Richard’s Best of 2013 30 December 2013

1. Favourite album of 2013?
1. Tegan & Sara – Hearthrob
2. Arctic Monkeys – AM
3. The National – Trouble will find me

2. Favourite single?
Closer – Tegan & Sara – an utterly perfect pop song. Saw them play at the Troxy – great gig.

3. Best gig you saw?
The above, plus
The Killers – Wembley Stadium & aftershow-show at The Garage
Bruce Springsteen – Werchter Classic
Laura Mvula – Latitude
Not a gig, but I also went to see The Book of Mormon, which I loved.

4. Best gig you played?
Tunbridge Wells Forum, and keep an eye out for Longfellow – the band who opened for us – check

5. Best film you saw?
Finally watched Silver Linings Playbook, which I loved, and just saw Gravity, which I thought was brilliant.

6. Best trip you made?
Roadtrip through France & Switzerland to Italy (& back)

7. Best TV show you watched?
Breaking Bad / Homeland / The Tunnel

8. Best book you read?
Only just started it, but want to plug "I Am Troy Davis" by Jen Marlowe & Martina Davis-Correia, with Troy Davis.

9. Best meal you ate?
Pizza at a place called La Bussola, Florence
Incredible Pasta at Danilo, Modena

10. Best thing you bought yourself?
A proper road bike.

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
This badge (but I lost it so need to buy another one).

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
Website – still love ‘Life at the end of the road‘, also Rob (lighting guru) and I started a coffee blog a while back –

Also want to plug the great work of The London Cycling Campaign – I’ve been to a couple of their protest rides this year.

Podcast – KCRW Left, Right and Center / The Life Scientific / WTF with Marc Maron

Apps – the GoPro iphone app is amazing for setting up the camera (like I do for filming gigs).

13. Best thing that happened in 2013 for Keane?
We played before Bruce Springsteen, and he apparently came to watch a bit of our set… The Berlin show was a highlight, except for missing JQ of course. Oh, and our Best Of… came out, and we finally went to Number 1 in the singles charts (sort of)! Not a bad year, really.

14. Best thing that happened in 2013 for you?
I’d never been to Latitude, but Jesse got me a ticket and we had a blast. Really hope we can go again next year.

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2014?
Spending some proper time at home (and abroad) with Mrs H, reading the pile of books I’ve amassed, all between training to get fit enough to ride my bike from Land’s End to John O’Groats.


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