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2014 – The best of the best

Another year has nearly come to a close so it’s high time I got sorted and posted my ‘best of the year’ lists.  This list is MUCH easier to do with the help of Last.fm – if you don’t have an account then I suggest you get one!  I’m a big fan of stats and music, so I’m on there regularly checking which bands I’ve been listening to more than others.  The ‘top artists/top tracks’ isn’t exactly a true reflection of what I like the most, but it’s a pretty good guide.

So without further ado, here’s the listicles.

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014

  1. The Courteeners – Concrete Love.  I was never a big fan of these guys until photographing them at Shepherd’s Bush last year.  Found it hard to not listen to this album at least twice a week since it was released.
  2. The Heartbreaks – We May Yet Stand a Chance.  Another corker from these guys, just missing out on the top spot (it was a REALLY tough choice).
  3. Interpol – El Pintor.  Did not expect Interpol to be in my top anything this year!  They’re back and as good as they’ve ever been (as good as their early stuff anyway).
  4. The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader.  Finally got to listen to an album from these guys after banging on about them all through 2013.  Did not disappoint.
  5. DZ Deathrays – Black Rat.  These guys make me proud to be an Aussie 🙂
  6. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  7. Eagulls – Eagulls
  8. Johnny Marr – Playland
  9. The Orwells – Disgraceland
  10. Morrissey – World Peace is None of Your Business
  11. The Family Rain – Under the Volcano
  12. Maximo Park – Too Much Information
  13. The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
  14. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
  15. Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
  16. Wampire – Bazaar
  17. Bass Drum of Death – Rip This
  18. Liars – Mess
  19. Howler – World of Joy
  20. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  21. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
  22. Temples – Sun Restructured
  23. Hookworms – The Hum
  24. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Honorable mentions: Meatbodies – Meatbodies and Cheatahs – Cheatahs

TOP 25 TRACKS OF 2014

  1. Absolved – The Heartbreaks.  An easy number one this year.  Incomparable.  These guys know how to write a pop song.  If they had a bit more exposure it could have been a Christmas number one!
  2. Leave This Island – Maximo Park.  Another band from the 00’s coming back this year with some brilliant stuff.  This track will always remind me of my birthday in Edinburgh at the start of the year.  Lovely stuff.
  3. How Good It Was – Courteeners.  Summer in one song.  Hard not to sing along to.
  4. Continental Shelf – Viet Cong.  This is why you don’t do your end of year lists until at least mid-December.  Only heard this track about three weeks ago and it’s been an earworm ever since.  Formed from the ashes of Calgary band ‘Women’ (who were also brilliant), no doubt their album is going to be in my top 10 next year.
  5. Easy Money – Johnny Marr.  Is this not the most catchy song you have ever heard in your life?!  Pretty much.
  6. Anywhere – Interpol
  7. Reflective Skull – DZ Deathrays
  8. Where’s Your Car Debbie – Slaves
  9. Come on Over – Royal Blood
  10. So Now You Know – The Horrors
  11. Mess on a Mission – Liars
  12. XXX – The Bohicas
  13. Money – Life
  14. Tied up in Nottz – Sleaford Mods
  15. Trainwreck 1979 – Death from Above 1979
  16. So Oh – The Charlatans
  17. Here it Comes Again – Amazing Snakeheads
  18. Nerve Endings – Eagulls
  19. Dirty Sheets – The Orwells
  20. Let’s go to War – Manic Street Preachers
  21. Istanbul – Morrissey
  22. Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic – Slug
  23. Bad Attitude – Wapire
  24. Lawman – Girl Band

Honorable mentions: Wanderlust – Wild Beasts and Drown the Monster – White Lung

TOP GIGS OF 2014

  1. The Orwells – The Fleece, Bristol.  Expect little and be surprised.  Could not believe how good these guys were live, pushed it as far as they were physically able.  Super entertaining.
  2. The Heartbreaks – The Lexington, London.  Hard not to enjoy a gig by these guys these days.  They have such lovely fans as well – learning the dance moves to the ‘Absolved’ video clip, much to the delight of the band.
  3. Eagulls – Electrowerkz, London
  4. Amazing Snakeheads – Electric Ballroom, London
  5. The Courteeners – Brixton Academy, London
  6. The Cribs – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
  7. Her Parents – The Monarch, London
  8. Menswear – Queen of Hoxton, London
  9. Manic Street Preachers – Huxley’s Neue Welt, Berlin
  10. Twilight Sad – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

FAVOURITE PHOTOS OF 2014

This blog wouldn’t be complete without a list of my favourite photos that I had taken at gigs in 2014.  Still pinch myself that I’m lucky enough to get in the pit at gigs these days.  Long may it continue!

Enjoy your holidays if you have any, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

Jx

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2012 – The Music That Was

Just  a quick blog for those of you who like lists (end of year music lists especially!).  Here’s what I enjoyed listening to in 2012, plus a few other bits and pieces about the year musically.  Can’t say this year hasn’t been a good one for music, some fantastic bands emerged, as well as some amazing début albums.  As always, looking forward to the next year and more awesome bands.

If you want to have a listen to my top tunes of 2012 you can find them here on Spotify.

Albums of 2012

  1. The Heartbreaks – Fun Times
  2. Her Parents – Physical Release
  3. Toy – Toy
  4. Gaz Coombes Presents… – Here Comes the Bombs
  5. Funeral Suits – Lily of the Valley
  6. Hey Sholay – ((O))
  7. Graham Coxon – A+E
  8. Holograms – Holograms
  9. Martin Rossiter – The Defenstration of St Martin
  10. Howler – America Give Up
  11. Metz – Metz
  12. DIIV – Oshin
  13. Sauna Youth – A Town Called Distraction
  14. Two Wounded Birds – Two Wounded Birds
  15. The Crookes – Hold Fast
  16. A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship
  17. White Rabbits – Milk Famous
  18. DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
  19. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  20. Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
  21. Alt J – An Awesome Wave
  22. Eugene McGuinness – The Invitation to the Voyage
  23. The Cribs – In The Belly of the Brazen Bull
  24. Soft Moon – Zeroes
  25. Bloc Party – Four
  26. Zulu Winter – Language

Songs of 2012

  1. The Heartbreaks – Polly
  2. Toy – Lose My Way
  3. Hey Sholay – Wishbone (Wish Wish Wish)
  4. Filthy Boy – Waiting on the Doorstep
  5. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  6. Cribs – Come on Be a No One
  7. Blur – The Puritan
  8. Howler – Back of Your Neck
  9. Her Parents – Justin Vernon
  10. Funeral Suits – Mary’s Revenge
  11. Graham Coxon – Advice
  12. Gaz Coombes Presents… – Whore
  13. Sauna Youth – Town Called Distraction
  14. Johnny Marr – Messenger
  15. White Rabbits – Heavy Metal
  16. Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young
  17. Eugene McGuinness – Harlequinade
  18. DZ Deathrays – No Sleep
  19. Holograms – Memories of Sweat
  20. DIIV – Doused
  21. Martin Rossiter – Drop Anchor
  22. Hooray For Earth – No Love
  23. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
  24. Palma Violets – Best of Friends
  25. Crookes – American Girls
  26. Bloc Party – Octopus
  27. Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
  28. Metz – Rats
  29. Alt-J – Breezeblocks
  30. Hookworms – Teen Dreams

Best Giggage of 2012

  • The Heartbreaks – Dingwalls
  • Gaz Coombes Presents… – The Haunt Brighton
  • Funeral Suits/Torches/Towns – The Shacklewell Arms
  • Toy – Camden Barfly
  • Blur/Specials/New Order – Hyde Park
  • The Stone Roses – Heaton Park

Best Venue for Photos 2012

Probably a toss up between Camden Barfly and Dingwalls. Dem lights. Ahhhhhhhh.

Best music-related thing to happen in 2012

Meeting and hanging out with The Heartbreaks at The Hawley Arms after their gig at Dingwalls. Also met Theo from Hurts that night (bloody lovely guy)… although can’t remember quite what happened after about midnight.  Brothers cider, eh?

Worst music-related thing to happen in 2012

Grimes. Sigh. Sorry fans.

Old Stuff I’ve been listening to a lot in 2012

  • Morrissey (Always)
  • Gang of Four
  • The Fall
  • XTC

Things I’m looking forward to in 2013

  • The Neat releasing an album – I said this last year! Finger. Pull. Out.
  • Hearing more stuff from Splashh, Peace, Palma Violets, Filthy Boy and Johnny Marr
  • Seeing Suede for the first time… albeit at Alexandra Palace 😦

Here’s to a fantastic New Year, and to many more gigs and photos on the blog!

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