16 in 16

The release of the Coachella lineup got me thinking who’d I’d like to see in 2016, so I put together a wish list. May the magical powers that be bring all these acts to Melbourne in 2016.

Thanks to WOMADelaide and Bluesfest respectively, two from my wish list – Calexico and Brian Wilson – are already doing sideshows in Melbourne. A Modest Mouse Bluesfest sideshow would make that three off the list!

The next lot all owe their Aussie fans a tour based on recent releases. These include: Editors, Maximo Park, Metric, Lianne La Havas, Villagers, Marina and the Diamonds and Delta Spirit. Unfortunately, I might have to head overseas (not so unfortunate, really) to see the latter few of these, as without a festival presenting them they’re not too likely to get here.

Perhaps more likely, and with albums to be released in 2016, are these acts: Miike Snow, Band of Horses and The Last Shadow Puppets. Splendour in the Grass, anyone?

Finally, some straight up wishes: Justin Vernon said there wouldn’t be any more Bon Iver shows for a good while, but a few have popped up. So why not in Aus? And if LCD Soundsystem have reunited for Coachella, surely they can tour a little more broadly, too? Finally, it’s not gonna happen, but can Them Crooked Vultures come out of hiatus already?

2016 Grid 1

16 for 16
Calexico
Brian Wilson
Modest Mouse
Editors
Maximo Park
Lianne La Havas
Metric
Delta Spirit
Villagers
Marina and the Diamonds
Miike Snow
Band of Horses
The Last Shadow Puppets
Bon Iver
LCD Soundsystem
Them Crooked Vultures

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2015 in review: Top albums and gigs

Below are two lists: my top 10 favourite gigs of the year, and top 10 favourite albums.

Top 10 gigs

1. Pokey Lafarge – Corner – 9 April – Brilliant stage presence, such a tight band and so, so much fun! Pokey was my gig of the year for many reasons, but mostly because it caught me off guard (going in with little idea what kind of show it would be). He is such a great performer with an endless, genuine energy, his band was spectacularly good, and the show kept a solid dance party going without a moment’s rest.

2. Paolo Nutini – Palais – 1 April – ‘Iron Sky’ gave me shivers and ‘Pencil Full of Lead’ had me dancing – such was the versatility in Paolo’s theatre show. This performance showed an evolution to headliner status, with huge stage presence and the songs to back it. This one also had some of the funniest heckling.

11.4 PAOLO

3. Florence + the Machine – Sidney Myer – 10 November – No one receives a crowd quite like Florence. She brought everything to this show, embracing the crowd both figuratively and literally. How anyone can run and dance so much while singing like that is incredible.

11.1 FLO

4. Father John Misty – Meredith Music Festival – 12 December – Pipping his own sideshow for a place in my favourites, the reception Father John Misty (rightly) received in the Sup played a big part in this rating so highly. Hilarious, sarcastic, soulful and what great hair…

5. Marlon Williams – Corner – 3 July – The most memorable encore of the year. Marlon loves a few covers, but the double of The Zombies ‘Time of the Season’ and Screamin Jay Hawkins’ ‘Portrait of a Man’ was perfect.

6. Montaigne – NSC – 6 November – Another real surprise of a gig. I knew Montaigne had a cool voice, but wow can she sing. This felt like the start of something massive.

7. The Basics – NSC – 24 February – 3 hours of tunes and silliness and working on the spot with occasional sheet music from the crowd, this was one of the more memorable Basics gigs I’ve attended.

11.3 BASICS

8. Flight Facilities & MSO – Sidney Myer – 17 October – This was a special and unique event, with the MSO breathing new life into the electronic numbers. Katie Noonan’s soaring vocals and Reggie Watts’ hilarious cameo were my highlights.

11.5 FLIGHT

9. Mumford & Sons + Future Islands – Sidney Myer – 12 November – Future Islands redefine rock performance with dancing like this show, while Mumford & Sons brought some of the loudest and most glorious singalongs I’ve heard.

11.2 MUMF

10. Jordie Lane – Toff in Town – 18 April – Jordie continues to develop as a poignant storyteller, through songs and banter. An intimate performance of one of our recent greats.

Top 10 albums

10 Maccabees - Marks to Prove It
10. Maccabees, The – Marks To Prove It

09 The Wombays - Glitterbug
9. Wombats, The – Glitterbug

08 Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
8. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special

07 Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
7. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

06 Marina and the Diamonds - Froot
6. Marina & The Diamonds – Froot

05 Calexico - Edge of the Sun
5. Calexico – Edge Of The Sun

04 Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
4. Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

03 Everything Everything - Get to Heaven
3. Everything Everything – Get To Heaven

02 Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
2. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

01 Lianne La Havas - Blood
1. Lianna La Havas – Blood