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New issue of AU out now!

December 15, 2009

So yes, the new issue of the mag is in the shops, featuring, as you can see, a rather beatific-looking Gary Lightbody. I interviewed the man on the phone and was able to quiz him on the band’s history as well as where they are at now, and the future. Aside from that, we have our Irish Albums of the Decade list – 50 of the island’s finest over the last 10 years. In all, 339 different albums were voted for*. ASIWYFA’s victory was by a huge margin – almost half of voters had their album somewhere in their top 20. It was a landslide. See the bottom of the post for the full list, as well as my own.

Elsewhere in the mag, you’ll find interviews with The Japanese Popstars, Edwyn Collins, Hudson Mohawke and more; articles on Altamont, Kate Bush, legendary photographer Kevin Cummins and some extreme travel; pieces by me on And So I Watch You From Afar, Joy Orbison and Boxcutter; and my reviews of the Snow Patrol best-of (had to give it both barrels) and the excellent Marvins Revolt. Go and buy it innit.

AU is available in all good newsagents across Ireland and through selected HMV and Borders outlets in Scotland, England, and Wales. Also available by emailing info@iheartau.com

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Those lists, then:

AU’s Top 50 Irish Albums of the Decade (as voted for by staff, contributors and readers)

1. And So I Watch You From Afar – And So I Watch You From Afar (2009)
2. Jape – Ritual (2008)
3. David Holmes – The Holy Pictures (2008)
4. Oppenheimer – Oppenheimer (2006)
5. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes and the Mystery Of The Golden Medallion (2009)
6. Damien Rice – O (2002)
7. The Frames – For The Birds (2001)
8. Fighting With Wire – Man Vs. Monster (2008)
9. Snow Patrol – Final Straw (2003)
10. Jane Bradfords – Jane Bradfords (2008)
11. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank (2008)
12. The Immediate – In Towers and Clouds (2006)
13. Ash – Free All Angels (2001)
14. Snow Patrol – When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up (2001)
15. David Holmes – Bow Down To The Exit Sign (2000)
16. BATS – Red In Tooth & Claw (2009)
17. Duke Special – Songs From The Deep Forest (2006)
18. Mumblin’ Deaf Ro – The Herring And The Brine (2007)
19. Simple Kid – 1 (2003)
20. David Kitt – The Big Romance (2001)
21. Clone Quartet – Well-Oiled Machine (2007)
22. The Redneck Manifesto – thirtysixstrings (2001)
23. The Redneck Manifesto – I Am Brazil (2004)
24. Desert Hearts – Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki (2006)
25. The Thrills – So Much For The City (2003)
26. Republic of Loose – Aaagh! (2006)
27. Fionn Regan – The End Of History (2006)
28. The Divine Comedy – Regeneration (2001)
29. Cathy Davey – Tales Of Silversleeve (2007)
30. Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew (2008)
31. Jetplane Landing – Once Like A Spark (2003)
32. Bell XI – Music In Mouth (2003)
33. Delorentos – In Love With Detail (2007)
34. Oppenheimer – Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It (2008)
35. The Chalets – Check In (2005)
36. Three Tales – Three Tales (2008)
37. Bell X1 – Flock (2005)
38. The Divine Comedy – Absent Friends (2004)
39. JJ72 – JJ72 (2000)
40. Desert Hearts – Let’s Get Worse (2004)
41. Jetplane Landing – Zero For Conduct (2001)
42. Gemma Hayes – Night On My Side (2002)
43. Boxcutter – Glyphic (2007)
44. So Cow – These Truly Are End Times (2007)
45. Si Schroeder – Coping Mechanisms (2006)
46. Robyn G. Shiels – A Lifetime Of Midnights (2006)
47. Patrick Kelleher – You Look Cold (2009)
48. Alloy Mental – We Have Control (2007)
49. Damien Dempsey – Seize the Day (2003)
50. Boxcutter – Oneiric (2006)

My own Top 20:

1. Boxcutter – Glyphic
2. David Holmes – The Holy Pictures
3. BATS – Red In Tooth And Claw
4. Jape – Ritual
5. Snow Patrol – When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up
6. And So I Watch You From Afar – And So I Watch You From Afar
7. We Are Knives – Untitled
8. Desert Hearts – Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki
9. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
10. Boxcutter – Arecibo Message
11. And So I Watch You From Afar – This Is Our Machine And Nothing Can Stop It
12. Boxcutter – Oneiric
13. Oppenheimer – Oppenheimer
14. Snow Patrol – Final Straw
15. Three Tales – Three Tales
16. David Holmes presents The Free Association
17. Panda Kopanda – This Hope Will Kill Us
18. Space Dimension Controller – Unidentified Flying Oscillator
19. The Redneck Manifesto – I Am Brazil
20. Giveamanakick – Welcome To The Cusp

Incidentally, if you want to hear me yammering about the list on the radio, click here and skip to 26 minutes. I’m on after the David Holmes track.

* Not 311 as I said on t’wireless. Oops.

One comment

  1. I linked to this, hope you don’t mind!



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