Monthly Archives: December 2009

my Best Of The Year lists

ALBUMS
1. PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By
2. Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
3. Jay-Z – The Blueprint III
4. Jon Boden – Songs From The Floodplain
5. Future Of The Left – Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires (live)
6. Jamie Cullum – The Pursuit
7. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
8. Converge – Axe To Fall
9. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
10. Various – Dark Was The Night
(excluding things I played on – so Jim Bob’s amazing album Goffam – and albums on Xtra Mile)

TRACKS
1. Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – ‘Empire State Of Mind’
2. Jamie Cullum – ‘Don’t Stop The Music’
3. Lady Gaga – ‘Poker Face’
4. Cheryl Cole & Will.I.Am – ‘3 Words’
5. Future Of The Left – ‘The Best Laid Plans’ (live)
6. Broken Family Band – ‘John Belushi’ (as played on final tour)
7. Graham Coxon – ‘Sorrow’s Army’
8. Black Eyed Peas – ‘I Gotta Feelin’
9. Miley Cyrus – ‘Party In The USA’
10. Hockey – ‘Too Fake’

(also: Tom Williams & The Boat – ‘Too Slow’ but I played on it)

GIGS (IN THE AUDIENCE)
1. Carter USM perform ’30 Something’ & ‘101Damnations’ – Brixton Academy, London
2. PJ Harvey & John Parish – Stubbs, Austin & Corn Exchange, Brighton
3. Frank Turner – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
4. Richard Herring ‘Hitler Moustache’ – The Three And Ten, Brighton
5. Jay-Z – Alexandra Palace, London
6. Decemberists perform ‘Hazards Of Love’ – Stubbs, Austin
7. The Broken Family Band – The Garage, London & Jericho Tavern, Oxford
8. Local Natives – Bike Shop, Austin
9. Foals – All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead
10. Seashell Radio – Hotel Utah, San Francisco
11. Something Beginning With L – The Park, Bletchley
12. Skunk Anansie – Concorde 2, Brighton
Honorable mentions: Sandra & The Memory Machine (solo), Shellac, Mary Epworth, Throwing Muses, Men Diamler & Clayton Blizzard, Graham Coxon Power Acoustic Ensemble, Tom Williams & The Boat, Collings & Herrin Live Podcast.