Thursday, 12 December 2013

And so here we are the end of 2013 and it's probably time to decide on my favourite albums from the last 12 months ....

So here it is, the top 10 in alphabetical order.

  • Attrition - Unraveller of Angels
  • The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
  • Cult of Luna - Vertikal / Vertikal II (have to be included as a pair)
  • Eden House - Half Life
  • Fish - A Feast of Consequences
  • In Death It Ends - Occvlt Machine
  • Insomnium - Ephemeral EP
  • Mogwai - Les Revenants Soundtrack
  • New Model Army - Between Dog and Wolf
  • Shovels & Rope - O Be Joyful (gets included as the UK release was in 2013)

Friday, 6 December 2013

It's been another fantastic year for live music and even though I don't seem to get to as many gigs as I like, these are the ones I remember most (in no particular order)

Acoustica @ the Exeter Phoenix

Fish @ Tavistock Wharf

The Cult @ Exeter University Great Hall

Norman Watt-Roy @ Yellow Room, Seale Hayne

Steve Hackett @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Public Service Broadcasting @ Exeter Phoenix

Phosphorescent @ Rise Records, Bristol

Some great memories in there - Heckling Rev Hammer in the Voodoo Lounge at Acoustica, Wilko Johnson appearing with Norman Watt-Roy, an impromptu Lavender from Fish....

One further special musical moment was sitting on the grass in Belmont Park with a beer in hand watching Don Letts playing some very heavy reggae at the Respect Festival. The sun was shining and all seemed good with the world.