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Suitably festive and seasonal greetings to you, one and all! I do hope you’ve had a brilliant Christmas and have a great New Year’s Eve planned. I’m going to be in a house in the country for a week, doing pretty much fuck all. I’m very much looking forward to it.

But before I head off to the West Country, I’ve time to post up last week’s radio show, my review of 2010. It’s got gushing about gigs, rambling about records and enthusing about events. It’s also got a bunch of great music within (as is to be expected, like).

You can download it via the wee link here or listen to the Spotify playlist here. I do recommend the full show if you’ve 160Mb of hard disk space and two hours of your time free, but understand if YOU JUST WANT THE MUSIC, MA’AM.

Tracklisting for the show:

  1. Low – Just Like Christmas from Christmas (Tugboat)
  2. Tindersticks – Keep You Beautiful from Falling Down A Mountain (4AD)
  3. Sufjan Stevens – Heirloom from All Delighted People EP (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. Glasser – Glad from Ring (True Panther)
  5. Sleepy Sun – Ooh Boy from Fever (ATP)
  6. Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 43 from Explorer’s Club: 4. Rome-Berlin (Arctic Circle\Lo)
  7. Kronos Quartet – London Fog from Dracula (Nonesuch)
  8. Glenn Gould – Bach’s Goldberg Variations: Variation No 27 from Bach – The Goldberg Variations
  9. Glenn Gould – Bach’s Goldberg Variations: Variation No 28 from Bach – The Goldberg Variations
  10. Jon Hopkins – Monsters Theme from Monsters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Double Six)
  11. Oneohtrix Point Never – Ouroboros from Returnal (Editions Mego)
  12. DJ Zinc – Wile Out (feat. Ms Dynamite) from Wile Out (Single) (Zinc)
  13. Redlight ft. Roses Gabor – Stupid from Stupid (Single) (Digital Soundboy)
  14. 8Bitch – Hathor from Equinox (Seed)
  15. Oy – Hatching from First Box Then Walk (Creaked)
  16. The Books – A Cold Freezing Night from The Way Out (Temporary Residence Ltd)
  17. Stereolab – Sun Demon from Not Music (Duophonic UHF Disks)
  18. Vampire Weekend – Cousins from Contra (XL)
  19. Grinderman – Evil from Grinderman 2 (Mute)
  20. HEALTH – In Heat from GET COLOR (V2)
  21. Autechre – no border from Move Of Ten (Warp)
  22. These New Puritans – We Want War (SBTRKT Remix) – Hidden Remixes (Angular)
  23. Gold Panda – After We Talked from Lucky Shiner (Notown)
  24. Hot Chip – We Have Love from One Life Stand (Parlophone)
  25. LCD Soundsystem – Home from This Is Happening (DFA)
  26. Sam Amidon – Relief from I See The Sign (Bedroom Community)
  27. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Extra Festive Album Version) from Merry Christmas II You (Mercury)


For those that can’t be arsed listening to anything at all, here are some of the results in text form. Stop reading here if you don’t want spoilers …

Favourite albums (in some semblance of order)

  1. Sam Amidon – I See The Sign (Bedroom Community)
  2. Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Parlophone)
  3. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening (DFA)
  4. Sleepy Sun – Fever (ATP)
  5. These New Puritans – Hidden (Angular)
  6. Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Mute)
  7. Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL)
  8. Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP (Asthmatic Kitty)
  9. Glasser – Ring (True Panther)
  10. Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain (4AD)
  11. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal (Editions Mego)
  12. Oy – First Box Then Walk (Creaked)
  13. Autechre – Move Of Ten (Warp)
  14. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner (Notown)
  15. The Books – The Way Out (Temporary Residence Ltd)

With an honourable mention to the Explorer’s Club series from the Arctic Circle and Lo Recordings.

Favourite gigs (chronological only :)

  • Shh! Celebration of Quiet Music – Cecil Sharp House (Jan)
  • Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Beth Orton & Britten Sinfonia – Roundhouse (Jan)
  • Hot Chip – Brixton Academy (Feb)
  • Errors, Race Horses – Scala (Mar)
  • Autechre – Bocking St Warehouse (Apr)
  • HEALTH & Chrome Hoof – Queen Elizabeth Hall (Apr)
  • LCD Soundsystem – Brixton Academy (Apr) and Glastonbury (June)
  • Duckworth Lewis Method – QEH (Part of Meltdown – June)
  • Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet, Dracula – Hackney Town Hall (July)
  • Vampire Weekend – Latitude Festival (July)
  • Fuck Buttons – Green Man (Aug)
  • Ugly Duckling – Festinho (Aug)
  • Whale Watching Tour – Barbican (Sep)
  • Cut & Splice: Transmission – Wilton Music Hall (Nov)
  • Low – Junction 2 (Dec)
  • The Eiderdown do The Bends – The Others (Dec)
  • Hot Chip AND LCDSS – Alexandra Palace (Dec)

Other highlights

  • Getting train-spotted by Mixmaster Morris, my DJ icon, during my Big Chill Sunrise Set.
  • Listening to Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations late one Autumn evening
  • Doing The Big Chill with someone special
  • Seeing Philip Glass In Real Life with the Kronos Quartet followed by a cycle through London on a very excellent evening indeed
  • Witnessing the recording of the Wittertainment Christmas Special
  • Getting to compere The Other Stage at Green Man, including the honour of introducing Sleepy Sun
  • Last minute stage management of Tom Robinson’s 60th Birthday do at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This included sorting Alex Kapranos, Steve Lamacq and Toumani Diabaté out AND running around backstage at the SBE. Most exciting
  • The weekly joy I receive from The Bugle

In short, despite it being a fairly meh year for albums, 2010 was full of surprise, glory and wonder. I thank you all for being part of it. Very much.

With love, as always,

the svelte one