Are you bloated? Ben Watt was until he got to about thirty when he nearly died thanks to a wasting disease which meant he lost most of his guts, forgot how to write fay, wistful acoustic faux-jazz and became the king of drum and bass for couples and homemakers. So if your feeling pogged and lifeless after Christmas, that's your answer... get a digestive tract no longer than a pea-shooter, throw your guitars away and start playing other people's records.
Have you had a good year? I have. To celebrate, even though I haven't done a list for months and whilst it's dull and nerdy, here's my list of quite good records that I've listened to whilst driving, shaving, walking, wanking, coughing, banking, singing, shouting, crying, lying and dying this year.
I've assumed that you don't want a dull nerdy rationale for the following choices, but am happy to ramble on at length if necessary. However, here's a list of some of the great records of the year as voted for by me. Incomplete, in no particular order... Oh and I've also included a re-release or something from last year here and there.