Albums

1  The War On Drugs - Lost In A Dream
2  Caribou - Our Love
3  Royal Blood – Royal Blood
4  Mogwai - Rave Tapes
5  Pink Floyd - Endless River
6  Leonard Cohen - Popular Songs
7  Slow Club - Complete Surrender
8  Temples - Sun Structures
9  King Creosote - With Love From Scotland
10 Wye Oak - Shriek


Gigs

1  Mogwai – Southbank Centre London
2  The Boxer Rebellion – Scala London
3  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Electric Ballroom London
4  Toy – Thekla Bristol
5  Sinkane – Oslo London
6  Slowdive – The Forum London
7  Kenny Anderson (AKA King Creosote) – Impromptu performance at Dreel Tavern Anstruther
8  The Leisure Society – Southbank Centre London
9  Slow Club – Portland Arms Cambridge
10  Wye Oak – Islington Assembly Hall London


Festivals

1  Arcade Fire - Glastonbury
2  Flaming Lips – End Of The Road
3  Mogwai – Glastonbury
4  Massive Attack – Glastonbury
5  John Grant – Glastonbury
6 R M Hubbert – Howlin Fling Isle Of Eigg
7  Rodrigo Y Gabriella – Glastonbury
8  Neil Young  - BST Hyde Park
9  Blondie – Glastonbury
10  White Denim – End Of The Road

 

Ken

Another year another set of Top Tens. My Top Tens for this year are as follows:

Albums

1 Cherry Ghost – Herd Runners
2 Bellowhead – Revival
3 The Rails – Fair Warning
4 First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
5 Jimi Goodwin - Odludek
6 Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
7 Slow Club – Complete Surrender
8 Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics
9 Esther Swift – The Mairches
10 Seth Lakeman – Word of Mouth

Gigs

1 Bellowhead – Shepherds Bush Empire
2 Cherry Ghost – Islington Assembly Hall
3 The Staves – Crypt on the Green
4 Madness – O2, Stratford
5 Kan – St Pancras Church
6 Beth Orton – Barbican Centre
7 Dead Rat Orchestra - London Canal Museum
8 Jimi Goodwin – Islington Assembly Hall
9 Matt Berry – The Garage
10 Jack Cheshire – Kings Place

Festival Appearances (all from Cambridge Folk Festival 2014)

1 Fisherman's Friends
2 Loudon Wainwright III
3 Richard Thompson
4 Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
5 Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit
6 The Rails
7 Seth Lakeman
8 Martin & Eliza Carthy
9 Skinny Lister
10 Jason Isbell


Best Song

Cherry Ghost – Drinking for Two

Musical Moment

Loudon Wainwright reading his father's poem. It really tugged on the old heartstrings.

 Graham

Top Ten Albums

1.  Alvvays -Alvvays

2.  Breakfast - Teleman

3.  Lost In The Dream - The War On Drugs

4. The Take Off And Landing Of Everything - Elbow

5.  Alias - The Magic Numbers

6.  Eagulls - Eagulls

7.  American Interior - Gruff Rhys

8.  Total Strife Forever - East India Youth

9.  So Long, See You Tomorrow - Bombay Bicycle Club

10. Little Italy (EP) - Little Comets

 

 
Top Ten Gigs

1. John Grant, Bournemouth Old Fire Station

2. Catfish And The Bottlemen, Southampton Joiners

3. The Magic Numbers, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

4. Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Kentish Town Forum (last ever GCWCF show)

5. Jonathan Wilson, London, Village Underground

6. British Sea Power, Brownsea Island

7. The Libertines, Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam

8. Eagulls, Southampton Lennons

9. The Antlers, Hackney Empire

10. Girl Band, Shacklewell Arms, Dalston

Best Song

The Blur, The Line And The Thickest Of Onions - Little Comets


Top Ten Festival performances

Barbarossa, Dot To Dot, Bristol

White Lung - Dot to Dot, Bristol

East India Youth - Latitude

Mogwai, Latitude

Damian Jurado, Latitude

Slow Club, Victorious Festival

Unknown Mortal Orchestra  - EOTR

White Denim - EOTR

Emperor Yes - Southsea Festival

Tim Burgess, The Whisky Sessions, Manchester
 


Best Wishes, Si

Top Ten Albums

1 The Elizabethan Session – various

2 Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

3 Manic Street Preachers - 'Futurology

4 Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold

5 Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

6 St.Vincent  - St Vincent

7 Lucinda Williams  - Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone

8 Conor Oberst  -Upside Down Mountain

9 Death From Above 1979 -  The Physical World

10 Jack White - Lazaretto

 


Song of the Year 

Nancy Kerr 'Never Ever Lay Them Down'

Favourite Gigs

The Flaming Lips – Rock City, Nottingham
(they squeezed the stadium size production into Rock City, the audience became part of the light show)

Riding The Low – The Vic Inn, Derby

Laurence  Jones- The Flowerpot, Derby

Courtney Love -  Rock City, Nottingham

The New Pornographers- Gorilla, Manchester

Favourite Festival Performances

St Vincent @ End of the Road. (somebody who realises that a live show should be more just recreating the record)
 
Kasabian @ Victoria Park, Leicester

White Denim @ End of the Road

Lucy Ward @ Derby Folk Festival  

 

Alisdair Whyte
 

Albums

1. Sharon Van Etten- Are We There

2. Ryan Adams- Ryan Adams 

3. Temples- Sun Structures

4. Wild Beasts- Present Tense

5. Elbow- Take Off And Landing Of Everything

6. Damien Rice- My Favourite Faded Fantasy

7. Royal Blood- Royal Blood

8. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

9. War On Drugs- Lost In The Dream

10. George Ezra- Wanted On Voyage

 Gigs

1. The War On Drugs- KOKO

2. Foo Fighters- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

3. The National- The O2 Arena

4. Ryan Adams- Shepherds Bush Empire

5. Damien Rice- London Palladium

6. Franz Ferdinand- Somerset House

7. Interpol- Rock City

8. Luke Sital Singh- Scala

9. Slowdive- Village Underground

10. Josh Pyke- Oslo Hackney

 

Festivals

1. Royal Blood- Glastonbury

2. The National- BST Hyde Park

3. Arcade Fire- Glastonbury

4. The War On Drugs- Latitude

5. Kasabian- Glastonbury

6. Toy- Green Man

7. Vancouver Sleep Clinic- Green Man

8. George Ezra- Latitude

9. Sharon Van Etten- Green Man

10. Fatboy Slim- WeAreFSTVL

 

Best Song

Red Eyes- The War On Drugs - 

Followed ever so closely by Unforgettable by The Harpoons.

Joe @thejoeeley

Top Ten albums:

1. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
2. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
3. Young Fathers - Dead
4. The Acid - Liminal
5. Caribou - Our Love
6. Paul White - Shaker Notes
7. Flying Lotus -You're Dead
8. Run The Jewel - Run The Jewels 2
9. The Notwist - Close To The Glass
10. East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

Link to my full top 20 HERE

Gigs:

1. Marijuana Deathsquads - Black Heart, Camden
2. Flying Lotus - Roundhouse, Camden
3. Scott &  Charlene's Wedding - The Lexington, Islington
4. Sinkane - Oslo, Hackney
5. Clint Mansell - The Barbican, London
6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hyde Park, London
7. James Holdne - Purcell Room, Southbank
8. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly! - the farewell gig, The Forum, Kentish Town
9. Johnny Marr - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
10. UNKLE - Royal Festival Hall, London

Festival Appearances:

1. Jagwar Ma - William's Green, Glastonbury Festival
2. Young Fathers - Visions festival
3. St. Vincent - The Park, Glastonbury festival
4. Songhoy Blues - Visions festival
5. Damon Albarn - BBC 6 Music Festival
6. John Grant - The Park, Glastonbury Festival
7. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Victorious Festival
8. De La Soul - Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival
9. Dirty Beaches - Visions Festival
10. Elbow - Pyramin Stage, Glastonbury Festival

Best Track:

Caribou - Can't Do Without You (Extended Mix)

Link to my top 10 tracks HERE

Cheers,

Russell

Top 10 Albums 2014

 

1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

2. Future Islands - Singles

3. Kasabian - 48:13

4. Jack White - Lazaretto

5. The Horrors - Luminous

6. Black Keys - Turn Blue

7. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

8. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long See You Tomorrow

9. The New Basement Tapes - Lost on the River

10. Turrentine Jones - Our Days

 

Top Ten Albums

1. Swans – To Be Kind

2. Nick Mulvey – First Mind

3. Esben & the Witch – A New Nature

4. Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

5. Heterotic – Weird Drift

6. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused

7. Eno/Hyde – Someday World/High Life

8. Young Fathers – Dead

9. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

10. Apex Twin - Syro

Festival Performances

Lizzo – Great Escape

FTSE – Great Escape

Sinead O’Connor – Cambridge Folk

Blockheads – Farmer Phils

Johnny Marr (with Billy Duffy) Moseley Folk Fest

Human League – Galtres

Levellers – Galtres

Beans on Toast – Galtres

Savages – Drill

Young Fathers – Drill

Gigs

Shield Patterns/Gymnast/Gaze is Ghost – Shindig, Leper Chapel Cambridge

Arthur Brown – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Restorations/Smith St Band/Astpai – Portland Arms, Cambridge

Nightingales/Ted Chippington – Portland Arms

Las Trompetas Del Muerte, Gardonne Fiesta, France

 

Fave Song – Young Fathers – Get Up

 

Kevin Hand - @kevinhand3

 

In no particular order.... from Rachel of Silver PR

1. Goat - Commune

2. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

3. Reigning Sound - Shattered

4. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

5. Swans - To Be Kind

6. Ex Hex - Rips

7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

8. Spiderbags - Frozen Letter

9. Stone Jack Jones - State I'm In

10. Jack White - Lazaretto

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Unlike a lot of people I had no trouble finding 25 or more albums that could have easily sat in a Top Ten position this year and the same goes for gigs and festivals in what was another bumper musical year for me.

So here goes ……


Top Ten Albums 2014

1. Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
2. The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River
3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
4. Esben and the Witch – A New Native
5. The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream
6. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
7. Orenda Fink – Blue Dream
8. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
9. Sharon van Etten  – Are We There
10. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks –  Wig out At Jagbags

 

 

Top Ten Gigs 2014

1. Kate Bush – Hammersmith Apollo
2. Damon Albarn – Queen Mary University
3. Ryan Adams – Shepherds Bush Empire
4. Manic Street Preachers – Roundhouse (Holy Bible Show)
5. Wild Beasts/East India Youth – Cambridge Corn Exchange
6. The War on Drugs/Quilt – Koko
7. Garry Numan – Cambridge Junction 1
8. Jeff Tweedy – London Palladium
9. James Taylor – Royal Albert Hall
10. Real Estate/Avvays – Cambridge Junction 2

 

Top Ten Festival Shows

1. Flaming Lips – End of the Road Festival (EOTR)
2. RM Hubbert - Howling Fling, Eigg
3. Neutral Milk Hotel – Green Man
4. Daughter – Green Man
5. The War on Drugs – Green Man
6. Richard Thompson – EOTR
7. Steve Mason – Howlin' Fling, Eigg
8. The Phantom Band, Howlin' Fling, Eigg
9. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – EOTR
10. Pink Mountaintops – EOTR

Finally, fave song was 'Fair Warning' by The Rails

Merry Christmas
Pete

ESCAPETHECULT began life in 2008 as the brainchild of bassist Peter G, Shallmin of Siberian band KAMLATH, who had a vision for progressive metal which came to pass with their debut album ‘All You Want To’ released in August this year.

Peter list's his Top Ten albums for 2014 below again it seems, in no particular order;

1. Crobot – Something Supernatural
2. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
3. Nightingale – Retribution
4. Mustasch - Thank You For The Demon
5. Isaac Delusion – Isaac Delusion
6. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
7. Sébastien Tellier – L'Aventura
8. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will
9. At The Gates – At War With Reality
10. Toco – Memoria

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Seattle-based Aaron English of The Aaron English Band has sent in his Top Ten Albums of 2014.

Some interesting new bands to check out on his list below;

1.Alt-J: This is All Yours
2. Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
3. Matt Morrow: Phoenix
4. Beck: Morning Phase
5. Xiren: 16 (They Can Shine)
6. Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
7. Sarah Jaffe: Don't Disconnect
8. The Parlour Trick: A Blessed Unrest
9. Walter Salas Humara: Curve & Shake
10.The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream

 Arron English Band Website 

 

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