Change of plan. Instead of the best thirty tracks of the year, I’ve decided to make it 35. So, again in no particular order, here are the final twenty of those selections plus ten albums that are either compilations, reissues, recorded live or soundtracks.


Subway Sect: Born to be a Rebel
The Vaselines: Crazy Lady
North Atlantic Oscillations: August
Simple Minds: Blindfolded
BMX Bandits: My Girl Midge
Moodoid: La Lune
& Sleaford Mods: Tied Up In Nottz

Honeyblood: Super Rat
St Vincent: Digital Witness
James King and The Lonewolves: Fun Patrol
Hookworms: On Leaving
Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion: In the Real
Future Islands: Seasons
& Casual Sex: A Perfect Storm

Young Fathers: Get Up
Alvvays: Adult Diversion
Odonis Odonis: Alexa Wait
Roxy Agogo: When You Dress Up
Sonido Gallo Negro: Inca-A-Delic
& The Phantom Band: The Wind that Cried the World


Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Edition
Franz Ferdinand: Late Night Tales
David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed
The Bluebells: Exile on Twee Street
Edwin Collins, Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley: The Possibilities Are Endless OST
Various Artists: Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit!
Pixies: Doolittle 25
Vic Godard: 30 Odd Years
Bis: Social Dancing
& Siouxsie and The Banshees: Peepshow

If anybody’s wondering, my favourite film was Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, favourite documentary is a toss–up between The Possibilities Are Endless and All This Mayhem and my favourite gig was The Nectarine No. 9 performing Saint Jack in its entirety at Rutherglen Town Hall – with Casual Sex supporting. Oh yeah.