Kristin Hersh - For more than just the music she made - for being the person she is and for painting a future that I can believe in.
Nina Nastasia - Never disappointing on record and one show that I will rate amongst my most memorable. If pushed You Follow Me might be my album of the decade.
The Clientele - Probably the band I've seen most over the decade, and not disappointed, not even once... and a run of perfect albums over that time too.
Damon & Naomi, Luna, Dean & Britta - I consider myself very lucky that in Galaxie 500's demise I was gifted with three acts I adore and the chance to be friends with some of the nicest people.
Joanna Newsom - Two stunning albums, one great (and one fairtly good) performance. Ys could have been album of the decade but I'm now unable to put it into lists or charts - it can't be found next to anything else.
The Xx - The snob in me is bothered by just how popular The Xx have become. But I still keep listening to the album and it really is quite excellent.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - This year has been sprinkled liberally with nostalgia - whether it has been me dipping into my metal past with Sabbath and Hawkwind, or spending time with Lush, Pale Saints, Bleach and Drugstore - the late 80s and early 90s nostalgia was fueled by The Pains...
13 Most Beautiful... - The DVD is good but I've mostly listened to 13 Most Beautiful as an album, having ripped the audio from the DVD. It works beyond the films.
13 Most Beautiful... - Carnegie Hall - Not just for the show - although that was exceptional, but for the event, for the before and the after. And for Tugboat as an encore.
Dean & Britta - St Giles - More for what it was because if I think to hard there were disappointments - the venue worked better as an idea than in reality. But lovely all the same.