A couple of things I missed out of my list the other week:
Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun - A little mawkish in places, but the very fact he's writing again is something to celebrate. He also seems to have rediscovered 'Today!' - one of the very best Beach Boys albums.
The Decemberists at the Royal Festival Hall. I knew this would be a good gig, but I hadn't expected it to be this fun! Amusing to sit sheepishly in a corner at the aftershow party too.
Kate Nash - Sorry, but no. Elementary school harmony combined with embarrassing lyrics (merely revealing how dull the woman's life is), all delivered in a mock-cockney accent. What is there to enjoy here?
Mika - No, you are not the next Freddie Mercury. Next please!
Happy New Year to all readers!