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The Ledge’s Top 10 Gigs of 2006

I went to a total of 59 gigs in 2006 and three festivals (if you count the three hours I spent at D:percussion). Of those 59 gigs, here’s my top ten:

  1. Broken Social Scene – Manchester Academy 2, 14th February
  2. Nick Cave – Bridgewater Hall, 6th February
  3. Calexico/Iron And Wine – Manchester Academy, 21st April
  4. My Morning Jacket – Manchester Academy 2, 23rd August
  5. Lambchop – Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, 24th October
  6. Calexico – Liverpool Academy, 3rd November
  7. Mogwai – Manchester Academy, 24th September
  8. Morrissey – G-Mex, 22nd December / The Lowry Centre, 18th April
  9. Final Fantasy – The Circle Club, 13th May
  10. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Liverpool Korova, 31st August

And my top five festival sets were:

  1. The New Pornographers at ATP
  2. Belle & Sebastian at Summer Sundae
  3. The Decemberists at ATP
  4. Dinosaur Jr at ATP
  5. ¡Forward Russia! at Summer Sundae
Posted by The Ledge on 30th December 2006 at 5:28 pm | comments (1)
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Music Blog Top 100 Albums of 2005

Indie For Dummies has posted the results of a fairly impressive survey of music blog top albums of 2005. A huge number of blogs, including The Indie Credential, were surveyed to yield the top 100 albums and the list is quite agreeable, to us at least.

Posted by The Ledge on 2nd January 2006 at 11:47 pm | comments (2)
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Justhipper’s Top 15 Gigs of 2005

  1. Arcade Fire, Manchester Academy, May 4th/Leeds Festival, August 28th
  2. The Tears – Manchester Academy 2, February 13th/Liverpool Academy, April 23rd
  3. Antony & the JohnsonsManchester Hop & Grape, June 28th
  4. The DecemberistsToronto Phoenix, May 21st
  5. Editors – Manchester Night & Day, January (15th?)
  6. EelsManchester Apollo, October 13th
  7. The PixiesManchester Apollo, August 30th
  8. Richard HawleyManchester Hop & Grape, November 14th
  9. Interpol – Manchester Apollo, July 8th
  10. Echo & the BunnymenLeeds Festival, August 26th
  11. Joanna NewsomManchester Academy 2, April 14th
  12. The DearsManchester Academy 2, February 4th
  13. The Wedding PresentLeeds Poly, March 6th
  14. Clap Your Hands Say YeahLiverpool Academy, November 21st
  15. The Go-BetweensLiverpool Academy, May 10th
Posted by JustHipper on 24th December 2005 at 12:12 am | comments (0)
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Justhipper’s Top 15 Albums of 2005

2005 is the year in which I got to grips with all the CDs we bought in 2004, which made this list really difficult. Ledge has spent the year acquiring the critics choices for the year, yet I feel I really got to know very few of them well. The list below represents the ones that stuck in my memory most, and the list of CDs for which I’m going to spend the most time getting to know every blip and squawk in 2006. There’s so many more sitting near the CD player waiting for a first play, including Elbow, Teenage Fanclub, Wolf Parade, Animal Collective, Okkervil River and Calexico & Iron & Wine. But here’s the list, as unrepresentative as it may be.

  1. Arcade Fire – Funeral
  2. Realising that this came out in 2004 in North America, we didn’t hear it until December 2004, and didn’t own the album until it came out in the UK properly in February 2005. It was probably the most startling and striking thing I heard in 2005 (short of Antony Hegarty’s voice) and was at once the most celebratory and vibrant album I’ve heard in years.

  3. The Tears – Here Come the Tears
  4. I have always been a massive Suede fan but was not expecting much from this reunion of Brett Anderson & Bernard Butler because these things are never as good as you want them to be. Not so The Tears. While the album itself is far from perfect, it does reflect a new direction for their songwriting and a brilliant jumping off point for their new project. It showcases some of the strongest aspects of their musical talents including the beauty of Brett’s descriptive storytelling, Bernard’s meandering guitar melodies and a flair for both lavish overproduction that complements the more ridiculous lyrical excesses and pop moments as well as a real understanding that sometimes the silences and the gaps make the songs.

  5. The Decemberists – Picaresque
  6. This is simply one of the most unusual and charming records to grace anyone’s record collection in years. How can you possibly find fault, or, in fact, not grow to love an album about double suicides, revenge, giant whales, spies, sporting failures and war?

  7. My Morning Jacket – Z
  8. The first play of this record resulted in shock and horror. Subsequent plays have implanted it in my consciousness. It’s such a strange mix of lush melodies, twangy guitars and reggae beats yet it works on a really basic level of making me want to dance around the kitchen everytime I hear any track from it.

  9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  10. Once I got used to the vocals sounding like a cross between Bob Dylan on a bad day and David Byrne (whose voice I loathe), I really really grew to love this record, mainly because of the lovely guitars and the perky melodies.

  11. Editors – The Back Room
  12. As much as I loved the intensity of the early singles, I wasn’t expecting much from this record. It suprised me a lot with the depth of the subject matter and the strength of the songwriting. Few new bands these days can do loud and quiet on separate songs but Editors manage to capture both intense anger and vulnerable melancholy on a really really strong debut.

  13. Eels – Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
  14. Antony & The Johnsons – I am a Bird Now
  15. Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock ‘n’ Roll
  16. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
  17. Clor – Clor
  18. Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
  19. Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
  20. Rufus Wainwright – Want Two
  21. Sons & Daughters – The Repulsion Box
Posted by JustHipper on 23rd December 2005 at 11:51 pm | comments (14)
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The Ledge’s Top 20 Albums of 2005

  1. Funeral – The Arcade Fire
  2. Yes, I know it was released in 2004 but we didn’t get it over here ’til this year. And 2005 totally belonged to The Arcade Fire; this is the best album of the 21st century so far and they are possibly the best live band ever.

  3. Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
  4. This would probably have won in any other year. A widescreen spectacular in which intimate folk songs about serial killers and dying of cancer sit comfortably alongside epic showtunes about zombies. With cheerleading.

  5. A River Ain’t Too Much To Love – Smog
  6. A major return to form which saw Bill Callahan, in reflective mood, produce an album up there with his previous high water mark of Knock Knock

  7. Z – My Morning Jacket
  8. Hated this for a while, then went back to it and it suddenly clicked. Yes, it’s a new direction, but a good one, and maybe the right one. Every song is a winner, but “it Beats 4 U” is perhaps the most beautiful thing I heard all year.

  9. The Great Destroyer – Low
  10. Another band benefitting from a change of direction, though they’ve been threatening to turn their amps up to 11 for a few years now. And, hey, it worked.

  11. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
  12. Best Brit album by a long way. Great guitars, great tunes and great integrity. Much needed antidote to the ills of The Kaiser Chiefs.

  13. Picaresque – The Decemberists
  14. An album chock full of epic tales of mariners, infantas, footy players, barrow boys, train drivers etc. The usual Decemberist’s fare, then, only more so.

  15. Blinking Lights And Other Revelations – Eels
  16. 33 tracks over two discs. Some are brilliant, some are merely very good. This is easily E’s best work to date and I seriously doubt that he’ll ever top it.

  17. Black Sheep Boy – Okkervil River
  18. Leaders Of The Free World – Elbow
  19. Superwolf – Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
  20. I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Bright Eyes
  21. Tanglewood Numbers – Silver Jews
  22. Clor – Clor
  23. Humming By The Flowered Vine – Laura Cantrell
  24. Oceans Apart – The Go-Betweens
  25. I Am A Bird Now – Antony & The Johnsons
  26. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  27. Coles Corner – Richard Hawley
  28. Takk – Sigur Rós
Posted by The Ledge on 23rd December 2005 at 10:17 pm | comments (2)
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The Ledge’s Top 10 Gigs of 2005

arcade fire

1. The Arcade Fire, Leeds Festival, 28th August/Manchester Academy, 4th May
2. Pixies, Manchester Apollo, 30th August
3. Joanna Newsom, Manchester Academy 2, 14th April
4. Smog, Manchester Roadhouse, 10th June
5. The Wedding Present, Manchester Academy, 12th November
6. The Decemberists, Toronto Phoenix, 21st May
7. Laura Cantrell, Manchester Hop & Grape, 14th September
8. Antony & The Johnsons, Manchester Hop & Grape, 28th June
9. Eels, Manchester Apollo, 13th October
10. Okkervil River, Manchester Night & Day, 26th September

Posted by The Ledge on 19th December 2005 at 5:03 pm | comments (5)
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