• Top 20 Albums of 2010

    6 jan. 2011, 19h52m

    A bit late, but there you go.

    1 Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring

    2 The Scottish Enlightenment Pascal EP / Little Sleep EP / St Thomas

    3 Yamon Yamon This Wilderlessness

    4 The National High Violet

    5 Silver Columns Yes And Dance

    6 Robyn Body Talk (Pt.1 / Pt. 2 / Pt. 3)

    7 The Unwinding Hours The Unwinding Hours

    8 Shout Out Louds Work

    9 Steve Mason Boys Outside

    10 Hot Club de Paris The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band EP / With Days Like These as Cheap as Chewing Gum EP

    11 Hot Chip One Life Stand

    12 Beach House Teen Dream

    13 Meursault All Creatures Will Make Merry

    14 Alphabeat The Beat Is...

    15 Arcade Fire The Suburbs

    16 Delphic Acolyte

    17 Curators Is This A Private Fight?

    18 Foals Total Life Forever

    19 Allo Darlin' Allo Darlin'

    20 Sleigh Bells Treats

    I'm sure they will all be on Spotify.
  • Top 30 albums of 2007

    1 jan. 2008, 21h28m

    Here's what you've all been waiting for!

    Mostly done from memory as i figured that if i'd forgotten about an album then it wasn't really one of the best of the year. A few things that i'd like to have included just weren't strong enough overall (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Stars), some were plain disappointing (Arcade Fire) and others i've only just bought so not fully digested them yet (Bruce Springsteen).

    Here goes:

    30 | Fridge | The Sun (Text)
    29 | Odeon Beatclub | Odeon Beatclub (Polyester)
    28 | Arctic Monkeys | Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino)
    27 | Kevin Drew | Spirit If (Arts & Crafts/City Slang)
    26 | Bjork | Volta (One Little Indian)
    25 | Patrick Wolf | The Magic Position (Loog)
    24 | Maxïmo Park | Our Earthly Pleasures (Warp)
    23 | Field Music | Tones Of Town (Memphis Industries)
    22 | My Kappa Roots | The House Of St. Colme Burnt Down (Drifting Falling)
    21 | Kanye West | Graduation (Roc A Fella/Def Jam)

    20 | Idlewild | Make Another World (Sequel)
    19 | Mice Parade | Mice Parade (Fatcat)
    18 | Low | Drums & Guns (Sub Pop)
    17 | Iron & Wine | The Shepherd's Dog (Sub Pop)
    16 | Amiina | Kurr (Ever)
    15 | Super Furry Animals | Hey Venus! (Rough Trade)
    14 | Owen | At Home With Owen (Polyvinyl)
    13 | Robyn | Robyn (Konichiwa)
    12 | Epic45 | May Your Heart Be The Map (Make Mine Music)
    11 | The Cribs | Mens Need, Women's Needs, Whatever (Wichita)

    10 | Maps | We Can Create(Mute)

    09 | YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO | They Came From The Sun (V2)

    08 | Aereogramme | My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go (Chemikal Underground)

    07 | Radiohead | In Rainbows (XL)

    06 | Jesu | Conqueror (Hydrahead)

    05 | Bloc Party | A Weekend In The City (Wichita)

    04 | The Cinematic Orchestra | Ma Fleur (Ninja Tune)

    03 | The National | Boxer (Beggars Banquet)

    02 | The Twilight Sad | Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters (Fat Cat)

    01 | Frightened Rabbit | Sing The Greys (Hits The Fan/Fat Cat)

  • Top 20 Albums of 2006

    26 déc. 2006, 22h43m

    Have re-jigged this post to get my entire top 20 in - i never finished all the write ups but thought i should get it all posted all the same.


    Roddy Woomble
    - My Secret Is My Silence (Pure)

    Peter Bjorn and John
    - Writer's Block (Wichita)

    - This Is Hazelville (EMI)

    Uncle Fritz
    - Field Reports (Pet Piranha)

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
    - Etiquette (Tomlab)

    Broken Social Scene
    - Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts/City Slang)

    Belle & Sebastian
    - The Life Pursuit (Rough Trade)

    Sufjan Stevens
    - The Avalanche (Asthmatic Kitty/Rough Trade)

    Wolf Parade
    - Appologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

    Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family
    - Tell Me How The Sceptres Dance (Lavolta)

    Cat Power
    - The Greatest (Matador)

    The Research
    - Breaking Up (At Large/EMI)

    - For Hero: For Fool (Lex/EMI)

    - Faultlines (Flagship Audio Recordings)

    TV on the Radio
    - Return To Cookie Mountain (4AD)

    Micah P. Hinson
    - ...& The Opera Circuit (Sketchook)

    James Yorkston
    - Year Of The Leopard (Domino)

    The Hold Steady
    - Boys & Girls In America (Vagrant/Full Time Hobby)

    I'm a bit of a Johnny-come-lately on the Hold Steady - i was aware of Separation Sunday, but never felt compelled to investigate. I figured things would be the same with this album too, until i heard some of it in my local indie store (used to be great when i was at school, but a bit lacking now). Downloaded it (from eMusic!) and was blown away. I tried to describe it to George, but the best i could come up with was "the Afghan Whigs play Bruce Springsteen". That doesn't do it justice. The bit at the end of "First Night" is a personal favourite. I don't notmally pay much attention to lyrics, but they're so densely packed in on some of these songs it's great discovering a new favourite line every time you hear a song.

    Hot Chip
    - The Warning (EMI)

    I have to admit that Coming On Strong passed me by a little at first. I liked the idea of Hot Chip, and i loved the sleeve, but i couldn't love the music until i heard "You Ride, We Ride..." in Ewan's car. With 'The Warning' it was "Boy From School" that pulled me in - "I got, I got lost / You said you knew the way home" gets me every time. There's a definite progression between the two albums that leaves me excited for the third.

    - Love & Other Planets (Domino)

    Beautiful second album from Adem Ilhan - similar to the first, but with the added confidence that seems to have been gained from a couple of years of mesmerising live shows. I have to admit that, unlike with Homesongs, i didn't really get into the record properly until i had heard it a few times, but my patience was rewarded and the songs are all like old friends now. I saw Adem 3 times this year, the absolute highlight being the second show at Fence Homegame, where we were sat right at the front in a tiny pub spilling with people. Amazing! Lovely guy too.

    Done at last!