Here it is, the final part of my 2009 round-up, and a look at the best gigs throughout the year. There were many gigs deserving of praise, and many artists who narrowly missed the cut (see list at the bottom), however I have restricted the list to my favourite 10 gigs of the year. The top 10 is presented in chronological order, as unlike albums it’s hard to revisit the performance to choose the order, and they’re all winners!
The Acorn – Brixton Windmill (13th March)
One of the most fun small gigs of the year, my first proper glimpse (first headline show) into the brilliance of The Acorn as a live band. Whilst on record their music is beautiful and fairly relaxed on the whole, the live show brings a lot more energy. This gig was small, sweaty, and from what I remember the band played a nice long set. I think it was their first London headlining gig, a warm up for their Elbow support slot at Wembley Arena the following night, which brings me nicely to gig number 2…
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Tagged Australian Pink Floyd, Best Gigs of 2009, David Ford, Elbow, End Of Year, I Am Kloot, Nick Cave, revere, The Acorn, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem, The Mars Volta
Being a music geek I have to admit I’m a bit of a fan of stats & lists. This very reason is why sites like Last.fm and Songkick. They allow music geeks like me to track who they have seen & listened to, and then present them back in some nice lists, as well as gathering some great data about people’s listening habits and gig attendance as a whole, not just on an individual basis.
So before I reveal (i.e. finish writing) my top albums and gigs of the year, here are some of the ‘highlights’ of what I’ve been up to taken from those very sites. If you get bored easily by lists, look away now!
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Tagged babybird, Broken Records, David Ford, De Rosa, Duke Special, Fanfarlo, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Genesis, Gigs, I Am Kloot, Idlewild, Last.fm, Lists, Neil Young, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, revere, Songkick, Stats, Super Furry Animals, The Acorn, The Beatles, The Fiery Furnaces, The Leisure Society, The Low Anthem
I Am Kloot are a band I never seem to tire of seeing live. Thankfully, regardless of whether they have a new album to promote or not, they seem to manage several live outings each year (both as a band, and John Bramwell solo gigs), especially for those of us living in London or Manchester. The original reason for this short solo tour was to promote a re-release of John’s solo mini-album ‘You, Me And The Alarm Clock’, originally released nearly 20 years ago under the name ‘Johnny Dangerously’. Sadly a problem with the pressing meant it didn’t happen in time for the tour.
I haven’t had an ‘average’ week for gigs in ages. It’s either been very quiet (like the last few weeks), or jam packed like this upcoming week. Throw in a work Xmas party on Thurs, it’s shaping up to be a crazy week, but at least it’s not long til the holidays!!
Modest Mouse – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Mon 14th Dec)
I was quite late to the party in discovering Modest Mouse, and so aside from part of their set at Glastonbury a few years ago, this will be my first proper chance to see them live. With a fairly recent EP release (‘No One’s First And You’re Next’), and an appearance at this weekend’s ATP festival, they’re playing a short UK tour.
Very much looking forward to this one, I’m a big fan of the last 3 albums, and from what I’ve read I should check out the earlier ones too. I’m hoping for a good selection across the back catalogue, and will be very pleased if we get one of the longer tracks like ‘Spitting Venom’, ‘The Stars Are Projectors’ or the superb ‘The Whale Song’ from the new EP – check out the video below.