Top Tracks of 2015 – The Number Ones – Eno & Hyde and a pair of Elbows

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Top Tracks of 2014 – Number 2: James, The Villagers & The Black Keys

  Well I was wondering about this one as it didn’t seem to qualify as a single, but then I came across this video on vevo, which seems to make it a late qualifier. From the immense ‘La Petite Mort’ album this is James with ‘Curse, Curse’. In a World Cup Year this seems appropriate, as I am not sure how many other songs reference the Copa Del Rey. I would not classify myself as a massive James fan, indeed in true Alan Partridge style my favourite album of theirs up to now has been Greatest Hits, but do check the … Continue reading Top Tracks of 2014 – Number 2: James, The Villagers & The Black Keys

Tracks of 2014 – Number 3- RDGLDGRN, Alt-J & Royal Blood

  This came out in January and the fact that I still love it in December earns it the ‘coveted’ number three position in my rundown. I am indebted to Roy for alerting me to this. RDGLDGRN (Red, Gold, Green) are a three piece from just outside DC and clearly hang in the right circles given the video is introduced by Dave Grohl and the song is co-written by Pharrell Williams. So here is ‘Doing The Most’… Continue reading Tracks of 2014 – Number 3- RDGLDGRN, Alt-J & Royal Blood

Top Tracks of 2014- Number 4s: The Bohicas, Interpol and, well, Interpol

  At number four, here is Swarm by The Bohicas, a new four piece from Essex. I have always been a sucker for guitar riffs that sound like emergency alarms going off and this is in the tradition of Babylons Burning, Into The Valley and Sweet Water Pools. Here’s a live video with an extra track on the end for some reason. After largely disparaging guitar rock in my countdown this is a straightforward example I’m willing to make an exception for. BTW,f you google it, BOHICA is an army acronym similar to SNAFU. Continue reading Top Tracks of 2014- Number 4s: The Bohicas, Interpol and, well, Interpol

Top Tracks of 2014 – Number 5s: Manic Street Preachers, TV on the Radio & Broken Bells

  We are into the top five and the tension is palpable. Possibly. This is Walk Me To The Bridge, from the Manic Street Preachers’ outstanding Futurology album. To my ears they sound remarkably fresh at such an advanced point in their career and the more electronic Germanic influence works really well to differentiate the album from last year’s excellent, more pastoral Rewind The Film. Here’s the video for the lead single from the album, shot in Berlin. Check out Andy and Roy’s choices below or the list so far here Continue reading Top Tracks of 2014 – Number 5s: Manic Street Preachers, TV on the Radio & Broken Bells

Tracks of the Year: Number 6s – Lamb, The Black Keys and I Break Horses

  If I enter ‘Lamb’ into my iTunes library search feature, I get ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’, ‘The Leopard & the Lamb’ by John Grant, ‘Leg of Lamb’ by QOTSA and ‘Flamboyant’ by the Pet Shop Boys (think about it).. But what I was searching for was Lamb the band, specifically their ‘comeback’ album ‘Backspace Unwind’ which I have been playing to death these last couple of months. Here is the lead single’ We Fall In Love’. In the absence of a video, there is a fan produced graphic animation and as an alternative –  if that makes … Continue reading Tracks of the Year: Number 6s – Lamb, The Black Keys and I Break Horses

Tracks of the Year: Number 7s – Lazaretto, Easy Money & New York Morning

  At number seven, the lead single from Jack White’s fine Lazaretto album. Earlier on we had another track from Roy (‘Would You Fight For My Love’), but for me this wins out because of the riff and the keyboard effects. My experience with Mr White is that usually the first singles from his various projects are great, but the albums leave me a bit cold. Not so with this second album which my Spotify metadata  tells me is my fourth most played album of 2014.   Scroll down for Roy & Andy’s choices or catch up on the countdown … Continue reading Tracks of the Year: Number 7s – Lazaretto, Easy Money & New York Morning