Being an international taste-maker and surfer of the zeitgeist as I am, those nice people from the Internet send me lots of free music. I only ever have time to listen to a fraction of it, and only get round to posting a fraction of that. Here are some corking tunes that slipped down the cracks when I received them this year, but are well worth rummaging around for.
"Black Lemon" - Generationals
"Ugly Girl" - Ikaya
"Follow My Light Back Home" - Space Daze
"Goosebumps" - TaQuita Thorns
"Segure Tudo" - Bossacucanova
"Traces Of Our Tears" - The Rentals
"If You Ain't Never Had The Blues" - Boo Boo Davis
"The Ramones & George Jones" - Heidi Howe
If all that has not zeited your geist (or even geisted your zeit), then this year's albums from Simone Felice, Hiss Golden Messenger, Sturgill Simpson, John Edward Baumann and Chuck Prophet should be checked out.
Top gigs ranged from the Berlin Country Music Festival to John Cale with pointless drones at the Barbican, via the likes of the Sorrows, Jimmy Lafave and that man Prophet again.
As for the prestigious "Pop song I found most difficult to get out of my head this year" award, this is the runaway winner.