Jim Carroll

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Listapalooza: The Ticket music writers’ Best Of 2012 lists

Are you ready for another set of lists? I bet you are. It’s not just Santa Claus who gets his kicks making lists at this time of year. Everyone goes list-crazy because everyone loves lists. For those of us in …

Fri, Dec 14, 2012, 09:55

   

Are you ready for another set of lists? I bet you are. It’s not just Santa Claus who gets his kicks making lists at this time of year. Everyone goes list-crazy because everyone loves lists. For those of us in the list-making business, this is prime time for sticking stuff on a page, adding numbers and then doing another list. Talk to any hack in December and they will growl “no more fecking lists, please”.

But lists do, to paraphrase The Dude, really tie the year together. You remember stuff you’ve overlooked, check out what writers you like liked (see Donald Clarke’s annual list here and stop going on about OTR being obscure and up its own hoop, aiiight) and get a general overview on the previous 12 months.

After the jump, you will find my Top 30 albums and tracks for 2012. You will also find the albums, tracks, Irish bands and gigs of 2012 as voted for by me and Ticket rock/pop writers Una Mullally, Lauren Murphy, Brian Boyd, Tony Clayton-Lea, Ailbhe Malone, Laurence Mackin, Ian Maleney and Aoife Barry. These selections were the basis for the shortlists for The Ticket Awards, which are currently being voted on by readers, and the results of which will be revealed in The Ticket next Friday (December 21). By the way, if you haven’t voted already, you have until Sunday at midnight to do so here.

JIM CARRROLL

Albums of the Year

(1) Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid, mAAd City”
(2) Dr John “Ice Age”
(3) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(4) Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream”
(5) Django Django “Django Django”
(6) Laurel Halo “Quarantine”
(7) John Talabot “Fin”
(8) Breton “Other Peoples Problems”
(9) Seamus Fogarty “God Damn You Mountain”
(10) Delorentos “Little Sparks”
(11) The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “The Bitter Here & Now”
(12) Bobby Womack “The Bravest Man In the Universe”
(13) Robert Glasper Experiment “Black Radio”
(14) Merchandise “Children Of Desire”
(15) The xx “Coexist”
(16) Adrian Crowley “I See Three Birds Flying”
(17) Delilah “From the Roots Up”
(18) Milagres “Glowing Mouth”
(19) Cat Power “Sun”
(20) Actress “RIP”
(21) Killer Mike “R.A.P Music”
(22) Christian Scott “Christian aTunde Adjuah”
(23) Grimes “Visions”
(24) Japandroids “Celebration Rock”
(25) Jessie Ware “Devotion”
(26) Jack White “Blunderbuss”
(27) Bill Fay “Life Is People”
(28) Sinkane “Mars” (DFA)
(29) Flying Lotus “Until the Quiet Comes”
(30) Michael Kiwanuka “Home Again”

Tracks of the Year

(1) Le1f “Wut”
(2) Hot 8 Brass Band “Ghost Town”
(3) Hot Natured “Benediction”
(4) Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built”
(5) Killer Mike “Big Beast”
(6) Solange “Losing You”
(7) TNGHT “Higher Ground”
(8) Soak “Sea Creatures”
(9) Villagers “The Waves”
(10) Siren “Buckets Of Blood”
(11) Frank B “Chain Of Fools”
(12) Kendrick Lamar “The Art Of Peer Pressure”
(13) Orquesta “Kokomo”
(14) The Neighbourhood “Sweater Weather”
(15) Daphni “Yes I Know”
(16) Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs “I Watch You”
(17) Jin Jin & The Ragdolls/Mikill Pane “Cashpoint Drama”
(18) Holograms “ABC City”
(19) St Lucia “September”
(20) Funkineven & Fatima “Phone Line”
(21) Jagwar Ma “Come Save Me”
(22) Robert Glasper Experiment “Afro Blue”
(23) Miguel “Adorn”
(24) Grimes “Oblivion”
(25) Haim “Forever”
(26) Boy “Little Numbers”
(27) Chief Keef “I Don’t Like”
(28) Kitty Pryde “Okay Cupid”
(29) Quakers “Fitta Happier”
(30) Jai Paul “Jasmine”

Gigs of the Year

(1) Watch the Throne: Jay-Z & Kanye West (O2, Dublin)
(2) The xx (Electric Picnic)
(3) Chic (Galway Arts Festival)
(4) Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny AKA LAPD (Electric Picnic)
(5) Kendrick Lamar (SXSW, Austin, Texas)

Irish acts of the Year

(1) Bleeding Heart Pigeons
(2) The Strypes
(3) Soak
(4) Katharine Philippa
(5) Little Green Cars

UNA MULLALLY

Albums

(1) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(2) John Talabot “fin”
(3) Alt-J “An Awesome Wave”
(4) Crystal Castles “III”
(5) Delorentos “Little Sparks”
(6) Kendrick Lamar “good kid m.A.A.d city”
(7) The xx “Coexist”
(8) Tame Impala “Lonerism”
(9) Actress “RIP”
(10) Beach House “Bloom”

Tracks

(1) Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
(2) Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments”
(3) Icona Pop “I Love It”
(4) Driicky Graham “Snapbacks & Tattoos”
(5) Grimes “Oblivion”

Gigs

(1) Watch the Throne: Jay-Z & Kanye West (O2, Dublin)
(2) Le Galaxie (Electric Picnic)
(3) Patti Smith (Electric Picnic)
(4) Gold Panda (Body & Soul)
(5) Scissor Sisters (Olympia, Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Delorentos
(2) MMOTHS
(3) Heathers
(4) Two Door Cinema Club
(5) Le Galaxie

LAUREN MURPHY

Albums

(1) Django Django “Django Django”
(2) Rufus Wainwright “Out of the Game”
(3) Antony and the Johnsons “Cut the World”
(4) Field Music “Plumb”
(5) Alt-J “An Awesome Wave”
(6) The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “The Brutal Here and Now”
(7) Passion Pit “Gossamer”
(8) Milagres “Glowing Mouth”
(9) Frank Ocean “channel ORANGE”
(10) Bat for Lashes “The Haunted Man”

Tracks

(1) Hot Chip “Night & Day”
(2) Marina and the Diamonds “Primadonna”
(3) Azealia Banks “212″
(4) Grimes “Oblivion”
(5) Andrew Bird “Eyeoneye”

Gigs

(1) Django Django (Grand Social, Dublin)
(2) Cathy Davey – Whelan’s, Dublin)
(3) The Magnetic Fields (Olympia Theatre, Dublin)
(4) Santigold (Button Factory, Dublin)
(5) Grandaddy (Electric Picnic)

Irish acts

(1) The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock
(2) Mumblin’ Deaf Ro
(3) Adrian Crowley
(4) The Cast of Cheers
(5) Katie Kim

TONY CLAYTON-LEA

Albums

(1) Julie Feeney “Clocks”
(2) Delorentos “Little Sparks”
(3) First Aid Kit “The Lion’s Roar”
(4) Bob Dylan “Tempest”
(5) Adrian Crowley “I See Three Birds Flying”
(6) Tracey Thorn “Tinsel & Lights”
(7) Beach House “Bloom”
(8) Maria Doyle Kennedy “Sing”
(9) Jack White “Blunderbuss”
(10) Alt-J “An Awesome Wave”

Tracks

(1) Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ Bout You”
(2) Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pools”
(3) Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait”
(4) Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
(5) David Guetta & Sia “Titanium”

Gigs

(1) The Staves (Sugar Club, Dublin)
(2) Spiritualised (Vicar St, Dublin)
(3) Forbidden Fruit (IMMA, Dublin)
(4) Bruce Springsteen (RDS, Dublin)
(5) Jack White (O2, Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Julie Feeney
(2) Villagers
(3) Gemma Hayes
(4) Glen Hansard
(5) Si Schroeder

IAN MALENEY

Albums

(1) Aine O’Dwyer “Music For Church Cleaners”
(2) Alexander Tucker “Third Mouth”
(3) Choo Choo Shoe Shoot “Playland”
(4) Kyle Bobby Dunn “Bring Me The Head Of…”
(5) Merchandise “Children Of Desire”
(6) Mount Eerie “Ocean Roar”
(7) Pallbearer “Sorrow & Extinction”
(8) Richard Skelton “Verse Of Birds”
(9) Swans “The Seer”
(10) Voices From The Lake “Voices From The Lake”

Tracks

(1) Grimes “Genesis”
(2) Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments”
(3) Merchandise “Become Who You Are”
(4) TR-One “Living In, Now”
(5) Swearin’ “Kenosha”

Gigs

(1) Iceage (Montague Street, Dublin)
(2) Grouper (Unitarian Church, Dublin)
(3) Pye Corner Audio (Subground 43, Dublin)
(4) Jeff Mills (Twisted Pepper, Dublin)
(5) Sparks (Button Factory, Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Katie Kim
(2) Cian Nugent
(3) Aine O’Dwyer
(4) Orquesta
(5) Lemonada

AILBHE MALONE

Albums

(1) Jessie Ware “Devotion”
(2) Lana Del Rey “Born to Die”
(3) Marina and the Diamonds “Electra Heart”
(4) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(5) Bat For Lashes “The Haunted Man”
(6) How to Dress Well “Total Loss”
(7) Cat Power “Sun”
(8) Grimes “Genesis”
(9) Gabriel Bruce “Love In Arms”
(10) David Byrne and Saint Vincent “Love This Giant”

Tracks

(1) Demi Lovato “Skyscraper”
(2) Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
(3) Cheryl “Call My Name”
(4) Justin Bieber “Boyfriend”
(5) Rihanna “Diamonds”

Gigs

(1) Bat for Lashes (Forum, London)
(2) First Aid Kit (Scala, London)
(3) Green Day (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London)

Irish acts

(1) Orquesta
(2) Little Green Cars
(3) No Monster Club
(4) The Cast of Cheers
(5) Two Door Cinema Club

LAURENCE MACKIN

Albums

(1) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(2) Dr John “Locked Down”
(3) Bobby Womack “The Bravest Man in the Universe”
(4) Plan B “Ill Manors”
(5) Wallis Bird “Wallis Bird”
(6) Alt-J “An Awesome Wave”
(7) Kimbra “Vows”
(8) Robert Glasper “Black Radio”
(9) Seamus Fogarty “God Damn You Mountain”
(10) Brian Eno “Lux”

Tracks

(1) Frank Ocean “Pyramids”
(2) Plan B “Ill Manors”
(3) Dr John “Getaway”
(4) Alt J “Tessellate”
(5) Villagers “The Waves”

Gigs

(1) Dr John (Vicar Street, Dublin)
(2) The Bad Plus (NCH, Dublin)
(3) Le Galaxie (Forbidden Fruit, Dublin)
(4) SBTRKT (Electric Picnic)
(5) Tigran Hamasyan (John Field Room, NCH Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Wallis Bird
(2) Le Galaxie
(3) Seamus Fogarty
(4) Van Morrison
(5) Mick Flannery

AOIFE BARRY

Albums

(1) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(2) Sharon Van Etten “Tramp”
(3) Laura Sheeran “What the World Knows”
(4) Perfume Genius “Put Your Back In 2 It”
(5) Seti the First “Melting Cavalry”
(6) Sam Jackson “Sharp and Flat”
(7) Robert Glasper Experiment “Black Radio”
(8) Fiona Apple “The Idler Wheel”
(9) Katie Kim “Cover & Flood”
(10) Dr John “Locked Down”

Tracks

(1) Grimes “Oblivion”
(2) WIFE “Bodies”
(3) Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ About You”
(4) The Shins “Simple Song”
(5) DIIV “How Long Have You Known?”

Gigs

(1) Sharon Van Etten (Whelan’s, Dublin)
(2) Perfume Genius (Electric Picnic)
(3) John Talabot (Primavera, Barcelona)
(4) Solar Bears (Electric Picnic)
(5) Laura Sheeran & Katie Kim (Whelan’s, Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Windings
(2) Laura Sheeran
(3) Katie Kim
(4) Squarehead
(5) Yawning Chasm

BRIAN BOYD

Albums

(1) Saint Etienne “Words and Music”
(2) Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
(3) Paul Buchanan “Mid Air”
(4) Jack White “Blunderbuss”
(5) Bobby Womack “The Bravest Man In The Universe”
(6) Jessie Ware “Devotion”
(7) The Chieftains “Voice Of Ages”
(8) David Byrne and St Vincent “Love This Giant”
(9) Spiritualized “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light”
(10) Django Django “Django Django”

Tracks

(1) Polica “Wandering Star”
(2) Best Coast “The Only Place”
(3) Beach House “Myth”
(4) Grizzy Bear “Yet Again”
(5) Sleigh Bells “Comeback Kids”

Gigs

(1) Watch the Throne: Jay-Z & Kanye West (O2, Dublin)
(2) Patti Smith (Electric Picnic)
(3) Van Morrison (Belfast Arts Festival
(4) Jack White (O2, Dublin)
(5) Band Of Horses (Olympia, Dublin)

Irish acts

(1) Little Green Cars
(2) Orquesta
(3) Jogging
(4) Damian Dempsey
(5) Mick Flannery

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