This year I was asked to provide a couple of top ten albums of the year lists, one for Louder Than War and another for the BAM awards. Both differ slightly with the BAMS displaying more of a Scottish bias.
BAMS if you don’t know, stands for Blogs and Music Sites and the award has been on the go since 2009, inaugurated by Lloyd from the Peenko blog although in recent years he’s been helped out by Mike from Manic Pop Thrills with support from Lloyd and Stuart from Is This Music?.
The first winner was The Wants by The Phantom Band, while last year, CHVRCHES scooped the prize of a bottle of the country’s finest tonic wine with The Bones of What You Believe.
So, why not pour yourself a glass of Bamgria (that’s equal measures of Buckfast and Irn Bru with slices of fresh fruit optional, folks) and see what you think of these ten choices. Alternatively try a Punk Champagne, which, so I’m told, consists of two parts Diamond White cider to one part Buckfast.
Okay, those albums of the year:
10. Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business
09. North Atlantic Oscillations: The Third Day
08. The Vaselines: V for Vaselines
07. Alvvays: Self Titled
06. James King and The Lonewolves: Lost Songs of the Confederacy
05. Edwin Collins, Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley: The Possibilities Are Endless OST
04. Vic Godard & Subway Sect: 1979 NOW!
03. Beck: Morning Phase
02. Mogwai: Rave Tapes
And at #1, the band led by Dale Barclay, a man who who’s been known to have the odd swig of Buckie both on and offstage.
01. The Amazing Snakeheads: Amphetamine Ballads
Here they are back in May, performing Here It Comes Again in Amsterdam’s Zonnehuis Theatre for the Dutch TV show 2 Meter Sessies:
Along with Palma Violets, Fat White Family and Slaves, The Amazing Snakeheads will be part of next year’s NME Awards Tour which kicks off in Sheffield on February 19, before heading to Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol and Portsmouth and finally, on March 4, The Forum in Kentish Town.
EDIT: And the winner was….
… The Twilight Sad with Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave.
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