A Top Ten from FOONYAP who released her debut full-length, Palimpsest, in October.

1. Woodpigeon - T R O U B L E
2. L.T. Leif - Shadow on the Brim / Rough Beasts
3. Null Command - User Manual
4. Entropy - An Ant and An Atom
5. JindaLee - Wild Spectrum
6. Woulg - Tiny Moon
7. OffWorld - 1
8. The Highest Order - Still Holding
9. Consilience - Under Our Beds
10. Alder & Ash - Psalms for the Sunder


Top 10 of 2016 by Jon Rooney, Virgin of the Birds

1.   Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
2.   Modern Studies - Swell to Great
3.  Various Artists - Song, By Toad Split 12” Volume 4
4.  Faith Eliott - Insects
5.  Amanda Bergman - Docks
6  Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
7.  Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
8.  David Thomas Broughton - The Crippling Lack
9.  Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
10. Okkervil River - Away

Check out Virgin of the Birds, single “Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty”



1.  Parquet Courts - Human Performance
2.  Treetop Flyers - Palomino
3.  Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation
4.  Black Mountain - IV
5.  Okkervil River - Away
6.  Case Lang Veirs - CLV
7.  Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield
8.  Billie Marten - Writing of Blues & Yellows
9.  Mystery Jets - Curve of the Earth
10. White Denim - Stiff

Top 10 Gigs

The Blue Aeroplanes - The Fleece
Lucero - Brudenell
Hurrah For The Riff Raff - Brudenell
The Sheepdogs - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans
Bo Ningen - Leeds Irish Centre
Parquet Courts - Wardrobe
Cabbage - Ritz, Manchester
Anathema - Picturedrome
Beverly - Picturedrome
Turin Brakes - Picturedrome

Festival Performances

Teenage Fanclub - EOTR
Thee Oh Sees - EOTR
The Blind Shake - EOTR
C Duncan - Deershed
Primal Scream - On Roundhay
Throws - EOTR
Fizzy Blood - Live at Leeds
Emma Pollock - Deershed
Boxed In - Deershed
Goat - EOTR

Favourite Film

Captain Fantastic

Favourite Book

1971 - David Hepworth

Worst moment of 2016 : The obvious losses we have endured, especially for me 2/3 of ELP passing.

Best : New album announcement from The Blue Aeroplanes...


Here is a top 10 of the year from Tiger Lillies bass player Adrian Stout. 

1.  Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker
2.  Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3.  Beak> - Couple in a Hole soundtrack
4.  David Bowie - Black Star
5.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
6.  The Fat White Family - Songs for our Mothers
8.  Jambinai - A Hermitage
9.  Shirley Collins - Lodestar
10. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project


The new album from The Tiger Lillies: 'Cold Night In Soho' is due on 26 January 2017, a week before a major solo concert for the band at the Roundhouse in London, which forms part of the venue’s “In the Round” season on 3rd February, 2017. Tickets are Here

This is also the band’s first album not connected to a theatre show in about ten years, representing a return to song-writing for the sake of the songs alone. To mark this high-profile occasion the album will be released in a limited-edition vinyl pressing featuring ten of the songs, as well as a CD, with the full complement of 16 songs. 

With his 'Best Male Vocal' from the British Blues Awards, King King's Alan Nimmo delivers his Top Ten Albums of 2016:

1. Chris Stapleton – Traveler
2. Thunder – Wonder Days
3. Tyketto – Reach
4. The Stevie Nimmo Trio – Sky Won't Fall
5. Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
6. Amos Lee – Spirit
7. The Brothers Landreth – Let it Lie
8. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
9. Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam
10. Knock Out Kain – Rise of the Electric Jester

I’ve actually been very lazy on the music front this year – Promise to do better in 2017. From the little I’ve done:

Album: - Bears Den, Red Earth & Pouring Rain 

Gig: Muse @ O2

Best Song: Kings of Leon “Don’t say its over”

Film: Deadpool

Worst musical moment: realising that half way through the Undertones gig that all their songs sound the same live
Best: the lighting and speaker rig at the Muse Gig



1 David Bowie - Black Star
2 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
3 Drive by Truckers - American Band
4 Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
5 Leonard Cohen - You want it Darker
6 Radiohead - Moon Shaped Pool
7 American Football - LP2
8 Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
9 Wilco - Schmilco
10 The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

Live Gigs

1 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
2 David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall
3 Neil Young & The Promise of the Real - O2 London
4 Coldplay - Wembley Stadium
5 AC/DC (with Axl Rose) - London Stadium
6 The Cure - Wembley Arena
7 Cinematic Orchestra - Rock City, Nottingham
8 Wilco - Brixton Academy
9 Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Genting Arena, Birmingham
10 Sleater Kinney - Sydney Opera House

Festival Performances

1 Thee Oh Sees - End of the Road
2 Low - Caught by the River
3 Warpaint - Green Man
4 Bill Ryder-Jones - Howlin' Fling, Eigg
5 Local Natives - End of the Road
6 Sigur ros - Citadel festival
7 The Magnetic North - Green Man
8 Whitney - Green Man
9 Beach House - Laneway Festival
10 Lush - Green Man

Best and worst Musical moments

Best: Going to a gig at the Sydney Opera House

Worst: The passing of David Bowie and all the musical legends who died this year.

Best Song

Julia Jacklin - Pool Party

Best Film

Black Mass

Best Book

David Millar - The Racer: The Inside Story of Life on the Road

Merry Christmas! Pete


1. Boy King - Wild Beasts
2. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3. Hope Demolition Project - PJ Harvey
4. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
5. Bat For Lashes - The Bride
6. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
7. GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object
8. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
9. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Top track

Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Top Ten Albums

Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens is the only new album I've properly listened to that came out in 2016. Mostly in this year of shock, horror and dismay I've turned to comfortable favourites like Out of Time, Blue and Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits to guide me through. BUT, there is something positive on the horizon...I'm so looking forward to maybe finding new music from Bon Iver, Conor Oberst and Leonard Cohen in my Christmas stocking. So no top ten from me, but an anticipation of a better year ahead x

Top 2016 Gig

1) Christine and the Queens at Brixton Academy

Top Three 2016 Festival Appearances.

James @ On Blackheath (AMAZING)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Green Man
Slow Club @ Green Man

Best Film

I Daniel Blake

Best Book

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Best song

Tilted by Christine and the Queens

Best and worst musical moments

Worst, the death of Leonard Cohen
Best, everyone dancing and singing along to Songhoy Blues at Green Man


Top Ten Albums

1 Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve – The Soft Bounce
2 Nancy Kerr- Instar
3 Minor Victories – The Debut Album
4 Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Overnight
5 Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
6 Luh – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
7 Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
8 The Wedding Present – Going ,Going ...
9 Blair Dunlop – Gilded
10 Metallica – Hardwired ... to Self-destruct

Top Ten Gigs

1 Muse, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
2 PJ Harvey, The Eden Project
3 Brian Wilson, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
4 Savages, The Junction, Cambridge
5 Preservation Hall Brass Band, Preservation Hall, New Orleans
6 Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Glee Club, Nottingham
7 Wilco, Albert Hall, Manchester
8 Stick In The Wheel, Village Folk, Derby
9 Lake Street Dive, Scala, London
10 Lucinda Williams, The Plug, Sheffield
Individual performance worthy of mention – Dr Ruth Skipper of Moulettes rocking out with her bassoon, an instrument previously unknown to rock out with.

Top Ten Festival Appearances

1 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Derby Cathedral, Derby Folk Festival
2 Peggy Seeger, Derby Folk Festival
3 The Human League, Splendour
4 Bat for Lashes, End of The Road
5 Goat, End of The Road
6 Broken Social Scene, End of The Road
7 Primal Scream , On Roundhay
8 Fairport Convention, Derby Folk Festival
9 Teenage Fan Club ,End of The Road
10 Whitney , End of The Road

Worst and Best Musical moments – (sadly) David Bowie dying and then hearing all the great music he made being played everywhere for the next week. The intro to 'All The Young Dudes' still brings a tear.

Annoying developing live music trend - People talking during shows. It easy folks, music is designed to be listened to, sung along with, danced to, or all three, not for being talked over. Talking whilst a musician is playing is disrespectful to the musicians and annoys other audience members who have paid to hear the musician, not you. Stop It Now.

Best Song – Riding The Low 'Heed'

Best Film
Hunt for The Wilderpeople

Alisdair Whyte



1.  I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty

2.  Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett

3.  Perpetual Motion People - Ezra Furman

4.  Have You In My Wilderness - Julia Holter

5.  Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

6.  B'lieve I'm Goin' Down - Kurt Vile

7.  On Your Own Love Again - Jessica Pratt

8.  Currents - Tame Impala

9.  Constant Bop - Bop English

10. Born Under Saturn - Django Django


Father John Misty - Village Underground, London

Sufjan Stevens - Royal Festival Hall, London

Public Service Broadcasting - Roundhouse, London

Super Furry Animals - Brixton, London

Jeff Lynne's ELO - Porchester Hall, London

Patti Smith - Roundhouse, London

Kurt Vile & The Violators, Anson Rooms, Bristol

Bob Dylan - Royal Albert Hall, London

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Islington Assembly Hall, London

Gruff Rhys - Ebbw Vale Institute

Festival performances

St Vincent, Green Man

Beck, British Summer Time

Father John Misty, Green Man

Future Islands, British Summer Time

Public Service Broadcasting, Green Man

Super Furry Animals, Green Man

Manic Street Preachers, On Blackheath

808 State, On Blackheath

Mew, Green Man

Meilyr Jones, Green Man



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