Top Ten Albums 2014

1.    Elbow.                The Take off and Landing of Everything
2.    Temples.             Sun Structures
3.    Honeyblood.       Honeyblood
4.    Jungle.               Jungle
5.    Royal Blood.       Royal Blood
6.    Childhood.          Lacuna
7.    Merchandise.     After the End
8.    Jenny Lewis.     The Voyager
9.    TacocaT.            NVM
10.   Scott Helman    Augusta EP

Top song of the year - Elbow      New York Morning

Top Gigs

1.   Elbow                                        Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
2.   Johnny Marr                              Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
3.   St Paul & the Broken Bones      Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
4.   Sinead O’Connor                       Massey Hall, Toronto
5.   Scott Helman                             Smiling Buddha, Toronto
6.   Royal Blood                               Lee’s Palace, Toronto
7.   Hold Steady                              Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
8.   Peter Hook                                Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
9.   Jonathan Wilson                       Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
10.  Courtney Barnett                    Lee’s Palace, Toronto

Top Festival Shows

1.     Jenny Lewis                               TURF music festival, Toronto
2.     Royal Blood                                SXSW Austin
3.     Replacements                            ACL music festival, Austin
4.     Jon Batiste & Stay Human          ACL music festival, Austin
5.     Andrew Bird                               TURF music festival,  Toronto
6.     St Paul & The Broken Bones     SXSW Austin
7.     James Bay                                 ACL music festival, Austin
8.     Wolf Alice                                  SXSW Austin
9.     Spandau Ballet                          SXSW Austin
10.   Honeyblood                              SXSW Austin

Tom 'Left' Brumpton - Vocals Tom 'TK' Clarke - Guitars Jake 'D'artagnan' Bennett - Bass Adam 'Tweak' Jones - Drums and Backing Vocals make up Akarusa Yami and here is their Top Ten 2014

1. Skindred - Kill The Power

2. Crosses -  Crosses

3. Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

4. Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum

5. U2 - Songs Of Innocence

6. Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie

7. Lily Allen - Sheezus

8. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

9. Linkin Park - The Hunting Party

10. Whitechapel - Our Endless War

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It has been a busy but very sucessful year for EofE and 2015 certainly seems one that will be even bigger for this Midland's band.

EofE Top Ten

1.     Lower than Atlantis - self titled 

2.     Royal Blood - Self titled 

3.     BearTooth - Disgusting 

4.     Slash - World on Fire

5.     Slipknot - The Gray Chapter

6.     You Me at Six - Cavalier Youth

7.     Twin Atlantic - The Great Divide

8.     Mallory Knox - Asymmetry

9.     California Breed - self titled

10.  Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways


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1. Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
2. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
3. Feed The Rhino - The Sorrow And The Sound
4. Marmozets - The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
5. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
6. Hearts Under Fire - Outlines
7. Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together
8. Rise Against - The Black Market
9. Lower Than Atlantis - Lower Than Atlantis
10. Ed Sheeran - X


1  Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
2. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
3. Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman
4. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
5.  The Black Keys - Turn Blue
6.  Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
7.  Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
8.  Marc Halls - Born Into Light EP
9.  Dave Mcpherson - Journal of a Journey Buoy
10.  James Bay - Hold Back The River EP


1)  Jehené Aiko - Souled Out
2)  Curren$y - The Drive In Theatre
3)  Nebu Kiniza - Hypnosis
4)  Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
5)  Mac Miller - Faces
6)  Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
7)  Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
8)  Volumes - No Sleep
9)  Monuments - The Amanuensis
10)  Ghetts - Momentum 2



1. Berri Txarrak - Denbora Da Poligrafo Bakarra
2. You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth
3. Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together
4. Charlie Simpson - Long Road Home
5. PVRIS - White Noise
6. Marmozets - The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
7. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
8. Angels & Airwaves - The Dream Walker
9. Mallory Knox - Assymetry
10. Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence



Here’s our first all-Star Top Ten for 2014 from Lucky Strikes man, Matt Boulter.

It’s been a busy year for Matt playing with Blue Rose Code and Simone Felice as well as doing the Lucky Strikes and solo shows. Matt has also recorded a lot of sessions with other artists that will be coming out next year. 

2015 is also going to be busy because the Strikes have recorded a new album and Matt is close to completing a new solo album so lots of gigging in support of these records to come

Here’s Matt’s top Ten 2014:

1.    Quilt – Quilt

2.    Sun Kil Moon – Benji

3.    Bonnie Prince Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

4.    Rosalie Deighton – Burning Boat

5.    Blue Rose Code – The Ballads of Peckham Rye

6.    Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

7.    Various Artists - Elizabethan Sessions

8.    Sharon Van Etton - Are we There

9.    Danny and the Champions of the World - Stay True

10.   Simone Felice - Strangers


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1.  Us amongst the Rest  - Follow the Truth


2.  Joe Bonamassa  - Different shades of Blue


3.  Enter the Lexicon - Enter the Lexicon 


4.  Road to Horizon  - Faultlines


5.  Foo Fighters - Sonic highways


6.  Black Stone Cherry - Magic mountain


7.  These Reigning Days  - Opera of Love


8.  The Fuse - Black Lion


9.  Blackberry Smoke  - The Whippoorwill


10. Kill it Kid - You owe nothing





Asking Alexandria - The Roundhouse


The Fuse – Borderline


Enter the Lexicon – Surya


EofE – Borderline


Man like Me - Village Green Festival, Southend-on-Sea


Road to Horizon - Surya


Iain @Docswallow

1. The War in Drugs - Lost in the Dream


2, East India Youth - Total Strife Forever


3. Beck - Morning Phase


4. Jamie T. -Carry on the Grudge  


5. Perfume Genius - Too Bright


I bought the usual 50+ CDs this year.  Like most of them, but they don't really hit the mark as top ten.  So I have a top 5


Kevin B.


Thank you to all who cast their votes this year.. 100 albums received individual nods of approval and our combined Top Ten Albums of 2013 looks like this:


1          The National    Trouble Will Find Me



2          Laura Marling  Once I was an Eagle



3          John Grant      Pale Green Ghosts



4          Parquet Courts            Light up Gold



5          Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds     Push the Sky Away



6          Arcade Fire      Reflektor



7          Arctic Monkeys           AM



8          Foals   Holy Fire



9          Phosphorescent          Muchacho



10         These New Puritans    Field of Reeds



Other albums receiving votes;


David Bowie

The Next Day

Israel Nash Gripka

Israel Nash's Rain Plans

Jason Isbell


The Leisure Society

Alone Aboard The Ark

Caitlin Rose

The stand-in

Jagwar Ma


Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City

Local Natives


Kurt Vile

Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

I Am Kloot

Let It All In

Steve Mason

Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time

Frightened rabbit

Pedestrian verse

Kanye West



Silence Yourself

Sigur Ros



Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre)

British Sea Power

Machineries of Joy

Lisa Knapp

Hidden Seam


The Invisible Way

Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle

Perils from the Sea


Join The Dots

Daniel Avery

Drone Logic

Dutch Uncles

Out Of Touch In The Wild

East of Eden



Nightmare Ending


Days are Gone

Johnny Marr

The Messenger


Pure Heroine

Manic Street Preachers

Rewind The Film



Milo Greene

Milo Greene

Turin Breaks

We Were Here

Biffy Clyro



From the Hills Above the City


Les Revenants

Neko Case.

The Worse Things Get

Stone Sour

House of Gold & Bones pt2


Tales From Terra Firma

The Kissaway Trail


Fallen Trees

No Country for Poor People

Jagwar ma - Dub

The Time and Space Machine Dub Sessions

Jonathan Wilson


Public Service Broadcasting

Inform, Educate, Entertain

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars



Camera Obscura

Desire Lines

Fallout Boy

Save Rock & Roll

Keaton Henson


Pet Shop Boys



El Pistolero

Deap Valley


Filthy Boy

Smile That Wont Go Down


In Love


The Warner Sound live

Tift Merritt

Travelling Companion

Ulrich Schnauss

A Long Way to Fall


Cerulean Salt

White Denim

Corsicana Lemonade

Boards of Canada

Tomorrows Harvest



Heidi Talbot

Angels Without Wings

Laura Veirs

Warp & Weft


The Shadow Of Heaven

Paul McCartney


Pearl Jam

Lightning Bolt

The Men

New Moon

Bella Hardy


Bring me the Horizon


oldheart Assembly

Long Distance Sound Effects

Jake Bugg

Shangri La

Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams

Lonesome Dreams

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

MK & D

Primal Scream

More Light

San Fermin

San Fermin



Bon Jovi

What About Now


Comfort Songs

Connan Mockassin


Ed Harcourt

Back Into The Woods

Everything Everything


Fuzzy Lights

Rule of Twelfths

Heirlooms of August

Down At The 5-Star

London Grammar

If You Wait

Night Beds

Country Sleep

Phoenix – Bankrupt!


The Besnard Lakes

Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Unknown Mortal Orchestra



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