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How to begin? Well I like lists and everyone is usually subjected to my favourite things of the year. So here are my favourite musical moments.

Musical Highlight:
Easy… PIXIES. Finally they come to Australia. I was lucky enough to see them in London a couple years back, but nothing could match the thrill of seeing them in your home town in a relatively small venue. I wasn’t special enough (the “industry” nor the bouncers didn’t think so) to get into the “secret” gig at the Nothcote Social Club, but did salivate outside with a handful of other devoted fans and could at least hear and see through the beer garden windows almost all the gig. But I was right in front of Joey for the Palace show. Greatest gig ever… yep. Fanboy… unashamedly. Fanboy rhetoric? Maybe. But it is still the greatest gig ever, after hundreds and hundreds of shows I have seen. Perfect set, perfect sound, perfect songs. Earplugs were left out and as a result I think it was the gig that officially bought tinnitis. Also the last show I saw at the Palace before it was reduced to ashes. How fitting.

Best Albums:
This year was one of surprises. I ended up liking different albums to what I would have expected, and not listening to ones I was waiting for. Both exciting and disappointing all at once.

1. Battles “Mirrored” – A work colleague asked “have you seen the clip by a band called Battles”? I saw and heard Atlas and fell in love. The album has so many awesome moments that it is number one without doubt.

2. LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver” – Hyped? Yep. But is it still any good? You bet. This took me a while to get into, but when I did I couldn’t (and still can’t) stop listening. Plus James Murphy and co are here next month. Sweet.

3. Klaxons “Myths of the Near Future” – Another out of left field. Atlantis to Interzone got me and the rest hooked me in.

4. Radiohead “In Rainbows” – So by now you are thinking that this list is a bit cliche, and in some respects it is. But when Radiohead drop a new album out of the blue and it is gold, what can you do?

5. Okkervil River “The Stage Names” – I loved “Black Sheep Boy” but this blew it out of the water.

6. Daft Punk “Alive 2007” – Never would I have thought Daft Punk would be in a list of mine. I was one of the few who thought “Human After All” was not that bad, but nothing prepares for how great this live set is. Only disappointing thing is I haven’t seen the pyramid.

7. New Pornographers “Challengers” – Fanboy reference number 2. A.C. can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. Yes it is more understated, but it is still amazingly catchy. I guess some New Porn backlash from reviewers had to come at some point. Not sure why though.

8. Beirut “The Flying Club Cup” – How do you back up one of the most original albums in a while? Make one even better.

9. Kings of Leon “Because of the Times” – Debates continue between some friends and I about the “new” KoL. Maybe they are pretty boys now, and On Call does grate a little, but the rest is very very cool.

10. White Stripes “Icky Thump” – Fanboy reference number 3. Jack White can do no wrong either. But was anyone ready for just how fun this album would be? Rag and Bone is easily one of the song highlights of the year.

Honourable Mention: Dinosaur Jr “Beyond” – Who would have thought that this comeback would result in a “best album of career”? Well it did.

Don’t Understand: Arcade Fire. I just don’t get the raves. I have tried. Neon Bible just isn’t very good?!

Feedback welcome… muttler


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