Another year nearly over and its time for my top ten. Been to 11 gigs over the year compared to 21 gigs last year, Sign of the times I guess. It's been a bit of a crazy year to be honest and glad im seeing the back of it. Been to some outstanding quality gigs over the year, including a great live perfomance from Two Door Cinema Club in Dolans when they were just exploding on the scene. Doubt we will see them around limerick soon and if that at the price of ten euro. Its been a great year for Irish acts as you will see from my list. The list of albums below are in no particular order as always. They are just albums I have kept going back to over the year. Hope you all have a great Christmas and a great 2011, Thanks for reading throughout the year. One more thing go and buy/download the rubberbandits "Horse Outside" keep XCraptor off the crimbo no.1 slot again.
Fionn Regan - Shadow of an Empire Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away Cathy Davey - The Nameless The National - High Violet Villagers - Becoming a Jackal Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV Bruce Springsteen - The Promise James Vincent Mc Morrow - Early in the Morning Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks O Emperor - Hither Thither
Notable Mentions to the following gems :Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History, Guggenheim Grotto - The Universe is Laughing, Band of Horses - Infinite Arms , Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now , Arcade Fire - The Suburbs , Interpol - Interpol , Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Lowering the tone , I am Kloot - Sky At Night , Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline, Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can , Neil Young - Le Noise, Midlake – The Courage of Others, Manic Street Preachers – Postcards from a Young Man