does not shun away from the dark side of the topics covered on this devastatingly great LP


9.         Heirlooms of August                                   Down At The 5-Star

Ex-Red House Painter Jerry Vessel with a truly beautiful second album as Heirlooms of August


10.       Haim                                        Days Are Gone

Could not stop playing this infectious record for a month. Toes are still tapping!

Thank you all who cast their votes this year.. 88 albums received individual votes and our combined Top Ten Albums of 2012 looks like this:


1. Django Django                       Django Django




2. An Awesome Wave                Alt-J   




3. Crown & Treaty                      Sweet Billy Pilgrim




4. Given To The Wild                  Maccabees  





Top Ten Records of 2012



1.   Nada Surf - The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy


2.   Beach House – Bloom


3.   Grizzly Bear – Shields


4.   The Figgs - The Day Gravity Stopped


5.   The District Attorneys – Slowburner


6.   Ben Gibbard - Former Lives


7.   First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar


8.   Earlimart - System Preferences


9.   Fanfarlo - Rooms Filled With Light


10. Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO



Only 3 as almost everything I bought in  2012 came out in 2011!

Top Three Records of 2012

1) Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

2) Django Django - Django Django

3) Father John Misty - Fear Fun


Top Ten Gigs

1) Jeff Mangum - Union Chapel

2) Stone Roses - Heaton Park

3) Django Django - SBE

4) Eddie Vedder - Apollo

5) Jack White - Brixton

6) Santigold - Heaven

7) Jonathan Wilson - Lexington

8) Laura Marling - Colston Hall

9) The Shins - Forum

10) Kurt Vile and the Violators - Forum

Only went to End of the Road so I've limited my list to 5:

Top Five Festival performances

1) Alt-J - EOTR

2) Antlers - EOTR

3) Alabama Shakes - EOTR

4) Jonathan Wilson - EOTR

5) Patti Smith – EOTR


Best Song

Alt-J - Breezeblocks

Best Musical experience of the year:

The overwhelming sense of love and happiness in the audience at the Stone Roses' Heaton Park Sunday gig.

Most disappointing musical experience of the year: 

Leonard Cohen cancelling his Hop Farm gig and shifting it to Wembley (I claimed my refund)

Best Book  

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Best Film

Martha Marcy May Marlene


Lou @ReluctantLou 

Top Ten Records of 2012

1. The Maccabees, Given To The Wild

2. Mystery Jets, Radlands

3. Hot Chip, In Our Heads

4. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose

5. Spector, Enjoy It While It Lasts

6. David's Lyre, Pictures Of Our Youth

7. Beach House, Bloom

8. Field Music, Plumb

9. RoloTomassi, Astraea

10. Django Django, Django Django


Top Ten Gigs 

Beach House, London Roundhouse

Hot Chip, Southampton Guildhall

Race Horses The Lexington

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Southampton Cellar

Rolo Tomassi, Xoyo

Spector, 100 Club

Ed Harcourt, Cecil Sharp House

Guillemots, Village Underground

Jake Bugg, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Polica, Heaven

Bombay Bicycle Club, Portsmouth Guildhall


Top Ten Festival performances 

Richard Hawley, No Direction Home

The Low Anthem, Truck Festival

Pulled Apart By Horses, XFM All-Dayer, Camden Barfly

Django Django, No Direction Home

Peace, Dot-to-Dot Nottingham

Alt-J, Bestival

Mystery Jets, Truck Festival

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Bestival

Willis Earl Beale, Bestival

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, No Direction Home

Best Song  

Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Lilliput

Best Musical experience of the year:

The BSP Krankenhaus club night series.  We went to all 7 Brighton events, each one a different eclectic mix of bands and fun, including an early view of some up n coming 2012 bands like Palma Violets, and Savages first ever live performance.

Most disappointing musical experience of the year:

Getting to Lucy Rose gig a bit late at Winchester Railway and getting stuck at the back with the chattering Winchester youth

Best Book  

How To Watch The Olympics

Best Film  

The montage of film clips screened by Public Service Broadcasting as a backdrop to their fantastic live sets

Top Ten Records of 2012


1. Maccabees "Given To The Wild"


2. Polica "Give You The Ghost"


3. Tame Impala "Lonerism"


4. Mystery Jets "Radlands"


5. Hot Chip "In Our Heads"


6. Beach House "Bloom"


7. Jake Bugg "Jake Bugg"


8. Django Django "Django Django"


9. The Walkmen "Heaven"


10. Alt J "An Awesome Wave"



Top Ten Gigs 


Maccabees - Southampton Guildhall


Foals - 60 Million Postcards Bournemouth


Peace - Joiners Southampton


Polica - Heaven London


Jack White - Hammersmith Apollo


Deap Valley - The Old Blue Last London


Beach House -The Roundhouse


Hot Chip - Southampton Guildhall


The Walkmen - Village Underground London


The Bots - Joiners Southampton



Top Ten Festival Performances 


Pond  - Dot 2 Dot Notts


Mystery Jets – Truck


Sigur Ros – Bestival


Peace - Dot 2 Dot


Father John Misty - No Direction Home


Jake Bugg - Dot 2 Dot


Alt J – Bestival


Palma Violets - Bestival

Brontide – Truck


Michael Kiwanuka - Bestival


Film of the Year


From The Sea to the Land Beyond (British Sea Power Soundtrack)


Song of The Year


"Feel to Follow"  Maccabees


Most Disappointing Musical Experience:


Booking tix to see Christopher Owens at St Giles at 11 am and falling ill by 2pm and missing the gig!


Best Musical Experience:


Any 1 of the 6 British Sea Power Krankenhaus Club Nights (7 if you include Kristmas Krankenhaus!) every one a winner!


Other mentions go to:-


Gabriel Bruce - love it when the support is a surprising find and the next one to watch!


Rodriguez - A fab night at The Roundhouse discovering "The Sugarman'


Sally @sally_wally

Top Ten Records of 2012 

1 Django Django - Django Django


2 Bill Fay - Life is People


3 Father John Misty - Fear Fun


4 Shearwater- Animal Joy


5 Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Crown and Treaty


6 Hot Chip - In Our Heads


7 Lower Dens- Nootropics


8 Lau - Race the Loser


9 Madness -Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da


10 First Aid Kit  -The Lions Roar



Top Ten Gigs 


1 Father John Misty - Xoyo - 22.11.12


2 Jason Isbell - Boogaloo - 1.5.12


3 Phil Beer - Green Note - 16.12.12


4 Withered Hand/D Hayman/S Fogarty - The Shacklewell Arms - 3.2.12


5 Horse Feathers/Crooked Finger - Borderline - 19.11.12


6 Madness - O2 - 22.12.12


7 Carter USM/Neds Atomic Dustbin/Cud - Brixton Academy - 10.11.12


8 Dawes - Borderline - 5.3.12


9 Darren Hayman - Lexington - 29.8.12


10 Meursault/Withered Hand - Islington Town Hall - 6.11.12



Top Ten Festival Performances 


1 Grandaddy - End of the Road


2 Billy Bragg - Apple Cart


3 Midlake - End of the Road


4 Lau – Cambridge Folk Festival


5 Dry the River – Cambridge Folk Festival


6 Django Django - Field Day


7 Dirty 3 - End of the Road


8 Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells - Apple Cart


9 James Vincent McMorrow -Cambridge


10 Stornoway - Apple Cart



Song of The Year


Django Django – Storm



Best Musical Experience 


The beer at End of the Road Festival



Most Disappointing Musical Experience 


Mark Kozelek - 'Mr Charisma' at the Union Chapel 9.11.12.



Book of the Year


Bring Up the Bodies- Hilary Mantel


Film of the Year


The Hobbit


Matt @mjcartledge


Top Six Records of 2012

1  Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge

2  Cold Specs – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

3  Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

4  Alt J – An Awesome Wave

5  Field Music – Plumb

6  Grizzly bear – Shields 


Top Ten Gigs

1  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Albert Hall London 18th June

2  Ryan Adams – Nottingham 25th April

3  Gov’t Mule ( with John Paul Jones) – Under The Bridge London 4th July

4  Blur – Hyde Park London 12th Aug

5  Rachel Sermanni – CB2 Cambridge 19th Feb

6  Mersault with Withered Hand – Islington Assembly Hall London 6th Nov

7  Field Music – Kazimier Liverpool 6th October

8  Simon Felice – Bush Hall London 27th April

9  Admiral Fallow – Fat Sams Dundee 22nd May

10  Wild Beasts – Colchester Arts Centre 13th March


Top Five Festival Performances 

1  The National – ATP Camber Sands 9th Dec

2  Elbow – Latitude 14th July

3  Richard Hawley – No Direction Home 10th June

4  Cold Specs - No Direction Home 10th June

5  Granddaddy – End Of The Road 2nd Sept

6  Levellers – Latitude 15thy July

7  Alabama Shakes – Latitude 15th July

8  Patty Smith - End Of The Road 2nd Sept

9  Alt J - End Of The Road 1st  Sept

10  Roy Harper - End Of The Road 31st Aug


Top Ten Records of 2012 

1  Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Crown & Treaty

2  Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts In Snow

3  The Staves – Dead & Born & Grown

4  The Unthanks – Diversions Vol 2

5  Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

6   Lucy Rose – Like I Used To

7   First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar

8   Karine Polwart - Traces

9   Django Django – Django Django

10  Ben Gibbard – Former Lives


Top Ten Gigs 

1  Elbow – Wembley Arena (Wembles)

2  Blur/The Specials/New Order/Bombay Bicycle Club – Hyde Park

3  Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Bush Hall

4  Bellowhead – Camden Roundhouse

5  Madness - O2

6  Simon Felice – Bush Hall

7  The Pogues – O2

8  Trembling Bells + Bonnie Prince Billy – Union Chapel

9  The Walkmen – Kentish Town Forum

10 Django Django – Shepherds Bush Empire


Top Ten Festival Performances 

1  The Unthanks (with Brass Band) – Cambridge Folk Festival

2   Stornoway – Apple Cart

3   Kan - Cambridge Folk Festival

4   Billy Bragg – Apple Cart

5   Karine Polwart - Cambridge Folk festival

6   The Proclaimers - Cambridge

7   Lau - Cambridge

8   James Vincent McMorrow - Cambridge

9   Noah and the Whale – Apple Cart

10  Abandaman – Apple Cart (they did an imrpov song about me)


Film of the Year

Avengers Assemble

Song of The Year 

Simple Song - The Shins 

Most Disappointing Musical Experience 

The idiot behind me at the Pogues gig. Damn him. 

Best Musical Experience 

Sweet Billy Pilgrim finishing their set with Blue Sky Falls. Great closing song.



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