2. James Blake - 'Enough Thunder EP'

3. Lianne La Havas - 'Lost & Found EP'

4. The Weeknd - 'Thursday'

5. Ben Howard - 'Every Kingdom'

In no particular order;

1. Ryan Adams - 'Ashes & Fire'

2. Middle Brother - 'Middle Brother'

3. Wilco - 'The Whole Love'

4. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - 'Diamond Mine'

5. Kevin Devine - 'Between the Concrete and Clouds'

 Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't KNow

White Denim - D

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit

1 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine [Domino]

2= I Break Horses - Hearts [Bella Union]

2= Washed Out - Within And Without [Sub Pop]

4 The Antlers - Burst Apart [Frenchkiss/Transgressive]

5= Dark Dark Dark - Wild Go [Melodic]

5= Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation [Fat Possum]

 In no particular order:

A Turn in the Dream Songs - Jeffrey Lewis

Diamond Mine - King Creosote and Jon Hopkins

Valhalla Dancehall - British Sea Power

Last Summer - Eleanor Friedberger

Starry Mind - PG Six


Probably change by next week mind 

top 5 is impossible - lot of good records this year

on any given day, it'll be some combination of five of the following:


SCOTT MATTHEW - gallantry's favourite son

FREDDIE STEVENSON - the city is king

FLEET FOXES - helplessness blues

FIONN REGAN - 100 acres of sycamore

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY - wolfroy comes to town

PAPERCUTS - fading parade

VETIVER - the errant  charm

CAVE SINGERS - no witch

DECEMBERISTS - the king is dead

DEVON SPROULE - i love you, go easy

LOW ANTHEM - smart flesh

LITTLE WINGS - black grass



LIA ICES - grown unknown


Really hard to choose just five but here goes:


1. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

2. Low Anthem - Smart Flesh

3. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

4. Gryff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

5. Summercamp - Welcome to Condale


Some lovely records released this year!

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

2. Other Lives - Tamer Animals

3. Moddi - Floriography

4. Josh T Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen

5. Low - C'Mon

My top 5:

The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow

Local Natives -Gorilla Manor

The Antlers -Burst Apart

James Blake

P J Harvey -Let England Shake

1. Other Lives - Tamer Animals

2. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

3. Okkervil River - I am Very Far

4. Black Keys - El Camino

5. War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

6. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

7. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

8. Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town

9. Alexi Murdoch - Towards the Sun

10. A.A. Bondy - Believers



Oi! it said top 5. Save your top tens for the top 10 thread!

In no particcccular order:

Decemberists: The King is dead

Admiral Fallow: Boots met my face

Tom Waits: Bad as me

Mountain Goats: All Eternals Deck

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: Diamond Mine 

1) Bon Iver, Bon Iver

2) Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

3) Moddi, Floriography

4) My Morning Jacket, Circuital

5) Laura Marling, A Creature I don't Know

Wild Beasts, Smother

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Admiral Fallow, Boots Met My Face

Will And The People, Will And The People

Enough Said. :)


I think they recorded it when they were Brother Louis Collective but didn't release it until this year when they had become Admiral Fallow.

I could be wrong but either way great album.


1. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

2. Driver Drive Faster - Open House

3. Other Lives - Tamer Animals

4. P J Harvey - Let England Shake

5. The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart



Well post yours and presumably they will have ;-)

I'm wondering where Lady GaGa is ... and Adele? They're on ever other 'best of' list I've seen so we must be an odd lot on here.

Not a vintage year from my P.O.V., but (in reverse order) here goes:-

Seahawks - Spaceships over Topanga Canyon

The Paperhead - The Paperhead

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

The Phoenix Foundation - Buffalo

Wooden Shjips - West

(honourable mentions for Y Niwl, Cashier Number 9, Crystal Stilts, She Keeps Bees, Radiohead, The Nightbeats and Erland & the Carnival)

(Remember when Green Man used to cater for the third eyes of Pysch-heads like me?)


The Go! Team - 'Rolling Blackouts'

Thurston Moore - 'Demolished Thoughts'

Devon Sproule - 'I Love You, Go Easy'

Stevie Jackson - '(I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson'

Teenage Cool Kids - 'Denton After Sunset' (Landlocked State is my track of the year)



good to see a shout for dark dark dark but mine are

Josh T - say what you like about self pitying indulgance but this is top for me and a record that got little recognition is now regularly featuring in 'top' lists and time will only strengthen that.

Low Anthem - quality stuff, and a big step up from Charlie Darwin.  i thought they did one of the best sets at GM this year as well

Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes To Town is already one of my favs from BPB and given his back catalogue and consistency, thats saying something.  roll on January when I see him twice

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins -  simply beautiful

Tom Waits - as with BPB, Tom keeps producing the goods

not included in my 5 but my guilty pleasure this winter is Kate Bush.  oh, and Polly Jean's my girl (have almost everything shes released) but not sure I agree with the furore.  If Let England Shake and Stories got her 2 Mercurys then frankly she should have about 10.  sometimes momentum just leads to lazy journalism


In no particular order:


Elle Osbourne - So Slowly She Got Up

The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh

Ry Cooder - Pull up some Dust and Sit Down

The Leisure Society - Into the Murky Water

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

According to the CD, Admiral Fallow's Boot Met My Face came out in 2011, so for me they score 5 out of 5 as the best album of 2011 by a mile. They were fantastic live too at GM. Could we ask them to come again please!!!

1. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix

2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

3. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

4. The Pheonix Foundation - Buffalo

5. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

 In no particlular order-

1. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

3. Junior Boys - It's All True

4. Peaking Lights - 936

5. Slow Club - Paradise


 1. Bon iver - bon iver

2. Lanterns on the lake - Gracious tide take me home

3. Fleet foxes - Helplessness blues

4. Laura marling - A creature i don't know

5. Josh t pearson - Last of the country gentlemen

We all voted and the results are-

1. Fleet Floxes - Helplessness Blues
2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
3. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
4. The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
5. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
6. Josh T Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
7. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
8. Wild Beasts - Smother
9. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
10. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

: ) pretty spot on...


I wouldn't argue with that - well not much anyway.

Great to see Other Lives make it in.

The only one I personally don't get is Bon Iver - a big disappointment after 'For Emma ..' as far as I'm concerned.


 Oh yes, on Bella Union (which proves that it's good - so there twee-haters!) imaginatively entitled 'Treefight for Sunlight'.