by thewheatandthechaff


It’s the first weekend of the New Year. 2013 stretches out in front of us like a long grey motorway. We’re all tired, fat and skint. But hey, don’t let that stop you from doing stuff this weekend!

Eat Here: MEATMission, Hoxton Market


Another burger place? Really? Yes, really. The latest offering from the forefathers of the ‘London Burger Scene’ who have already put the MEAT into Liquor and Market, this one is in a converted missionary church in Shoreditch, and is well worth falling off the diet wagon early for. Expect the usual array of filthy burgers, alco-shakes, beers and cocktails with a few welcome new additions including the ‘Peckham Dip’. And, astonishingly. you can actually reserve a table there! Will 2013 finally spell the end for infuriating no-reservation hip food hotspots? Probably not.

MEAT Mission, 14-15 Hoxton Market N1 6HG

See this: Fuerzabruta, Camden Roundhouse


Having reopened the Roundhouse in a roar of testosterone six years ago, stunt-packed Argentinian performance clubbing extravaganza ‘Fuerzabruta’ is back, largely unchanged, and still offering up a joyous, unselfconscious overload of acrobatics, drums and guns and things smashing that’s perfect for blowing away the January cobwebs.

Until 26 Jan, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH

Shop here: The January Sales!


What do you mean you’ve got no money? That’s what overdrafts and credit cards are for! Go buy some heavily discounted but still pretty expensive and completely non-essential shit from one of the places below, NOW!

Anthem, Dec 24-Feb 17 2013,

Choose from a plethora of designer gear for the fashion conscious man at this up to 40 percent sale. Anthem was founded by former Liberty menswear buyer Simon Spiteri, and is a reliable destination for chaps seeking handsome weekend apparel.

Anthem, 12 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

Dover Street Market, Dec 27-Jan 22 2013

This is one of the city’s more secretive sales but it’s rumoured that discounts begin at 30 percent on brands such as the resident Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Jil Sander and Lanvin.

Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover St, , W1S 4LT

SCP, Dec 28-Jan 22 2013,

With up to 60% off ex-display items and 20% off new SCP upholstery, furniture and rug orders, this sale at one of London’s finest design shops is well worth investigating

SCP East, 135 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX / SCP West, 87 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UL

Listen to this: 2012’s best albums


With an overwhelming number of Year End Lists to choose from, this handy ‘meta’ version from Stool Pigeon lays out the top 25 albums from 2012 as calculated from 17 different sites or magazines. The calculation was made by awarding 25 points to each of those publications’ top-rated album, with the scale sliding down to 1 point for their 25th placed record. Whilst Stool Pigeon themselves point out the arbitrary nature of these lists, this one does at least deliver a fuller consensus of opinion on some of the best records from last year. So do yourself a favour this weekend and pick up one or two of the albums from the list that might have passed you by:

1. Channel Orange, Frank Ocean (299 points)
2. Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar (210)
3. The Seer, Swans (164)
4. Devotion, Jessie Ware (138)
5. Ekstasis, Julia Holter (116)
6. Visions, Grimes (104)
7. RIP, Actress (100)
8. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Fiona Apple (99)
9. Lonerism, Tame Impala (92)
10. Kill For Love, Chromatics (87)
11. Celebration Rock, Japandroids (82)
12. Shields, Grizzly Bear (75)
13. Bish Bosch, Scott Walker (74)
14. Classical Curves, Jam City (72)
15=. Swing Lo Magellan, Dirty Projectors (69)
15=. Transverse, Carter Tutti Void (69)
17. Tramp, Sharon Van Etten (66)
18.  Attack On Memory, Cloud Nothings (65)
19.  Django Django, Django Django (63)
20. ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (58)
21. Sun, Cat Power (57)
22. Total Loss, How To Dress Well (52)
23. An Awesome Wave, Alt-J (50)
24. Playin Me, Cooly G (49)
25=. Rap Music, Killer Mike (48)
25=. Jiaolong, Daphni (48)

Finally, in yet another entirely subjective list, and because I just can’t quite let go of 2012 just yet, here are my 50 favourite tracks from last year. Two joint number ones which just couldnt be separated this year, pretty much sonic worlds apart. I’ve included vids for most of them, but for the rest, I urge you to search for and have a listen:

=1. Pyramids – Frank Ocean

=1. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson (seriously)

 (and yes, this chat roulette spoof vid was a major influence on my decision)

2. Climax – Usher

3. Oblivion – Grimes

4. Loner – Bural

5. Laura – Bat For Lashes

6. Jasmine – Jai Paul

7. Inspector Norse – Todd Terje

8. Beach House – Myth

9. Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar

10. Jessie Ware- Running

11. TNGHT – Higher Ground

12. Huxley – Let It Go

13. Kill for Love – Chromatics

14. New For U – Andres

15. Chained – The XX

16. Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz

17. So Will Be Now ft. Pional – John Talabot

18. & It Was U – How to Dress Well

19. Numb – Andy Stott

20. Obedear – Purity Ring

21. Mykki Blanco – Wavvy

22. Latch – Disclosure

23. Five Seconds – Twin Shadow

24. Adorn – Miguel

25. Losing You – Solange

26. What I Might Do – Ben Pearce

27. Flutes – Hot Chip

28. I’ve Seen Footage – Death Grips

29. Inhaler – Foals

30. New York – Angel Haze

31. Tessellate – Alt J

32. Harlem Shake – Baauer

33. Dark Star – Polica

34. Hands on the Wheel – Schoolboy Q ft. A$AP Rocky

35. Clique – Kanye West, Jay Z,

36. That’s Alright – Kindness

37. How We Relate to the Body – Jam City

38. Mercy – Joy O & Boddika

39. Why they hide their bodies under my garage – Blawan

40. The Don – Nas

41. Cartoons & Cereal – Kendrick Lamar ft. Gunplay

42. Why Do U Feel – Moodymann

43. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids

44. It’s You – The White Lamp (Ron Basejam remix)

45. Dirty Projectors – Dance For You

46. Bad Girls – M.I.A.

47. Ry & Frank Wiedemann – Howling (Ame remix)

48. Benediction – Hot Natured & Ali Love

49. Major Lazer – Get Free

50. Beez in the Trap – Nicki Minaj – ft 2 Chainz