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2012 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 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

In The Shops Soon (UK)


Keep Calm Buy A Recoed


  Expected Sometime During 2012

The Healers
The National
Azealia Banks (2013)
Vampire Weekend
Queens Of The Stoneage
I Am Kloot
The Stone Roses
The Joy Formidable
War Paint
Miles Kane
Biffy Clyro
La Roux


The Black Keys - El Camino
Gotye - Making Mirrors
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
The Bevis Frond - The Leaving Of London
The Maccabees - Given To The World
Leila - U&I
Howler - America Give Up
Tribes - Baby
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
The Big Pink - Future This

Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
The Unthanks - Diversions 1
Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes
Lana DelBoy Ray - Born To Die
Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love
Lambchop - Mr M

Field Music - Plumb

Field Music - Plumb
Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America
School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory
Sleigh Bells - Reign Over Terror
Ani DiFranco - Which Side Are Yoyu On?

Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks - (26 March)
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
The Magnetic Fields - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Dry The River - Shallow Bed
We Are Augustines - Rise Ye Sunken Ships

The Members

The Members - In-Grr-land
The Shins - Port Of Morrow

Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
Grimes - Visions

JC Carroll

JC Carroll - 21st Centry Blues
Pond - Beard Wives Denim
Jack White - Blunderbuss
The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
Madonna - MDNA
Rocket Juice & The Moon - Rocket Juice & The Moon
Graham Coxon - A+E

Welcome Home

All The Young - Welcome Home
Orbital - Wonky
The Futureheads - Rant
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Crown & Treaty
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Electric Cabels - Lightships 

Lightships - Electric Cabels
Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Florence + The Machine - MTV Unplugged
The Mystery Jets - Radlands
Cate La Bon - Cyrk


Pond - Bread Wives Denim
Oberhofer - Time Capsules II
The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
Niki & The Dove - Instinct


Tom Williams & The Boat - Teenage Blood
P i L - This Is P i L
Citizens! - Here We Are
Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The World
Maximo Park - The National Health

An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
The Invisible - Rispah
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
Liars - Wixiw
Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips & Heavy Fwends
Dirty Projectors - Swing Low Magellan
The Very Best - Mtmtmk
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Micachu And The Shapes - Never
Fang Island - Major
Eugene McGuinness - The Ivertation To The Voyge
Bloc Party - Four
Ry Cooder - Election Special
The Darkness - Hot Cakes

Fragrant World

Yeasayer - Fragrant World
James Yourkston - I Was A Cat From A Book
Bill Fay - Life Is People
John Murry - The Graceless Age
Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
Jessie Ware - Devotion

Centipede HZ

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
The XX - Coexist
Greenday - Uno!
Bob Dylan - Tempest
Mumford & Sons - Babel
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Pet Shop Boys - Elysium
Cat Power - Sun
Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock
Toy - Toy
David Byrne & St Vincent - Love Is Giant

I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
John Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat & Bone
The Vaccines - Come Of Age
Muse - The 2nd Law
Euros Childs - Summer Special
The Killers - Battle Born

Like I Used To

Lucy Rose - Like I Used To Be
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don't Sleep
John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball
Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Silver Age

Bob Mold - Silver Age
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Ty Segall - Twins
Little Comets - Life Is Elsewhere
Martha Wainwright - Come Home To Mama
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Scott Walker - Bish Bosh

The Staves

The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown
Brian Eno - Lux
Crystal Castles - (III)
Graham Parker & The Rumour - Three Chords Good

Re Issues/Compilations

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls [Deluxe Edition]
The Who - Quadrophenia [Deluxe Edition]
The Rolling Stones - The Brussels Affair
Howlin' Wolf - The Complete Chess Masters - 1951-1960
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]
Can - The Lost Tapes
Frank Turner - The Second Three Years
Pet Shop Boys - Format (B Sides Collection)
Bruce Springsteen - Bound For Glory: The Rare 1973 Broadcasts
Palace Music -  5 Albums Re Issued inc. Viva Last Blues
David Sylvian - A Victim Of Stars, 1982-2012
Pulp - It/Freaks/Separations
Neil Young - Cow Palace 1986
Elbow - Cast Of Thousands/Leaders Of The Free World [Deluxe Editions]
Captain Beefheart - Bat Chain Puller
Pink Floyd - The Wall [Experience Edition]


Terry Riley - A Rainbow In Curved Air
Elvis Costello - The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Sensible Price Edition!)
Various - Sly & Robbie Present Taxi
Morrissey - Viva Hate
James Yorkston & The Athletes - Moving Up The Country
My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988 - 1991
Sugar - Re Issues
David Bowie - The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (40th Anniversery Edition)
Kaiser Chiefs - Souvenier
The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It/ Wha'ppen?/Special Beat Service
Blur - Blur 21: The Box

dead in the boot

Elbow - Dead In The Boot  (B Sides Collection) 27th August
Rodriguez - Searching For Sugarman
Ride - Back Catalouge
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Playback
Frank Zappa - 52 Albums!!!
The Velvet Underground - ... & Nico [Deluxe Edition]
R.E.M. - Document [Deluxe Edition]
The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out to Just Another Banf From LA - 1st 12 Albums
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks... [Deluxe Edition]
Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists [20th Anniversery Edition]



Frank Turner - Wessex Boy
Ryan Adams - Chains Of Love
Elbow - Dear Friends
Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Arctic Monkeys - Black Treacle
Tribes - When My Day Comes
Niki & The Dove - The Drummer
Tribes - We Were Children
Lana del Reay - Born To Die
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
Bombay Bicycle Club - Leave It
Howler - Pythagoran Fearum
The Shins - Simple Song
Django Django - Hail Bop
Bruce Spronsteen - We Take Care Of Our Own
The Black Keys - Gold On The Celing
Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravediggers Song
Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss
Gotye - Somebody I Used To Know
The Darkness - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us
Bombay Bicycle Club - How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?
Noel Gallagher - Dream On
The Kills - The Last Goodbye
Burial - Kindred
Field Music - A New Town
The Shins - September
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Colour On The Walls)
The Horrors - Changing The Rain
Alabama Shakes - Heavy Chevy
Radiohead - Cut A Hole
Spritualized - Hey Jane
Mystry Jets - Someone Purer
Noel Gallagher - Shoot A Hole Into The Sun
Dry The River - The Chamber & Values
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
We Are Augustines - Chapel Song
Tribes - Corner Of An English Field
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Dry The River - New Ceremony
Florence + The Machine - Never Let Me Go
Azealia Banks - 212
Gossip - Perfect World
Dexys - Nowhere Is Home
The Cribs - Chi-Town
Jack White - Love Interpretation
Lana Del Ray - Blue Jeans
Jack White - Sixteen Saltines
Bombat Bicycle Club - How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
Flaming Lips + Bon Iver - Ashes In The Air
Richard Hawley - Leave Your Body Behind You
Kaiser Chiefs - Listen To Your Head
Frank Turner - I Still Believe/Somebody To Love
Miles Kane - First Of My Kind
Django Django - Storm
Jay Cee (JC) Carroll - The Revolution Will Not Be On Line
Animal Collective - Transverse Temporal Gyrus
The Magnetic Fields - Quick!
Animal Collective - Honeycomb
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Dream On
Paul Weller - When Your Garden's Overgrown
The Black Keys - Dead & Gone
The Killers - Go All The Way
Sigur Ros - Dauoalogn
The Maccabees - Went Away
Tom Williams & The Boat - Teenage Blood
Mystery Jets - Someone Purer
Kasabian - Man Of Simple Pleasures
Howler - This One's Different
Yeasayer - Henrietta
Jack White - Freedom At 21
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
First Aid Kit - Blue
Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute
Bon Iver - Who Is It
Yeasayer - Longevity
Alt-J - Breezeblocks
Hot Chip - Night & Day
Alabama Shakes - Hang Loose
Mystery Jets - Greatist Hits
Field Music - Who Pays The Bills
Manic Street Preachers - Wake Up Alone
Muse - Survival
Blur - Under The Westway/The Puritan
Alt-J - Tessellate
The Cribs - Glitters Like Gold
Bloc Party - Octopus
Two Door Cinima Club - Sleep Alone
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
Delphic - Good Life
Frank Turner - If Ever I Stray
Dry The River - No Rest
Tame Impala - Elephant
The Vaccines - Teenage Icon
Biffy Clyro - Stingin' Belle
Grizzly Bear - Yet Again
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
The XX - Chained
The Killers - Runaways
Frank Turner - If Ever I Stray
Hot Chip - How Do You Do
Muse - Madness
Maximo Park - The Undercurrents
Lucy Rose - Bikes
Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think
Tom Williams And The Boat - Little Bit In Me
Muse - Madness
Richard Hawly - Seek It
Alt-J - Something Good
Biffy Clyro - Stingin' Belle
Atoms For Peace - Default
The Black Keys - Little Black Submariens
The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
Mumford & Sons - Tessellate
Spector - Friday Night, Don't Ever Let It End
The Vaccines - I Always Knew
The Gaslight Anthem - Here Comes My Man
Villagers - The Waves
Yeasayer - Reagan's Skeleton
Jessie Ware - Night Light
Gaz Coombes - White Noise
The Invisible - Generational
Django Django - Life's A Beack
The Killers - Miss Atomic Bomb
Two Door Cinima Club - Sun
Little Comets - A Little Opus
The Staves - Mexico
Bloc Party - Kettling
Lucy Rose - Middle Of The Bed
Friendly Fires - Why Don't You Answer
Foals - My Number
Alt-J - Buffalo
Dutch Uncles - Fester
Animal Collective - Crimson
Mumford & Sons - Lover Of The Night
Hot Chip - Don't Deny Your Heart
Lianne De Havas - Age
Muse - Follow Me
JC Carroll - Totally ObSeSSed With You (YouTube Video)

NME Singles/Tracks Of The Week



Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss
Sleigh Bells - Comeback Kid
A$AP Rocky - Celebration
MIA - Bad Girls
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
Earl Sweatshirt - Home
Gorillaz Ft James Murphy & Ander 3000 - DoYaThing
Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine
Plan B - iLL Manors
Miles Kane - First Of My Kind
Hot Chip - Flutes
Florence + The Machine & Josh Homme - Jackson
Liars - No 1 Against The Rush
MGMT - Alien Days
Frank Ocean - Math/PDA
Maximo Park - Hips And Lips
Niki And The Dove - All That Youth
The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - American Dream Pt. II
Azealia Banks - Jumanji
The XX - Untitled Track
The Vaccines - No Hope
Passion Pit - I'll Be Alright
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Enter Shikari - Call Me Maybe/Juggernaughts
Milk Music - Violence Now
The Killers - Runaway
The XX - Angels
Crystal Castles - Plague
Peace - California Daze
Egyptian Hip Hop - SYH
Merchandise - In Nightmare Room
Everything Everything - Cough Cough
Jake Bugg - Two Fingers
Bat For Lashes - Marilyn
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim & Sleep
Savages - City's Full
Crystal Castles - Wrath Of God
Josh Homme - Nobody To Love
Frankie & The Heartstrings - I Still Follow You
Palma Violets - Last Of The Summer Wine
Christopher Owens - Here We Go
Foals - Inhaler
Haim - Send Me Down
Biffy Clyro - Black Chandelier
Wu Lyf - Triumph
Bo Ningen & Savages - Nichijyou

NME Best 21 Albums Of The Year So Far... May 2012

Jack White - Blunderbuss.
Tribes - Baby
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
Grimes - Visions
Django Django - Django Django
Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
Hodgy Beats - Untitled
Flats - Better Living
Actress - RIP
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Breton - Other Peoples Problems.
Polica - Give You The Ghost
Oberhofer - Time Capsules II
Pond - Beard Wives Denim
Mystery Jets - Radlands
Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
Graham Coxon - A+E
Maccabees - Given To The Wild
The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull


Selected Gigs

NME Awards Tour - Two Door Cinema Club/Metronomy - Feb
Noel Gallagher - Feb
Frank Turner/Billy Bragg - Wembly Arena - 13th April
Elvis Costello - May 2012
Tom Petty - June
Elbow/Field Music - Jodrell Bank - June
Blur/New Order - Hyde Park - August
Noel Gallagher/Graham Coxon - September
The Beach Boys - September
Radiohead - October
Bon Iver - November
Muse - October
Elbow - December
Mumford & Sons - December