Albums Of The Year 2009

Acoustic Ladyland – Living With A Tiger
A triumphant punky jazzy funky classic with teeth.

Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
No band can straddle heavy metal and pop like Scottish band Biffy Clyro.

Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name
Ushered in a brand new superstar DJ.

Fighting With Wire – Man Vs Monster
The Northern Irish band’s debut reminded me why rock music rocks.

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
A meticulously beautiful and timeless classic.

Isis – Wavering Radient
Mesmeric sludge metal to sink into.

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
The Leicester band are truly and madly in their groove.

Marmaduke Duke – Duke Pandamonium
Surprisingly good from start to finish.

Mr Hudson – Straight No Chaser
In 2009, Mr Hudson deservedly went supernova.

Albums Of The Year nearly here

YULE have been mad not to have noticed that, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens: “‘Tis the season.”
As my Christmas present to you, tomorrow I’ll unveil my Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2009, revealing who is following in the footsteps of acts behind previous Albums Of The Year such as System Of A Down, Portishead, The Libertines, The Beatles and Arcade Fire.
You’ll also find out if anyone can join Biffy Clyro as double winners – groups in the running this year include Prodigy, Acoustic Ladyland, Mr Hudson, Maccabees and Jamie T, while Biffy Clyro themselves could make it a record three Albums Of The Year with Only Revolutions.
Plus there’s local interest too – both Late Of The Pier and Young Knives made the top 10 for 2008, and this year Kerfuffle, Kelpe and Wave Pictures have had albums out, and Mr Hudson’s drummer, Wilkie Wilkinson, is from Loughborough too!
You’ll also have your chance to vote which of my shortlist should be crowned Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice Album Of The Year, which last year was awarded to Portishead’s Third.
The vote runs until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
So until then, let me take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Highway to Donington?

METAL overlords AC/DC have become the first act to be pencilled onto the Download bill for 2010.
In an early Christmas present for fans, the group self-confirmed themselves for June 11 on their website – a listing since retracted.
Castle Donington festival spokesman Andy Copping tweeted: “Not sure what to say about the AC/DC slip up tonight, it appears to have been taken off their site now.
“I think they may just want to play.”
The news follows rumours that the ‘big four’ of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth will be gracing the home of metal, Donington Park.
The groups have this week confirmed two festivals,
the Sonisphere shows in Warsaw, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic, with the mouth-watering proviso “you can be sure these shows won’t be the only ones”.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said: “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s big four would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time – what a mindf*ck!
“Bring it on!”

Set Yourself On Fire in March

FORMER Loughborough University student Envy has announced her debut album Set Yourself On Fire will be released on March 22 next year.
A spokesman for StopStart Records said: “Please be patient just a little bit longer for this much awaited debut!”
And to celebrate, a new track from the rapper, a collaboration with brooklyn-based MC Devenom, titled Through The Day, is being offered for free.
Click here to grab the track.