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End Of Year Charts 2014
December 11, 2014, 2:03 pm
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Since various personal and practical issues are eating into my Anally Retentive List Making time, this end of year business is going to be much less elaborate than previous years. The lovely new Narc Magazine website is going to post my Top 5 over the weekend. But here’s the rest (a new rule this year – to be included in the chart, I have to own the vinyl, if it came out on vinyl. If not, meh.. )

Albums Of The Year – Numbers 6 to 30


6 Swans – To Be Kind (Mute)

7 Steven James Adams – House Music (The State 51 Conspiracy)

8 Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Rock Action)

9 Sleaford Mods – Divide And Exit (Harbinger Sound)

10 Martha – Courting Strong (Fortuna Pop!)

11 Kogumaza – Kолокол (Lancashire & Somerset)

12 Lykke Li – I Never Learn (Atlantic)

13 Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra – Talk About The Weather (Tea Pad Recordings)

14 Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)

15 IX Tab – R.O.C. (Exotic Pylon)

16 Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)


17 Carla Bozulich – Boy (Constellation)

18 Chain & The Gang – Minimum Rock N Roll (Fortuna Pop!)

19 Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)

20 Warpaint – Warpaint (Rough Trade)

21 Resource Centre – Low Fantasy EP (Geography Trip)

22 Morton Valence – Left (Bastard)


23 Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)

24 Billy Childish & CTMF – Acorn Man (Damaged Goods)

25 Teeth Of The Sea – Master (Rocket Recordings)

26 Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals (Quietus)

27 Mirel Wagner – When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day (Sub Pop)

28 Wooden Wand – Farmer’s Corner (Fire)


29 Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads (Domino)

30 Kemper Norton – Loor (Front & Follow)


Gigs Of The Year

  1. Sly & The Family Drone / Teeth Of The Sea / Part Chimp (August 9th, Supernormal Festival) – A triple-whammy of glorious demented noise.


  1. King Champion Sounds / Interrobang? (November 16th, The Ferret, Preston) – two of my favourite new bands of the year at their absolute peak



  1. Neutral Milk Hotel (May 18th, Manchester Albert Hall – as much as anything , because I never thought I’d see these songs played live again.


  1. Richard Dawson / Rhodri Davies / Pentecostal Party / Nev Clay (November 1st, Star & Shadow) – a celebration not just of Dawson but of the incredible vitality of the Newcastle scene


  1. Southern Culture On The Skids (April 5th, Austin Continental Club) – because I was in Austin. Watching Southern Culture On The Skids. Duh!
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Soundtrack Of The Year


Mica Levi – Under The Skin (Milan / Rough Trade)

Live Album Of The Year


Ambarchi / Campbell / Flower – Live At Tusk Festival 2013 (Tusk)

Compilation Of The Year


In transit back from Austin…


Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music (8 Album Boxed Set) (Mississippi)


Single Of The Year


Oren Ambarchi – Stacte Karaoke (Black Truffle)

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