My year in music

Albums of the Year

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Andrew Bird – Noble Beast

Antony & the Johnsons – The Crying Light

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

Beirut – March of the Zapotec

M. Ward – Hold Time

Dan Deacon – Bromst

Squarepusher – Numbers Lucent

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Beware

Bat for Lashes – Two Suns

Fever Ray – s/t

PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By

The Pains of being Pure at Heart – s/t

Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/ Light Years

Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

St. Vincent – Actor

Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul

Iron & Wine – Around the Well

Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications

Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor

Tori Amos – Abnormally Attracted to Sin

Regina Spektor – Far

The Mars Volta – Octahedron

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer

White Denim – Fits

The Horrors – Primary Colours

The Dodos – Time to Die

Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

Vivian Girls – Everything Goes Wrong

The xx – xx

Yacht – See Mystery Lights

The Antlers – Hospice

Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come

The Flaming Lips – Embryonic

The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Real Estate – s/t

Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth

Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

Biggest let-downs of the year

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Dananananaykroyd – Hey Everyone

Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

Best gigs of the Year

Benga & Skream at Oxford Arts Factory

Bon Iver at the City Recital Hall

Nine Inch Nails at the Hordern

Mogwai at the Enmore

Iron & Wine at the Manning Bar

Tony Allen at the Forum

M83 at the Metro

Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Opera House

Seun Kuti at the Opera House

Brian Eno at the Opera House

Vivian Girls at Spectrum

Bad Religion & NOFX at the Hordern

Sarah Blasko at the Enmore

Blitzen Trapper at the Metro

Tori Amos at the Opera House

Jarvis Cocker at the Metro

Animal Collective at the Enmore

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