The John Peel Top 10 Lists 2004

(in honour of the great man, rip 1939-2004)

Favourite albums of the year

  1. P J Harvey - Uh Huh Her
  2. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
  3. Interpol - Antics
  4. The Streets - A grand don't come for free
  5. Morrissey - You are the quarry
  6. Tom Waits - Real Gone
  7. Frames - Burn the Maps
  8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus
  9. Killers - Hot Fuss

Films of the year

  1. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
  2. Kill Bill 2
  3. Lost in Translation
  4. 21 Grams
  5. Before Sunset


Scott Balikian  Declan Bates  Enda Bates  Garbhán Blake  Gerard Cagney  Tom Corcoran  Tony Corrigan  Barry Culhane  Richie Evans  Dave Farrell  Conor Harty  Martin Hayes  Lucas Hilbert  Brendan Jennings  Mark Livesey  Niall Lynch  Kevin McDaid  Kevin McGrath  Dave McGuinness  John Morrissey  Trevor Morrissey  Derek Murphy  Laurent Muzellec  Mary Naughton  Michelle O'Gorman  Christine O'Meara  Caroline O'Reilly  Enda Ruddy  Lisa Ryan  Anthony Scarfo  Colin Waugh  Antony Williams 

2004 compilation cds were compiled by Antony,Anthony,Barry,Brendan,Caroline,Colin,Scott,Garbhán,Livesey,Martin,Dave,Murph,Niall,Peter,Richie,Tom

Scott Balikian

Top 10 discs from 2004 (in no order except maybe alphabetical *smirk*):

1. The Beatles - Revolver and Rubber Soul
2. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
3. Tom Waits - Real Gone - though, this came in a bit late this year
4. Prince - Musicology
5. Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson (The Midnight Band) - Winter in America
6. Gil Scott-Geron and Brian Jackson (The Midnight Band) - The First Minute of a New Day
Just got into this stuf this year. Also exchanged a few emails with Brian Jackson when I was looking up info on Gil. For all those interested, he's still far too into drugs and I believe back in jail (Gil - not Brian. Brian is working on a new record). it's crushing.
7. Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman - replaced my worn out vinyl this year.
8. Fey Ray - I Wanna Be New and Perfect - roommate's band that my label released this year. Commerically not so great, but musically, freaking awesome!
9. Missouri - In Voodoorama - This won't be released in the states until march, but it's out in Europe (from germany). Another BlueDIsguise release, but top notch. I've also been listening to their previous one a lot...
10. Missouri - To the Darkened Corners Here We Come
11. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
12. Guided By Voices - everything - I just started listening to these guys this year. Oh well.
13. Herbie Hancock - The Herbie Hancock Box - 5 discs of pure Herbie!
14. Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle - mostly this stuff just kept coming up on my iPod while on random, so maybe it should be in my iPod's top 10 list.
15. Isaac Hayes - Truck Turner soundtrack - Oh yeah! Pursuit of the Pimpmobile!!!
16. Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Oh, My Girl - on Barsuk. Jesse's voice is just pure butter
17. Junior Kimbrough - You Better Run
18. Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
19. The Meat Purveyors - All Relationships Are Doomed To Fail
20. Pink Floyd - Animals and Wish You Were Here.
21. The Standard - Wire Post to Wire
22. Troublemakers - Expressway
23. TV on the Radio - Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
24. The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

Honorables -
Terminator X and the Godfathers of Threat Super Bad

Top Shows:

SXSW - Austin, TX. with John Wesley Harding, Robyn Hitchcock and Ken Stringfellow playing our little Hattie's Hoot in a mexican restaurant on S Congress Street.
Tom Waits - The Paramount, Seattle. 1 show only in the US this past year. Tried to get Tom to fly out for it. Played mostly new tunes from his disc that was only released 2 weeks prior, but everyone knew it. (BTW, Tom Waits on the Mule Variations tour at the Beacon Theatre in NY is in my top show of all time tied with Jeff Buckley here in Seattle and...
Prince - Musicology tour - Key Arena, Seattle. Got free tickets for this one in those fancy VIP boxes (thanks Microsoft!) I paid a grand total of $3 to park. If you *ever* get a chance to see Prince live - don't hesitate, just do it.
Mclusky - The Crocodile, Seattle. Let me just say yer a cunt!
American Music Club - SXSW, Austin, TX and The Crocodile, Seattle, WA. 2 shows! They blew me away in Austin and had to come back in Seattle
The Young Fresh Fellows (and friends) - The Crocodile. This was the CD release for the Young Fresh Fellows Tribute disc my record label, BlueDisguise, put out. It was a tribute concert. The Young Fresh Fellows actually opened for their own Tribute show. Freaking killer! Only the 2nd time I've seen them. THe first being the day before in the hallowed offices of If you're not into the Fellows, you really should be. This was quite possibly their last concert.

Top Films:

It's hard to remember what came out this year and I'm sure there will be a lot of, "Oh no!" when I read other lists, but I liked:

Truck Turner
The Station Agent
Fahrenheit 9/11
School of Rock
Shaun of the Dead!
Mr Death
Kill Bills - both of 'em!
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Some good books I've reading:
Harry Potter (whatever the last one was) Oh, come on, it was good.
Hitler: 1889 - 1936 Hubris - long book. I've got Part 2 waiting in the wings
The Picture of Dorian Gray - reading this now as well Cool book.
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them - sweet
The Definitive Javascript - just kidding.

That's all I'm going to send this to tom before he yells at me again! ha ha.


Declan Bates

Top Ten 2004 (in no particular order) :

1. Rameau, Les Grands Motets, Phillipe Herreweghe & La Chapelle Royale, Harmonia Mundi

2. Mum, Finally We Are No One

3. PJ Harvey, Uh Huh Her

4. Pergolesi, Stabat Mater, Concerto Italiano

5. Chopin, Recital, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Deutsche Gramaphone

6. Zwan, Mary Star Of The Sea, Reprise

7. Vivaldi, Stabat Mater / Nisi Dominus / Longe Mala, Europa Galante & David Daniels, Virgin

8. Radiohead, Hail To The Thief

9. The Album Leaf, In A Safe Place

10. Mozart, Piano Trios K496 & K502, Pires/Dumay/Wang, Deutsche Gramaphone

Enda Bates

Ok here we go, a couple of these records featured heavily in last years top ten but I only heard em this year so they're in! Also, I have a feeling that both the new Kings of Leon album, and the Killers album would probably be in here too, if I had them, which I dont, so theyre not,,,,,

1. Interpol - antics
just lots and lots of good songs, simple as that. I know they sound like Joy Division, but i mean really, is that a bad thing?

2. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Hot damn, this band just keep getting better. Their second album with Jim O'Rourke is maybe not as good as Murray St, but its still the best album of 2004 as far as I'm concerned.

3. The Redneck Manifesto - I am Brazil
More intricate instrumental guitar music from the best Irish band around at the minute. As a live act they're so tight it makes me sick, and the addition of a keyboard player/second drummer has expanded their sound a lot. Very nice!

4. Pj Harvey - Uh Huh Her
PJ Harvey with essentially the Queens of the Stone Age as her backing band,,,,nuff said.

5. Nick Cave - Abatoir Blues
A deadly return to form for the darkest one of em all! Twisted gothic gospel music, whats not to like!

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Again, I only heard this during the summer, great stuff, especially the closing three tunes which are surprisingly melodic when compared to the stripped down punk of the rest of the album. Worth it for the song Maps alone.

7. Mum - Summer make good
More luscious electronica from Iceland. Recorded in a lighthouse on a glaciar somewhere, this album really only made sense after seeing them play live. Lovely stuff.

8. Pinback - This is a pinback CD
Ok, this is an old record, 1999 I believe, but its really nice stuff. Drum machines, soft guitars and melancholy vocal harmonies combined to make a great little lofi album that doesnt get irratating,,,,are you listening Mr. Kitt????

9. BOXES - Big Ships in the Night, Small Boats in the Morning
Great hardcore punk rock from another Dublin group. Theres a strong Shellac influence but they also throw in great catchy vocal hooks that get stuck in your head!

10.Wilco - A ghost is born
More Jim O'Rourke produced stuff, this man can do no wrong.

Garbhán Blake

As ever, best intentions give way to mad last minute rush. Highlight of the year? That's simple - Tom Waits in London. Others? Ireland game in Paris was amazing - nightmare of a trip over (15 hours!) but very memorable weekend. Spent 2 weeks in the south of France and would move back to live there in the morning. Been busier that I've ever been in my life - didn't write one line of code and can't decide if that's good or bad. Really enjoyed the top 10 CDs, although found it difficult to limit mine to stuff I'd exclusively been listening to in 2003 (some of it just didn't fit!). I'll be well up for it this year, again it will be based on 2004 with one or two filler tracks to help the flow.

Have a great Christmas, Garbhán

Blocker's Top 10 Albums 2004

  1. Mark Lanegan Band - Bubblegum
  2. Tom Waits - Real Gone
  3. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
  4. PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
  5. Hotel Costes - Vol. 6
  6. Interpol - Antics
  7. Modest Mouse - Good News for People who Love Bad News
  8. Adem - Homesongs
  9. Jonathon Richman - Not so much to be loved, but to love
  10. Air - Talkie Walkie

Honourable Mentions

Gigs and live events

  1. Tom Waits – London Hammersmith 23rd November - Blessed to get tickets for this. Loftiest expectations were surpassed with ease – genius
  2. France vs Rep. Of Ireland – Stade de France, Paris 9th Oct - 35,000 Irish fans witnessed this 0-0 home victory. If only John O’Shea’s shot was the other side of the post………
  3. Planxty – Vicar St – Thursday 12th Feb - No drinking, no smoking show – how things have changed from their hayday - tunes and atmosphere as electric as ever though
  4. World Golf Championship – Mount Juliet – 31st October - Arrived on wet and cold morning and went down the seventh fairway to meet Tiger and his entourage coming against me. Ernie is solid in the finish
  5. PJ Harvey – Olympia – 1st September - Quirky dancing, arkward movements – but cool as f**k
  6. The Coral – Olympia – 21st Feb - Definitely the new band of last year (2003).
  7. All Ireland Football – Croke Park 26th Sept - Amazing exhibition of football, no way Kerry were going to be beaten – answered their critics in style
  8. Pernice Brothers – Whelans – Thursday 4th March - Always a good show – ‘Bum Leg’ and ‘Cigarette Sandwich’ were the highlights
  9. Franz Ferdinand – Olympia – 13th Oct - Great album – some killer tunes – lacked a little bit of energy maybe
  10. The Beta Band – Ambassador – 3rd Dec - Farewell tour for a favourite band

Memorable Films

gerard’s list

  1. wilco - a ghost is born
  2. john cale - 5 tracks
  3. andrew bird - weather systems
  4. explosions in the sky - the earth is not a cold dead place
  5. soledad - del diablo
  6. hotel pelirocco soundtrack ('family tree' by sharon brown is a motherfucker but the whole album is good)
  7. rl burnside - a bothered mind
  8. the bees - free the bees
  9. blonde redhead - misery is a butterfly
  10. madvillain - madvillainy
  11. also the kings of leon album, and the mercury rev album in january

Tom Corcoran

Albums  Tunes of the year  Gigs  Live songs of the year  Live streams  RadioShows  Play  LiveSport  Big screen  Small screen  Olympic moments  Sporting memories of the year  Hikes  Climbs of the year Random memories of the year Software  Product of the year 

  1. The Streets - A grand don't come for free
  2. The Album Leaf - In a safe place
  3. Orbital - Blue album
  4. P J Harvey - Uh Huh Her
  5. Beastie Boys - To the 5 boroughs
  6. Death in Vegas - Satan's circus
  7. Death in Vegas - Live at Brixton
  8. Morrissey - You are the quarry
  9. DJ Spooky - Celestial Mechanix (Title of the year : Spooky gets the keys to New York Jazz label Thirsty Ear's back catalogue)
  10. Radioactive Man - Radioactive Man
  11. Calexico - Feast of Wire
Honourable mentions Freebie CD of the year Tunes of the year


  1. The Pixies - Brixton, 5 June. Did this really happen? Nobody changes chords and tempo like the pixies. La la love was the only song from doolittle they didn't play. No one sat upstairs for the entire show, it was heaving dowsstairs, pinch yourself time, myself, Mike and Trevor were reliving summer of '88 in Jersey.
  2. Orbital, The Other Stage, Glastonbury, Sun 27 June
  3. Tindersticks, Acoustic Stage, Pilton Farm, Glastonbury, Fri 25 June
  4. Morrissey, Pyramid stage, Glastonbury, Sun 27 June
  5. P J Harvey - The royal court, Sat 11 Dec
  6. P J Harvey, Pyramid stage, Glasonbury Fri 25 June
  7. Nick Cave, Mercury Rev, Brixton Academy Thu 11 Nov
  8. P J Harvey, Apollo, Hammersmith Wed 15 Sep
  9. The Rapture, London Astoria, Tue 11 May 2204
  10. Cane 141 - The Social, Little Portland Street, London , Wed 16 June. One of only 2 gigs they played this year. The did 6 songs, showcasing their Flutter for Cuts EP.
Live songs of the year
  1. One perfect sunrise - Orbital : An instant classic from their Blue album which came out shortly before one of their last ever gigs at Glastonbury
  2. The best life moment of the year was that excruciatingly beautiful chord in "Dead" - Pixies
  3. Gigantic - Pixies : Got up to where Kim was spitting on me for this one
  4. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - Morrissey
  5. Taut - P J Harvey
  6. Travelling Light - Tindersticks
  7. U can do - The Hitchers, Dollan's Warehouse, 26 Dec. The best band ever to come out of Limerick now play one show a year at Christmas. They had a guest bongo player on for this and zoned a beautiful jam.

Live streams
  1. Orbital's last ever performance from Maida Vale, 28 July
  2. Bjork from Maida Vale, 12 Oct
  3. Keep It Peel from Maida Vale, 16 Dec

Radio shows

Todayfm moved Dineen to midnight to 2 and I've hardly heard it since. It would be so great if they streamed his show for repeat listening (like the bbc radio player), write to today fm controller Wille O'Reilly to put in a request!

  1. BreezeBlock with Mary Ann Hobbs
  2. Gilles Peterson
  3. John Peel

Big screen films

There was some superb cinema this year, there was a bunch I could not separate.

  1. Lord of the Rings - Return of the King. Peter Jackson pulled it off, an amazing feat.
  2. Lost in Translation. A perfect gem.
  3. Kill Bill 2. Completely different to the first one.
  4. Elephant. Unforgettable study of random mindlessness.
  5. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. Another classic Charlie Kaufman script.
  6. Before Sunset. Better than the first Before Sunrise. The last scene is a perfect naturally acted scene, one of the best endings ever.
  7. Garden State. Written, directed and starring Zach Braff.
  8. Touching the Void. Brave decision to interview Joe Simpson and Simon Yates in the present day. As good as the book.
  9. Napolean Dyamite. Comedy of the year.
  10. Innocence. Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic. Fascinating study of the loss of innocence.
Honourable mentions Disappointment of the year Worst film of the year

Small screen films
  1. Paycheck
  2. Thirteen
  3. Gerry
  4. American Splendour
  5. Goodbye Lenin
  6. Mystic river
  7. The Virgin Sucides
  8. Master & Commander
  9. Matador
  10. Tadpole
  11. xx/xy
  12. American Pie - The wedding

Live sport
  1. Jimmy White V Stephen Hendry 6-4, 4 February
  2. Arsenal v Charlton 2-0, Premiership at Highbury, 28 February. Some incredible triangle passing in front of us with Berkhamp, Pires and Henri making it look ridiculously easy.
  3. Jimmy White v Peter Ebdon, The Masters 2nd round 4-6 (got ticket of Jimmy's manager whne I was looking for one outside), 6 February
  4. United v Charlton 2-0, Premiership at Old Trafford, 20 April. Got to see Gary Neville score! Last time at Old Trafford I saw Phil get one.
  5. England V Barbarians, 30 May. England B team but great to see O'Driscoll flying on the wing.

Hike of the year

Climbs of the year
  1. High Exposure, 5.6, The Trapps, The Gunks, New York State, 10 April
  2. Rear Wind, HVS 5a, St Govan's East, Pembroke, 3 Sep
  3. Gelsa, 5.4, Near Trapps, The Gunks, 10 April

Sporting memories of the year

Olympic moments

Random memories of the year


Product of the year

Tony Corrigan – The Top 10 Things

In no particular order…

Top 10 Albums
White Stripes		Monster			Love it!  Their best to date… Anybody who doesn’t have this is probably
						still listening to Dire Straits…

PJ Harvey		Uh Huh Her		Never fails to surprise...  Her rawness and vitality are mesmerizing

Frank Black Francis
Loretta Lynn		Van Lear Rose		So I bought this for the Jack White moments, but this album nearly
						converted me to country music.  I’ll hold off on the Dixie Chicks 
						for next years list!

Brian Eno		Music for Films		Chill out extraordinaire

The Libertines		The Libertines		Maybe not the Clash but lots of English sensibility

Franz Ferdinand		Franz Ferdinand		This is what a pop album is all about.  Beautiful guitar and an attitude
						to die for… Reminds me of the Undertones before it all got serious…jeez 
						it even reminds me of Adam Ant!

Marianne Faithful	Before The Poison	If you want to hear PJ’s songs interpreted by a legend, this is the album
						 of 2004

Bjork			Medulla			Coral Cacophony undulled by repeat listenings.

Magnetic Fields		I			Just buy it…no buy 69 Love Songs…

Top 10 Films

Monster						Harrowing and authentic
Goodbye Lenin					Superbly entertaining
The Bourne Supremancy				Nothin’ like a good car chase….
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind		Anything with Kristin Dunst is good enough for me…
Spiderman-2					Surprisingly, I though this was great! 
Frieda						The colours
Dogsville					Arse numbing length, pretentions, but I loved it
Alfie						Hell, the clothes man…
21 Grams					Film of the year …no question
Kill Bill Vol 2.				It’s got swords…

Top Overated things
Scissor Sisters		Monster			Derivative tosh…..why do I always think of the Bee Gees when 
						this comes on the radio

Michael Moore		Farenheit 9/11		A wonderfully unbalanced look at the world through the lens of Mr. Moore.
						A debate is a good thing, but a diatribe?

Top Other Things
White Stripes		Marley Park		Although this venue was too big for the White Stripes sound, they still
						showed inventiveness and attention to detail.  (Now the same couldn’t be
						said for the New York Dolls supporting, but I think they’re all dead
PJ Harvey		Olympia			She could sing nursery rhymes and make them sound vile and demented.
						Superb gig, nuff said.

Pixies			Brixton			Crackin’ gig, harking back to the good old days….not quite the good old
						days though, but worth every penny.  If only I’d gotten one of the live

Picasso			Hermitage, 		A corridor of Picasso….can’t really go wrong

Picasso / Pollock	Rome			A gallery full of cubist paintings

If I was Dave Mc G, I’d put down a big turtle having a kip!!

Barry Culhane

Top 10 Gigs
1. THE STROKES @ Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa
2. NO DOUBT & BLINK 182 @ Cricket Pavillion, Goodyear
3. GOMEZ @ The Venue of Scottsdale
4. BLUR @ Marquee Theatre, Tempe
5. THE SAW DOCTORS @ The Rhythm Room, Phoenix
6. GRANDADDY @ Marquee Theatre, Tempe
7. WARREN MILLER'S "IMPACT" @ ASU Gammage, Tempe
10. BARRY CULHANE sings MADONNA @ The Long Shot, Scottsdale (drunken
karaoke, don't ask)

Top 10 Albums
1. "Oscar's Pick of 2003" OSCAR THE GROUCH (a.k.a. Dave McGuinness)
3. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" U2
4. "Encore" EMINEM*
5. "Get Born" JET
6. "Speakerboxx/Love Down Below" OUTKAST
7. "To The 5 Boroughs" BEASTIE BOYZ
8. "Antics" INTERPOL*
9. "Franz Ferdinand" FRANZ FERDINAND*
++ "Patience" GEORGE MICHAEL (shut up!)
[* = purchased within last 10 days]

Books worth noting
1. "Us Against Them" (the story of the 2002 Ryder Cup)
2. "How I Play Golf" TIGER WOODS
3. "Get Shorty" ELMORE LEONARD
5. "Awareness" ANTHONY DE MELLO
6. "Stakeknife" MARTIN INGRAM

Top 10 moments of hilarity
1. Getting thrown out of my own 30th Birthday Party at THE LIBRARY in Tempe
for trying to get up on the bar and dance with the clantily-scad "schoolgirls". And I only had one knee on the bar stool... The bouncers were not sympathetic to my cause.
2. Waking up in my car at 730am on a Saturday morning after a 4-Bar Pub Crawl in Old Town Scottsdale
3. Slowly realizing I had large gashes on my palms and grazes on my left knee and elbow
4. Noticing I had dust all over my jeans and shirt, and more grazes on my right shoulder
5. Finding out my battery was flat because I turned on the CD player when I reclined to fall asleep
6. Only being able to remember 2 of the 4 bars (thanks to about 10+ shots of Jameson and Tullamore Dew)
7. Finding out (from everyone) that I sang MADONNA karaoke at the 3rd bar 8. Being hailed as an International Sensation for my previous night's musical and comedic performances
9. Trying to row a milk-carton boat in a charity race 3hrs after waking having drank only a non-fat latte
10. Trying to play golf another 2 hours later with both palms bandaged up


"Life's a box of chocolates. I'm not sure if I'm a Strawberry Blonde, an Orange Cream, or a Guinness Truffle."

Richie Evans

Top 10 Albums 2004.

1. Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Sam Beam managed to give up his day job due to the success of this album of quiet, almost-whispered, songs.
That, and he helped to reclaim a slice of credibliity for the banjo. A good year for Sam!

2. Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
The acceptable face of Christianity ;-)? Beautiful songs with more instruments
 than you could shake a stick at.And as I discovered this morning, very soothing on those hungover bus journeys to work!

3. American Music Club - Love Songs For Patriots
It's always a relief when a band reforms and releases something that sits well with their back catalogue.
The Go-Betweens did it last year and AMC have done it this year in spectacular style. I love this band to bits.

4. Interpol - Antics
A better 1980's sound than most genuine 80's bands could manage.

5. Richmond Fontaine - Post To Wire
You can't beat a bit of twang mixed with a generous slab of melancholy. Great live band too.

6. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
I didn't want to believe the hype at first, but I relented eventually. Marvellous.

7. Lambchop - Aw C'mon/No You C'mon
Music doesn't get more mellow than this. Some beautiful instrumentation too.

8. Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
An unexpected and most welcome return to form.

9. The Earlies - These Were The Earlies
Trippy sounds from Manchester and Texas.

10. Trash Can Sinatras - Weightlifting
These guys really struggled over several years to get this album out.
It was well worth the effort, and the wait.

Top 10 Gigs 2004

1. Gillian Welch @ Vicar St

2. The Twilight Singers @ Whelans

3. The Go Betweens @ Vicar St

4. American Music Club @ The Village

5. Franz Ferdinand @ The Olympia

6. Sufjan Stevens @ The Douglas Hyde Gallery

7. Iron And Wine @ Whelans 

8. Richmond Fontaine @ Whelans

9. Calexico @ Vicar St

10. James Yorkston And The Athletes @ Crawdaddy

Dave Farrell's List

In no particular order




Having looked at the lists from the previous year, I think I need to get out more, see some bands and buy some music. Been fairly quiet generally, 3 good ones from this neck of the woods that I picked up were


See above note! Best of what I did manage to get to were as follows

Conor Harty


1 American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush By: Kevin Phillips

2 The End of the Line: How Overfishing is changing the World and What we Eat By: Charles Clover

3 Attention All Shipping - A Journey Around the Shipping Forecast By: Charlie Connolly

4 An Unfinished Life - John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 By: Robert Dallek

5 Intelligence Matters By: Senator Bob Graham

"Small Screen"

1 The Power of Nightmares (Special mention goes to a BBC2 documentary series screened in October. This was just about the best piece of TV I have seen in years. It was a three part series about how governments utilise fear as a means of controlling their citizens and charted the parallels between the Islamic Fundmentalists and the Neo-conservatives in the US. This may all sound strange, but catch the repeats when they come around.)
2 Himilaya - Micheal Palin (BBC 1 series screened in October/November)
3 England 13 - Ireland 19, March 2004
4 Any edition of the 9 O'Clock news with Sharon Ni Bheolain (during the Summer when Anne Doyle was on her holliers)
5 Arsenal 4 - Liverpool 2 - Good Friday (for the Gooners) April 2004.

Martin Hayes

2004 listings

1. The Streets - A grand don't come for free
2. Morrissey - You are the Quarry
3. Snow Patrol - Final Straw
4. Delgados - Universal Audio
5. Killers - Hot Fuss
6. Damien Rice - O
7. Blue Nile - High
8. REM - Around The Sun
9. Keane - Hopes and Fears
10. Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops

1. Keane - Somewhere only we know
2. Morrissey - Let me kiss you
3. The Streets - Fit but you know it
4. REM - Leaving New York
5. The Streets - Dry your Eyes

Top 5 flicks you can watch more than 100 times with your four year old and
1. Toy Story
2. The Invincibles (*)
3. Finding Nemo
4. Elmo Saves Christmas
5. Shrek
(*) Haven't been able to subject this to the 100 viewings litmus test yet so
I'm sure it will be top of the pops next year.

Top 5 Turkeys from the same perspective
1. Shark Tale
2. Shrek 2 (my young fella was bored in the first hour and (worryingly)
scared by the second half of it when we saw it on DVD)
3. The Piglet Movie
4. The Tigger Movie
5. Anything else vaguely related to the Winnie the Pooh franchise

Live Events
1. France Vs Ireland, Stade de France (To get the better of a 0-0 in Paris, real progress has been made)
2. Munster Vs. Wasps, Lansdowne (The intensity of the match surpassed anything I've seen on a rugby field)
3. England Vs. Ireland Twickenham (Devalued only slightly by the disarray that England were in last Spring)
4. Celestial Gold winning the Hennessy at Newbury. (Timmy Murphy gave what I consider to be the finest display of horsemanship I have ever seen. Over a mile out I was saying to myself that I haven't half enough on this)
5. Colaiste Stiofain Naofa Vs. UL, Cork (To take on the Cork City Academy side in their own back yard and to only be beaten by a truly outstanding Ray Lally free kick bodes well for our intervarsity aspirations)

Booked - Tom Humphries anthology of his IT articles is good stuff
I re-read Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy and it just gets better
Bushworld - Maureen Dowd, this anthology provides a really perceptive analysis of what's happening in the States right now.

Inside The Looking Glass

Lucas Hilbert's Top Media Picks of 2004:

At the end of the year I find that once again I've done a poor job of keeping up with new music releases. It seems that the most exposure I had to anything music related came either in the form of random titles and barcode numbers flashing across my Amazon screen too quickly to take note, or while listening to Seattle's supremely good indie station KEXP, with too many good titles and band names to remember. And so, once again, most of my choices are at least 1-2 years behind the curve of new releases and such.

Top 10 Albums:

  1. The Veils - Runaway Found
  2. Beth Orton - Daybreaker
  3. The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart
  4. Postal Service - Give Up
  5. Delerium - Karma
  6. Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank the Cradle
  7. Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
  8. Afghan Whigs - 1965
  9. Curve - Doppelganger
  10. Tim Booth/Angelo Badalementi - Booth and the Bad Angel

Top 5 Soundtracks in my collection (couldn't come up with 10)

  1. Garden State (Cold Play, Remy Zero, Nick Drake, Iron and Wine)
  2. Donnie Darko (Tears for Fears, The Church, Echo, Joy Division)
  3. Million Dollar Hotel (U2, Eno, Lanois, Frisell)
  4. Until the End of the World (Talking Heads, Nick Cave, REM, Can)
  5. High Art (Shudder to Think)

Top 10 Films of 2004:

I think I did a little better with films this year and actually caught all new releases, as opposed to my music picks.
  1. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
  2. I Heart Huckabees
  3. Fahrenheit 9/11
  4. Garden State
  5. The Missing
  6. The Manchurian Candidate
  7. Mystic River
  8. Underworld
  9. Before Sunset
  10. Brakhage - Anthology

Best Film Festival:

Irish Reels Film Festival -- Seattle: March 4-14, 2004
(okay, so it's the only film fest I went to this year, but it was really good and there was free Guiness at opening night !!)
Featuring these faves:
  1. Intermission
  2. The Ghost of Roger Casement
  3. Yu Ming is Anim Dom (10 minute short)

Best Irish Film that was not included in the Festival and should have been:
From a Whisper to a Scream - The Hit Songs & Artists of Irish Music

Best and Worst of TV in 2004:

    Best Reality TV Show:
  1. America's Next Top Model
  2. Best Sitcom:

  3. Re-runs of That 70's Show
  4. Best News Show:

  5. McNeil-Lehrer News Hour
  6. Worst Sporting Event Moments:

  7. Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers bench-clearing brawl with fans
    + 1st runner up: Janet Jackson's Superbowl half-time topless flash (or was that the best tv of 2004?)
    + 2nd runner up: Seattle Sonics losing twice this year to Gary Peyton and the Boston Celtics

    Best TV show on Video:

  8. Twin Peaks -- I finally watched all 2 seasons: Episodes 1-29 !!

Brendan Jennings


Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
Planxty - Live 2004
Interpol - Antics
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Tom Waits - Alice
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Ease on Down the Road
Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Seven Days of Falling
Nico - Chelsea Girls
Snow Patrol - Final Straw


The Bucket - Kings of Leon
Evil - Interpol
Mr. Brightside - The Killers

I've only been to two gigs all year (Violent Femmes in Tramore and the Pixies in pheonix park), so no point in making a list :-)


Livesey’s Toptastic Tunes/Films/Events 2004

Another vintage year all-round I’d say, to the point that its going to be at least this time next year before I take it all in (?). Not sure if there are more and more good albums coming out these days, or it’s a fact that I’m just acquiring more. Broadband is both a blessing and a curse!

As an aside from all things top 10 etc. 2004 has been yet another blinder in personal experiences. Due to what can only be described as a sudden onset of mental illness, I have been bestowed the honour of joint best man by Mr Derek Murphy for his marriage to Miss Jo Ann Saxby in Jan 2005. Not sure that any of the bridesmaids were overjoyed at this choice of best man, however I’m sure I’ll scrub up well on the day, and should any girls reading this get lucky (?) and pull me, I’ve not had it in awhile, so rest assured I’ll be putting in 110%, should you make it back to the luxury, jacuzzi bathed, well stocked bar, four poster bedded, cottage, that I’ll be residing in for the weekend!

2004 also saw me take (sneak/blag) my rightful place on the Pyramid stage with non other than Mr James Brown, for his Sunday afternoon set at Glastonbury. Although not quite in the same central stage position as the soul man himself, I could be clearly seen throwing a few shapes of my own during his set. This did not however, stop me from helping myself to a feta cheese sandwich in his private port-a-cabin to the rear of the stage after the gig, and introducing myself with that killer line “Hi I’m Livesey”. Never in the history of music, since Lennon & McCartney or Simon & Garfunkle, has there been a coming together of such musical big hitters/love machines. I’m sure he felt equally honoured as we shook hands and I’m left feeling that this meeting will no doubt be remembered in his own top 10’s list of 2004.

And so, in no particular order, stuff I’ve been head nodding to in 2004……

Albums Song of the Year

A tough one, as its ever changing throughout the year, but current fave, “Sad & Lonely” by “The Secret Machines”, is quite simply a swaggering rock behemoth of a record. And at the risk of reducing my entire musical credibility to tatters, I’ve been know to hum along to “Love Machine” by “Girls Aloud” ( I am so going to regret that last sentence, however as part of my defence, Uncut magazine gave their album 4*, so I’m not alone!) Ps). Not that said mentioned song is anywhere near my top tunes of the year. Pps). Can I backtrack anymore????????????


Though “Orange Wednesday” (special 2 for 1 admission in UK) has got me to the flicks on a number of occasions this year, I feel I missed some of the years best on the big screen. Hurrah then, for blank dvd’s coming down in price to about 20p each, and on-line dvd rental services! 2005 will no doubt be spent catching up on some of the years classics on a smaller screen.

Of those I did see, the following were noted as being particularly good!

Special movie mention, though not in the good sense, goes to Mr Tarantino himself. For anyone with a snake phobia on a scale with my own (probably not possible by any other sane human being) his utilization of a black mamba in Kill Bill II was thee most terrifying thing ever committed to film. I’m sure he would, being at least partially responsible, join with me in apologising to the woman in the row in front whom I involuntarily vomited on.


Simple this; 2004 has been the year of “The Sopranos” & “The West Wing”. Probably two of the best-written television shows around, I’ve managed to watch every episode of each. If you are not yet initiated, spend your xmas vouchers getting any of the box sets and you will not be disappointed.

Niall's Top 10 2004

1. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
I know, it's probably been overplayed by now, but it's still gotta be the best album of the year, witty lyrics great melodies, the likes hasn't been heard since a lad with a quiff started singing about charming men. They also gave us one of the great musical moments of the year, in wet field in Puchestown on dull, damp aftermnoon at 4 o'clock, 60,000 people pogoing to Take me Out,

2. Morrissey - You are the Quarry
The Mozfather returns with his best album since Vauxhall and I. Packed with great songs including Let me Kiss You which is also on a new album by Nancy Sinatra. He played her version on the PA before his show in Dublin Castle where he also called his album Who ate the Curry, witty as ever.

3. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightening, Stop
Think of 1980s hip hop and New York double dutch skipping teams and you go someway to imagining the Go Team. I have to thank John Kelly and the Mystery Train for introducing this to me. He played Everyone's a VIP to Someone in between a Planxty tune and Miles Davies. You gotta love him. You can have a look at their video on The Go! Team website.

4. Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
Red House Painters are back under a different name, a bit of a Will Oldham trick I suppose. A beautiful melodic album with wonderful stories, gets better with every listen. Mark Kozolek's voice is as special as ever, that effortless chilled out way he has of singing transports you to wherever his songs are.

5. Shearwater - A Winged Life
Some bonnie prince billie crossed with Mark Kozolek with a bit of Wilco thrown in for good measure. Dark, stark songs of failure and rejection, home made low fi sounds and an unusual vocal. It's great that the US keeps producing these type of alternative country groups.

6. The AM - The AM
The fact that bands like Kings of Leon and the Strokes make it big must have something to do with marketing and hype, cause these new york guys are pedalling a similar style of 70s influenced guitar rock, T-Rex, Bowie, are there, brilliant catchy riffs and a cool look, maybe they'll do it next year.

7. American Music Club - Love Songs for Patriots
I'm never sure about bands that break up and reform and write new stuff, I'm not convinced about the Pixies doing it, the Velet Underground re-union wasn't so great but somehow it works with AMC. Maybe it's because Mark Eitzel is the creative force behind them and what AMC do is not much different to what he has been doing. Classic AMC stuff on the album, brilliant stories about everything from male strippers to corrupt governments and the incredible shrinking man.

8. Sufjan Stevans - Welcome to Michagan
Strange sad sounds coming from Michagan. Lots going on in this album, lots of different sounds from acoustic to electronic to bells, even sounds jazzy at times. Give it a few listens and it will really reward you.

9. Pj Harvey - uh uh her
Another triumph for PJ that sets her miles ahead of all the cheap imitators. Album contains a lot of hard guitar songs mixed with some classic haunting quiet tunes not unlike what was one To Bring you my Love. There's even one song of the seagulls recorded outside her house, great stuff.

10. Sons and Daughters - Love the Cup
Raw young alternative country rockabilly influenced band from Scotland. A short album but packed with excellent songs high tempo drummin, loud strummin and plenty of screeching.

Honourable Mentions:

Talib Qweli- The Beautiful Struggle;  worth getting just for the song I Try, will be a hip-hop classic.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus; loved packaging, great idea of the two albums in one. I love that song Breathless, how does he keep writing them?
The Streets - A Grand dont come for Free ; Dont cry was overplayed but there are lots of other great tunes in his second album.
Mum - Summer Made Good;  More quiet and weird sounds from this iclandic group
Nouvelle Vague - Bossa nova versions of classic alternative rock tunes, it somehow works
Interpol - Uncompromising guitar tunes with powerful vocal reminiscent of 80s indie sounds.
Giant Sand - Is All Over the Map; More weirdness from Howe Gelb and co.

Top Gigs

1. The Rapture @ The Village, Dublin. first gig back in ireland this year, it was incredible. The band got into it right from the off, lead singer gets into crowd for a song and grooves with us. Crowd were excellent too. I think they were surprised and pleased that the venues was so small.
2. The Rapture @ Oxygen, Punchestown. Even in the miserable rain got the crowd grooving,
3. Calexico @ Vicar St., Dublin. Pity about the tables, would have been nice to be able to bop, but still a great night, they never disappoint live.
4. Franz Ferdinand/Sons and Daughters/Firey Furnaces @ Ambassador, Dublin. Crowd went nuts, great atmosphere.
5. Buck 65 @ Whelans, Dublin. country hip/hop guy from canada, did a bit of stand up too.
6. Morrissey @ Dublin Castle, return to form for Moz.
7. Sun Kil Moon @ Village, Dublin. plenty of old Red House painters tunes played, great banter with the crowd.
8. The AM @ Whelans Dublin, Monday night gig, didn't know much about them at the time but it didn't matter, they were brill.
9. Sons and Daughter @ Whelans, another monday night gig
10. PJ Harvey @ MusicTheater The Hague, nice venue, great outfit and super set.

Kevin McDaid

*Albums of the year*

1. Belle and Sebastien: The Boy with the Arab Strap. (I know it's not this year but I loaned it to a guy in 2001 and only got it back a month ago. It has been welded to the CD player since, so it must count).

2. The Frames: Burn the Maps. (Contains "Fake", far and away the best single of 2004. Don't bother ringing my house when this comes on as the whole family aged from 34 days to 34 years adores it).

3. Harry Chapin. Greatest Stories Live. (Cause there's more to life than music).

*Read of the Year*

DBC Pierre. Vernon God Little.

*Sporting Moments of the Year*

1. Matthew Pinsent receiving 4th gold medal.
2. Fermanagh's winning point against Armagh.
3. Gerard scoring crucial third goal against Olympiakos.

*Graph of the Year*

Graph over time of betting odds on liverpool qualification for second stage of champions league.

Kevin McGrath

current top 10 flavour of the month is

Buddy Guy - Live in Basel
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi
Dire Straits - Alchemy - Especially "Telegraph Road" - awesome
The Frames - Dance The Devil
Nick Drake - Best Of
Bruce Springsteen - The Essential ...but only CD1..which is Pre-"Born in the USA"....I try, but I just can't like the later stuff
Royksopp - Melody AM
Damien Dempsey - Seize the day
The Very best Of the Stone Roses - (ok...only got it today, bit I know I'm going to be listening to this solid for the remainder of the year!)

The Butterfly Effect....the only film I can remember seeing recently that "truly satisfied". I mean, I'll give it 8 out of 10.

Other films that I rent of a Friday night usually peak at a "I suppose that was alright" rating - 5. The mainstream films are just so goddam bland and made for the lowest common denominator. Its like McDonalds!

Dave McGuinness

Musical highlights of 2004 were of course the Top Ten compilations of 2003 - once again, many thanks to all involved and to Tom for co-ordinating. For me, many of the best album releases were returns to form by old favourites. As usual, hoping the rest of you can fill me in on what I missed.

Best Albums

1. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief. They're back, nuff said.
2. Wilco - A Ghost is Born. The Radiohead of country music.
3. Neil Young - On The Beach. This album is nearly as old as me, but sounding much fresher.
4. Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine and Ours. Only complaint: too short.
5. Eels - Shootenanny! Another return to form.
6. Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions Volume III. Fantastic dub compilation, strictly late night listening.
7. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand. Best debut album since The Strokes.
8. Foo Fighters - One By One. Rocks.
9. Lambchop - C'mon, No You C'mon. This could have been an outstanding single album.
10. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose. With much help from Jack White, but doesn't quite live up to the hype

Honourable Mentions

Aphex Twin - 26 Mixes For Cash
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Billy Bragg - Essential
Elbow - Cast of Thousands
Future Kings of Spain - Future Kings of Spain
Teenage Fanclub - Howdy!
The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow, Bright Orange

Best Movies

1. Hero
2. Before Sunset
3. Lost in Translation
4. The Barbarian Invasions
5. The Station Agent
6. The Fog of War
7. Mystic River
8. Touching the Void
9. Warren Miller's Impact
10. Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World

Honourable Mentions

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Goodbye Lenin
Kill Bill 2
In America
Shaud of the Dead
Shrek 2
Swimming Pool

Hellboy deserves a mention for being unimaginably and indescribably bad
Fahreinheit 9/11 a disappointment

Sporting Moments

Rugby - Ireland winning at Twickenham, beating South Africa, and of course winning the Triple Crown
Soccer - Euro 2004, great tournament but England vs. Portugal had more drama than a whole season of Coronation Street
Olympics - seems like ages ago already, but some of my highlights are...
  El Guerrouj's and Kelly Holmes' double golds
  Tall Blacks beating world champs Serbia by a point in the basketball
  Women's handball final between Denmark and South Korea was incredible
  In the pool... Thorpe, Van den Hoogenband and Phelps
  Women's pole vault final, ugly, grumpy Russian loses to cute, smiley Russian in a thriller - if looks could kill
  Cian O'Connor - from hero to zero. Ireland continues to be an Olympio laughing stock - we can't even cheat well

Travel Moments

New Zealand - camper-vanning and snowboarding on the South Island, an awesome end to 5 years in NZ
Costa Rica - turtles and sloths in Tortuguero, lava flows at Arenal volcano and gamefishing in the Pacific off Drake Bay
Venezuela - Angel Falls, hiking the incredible table mountain Mt. Roraima, biking and hiking in the Andes
Arizona - mountain-biking South Mountain, and hanging out with Blackie
Road-trip Achievements of the Year - using Spanish in anger, not losing any of our belongings, and pissing you all off with my email travelogues

Best Live Performances

Billy Connolly - still very funny and very angry at 60 (Queen's Wharf, Wellington)
12 Angry Men - all the way from the Edinburgh Festival to Wellington, the best play I've seen in many years (Opera House, Wellington)
Toots and the Maytels/Burning Spear - living legends of reggae, what a double header (Starlight Ballroom, Wellington)
Jay Farrar - ex-Uncle Tupelo frontman in intimate setting, brilliant (Bar Bodega, Wellington)
Gomez - lifted the roof, powerful stuff (Starlight Ballroom, Wellington)
Salmonella Dub - one of NZ's most popular bands (Queenstown)
Minuit - live NZ electronica at its best in Wellington's newest and hippest club (Sandwiches, Wellington)

Best Books

American Scream - Cynthia True. Fascinating biography of comedian Bill Hicks.
Stories of Eva Luna - Isabel Allende. Magical short stories.
Fear and Loathing in America - Hunter S. Thompson. Memoirs, letters, political rantings and never a dull moment.
Songs of the Doomed - Hunter S. Thompson. Collection of his early work.
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson. Everyone should read this.
Senor Vivo and the Coco Lord - Louise de Bernieres. Fable of an ordinary man versus Columbian drug baron.
The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien. Incredibly original and imaginative.
Billie's Kiss - Elizabeth Knox. My favourite NZ author.
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver. Baptist missionary and his family in 1950's Congo.
The Brendan Voyage - Tim Severin. Retracing St. Brendan's journey to the new world.

Until the same time next year, over and out...

John M's Top 10

Top 10 Plays

The National Theatre has been absolutely thriving under Nicholas Hytner's artistic direction. Three of my top four plays were on there. The top two are still running, I can't recommend strongly enough that you try to catch them. For every show the National release 30 tickets on the day of the performance (which need to be picked up in person), so even if a show is sold out, you can still catch it.
  1. The History Boys, dir. Nicholas Hytner. National Theatre.
  2. His Dark Materials Part 1, dir. Nicholas Hytner. National Theatre.
  3. Hurricane, dir. Rachel O'Riordan. Arts Theatre.
  4. Play Without Words, dir. Matthew Bourne. National Theatre.
  5. Guantánamo: Honour Bound to Defend Freedom, dir. Nicolas Kent, Sacha Wares. Tricycle Theatre.
  6. Edge, dir. Paul Alexander. New End Theatre.
  7. Amadeus, dir. Michael Cavin. Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin.
  8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, dir. Paul Kerryson. Leicester Haymarket.
  9. The Glory of Living, dir. Che Walker. Battersea Arts Centre.
  10. Cruel and Tender, dir. Luc Bondy. Young Vic.

Top 10 Films

  1. Gone With the Wind, dir. Victor Fleming. 222 minutes of sheer bliss at the NFT.
  2. Kill Bill Part 2, dir. Quentin Tarantino.
  3. Farenheit 9/11, dir. Michael Moore.
  4. Happiness, dir. Tod Solenz.
  5. Supersize Me, dir. Morgan Spurlock.
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, dir. Michel Gondry. So Kate Winslet and Jim Carey can act after all.
  7. Knife in the Water, dir. Roman Polanski.
  8. The Fog of War, dir. Errol Morris.
  9. Bigger Than Life, dir. Nicholas Ray.
  10. Tokyo Story, dir. Yasujiro Ozu.

Top 10 Books

  1. Cien anos de soledad, Gabriel García Márquez.
  2. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  3. If This is a Man, Primo Levi.
  4. The Truce, Primo Levi.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
  6. Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka.
  7. Confieso que he vivido, Pablo Neruda.
  8. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken.
  9. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast.
  10. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser.

Top 10 Albums

I'm not that good on new stuff - these are my favourite 10 purchases/acquisitions of the year.
  1. His Band and the Street Choir. Van Morrison.
  2. The Iron Behind the Velvet. Christy Moore.
  3. Life's too Good. The Sugarcubes. What ever happened to their crazy lead singer?
  4. Slanted and Enchanted. Pavement. Long live the summer of '93!
  5. Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
  6. Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Belle and Sebastian.
  7. Lost in Translation, the Soundtrack. Kevin Shields. Anything involving new music from Kevin Shields requires serious veneration.
  8. Never, Never Land. Unkle.
  9. The Will to Live. Ben Harper.
  10. Essential, the Very Best of. Terry Callier.

Top 10 Outdoor Adventures.

  1. Canoeing on the River Wye, June.
  2. Climbing in Swanage, June/September.
  3. Hiking in the Brecon Beacons, October.
  4. Swimming in Caherdaniel, New Year's Day.
  5. Hiking in the Lake District, March. Very wet and windy.
err...that's it.

Trevor Morrissey

Top ten 2004


1.Burn the maps (frames)
2.Music in Mouth (Bell X1)…snook in from 2003
4.Living (Paddy Casey)
5.From basement on the hill..Elliott Smith
6.Uh Huh Her (PJ)
Nothing else worthy of mention

The all time top ten: (possible category??)

1. OK Computer Radiohead
2. The Joshua Tree U2
3. The Bends Radiohead
4. 10 track demo and radio sessions Veneer
5. For the Birds The Frames
6. I am The Greatest A House
7. This is the Sea Waterboys
8. Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan
9. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
10 Little Dark Mansion The Harvest Ministers .

Top Ten Dislikes of 2004
1.All new material from U2 and anything that came out of Bono’s mouth

Top Ten Musical moments of 2004.
1.Thom Yorke’s bashing on the piano at the end of the new band aid song
2.The Frames live on TV, Halloween.
3.The Frames live in King Johns Castle, Limerick.
4.Tom Waits, Seattle
5.Veneer live in the Sugar Club, Dublin (It was a cracker!)

Murph’s Best Of 2004 List

Well, I reckon it’s been a great year for music. Guitar led music seems to be going from strength to strength. There were a few disappointments this year, namely The Beastie Boys new album, which failed to hit the spot for me. As usual I wish I’d written shit down as the year progressed because I know that there’s brilliant books, films and albums that are eluding my memory as I sit down to write this… but hey, here goes!

  1. Green Day ‘American Idiot’
  2. Rancid ‘Indestructible’
  3. DJ Format ‘Music For The Mature B-Boy’
  4. Kasabian ‘Kasabian’
  5. Andy Smith ‘The Document 2’
  6. Dangermouse ‘ The Grey Album’
  7. Razorlight ‘Up All Night’
  8. James Brown ‘Live At The Apollo 1962’
  9. Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards ‘Viking’
  10. Good Will Hunting ‘Original Soundtrack’
Standout Books

Lee Server ‘Mitchum – Baby I Don’t Care’
Marianne Faithful ‘Faithful’
Mark Bowden ‘Killing Pablo’
Charles R Cross ‘Heavier Than Heaven’
L Frank Baum ‘The Land Of Oz’
Hanif Kureishi ‘The Budha Of Suburbia’
Carl Hiassen ‘Lucky You’
Jonathan Franzen ‘The Corrections’

Standout Films

OK, I know it’s outrageous, but I only just managed to catch up with a few classics this year, namely Crouching Tiger and Donnie Darko.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (nuff said)
The Notebook (great,intelligent film about love)
Whalerider (Beautiful maori film)
Bad Santa (Shocking, despicable and very funny)
The Last Samurai (shame about the Hollywood ending)
Donnie Darko (…what the fuck?...)
Big Fish (Tim Burton on top form)
The Incredibles (Fantastic)
Spider Man 2 (Couldn’t help liking it!)
Buena Vista Social Club (Wicked)


‘Churchill The Hollywood Years’ (Truly the biggest bag of bollocks ever committed to film! Avoid at all costs!


The Bees – Birminham Academy
Damien Rice – Manchester Academy
Razorlight – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Mary Naughton

Actually, i've been thinking a lot about this list and i really have to explain myself. musically 2004 was totally taken up for me with Belle and Sebastian- infact, since about march i've been living in a B+S bubble- i'm just beginning to emerge! I had the good fortune to see them in somerset house in London last July. this was of course preceded by a spending spree on old B+S cds that i hadn't already purchased, ie 'Tigermilk' and 'If you're feeling sinister'. the concert itself was just superb- i mean they were just OUTSTANDING so of course in the weeks and months that followed , i could listen to nothing else. i then had to go and by all the little cd singles they have released over the years, which in themselves were a great source of new B+S material for me. so there. that explains alot. and i know i have been boring people to tears since july going on and on , making mix B+S cds etc...apologies people- i will find a new obsession in 2005!

so here goes- my favourites of 2005, not in any particular order-

Motor cycle diaries
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Anything else- woody back on form
winged migration
supersize me
A Mighty Wind- best comedy
lost in Translation
Wilbur wants to kill himself

and i'm putting down the silent 1927 movie 'sunrise' that Lambchop did the soundtrack for- it's the coolest thing if you get a chance to see it- the movie is gorgeous and so innocent- and lambchop play the score live behind the screen!

Live Music
1. Belle and Sebastian- Somerset House, london- yes this was definately the best live show i have ever encountered! they were supported by 'The Shins'- also very good.
2. Christy Moore- opera house Cork, Luka Bloom supported him, and he too was outstanding.
3.Calexico - opera house, cork
4. I am Kloot- half moon, cork
5. Lambchop/Sunrise- opera house
6. Ron Sexsmith- Cruiscin lan
7. Evan Dando- Cruiscin lan
8. Josh Ritter- opera house
9. bic runga- the village, dublin- i must say i was a little disappointed with this - but it really is an awful venue.

I have been hopeless for reading this year- just hopeless, but Vernon God Little was definately the best thing i read.. i couldn't stop mself reading bits of it aloud.
I loved 'The number one ladies detective agency' by Alexander mcall smith- i have the sequels, but typically i haven't found the time to start.. I also loved ' the curious incident of the dog in the night time', and i must mention that joe loved the da vinci code- which i hope to read this christmas.

This is next near impossible
I have to say that 'Tigermilk' is my absolute fave for 2004...not very current, but still.
the other difficulty this year is that thanks to all the kind people who sent me 'best of' cds, i spent much of this year listening to music from 2003 such as 'yo la tengo',bell x1, franz ferdinand, grandaddy.
1. All Belle and sebastian albums- esp 'tigermilk' and 'the boy with the arab strap'. i love the 'johnathon david' ep- that song is out on its own for singalongability , and 'the loneliness of the middle distance runner' also on that ep is wonderful.

after that in no particular order-
Franz Ferdinand
Vetiver- Vetiver-folk at its best
God Speed you Black Emperor-' Raise your skinny fists like antennas to heaven'- the first track is awesome
Mull Historical Society- this is hope
Calexico- Feast of Wire
The Esbjorn Svensson Trio- Seven Days of Falling...can't neglect the jazz!
Air- Talkie Walkie
and finally- The Langer Song- by Natural Gas--just kidding!!!

And, I love 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers-but i haven't the album..yet.

Thanks for doing all this Tom- it really is a superb idea, it gives me plenty of new stuff to feed off in the coming year. cheers, Mary ( and a little help from Joe)

Laurent Muzellec

Title					Country	Year
Le Monde selon Bush			FR	2004
Enternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind	USA	2004
Lost in Translation			USA	2004
L'equipier				FR	2004
Supersize me				USA	2004
The Corporation				USA	2004
Les Choristes				FR	2004
Farenheit 9/11				USA	2004
Sur mes Levres 				FR	2004
Lady Killers				USA	2004
Top Concerts				Pixies in Dublin!!	
Top Crap				Reelection of George	

Michelle O'Gorman


It's been really hard this year to get this together..firstly I thought I hadn't really listened to anything but I just listened to so much that there was nothing that was on the stereo enough to burn it out..anyway in no particular order but listened to most often were -

Best albums Top Cinema: Top marks for almost naked scenes: Waste of 16 CHF: Best DVD: Never Rent: Books: Gigs: Festivals: Moments of the Year:


(Not a lot I'd really recommend,..)
  1. Lost In translation, Sofia Coppola
  2. Kill Bill II, Quentin Tarantino

Then - no particular order..

Absolutely Awful films..


Other Stuff

Caro’s Top 10 Albums of 2004

  1. 20 Miles - Twenty Miles
    Jon Spencer’s Judah does country distortion with deep south lyrics and a tin whistle from Fat Possum.

    My little baby /
    messin’ with the preacher’s daughter /

  2. Ghosts of the Great Highway - Sun Kil Moon
    The San Franciscian womaniser Mark Kozelek strikes gold again with his provincial tales and cool acoustic guitar shapes.

    Can't count through all the lovers I've burnt through /
    so why do I still burn for you /
    i cant say /

  3. Love the Cup - Sons & Daughters
    Glaswegian youngsters terrorising their guitars and mandolins. Intro to 'Blood' suspiciously like 'Sheela na gig'.

    You keep on holdin' back /
    Can't break it to yourself /
    That your life is nothing /
    But the fear's making sense /

  4. Uh Huh Her - Polly Jean Harvey
    Unfortunately the self-mocking title track didn’t make it on the album but tracks like Who the fuck?, Cat on the Wall and It’s you are a relief to the ‘Rid of Me’ lovers. It’s possible that Vincent Gallo is Badmouth, although his influence is strikingly obvious on The End, which perhaps indicates that they are still on good terms. There is no stopping this girl this year. Welcome back Polly.

    I’m not like other girls /
    you cant straighten my curls /

  5. The A.M. - The A.M.
    What can I say. You got Michael Tighe (Jeff Buckleys band mate) in a white trilby and white shoes and the tightest clothes imaginable. No one else could possibly pull this off. If you only listened to the first three songs on this album, you’d go away happy. Catchy guitar songs with an enchanting voice and easy on the eye.

    If i was the sheriff i would be treated differently /
    and i could follow anyone i want /
    with my arm out the window /
    lovin' to drive slow /

  6. The Beautiful Struggle - Talib Kweli
    Another intelligent lyrical feast from Talib, concentrating on ghetto struggle. After a disappointing release from Mos Def this year, this album stretches from hip-hop to soul with collaborations with Common and one the year’s most powerful tunes with Mary J.Blige I Try.

    Life is a beautiful struggle /
    People search through the rubble for a suitable hustle /
    Some people using their noodle /
    Some people using their muscle /
    Some people put it all together.

  7. You are the Quarry - The MozFather
    Back with classic charm and wit. How he keeps beating out new songs like First of the gang to Die and how he flirts on Let me kiss you I don’t know.

    I’ve zig-zagged all over America and I cannot find a safety haven /
    say? would you let me cry /
    on your shoulder I’ve heard that you’ll try /
    anything twice

  8. Over the Sun - Shannon Wright
    A Steve Albini production with moments of anger and lashings of abrasive complex songs.
    Could you be the answer /
    to a wretch like me /
    clasp you hand in mine /
    I must confess /
    you’ll be the death of me /

  9. Rejoicing in the hands (of the golden empress) - Devendra Banhart
    'From the moment I saw him perched on a mat surrounded by candles on Later with Jools, I was intrigued. Impossible to categorize, sounding like an old folk singer digging up revelations. In his own words its like an old folk song that you’ve never ever heard, still you know every word, for sure, you can sing along.
    It’s a sight to behold /
    when you got small words to mould /
    and you can make ‘em your own /

  10. Seven Swans – Sufjan Stevens
    This is the most surprising entry on this list because I was so resistant to Sufjan Stevens. It’s the antithesis of the trashing guitars that I love. It’s sickly sweet, charming and gentle and he managed to win me over much to my annoyance. And it pushed Nick Cave off my list.
    I have a red kite /
    I’ll put you right in it /
    I’ll show you the sky

Top 10 Gigs

1. PJ Harvey, Music in my Head festival, Den Haag, June 2004
2. PJ Harvey, The Olympia, Dublin Sept 2004
3. Sun Kil Moon, The Village Dublin Apr 2004
4. The A.M., Whelans, Dublin June 2004
5. The Rapture, The Village, Dublin Feb 2004
6. Calexico, The Village, Dublin
7. Morrissey, Dublin Castle, June 2004
8. Sons & Daughters, Whelans, Nov 2004
9. Sufjan Stevens, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity Oct 2004
10. Franz Ferdinand & The Kills, Olympia, Dublin, Oct 2004

Top 10 Films

1. Zatoichi
2. Old Boy
3. Elephant
4. Lost in Translation
5. My Architect
6. Bad Education
7. Before Sunset
8. Anything Else
9. Thirteen
10. 21 Grams

Enda Ruddy

Top 10 gigs
Belle & Sebastian – Tivoli, Utrecht
Franz Ferdinand/Sons and Daughters/The Kills – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam
Interpol/Bloc Party – The Paradiso, Amsterdam
Oxegen, The Strokes, Libertines, Snow Patrol, Bell X1, Basement Jaxx, Rapture, etc.
PJ Harvey, Music in My Head Festival, Den Haag
Snow Patrol – Melkweg, Amsterdam
Franz Ferdinand/Joss Stone – Paradiso,
Bell X1 – Eurosonic
Death Cab for Cutie/Low, Paradiso
Bright Eyes – 3voor12 radio night, Amsterdam

Franz Ferdinand
Interpol –Antics
Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free.
Kelis – Tasty
The Frames – Burn the Maps
Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlantasism
Razorlight – Up All Night
Nick Cave – Abattoir Blues / Then Lyre of Orpheus
Elliott Smith – From a mountain on the Hill
Dios – Dios
Bonnie Prince Billy – Sings Greatest Palace Music
Air – Walkie Talkie
Morrissey – You are the Quarry
The Killers – Hot Fuss (though they SUCKED live)
Felix Da Housecat – Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever

Belle and Sebastian - Your Cover’s Blown
Interpol – Take Me on a Cruise.
Razorlight – Don’t Go Back to Dawston/Stumble and Fall
The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now
Kelis – Trick Me/Millionaire
Dios – You’ll Get Yours
The Frames – Finally
Felix Da Housecat – Watchin Cars Go By
The Streets – Blinded by the Lights
Morrissey – Irish Blood English Heart
Bright Eyes – Walk Away

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lost in Translation
Coffee and Cigarettes
21 Grams
Motorcycle Diaries

Lisa Ryan

The most memorable cd i got this year was the hope of the states - 'the lost riots', also discovered and loved turin brakes 'Ether Song'

Fav book : colm toibin's - The Master

Peter Ward

Songs of the year

Richmond Fontaine - Post to tire
Kings of Leon - The bucket
Loretta Lynne - Van lear rose
Razorlight - VICE
Steve Earle - The revolution starts here
The Zutons - You will, you won't
Tom Waits - Make it rain
The Killers - Mr Brighside
Interpol - Next exit
Bell X1 - Eve, the apple of my eye
Adem - Theses are your friends
REM - Final straw
Rufus Wainright - Pretty things
Ambulance Ltd - Ophelia
Mylo - Emotion
The Twilight Singers - Black is the colour
Modest Mouse - Float On
Grand drive -The guy who could carry on
The Bees - These are the ghosts
The Libertines - Can't stand me now

Colin Waugh : Best of 2004 list

Albums ( new Releases )
In rough order, depending on mood/time of day/weather
  1. Tom Waits – Real Gone ( just gets better with age )
  2. Brian Wilson – Smile ( Amazing album, amazing story )
  3. Marjorie Fair – Selfhelp serenade ( If Keane/Coldplay could dream up a mature album, this would be it- awesome debut)
  4. Modest Mouse – Good news for people who hate bad news ( could do for them what Soft Bulletin did for the Flaming Lips, yes its that good)
  5. Elliot Smith – From a Basement on the hill ( A sweet kind of sadness, rest in piece)
  6. The Finn Brothers – Everyone is here ( even if you don’t like Crowded House style pop, there is no denying these perfectly crafted songs)
  7. Air – Talkie Walkie ( Welcome return to form)
  8. Faultline – Your love Means everything ( brilliant alternative/electronica from UK’s david Kosten with guest vocals form Chris Martin,Flaming lips)
  9. Morrisey – You are the Quarry ( Doesn’t always hit the mark, but when he does, few people write lyrics to match him)
  10. Blue Nile – High ( Strictly late night music, avoid if your mood is very low, could push you over the edge. Otherwise sweet stuff.)
Best of the rest ( oldies/soundtracks etc)
  1. Soundtrack : Once Upon a Time in the West- Ennio Morricone ( best western of all time, best soundtrack I’ve ever heard.)
  2. Jazz :Kurt Elling – Man in the Air
  3. Reissues : The Clash- London Calling
  1. Tom Waits – London nov 2004 ( gig of a lifetime)
  2. Marjorie Fair- London june 2004
  3. The pixies – London sept 2004
  4. the Rapture- London may 2004
  5. Finn Brothers – London oct 2004.
Show/theatre/event of the year
  1. The Black Rider, Barbican june 2004. ( theatre, script William Burroughs, music Tom waits, Direction Robert Wilson. Out of this world!)
Films ( have missed a lot and more coming this month so not a great list, and to be fair,not a great year)
  1. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
  2. Napoleon Dynamite
  3. Bad Santa
  4. Kill Bill vol2
  5. The Incredibles

Anthony Scarfo

Chin Chin


Top Ten Albums

1. Two Way Monologue - Sondre Lerche
2. Novelle Vague - Novelle Vague
3. Interpol - Antics
4. Thunder Lightening Strike - The Go! Team
5. Abbatoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
6. From a basement on the Hill - Elliot Smith
7. A Grand don't come for free - The Streets
8. Hot Fuss - The Killers
9. The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys
10. Kish Kash - Basement Jaxx

Top Five Films

1. Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola
2. Lo non ho paura (I'm not Scared) - Gabriele Salvatores
3. Goodbye Lenin! - Wolfgang Becker
4. Lord of the Rings - Return of the King - Peter Jackson
5. The Bourne Supremacy - Paul Greengrass

Top Five Books

1. Bobby Fischer goes to War - David Edmonds, John Eidenow
2. Flashman at the Charge - George MacDonald Fraser
3. A Short History of nearly everything - Bill Bryson
4. Vernon God Little - JBC Pierre
5. Whatever it takes - Lance Armstrong

Antony's Lists

My first year contributing and I think it is reasonably disappointing. I am unsure whether it is just a disappointing year or I am just negative or I simply chose badly. Will be interesting to see how others fared.

Therefore I have submitted all things together (music, books and movies). I have one good list, and then some other comments.

My outstanding find for the year were 'herbal' energy/dance pills. They aren't really herbal, I think the drug was used to de-worm horses, but they aren't bad, and completely legal (for now). Probably find they cause cancer at some stage.

Good List

Type Name Comment
Sporting Rugby Everyone beating England at Rugby.
Sporting Olympics Iranian super heavy weight lifter. What a freak.
Book Hegemony of Survival Noam Chomsky More america bashing and he does go on a bit, but pretty interesting.
Book Angels and Demons Dan Brown I also think this is an older book, but I read it this year. Similar style to Da Vinci Code, very readable.
Book Vernon God Little DBC Pierre Won Man Booker Prize. Not sure if I really liked it or not, I think some people may love it and some may not.
Book Bringing Down the House Ben Mezerich Real life story about how some MIT students beat Casinos at Black Jack. Quite interesting to see how they did it.
Movie In My Fathers Den Based on a NZ novel by Maurice Gee. Really good movie, lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Movie Lost in Translation I Liked it, Bill Murray is excellant.
Movie Touching the Void The guy is a bit of a tosser, but is an incredible story and told with enough realism to make you shudder.
Movie Farenheight 911 Can't get enough of Bush bashing. Again interesting but did tend to labour the point to make the movie long enough.
Music Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Got a bit thrashed, but still a really good album.
Music From a Basement on a Hill Elliot Smith Maybe not as good as some or his earlier stuff, but not bad for a dead guy.
Music A Grand Don't Come for Free The Streets I thought it wouldn't be as good as their first one, but I think it might be.
Music Madvillainy Madvillain Takes a bit of listening but is really good.
Music Get Born Jet Little bit preppy I thought but still pretty good.
Music Riverhead Golden Horse May have been last year, but a really good NZ album anyway.
Music Magic City P Money With some help from Scribe, very good NZ hip hop.

Other Comments

Type Name Comment
Book History of New Zealnd Michael King Probably only of interest to NZers. Definitive (however brief) description of NZ. Interesting without being terribly exciting.
Book David Bain Joe Karam True story about the wrongful conviction of a David Bain. He is still in jail for murdering his entire familty, even though the evidence should have pointed to his father doing it and then committing suicide.
Book You Cannot be Serious John McEnroe John McEnroe's autobiography. Don't know why but it was bought for me. I like John Mcenroe even less after reading this.
Book The Apprentice Tess Gerritson Serial killer thriller. Pretty good read.
Movie Gothika Not too bad as far as thrillers go
Movie Secret Window see Gothika
Movie The Day After Tomorrow Somebody got this on DVD and made me watch it. Possibly one of the worst movies ever.
Music Boy in da Corner Dizzy Rascal Got very good reviews, I liked a couple of songs but they all seemed to be variations on a theme.
Music Cast of Thousands Elbow Not bad but I thought it was a little dull.