Not many classics this year but lots I loved - here, off the top of my head, are some... for the sake of wanting to have an album of the year I'll give it to...

Wye Oak - Civilian

Wye Oak

Although any one of these three could also have been in that slot...

  • The Unthanks - Last
  • Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
  • The Feelies - Here Before


The Feelies
And these also got plenty of plays...

  • Bjork - Biophilia
  • Trembling Bells - The Constant Pageant
  • Damon & Naomi - False Beats and True Hearts
  • Lanterns on the Lake - Gracious Tide Take Me Home
  • The Unthanks - Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons (although specifically the Robert Wyatt side)
  • Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
  • Amor de Días - Street of the Love of Days


There were lots more

Last.fm reckons different:
Top 10 artists:

  1. Luna
  2. Galaxie 500
  3. The Unthanks
  4. The Feelies
  5. Damon & Naomi
  6. Throwing Muses
  7. Stereolab
  8. Motörhead
  9. The Beatles
  10. Big Star


Top 11 tracks

  1. The Unthanks - Gan To The Kye
  2. The Unthanks - Starless
  3. The Unthanks - The Gallowgate Lad
  4. Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste
  5. The Unthanks - Queen of Hearts
  6. The Unthanks - Last
  7. Luna - Slide
  8. Galaxie 500 - Ceremony
  9. Lower Dens - Two Cocks
  10. Damon & Naomi - How Do I Say Goodbye
  11. The Feelies - Should Be Gone


Top 10 albums
The Unthanks

  1. The Unthanks - Last
  2. Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
  3. The Feelies - Here Before
  4. Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement
  5. Wye Oak - Civilian
  6. Damon & Naomi - False Beats and True Hearts
  7. Galaxie 500 - On Fire
  8. Gordon McIntyre - Midsummer: A Play With Songs
  9. Big Star - #1 Record / Radio City
  10. Nancy Sinatra - Lightning's Girl: Greatest Hits 1965-1971

And the rather puny list of this years gigs...

  • Damon & Naomi, Woodpecker Wooliams and Birdengine
  • The Unthanks
  • Stevie Jackson
  • St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon
  • Throwing Muses, Spectrals and Special Benny
  • Anna Calvi and Halloween, Alaska
  • Truck Festival 2011
  • Electrelane, Halo Halo
  • Ozzy Osbourne, Revoker
  • Damon & Naomi, Richard Youngs and Michio Kurihara
  • Damon & Naomi
  • Transmitters
  • Dean Wareham, Haight Ashbury
  • The Unthanks, Trembling Bells
  • Piano Magic, Ringo Deathstarr and SPC ECO
  • Dean Wareham, Ringo Deathstarr and Echo Lake
  • Kristin Hersh

Dean & Britta @ Truck Festival