Now that the Pop Kid, the Noisy one and the Club Londonista have all had their say, it falls to Ricky to throw in his two cents. For want of a better pseudonym, let's call him RiotRicky. More appropriate job titles on a postcard please, along with your pick of last year's music.
Top Ten Singles:
Bloc Party - Pioneers
Green Day - Holiday
The Eels - Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
Weezer - Beverley Hills
Charlotte Hatherley - Bastardo
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Editors - Bullets
Kaiser Chiefs - Every Day I love You Less And Less
Mooney Suzuki - Alive And Amplified
Head Automatica - Beating Heart Baby
Top Ten Albums:
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
System Of A Down - Mesmerize/Hypnotize
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me, Satan
Pure Reason Revolution - Cautionary Tales for the Brave
Beck - Guero
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - In The Heart Of The Moon
Joy Zipper - The Heartlight Set
Yourcodenameis:Milo - Ignoto
Top Ten Gigs:
Live 8 @ Hyde Park - July
The Eels @ Warwick Arts Centre - May
Battle @ Leicester Summer Sundae - August
Biffy Clyro @ London Astoria - February
System Of A Down @ London Astoria - April
The Pipettes @ 100 Club - November
Moist @ The Spitz - September
Blackbud @ The Borderline - April
Architecture in Helsinki @ The Scala - Novemeber
Ones To Watch:
There's a wealth of talent all set to emerge from under the radar in 2006, but these are undoubtedly some of the front runners: (have a listen to this highly entertaining Radio 1 Doc for more tips from the one and only John McCririck):
The Pipettes - natch.
Tunnge - top notch London-based folktronica.
Battle - young, feisty and polished.
Blackbud - unnaturally gifted Hendrix/Buckley-esque 3-piece.
Lady Sovereign - guranteed to be big once her album...er...'drops'.
Jamie T - 1 man from Wimbledon + 1 acoustic bass = genius.