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Our third Best Of listing comes from the ever lovely Mrs Mackerel. Listen on Spotify here.

2016 turned out to be fairly music-light by my standards in that I didn’t listen to nearly as much as I usually do, partly in response to spending so much time driving up and down the country. For this, I need the spoken word rather than the sung one, hence a dirty dozen from me rather than the usual 20.

12 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife


11 Fat White Family – Breaking into Aldi


10 Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy

This was my favourite Jamie T song from his new album, Trick, even before last month’s gig in Brixton. It’s the second time I’ve seen him live and if you ever get the chance, just do it. Even if you find yourself in an isolated demographic. There was a young chap dancing to this track in the aisle of the balcony, trance-like; he was lost to the song and I was mesmerised. Music: it gets you like that sometimes.

It’s times like this I feel tricked into waking up.’ There’s a reflection for the past 12 months if ever I heard one.


9 Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree

Although I believe that all the songs from the Skeleton Tree album were recorded prior to the tragic death of his much-loved son, grief and loss resonate across every note. More than anything, I feel grateful that I cannot feel what he feels.


8 Joseph Coward – Peanut Girl

I hear the sound – or at least the influence – of Belle and Sebastian with a peanut topping. I love this slightly retro-sounding bouncy ode to feeling young and lusty.


7 Van William with First Aid Kit – Revolution

This has all the hallmarks of a Mrs Mackerel fave written all over it, and when the familiar harmonies of those youthful Swedish warblers kick-in, I’m sold. I love a slightly mournful lyric juxtaposed with a jaunty, foot-tapping tune, said the fish as she swam away upstream.


6 The Lumineers – Gale Song

A familiar annual scenario: top ten compiled, a song is returned by MM to moi as ‘not being 2016’. But as we all know, I ain’t a fish wife for nothing. So here it is, originally recorded some time ago (tsk), released on Cleopatra in 2016. I played this short, poignant song an awful lot this year. And I love a Wesley Schultz vocal, so really, don’t argue.


5 Pixies – Um Chagga Lagga

My other alter ego also resurfaced this year: rock chick. Or perhaps gnarly old hen. Anyway, the Pixies back to making new music like they bloody mean it. Play loud, with attitude: But I’ll just keep on walking/It’s starting to hit me/ They’re coming to get me.


4 Agnes Obel – It’s Happening Again

A song for when you’re swimming with the algae, trapped with your own thoughts and unable to escape the malady of ever-revolving mental anguish. Hypnotic, bleak and maudlin. For those days when you don’t feeling like rocking out but hunkering down.


3 She Drew the Gun – Since You Were Not Mine

Tell me I’m just dreaming won’t you wake me up? Sadly not. The nightmare that has been 2016 is real but still, new bands, new music, new earworms. I sang this to the dog relentlessly in what seemed like some huge Freudian slip. Fortunately, he’s the strong silent type. Psych-pop with a shade of darkness.


2 Mitski – Your Best American Girl

Young love: sometimes life, love and relationships don’t work out quite as simply as you think it might do at the time, so she sings. Ah, but how great wisdom comes with age! This song builds, climbs and then explodes into a great big wall of sound. Heavy on the guitar and absolutely brilliant.


1 Damien Jurado – Exit 353

A big song with big meaning and a wide expansive sound that splits right open about a minute and half in. It’s that exact moment that clinched its numero uno spot for me. The moment I wish for really expensive speakers that can do its majesty justice. Sigh.


A change of school and routine means no school anthem this year, unless you count Thought For the Day. Not really.


Best gig of 2016:

Damien Jurado, Islington Assembly Hall, London, April 2016

Just edged it over Jamie T; a phenomenal gig, worth the midweek trek to the Big Smoke. Despite being surrounded by people over seven feet tall, every bit of neck ache was worth it when he played a beautiful version of one of my favourites, Museum of Flight.


Tomorrow we have Mad Mackerel’s top twenty of the year. To check out the Italian Job’s top 20 click here or here for Chris T Popper’s selections. Click for the full run down of our 100 favourite tracks (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and albums.



The first of our four individual listings comes from The Italian Job – she of the detailed spreadsheets and punk rock outlook. Listen on Spotify here.

20. Underworld – I Exhale


19. The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall


18. Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving


17. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall


16. Terry Malts – Used To Be


15. Quiet Hollers – Broken Guitar


14. Parquet Courts – Dust


13. Black Mountain – Florian Saucer Attack


12. Old Sea Brigade – Sleep In The Park


11. Mind Spiders –  Cold


10. Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy
Let’s start with this song that, quite frankly (and weirdly) I am still not quite sure what to make of. It is an unusual Jamie T’s song, to say the list, but I have to be true to my admit that I just find it absolutely brilliant and totally catching. So, in all its glorious eccentricity, there it is, happily sitting at no.10.


9. The Julie Ruin – I Decide
This song nearly didn’t make it to my top ten because, you know, fierce competition and all that.. but I was just kidding myself! These girls managed to combine whimsical and nonsensical lyrics sung with a childish, cheeky voice with earth-shattering bass guitars mixed with a slightly dark but brilliant beat. It’s catchy, it works, I love it!


8. Flat Worms – Red Hot Sand
This track’s got it all. The noise, the energy, the sand, the heat, the sweat, the City of Angels.. you can feel it all! Without a doubt the best intro of my entire top 20, a screechy prelude to bold and distorted guitars reminiscent of the soundtrack to a particularly violent ’70 television crime drama. Hot!


7. James Arthur’s Manhunt – Kill Zone
A last minute entry, this song delivers the perfect balance between anger and.. more anger; my cup of tea, it hit me instantly! The ‘wicked’ brief guitar solo about two minutes into the song is what definitely sealed the deal for me! A powerful track.


6. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Hammers and Nails
It could not get more ‘folk’ than this, totally captivating! Hammers and Nails tells of ancient tales from the deep south, ritualistic dance routines around bonfires (well, in my head at least) and unnerving dark secrets. With its infectious beats it has firmly remained one of my favourite songs of this year since the first time I’ve listened to it.


5. Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge
This is another last minute entry and holds a special place in my heart -and in my top 10. I read there is a story behind this song, a story of difficult times and a mental health struggle that gives it a deep meaning that goes beyond the beautiful, sweet and romantic tone. The lead singers’ voices are stunning and heart warming, this is a true gem of a song.


4. Mind Spiders – Running
Brilliantly played, from the first sharp guitar note this song’s pace is relentless and intense, borderline exhausting. It perfectly conveys the message in the title, setting off my little brain on a mild state of underlying-anxiety. It starts on a high that unrelentingly continues throughout. Cannot get enough of it.


3. Great American Canyon Band – Undertow
What a beautiful, beautiful song. A deep, languid ballad that gets better and better with every upcoming note, until the lead guitar comes in and suddenly takes it to yet another level. I could get lost in this song, I could praise it ‘at infinitum’. It’s an outstanding piece of music.


2. TRAAMS – A House on Fire
Seeing TRAAMS live recently was a revelation in itself, their performance was nothing short of magnificent! Powerful, aggressive, implacable, with unbelievably impressive guitars. Their latest single A House on Fire is all this and even more, if any more is possible! An 8-minute long, epic, mind-blogging track that totally blew me away. One thing is clear, TRAAMS do not mess about.


1. Ashley Shadow – Tired
Every now and then a song comes along that, like a mirror, seems to have the power to reflect a bit of your life back at you, that makes you think and makes you ‘feel’, with a message comforting and melancholic at the same time. This is what this stunning, timeless piece does for me. Ashley Shadow’s voice is angelic, warm and reassuring; the song is classy, beautiful, unsophisticated. My indisputable choice for the top spot of the year. Totally deserves it!


Tomorrow we have Chris T Popper’s favourite twenty songs of the year. Click through to check out our favourite 100 tracks of 2016 (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and our album choices here.


Here are our favourite albums of 2016. We have to go against the flow a bit and say up front there is no place for David Bowie. Great though he was, and tragic that he died two days after the release of a good album, for us that was what it was, a good album, but not a great one. And besides he is topping damn near every other list.

30 Adam Torres – Pearls To Swine



29 BRONCHO – Double Vanity



28 Communist Daughter – The Cracks That Built The Wall



27 Cold Pumas – The Hanging Valley



26 Hooded Fang – Venus On Edge



25 Jamie T – Trick



24 The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset



23 Goat – Requiem



22 Kevin Morby – Singing Saw



21 The Cave Singers – Banshee



20 Conor Oberst – Ruminations



19 Black Mountain – IV



18 Pixies – Head Carrier



17 Big Thief – Masterpiece



16 Wilco – Shmilco



15 Velcro Hooks – Velcro Hooks



14 Terry Malts – Lost At The Party



13 Terry – Terry HQ



12 PJ Harvey – Hope Six Demolition Project



11 Mind Spiders – Prosthesis



10 Angel Olsen – My Woman



9 Lucy Dacus – No Burden



8 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity



7 Cass McCombs – Mangy Love



6 Damien Jurado – Vision Of Us On The Land


5 Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp


4 The Felice Brothers – Life In The Dark



3 Great American Canyon Band – Only You Remain



2 Parquet Courts – Human Performance



1 Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial



Check out our favourite 100 tracks of the year here (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and look out tomorrow for the start of our individual lists…


And so here we are, our favourite tracks of the year counting down from 25 to number 1.



25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife


24 Little Barrie – I.5.C.A.


23 She Drew The Gun – Since You Were Not Mine


22 Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank


21 Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge


20 Mitski – Your Best American Girl


19 Dr Dog – Bring My Baby Back


18 Yak – Victorious (National Anthem)


17 Car Seat Headrest – (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)


16 TRAAMS – A House On Fire


15 Terry – Don’t Say Sorry


14 The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall


13 Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy


12 Flat Worms – Red Hot Sand


11 Black Mountain – Florian Saucer Attack


10 The Mind Spiders – Running


9 Underworld – I Exhale


8 James Arthur’s Manhunt – Kill Zone


7 Terry Malts – Used To Be


6 Van William – Revolution


5 Damien Jurado – Exit 353


4 The Pixies – Um Chagga Lagga


3 Great American Canyon Band – Undertow


2 Ashley Shadow – Tired


1 Parquet Courts – Dust


So that’s our top 100 done for another year. Check back for the rest of the countdown here (100-76, 75-51, 50-26) and look out for our favourite albums list tomorrow and then individual lists from The Italian Job, Chris T Popper, Mrs Mackerel, and MM.

Check out previous end-of-year best ofs using the links at the top of the page.


It’s here! Our countdown of our favourite tracks of 2016 as nominated by MM, Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper and The Italian Job. Part One sees us counting down from 100 to 76.

So without further ado…


100 Oldermost – Finally Unsure


99 Slaves – People That You Meet


98 Spoilers – No Pressure


97 Adam Torres – Morning Rain


96 Johnny Dowd – Whiskey Ate My Brain


95 Molly Parden – Kentucky, I


94 The Felice Brothers – Jack At The Asylum


93 Horse Thief – Another Youth


92 Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day


91 The Coathangers – Watch Your Back


90 Whitney – No Woman


89 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker


88 Haybaby – Joke/Rope


87 Springtime Carnivore – Raised By Wolves


86 Jamie T – Tescoland


85 VATS – Melting Culture


84 Holly Throsby – What Do You Say


83 Happyness – Falling Down


82 Hooded Fang – Tunnel Vision


81 The Felice Brothers – Aerosol Ball


80 Bueno – Babyface


79 Loch Lomond – Silver Felt


78 Velcro Hooks – Galaxy Police Club


77 Carter Tanton – Twentynine Palms


76 Avers – Insects


Check back for Part 2 (75-51) tomorrow.

best of the weekHere are nine tunes that may hopefully bring at least a glimmer of light in a bad, bad week.

New releases from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Little Barrie, Shy Girls and Luxury Death, a cover from Of Montreal and some anti-Trump sentiment from Black Lips and Charly Bliss. Jamie T has released a video for our favourite song from his latest album and Australian singer-songwriter Holly Throsby has Mark Kozelek guesting on a gorgeous, soothing ballad.

It is all relative…Enjoy.

  1. Jamie T – Tescoland
  2. Little Barrie – Love or Love
  3. Of Montreal – Find Yourself  (Jacco Gardner cover)
  4. Charly Bliss – Turd
  5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Rattlesnake
  6. Holly Throsby (feat. Mark Kozelek) – What Do You Say?
  7. Black Lips – Deaf Dumb And Blind
  8. Luxury Death – Painkiller
  9. Shy Girls – Trivial Motion











best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)











New Single From Jamie T

Posted: June 30, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rap, Rock

Jamie T Tinfoil Boy

Jamie T is back with a cracking new single.

Tinfoil Boy is a tense, angst-ridden rocker which erupts into a dark, anthemic chorus. It is the first track since 2014’s brilliant comeback album Carry On The Grudge.

Listen below.



And so begins the second quarter of our annual countdown of our favourite tracks of the year.

75 Joe Ely – Wounded Creek


74 Great American Canyon Band – Crash


73 Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle


72 The Quite Hollers – Mont Blanc


71 Heaters – Mean Green


70 Tough Age – New Orleans Square


69 Chris Staples – Dark Side Of The Moon


68 Telegraph Canyon – Why Let It Go


67 The Tulips – Winter Winds


66 H. Hawkline – Spooky Dog


65 Ex-Cult – Stick The Knife In


64 Screaming Females – Ripe


63 Courtney Barnett – Depreston


62 Amason – The Moon As A Kite


61 Grandparents – Kids In The Alley


60 Songhoy Blues – Soubour


59 Faith Healer – No Car


58 Haunted Hearts – Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good


57 Futurekids – White Girl In A Wu Tang T-Shirt


56 Bueno – Assed Out


55 Jamie T – Marilyn Monroe


54 Creepoid – American Smile


53 Woolen Men – Life In Hell


52 John Grant – Disappointing


51 Tallest Man On Earth – Sagres


Check back on Monday for numbers 50 through to 26, and click here for numbers 100 – 76.

Following yesterday’s posting of Riverbed from Jamie T’s upcoming EP Magnolia Melancholia, you can now listen to the title track below.

Once again, brilliant.