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The Record Café: End of year review part 12 years ago

So much has happened in 2016 it's difficult to know where to begin when trying to review the year. But all we're really bothered about is the important stuff - beer and music. So, with just two weeks left until 2017 we're all picking our top 5 records and beers from the last 12 months. And then, next week, we'll have our complete guide to the best albums of 2016. In our opinion of course.**



Charles Bradley - Changes

David Bowie - Blackstar

Animal Collective - Painting With

NOFX - First Ditch Effort

The Monkees - Good Times


Northern Monk - Dark Arches

Stone Brewing - Stone IPA

Beavertown - Lupoloid

North Riding - Waterpistol

Ska Brewing - Modus Hoperandi



Suede - Night Thoughts

Band of Skulls - By Default

School of Seven Bells - Sviib

Bloc Party - Hymns

Jack White - Acoustic Recordings


Flying Dog - Carolina Reaper

Yeastie Boys - Gunnamatta

Magic Rock - Salty Kiss

Wild Beer - Millionaire Milk Stout

Mad Hatter - Tzatziki Sour



David Bowie - Black Star "A wonderfully planned, emotional album"

Divine Comedy - Forever Land "A reminder of growing up'

Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything

The Dandy Warhols - Distortland

Charles Bradley - Changes "Just great"


Durham Brewery - Framboise "A refreshing summer drink, which reminded me of 'monkey blood' on ice cream sundaes"

Sonnet 43 - Create These Moments " Christmas in a glass"

Northern Monk - Eternal "A great refreshing drink"

North Riding - Rum and Raisin Porter "Does exactly what is says on the label'

Wild Beer - Millionaire "A sweet, lovely pint. Just fantastic"



Divine Comedy - Forever Land "Having not listened to them for years, it was wonderful to hear that Neil Hannon can still make witty and exciting music"

David Bowie - Black Star "Extraordinary"

Temperance Movement - White Bear "Straight up rock album. Love it!"

Seasick Steve - Keepin' The Horse Between me and the Ground " There's something raw, haunting about this. It's what I imagine him playing by himself before he became famous"

Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis "The stand out album of 2016. No band is more exciting and experimental. Seeing them live this year was a special moment"


Wild Weather - Strawberries and Dream "My favourite dessert turned into a beer, so it was always going be a winner"

Northern Monk - Eternal "Go to beer. What ever the mood, a half of Eternal will sort you out"

Vocation - Life and Death "Wonderful beer. Full of flavour, and at 6.5% it'll put hairs on your eyeballs"

Sonnet 43 - Bourbon Milk Stout "Simply one of the finest dark beers I've ever had"

Bull Finch - Alpha West Coast IPA "It's got a kick like a mule"


The Record Café was opened in November 2014 on Bradford’s North Parade as a record shop offering food and drink, specialising in vinyl, ale and ham. Bradford CAMRA Pub of the Season Autumn 2015, Pub of the Year 2017 and Pub of the Year runner up 2018


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