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›› 2010 End Of Year Lists Now Being Added

Included on this page are selections that have been favourably reviewed in some or all of the following publications NME, Q and Uncut plus any other publication that catches my eye in the newsagent from time to time.

The Year So Far Archive | 2007 | 2008 | 2009

In The Shops Soon (UK)


Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jongs
The Chapman Family
The Wombats
The Strokes
Friendly Fires
Fleet Foxes
The Ting Tings
Elbow - Feb 2011

Albums By New Artists To Watch

Be Ningen
Joe Worricker
Holly Miranda


Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind
Badly Drawn Boy - Is There Nothing We Can Do? (The Fattest Man In Britain OST)

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Contra
Midlake - The Courage Of Others

Lightspeed Champion

Lightspeed Champion - Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You!


Delphic - Acolyte
Erland & The Carnival - Erland & The Carnival
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
The Magnetic Fields - Realism
Eels - End Times


Yeasayer - Odd Blood
Fools gold - Fools Gold

These New Puritans

These New Puritans - Hidden
Beach House - Teen Dream

White Rabbits

White Rabbits - It's Frightening
The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Massive Attack - Heligoland

Field Music

Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
Ali Farka toure And Toumani Diabate - Ali & Toumani

Frightend Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
The Courteeners - Falcon
Martina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels
Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This
Lonelady - Nerve Up


Babybird - Ex-Maniac
Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams - The Quickning
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
Liars - Sisterworld

And Then We Saw Land

Tunng - And Then We Saw Land
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Two Door Cinama Club

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
New Young Pony Club - The Optimist

The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Options Paralysis
Woden Shjips - Vol 2

Wake Up The Nation

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
MGMT - Congratulations

The Queen Of Denmark

John Grant - Queen Of Denmark
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show Of The World
Graham Parker - Imaginary Television
The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
Walls - Walls
Flaming Lips - Dark Side Of The Moon
Kate Nash - My Best Friend Is You
The Radio Dept - Clinging To A Scheme

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
Foals - Total Life Forever
The National - High Velvet
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Teenage Fanclub

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows
Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms
The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards
Holy Fuck - Latin
Futureheads - The Chaos
The Black Keys - Brothers

Gayngs - Relayed

Gayngs - Relayted
Kelis - Flash Tone
The Drums - The Drums
Ed Harcourt - Lustre
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Roky Erickson With Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil
We Are Scientists - Relayed
Kele Okerke - The Boxer
The Divine Comedy - Bang Goes The Knighthood
Klak Tic - Must We Find A Winner
Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
Mystery Jets - Serotonin
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Deer Tick - The Black Dirt Sessions
Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
The Coral - Butterfly House

I Am Kloot

I Am Kloot - Sky At Night
M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\
Tired Pony - The Place We Run From
School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire

Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul
Tokyo Police Club - Champ
Best Coast - Crazy For You


Doves - Live At The Eden Sessions 2nd July 2010
Animal Collective - Oddsac

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Klaxons - Surfing The Void
Chris Difford - Cashmere If You Can
Fang Island - Fang Island
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Gruff Rhys & V Tony Da Gatorra - The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness
Robert Plant - Band Of Joy
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
The Duke & The King - Long Live The Duke & The King

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man
Ray Lamontagne & The Poriah Dogs - God Willin' & & The Creek Don't Rise
Loudon Wainwright III - 10 Songs For The New Depression
Jim Jones Review - Burning Your House Down
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin
Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
Hurts - Happiness
Deer Hunter - Halycon Digest
Weezer - Hurley
Neil Young - Le Noise
Badly Drawn Boy - It's What I'm Thinking...Photographing Snowflakes Pt.1
Elvis Costello - National Ransom

The Age Of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz
Bees - Every Step A Yes
Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union
Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
The Walkman - Lisbon
Magnetic Men - Magnetic Men


Warpaint - The Fool
Broken Records - Let Me Come Home
Brian Eno - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

Re Issues/Compilations

Madness - One Step Beyond
Spritualized - Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In Space [Deluxe Edition]
Neil Young - Dreamin' Man - Live '92
Animal Collective - Campfire Songs
Public Image Limited - Metal Box
Pixies - Minotaur
Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings

Elvis Live At Hollywood High 1978

Elvis Costello - Live At Hollywood High
Pavement - Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

Valleys Of Neptune

Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune
Doves - The Places Between: The Best Of Doves
Ash - A-Z Vol.1
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music
Neu! - Neu! Vinyl Box Set
The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street [Deluxe Edition]
Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power
Elliott Smith - Roman Candle
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Oasis - Time Flies..1994-2009
The Cure - Disintergration [Deluxe Edition]
Robert Wyatt - His Greatest Misses
Various Artists - Eclips
John Mayall - So Many Rodes: An Anthology 1964-1974
The Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro [Deluxe Edition]
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn [Deluxe Edition]
Pretty Things - SF Sorrow/Parachute
The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo
Queens Of The Stoneage - Rated R
Groundhogs - Thank Christ For The Groundhogs: The Liberty Years (1968-1972)
Propaganda - A Secret Wish
David Bowie - Stationtostation [Deluxe Edition]
John Lennon - Remaster Series
Ash - A-Z Vol.2
Various Artists - Come And Get It: The Best Of Apple Records
Bruce Springsteen - The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Elliott Smith - An Introduction To....
The Jam - Sound Affects [Deluxe Edition]
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run [Deluxe Edition]



Delphic - Doubt
Animal Collective - What Would I Want, Sky?
The Soft Pack - C'mon
Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
Massive Attack - Girl I Love You
Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
Passion Pit - Little Secrets
Gorillaz - Stylo
Biffy Clyro - Many Of Horror
Dirty Projectors - Ascending Melody
Yeasayer - One
The XX - VCR
Editors - You Don't Know Love
Midlake - Acts Of Man
Mumford & Sons - The Cave
Martina & The Diamonds - Hollywood
Delphic - Halcyon
Massive Attack - Paradise Circles
Jamie T - Emily's Heart
Florance & The Machine - Hurricane
Muse - The Resistance
Wild Beasts - We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues'
Muse - Prague
Bombay Bicycle Club - Jewel
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Peter Gabriel - The Power Of The Heart
Hole - Skinny Little Bitch
Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish
New Young Pony Club - Chaos
Two Door Cinema Club - Cigerettes In The Theatre
Friendly Fires - Hold On
Them Croked Vultures - Mind Eraser, No Chaser
Broken Bells - October
LCD Soundsystem - Oh You (Christmas Blues)
MGMT - Flash Delirium
Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee
Holy Fuck - Latin America
Ryan Adams - Electrosnake
Doves - Blue Water
Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
The Hold Steady - Hurricane J
The XX - Crystalised
The Drums - Best Friend
Biffy Clyro - Bubbles
Hot Chip - I Feel Better
The Rolling Stones - Plundered My Soul
Blur - Fools Day
We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Stop
Doves - Andalucia
Kate Nash - Do-Wa-Doo
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
Mystry Jets - Flash A Hungry Smile
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Health - USA Boys
Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish
The Drums - For Ever And Ever, Amen
The Soft Pack - More Or Less
The Courteeners - Take Over The World
Laura Marling - Rambling Man
Avi Buffalo - What's It In For?
School Of Seven Bells - Babelonia
Lightspeed Champion - Madame Van Damme
We Are Scientists - Nice Guys
Vampire Weekend - Jonathan Low
Gaylings - Ride
Mystry Jets - Dreaming Of Another World
Liars - The Overachievers
Vampire Weekend - Holiday
Paul Weller - Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
Field Music - Let's Write A Book
Mumford & Sons - Roll Away Your Stone
MGMT - It's Working
The Drums - Best Friend
Magnetic Man - Mad
Delphic - Counterpoint
Foals - Miami
The National - Anyone's Ghost
Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside Me
The Drums - For Ever & Ever Amen
Kele - Tenderoni
Frightened Rabbit - Living In Colour
The Temper Trap - Love Lost
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Panda Bear - Slow Motion
Mumford & Sons - Thistle And Weeds
Bombay Bicycle Club - Ivy & Gold
Badly Drawn Boy - In Safe Hands
Manic Street Preachers - (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
Tunng - Don't Look Down Look Up
Villagers - Ship Of Promises
Teenage Fanclub - When I Still Have Thee
Muse - Neutron Star Collision
Florance & The Machine - Cosmic Love
LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change
School Of Seven Bells - Windstorm
Yeasayer - Madder Red
Biffy Clyro - God & Satan
I Am Kloot - Proof
Vampire Weekend - I'm Going Down
Edwyn Collins - Loosing Sleep
The Joy Formidable - I Don't Want To See You Like This
Magnetic Men - Perfect Stranger
Gruff Rhys - Shark Ridden Waters
Warpaint - Undertow
Foals - Blue Blood
Kings Of Leon - Pyro
Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices



NME Singles/Tracks Of The Week



Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Chapel Club - O Maybe I
Crookers - Remedy
Egyptian Hip Hop - Wild Human Child
Broken Bells - The High Road
Hot Chip - Alley Cats
The Big Pink - Velvet
Caribou - Odessa
Florance & The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foals - Spanish Sahara
The Big Pink - Tonight
Dum Dum Girls - Yours Alone
Foals - This Orient

The Format Changes Yet Again - Now Appears Under The 'On Repeat' Section Of The Magazine

Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message
The Big Pink - With You
BoB Featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
MIA - Born Free
Interpol - Lights
Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em
Warpaint - Elephants
Klaxons - Flash Over
Wu Lyf - Concrete Gold/Heavy Pop
Kanye West - Power
Cocknbullkid - Cocknbullkid
Arcade Fire - We Used To Wait/Ready To Start
Klaxons - Echoes
Brandon Flowers - Crossfire
Chapel Club - The Shore
Maximum Baloon - If You Return
Deerhunter - Revival
Magnetic Men - Karma Crazy 
Les Savy Fav - Sleepless In Silverlake
Fever Ray - Mercy Street
Kanye West - See Me Now
Glasser - Home
Sufjan Stevens - I Walked
Kings Of Leon - Radioactive
Surfer Blood - I'm Not Ready
My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na
Yuck - Rubber
The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
Lykke Li - Get Some
Lightspeed Champion - 'till I Die
Crystal Castles Ft. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Laura Marling - Blues Run The Game
White Lies - Bigger Than Us
Chapel Club - Windows
David Lynch - Good Day Today/I Know
Anna Calvi - Suzanne & I

NME 50 Best Albums Of The Year So Far ... July 2010

As Discovered Hidden On

• Anaïs Mitchell - ‘Hadestown’
• Animal Collective - ‘Oddsac’
• Archie Bronson Outfit - ‘Coconut’
• Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - ‘Before Today’
• Autechre - ‘Oversteps’
• Avi Buffalo - ‘Avi Buffalo’
• Band of Horses - ‘Infinite Arms’
• Big Boi - ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son Of Chico Dusty’
• Blood Red Shoes - ‘Fire Like This’
• Bombay Bicycle Club - ‘Flaws’
• Built To Spill - ‘There is No Enemy’
• David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - ‘Here Lies love’
• Deftones - ‘Diamond Eyes’
• Erykah Badu - ‘New Amerykah - Part II: Return of the Ankh’
• Factory Floor - 'Untitled'
• Field Music - ‘Field Music (Measure)’
• Flying Lotus - ‘Cosmogramma’
• Foals - ‘Total Life Forever’.
• Gayngs - ‘Relayted’
• Gill Scott-Heron - ‘I’m New Here’
• Harlem - ‘Hippies’
• Health - ‘Disco 2’
• Holly Miranda - 'The Magician's Private Library’
• Ikonika - ‘Contact - Love - Want - Have’
• Janelle Monae - ‘The Archandroid’
• Joanna Newsom - ‘Have One On Me’
• Kelis - ‘Flesh Tone’
• Konono No. 1 - ‘Assume Crash Position’
• Laura Marling - ‘I Speak Because I Can’
• LCD Soundsystem - ‘This is Happening’
• Liars - ‘Sisterworld’
• Lonelady - ‘Nerve Up’
• Marina and the Diamonds - ‘The Family Jewels’
• Mi Ami - ‘Steal Your Face’
• Mystery Jets - ‘Serotonin’
• Richard James - ‘We Went Riding’
• Richard Warren - ‘Laments’
• Rolo Tomassi - ‘Cosmology’
• School of Seven Bells - ‘Disconnect From Desire’
• Sleigh Bells - ‘Treats’
• Steve Mason - ‘Boys Outside’
• Stornoway - ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’
• The Black Keys - ‘Brothers’
• The Dillinger Escape Plan - ‘Option Paralysis’
• The Drums - ‘The Drums’
• The Fall ‘Your Future - Our Clutter’
• Toro Y Moi - ‘Causers of This’
• Villagers - ‘Becoming A Jackal’
• Walls - ‘Walls’
• Yeasayer - 'Odd Blood'


Selected Gigs


Vampire Weekend - Feb 2010
NME Awards Tour - The Maccabees, The Big Pink, The Drums, Bombat Bicycle Club
Guilfest - Orbital/Human Leauge/Status Quo - July
Teenage Cancer Trust Concert Series - RAH London - March 22nd - 30th
Peter Gabriel - March
Doves - April
Holy Fuck - May
The Hold Steady - June
Teenage Fanclub - June
Elvis Costello - June
Paul McCartney - June
Besnard Lakes - August
Everything Everything - Sept/Oct
Manic Street Preachers - October
Mumford And Sons - October
Badly Drawn Boy - October
We Are Scientists - November
The Drums - Nov/Dec
Suede - December
Vampire Weekend - Nov/Dec
Arcade Fire - Dec
Band Of Horses - January
Ani Difranco - January