Richard’s Best of 2012 31 December 2012

1. Favourite album of 2012?
Tough question! Either The Maccabees – Given to the Wild, or Zulu Winter – Language.

2. Favourite single?
Madness by Muse or Closer by Tegan and Sara.

3. Best gig you saw?
Muse in Paris.

4. Best gig you played?
London O2 Arena, or Asuncion, Paraguay.

LINAKEANE’s photo of the Asuncion show

5. Best film you saw?
I love Bond films, think Daniel Craig is brilliant, and loved Skyfall. I also loved Argo, and We need to talk about Kevin (as much as you can love something so dark!). I really enjoyed 21 Jump Street, The Bourne Legacy, The Dictator… but the best thing I saw was Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, a really powerful documentary about the death penalty and the aftermath of a terrible triple homicide in Texas.

6. Best journey you made?
The train from Seattle to Vancouver was amazing, despite the 7.30am departure time (cheers Col!).

7. Best TV show you watched?
Breaking Bad

8. Best book you read?
Legacy of Ashes – the History of the CIA, by Timothy Weiner

9. Best meal you ate?
Dinner and a pint at Mulligans Stoneybatter with Tim, Jesse & John Roderick on a night off in Dublin.

10. Best thing you bought yourself?
A Brompton folding bike that I took on the European tour

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
Tickets to the Paralympics Athletics in the Olympic Stadium.

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
Website –
App – London Coffee
Podcast – The Life Scientific / WTF with Marc Maron – check out the Bryan Cranston, Michael Cera and Jimmy Kimmel interviews.

13. Best thing that happened in 2012 for Keane?
Strangeland going to number 1 in the UK (thanks everyone!), and us still going to new countries.

14. Best thing that happened in 2012 for you?

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
I love being on a tourbus in the states, so January is going to be great, and then South America, but also some time at home – it’s been a busy year!

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