Another busy week; busy enough to put me off expending any energy on the ritual travesties of the Mercury Music Prize. Then again, I guess holding out hopes for a Voice Of The Seven Thunders nomination would’ve been more deranged than optimistic; and there have been worse shortlists. Fingers crossed for Wild Beasts, or, indeed, for “critics’ favourites” the XX. Finally playing These New Puritans, as I type…

Another busy week; busy enough to put me off expending any energy on the ritual travesties of the Mercury Music Prize. Then again, I guess holding out hopes for a Voice Of The Seven Thunders nomination would’ve been more deranged than optimistic; and there have been worse shortlists. Fingers crossed for Wild Beasts, or, indeed, for “critics’ favourites” the XX. Finally playing These New Puritans, as I type…



1 No Age – Everything In Between (Sub Pop)

2 Islaja – Keraaminen Paa (Fonal)

3 Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Dear Companion (Sub Pop)

4 Salem – King Night (Iamsound)

5 Various Artists – Wah Wah Cowboys (hissgoldenmessenger.blogspot.com)

6 Shit Robot – From The Cradle To The Rave (DFA)

7 Imaad Wasif – The Voidist (Tee Pee)

8 Abdoulaye Traore – Abdoulaye Traore (Yaala Yaala)

9 Toba Seydou Traore – Toba Seydou Traore (Yaala Yaala)

10 Robert Plant – Band Of Joy (Rounder)

11 Magc Kids – Memphis (True Panther Sounds)

12 Darker My Love – Alive As You Are (Dangerbird)

13 Olof Arnalds – Innundir Skinni (One Little Indian)

14 Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart (Jagjaguwar)

15 These New Puritans – Hidden (Angular/Domino)