November is upon us and all thoughts suddenly turn towards what the bloody hell am I going to get for people this year and more importantly, what is going to make it onto the Bruton mansions end of year cd.
(Now in it's fourth year and as much a regular part of the end of year festivities as Curried Nut Roast and the Doctor Who Christmas Special.)
Of course, this year it's different from the last couple of years where I've struggled to put new music on there. For the first time in a couple of years I'm actually having to draw up a shortlist and edit it down.
Of course, record of the year was sorted out way back in April. Battles Atlas is still the best thing I've heard this year. In fact it's the best thing I've heard for many, many years. They were on Jools Holland's Later show last night and were unbelievable, the best thing I've seen on there for an awfully long time.