Tom’s Best of 2012 17 January 2013

1. Favourite album of 2012?   
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship. Both utterly spellbinding albums and impossible to choose between them.

2. Favourite single?   
Don’t know about singles but I loved Always Been Your Love off In Our Heads by Hot Chip.

3. Best gig you saw?   
Neil Hannon at the Royal Festival Hall. I also fulfilled a dream by getting to sing on stage with him. Every Divine Comedy album is a work of art – particularly Absent Friends and Regeneration.

4. Best gig you played?
Hands down it would have to be the one in Paraguay. It was awesome in every way – the venue, the warm evening breeze, the fans and we played with a lot of passion.

gabicanatAe’s photo of the Paraguay show

5. Best film you saw?   
A lot to choose from – Killer Joe, Searching For Sugarman made me cry, Cabin In The Woods is a left turn for a tired old genre – which is nice(!).

6. Best journey you made?   
Wandering the streets of Ljubljana in the snow then sitting down to eat roast chestnuts on a bench by the river.

7. Best TV show you watched?   
The Hour is pretty great, Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 was the best season yet.

8. Best book you read?   
The Crow Road by Iain Banks – bittersweet and lovely.

9. Best meal you ate?   
Noma in Copenhagen. Although how can it be that despite a 20 course lunch, I felt hungry three hours later? Greed perhaps?

10. Best thing you bought yourself?   
I’m struggling here – I honestly can’t think of ANYTHING useful that I bought – it’s just a succession of useless things that I don’t need.

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
My wife bought me a bird table for outside the kitchen window – now I’ll never get bored doing the washing up.

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
TuneIn Radio – Test Match Special and Radio 4 can now be with me wherever I am in the world.

13. Best thing that happened in 2012 for Keane?
Number 1 album for the fifth time. Not many bands can say that… apart from The Beatles!

14. Best thing that happened in 2012 for you?   
See above. Escaping with my sanity – there were some dicey times in there.

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
Doing some songwriting, becoming the fittest I’ve ever been in my life, breaking 70 on a golf course (don’t worry if you don’t know what that means), spending some time in my garden and my studio.


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