Yes I'm reading all the music polls about the year and the decade and I've already been introduced to some lovely tunes that have hitherto missed my radar detection. I'm also so pleased for And So I Watch You From Afar, who has powered through this year with their self-titled album and a mass of gigs and touring adventures.
They've also been awarded Irish album of the decade by AU magazine, well ahead of name records from the likes of Ash, Snow Patrol, even David Holmes and Damien Rice. That list has brought back so many memories, with flickering responses from The Thrills, JJ72, Desert Hearts and the soon-to-be-late Oppenheimer.
Oppenheimer play their farewell show this Saturday at the Spring & Airbrake, Belfast. Tonight there's a chance to see And So I Watch You From Afar at the Ulster Hall. How ambitious and inspiring is that?
My upcoming radio shows:
Dec 21. Tracks and albums of the year
Dec 28. Tracks and albums of the decades
Coming in January - 'This Is Radio Ash', fronted by Tim Wheeler. You gotta love it.