Top 10 Lists 2002

Album of the year

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the pink robots

Film of the year

The Lord of the Rings

Top Music

1. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the pink Robots
2. The Streets - Original pirate material
3. Sigur Ros - ()
4. Doves - The last broadcast
5. Wilco - Yankee hotel foxtrot
6. Death in Vegas - Scorpio Rising
7. Coldplay - A rush of blood to the head
8. David Holmes - Come Get It, I Got It
9. Foo Fighters - One by One
10. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
11. Mundy - 24 star hotel

Top Films

1. The Lord of the Rings - Peter Jackson
2. Donnie Darko - Richard Kelly
3. Bowling for Columbine - Michael Moore
4. Memento - Christopher Nolan

Lists

Scott Balikian  Bret Betnar Declan Bates  Enda Bates  Garbhán Blake  Keith Buckley  Gerard Cagney  Serena Corcoran  Sue Corcoran  Tom Corcoran  Tony Corrigan  Barry Culhane  Katja Driesel  Conor Harty  Martin Hayes  Lucas Hilbert  Frank Hoefle  Brian Hudner  Jerome Lerousseau  Niall Lynch  Kevin McDaid  Kevin McGrath  Dave McGuinness  Trevor Morrissey  Laurent Muzellec  Martin O'Gorman  Michelle O'Gorman  Eoghan O'Keefe  Christine O'Meara  Breanndán Ó Nualláin  Caroline O'Reilly  Lisa Ryan  John Quilty  Declan Waugh  Suzanne Welles 

All time Contributors

Scott Balikian

Top 10 CDs this year (in no particular order):

Al Green - Love
The Reindeer Section - Son of Evil Reindeer
Royksopp - Melody AM
Clem Snide - Your Favorite Music
Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion
St Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Herbert - Bodily Functions
Fey Ray - Nixon in China EP
David Holmes - Come Get it I Got It
Junior Kimbrough - You Better Run
Lift To Experience - Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
Scott Walker - II

honorable mentions:
The Guest Stars - Becoming You EP
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Geto Boys - Til Death Do Us Part - gotta represent the H-town crew!
Visqueen - upcoming release - don't know what it's called.

Best Shows:

Clem Snide - Corcodile Cafe - Seattle - April 2002
Lift To Experience - Graceland - Seattle - Late Summer 2002
Marc Olsen - Showbox and Sunset Tavern - simply The BEST local performer in Seattle. I probably put him in every year. this, BTW, is not the other Marc Olson, who's band I can't remember.
Spaceboat.tv - live video mixing with improved musical noise and
performance art - EMP's Skychurch See pictures here
Cousteau - Showbox - Fricking amazing - and it was FREE!
Visqueen - Chop Suey - Seattle Summer-ish.

Best show I didn't get to go see - The Flaming Lips at the Paramount (I think)
I *know* I have forgotten some show, which pains me to no end.

Best films I've seen this year:

Pootie Tang - hands down *smirk*
Lord of the Rings I and II - dug both of them a lot
Donnie Darko - brilliant
The Player and Gosford Park - maybe Gosford park was last year, but I just
watched The Player again.
Bowling for Columbine
Cannibal - The Musical
Oh, and of course - Meet The Feebles.

Probably others as well, but that's all my mind can handle right now.
Wait, here they are:

Amores Perros!!!
Punch Drunk Love
Klute!! - god I loved this flick!
Wag The Dog - which I just saw again this year

Looking at my Netflix ratings, I noticed that I rated both Dancer in the Dark and Fletch 5 stars out of 5. Maybe that tells you something about my system. *smirk*

Oh, and currently reading an incredible book - Fast Food Nation.

Bret Betnar

Movies

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!)...


Declan Bates

Top ten sounds of 2002:

1. Silence (the absence of noises, especially those made by babies..)
2. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, PJ Harvey
3. Mozart Piano Trios K.496 & K.502, Pires, Dumay & Wang
4. Cecilia Bartoli, Vivaldi Opera Arias
5. Renato Carosone - Greatest Hits (includes Mambo Italiano - rocks!)
6. Telemann, Concertos, Concentus Musicus Vien, Harnoncourt
7. Sigur Ros, Sigur Ros
8. Vivaldi, Concerti e Cantante, Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini
9. Keith Jarrett, The Koln Concert
10. Dirty Three, Whatever you love, you are

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!!

Garbhán Blake


Albums:

1. Tom Waits - Blood Money
2. David Holmes - Come Get It, I Got It
3. Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - Out Of Season
4. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
5. Doves - Last Broadcast
6. Clint Mansell - Requiem For A Dream Soundtrack
7. Tom Waits - Alice
8. Badly Drawn Boy - About A Boy Soundtrack
9. Death In Vegas - Scorpio Rising
10. Orchestra Baobab - Pirate's Choice

Honourable Mentions:

Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Lemon Jelly - KY
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nick Drake - Way To Blue
Sigur Ros - ()
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
Mark Lanegan - Field Songs

Single of the year:

Nick Holder - Sometimes I'm Blue.

Live Events:

1. Sigur Ros - Ambassador Theatre
2. Dunshaughlin vs Mattock Rangers, Leinster Club Football Final, Sunday 22nd December 2002!
3. All-Ireland football final - Croke Park - hugging every Armagh person within 10 rows at the final whistle (wearing a Meath Jersey - we lost the minor final).
4. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Ambassador
5. Rattlebag interview with Johathan Frantzen - Liberty Hall
6. Meath vs. Dublin - Re-opening of Croke Park
7. The Strokes - Olympia theatre
8. Ireland vs. Australia - Landsdowne Rd.
9. All Ireland hurling final - Croke Park
10. Luna - Spirit nightclub
11. Two Plays Without Feeling, Dublin Fringe Festival
12. Frank and Walters, Whelans
13. Bedbound, Andrews Lane Theatre
14. Death In Vegas, Ambassador
15. Rattlebag interview with Roddy Doyle, Spirit nightclub
16. Tommy Tiernan - Vicar Street
17. Sparklehorse - Olympia

Worst Live Event:
Ireland vs Switzerland in Landsdowne Rd. 'Nuff said.

Books:
1. The Corrections - Jonathan Frantzen (Highly recommended - best book I've read in years)
2. Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
3. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Keith Buckley

Best Films

1. A Beautiful Mind...if boys cried they would at this!
2. Amelie
3. Traffic
4. Panic Room (excellent photography)
5. Spy Game
6. Close Encounters of the third kind(special edition)
7. Monsters Inc
8. 13 Days
9. Lilo & Stitch
10. Training Day

Best Gigs

1. J.Mascis Whelans, Dublin..98% male attendance...just pure guitar heaven, throw in the gravel voice and a bucket load of teenage memories....a genius!
2. Ben Folds Ambassador, Dublin...see him, trust me see him!!!
3. Foo Fighters, Witness
4. Turn, unplugged Witness..Dublin indie/pop trio, bass player is leaving for Idlewild but i hope they stay together!
5. Green Day Witness…these guys know how to entertain.
6. Glen Hansard, Dolans Limerick.
7. Mundy, Witness
8. The Frames, Glor Ennis
9. Turn, Glor Ennis

Worst Gigs

Divine Comedy Ambassador Dublin….Neil has lost the plot!!
Paddy Casey, Limerick..well all 3 songs of it!!
Oasis, Witness…tossers!

Best Books

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"

Gerard Cagney

here's my list
1. mum - finally we are no one
2. the clean - getaway
3. susana baca - eco de sombras
4. colin blunstone - some years
5. paul motion - holiday for strings
6. wilco - yankee hotel foxtrot
7. white stripes - the first one, with no title, i don't think it was released this year
8. blackalicious - blazing arrow
9. neko case - blacklisted
10. ...and you will know us by the trail of dead - source tags and codes
11. mose allison - live in london
12. chemical brothers - come with us
13. archer prewitt - three
14. piano magic - seasonally affective
15. sparklehorse - it's a wonderful life
16. kinnie starr - tune-up
17. david candy - play power
18. roots manuva - dub come save me
19. queens of the stone age - songs for the deaf
20. doves - the last broadcast

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

Serena Corcoran

Best Concerts 1stThe Cure, Benicassim
   2ndThe Doves, Benicassim
Best Gig (International)Ron Sexsmith, Savoy, Cork
Best Gig (Irish) David Kitt, Everyman Theatre, Cork
Best Traditional Irish Music SessionJackie Bourke (Accordion) & others, Spanish Point, Co.Clare
Best PlayThe Salvage Shop, Charleville Drama Group
Best Film 1stLord of the Rings - Two Towers
   2ndDonnie Darko
   3rdThe Count of Monte Cristo
Best Short Film (Irish)Give up yer Auld Sins
Best International DocumentaryBowling for Columbine – Michael Moore
Best Irish DocumentaryTory Island – Pat Collins
Best TV SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Sue Corcoran

Sue's Top 10 for 2002

MUSIC
1. Ben Folds - Rockin the Suburbs
2. Pete Yorn - Music for the Morning After
3. Mundy - July
4. The Frames - Dance with the Devil
5. ColdPlay - A Rush of Blood to the Heart
6. U2 - All that you can't leave Behind
7. Gemma Hayes
8. Lemon Jelly
9. Moby - We are all made of stars

GIGS
1. Swan Lake, Ballet, St. Petersburg/March 14th
2. Ben Folds - Ambassador/September 26th
3. Glen Hanstard - Dolans/August 29th
4. Turn/The Frames - Glor, Ennis/ November 21st
5. Wilt at Witness/July 13th
6. Mundy at Witness/July 14th
7. Mundy - Dolans, Limerick/October 4th
8. Lemon Jelly at Witness/July 14th

EVENTS
1. Moving into my house/June 17th
2. No.8 House Warming Party/July 20th
3. Dolphin Watching in Cargaholt/August 5th
4. Manchester Utd v's Bolton,Old Trafford/September 11th
5. Fire Eater in Cub 44, Kyiv/April 28th
6. Eating a hotdog & having a beer in Red Square/April 25th
7. Donnacadh Kelly's Leaving Party, GSH/May 30th
8. Hill Walking, Achill/December 30th
9. Local Band Competition, Achill/January 01st
10.Grey Hound Bar, Kilkee/November 9th
10.Sugar Club, Dublin/September 28th
11. Meeting Glen Hansard in an Indian Take-Away in Dingle/June 01st

Tom Corcoran

Albums

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

JanuaryPipe band greets in new year at Pollagh Church in Achill
MarchGetting a job after a 7 month search
JuneGlastonbury, one of the events of my life
July"Representing Ireland" in the World Rogaining Championship
AugustClimbing in Stanage
OctoberMount Desert Island in Maine
OctoberClimbing in Bosigran, Cornwall
NovemberMy number was 911 in my first moutain bike race!

Best Fiction
The Lord of the Rings

Best Non Fiction
Captive state - George monbiot

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.

Tony Corrigan

TOP TEN ALBUMS

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

Barry Culhane

TOP 10+2 MOVIES

Office Space (for anyone who's ever worked in a cube, cuts SO close to the bone)
8-Mile
Bowling For Columbine (Michael Moore does it again...)
Monsters Inc.
Red Dragon
Signs
Memento
1-Hour Photo (Robin Williams does a Red Dragon thing)
Get Smoochy (Robin Williams, scarily crazy)
Insomnia
Lord Of The Rings (Fellowship Of The Ring)
Mulholland Drive

TOP 10+1 ALBUMS

Luka Bloom - KEEPER OF THE FLAME (classic interpretations of classic songs)
David Gray - NEW DAY AFTER MIDNIGHT (it's a grower, persevere!)
Eminem - THE EMINEM SHOW
U2 - ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND (go on the lads...)
Norah Jones - COME AWAY WITH ME (young, beautiful, sings like a siren, hubba hubba hubba)
Wilco - YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT
Ryan Adams - DEMOLITION
Basement Jaxx - ROOTY
Madonna - MUSIC (she can't make a movie, but she can churn out good tunes)
George Winston - LINUS & LUCY, THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI (Charlie Brown lives on...)
Robbie Williams - SWING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING (prick or not, gotta hand it to him - he does a mean Sinatra cover)

TOP 10 SONGS

Bruce Springsteen - MY CITY OF RUINS (from 9-11 tribute album AMERICA: TRIBUTE TO HEROES... from 2001, but the song lives on)
David Gray - THE OTHER SIDE
Eminem - LOSE YOURSELF
U2 - THE HANDS THAT BUILT AMERICA
Elvis - LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION (JXL remix)
Norah Jones - ONE FLIGHT DOWN
Eva Cassidy - KATHY'S SONG
Basement Jaxx - DO YOUR THING
Vanessa Carlton - UNSUNG
Michelle Culhane - OVER THE RAINBOW (yeah, it's my 15-year old sister, but she's on a CD, and she's getting radio play - go Shelly !!!)

TOP 10 BOOKS

Roger Highfield - THE PHYSICS OF CHRISTMAS: FROM THE AERODYNAMICS OF REINDEER TO THE THERMODYNAMICS OF TURKEY
Melissa Bank - THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING (Bridget Jones Diary just got better)
The Dalai Lama - THE ART OF HAPPINESS: A HANDBOOK FOR LIVING
Carl Sagan - CONTACT
John McEnroe - YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS
Jill Conner Browne - THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS' BOOK OF LOVE (sooooo funny)
Jill Conner Browne - GOD SAVE THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS
Anthony De Mello - AWARENESS: THE PERILS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF REALITY
Brian Wilson Aldiss - SUPERTOYS LAST ALL SUMMER LONG
Tim Pat Coogan - MICHAEL COLLINS: THE MAN THAT CHANGED IRELAND

TOP 10+4 ENTRIES FROM THE "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN TOP TEN LISTS"

"Top Ten Signs Santa Hates You"... Only item he leaves, a note saying "thanks, your wife was great"
"Top Ten Lisa Marie Presley/Nicolas Cage Explanations"... Nicolas gradually realized that he wasn't going to meet Elvis
"Top Ten Signs Saddam Hussein Is Getting Nervous"... Every time the doorbell rings, he yells "Incoming!"
"Top Ten Signs President Bush Is Getting Cocky"... On CNN, referred to Tom Daschle as his "bitch"
"Top Ten Signs President Bush Is Getting Cocky"... He just gave Monica a call
"Top Ten Ways To Make Football Even More Exciting"... Lift "no flirting" rule in the huddle
"Top Ten Saddam Hussein Campaign Promises"... Will guide Iraq forward into the eleventh century
"Top Ten Saddam Hussein Campaign Promises"... To restore decency and integrity to the office of tyrannical, murderous dictator
"Top Ten Good Things About Being Obese"... Hey, at least you're not fat (dumb obese people only)
"Top Ten Canadian Euphemisms For Sex"... Playing mountie
"Top Ten Canadian Euphemisms For Sex"... Fur trapping
"Top Ten Canadian Euphemisms For Sex"... Doin' it, eh?
"Top Ten Canadian Euphemisms For Sex"... Putting the "man" in Manitoba
"Top Ten Canadian Euphemisms For Sex"... Oh, Oh, Oh Canada

TOP TEN REASONS FOR MOVING FROM NEW YORK CITY TO PHOENIX ARIZONA

Waking up every morning to blue skies, 99.9% guaranteed warm weather
ASU was voted best party college by PLAYBOY in 2002
Camelback Mtn, South Mtn, Squaw Peak Mtn, Superstition Mtns... hiking/biking heaven
Annual average rainfall: New York City 47.25", Phoenix 7.6" (BTW, Limerick come in at 32.8")
Summertime at Lake Havasu, girls in bikinis, hooooohaaawwwww !!!
190+ golf courses in the greater metro Phoenix area
Only 5 hours drive (or a $59 flight) to Vegas baby !!!
No yellow-cabs to dodge when you're pissed out of your head and wandering around the street
Fantastic skiing in New Mexico and Colorado is no more than 6-7 hours away
People give you 5 seconds after the light goes green before honking the horn

Katja Driesel

Music:

1. Foo Fighters "One by one"
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers "By the Way"
3. Slut "Nothing will go wrong"
4. Thievery Corporation "The richest man in Babylon"
5. Queens of the Stone Age "Songs for the Deaf"
6. Rinocerose "Music kills me"
7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "B.R.M.C."
8. Feeder "Comfort in Sound"
9. Filter "Amalgamut"
10. The Shining "True Skies"

Conor Harty

Books

1. A Time to Die - The Untold Story of the Kursk - Robert Moore
2. Bill & Hillary - Diary of a Marriage
3. Into Thin Air - John Krakaur
4. Stupid White Men - Michael Moore
5. Turn Left at Greenland for the Real America - Mark Little

Sports
1. The Ryder Cup - Sky TV
2. Man. Utd 0 - 1 Arsenal
3. Castres 17 - 25 Munster
4. Brazil 2 - 0 Germany
5. Saipan - (need I say any more?)

My musical ignorance is not for display to all you cool dudes.

Martin Hayes

1. Let it Be - The Replacements
2. Stereo - Paul Westerberg
3. Achtung Baby - U2
4. Cobblestone Runway - Ron Sexsmith
5. Words of Wisdom & Hope - Teenage Fanclub
6. Grand Prix - Teenage Fanclub
7. Blood on the tracks - Bob Dylan
8. Highly Evolved - The Vines
9. A century ends - David Gray
10 Yoshimi battles the pink robots - the Flaming Lips

Lucas Hilbert

Top 10 CDs:

1. Doves - "The Last Broadcast" (EMI)
2 Wilco - "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (Nonesuch)
3. Travis - "The Invisible Band" (Epic)
4. Iron and Wine - "The Creek Drank The Cradle" (Sub Pop)
5. Afghan Whigs - "1965" (Columbia)
6. Eminem - "The Eminem Show" (Interscope)
7. Afro Celt Sound System - "Further In Time" (Realworld)
8. Projections - "Between Here and Now" (Guidance)
9. Craig Armstrong - "As If To Nothing" (Astralwerks)
10. Mark Lanegan- "Field Songs" (Sub Pop)

Top 10 Films:

1. The Princess and the Warrior
2. Donnie Darko
3. Memento
4. Star Wars - Attack of the Clones
5. Under the Sand
6. Moulin Rouge
7. Zoolander
8. Panic
9. Mulholland Drive
10. The Devil's Backbone

Frank Hoefle

Movies

I didn't really see too many. Did finally get to see 'Training Day', and that was very good.

Books:

'Bringing Out the Dead', the original book of the movie of the same name. Easily as good.
Re-read 'Dispatches', by Michael Herr. Always excellent.
'Rescue 471', perhaps not that well written but very interesting non-fiction.

Concerts:

'The Other Ones' - never got to see the Dead in concert, but this was a good show, what I saw of it.

Experiences:

Nothing so grand as 2001 as I didn't get to travel at all.
Probably the hairiest was helping control an emotionally disturbed HIV crack whore intent on biting, scratching, and spitting at everyone.
The most amazing is coming to the scene of a rollover and finding everyone ok, standing around talking on cell phones. Seat belts really do work.

That's my super-brief list. Happy holidays, y'all.

Brian Hudner

MUSIC

Doves - The Last Broadcast.

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.

Jerome Lerousseau

Best music:
1. "Des visages, des figures" by Noir desir
2. "Felt Mountain" by Goldfrapp
3. "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by The flaming lips
4. "Music to make love to your old lady by" by lovage (but in fact it is Dan the automator)
5. "interlude" by St Etienne
6. "You all look the same to me" by Archive
7. "Seed to Sun" by Boom Bip
8. "The Private Press" by DJ Shadow
9. "Radio Bemba Sound System" by manu chao -- the live album
10. "As if to nothing" by Craig Armstrong

Best Concerts:
1. Goran Bregovitch
2. Horace Andy

Best Movies:
1. "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi" by Hayao Miyazaki
2. "Bowling for Columbine" by Michael Moore
3. "Hable con ella" by Pedro Almodovar
4. "Le fils" by the Dardenne brothers
5. "The road Home" by Yimou Zhang
6. "The man without a past" by Aki Kaurismäki
7. "In the mood for Love" by Kar-wai Wong
8. "Himalaya" by Eric Valli
9. "Atanarjuat" by Zacharias Kunuk
10. "Lantana" by Ray Lawrence

Niall Lynch

1. Sigur Ros - ( )
2. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
3. Capitol K - Island Row
4. Death in Vegas -Scorpio Rising
5. The Roots - Phrenology
6. The Notwist - Neon Golden
7. Calexico - Scraping
8. John Parish - How Animals Move
9. Low - Trust
10. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
11. Talib Kweli - Quality

Honourable mentions:

Tom Waits - Blood Money
The Breeders - Title TK
Bjork - Vespertine
Craig Armstrong - As if to Nothing
DJ Mehdi - (The Story of) Espion
DJ Shadow - The Private Press

Kevin McDaid

ALbums

1- Doves - the last broadcast
2- Mundy - 24 star hotel
3- Bruce - the rising
4- Wilco - yfh
5- Neil Young - are you passionate?

Film of the year - Minority Report - the best of the 3 I remember of the 5 I saw I think.

Sporting High - Matthew Pinsent winning the world rowing title smashing the world record - the greatest athlete on the planet

Sporting Low - Neil Back flicking ball out of Peter Stringers hands at end of Heineken cup final - cheat.

Kevin McGrath

Right heres the tunes I've been listening to most often this year.

None of this stuff is new and theres a lot of "Best Of..."

1 - Elvis Costello - The very best of...
2 - Tom Petty ... Anthology
3 - A House The way we were
4 - Bjork Debut
5 - Midnight Oil 20000 Watt RSL
6 - REM Green
7 - REM Murmur
8 - Saint Germain Tourist
9 - Radiohead Kid A
10 - The Police Outlandos d'amour

I cant wait for the results of this list to see whats getting listened to out there in the real world!

Dave McGuinness

Best Music of 2002

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.

Trevor Morrissey

Music

1. Veneer................Weeds EP
2. Mundy 24star hotel.

Thats all I bought this year.

Overall lifetime top 5 would be...

1. OK Computer
2. Joshua Tree
3. Veneer 10 track CD
4. Any Frames CD
5. Some A House cd

Movies....total crap this year....the winner will be ´" the 2 towers" for sure

Books....well, revisited the tower series from Mr. King and that's all really.....

Events this year.....well, passing music exams.....

Not much happened this year did it!!!!

Laurent Muzellec

Music

1/ The Breeders ; Title TK
2/ The Flamming Lips. Yoshimi Battles the pink robots.
3/ Davitt Kitt ; (The Big Romance)
4/ Syd Barrett ; Wouldn't you miss me ?
5/ Idlewild ; The remote part
6/ NTM (sans Titre album 98)
7/ Barry White Geatest Hits 73-74
8/ Various Artist ; Great Jewish Music : Serge Gainsbourg
9/ Kid Loco ; Killing your darling
10/ Alain Bashung, Fantaisie Militaire

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

Martin O'Gorman

MUSIC

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 Man
Proof 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 Argentina

Most 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

Michelle O'Gorman

Top 10 Movies:

Two Towers: Lord of the Rings (Provisionally at the top as I haven't seen it yet)
Donnie Darko
Red Dragon
Nine Queens
Requeim for a Dream
51st State
Marie Jo et ses Deux Amours
Zoolander
Yodas' fight scene in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (the rest were rubbish)
Spiderman : - (

New Found Respect for:

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.......

Worst Movie of all Time:

40 Days and 40 Nights (only saved from walking out by '6 for 5 Dutchies' (premium of beers) in the back of the cinema)

Top 10 Gigs:

Chemical Brothers - Witness
DJ Shadow - Ambassador
Air - Witness
Sonic Youth - Witness
Fun Lovin' Criminals - Olympia
Plaid - Temple Bar Music Centre
Gemma Hayes - Witness
Mercury Rev - Witness
Frank n' Walters - HMV, Cork
Counting Crows - Slane

Most Memorably Moment:

In the dodgy Bridge watching Robbie Keanes' goal against Germany.......sweet!!

Eoghan O'Keefe

1 Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
2 Bebel Gilberto - Tanto Tempo
3 Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around
4 Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
5 Ulrich Schnaus - Far Away Trains Passing By
6 Beth Orton - Daybreaker
7 David Gray - A New Day At Midnight
8 Tom Waits - Blood Money
9 Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
10 Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Christine O'Meara

READS

No study this year. Back to the Fiction and loving it.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo, (1988)

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 great

Lobby 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)

Breanndán Ó Nualláin

ALBUMS

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

Caroline O'Reilly

ALBUMS

1. The Buff Medways - This is this
2. The Roots - Phrenology
3. John Parish - The way animals move
4. Sigur Ros - ()
5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O
6. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
7. Suicide - American Supreme
8. Ministry of Sound - TheChilloutSessionIbiza2002
9. Death in Vegas - Scorpio Rising
10.Craig Armstrong - As if to nothing

Honory Mentions:
Chocolate Industries - Urban Renewal Program
Giant Sand - Cover Magazine
Capitol K - Island Row
The Breeders - Title TK

Worst Album:

BDB - About a boy

GIGS

1. Fat Boy Slim - Club More, Amsterdam, July 2002
2. Royksopp - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Mar 2002
3. The Buff Medways - Rotterdam
3. John Parish & Friends - Crossing Border, Amsterdam,Nov 2002
4. The Strokes - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Mar 2002
5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Paradiso, Amsterdam, April 2002
6. The Streets - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Nov 2002
7. La Haine & Asian Dub Foundation - Paradiso,Amsterdam, May 2002
8. Sigur Ros - Melkweg, Amsterdam Oct 2002 + 1 broken drum stick
9. Cornelius - Paradiso, Amsterdam, May 2002
10. Calexico - Melkweg, Amsterdam, July 2002

Honory Mentions:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Feb 2002
Gotan Project - Paradiso, Amsterdam Aug 2002
Craig Armstrong - Brussels, Sept 2002
Sparklehorse - Tivoli, Utrecht, Nov 2002
Low - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Dec 2002
Gallon Drunk - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Dec 2002

Worst gig:

Cornershop, Feb 11, when he answered his mobile on stage

BOOKS:

1. Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections. Every family should have one
2. Donna Tartt - The Little Friend. Not up to The Secret History, but retains her eerie style
3. Paul Auster - True Tales of American Life. great opening story about a chicken
4. Toby Young - How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Vogue vs Vanity
5. Anthony Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential

Worst book:

Irvine Welsh - Porno, and i havent even finished it yet.

Lisa Ryan

Music / albums

1. Kid Loco - Killing your Darling
2. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot
3. Moby - 18
4. Sigur Ros - ()
5. Air - 10,000Hz Legend
6. Elliot Smith - either/or
7. Branvan 3000 - first album
8. Coldplay - A rush of blood to the head
9. U2 - Best of 1990-2000
10. Zero7 - Simple Things

Films (v. v. hard choice)

1. Hollywood Ending
2. Lantana
3. Iris
4. The Fellowship of the Ring
5. Enigma
6. The Royal Tenenbaums
7. 101 Rekjavik
8. Gosford Park
9. Last Orders
10. War Photographer
11. About a Boy

Gigs (not too many i'm afraid)

1. Luna at Spirit, Dublin. Absolutely BRILL
2. David Kitt, UCD bar. Fun.

Books

1. The girl with the pearl earring - Tracy Chevalier

So that's the round up!

John Quilty

Top Albums

1 BRMC - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - if you like your music loud! Unlucky to have missed their gigs in both Stockholm & Dublin
2 Norah Jones - Come Away With Me - a great voice
3 U2 - All that you cant leave behind - I am doing a lot of driving this year giving me time to revisit some old discs
4 Ellis Paul - Say Something
5 Emotional FIsh - Sloper
6 Ryan Adams - Gold
7 Bruce Mathiske - Nightmare
8 David Gray - White Ladder
9 Sopranos soundtrack
10 Neil Young - Live Rust

Best Gigs

Ryan Adams - The Globe Annexet, Stockholm, a 3 1/2 hour sonic assault with great support act Hederos & Hellberg ( Another 1 hour plus1)
Billy Bob Thornton - Sodra Theatre Stockholm, went not knowing what to expect, ended up with Bob doing his Johnny Cash trick

Best Book

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - I will be slow to ever eat fast food in the States again

Best Movies (didn't get to the cinema much this year)

A Beautiful Mind - a 2002 movie release in Sweden
Road to Perdition - even though it does star Tom Hanks
Monsters Ball
Epsiode II Attack of the Clones
The Royal Tenenbaums

Declan Waugh

Best Book 1stBerlin The Downfall 1945 - Anthony Beevor
   2ndThe 48 laws of Power - Robert Greene
   3rdStupid White Male - Michael Moore
Best Gigs 1stThe Cure - Benicassim
   2ndThe Doves - Benicassim
Best Folk live gigMick Hanly - McCarthy’s, Baltimore
Best Irish ActDavid Kitt & Mundy
Best Instrumental (Melancholy/contemplative)MusicAnouar Brahem - Le pas du chat noir
Best Introduction and winner of best “Late night music”Kruder Dorfmiester - The K & D Sessions
Best CDWorld Music Network - African Blues Selection
Best Film 1stLord of the Rings
   2nd8 Mile
   3rdThe Count of Monte Cristo
Best TV Series 1stBand of Brothers
   2ndThe Sopranos
   3rdCSI: Crime Scene Investigaton
Best International JokeGeorge Bush
Best Irish JokeBertie Ahern
Worst JokeProperty Prices

Suzanne Welles

Top Albums

Live events:
I went to see a band called "The Clogs" this year. Not only were they excellent, but they reminded me of Tom. It's funny that the name of their CD is "Thom's Night Out".
The Cirque Eloize from Montreal was phenomenal, as was the play "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman.
Beth Orton gave a free concert in Central Park that I had a great time at.

Music:
I was at an Indian restaurant and they were playing a beautiful CD--I asked them what it was and they told me "Sampradaya" by Shiv Kumar Sharma, from the North of India.
"The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali" is one of my all time favorites (this is not just a plug).

Films:
"Sunshine State" was great, though I don't know how interesting it would be if you've never been to Florida.
"Tape", which I saw with Tom and Paul was very good.
"The Son's Room"

Television:
I'm like everyone else who's addicted to "Sex and the City", "The Sopranos", and "Law and Order".

Books:
"The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen
"Running in the Family" by Michael Ondaatje

Misc:
January: The New Year's trip to Achill Island was the first and best outing of 2002. I will never forget it.
August: Taking a trip around the London Eye was also unforgettable.
October: The Autumn leaves in Maine this year were brilliant--made better by the fact that Tom and Christine flew all the way from London to see for themselves.