Top 10 Lists 2000
Here is the top 10 list finally, it was worth the wait for the stragglers as this year practically everyone who has contributed in the past came though. Thanks to everyone for taking the time now enjoy the read :-) 2000 was as good a year as any for finding those musical nuggets. Save this to your PC or print it out old school, there's lots of stuff here, music, film and books.
Favourite album of the year
Radiohead Kid A
1. Radiohead - Kid A
2. PJ Harvey - Stories from the city, Stories from the sea
3. Badly Drawn Boy - The hour of bewilderbeast
4. Death in vegas - The Contino Sessions
5, Moby - Play
6. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
7. Mos Def - Black on both sides
8. Coldplay - Parachutes
9. U2 - All that you can't leave behind
10. Belle and Sebastian – Fold your arms Child you walk like a Peasant
11. Elliot Smith - Figure 8
12. Sigur ros - agætis byrjun
13. Godspeed you black emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Film of the year
Being John Malkovich
There was some concensus on some other films:
Dancer in the dark
Ghost dog : The way of the samuri
All time Contributors
Top Albums of 2000 or thereabouts
Travis - "The Man Who..."
Coldplay - "Parachutes" ..........and of course
Radiohead - "Kid A"
Mozart - Great Choral Works (Requiem and Coronation Mass) - great driving music!
Carl Cox - "Mixed Live" - I love the live energy of this recording
Desmond Dekker - "Rude Boy Ska"
Rinocerose - "Installation Sonore"
St Germain - "Tourist"
Gomez - "Bring It On"
Godspeed You Black Emperor - "f#a# (infinity symbol)"
Barry White - "The Collection" - as well as his show in BBC2!!!
Roots Manuva - "Brand New Second Hand"
Looper - "Up A Tree"
And there are probably more I'm not thinking of. I guess I always have to throw in the staples of Velvet
Underground and Tom Waits and the Beatles and World Party.
Top Shows of 2000
Godspeed You Black Emperor - early show, Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington- the rest of the show was blah, but the Gorky'srocked!
Mouse On Mars - Embassy Suites - London, UK
The The - Showbox - Seattle Washington (can you guess where I live?)
Yes Tribute Band - Sit and Spin - Seattle, Washington - featuring Alan White - the original Yes drummer
SIL2K - Strategic Improvisation Laboratories 2000 - @ Nation Seattle, WA
Also dug the Groove Armada show at the Showbox
Favorite TV Show
Space Night - I don't even know if this is still on, but it's got to be the best damn show ever! It was a
production of Bayerischer Rundfunk and showed images from space while playing killer music! You can pick up
the compilation cd's in Germany. Highly recommended:
http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000024MET - this is a staple of my rotation.
The Simpsons - what can I say
Scrap Heap Challenge and Fort Boyard - couple wacky UK game shows of sorts.
The Wonder Boys
What Planet Are you From - Gary Shandling. I know. I know.
The Conversation - just got it on DVD.
Cinema Paradiso - saw this for the first time
Il Postino - again 1st time.
Geez, I can't seem to think of any other 2000 releases I liked. Kind of dug "Gone in 60 Seconds".
Top ten list for 2000 off the top of my rather fuzzy head -
1. PJ Harvey - Stories from the city, Stories from the sea
2. PJ Harvey - Is this desire
3. Cecillia Bartoli - Vivaldi arias
4. Miles Davis - Sketchs of Spain
5. Various Argentinian cats - Soundtrack from the film Tango
6. Radiohead - Kid A
7. Glenn Gould - Early english keyboard suites
8. Keith Jarrett - Handel Keyboard Suites
9. Keith Jarrett - The melody at night with you
10. Keith Jarrett - The Cologne Concert
Allright here it is, quite difficult this year, I was away so i missed a lot of good stuff.
1. The Frames - Dance the devil
2. Radiohead - Kid A
3. Bell-x-one - Neither am I
4. Coldplay - Parachutes
5. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
6. PJ Harvey - Stories from the city, Stories from the Sea
7. Chemical Brothers - Surrender
8. Jeff Buckley - Mystery White Boy
9. Moby - Play
10. U2 - All that you cant leave behind.
Ok, i know quite a few of the above are from before 2000, but my memory is fucked. I know
theres an album (or 10) i'm forgetting. Anyway, next up top live shows:
1. The Frames
1. Death In Vegas - The Contino Sessions.
2. David Holmes - Bow Down To The Exit Sign
3. The Go-Betweens - The Friends of Rachel Worth
4. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
5. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out.
6. Lambchop - Nixon.
7. The Handsome Family - In The Air.
8. Primal Scream - Xtrmntr
9. Joe Pernice - Big Tabacco.
10. PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea.
Conway Savage and Suzie Higgis - Soon Will Be Tomorrow
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulliten.
Radiohead - Kid A.
The Charlatans - Us And Us Only
Doves - Lost Souls
The Kingsbury Manx - The Kingsbury Manx (only got it today - excellent).
Tindersticks - Simple Pleasure.
Tom Waits - Le Grande Rex bootleg.
Top Live Events of 2000.
1= Tom Waits, Le Grande Rex, Paris.
The highest expectations surpassed.
1= Meath Senior Football Final, Pairc Tailteann, Navan.
A lifetime ambition achieved.
3. Death In Vegas, Temple Bar Music Centre
80 minute music blitz from Mr Fearless and (11) friends.
4. A Dublin Carol by Conor McPhearson, Gate theatre
Spellbinding, John Kavanagh in a lifetime's performance.
5. Yo La Tengo, Vicar Street.
Melodies and madness with our friends from Hoboken.
6. The Go-Betweens, Olympia theatre
Mixture of old and new from songsmiths McLennan and Forester.
7. Tommy Tiernan, Vicar Street.
Oh my sides.
8. Ron Sexsmith, HQ
Haunting voice, sweet guitar, beautiful.
9. Joe Pernice, Whelans
Short, but very sweet appearance from the country legend.
10. Lambchop, Olympia theatre.
Martin Stephenson and the Daintess in HQ offered a reminder of the man's
genius, Ron Sexsmith's gig/interview with John Kelly in HQ was novel and
very enjoyable, haven't yet seen 'The Hackney Office' by Micheal
Collins, The Handsome Family in Vicar St played some excellent tunes and
would have definitely been in the top if there was 'More Music, Less
Talk', Vic Cesnutt in Vicar Street would have been there in other years.
1. Being John Malkovich
2. Run Lola Run
4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
6. Boys Don't Cry
7. American Beauty
8. High Fidelity
10. The Ice Storm
Top 10 albums (in no particular order):
i. The stereophonics - performance + coctails - a good singalong rock n roll album with a certain sensitivity as well
ii. Eye tv - fire down below - an indie rock album with a lot of pop and catchy guitar thrown in
iii. Gomez - liquid skin - excellant cd, a band doing what they want to do and enjoying it as well.
iv. Cinerama - discovolante - good indiepop that is not destined to make the mainstream charts, frontman david gedge has a gift for writing about male angst and loneliness
v. Chet Baker - best of - a very cool player/singer
vi. my brother's compliation tape: only my brother can get away with having beck,gomez and the stereophonics with bugsy malone,frank sinatra and bucks fizz, although sinead and enid were not too impressed.
vii. david gray - white ladder - the darkhorse of 2000
viii. The Beatles - revolver - always a fab 4 in my top 10 and this year i've gone for revolver. call it thinking man's pop, the best album of the 60's, it doesn't matter, its got a great variety of top quality songs.
ix. Paul Weller - heliocentric - not much of a departure from his previous albums, but still good,
x. Paul McCartney - run devil run - always room for macca in my top ten simple, straight forward r'n'r.
top 10 films(no particular order):
i. bread + tulips - excellant romantic italian film set in venice
ii. titus -hopkins stands out in particular
iii. beautiful people - very special film, very moving and very funny
iv. snatch- same formula as lock,stock.... but still good,i don't think he can get away with it a third time though
v. vertical limit
vi. the emperor and the assasin- v long but epic chinese flick
vii. saving grace
viii. charlie's angels- no war and peace, but it was never meant to be
ix. gladiator- sword and sandals rock!!!!!!!!!!!
x. talented mr ripley
worst film of 2000- the 9th gate- a turkey if ever i saw one.
(no particular order)
i. the world according to garp, john irving
ii. the cider house rules, john irving
iii. the beach- alex garland
iv. the lord of the rings- tolkien
v. mort- terry pratchett
vi. good omens - terry pratchett
cag’s top ten:
1. tram - heavy black frame
2. pierce turner - the compilation
3. sigur ros - agætis byrjun
4. flying saucer attack - mirror
5. make up - save yourself
6. elliot smith - figure 8
7. primal scream - xtrmntr
8. blonde redhead - melody of certain damaged lemons
9. badly drawn boy - the hour of bewilderbeast
10. doves - lost souls
there is a new go-betweens album that i haven’t been able to get, but i
am pretty sure it would be in there too.
and these were also good...
godspeed you black emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
emmylou harris - red dirt girl
asian dub foundation - community music
revenants - septober nowonder
sleater kinney - all hands on the bad one
goldie - InCredible sound of drum'n'bass
south pacific – constance
elastica – the menace
sinead o'connor - faith and courage
yo la tengo - and then nothing turned itself inside out
the aislers set - the last match
sonic youth - nyc ghosts and flowers
blackalicous - nia
mojave3 - excuses for travellers
amon tobin - supermodified
neko case and her boyfriends - furnace room lullaby
radiohead - kid A
pj harvey – stories from the city, stories from the sea
I hardly saw any films this year, the best was ‘dancer in the dark’, I don’t know if it was good or what, but bjork was. charlie’s angels was good too, the black creepy guy. the best show was Yo La Tengo, or maybe Primal Scream. Oh yeah, Will Oldham as well, crazy. the worst show was Luna – it wasn’t bad, i just i expected something great. Dean Wareham was wearing a shirt with ‘cagney’ written on it, not sure what that was about.
busstop moments??!! what are they? I saw two guys having sex for the first time in my life, out running in the park…does that count?
Dan's top 10 albums in 2000:
Yo La Tengo:: And Then Nothing Turned itself Inside Out
the Souvenirs :: King of Heartache(Seattle honkytonk, actually a 1999 one)
Jurassic 5 :: self-titled ::harmonic hip hop, if the beach boys were gangstas.
the Magnetic Fields :: 69 Love Songs Vol. 1 (another 1999 release)
Sunset Valley:: Boyscout Superhero: superbly quirky pop
Etienne Charry:: 23 Erreurs: crazy kooky French guy thinks he's Beck St. Germain::???::
Best Live Events:
the Magnetic Fields:: Bumbershoot music Festival, (Opera House) Seattle, WA (Sept.) Wow.
Halloween 2000:: the Slime Ball and partying at the Bemis Building, Seattle, WA.
Didn't get to see anything good - went and saw a load of big budget crap. "Romeo must die" was pretty darn bad.
1. Moby / Play
2. Johnny Cash / American III : Solitary Man
3. U2 / All that you can't leave behind
Sue's Top eleven songs
1. Johnny Cash - One
2. U2 - Walk On
3. Coldplay - Trouble
4. Eminem - Stan
5. Moby - Rushing
6. Sinead O'Connor - Jealous
7. Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining
8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Road Trippin'
9. Coldplay - Yellow
10. Julia Turner/Brian Kennedy - I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You
11. The Frames - Your Face
1. Kila / Dolans Warehouse, Limerick September 22
2. Ash / Dolans Warehouse, Limerick December 19
Not The Best Gig!
Trevor Nelson / Hall Of Fame, H.Q. April 16TH
Harry Potter / The Prisoner Of Azkaban
P.S. Is there any mars bars for the best top ten or what!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Music suffered this year to travelling, you can't have it all! Lots of quality releases this year and there's loads I never heard.
1. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides (does hip hop get any better?)
2. Wheat - Hope & Adams (I love finding gems like this)
3. The Flaming lips - The Soft Bulletin (finally got my hands on this)
4. Mogwai - Come On Die Young (pity the original and much better Help Both Ways, with John Madden commentary was vetoed)
5. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of the Bewilderbeast (he reminds me a lot of Dave Couse, you can't deny beautiful songs)
6. Death in Vegas - The Contino Sessions (thanks Dave, a permanent fixture in Wanaka this winter)
7. Wu-Tang-Clan - The W (climbing all the time, Old dirty even gets in for one)
8. PJ Harvey - Stories from the city, stories from the sea (We Float is spine chilling, if the year was longer this would be higher)
9. Kid Silver (Roller Skate Skinner Ken Griffen is back)
10. U2 - All that you can't leave behind (yeah, edge gets out the old guitar)
Honourable mentions :
Elliot Smith - Figure 8 (this was the tape I played the most, I need to get an untruncated version!)
Moby - Play (he's everywhere, a taped copy of this was company for a while in Sydney)
Howie B - Turn the Dark off (it keeps on giving and then some)
Tommy Guerreo - A little bit of something (I need a copy! Thanks Dineen, thanks Paul O'Connell)
Eminem - Stan, don't know his other stuff yet, missed the media hype & coverage totally , this is an (overplayed) masterpiece
Yo La Tengo - And then nothing turned itself inside out
Richard Ashcroft - Alone with Everybody
Film in the Theatre :
1. Being John Malkovich (even better on second viewing)
2. Magnolia (uses sound in a real funky way)
3. Ghost Dog: the way of the samuri (brillant soundtrack)
4. American Beauty (Sam Mendes, make more films)
5. Meet the Parents (best De Niro outing since Jackie Brown)
6. Wonder Boys (great folluw up to L.A. Confidential)
7. Bueno Vista Social Club (thank you Wim Wenders)
8. Chopper (more Ozzie magic)
9. Three Seasons (saw this before going to Vietnam, it's a perfect intro)
10. Ride with the devil (Ang Lee can do no wrong, I'm foaming at the mouth for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
10. Beautiful People (superb debut)
Honourable mentions :
High Fidelity / My Mother Frank (Sydney Film Festival closing night 23 June)
Chuck and buck
The straight story (David Lynch tells it straight)
Oh Brother where are thou? (not the best Coen brothers but still better than most)
Saltwater (Colin McPherson will make a brillant film yet)
The cider house rules
Best video :
Bad Boy Bubby (The funiest film I saw all year, some unreal scenes, thanks Paul)
Worst films of the year :
1. Gone with 60 seconds (killing time on the ferry)
2. The Hurricane (check out Raging Bull instead)
3. X-men (but I got the free stickers pack)
4. U-571 (more plane fodder)
5. The Green Mile (I was a King fan when I was younger)
Best Book (didn't read much this year)
Alan Warner - Morvern Callar (unforgettable story staring the woman in the title)
Hardly saw any live bands this year...bands, remember New Zealand in your tours.
1. The Go Betweens - Olympia Dublin 26 Oct
2. DJ SUV / Krust - Studionine Wellington 17 Dec
3. Jonathman Richman / Cane 141 - Dolans Warehouse Limerick 12 Nov
4. Guided By Voices - Powerstation Auckland 16 Feb
5. Kid Loco - Studionine Wellington 12 May
6. Teenage Fanclub - Olympia Dublin 28 Oct
7. The Redneck Manifesto / Celberus Shoal - The Globe Limerick 17 November
I only saw one but Three days of rain at the Belltable Limerick was superb.
1. Athletics Olympic Stadium Sydney Olympic Park 25 September - Thanks to Dave (McGuinness) we had tickets for this most incredible night. Sonia and Szabo fought it out on the home straight and later Gebrselassie and Tergat did the same. Maria Mutola and Jonathan Edwards brought home gold. And then there was Tatiana (anyone remeber her last name) and of cource Cathy Freeman and MJ.
2. Swimming Aquatic centre Sydney Olympic Park 19 September - We scalped some serious tickets for this night of freestyle highlights. Pieter van den Hoogenband set a world record in the 100 beating Klim and Popov and that was only a semifinal. The Aussies easily beat the States in the 200 relay and Sussie O'Neil kept the flag flying in the 200.
3. Baseball/Tennis Sydney Olympic Park 27 September - An action packed day that began with the first day of competition in Taekwondo, lots of tennis with Venus Williams caping her year, and the Woodies loosing in their last game. The best was saved for the evening though when from behind third base we saw the Tommy Lasorda managed USA shut out Cuba in a masterful pitching display by Ben Sheets.
4. Huricanes V Sharks Wellington 25 February - Nothing like Umaga and Cullen in full flow, oh yeah and Lomu.
5. July 4, American Independence Day, Treblecone, Wanaka. The conditions were crap but it was the first day of the season for my American buddy Bret Betnar and myself. Finally a season pass!
It was a year that kept on happening. Starting in a thermal bath under a new year's moon on a coromandel beach and continuing with a climbing trip with Martin (O'Gorman) that saw us fighting of Keas and big air at the outstanding Twin Stream box canyon near Aoraki (Mount Cook). Then there was adventures in Vietnam with Christine (O'Meara) and we lived to tell the tale. Myself and Dave were the last customers at the Coffee Pot on 2 July, a Wellington diner run by a Chinese Baptist minister and his wife, their breakfasts defined tasty fuck off slap up feeds. He left to become a carpenter, we went south the next day for a season's snowboarding in Wanaka at the stunning Treblecone. That beauty mountain made one want to forget about the commercial resorts and strap the board on the back. Ending the year with a snowy Ben Nevis was a perfect contrast to the start. Happy millennium y'all :-)
1. David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive
2. Morcheeba - Fragments of Freedom
3. Schostacovich - Jazz Suite No. 2
4. Marianne Faithful - Seven Deadly Sins
5. Sinead O'Connor - Faith and Courage
6. Moby - Play
7. Death in Vegas - The Contino sessions
8. David Sylvian - Dead Bees on a Cake
9. Badly Drawn Boy - The hour of bewilderbeast
10.David Bowie - Bowie at the Beeb
top 10 albums:
1. Richard Ashcroft - Alone with everybody
2. Coldplay - Parachutes
3. AC/DC - Stiff upper lip
4. Air - The virgin suicides
5. Therapy? - So much for the ten year plan
6. Kent - Hagnesta hill
7. Monstermagnet - God says no
8. Placebo - Black market music
9. Radiohead - Kid A
10. Three doors down - The better life
top 10 films
1. High fidelity
2. Fight Club
3. Im Juli
4. Kalt ist der Abendhauch
5. The million dollar hotel
6. Ghost dog
7. Kaliber deluxe
8. American beauty
9. Dancer in the dark
1. U2 - All that you can't leave Behind
2. Coldplay - Parachutes
3. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
4. Elliot Smith - Figure 8
5. Radiohead - Kid A
Single of the Year
Coldplay - Yellow
1. The Wonder Boys
2. Being John Malkovich
Top 10 Albums:
David Gray - White Ladder
Radiohead - Kid A
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
U2/Eno/Lanois/Frisell - Million Dollar Hotel
The The - Naked Self
PJ Harvey - Stories from the City...
16 Horsepower - Secret South
Grant Lee Phillips - Ladies' Love Oracle
Black Eyed Peas - Bridging the Gap
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
Top 10 Films:
Black and White
Mission: Impossible 2
godspeed you black emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
a silver mt. zion - he has left us alone, but shafts of light sometimes grace the corner of our rooms...
the delgados - the great eastern
yo la tengo - and then nothing turned itself inside-out
jubilee allstars - lights of the city
lambchop - nixon
mogwai - come on die young
radiohead - kid A
sigur ros - agoetis byrjun
do make say think - goodbye enemy airship the landlord is dead
Top 10 Albums
1. Belle and Sebastian – Fold your arms Child you walk
like a Peasant. More of the same from B&S, so no
2. Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. He
teased us with a lot of brilliant singles and eps but
this one was worth the wait:
3. Talib Kweli and DJ HiTek – Reflection Eternal.
Without doubt the best hip-hop album of the year,
packed with brilliant songs and topped off with an
exceptional cover of a Nina Simone song, For Women.
Part of the Rawkus records stable.
4. Mark Kozolek – Rock n’ Roll Singer. Complete with 3
AC/DC covers, Mark Kozolek shows he hasn’t lost
anything in the 4 years since his last release. Now
with Badman recording.
5. Calexico – Hot Rail. Some great desert rock sounds
even better than Black Light, I didn’t think that was
6. Mos Def – Black on Both Sides. This will become a
classic probably defining a new movement of hip-hop.
Some great soul samples from Stevie wonder and Aretha
7. Thievery Corporation – The Mirror Conpiracy. Some
cool dance sounds from this Washington Duo. If only
clubs would play music like this.On 4AD and site at
8. PJ Harvey – Stories from the city, Stories from the
Sea. Lots of catchy tunes here with a standout duet
with Thom Yorke.http://www.pjharvey.net
9. Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned itself inside
out. A much quieter YLT but still brilliant, they just
seem to get better and better.
10. Common – Like Water for Chocolate. Another
brilliant hip-hop album this time out of Chicago.
Common has a way with words, made all the better by
production from the Root’s ?uestlove. Another man from
A few more that nearly made it:
Looper - The Geometrid
Day One - Ordinary man
The Gentle Waves – Swansong for you
RadioHead – Kid A
Mojave3 – Excuses for Travellers
Jay Jay Johanson – Poison
Pinback – This is a Pinback CD
Leila – Courtesy of Choice
Black Eyed Peas – Bridging the Gap
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – The Blue Trees
Elliot Smith - Figure 8
best and worst of 2000 - still not sure if this was the first year of the 3rd millenium, or the last year of the 2nd one. anyway, a great year for me, highlights being the last five months - possibly connected with the fact that i haven't been working in that time. 6 weeks in wanaka and boarding on treble cone kicked it all off. 3 weeks with tom in sydney for the olympics was amazing, and went to more events than i could have imagined or afford. then 10 weeks doing a loop of australia, didn't see everything i wanted, but everything i did see was amazing, so no complaints - a truly great holiday.
anyway, best of the year follows :
1. elliot smith - figure 8 ( the man has outdone himself - outstanding ! ))
2. death in vegas - the contino sessions ( the wanaka album )
3. radiohead - kid a ( a grower - 3 weeks ago this wasn't even in the top ten )
4. st. germain - tourist ( funky, jazzy, dancy - something for everyone on this )
5. air - the virgin suicides ( dark but brilliant )
6. smashing pumpkins - machina ( another grower, some filler, but enough good tunes to get it this high )
7. moby - play ( overplayed, but still an album of great songs )
8. eels - daisies of the galaxy ( a feel-good album, and probably their best to date )
9. supergrass - supergrass ( best pop band in the world )
10. pj harvey - songs from the city, songs from the sea ( probably should be higher, but haven't listened to it enough )
u2 - all that we have left behind ( more listens needed )
david gray - white ladder
primal scream - xtrmntr
supreme beings of leisure ( name of the album escapes me )
buena vista social club
richard ascroft - alone with everybody
belle & sebastien - fold your hands child, you walk like a peasant
1. elliot smith - can't make a sound
2. radiohead - how to disapper comletely ( written after their RDS gig in dublin 3 years ago ! )
3. air - the virgin suicides
4. death in vegas - aisha
5. pj harvey - the mess we're in ( with thom yorke )
1. american beauty
2. being john malcovich
3. buena vista social club
4. east west ( french / russian )
5. a pornographic affair ( french )
7. wintersleepers ( german )
8. the insider
9. 3 seasons ( vietnamese )
the straight story
boys don't cry
the cider house rules
the wizard of oz
john irvine - the world according to garp ( everyone should read this, one of the best books i've read )
kurt vonnegut - slaughterhouse 5
jean-paul sartre - the age of reason
anthony burgess - a clockwork orange ( even better 2nd time round - and now i get the movie in xtra vision, excellent ! )
ayn rand - the fountainhead ( a sprawling masterpiece )
some interesting ones this year, a few of the best...
bad boy bubby ( crazy australian movie, definitely not for the faint-hearted )
don't look back ( dylan documentary from the mid-sixties, a classic )
priscilla queen of the desert ( another australian one, nuff said )
short cuts ( altman's masterpiece )
breaking the waves
well, so may to choose from, hard to top the olympics, and being there made it even better...
1. monday 25th sept., olympic stadium : the night of sonia ( and szabo ), michael and cathy, gabresellaise, tatiana ( does anyone remember who actually won the pole-vault ). they said it was the best night of track and field ever, who am i to argue ?
2. swimming, olympic pool - aussies win the 4 by 200m freestyle by about a length of the pool, and the crowd goes mental. suzie wins the 200m free, and the crowd goes mental. so did we.
3. sat. 20th sept, olympic stadium - all the relays finals, sonia in the 10,000 - highlight was bahamas winning the 4 by 100m relay, with the usa in 3rd, hee, hee
4. beach volleyball on bondi beach - a truly great sport, nuff said
5. bastketball - usa beats lithuania by 7 points, not the best game ever, but great to be there to see the dream team
a lean year, wellington ain't the best place for these
1. supergrass - wellington town hall ( 90 minutes of mayhem, the whole venue was one big mosh pit, fantastic ! )
2. ben harper - wellington town hall
3. snow white, the ballet at sydney opera house
4. last supper at the coffee pot, venue for possibly the best breakfast in the world for every saturday i was in wellington - tom and i were priveleged to be served the last meals there on its closing day
beach in australia : turquoise bay, exmouth, western australian
beach in new zealand : cathedral cove, coromandel penisula
day on the snowboard : off the back of treble cone, worth the hike back... just
coastline i've ever see : great ocean road
birthday : sunset on ayers rock
movie i saw : scary movie
album i bought : william orbit, pieces in a modern style
video i rented : hideous kinky
chant of the year : ozzie, ozzie, ozzie ( oy, oy, oy )
that's about it, until next year,
Some of these categories probably don't fit but once I got going I had to let them out...
Top Ten Albums that I've heard since being on the planet in order of preference :
1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. U2 - The Joshua tree
3. Radiohead - The Bends
4. Veneer - untitled 10 track cd
5. Waterboys - This is the sea
6. Suede - Suede
7. Pixies - Dolittle
8. Engine Alley - Sonic Holiday
9. The Frames - Another love song
10. A House - I am the greatest
11. REM - Automatic for the people
12. Radiohead - Kid A
Top 2 Movies this year
1. Being John Malkovich
2. Dancer in the Dark
Best movie I've ever seen:
The Big Blue...it was more where, when and how I got to see it.
Best Video seen this year
1. Patch Adams
2. Good Will Hunting
Event of the year:
New Years Eve San Sebastian
Gig of the year
Radiohead Punchestown Saturday Night
Best Gig ever:
U2 1989 31st Dec Point Depot
Best Band in the world so far in my lifetime:
Best Painting I've never seen (0nly reproductions):
Van Gogh........Night time cafe terrasse
Best Coffee Shop ever:
The Winding Stair....one of the quays, Dublin....I think thats the name
Most Mind Blowing Moment so far at 31yrs:
Birth of Cli
Best trip ever:
To the USA.....first time around...1988
Best city I've been in..
1. New York
2000 started on the Coromandel Peninsula, in a thermal pool on hot water beach , with champagne and friends, and ended with an afternoon of boarding in Glencoe, Scotland, another great year!
Unfortunately, having spent most of the time travelling, my top 10 lists are not so comprehensive this year…….
1. Xen Cuts - Ninja Tune
2. Moby - Play
3. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
4. Kruder and Dorfmeister - the K+D Sessions
5. Mightmares on Wax - Smokers Delight
6. Canibus - Can-I-Bus
Need some more listening to the new Wu Tang album and must check out the Eminem albums!
1. Ghost Dog
3. Fight Club
4. Billy Elliot
Been to a lot more clubs lately than ever before, must be the student influence here in Newcastle…..
2. Lo Fi Allstars
3. Martin Stephenson
Simon Winchester - The River at the Centre of the World
Simon Winchester - The Fracture Zone
Joe Simpson - Dark Shadows Falling
Joe Simpson - Touching the Void
Peter Firstbrook - Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine
Heinrich Harrer - 7 Years in Tibet
John Irvine - A Prayer for Owen Meaney
Just going to keep these in chronological order. The year started with a two week Christmas/New Year trip around New Zealands north island. Almost at the end of my year there, but still managed to get in a 6 week climbing trip with Tom Corcoran. Leaving NZ was hard after a year of fun, but when I got to Oz I was on the road again, up the east coast for a month, Byron Bay, Nimbin, Carnarvon Gorge and a week sailing on the Whitsundays, and all of that with Katy, great times indeed. A serious cash problem led to 2 months work in Sydney, catching the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival, and soon after, a plane to Nepal, end of June. I spent almost 3 months there with Katy, most of the time in the high Himalayas, getting to 5,500 meters, under Everest, pity the monsoon weather spoiled the view. The few weeks in Kathmandu to finish were great, but it was time to leave. So Newcastle now, and finally a working man, much to the relief of my parents!!!! Still, loads to do over here, and Scotland is only up the road. Heres to another good year!!
Top 10 reads
Its impossible to chose the numerical order. What is below is random. They are all different. I would re
read and recommend all of them. Anyway, here goes;
Graham Greene - Dr Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party
This is an account of a rich, sadistic man, who studies greed through abusing “Toads”. This is what he calls his circle of “friends”, who will put up with anything in order to benefit from his wealth. The scene changes, when his new son in law refuses to play the game. This is a brilliant read, and a short one. Very easy to pick up for 20 minutes before bed!
‘That’s the official doctrine, but mine is different. I think souls develop from an embryo, just as we do. Our embryo is not a human being, yet it still has something of a fish about it and the embryo soul isn’t yet a soul. I doubt if all children have souls any more than dogs – perhaps that’s why the Roman Catholic church invented limbo.’
‘Have you a soul? I think I may have one, shop-soiled, but still there. If souls exist you certainly have one.’
J K Rowling - The Philosopher’s Stone
This is the first of the four Harry Potter books. Do you remember when you were a child, and all sorts of crazy things happened in your head, because your head wasn’t constrained by experience and knowledge? Well, J K Rowling, manages to recreate a very original fantasy world and I very quickly became absorbed by it. This book is very funny and entertaining. The characters and situations are very real and familiar, in a different setting. Read it, to learn all sorts of new concepts and words such as ‘muggle’, ‘mud-blood’ and ‘Quidditch’.
John McGahern - High Ground
Book of short stories, generally set in Ireland in the 60s/ 70s and even 80s. The best ones include Eddie Mac, Gold Watch,
Crossing The Line and High Ground. He’s a great story- teller, and you find yourself reading sentences and nodding your head in agreement or understanding. He uses phrases to draw people or situations in a very clear way. Some extracts from Gold Watch include;
“Her father sat with me in the front room, cautiously kind, sipping whiskey as we measured each careful cliché..” “ ‘Unfortunately, the best part of these visits is always the leaving,’
“ she ssaid as we drove away. ‘After a while away, you’re lured into thinking that the next time will somehow be different, but it never is.’”
My favourite piece is from High Ground;
“We sat in the car and kissed and talked, and morning was there before we noticed.”
Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
(An Australian author, born in 1943) This one is set in Oz and England in the late 19th/ early 20th century. It tells the story of two very odd characters, who fall for each other. He is a vicar, who is very wound up in religion and certain beliefs. He has a weakness for gambling, but approaches it with a meticulousness, which generally guarantees success. She fell in for a fortune, when she was young. She is very independent and wants to work for a living and do everything her
male counterparts do. They are both stubborn, interesting characters. The writing is older English and can be heavy going. There are a lot of societal themes. It took me a while to get into this, but it became very addictive. One turn of phrase, which I liked describes Lucinda’s letter writing;
“And if she could not draw, she could execute a still life with words.”
Chris Stuart - Driving Over Lemons
This book describes Chris Stuart’s adventures after he left Genesis, and moved to Spain to buy and work a farm in Andalucia. The title alludes to his early days. Initially, he used to try to avoid squashing the lemons that littered all the roadways. He was told to drive over them, and due to the sheer abundance of them, he was forced to concede. This is a really entertaining and inspiring read. Good and funny account of his struggle with a new life. He has a great way with words;
“Boiler-suited growers were bent bum-up amid perfect lines of vegetables”
“The creature with lowest priority on the road was the car”
Graham Swift - Last Orders
(Booker prize-winner) This book reminded me of Roddy Doyle’s style –very conversational, not a huge amount of action, but very focused on ordinary people. It centres around four men who meet to dispose of their friend’s ashes. The opening
scene is in a pub – four blokes and an urn, that was enough to get me hooked. The story unfolds in one day. On this journery, there are various interactions and memories, which hint at the real relationship between the four lads. Again, there is some great colloquial language;
“I suck an inch off my pint and light up a snout.”
Graham Swift - Shuttlecock
The style and theme of this book is very different to the previous one. This story is less of an every day one. The plot is about a guy who is a bad father and husband. His failure in this area is related to his childhood and his obsession with his father. His father was a war time hero who has recently had a nervous breakdown. The main character, is working at a desk job, in the archiving department of dead police crimes. Through his work, he begins to think that maybe his father’s account of his war deeds in ‘Shuttlecock’ are false. He is given the opportunity, to decide the truth and hide or declare the facts. This book is a bit of a thriller, without any real action taking place. The father – son relationship is very interesting. ‘Shuttlecock’ is the name of his father’s autobiography, taken from the description of parachutes, as seen from a distance.
David Mitchell - Ghostwritten
(1999) This author is an English teacher in Asia and it is his first book. There are 9 stories, with some tenuous link between them. Each story has a different location - Hong Kong, London, Clear Island…. The stories are also very different in theme ranging from thriller, to political to romance. It’s a good read, with some great descriptions of places, different religions, life styles, personalities. One description of Tokyo that I liked was as follows;
“Twenty million people live and work in Tokyo. It’s so big that nobody really knows where it tops. It’s long since filled up the plain, and now it’s creeping up the mountains to the west and reclaiming land from the bay in the east. The city never stops rewriting itself. In the time one street guide is produced, it’s already become out of date. It’s a tall city, and a deep one, as well as a spread out one. Thins are always moving below you and above your head. All these people, flyovers, cars, walkways, subways, offices, tower blocks, power cables, pipes, apartment, it all adds up to a lot of weight. You have to do something to stop yourself caving in, or you just become a piece of flotsam or an ant in a tunnel. In smaller cities people can use the space around them t insulate themselves, to remind themselves of who they are. Not in Tokyo. You just don’t have the space, not unless you’re a company presided, a gangster, a politician or the Emperor.
You’re pressed against people body to body in the trains, several hands gripping each strap on the metro trains. Apartment windows have no view but other apartment windows. No, in Tokyo you have to make your place inside your head.”
Be warned, the description of Clear Island is a bit quaint.
Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever
This is set in 17th century Amsterdam. It tells the story of the relationship between a young girl and her old, benefactor/ husband. He commissions a portrait of himself and his wife and she falls for the artist. Good story, interesting setting and description of the importance of art at this time, the tulip industry and the relationship between the classes. Not
sure, perhaps its one for the girls.
Ethan Coen - The Garden of Eden
Brilliant collection of short stories. Some crazy ones. Not a million miles from their films.
This was a particularly tough year to choose albums......
1. Mos Def - Black On Both Sides
2. PJ Harvey - Stories from the city, Stories from the sea
3. Common - Like Water For Chocolate
4. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of the Bewilderbeast
5. Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek - Reflection Eternal
6. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
7. Thievery Corporation - The Mirror Conspiracy
8. Black Eyed Peas - Bridging The Gap
9. Belle and Sebastian - Fold your arms child, you walk like a peasant
10.Pinback - Pinback
Lelia - Courtesy of Choice
Radiohead - Kid A
Day One - Ordinary Man
Mark Kozelek - Rock 'n' roll singer
Yo la Tengo - And then nothing turned itself inside out
1. Commmon - Paradiso, Amsterdam (Dec)
3. Sigur Ros - Crossing Borders Festival, Amsterdam (Nov)
2. Tindersticks - Crossing Borders Festival, Amsterdam (Nov)
4. God Speed You Black Emperor & Fly Pam Am - Tivoli, Utrecht (April)
4. Low - Crossing Borders Festival, Amsterdam (Nov)
5. Radiohead - Nijmegen, Holland.
6. Mos Def - Drum Rhythm, Amsterdam (May)
7. Yo la Tengo & Lambchop - Parasiso, Amsterdam (May)
8. Flaming Lips - Parasiso, Amsterdam (May)
9. Day One - Melkweg, Amsterdam (April)
10. The Arsonists, Club de Ville, Amsterdam (March)
1. Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap
2. Death in vegas - The Contino Sessions
3. Nick drake - five leaves
4. Blonde redheads
5. Belle and Sebastian – Fold your arms Child you walk like a Peasant
6. Yo La Tengo - and then nothing turned itself inside-out
7. U2 - All that you can't leave behind
8. Nightmares on wax - Carboot soul
9. Moby - Play
10. Echo and the bunnymen - from last year
good films are:
1. Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (Princess and the Warrior)
3. Fight club
4. Million Dollar Hotel
Top ten lists of 2000:
1. list of 'dotcoms' that 'dotbombed'
2. list of awards that westlife won
3. list of Jerry Springer cameo roles
4. list of contentious questions in the Irish version of who wants to be a millionaire
5. list of strikes affecting the Irish social infrastructure
6. list of tunes that we shouldn't really like but there's this nice bit of
wah-wah or vocoder work in them that we just can't get out of our heads
7. list of honest politicians
8. list of Willie O'Dea vs. Jackie Healy-Rae oneupmanship
9. list of clever TV soap reviews which contain the phrase 'production values'
10. list of pubs that you shouldn't really have gone into (ex-girlfriends,ex-cetra)