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2003 compilation cds were compiled by Anthony,Caroline,Enda,Scott,Garbhan,Martin,Dave,Michelle,Niall,Ronan,Tom
These are, of course, just in the order that I thought of them. By no means, could I rank them in a proper order. For the CD swap, the songs at the beginning of the disc represent those artists who paid a premium to have their songs listed first. Please keep in mind, it only costs you $500/song to get on the disc while track 1 carries an additional $700 premium with track 2 at $600, track 3 at $500 and so on.*smirk*
Let me also say that this year saw me starting a record label with 2 friends. And yes, our two releases are in my list, but I figure if you plop down gobs of cash on a band, you really must like them.Top 10ish albums I listened to in 2003: 1. Downpilot - Leaving Not Arriving - Shameless plug #1. However, this disc has remained a staple of my collection since I first heard it this summer. Lush is the word. 2. Lift to Experience - Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads - I want to thank this list for hipping me to this band. I think this disc was in my list last year too. R.I.P. Lift! 3. The Reindeer Section - Son of Evil Reindeer - picked this up on a whim and listened to it non-stop for a month 4. LA Symphony - Composition #1 - So Cal hip hop. They pick up where The Pharcyde left off. 5. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life - I believe this album will be on my list for the remainder of my life. 6. Visqueen - King Me - Shameless plug #2 - 10 songs. 10 bucks. straight up catchy punk rawk with Kim Warnick from the Fastbacks. 7. Clem Snide - Ghost of Fashon, Soft Spot, Live in Milwaukee - OK, so I am a HUGE Clem Snide fan. Ghost was not released this year. Soft Spot was. Live is a boot from...er...Milwaukee. There's a pretty active trading group of CS shows, but this is by far the best recording I've heard. 8. The Verve - Urban Hymns - sorry, another oldy, but my roommate just replaced the copy he lost a long time ago, so I listened to this pretty steady this year. Never really liked it, though when it initially came out. 9. Tom Waits - Dime Store Novels vol. 1 - Live album from 1974 re-released over in Europe. Beautiful album. 10. David Holmes - Come Get It. I Got It. - I about died listening to the Muddy Waters song on here. 11. Cousteau - Sirena - Roommate was way into these guys. Picked this album up after seeing them live a couple years back. 12. World Party - Egyptology, Goodbye Jumbo - GJ was another replacement from the roommate, hence, listening to it all over again. 13. Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle 14. The Legendary Shack Shakers - Cockadoodledon't - Argh, I lost this disc. I was listening to it non-stop and now it's gone!!! Honorable Mentions: The Buff Medways - This is This - picked up for a buck. The Feelies - Only Life - got ahold of again this year after a long, long absence. Geto Boys - Till Death Do Us Part - certainly not considered one of their best, but it's my fave! Gil Scott-Heron - Ghetto Style - my iPod *really* likes this album, so I do too! The Rapture - Echoes - Just got this recently, but I really like it. Songs: Scott Walker - "Jackie" - I want to make a film based on this song! The Bar-Kays - "You Can't Run Away" - I swore George Michael had covered this, but was never able to confirm it. Matthew Sweet - "Sick of Me" - Oh. My. Gawd. Weezer - "Suzanne" - I played this at my friend, Suzanne's wedding in Montana as she rode her old dutch bike down from a barn to where she was getting hitched. I forgot to play the wedding march after it. It wasn't missed, though. Junior Kimbrough - "You Better Run" - a chilling song about a woman about to get raped, her rescuer and this line, "Baby, you still might get raped/Junior, you don't gotta rape me, cause I loooove you." The Roots - "The Seed 2.0 (featuring Cody Chesnutt)" - Let's face it, you ain't nobody till you've been "featured" on someone else's song! Shows: De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas, Common - Baltic Room - Seattle. So this was a sunday night during Bumbershoot. I was bummed we missed their Bumbershoot show earlier that day, so I resigned myself to a lazy night at the Baltic Room with some friends. As a joke, I said they were playing there that night. Turned out, it was no joke. Maceo schooled the place in Hip Hop 101. We had to stop drinking cause we couldn't reach the bar anymore. Standing on charis dancing. It was a beautiful night. I grinned for a week! Audioslave - Lollapalooza - Seattle, Washington - this one surprised me. Had free tickets. Didn't even like their recorded stuff. I don't know if Chris Cornell was just psyched to be back in his hometown or what, but it was electric. The Darkness, Kaito, British Sea Power - SXSW Austin, Texas - Walked in during The Darkness and had this expression on my face: WE ARE NOT READY FOR THE DARKNESS!!!. Kaito(pix) rocked the shit out of the place and British Sea Power (pix) were too hell bent on making news by throwing their guitars in peoples' faces and launching stools from 30 feet above. Clem Snide- SXSW Austin, The Crocodile Seattle - 2x - I loved CS all three times I saw them this year. SXSW and their recent Croc show were the stand outs. Their cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" is what that song should have been! Pix + the next few pictures... Camper van Beethoven - SXSW Austin - Pix The Legendary Shack Shakers - Bloodshot Records party at Yard Dogs, SXSW Austin - ripping set. In fact, all these BBQ parties were killer. The bands were more relaxed and ready to play. The Witches - Lava Lounge, SXSW Austin - These guys are from Detroit and they are here to kick your ass! Bugz in the Attic - The Baltic Room, Seattle - Saw this show 2 weeks ago courtesy of Sun|Tzu Sound! Very fun. Films: Oh god. Films. What to put in here. I guess there are the usual - Lord of the Rings and Matrix, but here are some others that stood out: Kill Bill vol 1 - did not expect to like this! About Schmidt - not at the top of my list, but just saw it recently so it's in my mind. Very odd and disturbing. I prayed my parents hadn't seen it. They had. 28 Days Later - never been a big zombie movie fan, but I loved this film. That is until the protagonist shaved his beard and hair and turned all hunky on us. *smirk* The Salton Sea - This movie kicked ass! I would say Val Kilmer's best film to date. 24 Hour Party People - Yeah! Adaptation Klute - I just saw this this year and loved it. I thought Donald Sutherland was awkward enough and Jane Fonda was at her best. Wag the Dog - of course, not a recent film, but one everyone should see in today's political climate. Rashomon - yes. a weird film - along with 81/2 - which I also saw this year. Full Frontal - This could have very easily been a train wreck in any other director's hands. Steven Soderbergh managed to pull this off nicely. Other events this past year: Started a record label - probably the biggest and what causes the most headaches. BlueDisguise Records Got a Dog Also, another plug for another site I am doing for fun - Rock Show T-Shirts. My friend, Dan *Corcoran* (no relation to our beloved Tom) and I came up with this idea while bored at the Kaito show at SXSW. We take pictures of people in their t-shirts at shows. I was hoping I could get other people involved and submitting pictures from other shows around the country, but right now, it's just shows I've attended: http://www.cheeseandbeer.com/shirts/ Also, please note I will be making a disc of my fave tunes as mentioned above for a swap, but probably after the holidays!
I'll always look back on the year 2003 as the year of the Special Olympics. It ressurected my faith and belief in the people of this island, as for once we forgot about the speeding Celtic Tiger lifestyle, our new found comforts and lofty expectations to take a little time out for something that made a difference.
I was based in Croke Park on the logistics team (the only way I'll get to Croke Park on any team), it was tough work and we put in some very long hours, but everybody was really positive, up for a laugh and eager to work. I felt that we were lucky with the people on our team, but by all accounts it seems like this was the norm across all teams and venues. We were on 'crowd control' for the Opening Ceremony - just on the left of the stage where the athletes we coming in from Clonliffe road. The locals were cheering the teams on the way into Croke Park, but to see the faces of the athletes as they walked into the noise and colour filled stadium was amazing. Nelson Mandela, Mohammad Ali, U2, Heather Locklier (!) wandering past - incredible - Ali's arrival prompted hundreds of athletes to get up from their seats on the pitch and just walk towards him. Just thinking about it now sends a shiver down the back of my neck.
Towards the end I just stood and looked from the front of the stage around Croke Park - just in an attempt to take it all in - words cannot descibe the sight or the athmosphere - fantastic. There were so many events that I often recall - swapping our volunteer jackets with athletes tracksuits at the closing ceremony - getting a high five when everyone was leaving the stadium, then finding a queue of athletes waiting to do the same - the Iraq entourage all wearing Cavan jerseys - the U2 soundcheck - frantically handing out glowsticks - tearing around Croke Park on golf buggies - the Brazilian teams message of thanks at the closing ceremony, but most of all the goodwill, friendliness and positive attitude of everyone involved.
Apart from this, I have, as ever, broken my annual resolution to keep a diary of gigs/films during the year. I've put the list together, but no doubt I'll see most of the stuff I've forgotten when everyone else's list is circulated.Live events / gigs 1. Special Olympics Opening ceremony, Croke Park 2. Smog, Whelan's 3. Wexford vs Cork, All-Ireland semi-final, Croke Park 4. Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man, Ambassador 5. Suede, Ambassador 6. Apres Match, Vicar St. 7. Teenage Fanclub, Ambassador 8. Interpol, The Village 9. Ween, Ambassador 10. Glengarry, Glenross. Driocht Albums 1. Willard Grant Conspiracy - Regard the end 2. Supper - Smog 3. Roberta Flack - First Take 4. The Strokes - Room on Fire 5. Herbert - bodily functions 6. Bonnie Prince Billy - Ease down the road 7. Otis Redding - Best of 8. Radiohead - Hail to the thief 9. White Stripes - Elephant 10. Emmy Lou Harris - Stumble Into Grace Best Compilations Mix CDs from Murph 'n' Jo - non-stop listening for a couple of months. Most memorable CD Dave's Wedding disc, I still get dehydrated every time I listen to it! Track of the year Mad World - Micheal Andrews (Tears for Fears cover from the Donnie Darko soundtrack) Films (in no particular order) City of God Igby goes down Lord of the Rings - Two Towers Intermission Donnie Darko 25th Hour Kill Bill About Schmidt Punch Drunk Love Worst film Gangs of New York (except for another fine performance by Daniel Day Lewis)
I love that clientel album but i can imagine people not liking it so have a listen before you get it! other good albums not mentioned are calexico, loose fur, flaming lips, black dice and maybe the darkness. you always say not to restrict to new releases and i ignore you but the albums i lisented to most were george harrison ‘all things must pass’, the best of sam & dave, and this free cd from some music magazine about music that influenced the joshua tree. for a single, a remix of ‘truth and rights’ on a zero7 compilation type thing was my favourite. best gig was john cale or hilary hahn for classical. best gig for 2004 might be planxty at vicar street so get your tickets! can’t believe i am in dublin a year, highlight was bumping into sinead lennon at work on about the second week!1.the clientel - suburban light 2.beth gibbons & rustin man - out of season 3.interpol - turn on the bright lights 4.prefuse73 - vocal studies + rock narratives 5.go-betweens - brght yellow bright orange 6.the streets - original priate material 7.richard buckner - impasse 8.broken social scene - you forgot it in people 9.microphones - mount erie 10.hidden cameras - the smell of our own
|The Master and Margherita||Mikhail Bulgakov|
|Gulliver's Travels||Jonathon Swift|
|Death and The Penguin||Andrey Kurkov|
|Nicholas and Alexandra||Robert K. Massie|
|That They May Face The Rising Sun||John McGahern|
|Life of Pi||Yann Martell|
|The Foreigner||Albert Camus|
|The Story of Lucy Gault||William Trevor|
|The Buddha of Suburbia||Hanif Kureshi|
|Heart of a Dog||Mikhail Bulgakov|
|Wild Swans||Jung Chang|
|The Plague||Albert Camus|
|The Immoralist||Andre Gide|
|The Isles||Norman Davies|
|Vernon God Little||DBC Pierre|
|Yellow Dog||Martin Amis|
|Oryx and Crake||Margaret Atwood|
Albums Tunes of the year Gigs Live songs of the year Freebie of the year Freebie CD of the year Big screen Small screen Download Play LiveSport Wedding moments Hikes Randon scenes Destinations of the year Sporting performances of the year Product of the year
I saw a brilliant Go-Betweems show in 2000 but somehow had not checked out there new stuff, their visit to London in April saw me getting sorted. There are not too many bands where one is as looking forward to hearing the new stuff as well as some of the 20+ year old material. Only got my hand on The Strokes recently, they pack some serious quality into their in-and-out songs, it was climbing every day. J-Live and the Roots provided some very smooth hip-hop. Ed Rush & Optical's latest was another late pickup, I'm reminded how wicked Drum n' Bass can be.
Tunes of the year
Glastonbury was very special this year (see my review) . Do yourself a favour and make 2004 the year you check it out, Worthy farm, Pilton, 25th June 2004 - 27th June 2004, 112,500 three-day tickets go on sale in March /April, a similiar quantity sold out in 6 hours last year, so keep your ear to the ground.
Live songs of the year
Freebie of the year
Freebie CD of the year
There was plenty of great cinema this year.
Small screen films
Hikes of the year
Randon scenes of he year
Destinations of the year
Sporting performances of the year
Product of the year
Wish I'd been to more gigs or seen a local band to blow me away. Unfortunately, not.Gigs 1. Radiohead - Point 2. David Bowie - Point 3. Sinead O'Connor - Vicar St 4. Robbie Williams - Phoenix Park Albums 1. David Bowie - Reality 2. Massive Attach - 100th Window 3. Death in Vegas - Scorpio Rising 4. Lou Reed - The Raven (Double CD version, essential) 5. Polyphonic Spree - The beginning stages of... 6. Anuna - Winter Songs 7. Jeff Buckley / Gary Lucas - Songs to No One 8. David Sylvian - Camphor 9. Mozart - Requiem Mass 10.Sinead O'Connor - She who dwells Films 1. LOTR - Two Towers 2. The Hours 3. Once Upon a time in America 4. Ripley's Game 5. Far from Heaven 6. Adaption 7. Secretary 8. Intermission 9. Matrix Reloaded 10. Kill Bill Books 1. LOTR - Tolkin 2. Life of Pi - Yann Martel 3. Order of the Phoenix - Rowling 4. Fast Food Nation - Eric Shossler 5. Book of Illusions - Paul Auster 6. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 7. Memoirs of a Geshia - Auther Golden 8. The Dark Side - Nick Kend
As you can see music for me in 2003 was either soothing sunday morning stuff to try and quieten the house down or pop tunes for the car. I'm sure Vic Chesnutt would have made his way in if I'd just got my act together to actually get hold of it. I'm looking forward to see whether I'm alone or if the likes of Brendan Jennings is also experiencing problems keeping up to speed with two small ones running about the place. For those of you who want to splutter about the poppy/sellout nature of my singles choices then feel free to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beyonce got my bum wiggling in the bathroom mirror, can there be higher praise? In particular the Atomic Kitten ditty has got Strictly Handbag (or whatever) circa 2015 written all over it. I'm proud of resisting the easy joke about why the Frames couldn't have just called Fake Creep 2 - until now that is.
Film is just so dominated by the climax of the Lord of the Rings that, even though I'm not seeing it until Monday, there's no point in even making a list of others. Big disappointment for me was "Bowling for Columbine" which I finally caught up with on DVD. Totally lacking the pace and scope of Roger and Me, time for some focus Mike.
Live, babysitters generally look on two as being just too hard so opportunities were limited. Despite the limited competition Ron Sexsmith in Dolan's was just excellent. So many songs, note perfect, sigh. He probably would have stayed on stage all night if his partner hadn't run out of knitting wool. I also got a chance to see that Australian comedy folk duo Flight of the Condor, (I think!) who were really very funny.
In reverse order. Excuses and blatherings inline.
10. Nothing Really Ends - dEUS
Ok not released this year but what the hell..dEUS should be on every top 10 music list. Their last single and one that starts with the classic lines "As a plan it wasn't much of a plan, I just started walking"
9. A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
As the man in black dies this year I thought it only fair to put him in. A classic track (Taken from the fantastic "Live in San Quentin" album, re-released last year where he played in the San Quentin maximum security prison)
How can you not like a man who wrote "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"?
8. My Baby Shot Me Down - Nancy Sinatra
Possibly the only track worth taking from the Kill Bill Soundtrack but it is a classic. A slightly sick puppy of a song, but a gem nonetheless.
7. Get Ready - Ursula Rucker & The Silent Poets
Ursula gets in on the basis of a great gig of hers I saw this year where she performed this brilliant song.
6. Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith
Again another loss to the music world this year. This is my favourite song of his.
5. Mad World - Gary Jules
From Donnie Darko, apparently this is in contention for a Christmas No. 1 in the UK?? Bizarre. Still a great track though.
4. Boy with the BubbleGun - Tom McRae
A track from his first album rather than this year's one. (Cos it's better! :-)) Gave a fantastic gig in the Apollo where he turned off all mikes, unplugged his electro acoustic and walked to the front of the stage to sing 'Bloodless' amazing...you could see him shaking he was so scared but it worked brilliantly.
3. Black Heart - Calexico
One of the albums of the year...fantastic stuff......
2. Amie - Damien Rice
I know Caroline will hate me but this guys is good! Cut him slack Caro! A simple buit effective song.
1. Where You End and I Begin - Radiohead
I reckon we should stop expecting them to be a certain band, piling criticism on them, accusing them of going weird, selling out, whavtever....this album is the best I've heard on ages and this track is perfect. Nasty edgy rock...brilliant...
American singer songwriter - imagine Django REinhardt teaming up with Bob Wills' TExas Playboys, with Judy Garland on vocals! Saw her twice in Newcastle - the first time for free, but never again! Two albums to date. 'Distillation' (the first) is essential listening.2) Tim Dalling - Blossom
Scotsman based on Tyneside, setting poems of Louis Macneice to music, plus a few originals. Economical and beautiful - Crossing THe Redheugh Bridge is a real highlight - a finer love song and homage to home you will not hear. Musicians include the sublime Ian Carr on guitar - plays it just like ringing a bell.3) Eddie Reader - Songs of Robbie Burns
Orchestrations to break your heart, and a freshness of interpretation that reminds us that the Scottish bard was a natural lovin' man. Once again featuring the incredible Ian Carr on guitar.4) Django Reinhardt - any anthology
Forget Jimi Hendrix, Django was THE greatest. Every listen reveals more.5) John Rae's Celtic Feet - Beware the Feet
Celtic tunes fused with swing and bepop. THis is no gimmick, but true fusion that sounds as if this is the way it's always been played. Humorous, mature and assured.6) Oscar Aleman
little known Brazilian/Argentinian dance band guitar hero from the thirties and forties, discovered on a trip to Buenos Aires last summer. Not as urbane or revolutionary as Django, but swings hard with an irresistable joi de vivre.7) Oi Va Voi - Laughter through Tears
Klezmer with beats. Gets under your skin with silky vocals, muted trumpets and woozy clarinets. Once there, you realise they've smuggled in a Balkan brass band and a couple of flamenco guitarists while you weren't looking. Ouch!8) The Baghdaddies
Legendary Newcastle live act. As above, minus the silky vocals and flamenco guitars - and the trumpets aren't muted!9) The Strokes - 'Last Night'
Don't really know much else about them, but this track is rock and roll!10) The Frienzy, featuring Christopher Bradley
Short demo recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, earlier in the year. A songwriter of true genius, beginning to show his true colours. If you want to see them, return tickets via Heathrow start at around 380 quid! If there's any justice in the world though, he'll soon be going global. You heard it here first!Honourable mention. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - first record from 1981.
Brain child of the late Simon Jeffes, this is modern music that's as fresh now as over twenty years ago. If you ever want to feel calm and still, just stick this on and stop what you are doing. Year in and year out, it does the trick for me every time. Trully timeless.
the most disappointing year for new music in living memory? or perhaps i'm just not up to speed anymore. help me out folks, what did i miss this year? some promising movies towards the start of the year, and a few goodies in the film festival. kill bill and ROTK come to the rescue at the end. saw more gigs than the last 3 years put together, and read many good books while commuting on the bus. got married.2003 cinema 1. Singin' in the Rain - quite simply the most entertaining movie i saw on the big screen all year - they really don't make 'em like they used to 2. Kill Bill - very stylish and story-telling of the highest order, can't wait for volume 2 3. Standing in the Shadows of Motown - so good i saw it twice. and bought the soundtrack 4. Adaptation - unfeasibly clever. perhaps too clever for its own good 5. The Return of the King - hard to fault it, but still missing "something" 6. The Cuckoo - one of my favourites from the festival. three people speaking three different languages makes for some hilarious scenes3 7. Open Hearts - another superb dogma movie 8. Am I Trying To Break Your Heart - a documentary which is itself even better than the album which it's about ( wilco's yankee hotel foxtrot ) 9. Bowling for Columbine - sure, it doesn't answer a lot of the questions it raises, but still essential viewing 10. Spider - very dark, but a great story and some incredible performances honourable mentions Frida Dinner Rush Blue Velvet The Pianist Whale Rider Punch, Drunk, Love Jackass, The Movie Travelling Birds City of God Bloody Sunday Sweet Sixteen American Splendour Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Secretary new(ish) albums 1. radiohead, hail to the thief - they're back, not that they ever really went away. i liked every track. 2. calexico, feast of wire - a hodge-podge of styles, impossible to categorise, but eminently enjoyable. 3. lambchop, is a woman - in a word, stunning. 4. the white stripes, elephant - came up with the goods bigtime, loved this from first listen. 5. john cale, hobosapiens - my first john cale album. his back catalogue beckons. 6. queens of the stone age, songs for the deaf. a superb rock album - listen LOUD. 7. paul westerbery, mono/stereo. two brilliant albums in one, but i preferred the so-called B-side 8. stephen malkmus and the jicks, pig lib. up there with the best pavement albums. 9. damian rice, O - one of the best irish debut albums in years. 10. grandaddy, sumday - damned fine toons from a band i know nothing about honourable mentions manu chao - proximo estacion esperanza massive attack - 100th window super furry animals - phantom power supergrass - life on other planets belle & sebastian - dear catastrophe waitress old music new to me badly drawn boy, the hour of bewilderbeast. why didn't i buy this before? brilliant beth gibbons & rustin man, out of season. ditto. lambchop, nixon. why is this not in everyone's collection? sigur rós - agaetis byrjun / (). better late than never. nick drake, pink moon. one man's voice and his guitar, pure class the go-betweens - bright yellow, bright orange coldplay, a rush of blood to the head. i really like this, but can't help thinking i won't like it this time next year dusty springfield, dusty in memphis - a true classic. frank zappa, strictly commercial. a good way to find out more about this incredibly prolific man. luna, bewitched. finally bought myself a copy of this, brilliant. also... mull historical society - loss nick drake - pink moon various - poet, a tribute to townes van zandt books i read Wild Swans - Jung Chang. One of the best books I've ever read - fact really is stranger than fiction. The New Rulers of the World - John Pilger. Everyone should read this book. George Dubya should read this book. Tom Crean, An Unsung Hero. An incredible book about an incredible man. Holes - Louis Sachar. Actually a kid's book, but a great read - and Disney has just made the movie. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Oliver Sachs. Some incredible real-life case studies from Mr. Awakenings. Stonedogs - Craig Marriner. My favourite fiction of they year, first novel by a young Kiwi - a gripping read. Black Oxen - Elizabeth Knox. Definitely one of the craziest books I read all year, not for everyone. Incredible imagination. Stupid White Men - Michael Moore. OK, it's a bit of a rant, but still worth a read. Alice In Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll. If you haven't already... Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser. Apparently fast food is bad for you, and McDonalds are evil. Didn't you know? Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer. True story of man in search for meaning and freedom. He really should have brought a map too. Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Copeland. A real slow burner, this is one pretty crazy story. Vineland - Thomas Pynchon. Another headf*cking novel, but well worth the effort. The Life Of Pi - Yann Martell. Not sure if it is Booker prize-winning standard, but still very enjoyable on many levels. Frida - Hayden Herrera. The book on which the movie is based - heavy going, but I liked the historical backdrop. The Cure for Death by Lightning - Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Thanks Mary, really liked this novel by a Canadian author. Glue - Irvine Welsh. Good book in itself, but not a patch on his others. occasions of note karapoti classic ( mountain bike race ) - finally knocked this bastard off. months of training, four hours of agony. well actually 3:53. johnny cash - his last four albums alone are legacy enough for a lifetime. elliott smith - the saddest news of the year for me, a man in his prime. atomic in matterhorn - woke up in a hut in the ruahines that morning, danced till the wee hours to the best of the 80's. stag weekend in ballyvaughan - quite simply one of the greatest weekends ever. wedding in enniskerry - and one of the greatest days just a week later. anti-climax - rugby world cup. ANYONE but them, that's all i asked. tv moment - australian idol. maybe you had to be there. musical highlight of the year - the arrival in my letterbox of no less than SIX superb compilations by Murph & Jo. gigs & plays Scaramouche Jones, St. James Theatre, Wellington - Pete Postletwaite in a one man show, truly amazing to behold Lambchop - Bar Bodega, Wellington - a small venue only half-full, where was everyone? why are lambchop not super famous? thank you joe & mary, one of the best gigs i've been to. Eddie Izzard - Opera House, Wellington - he struggled a bit with a tough Kiwi crowd, but damned funny nonetheless. The White Stripes - Town Hall, Wellington - highest "decibels-to-number-of-band-members" ratio in the history of live music, blew me and everyone else away. Jack Johnson - St. James Theatre - the most laid-back performer i have ever seen. should have brought my knitting. tracks of the year johnny cash - hurt the white stripes - seven nation army
One of those rare albums that doesn't seem to be able to settle into one style, and yet manages to work so completely that it has a style all of it's own. The opening words of the album are "Hello Sunshine, Come into my life!". This album has everything; haunting melodies, guitar driven rocking exuberance, and even an orbital-like moment leading into soaked pop magic. The best thing to come out of Wales since Ivor The Engine! I saw them at Birmingham Academy and they did a 25 minute rendition of their classic "The Man Don't Give A Fuck" dressed as Golden Retrievers (and one Yeti I think!).2 - TRANSPLANTS - TRANSPLANTS
A funny one to recommend this one because they are one of those bands that are 60% jaw-droppingly amazing, and 40% average... However the 60% has impressed me sp much that it's been one of my most listened to albums of the year! It's a side projest of Tim Armstrong out of Rancid, Travis Barker, the drummer out of Blink 182, plus one of the Rancid Stage Hands called 'Skinhead Rob'. Good Melodic, Ragga-Influenced, Gloriously Throaty Punk!3 - DAMIEN RICE - O
A phenomenal album. Damien Rice is in a different league to pretty much everyone else at the moment. I saw him live in Manchester in August, and without a shadow of a doubt it was the most amazing gig I've ever been to... totally outstanding.4 - KINGS OF LEON - YOUTH AND YOUNG MANHOOD
An bunch of American Southern Rockers, very reminiscent of a band called PAW, but bot as heavy. They're all brothers and cousins, and they're not doing anything new, but they're doing it in a new and exciting way!5 - SANDRE LERCHE - FACES DOWN
A Norewegian bloke who's style is a mix of the Beatles, Badly Drawn Boy, and something else I can't Put My Finger on!6 - STEVE MILLER - THE BEST OF 1968-1973
Haven't got it?... Get it!7 - JURASSIC 5 - POWER IN NUMBERS
A return to form for the Jurassics. Check out the stand out track 'A Day At The Races'... The track of the year?8 - RJD2 - DEADRINGER
A wicked album of hip hop influenced, laid-back, soulful, funky eclectica. Kind of like throwing DJ Shadow, Moby and The Roots into a blender.9 - TALIB KWALI - QUALITY
A brilliant Hip Hop album with an impressive list of guests including Mos Def and Pharoehe Monch.10 - FAITH NO MORE - THE REAL THING
I've found myself revisiting this classic a lot recently, It's now nearly 15 years old! Can you beleive that? I saw them when they were touring this album and they were every bit as good as they promised to be. This album reminds me of being a rocker when I was 15, drinking cider and black and headbanging at Manchester International. Funnily enough though, when I dug it out and started listening to it again I was amazed by what a brilliant album it was!FILMS OF THE YEAR:- 1 - Lord of The Rings: Return of the King 2 - Pirates of the Carribean 3 - 8 Mile 4 - Underworld 5 - Master and Commander 6 - Ghostdog; The Way Of the Samurai 7 - Once Upon A Time In Mexico 8 - Love Actually 9 - Finding Nemo 10 - Goodfellas (Again) Best Books of the Year Gianni Rotto - Prince of the Clouds Bring On The Empty Horses - David Niven The Answer is Never; A history of Skateboarding - Joccko Weyland
|City of God||Fernando Meirelles||Bra||2002|
|Ivan Xtlc||Bernard Rose||UK/USA||2002|
|Whatever (extension du domaine de la lutte)||Philippe Harel/ Michel Houellebecq||Fra||1999|
|In this World||Michael Winterbottom||UK||2002|
|Igby goes down||Burr Steers||USA||2002|
|The pianist||Roman Polanski||France/UK/Germany/||2000|
|Buffallo Soldiers||Gregor Jordan||USA||2001|
|Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)||Alain Corneau||Fra||2003|
|the most fertile man in Ireland Dudi Appleton||Ireland||2000|
|atomised (particules elementaires)||Michel Houellebecq|
|hey dude where is my country||Michael Moore|
|Stupid white men||Michael Moore|
|Who killed Daniel PearBernard Henri-Levy|
|le sommeil du Monstre||Enki Bilal|
|the truth about the irish|
This year was one of infrequent visits to the record shop, but still managing to hear some great music, somehow. So my list this year is a mix of the old and the new. Moving to a new country is a great way to rediscover your collection. And so...
|Howie B||Turn the Dark Off|
|This has been on my lists before but it got a new lease of life this year and really has been ever present on the stereo.|
|Finally picked this up after seeing them perform a brilliant live set|
|Anne Clark||Word Processing - The Remix Project|
|Great vocals on top of classic oldskool electronica, grin inducing :)))|
|Apollo 440||Dude Descending a Staircase|
|Apollo 440 are one of the best dance sounds around|
|Kraftwerk||Tour de France|
|Good to see the German meisters back with an excellent soundtrack to this years Centenary tour|
|LTJ Bukem||Journey Inwards|
|Another old favourite that got played all year|
|Tim Buckley||Live at the Troupadour 1969|
|This is classic Buckley, live, and that voice…|
|Cane 141||Garden Tiger Moth|
|Music to sooth the soul, a freebie from Tom|
|Kathryn Williams||Little Black Numbers|
|Beautifully mellow and emotional.|
|Saw this new wave Jazz trio in Berlin, a fusion of sounds around a jazzy beat|
|Thomas Pynchon||Mason and Dixon|
|Yann Martel||The Life of Pi|
|Michael Smith||An Unsung Hero (Tom Crean-Antartic Survivor)|
Because of our travels this year i didn't buy as many cds as i normally would, nor did we get to go to the flicks as often. i'd be very hard pushed to reach 10 in any category but here's what stands out for me in 2004.best albums 1. Dear Catastophe Waitress- Belle and Sebastian 2. Baby I'm Bored- Evan Dando 3. Under Achievers Please Try Harder- Camera Obscura. 4. Beautiful Collision- Bic Runga currently listening to and enjoying the Future kings of spain, and I am Kloot. Best Gigs 1. Bob Dylan- wellington 2. Lambchop- Cork opera house 3. Evan Dando- Cruiscin Lan- Cork 4. David Gray- Wellington 5. Lambchop- wellington. Best Films 1. Return of the King 2. Dinner rush 3. Talk to her 4. Adaptation as regards books- i don't think i read any newly published stuff, but my faves would have been- 'the cure of death by lightening'- Gail Anderson-Dargataz 'bury my heart at wounded knee'- Dee Brown 'to the is-land'- Janet Frame all second hand buys and all very good!. the LOTR new zealand location guide was interesting.
Counting Crows - Across a Wire Live in New York: Kept me sane after the incident in Bristol..whomever you are I hope you're enjoying my CDs half as much as I did!The Darkness - Permission to Land Looking forward to finding copies of: Kings of Leon, The Music
"It's all a mystery.." - Can you just believe it, as I write this email my new copy of Flaming Lips, the one lost in the post for months, has arrived at my desk..Gigs: 1. Sigur Ros - Tent City/ field in Germany (also that weekend The Roots, Massive Attack, Gus Gus, Moloko, International Pony, Supergrass, Royksopp..wicked) 2. Feeder - Abfart Club, Zurich 3. Granddaddy - Volkhaus, Basel (Only the second gig to happen in Basel in 2.5 years..) 4. Carl Cox - Q Club, Zurich 5. David Bowie - Hallenstadium, Zurich 6. The Revs - Ambassador, Dublin ..... 100. Basel Battle of the Bands..give it up for 'Suck My Dolls Head'!!! Best film: Withnail & I - 'Sit down man, find your neutral space.' Honourable mentions: 28 Days Later - It's Switz. they take they're time about everything Best Series: Coupling + Game on Best Book: He Died With a Falafel in his Hand - John Birmingham:
'A rat died in the living room at King St. and we didn't know. There was at least six inches of compacted rubbish between our feet and the floor. Old ratty must have crawled in there and died of pleasure. A visitor uncovered him while groping about for a beer!'Worst Night, Best Day of the Year:
0:00am Apr 1st: Missed the train to Bath by 1min, sat on pile-enhancing metal seats at Paddington for 6 hours (well halogen lamps for a couple) with all the clothes I could find in my bag: denim just-below-the-knee skirt, pink with varying colours of polka dot PJ bottoms, pretty feet shoes fishnet tights, 'sleeping bag' fur hooded parka and suitbag for a blanket..Can't understand why that security guy thought I was a bum??..Woohooooooooo at every 15 min interval!! Literally!! I think the worst part was looking forward to getting to work in CHIPPENHAM that day..(seeing as the only good thing about Chippenham is getting the train out of it!!)10:00am Apr 1st: Offered a job in Basel ??! Top Tip: ever stranded in Paddington, head for the halogen lamps, burning your ar*e is always better than piles!!
BOOKSBack to Study/ Few books and only 4 to make the list The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
This is a great depiction of life inside the mind of a person with Asperger’s syndrome. Very clever and original, and I reckon not far off the mark. Here is a quote to whet your appetites. ‘He was asking too many questions and he was asking them too quickly. They were stacking up in my head, like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works.’Life of Pi, Yann Martel Brida, Paolo Coehlo Staying Alive, edited b Neil Astley
FILMSLes Triplettes de Belleville, Sylvain Chomet 8 Mile, Curtis Hanson The Man without a Past, Aki Kaurismaki Veronica Guerin, Joel Schumacher In The Cut, Jane Campion Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino Intermission, John Crowley The Honeymooners, Karl Golden The Pirates of The Carribean, Gore Verbinski
PLAYSDuck, Stella Feehily Blood, Lars Noren Abigal’s Party, Mike Leigh Suicide, Nikolai Erdman, translated by Peter Tegel
Worst Play (ever, the only 1 I’ve walked out of!!!) (Black comedy, very bad script)Auntie and Me, Morris Panych
LIVE MUSICThe Frames, Union Chapel The Go-Betweens, Astoria Vivialdi, St Martin In The Fields (ok gate crashed a rehersal, but it was great!!)
GOOD STUFFRan 2 x 5KM races (ok peanuts, but it’s the first races I’ve ran since school!!!) 1st ‘grown up’ football games Man Utd (6) vs West Ham (0), Old Trafford Man Utd (3) vs Juventus (0), Stadio De Alpi 1st time on the slopes – skiing in Italy Surfing (trying) in Brazil Finishing the 7 munros on The Ring of Steal in Scotland & not killing Paul Roche, chief navigator, when I found out we had to cross a waterfall at the end of a 10 hour ‘easy’ hike!!! Passed my Biology exam - worth sacrificing the fiction and the sailing!!! Get togethers at Friends weddings (7!! Lay off the romance for a while, please!!!!)
SCARY STUFFJoining the Man Utd football supporters club & getting a gift of a Man Utd share for my birthday (from Naoimh, not Tom!!!) Skiing in Italy
here are the gigs that I enjoyed most this year, in order:The Libertines, Melkweg, Amsterdam Frank Black & the Catholics, Melkweg Evan Dando, Tivoli, Utrecht. Electric Six, Paradiso, January Kings of Leon, Paradiso, Amsterdam The Strokes, HMH, Amsterdam Joe Jackson Band, Paradiso REM, Tivoli, Utrecht (tiny gig for them, about 800 ppl) Jane's Addiction, Paradiso White Stripes, Paradiso The Darkness, Paradiso Pedro the Lion, Paradiso The Buzzcocks, Paradiso BTW, Echo and the Bunnymen come last for being too lazy to play their own instruments.
1. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Fever to Tell" 2. The Kills "Keep on your mean side" 3. Peaches "Fatherfucker" 4. The Rapture "Echoes" 5. The Strokes "Room on Fire" 6. The Ravonettes "Chain gang of Love" 7. Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" 8. The Thrills "So much for the city" 9. The White Stripes "Elephant" 10. Wild Billy Childish & the friends of the Buff Medway Fanciers association "1914"
1. Black Tongue The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2. Maps The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3. Wet Questions Keziah Jones 4. House of Jealous Lovers The Rapture 5. Stuff me up Peaches 6. Santa Cruz (you're not that far) The Thrills 7. That great love sound The Raveonettes 8. Crumble Calexico 9. Well its true that we love one another The White Stripes 10. Hitched The Kills
Gigs 1. The Kills - Lowlands 2. Peaches - Bowery Ballroom NYC 3. The original PJ Harvey trio - Lowlands 4. The Polyphonic Spree - Lowlands 5. The Rapture - Lowlands NL 6. The Ravonettes - Amsterdam * 4 7. Tindersticks, Paradiso, Amsterdam Sept 2003 8. Common, Paradiso, Amsterdam May 2003 9. Calexico - Paradiso, Amsterdam, April 10. Goldfrapp - Paradiso, Amsterdam, May 2003
Top 10 of the I haven't bought or fully heard yet, but need to be mentioned otherwise I'd just die of embarrassment as my real top 10 is not fully reflective of where I wanna be in this present hemisphere1. Chain Gang of Love by the Ravonettes 2. Lovers by the Sleepy Jackson (my sole Australian entry. Vines - please save me!) 3. Fatherfucker by the Peaches 4. That new one by Dashboard Confessional 5. Richard X 6. I can't stop by Al Green 7. Out of Season Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man (I heard it first this year, so it's Good enough for 2003) 8. Greendale by Neil Young & Crazy Horse 9. Warren Zevon's posthumous release. He recorded this while slowly being eaten away by cancer. I look forward to hearing his version of knockin on heavens door - seems like a brave song to do when you are dying 10. Unearthed by Johnny Cash. I thought his version of "Hurt" was greate My 3 Best Films (I didn't see 10 great ones - not a good cinema year for me) 1. Dark Water - Hideo Nakata and Kurosawa Kiyoshi 2. Dirty Pretty Things - Stephen Frears 3. Swimming Pool - François Ozon