The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the pink robots
The Lord of the Rings
All time Contributors
Here's an incomplete list of the finer cinema i've seen this year - many of which are documentaries, oddly enough. Check them out if you get the chance.The American Astronaut (2001) - Cory McAbee Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Michael Moore Two Towns of Jasper (2002) - Whitney Dow, Marco Williams Genghis Blues (1999) - Roko Belic Ocean's Eleven (2001) - Steven Soderbergh The Limey (1999) - Steven Soderbergh Metropolis (1927) - Fritz Lang Home Movie (2001) - Chris Smith Pleasure + Pain (2002) - a story about ben harper The 36th Chamber of Shao-Lin (aka. Master Killer) (1978) - best kung-fu movie ever! Salesman (1969) - Albert and David Maysles Startup.com (2001) - Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaime Lord of the Rings (whichever i can consider for this year as i've yet to see The Two Towers just yet...) Music: Once again, failing miserably this year at listening to new music, but here's a go... Blue Train - John Coltrane Brushfire Fytales - Jack Johnson Mermaid Avenue - Billy Bragg and Wilco The Best of Mississippi John Hurt Anything by David Holmes...
I heard of few things on Dineen this summer that piqued my interest, but haven't gotten around to checking them out (as i can't find anything in stores here on the frontier); these include:Far Away Trains Passing By - Ulrich Schnaus After Love - Closer Musik Books: Just a few this year of note: Confederacy of Dunces (1980) - John Kennedy Toole Mr. Nice - an autobiography of Howard Marks The Dying Animal (2001) - Philip Roth Events: All i can say is this, i wish i'd been in Korea/Japan for the World Cup like me brother...
Also, my 29th birthday in november was (surprisingly) pure class...some mates of mine showed up and played a bluegrass set in my living room that lasted nearly 3 hours whilst everyone stuffed themselves on daymakers and some tasty Louisiana style seafood gumbo that i whipped up from an old cajun recipe (Rimu lads, you would've loved it!)...
Enda Bates Best Albums 1. Sigur Ros - ()
Although this album fades towards the end, the 1st 4 songs make it album of the year on their own. Just beautiful music!2. Mum - Finally we are no one
More great, quirky stuff from Iceland. Strange found sounds, lovely child like melodies, all good.3. Mic Christopher - Daydreamin
The late great singer's first solo album. Great songs, absolute tragedy hes not still around.4. Doves - The Last Broadcast
Definite step on from lost souls, lots of big epic sing alongs, how bad really?5. God Speed You Black Emperer - Lift your skinny fists .......
I know this album is a couple of years old, and I know they have a new one out since, but this is the first time I heard this. Wow!6. Lackluster - Container
Great little electro sounds.7. The Notwist - Neon Golden
More strange beats and found sounds coupled with nice guitar tunes. Great stuff, and they're German too!8. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
Very, very clever, garage finally gets good. Its a little strange that he's from Essex though!9. Connect 4 Orchestra - Chiseled to the Hip
One of many great Irish instrumental bands goin around. Not as random as the Redneck Manifesto, or as ramshackle as the Jimmy Cake. Just lovely guitar music.10. Gemma Hayes - Night on my Side
Pretty good album this, but I mean, just look at her, Lordy!!!!!! And she's from Tipperary too!!!!Best gigs (half of these could be from last year, my memory is shot) 1. Sigur Ros - The Ambassodor
Stunning, just jaw dropping really.2. Josh Ritter - Whelans
Great gig, really funny american singer songwriter. Like a young Dylan doing stand-up crossed with Will Oldham.3. Tindersticks - The Olympia
Tindersticks + 16 piece orchestra...not much more to say really.4. The Frames - Anywhere
Always amazing live, they have the crowd in their pockets and they play together so well. Great, even if Glenn Hansard rattles on a bit sometimes.5. The Jimmy Cake - Whelans
To even see 12 people on the stage at one in Whelans...making accordians cool again!!6. Mogwai - The red box
Very, very, very, very, very, VERY loud gig. The new stuff of Rock Action was fab though!
Anyway thats it, I have a nagging feeling I'm forgetting some really good album or gig, ah well, what can ya do!!
Only read one....Keano..Keano!!! very well written and informative, i am currently reading Heavier then Heaven, Kurt Cobains autobiography and it is excellant..well worth getting.Best Albums 1. Gemma Hayes...extrordinary to think she is not massive! 2. Jimmy Eat World...i only just discovered them...doin a cover of theirs so i am biased! 3. Foo Fighters..."one by one" gin gin gin gin gin gin giin...ya get out the air guitars!! 4. Coldplay..."a rush of blood to the head" 5. Ben Folds.."rockin the suburbs" 6. Feeder...Yesterday went too soon 7. The Beatles...everything! 8. Pavement Terror twilight and wowie zowie. 9. Mundy...24 star hotel 10. Nirvana...single "you know youre right"...wasnt it great to hear them on the radio again..."paaaaaaiiiin"
two new albums i haven't heard are sigur ros and primal scream. the price of tickets went nuts in toronto for some reason, so i haven't been to much, richard buckner was probably the best. these days i'll only pay $25+ to see posh classical stuff. i saw oscar peterson though. no film stands out, endured plenty of crap. after years of hearing about him i finally got to see aliG on video - "i would like to do for you, what britney spears has done for me". the most enjoyable books are a series of historical novels by patrick o'brian (aubrey/maturin series), there are 20 or something and i'm really addicted. for anyone who knows me, i'm moving back to ireland in january, can't wait to see everyone. happy new year. ger
|Best Concerts 1st||The Cure, Benicassim|
|2nd||The Doves, Benicassim|
|Best Gig (International)||Ron Sexsmith, Savoy, Cork|
|Best Gig (Irish)||David Kitt, Everyman Theatre, Cork|
|Best Traditional Irish Music Session||Jackie Bourke (Accordion) & others, Spanish Point, Co.Clare|
|Best Play||The Salvage Shop, Charleville Drama Group|
|Best Film 1st||Lord of the Rings - Two Towers|
|3rd||The Count of Monte Cristo|
|Best Short Film (Irish)||Give up yer Auld Sins|
|Best International Documentary||Bowling for Columbine – Michael Moore|
|Best Irish Documentary||Tory Island – Pat Collins|
|Best TV Series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
I didn't think anything could touch Yoshimi and then I heard Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, the album title is as brilliantly accurate as it gets and the swirling mix of words and sounds is completely intoxicating. The Strokes were in very high rotation in the beginning of the year, it felt like returning to roots. I finally got another copy of Cane 141's album and it's a beautiful gem. Lackluster are another Dinnen find and do some excellent chill from Finland. Out of season did not come out of the portable for the last few weeks and forces it's way into the top 10 even though it's just out, it comes from the Portishead singer, Beth Gibbons, and Talk Talk bassist, Paul Webb.1. The Streets - Original pirate material (2002) 2. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002) 3. The Strokes - Is That It! (2001) 4. Cane 141 - Garden Tiger Moth (2001) 5. David Holmes - Bow Down To The Exit Sign (2000) 6. Lackluster - Container (2000) 7. Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man - Out of season (2002) 9. Low - Things we lost in the fire (2001) 10. Spiritualized - Let It Come Down (2001) Honourable mentions St Germain - Tourist Avalanches - Since I left you Nick Cave - No more shall we part Howie B - Scratch Death in Vegas - Scorpio Rising (the Paul Weller song ruined the album continuity for me...i am wondering what they are like life without all these vocalists) LTJ Bukem - Earth Vol II Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - Bavarian Fruit Bread Gigs 1. Orbital - Glastonbury 29 Jun (The gig of my life) 2. St Germain - Glastonbury 30 Jun 3. Roger Waters - Glastonbury 30 Jun (I had listened to Floyd in the past and love "Pipers at the gate of dawn", but had never really appreciated the whole floyd sound - it was an experience, it was the last show of their tour, they even stopped for a poker game at one point and settled up their scores) 4. Luna - Dingwalls, Camden Lock 29 Oct (One band that I was gagging to see for the first time, finally, really great live) 5. Low - Empire, Shephard's bush 25 Apr 6. Christy Moore / Donal Lunny / Declan Sinnott - Union Chapel, Islington 30 Sep Film 1. Punch drunk love - written and directed by P.T. Anderson (London film festival) 2. The Royal Tenenbaums - written and directed by Wes Anderson 3. The Fellowship of the ring / The Two Towers - directed by Peter Jackson 4. The Dancer upstairs - directed by John Malkovich (London film festival, Malkovich spoke afterwards) 5. Love Liza - directed by Todd Louiso (Dick in High Fidelity, London film festival) 6. Kissing Jessica Stein 7. Il Postino (1994) 8. Raising Victor Vargas - written and directed by Peter Sollett (London film festival, Peter Sollett spoke) 9. Ocean's Eleven - Directed by Steven Soderbergh (I normally stay away from remakes but Soderbergh is a materful film maker) 10. The kid stays in the picture (Best Documentary) (London film festival) Honourable mentions 28 days later 24 hour party people Insomnia Attack of the Clones Signs (Best Horror) Film scenes of the year Gollum/Sméagol in Two Towers Surfing start to Die Another Day Philip Seymour Hoffman sniffing the petrol pump nossle in Love Liza Films that sucked A Beautiful mind (I'm so bored of seeing this kind of Hollywood mush) Austin Powers in Goldmember Notable Videos & DVD Hedwig & the Angry Inch - a really excellent original gem found on the video store bottom shelf in the corner Tao of steve - this well written film will make you laugh Jay and Silent Bob strike back - funny, even more so if you have seen the previous Kevin Smith films with the recurring characters (clerks/mallrats/chasing amy/dogma) Tigerland Shrek Play This is our Youth - Kenneth Lonergan Live events 1. Glastonbury 2002 (I finally got there! I hooked up with Ralph, an old climbing partner, we had said loads of times, years ago, that we must meet up for Glasto and it happened :-) A completely unique festival, you have to go) 2. White V O'Sullivan, Masters Quarter Final, Wembley conference centre, 8 Feb 3. Hendry V Ebdon, World Championship final, 6 May Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 4. James Bond - a Bafta tribute 17 nov 5. Mark J Williams V Jimmy White Masters Semi final, Wembley conference centre, 9 February (Williams won 6-5) Personal highlights of the year
|January||Pipe band greets in new year at Pollagh Church in Achill|
|March||Getting a job after a 7 month search|
|June||Glastonbury, one of the events of my life|
|July||"Representing Ireland" in the World Rogaining Championship|
|August||Climbing in Stanage|
|October||Mount Desert Island in Maine|
|October||Climbing in Bosigran, Cornwall|
|November||My number was 911 in my first moutain bike race!|
Software of the year Dave's Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar If you search for anything on the internet this will make your life so much easier. You may have come across the google toolbar, well this blows it out of the water.Killer app of the year Shazam This is incredible, currently only available in britain so you are out and ear a song in a cafe, dial 2580 on your mobile / cell phone and you will get a text back straight away with the name of the track, they have 1.5 million tracks in their database and counting. I've tested it and it works.
I’m getting disturbed that the same artists keep coming up… Where’s the new music?1. Death in Vegas – Scorpio Rising 2. David Sylvian – Camphor 3. Badly Drawn Boy – Have you fed the fish? 4. Badly Drawn Boy – About a Boy 5. David Bowie – Heathen 6. Morcheeba - Charango 7. Sinead O’Connor – Sean Nos Nua 8. Bjork – Joga 9. Schostakowitch – Symphony #10 10. Julian Cope – An Audience with the Cope
Tom Dunne says that this album is so good that it deserves to cost twice as much as any other album in the shop, and who am I to disagree.The Streets - Original Pirate Material.
Kebabs, kung-fu, and lots more. How Ms. Dynamite won the Mercury with Doves and Streets in competition is a mystery to me.The Reindeer Section - Son of Evil Reindeer.
Daft name, great group. Perfect hangover nourishment.Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Their best album yet, from a band who have never put out a bad album (their album of Woody Guthrie covers with Billy Bragg is also superb). This review from pitchfork.com outlines the genesis of it: "Myth, it has been said, is the buried part of every story. On April 23rd, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot finally emerges into the light of day, having spent the last year interred in its own cluttered mythology: a hermetic studio gestation, with the inscrutable guidance of Chicago ex-pat/kindly wizard, Jim O'Rourke; internecine squabbles; conflict and resolution with American media behemoth AOL Time Warner; the release portentously slated for September 11th, but mysteriously delayed; the indecipherable short-wave radio prophecies; and, eventually, the hero's welcome, with the first stirrings of spring. It's all there: the miracle birth; the unlikely hero; the, um, benevolent mentor; the primordial menace; good over evil. Joseph Campbell would be pissing himself if he weren't dead."The New Pornographers - The Unforgiving Sound Of...
From 2001, but this Canadian debut came to Ireland on the back of some rave reviews. "Letter from an Occupant" might be the best album track of the year. Haven't got to the album of contributor Neko Case yet, but it is meant to be brilliant.Superchunk - Here's to Shutting Up. Again from 2001, but well worth locating. Elf Power - Nothing's Going to Happen. Album of covers of tracks by Sonic Youth, Buzzcocks and others. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
When reviewed in Uncut, they claimed it as the best album released in the lifetime of the magazine. Listen before disagreeing..LIVE STUFF Ryan Adams/Jesse Malins - Olympia.
Ryan and Son played a fantastic acoustic set in November after the Dublin rains. Witty, tolerant of the inevitable "Play Summmer of '69!" heckles and totally true to his vision.Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Vicar Street. More so-so than Yeah Yeah. The Jimmy Cake - Project Theatre Space. Intoxicating percussion and a sympathetic venue. Gemma Hayes - Whelans. Showcasing her superb debut, young Tipperary lass forecast to do a Cranberries, and never play Whelans again. Pity the drumming was so bad. Speaking of Tipperary, the Kilkenny-Tipp All-Ireland hurling semi-final was the sporting highlight of the year (with the wrong result). Sport does not get any better than this. If you don't get hurling, my sympathies (says he patronisingly). CINEMA Sur Mes Levres - French thriller that is due for Hollywood emasculation any day now. Brilliant premise, brilliant execution. Y Tu Mama Tambien. Erotic Mexicana. Politically leaden-footed, but on surer geound sexually. Donnie Darko - Haunting and visceral, with an assured 80's soundtrack, the Tears for Fears revival starts now. TV The Sopranos - Pure and regnant, cinematic in scope and ambition, this series epitomises ensemble. The one-legged Russian nurse is a conceit of David Lynchian ambition. Bachelors Walk - Irish TV comedy. Not as good as Paths to Freedom, but good all the same. Hector on TG4. Hilarious, sparking with charisma, with an infallible ability to generate laughter on both sides of the camera. If you haven't yet seen Hector O' h-Eochagain on TV, it is probably because RTE hasn't taken an option on him yet. And that is good for Hector, as RTE will surely neuter him. The Office: David Brent is becoming a bit drunk on his own delusions, but when it hits home, it is corrosive. Spawned the best T-shirt of the year as well: "Will there ever be a boy born who can swim faster than a shark?". Tommie Gorman Interviewing Roy Keane: Tears, emotional blackmail, rivetting TV. BOOKS Michel Houellebecq - Atomised. It ends badly, as all good books do. It starts nowhere in particular. In between, it veers between the Parisian swinging scene, academia, the corruption of French pastoral and some dubious philosophy, hitting more targets than it misses. I took a train across the spine of Italy in August, and consumed this book before the Naples train pulled into Trieste. The idea of the book as consumable would appeal to Houelbecq. WEBSITES www.artsandlettersdaily.com www.anfearrua.com www.thinkzoo.com WORST MOMENT OF THE YEAR Joe Duffy welcoming home the Irish soccer team in the Phoenix Park. Carcrash TV and no mistake. I think Damien Duff's look said it all.
Some tough choices this year- how to compare Natalie Merchant with The White Stripes, Tom Waits with The Herbaliser? Lots of fine albums, but did anyone release their best album in 2002? Beck's Sea Change was great, but Mutations and Odelay were better. Wilco finally made it big, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot getting rave reviews- but still not a patch on Summerteeth. As for truly original albums, Boards Of Canada and The Streets defy description with honourable originality mentions to Lemon Jelly and Rinôçérôse . I've split my music lists between 2002 releases, and older stuff which I bought this year.
As for the rest- read lots of good stuff, saw some great movies and a few shite ones. Divil a gig all year- it's a location thing. Learned to sail, and can now order a beer in Spanish.Best Music of 2002 1. The Streets - Original Pirate Material ( the best debut album ever? hmmm, possibly ) 2. The Stokes - Is This It? ( the 2nd best debut album ever? possibly ) 3. David Holmes - Come Get It, I Got It ( get it ) 4. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the Pink Robots ( some shaky lyrics, but who gives a shit? ) 5. Boards Of Cananda - Geogaddi ( the most un-scottish sounding scottish band ever ) 6 . Rinôçérôse - Installation Sonore ( house music for the thinking man ) 7 . Eminem - The Eminem Show ( what to say that hasn't been said? ) 8 . Beck - Sea Change ( another gem from mr. hanson ) 9 . Christy Moore - Live At Vicar St. ( must be getting homesick ) 10 . Skinny - Taller ( i know absolutely nothing about this band ) Honourable Mentions 2002 - damned fine all Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons Natalie Merchant - Motherland The Avalanches - Since I Left You Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World Radioactive 89FM - Silver Selections ( compilation of NZ music ) Badly Drawn Boy - About A Boy Soundtrack Tom Waits - Alice The White Stripes - White Blood Cells The Herbaliser - Something Wicked This Way Comes Primal Scream - Evil Heat De La Soul - AOI Bionix Death In Vegas - Scorpio Rising Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision Best Old Stuff But New To Me 1. Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden ( truly brilliant ) 2. Jungle Brothers - Raw Deluxe ( in a word: funky ) 3. Zero 7 - Simple Things ( chill ) 4. Nick Drake - 5 Leaves Left 5. Black Eyed Peas - Bridging the Gap 6. Wheat - Hope & Adams 7. Groove Armada - Goodbye Country, Hello Nightclub 8. JJ72 - JJ72 9. Spiritualized - Bring It On Down 10. Ryan Adams - Gold Favourite Tracks ( "lyrics in brackets" ) The Streets - Weak Become Heroes ( "imagine the world's leaders on pills" ) Jungle Brothers - Jungle Brother ( "I'm a Jungle Brother, a true blue" ) Lemon Jelly - Spacewalk ( "it's beautiful, just beautiful..." ) The Strokes - Alone, Together ( "we all like it a little different..." yes we do ) Christy Moore - Lisdoonvarna ( "...up the banner" ) The Herbalizer - Something Wicked ( "...this way comes" ) Eminem - Hailie's Song ( "i can't sing" - 'course ya can, Em ) Elvis vs. JXL - A Little Less Conversation ( "a little less conversation, a little more action" ) Wildo - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart ( "I am an American aquarium drinker" - huh?) Most Disappointing Albums DJ Shadow - The Private Press ( some great tracks, but didn't quite cut the mustard ) Beth Orton - Daybreaker Best Song Title Rinôçérôse - 323 secondes de musique répétitive Biggest Pile of Shite I Wasted My Time Reading James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy ( a.k.a. New Age Bollocks For Sad Bastards ) Favourite Books In No Particular Order Porno - Irvine Welsh ( our 5 fucked up heroes 10 years on ) Foucoult's Pendulum - Umberto Eco ( so what if i didn't understand it? ) Time - Alexander Waugh ( a brief history of time ) A Fortunate Life - A.B. Lacey ( classic australian pioneer life story ) Raising The Banner - Ger "Psycho" Lougnane ( highly entertaining ) Hotel New Hampshire - John Irving ( the greatest living writer? ) Down Under - Bill Bryson ( unfeasabily amusing ) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ( a classic in all senses of the word ) E=mc2 - David Bodanis ( nuclear physics for dummies ) Lou Reed, The Biography - Victor Bockris ( yes, he really is a bollocks ) The Vintner's Luck - Elizabeth Knox ( best New Zealand novel I've read ) Doggystyle - Snoop Doogy Dogg ( a much misunderstand and lovely person, haha ) Best Of Outside - Various ( from the magazine that brought you 'Into Thin Air' ) The Devil's Cup - Stewart Lee Allen ( a brief history of coffee ) The Meme Machine - Susan Blackmore ( if you've read The Selfish Gene, then read this ) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey ( finally got around to this one, and didn't disappoint ) Top Things I Did In 2002 Ummm, got engaged in Fiji Didn't come last in my first mountain bike race Best Gigs I live in Wellington- there was this juggler on Courtenay Place last week who looked really good. Sporting Moments Paul McGinley and that 11 footer Last minute equaliser against Germany Last minute equaliser against Spain Have I missed something? Favourite Movies In Particular Order. Kinda. 1. Samsara 2. Mulholland Drive 3. Amelie 4. Apocalypse Now Redux 5. Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers 6. Donnie Darko 7. Toter Mann ( Something to Remind Me ) 8. Gosford Park 9. Amores Perros ( Life's A Bitch ) 10. Kissing Jessica Stein Honourable Mentions Y Tu Mama Tambien ( And Your Mother Too ) Monsters Inc. Lantana In The Bedroom Monsoon Wedding The Man Who Wasn't There Scratch Timeout My Wife Is An Actresss Biggest Load Of Shite I Wasted Money On Red Dragon A Beautiful Mind Ocean's 11 Dass me for another year. Over and out amigos.
I was extremely happy to hear the Breeders again. This album sounds like the first one (Pod). I love it. NTM is not a new release at all but I still listen four years after. Anyone who wishes to discover good french Rap has to listen to this album. The question is who would wish to discover french rap ? I know. well you should. It's really not bad.Also 18, Moby A rush of blood to the head, Coldplay Film 1/ Seul contre Tous, Gaspard Noe, France 2000 2/ E tu Mama Tanbien, Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico 2002 3/ L'auberge Espagnole (Euro Pudding), Cedric Kaplish, France 2002 4/ Amen, Constantin Costa-Gavras, France 2002 5/ Gregoire Moulin contre l'humanite, Arthus de Penguern, 2002 6/ Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore, USA 2002 7/ Memento, Christopher Nolan, USA 2001 8/ Shaloin Soccer, Stephen Chow, Hong Kong, 2001 9/ Lantana, Ray Lawrence, Australia, 2002 10/ 101 Reykjavik, Baltasar Kormakur, Island 2001
We tend to remember the last movies that we have seen, I kept a record of all the movies that I have seen this year. It turned out that I have seen more than 60 movies; Most of them were ok, none of them were very very good. Hollywood productions were particularly average. Seul contre Tous and Gregoire Moulin contre l'humanite tells the story of a man trying to survive in a very agressive world ; Seul contre Tous is violent and powerful. Gregoire Moulin is very funny. E tu mama tambien was just very good. Mexico as it is and much more.I would also like to mention the following : Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass 2001 Ireland/UK Les rivières pourpres Mathieu Kassovitz 2001 France Gosford Park Robert Altman 2002 USA American Psycho Mary Haron 2000 USA Sexy Beast Jonathan Glazer 2000 U.K Hollywood Ending Woody Allen 2002 USA 8 femmes Francois Ozon 2001 France Mischka Jean Francois Stevenin 2002 France Le voyage de Chihiro Hayao Miyazaki 2001 Japan Elling Petre Naess 2002 Norway Books 1/ Si questo e un uomo (If This is a man), Primo Levi 2/ Im Westen nichts neues (In the west, nothing new ?) , Erich Maria 3/ Reflexions sur la guerre, le mal et la fin de l'histoire, Bernard Henri Levi 4/ La vie sexuelle de Cathereine M; Catherine Millet 5 / l'etranger; Camus 6/ Dialogue avec Daniel Cohn Bendit 7/ Nous sommes en marche ; Alain Cohn-Bendit 8/ Le neveu de Rameau (Rameau's nephew) ; Diderot 9/ Irish Short Stories ; Various Artist 10/ Lieutenant Blueberry ; Charlier_ Giraud
I started to read this year. Si questo e un uomo is a masterpiece. Primo Levi diary of his year ½ surviving experience in Auschwitz.Also L'inconnu me devore, Xavier Grall No Logo, Naomi Klein Conversations avec Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Daniel Cohn-Bendit Gigs and other World Championship of Rowgaining in Czech Republic. I really enjoyed it. David Kitt Concert Dublin Luna Concert Dublin Da Capo Concert Dublin Being in Dublin
Ok, top 10 time of the year again, it's been a year of eclectic music, here are the movers and shakers of my year 2002
Radioactive:Man Radioactive ManProof that music has no bounds, this album should be in everyones collection. Gave me my tune of the year, Trespasser
The Flaming Lips:Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Can’t wait to see these in Frankfurt next month, classic album
Eddie Eustace :Kickback , Snapshot Picked these up of this Dublin based Dj while in Barcelona. Great electro jazz in the mix
Pablo Moses :Revolutionary Dream Vinyl delight, wore the needle down
Etienne De Crecy:Super Discount Sunday morning music!!!
Bert Jansch:Bert Jansch Classic finger picking guitar from a master
Lee Perry Presents the Jolly Brothers: Consious Man More great reggae from Scratch
Underworld A Hundred Days Off Heard this towards the end of the year, I know it will get a lot of play in future Taking you there as only Underworld can do
Saint Germain :De Pres Café Excellent follow up to Tourist
Kevin Johansson The Nada Eclectic Spanish sounds from ArgentinaMost anticipated Album Talib Kweli’s Quality Can’t wait to get my hands on it Books Thomas Pynchon “Vineland” Milan Kundera “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” Music documentaries Super 8 Stories Fantastic music documentary the No Smoking Ochestra, a collective of Balkan musicians The Underground Ochestra Documentary on musicians playing in the paris metro Gigs LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad @ Northumbria Uni Mark Broom (Skint Records) Barcelona Etienne De Crecy @ Northumbria Uni Orkney Folk Festival Trad Sessions in Durham Outdoor highlights Ben Lui, Buchaill Etive Mor More great Scottish mountaineering, in the depths of winter storms and blue summer days Pyrennes Stanage climbing crag The Lake District : climbing and walking November snowboarding in Austria, an early Start to the season
Probably joint favourite of all time (with Le Petit Prince, St Exupere). I loved this book and wish I could read it in native Portugese. The language and story are very simple, but beautifully put together. Very thought provoking, its all about people, how they react in different situations and shaping your fate.Senor Vivo and The Coca Lord, Louis de Bernieres, (1991)
Hilarious second part of a trilogy. This story tells the story of an idealist professor’s war against warlords and drug barons in Latin America. Very off the wall.The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, J R R Tolkien No comment needed. The arrival of the films finally gave me the push to read the stories. Couldn’t put them down. The Magician’s Nephew, C S Lewis, 1955
I didn’t know there was a prequel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Great read, even if it is for children.The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C S Lewis, 1950
Hold on, looks like he meant ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ to be for big kids too. Here is the foreword.
“My dear Lucy, I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realised that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enogh to start reading fairy tales again. You can take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be ….your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis”Love in a Blue Time, Hanif Kureishi, (1997)
Great book of short stories. A little black, but very original.
The Devil and Miss Prym, Paulo Coehlo, (2000)
Good character driven story
The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts, Louis de Bernieres, (1998)
Part 1 of the aforementioned trilogy.Films The Kid Stays in the Picture, Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgan Disco Pig (I’m a bit late catching this one), Kirsten Sheridan Insomnia, Christopher Nolan Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson The Two Towers, Peter Jackson ….and for a good laugh Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha The Importance of Being Earnest, Oliver Parker Plays
I’ve only seen two, but they were greatLobby Hero & This is Our Youth, Ken Lonergan Music Two gigs have stayed in my Head Luna, Dingwalls, Camden Christy Moore, Union Chapel, Islington (Great venue, gothic type church still used for religious purposes)
Was White Blood Cells from the end of 2001 or the start of 2002? I can't remember any more and I don't have the CD to hand to check it. Well, at least I have the dates of all the gigs in my diary...[Ed: the idea of this list has always been what turned you on as opposed to the year of release]Albums: Queens of the Stoneage -- Songs for the Deaf Foo Fighters -- One by One Frank Black -- Black Letter Days Frank Black -- Devil's Workshop White Stripes -- White Blood Cells Aimee Mann -- Lost in Space The Wondermints -- Mind if We Make Love to You Coldplay -- A Rush of Blood to the Head 2 Many DJ's -- As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt. 2 The Datsuns -- The Datsuns Gigs: All venues in Amsterdam. Queens of the Stoneage, Melkweg (including Dave Grohl on drums and Mark Lanegan on vocals) The Undertones, Paradiso (lots of warm nostalgic fuzzies for this one; last time I saw them was over 20 years ago in a field in Castlebar!) Foo Fighters & Supergrass, Heineken Music Hall White Stripes, Melkweg Strokes, Paradiso The Datsuns, Paradiso Evan Dando, Paradiso Manic Street Preachers, Paradiso Macy Gray, Kop van Java Guided by Voices, Paradiso Paul Weller, Heineken Music Hall
|Best Book 1st||Berlin The Downfall 1945 - Anthony Beevor|
|2nd||The 48 laws of Power - Robert Greene|
|3rd||Stupid White Male - Michael Moore|
|Best Gigs 1st||The Cure - Benicassim|
|2nd||The Doves - Benicassim|
|Best Folk live gig||Mick Hanly - McCarthy’s, Baltimore|
|Best Irish Act||David Kitt & Mundy|
|Best Instrumental (Melancholy/contemplative)Music||Anouar Brahem - Le pas du chat noir|
|Best Introduction and winner of best “Late night music”||Kruder Dorfmiester - The K & D Sessions|
|Best CD||World Music Network - African Blues Selection|
|Best Film 1st||Lord of the Rings|
|3rd||The Count of Monte Cristo|
|Best TV Series 1st||Band of Brothers|
|3rd||CSI: Crime Scene Investigaton|
|Best International Joke||George Bush|
|Best Irish Joke||Bertie Ahern|
|Worst Joke||Property Prices|