The Top 10 Lists 2005

Favourite albums of the year

  1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
  2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
  3. Antony and the Johnsons - I am a bird now
  4. Sigur Rós - Takk
  5. Kate Bush - Aerial

Films of the year

  1. Sideways - Alexander Payne
  2. King Kong - Peter Jackson

Album of the decade

Lists

Scott Balikian  Enda Bates  Garbhán Blake  Keith Buckley  Gerard Cagney  Michael Collins  Dan Corcoran  Tom Corcoran  Gavin Coughlan  Tony Corrigan  Barry Culhane  Kara Donohue  Martin Hayes  Brendan Jennings  Niall Lynch  Kevin McGrath  Dave McGuinness  Derek Murphy  Nathan Morehouse  Sarah Morehouse/Andy Fort  Eoghan O'Keefe  Christine O'Meara  Caroline O'Reilly  Lisa Ryan  Anthony Scarfo  Tracy Johns  Peter Ward  Colin Waugh  Declan Waugh  Antony Williams 

All time Contributors

Top 10 of 10 Lists

Blocker's Top 10 of Top 10  Tom Corcoran's Top 10 from the last 10  Niall Lynch's Top 10 of 10  Martin O'Gorman's Ten Top Ten  McG Top Ten(ish) of Top Ten 

Scott Balikian

Well, another year, another record label. This year found me funding a broken beat dj collective's foray into producing. I have to say, the 2 tracks are very hot and apparently it's being spun from time to time on 1xtra. So, without further ado Frito's Top 10 List (in no particular order):

SunTzu Sound - EP01 - vinyl copies available for purchase!
www.cheeseandbeer.com/music/SunTzu/Black%20Daylight.mp3
www.cheeseandbeer.com/music/SunTzu/Tickles%20(Vocal%20Mix).mp3
Missouri - Run with the People and Hunt with the Hare
We (BlueDisguise Records) released this german band's prior record this year in the states (In Voodoorama), but this one released in Europe about a month later. I actually like it more. Easily in my top 10.
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday - probably the most listened to album this year.
Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep - Was a bit worried about this one as I was lukewarm to Run Come Save Me but it blew me away!
The Emergency - Demo EP - This is by far my favorite local Seattle band right now. BlueDisguise will be releasing their debut LP in May 2006. Watch for it to make my list next year!
Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts... Now - I like how Steve Earle sings about my hometown from time to time ("Telephone Road", another song about Nacogdoches) and on this one "Home to Houston". This is the first Earle album I've purchased and I am very happy. "F the CC" is what made me purchase it, but all tracks except one are solid.
Johnny Cash - Legend - 4 discs of pure Cash.
Dwight Yoakam - Blame the Vain - there's one totally strange "electronic" track on here. Aside from this, this is blissful Bakersfield honky tonk
Röyksopp - The Understanding
Pete Miser - Camouflage is Relative
The Pharcyde - Humboldt Beginnings - I didn't think I could ever get over how awesome Bizarre Ride was. This is a welcome back for me to these guys.

Concerts/Shows

Tom Waits - 10/2004 - Seattle. So this show actually happened in '04, but I waited for tickets in the cold for 3 hours with Trevor, so I felt it deserved mention for 2 years running.
Sasquatch Festival - Summer, George, Washington - (OK, so I just realized this year that the name of that town is named after, well, George Washington. Sometimes I don't see the obvious!) Standout Performances: The Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Kanye West, Modest Mouse. This also gets rated as my worst concert experience ever, though, it wasn't the concert itself, but sleeping outside after it. Allergies made it so I couldn't breathe at all. Really. Never experienced that before. Anyway, stop yer whining, scott..
The Emergency - June - Chop Suey, Seattle - Any show these guys do is phenomenal. This was the first show I'd seen of theirs, so it will get billing..
Prince - Key Arena, Seattle WA - just added this as I realized it was this year.
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I always forget what shows I've been to over the past year cause it's too many. But here are my top 3 shows ever with one strange honorable mention:.
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1. Tie:.
Tom Waits - Sept. 1999 - Beacon Theatre. New York, NY - just WOW! First time in NY, first time to see Tom Waits. I vowed to try to catch him whenever possible. See: standing in line for 3 hours above.
Jeff Buckley - King Theatre, Seattle, WA - Don't remember when this was, but I went with a friend to see Soul Coughing, who opened. I wasn't really into the Grace cd. Jeff's amp was picking up a talk radio show during the entire performance so when the song ended or it got quiet, you had this jabbering coming through. I think I caught myself drooling during Hallelujah which made it on as the last track on the Mystery White Boy Tour album. Wait, I guess this was in '95 or '96 as those dates are in the title. .
Prince - Wait, this might have been this year. Got free tickets to those suites they have in sporting arenas. Free pizza. Free beer. $3 to park. My appreciation of Prince has been growing steadily since college. I'm not a HUGE fan, but he writes some of the best songs I've ever heard. The man can put on a show. So refreshing after seeing endless local and non-local bands who just stand in t-shirts and play mopey songs (which I like as well! Just need some variety).
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My honorable mention was Johnny Cash @ SXSW in Austin in, I'm gonna guess, '94. It was a badge only even at Emos and I didn't have a badge (or a wristband for that matter) My friend and I decided to head into Emo's Jr. and cut through the beer garden. So did about 10 other people. We were stopped at the ice machine. So we cracked the door and listened to the entire show. The closest I ever got to see Johnny Cash play..
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Movies.
Big Fish - I just watched this tonight and loved it. Didn't think I was going to be that into it. I thought Albert Finney was amazing. Stole the show. .
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Another Tim Burton film. A lot of folks hated this, but I thought it was blissful. I was laughing through the entire movie. Once you get over the weird Mikey Jackson similarities, it got much better. Also, I don't remember the original all that much, so I wasn't as hung up on it..
Walk the Line - Of course I would put this in there. It was pretty standard as far as biopics go and I don't usually like biopics. I just thought Joaquim and Reese put in incredible performances..
King Kong - I think the one thing going against this film is that it's hard to convince people it's not just some crash 'em up, CG action flick. I am becoming more and more anti-CG and wait for a return back to crappy models and stop motion special effects, but Peter Jackson did something incredible with this film.

I'm sure there are others I can't remember. I've actually had a very good film year.

Events
Santarchy - last weekend. Nothing like a bunch of drunk Santas. Alas, I may have been more drunk than the others, lost $1000 worth of camera gear only to have a nice guy return it. whew!
Scooter Insanity - The big Seattle rally, which happens to be on my birthday this year (July 2). Nothing like riding with 50 other folks on vespas and lambrettas.
SXSW - always a great time. Will be again this year - if any of you plan on coming, give me a ring - frito@cheeseandbeer.com

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www.bluedisguise.com

Enda Bates

So I've got a couple of oldies here that I only got this year but are so good that they gotta be in my top ten.

Enda's Top Ten Albums 2005
1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. The National - Alligator
3. Sigur Ros - Takk
4. Lift to Experience - Texas Jerusalem Crossroads
5. Anthony & the Johnsons - I am a Bird Now
6. Wilco/Jim O'Rourke - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot+A Ghost is born/Halfway to a threeway+Eureka
7. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
8. M83 - Before the dawn heals us.
9. Somadrone - Fuzzing away to a Whisper
10. Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner

Honourable mentions; Mark Lanegan, Kings of Leon, 4tet, Queens of the Stone Age.

Enda's Top Ten Gigs 2005
1. The Arcade Fire, Electric Picnic 2005
One of the most joyous, life-affirming gigs I've ever been too. Was also the first act I saw at the Electric Picnic....nice way to kick off a festival.
2. The National, Whelans Dublin 2005
Fantastic gig, this was one of those really good, packed-in like sardines Whelans gig. Great stuff.
3. Sigur Ros, The Olympia Dublin 2005.
Amazing lighting and visuals, great music and just brilliantly dramatic. Now that they're on a big label its great to see them using the money to do such innovative shows. This would have been number two if I had gotten a standing ticket instead of a crappy seat in the balcony.
4. Josh Pearson - The Ballroom of Romance 2005.
The ex Lift to Experience singer played a deadly gig in the ballroom. Started with heavily distorted acoustic guitar, finished with lovely crowd sing-a-long (as the battery in his guitar pedals died) to the lines;
"The devil's on the run, The devil's on the run,
The devil's on the run, Lets have some Fun"
Marvellous! (Theres a recording of this too, more on that later!)
5. Nick Cave - Electric Picnic 2005
Nice way to finish of a weekend of debauchery , with some fire and brimstone from Sir Nick.
6. Anthony & the Johnsons - Vicar St. Dublin 2005
Great gig in a great venue.

Honourable mentions; Part Chimp, Somadrone, Kraftwerk, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev.
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www.fairlights.net

Garbhán Blake

First things first, I’m really embarrassed for not getting my 2004 CD out until 17th December – apologies to all. However, best of 2004 and 2005 CDs from both myself and Peter should be with everybody this week. I hope they will be worth the wait!

The easiest top 10 in years – not because of the quality of the 2005 releases, just the fact that I’ve been listening to more new music than ever. Since I’ve got a home PC (very restricted at work) a broadband connection and MP3 player, a whole new world of file shares and downloads is now at my fingertips (check out www.allofmp3.com).

Arcade Fire was an early acquisition and was always going to be my album of the year, Hard-Fi offered some great pop tunes, I was a late convert to Sufjan Stevens (despite getting numerous recommendations) and I’m eagerly awaiting the remaining 48 states. It was a case of more the (top notch) same from Smog, The Go-Betweens, White Stripes and The Coral. Only started listening to Wolf Parade after the gig in Whelan’s (amazing by all accounts). The National didn’t leave my CD player over the Summer and I really enjoyed the comeback from Kate Bush. Boards of Canada, Animal Collective, Magic Numbers, Bright Eyes, Bloc Party were just some of the ‘new’ bands that I threw an ear at throughout the year.

So, without further ado, the best albums of 2005:

Blocker's Top 10 Albums 2005

  1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
  2. Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
  3. Sufjan Stevens - (C’mon feel the) Illinoise
  4. Smog - A River Ain’t Too much Love
  5. The National - Alligator
  6. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
  7. Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
  8. The Coral - The Invisible Invasion
  9. Gorillaz - Demon Days
  10. White Stripes - Get Behind me Satan

Honourable Mentions

Gigs and live events

The National was the best gig of the year for me – one of the extremely rare occasions when the lights went up, house music came on, sound system was being broken down and the crowd didn’t budge. We shouted and roared until they finally submitted and came back on stage for a 15 minute wig out. Beck was a close second – during his acoustic set, the band sat at a table with food and drink – one by one adding percussion by playing spoons/glasses/plates/condiments – it was amazing.

Whipping Boy were very disappointing last night – great band, fantastic tunes, but Fearghal McKee’s shouting was so off-putting that we retreated to the bar for a pint. The Go! Team weren’t great – only offered glimpses of what they are capable of.

In sports, the All-Ireland hurling semi between Cork and Clare was the game of the year. Final was a small bit disappointing. Great football season, kicked off with a great Dublin Meath game with Graham Geraghty showing why he’s still one of the best footballers in the country. Ireland vs France in Lansdowne started great, but we were beginning to lose control when Henry stepped up with a moment of genius. Roy Keane was magnificent in a midfield that included Zidane, Mackelele and Viera.

  1. The National – Whelans
  2. Beck – Olympia
  3. Smog – Whelans
  4. Meath vs Dublin - Croke Park
  5. Clare vs Cork All Ireland hurling semi final- Croke Park
  6. A View From the Bridge Gate by Harold Pinter at the Gate theatre. (Lead was Christopher Meloni of Law & Order fame).
  7. All Ireland Football Final - Croke Park
  8. Richmond Fontaine – Whelans
  9. All Ireland Hurling Final - Croke Park
  10. Ireland vs. France, Lansdowne Road
  11. Devendra Banhart – The Village
  12. Bell X1 – Radisson, Sligo
  13. No Exit by Jean Paul Sarte at the Andrews Lane theatre
  14. Blondie – Olympia tonight!
  15. Leinster vs. Ulster - Railway Cup final, Parnell Park

Top 10 of Top 10

This was very tough to say the least – difficult to compare stuff in 1996 that I listened to constantly in 472 NCR (Ill Communication), in the early Milwaukee days (Grant McLennan’s solo stuff) to classics that are being revisited constantly to music that maybe were great for a particular time/ place (maybe Nightmares on Wax in Queenstown) and music that I am listening to now (especially more country stuff). If I had to pick a single album that I’ve never tired of, despite playing it to death constantly in this period, it would probably be Ill Communication – however it’s not in my final list as it was a well established favourite before the inaugural top 10 in ’96. Here we go.....

Blocker's Top 10 of the Top 10s

  1. Scud Mountain Boys - Massachusetts
  2. Troublemakers - Doubts and Convictions
  3. Yo La Tengo - Fakebook
  4. Sparklehorse - VivaDixieSubmarineTransmissionPlot
  5. Smog - Dongs of Sevotion
  6. David Holmes - Bow Down To The Exit Sign
  7. Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  8. Radiohead - Ok Computer
  9. Death In Vegas - The Contino Sessions
  10. Luna - Bewitched

Honourable Mentions

Gigs and live events

Right, where do we start???? Ten years ago I never thought that I would see Tom Waits live – never mind get the opportunity twice – by far the most incredible musical nights of my life. Followed closely by my teenage heroes, the Go-Betweens in front of about 23 (including staff) in Shank Hall, Milwaukee. Others that spring to mind include numerous Yo La Tengo shows, Big Star, Television, Beth Gibbons, Blur, Gus Gus, Luna, Lambchop, PJ Harvey – here’s my attempt to rank them:

  1. Tom Waits - Le Grande Rex, Paris. 2000
  2. Tom Waits - London Hammersmith 2004
  3. The Go-Betweens, Shank Hall Milwaukee 1999
  4. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Metro, Chicago 1998
  5. Sigur Ros - Ambassador Theatre 2002
  6. Planxty – Vicar St 2004
  7. Scud Mountain Boys – Shank Hall, Milwaukee 1997
  8. John Cale – Vicar Street – 2001
  9. Smog - Whelan's 2003
  10. Spiritualized – Ambassador, 2001

Keith Buckley

Mine is also subject to change with Whipping boy, Kerbdog and Foo Fighters in the next week but here i go anyway.

Top 10 Gigs.

1. Biffy Clyro - Dublin, IF you can catch Biffy live DO, they are exceptionally tight and infectious and always make me want to throw the guitar in the bin after seeing them.
2. Ben Folds - Dublin..great live show and at 2hrs 15 min all these new 1 hour specialists like the killers and keane could learn something about live shows.
3. Weezer - Dublin & also Weezer Point depot, equally as impressive!
4. Foo Fighters - Point, Dublin Dec 05..what a show, I hate the point but this was spectacular.
5. Turn - Limerick..
6. Boss Volenti - Limerick Nov 05 and again Dublin Dec 05..watch out for these guys, Graham Hopkins ex Therapy drummer with a new crowd....class but bring earplugs, they are officially loudest band EVER!!
7. Wolfparade - Dublin, brought along by a friend and was blown away, go see them, the record does not do them justice, be careful of flying splinters in the front row.
8.Jimmy Eat World - Dublin...this is in the list because I was sooo looking forward to seeing them, but was a little disappointed at lack of melodies they are renowned for.
9. Billy Corgan - Dublin..ah yes a mystery locked within an enigma, I'm not sure if this was art or music...maybe a bit of both.
10. Kerbdog - Dublin Dec 05...I saw them earlier in the year on their comeback and they were raw and messy, but this was vintage, and the crowd were well up for it.

Biggest Disappointment - WAS having a ticket for Dinosaur Jr and being too sick to go....sniff sniff....BUT Whipping Boy in the Olympia over Christmas was horrendous, it was the first time in 5 years I left a gig early (and I would have left earlier had they closed the bar) Fergal just spoke the lyrics, I know there is a degree of it in his style but he did not hit one note all night (I saw them 5 or 6 times in 96/97 and he could hit them then)...i wasn't the only one to leave either.

Top 10 Records i was in to for 2005.

1. Plans - Death Cab for Cutie
2. In your honour - Foo Fighters...best double album since the pumpkins mellancolie!
2. The remote part - Idlewild
3. Turn - Turn
4. Gift Grub 6 - Mario Rosenstock
5. Talkie Walkie - Air
6. Everything by Biffy Clyro
7. Stars of CCTV - Hard-fi
8. Heartworm - Whipping Boy
9. Ok Computer & Amnesiac - Radiohaed
10. X&Y - Coldplay

Gerard Cagney

best concert i was at: wayne shorter quartet at national concert hall, march

top 10 albums:

arcade fire - funeral
the fiery furnaces - blue berry boat
devendra banhart - cripple crow
martha wainwright
go-betweens - oceans apart
ry cooder - chavez ravine
dungen – ta det lugnt
elvis costello & the imposters - the delivery man
john cale - acetone
kanye west: late registration
the fiery furnaces – ep

also re-released old album: bill fay - time of last persecution

paul motian - i have the room above her
danilo perez - …till then

Michael Collins

Some of the bukes I enjoyed this year:

  1. Querelle of Brest by Jean Genet. I’d only read some of Genet’s plays before opening this. It’s an amazing novel – Querelle is a dangerous sailor – about murder, blackmail, homosexuality and crime in the sleazy underworld of Brest harbour.
  2. The Master by Colm Tobin. A terrific fictional biography of Henry James.
  3. Times Arrow by Martin Amis. A novel written backwards beginning with the death of the protagonist and moving through his life and experiences in Auschwitz (as a war criminal) back to his birth. All the action is in reverse. For example his head secreting suds which he collects in a shampoo bottle which he then sells to the shop. Terrific scene where they use the furnaces to collect smoke from the air and use it to create human bodies which are then brought to life in the gas chamber. Brilliantly ironic, full of controlled rage.
  4. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. I’d been meaning to read this for ages. Well worth getting around to. Rich insight into how America works – the media, judiciary, police, wall street.
  5. The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin. Pelevin is a contemporary writer in Russia dealing with life after communism. His stuff is pretty off the wall. People morphing into insects etc. Also enjoyed Omon Ra and Homo Zapiens by him.
  6. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle investigates the case of a man accused of horse-slashing. Shortlisted for the Booker.
  7. Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor. Lunatics Stalin and Hitler trying to out do each other in the killing stakes. Read Rising ’44 by Norman Davies after you’ve read this.
  8. The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. Great novel about an academic’s search for a missing silent movie star.
  9. Antarctica by Claire Keegan. Collection of short stories by an Irish writer. She has a novel coming out soon too.
  10. Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw by Thomas Glavinic. Great true story novel about a battle to become world chess champion. Set in Vienna before the war.
  11. Hollywood Animal by Joe Esterhas. Esterhas wrote the screenplays for Flashdance and Basic Instinct. This is a book about the politics and egos that run Hollywood. Esterhas comes across as a dickhead bragging that his house is bigger than Bob Dylan’s and that he shagged Sharon Stone “(It was alright.)” but it’s a great read all the same.
  12. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. A fat layabout intellectual is forced to get a job – first as an office clerk and then as a hotdog sales man – after his mother drunkenly crashes into another car.
  13. Samuel Beckett – The Last Modernist by Anthony Cronin. Life and times of one truly miserable but gifted git.
  14. Homo Faber by Max Frisch. A modern spin on the old Oedipus Rex story. Oh fuck, I’ve given the end away.
  15. A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. Not his best but very engaging and enjoyable all the same.

Dan Corcoran

Dan the Man's top 10 records/songs of 2005:

1. Slender Means - Neon & Ruin (MT. Fuji Records) great pop from new Seattle band, ala the Strokes/Smoking Popes
2. Solovox - Break out of Prism (self released, 2004 actually) -funky electronic stuff from Porltand based DJ/musician Eric Carleton. Hi live shows are a mix of his dj set and live moog infused funky dance music.
3. Blue Scholars - Blue Scholars (self released, www.bluescholars.com) - New Seattle hip hop, Jurassic 5 influenced positivity
4. Nickodemus - Endangered Species (Wonderwheel) -hip hop/world infused funk, great single "Give the Drummer Some"
5. Clem Snide - End of Love (Spin Art) -5th album, cool tunes like "Weird" and "Tiny European Cars". great live band too!
6. Royskopp - "49 Percent" single. crossover house/downtempo tune with stellar vocal
7. the Kills - No Wow (Rough Trade/RCA )- raw, dark, guitar driven sounds.. my faves: "Good Ones" and "Rodeo Town"
8. the Fiery Furnaces - EP (Rough Trade) - quirky folk/new wave flavors from brother/sis duo from Illinois, "Here Comes the Summer" my pick
9. the Mountain Goats -The Sunset Tree (4AD) - fab single "This Year" from these lofi masters of neo folky Jonathan richmanesque pop
10. the Secret Machines-Now Here is Nowhere (Reprise, 2004) - layered guitar sounds like Grandaddy, I like "Road Leads Where it Leads"
11. Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons (Deltasonic) - even though it's 2004, they rock. I saw them in the Spring of 2005 at the Crocodile here in Seattle. Band with saxophones rock.

top ONE website, once again:

http://www.zombo.com/

Tom Corcoran

Albums  Gigs  Live songs of the year  Car song of the year  Books  Big screen moving pictures  Small screen  Play  LiveSport  Crags Best of last decade

Music
Albums
  1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
  2. Pendelum- Hold your colour
  3. The Go Team - Thunder, lightning, strike
  4. Isolée - We are monster
  5. Cane 141 - Moonpool
  6. Pressure Drop - Upset
  7. Franz Ferdinand
  8. The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart
  9. Stuart A. Staples - Lucky Dog Recordings
  10. Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Honourable mentions Vinyl of the year

Gigs

The Electric Picnic was a huge surprise. The music was better than Glastonbury this year, though the security and commercialisation more in your face. With no Glasto in 2006 this is the festival of choice.

  1. The Arcade Fire, Electric Arena, Electric Picnic, Sat 3 Sep
  2. Kraftwork, Electric Arena, Electric Picnic, Sat 3 Sep
  3. Nick Cave, Main Stage, Electric Picnic, Sun 4 Sep
  4. The White Stripes, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Fri 1 July
  5. Beck, Hammersmith Apollo, 1 Jun
  6. Brian Wilson, The Other stage, Glastonbury, Sun 3 July
  7. Van Morrisson, The Other stage, Glastonbury, Sun 3 July
  8. The Frames, INEC, Killarney, 31 Dec
  9. The Killers, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Fri 1 July
  10. LCD SoundSystem, Main Stage, Electric Picnic, Sun 4 Sep
Live songs of the year
  1. Radioactivity - Kraftwork
  2. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - The Arcade Fire
  3. Love will never tear us apart - New order, UK Music Hall of Fame, Alexandara Palace, 10 Nov
  4. Don't you want me - The Human league, Electric Erena, Electric Picnic, Sun 4 Sep

Car song of the year

Moving Pictures
Big screen films

Never got to see Charlie & the chocolate factory and Sin City which I really wanted to see but there were some gems.

  1. King Kong - Peter Jackson
  2. Batman Begins - Cristopher Nolan
  3. The History of Violence - David Cronenberg
  4. Broken Flowers - Jim Jarmusch
  5. Sideways - Alexander Payne
  6. House of flying daggers - Yimou Zhang
  7. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Nick Park & Steve Boxul
  8. Really memorable short film beforehand, featuring I believe, the penguins from Madagascar.
  9. Team America: World Police - Trey Parker
  10. War of the worlds - Steven Spielberg
  11. The constant gardener - Fernando Meirelles
Honourable mentions Worst film of the year Small screen films
  1. Riding Giants - Stacy Peralta
  2. Bowling for Columbine - Michael Moore
  3. Crash - Paul Haggis
  4. The Piano Teacher - Michael Haneke
  5. Prefontaine - Steve James
  6. Intolerable Cruelty - The Coen brothers
  7. About schmidt - Alexander Payne
  8. Spider - David Cronenberg
  9. Dead Man's Shoes - Shane meadows
  10. Irréversible - Gaspar Noé
  11. Dogtown and Z-boys - Stacy Peralta
  12. Winged Migration: Stoyville - Jacques/Perrin
Honourable mentions

Live events Books Play Live sport
  1. The Ashes, Test 1, 2nd day, England V Australia, Lords, 22 July
Crags
Music Top 10 from the last 10

Looking over the lists, I guess i'm going for what albums that just jump out at me, ones that get replayed regulary, in no particular order, with the year of the list they came from in brackets...

Gigs Top 10 from the last 10

Gigs that blow your mind are an intoxicating combination of stuff that comes together, #1 the performers have to be really up for it and be vibing off the crowd...personal mood, the friends you are with...other things can come into the mix; when it all comes together, it results in a truly unforgettable experience that touches your soul. All these gigs did that for me.

Films Top 10 from the last 10

Gavin Coughlan

My top 10 of 2005

1 - General Patton vs. The X-ecutioners - General Patton vs. The X-ecutioners
2 - Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
3 - Mugison - Mugimama, is this Monkey Music?
3 - Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
4 - Bell Orchestre - Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light
5 - Messer Chups - Crazy Price
6 - Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, it's Morning
7 - Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
8 - The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike!
9 - Sigur Ros - Takk...
10 - Sunn 0))) - Black One

What would also be in my top 10 if 10 actually meant 16

11 - Fantomas - Suspended Animation
12 - Deus - Pocket Revolution
13 - Blood Brothers - Crimes
14 - Boom Bip - Blue Eyed in the Red Room
15 - The Redneck Manifesto - I am Brazil
16 - Animal Collective - Feels

Tony Corrigan

The Top 10 Things 2005

Top 10 Albums

Comment

1. Kate Bush - Ariel A magnificent return and possibly my album of the year
2. The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society This is one of the great albums. Lost in the maelstrom of Sgt.Pepper, Beggars Banquet and Smile, it sank without a trace, but every song is a classic. Pick up the remastered 3CD version!
3. Julian Cope - Citizen Cain’d A real return to form. The man is quite obviously mad! Freak out and chill out CDs included.
4. Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration Beautiful . First album to get repeated plays on the stereo this year
5. Beck - Guero His best to date...
6. Gorillaz - Demon Days Superb follow up.Alburn has his finger on the pulse
7. Kirsty McColl - Anthology Words do not express adequately.the definitive collection
8. Anthony and the Johnsons - Am A Bird Now This is a classy piece of work; well deserved Music Prize winner. Thanks for tip Dave
9. Philip Glass - 12 Parts Just discovered this recently. Definitely a keeper although decidedly disturbing
10. Franz Ferdinand - You could have it so much better Almost as good as the debut

Top 10 Films

Comment

Code 46Tim Robbins and Samantha Morgan
The House of the Flying Daggers Super effects…traditional story…
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory JD does the business and at least equals Mr Wilder.
The Constant Gardener I'm reliably informed that it is unrepresentative of pharma industry practice, but it's a good movie all the same!!
Lord of War Return to form for old Nic
Closer Superb, taut and finely acted
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Superb as always…Sean Penn
The Machinist Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh are superb in this
Meet the Fockers Great for a laugh
Sin City Totally engaging and that bit different

Top 10 Gigs

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Mercury Rev Vicar St Amazing sound in that place. A totally together gig
The Bees The Village For those with beards, flannel jackets, check shirts and a propensity to play many instruments, we salute you. I reckon it would have been cool with the band if I'd gone up to play the spoons.
Teenage Fanclub The Village Great, great, great.
The La's Ambassador Great band, but the strangest crowd I've ever seen. No shouting for an encore, just expectation….the young people of today, they expect everything handed to them!!
Beck Olympia Superb gig…what an innovator. This is what it's all about, great venue, great band and tunes that sit on your face!
U2 Croker This was a grand show….Last minute tix courtesy of McG the Man so got to see the most anticipated show of 05. Highlight was Bullet the Blue Sky….the old ones are the best!
Blondie Olympia It hasn't happened yet but if it doesn't make the list I'd be soooo disappointed…
View from the Bridge / A.Miller The Gate A superb, amazing play. Faultless presentation, great acting and fine drama.
Betrayal / H.Pinter The Gate
Franz Ferdinand Point Don't normally enjoy the point but this gig worked….Great sound, production, performance and The Editors for support!

Barry Culhane

Don't have the brainpower/memory to compile category lists, just one master - NOTORIOUS BMC'S COMPENDIUM OF 2005

10. BOOK - Dan Brown "THE DA VINCI CODE" (major hype, but a good read all the same)
09. BOOK - Frank McCourt "TEACHER MAN" (just got it, the the first 3 chapters are pure class)
08. MOVIE - Batman Begins (true to the spirit of the original comics)
07. MOVIE - The Wedding Crashers (the kind of sh!t you'd want to pull at your best buddy's wedding)
06. CD - Declan O'Rourke "SINCE KYABRAM"
05. CD - Gorillaz "DEMON DAYS"
04. CDs - the entire collection of "Best Of 2004" CDs that circulated last year
03. CONCERT - U2 Vertigo in Phoenix, AZ (both nights!)
02. EVENT - the arrival of a non-grouchy McGuinness into the world (go on Ruby ya good thing!)
01. EVENT - finally becoming a home-owner in February 2005 at the ripe old age of 31!

Kara Donohue

Here's my top 10 in no particular order:

1. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
2. The Morning After Girls - Prelude: eps 1&2
3. Broken Social Scene - Forgot it in People
4. Devin Davis - Lonely People of the World, Unite!
5. Helen Stellar - I'm Naut What I Seem
6. Husky Rescue - Country Fall
7. John Vanderslice - Cellar Door and Pixel Revolt
8. Silversun Pickups - Pikul
9. The Black Angels - The Black Angels
10. The Distortions - Exploding Teenage Body Part
11. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Martin Hayes

Top 10

10. Life in Slow Motion, David Gray
9. Funeral, Arcade Fire
8. Iam a bird now, Antony & the Johnsons
7. O, Damien Rice
6. Illinoise, Surfjan Stevens
5. How to Dismantle...., U2
4. Black Cherry, Goldfrapp
3. Want two, Rufus Wainwright
2. Blood on the tracks, Bob Dylan
1. Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen

Songs
Sometimes you can't make it on your own, U2
Gathering Dust, David Gray
Simple twist of fate, If you see her say hello, Bob Dylan

For pretty obvious reasons mine was never going to be a particularly upbeat selection this year so if it wasn't for Tom's persistence I wouldn't have inflicted it on you. However it was a year when music provided shelter from the storm (if I can push my Dylan has the Tshirt credo even further!)

Honorable exception was Alison Goldfrapp; that Tongue-in-chic style stirred me up no end toward the back end of the year.

Films
King Kong
A History of Violence
Sin City

Turkey
Madagascar (The number of toilet breaks required by my young fella during this rubbish is a fairly good indicator. However there is partial redemption to be found in the Penguins Xmas short film (it's shown before Wallace and Gromit, highly recommended!!)

Sport
Up
Mick Fitzgerald's comeback on Trabolgan to win the Hennessy just 5 months after breaking his neck, outstanding.
Liverpool coming from 3-0 down to beat Milan. Fair play to Benitez. He admitted he was wrong at half time, changed it round and got the breaks.
Davis narrowly missing out in the UK snooker. I used to hate him but that was then.
Kicking King giving me heartfailure by ploughing sideways through the last but still winning the King George at Kempton. You can still get 9-4 about him repeating at Sandown on December 26, as my Dad used to say, it's like buying money lads.

Down
Not being able to defend a 2 goal lead against Israel in Dublin.
Defending to deep with Keane in the midfield BTW and conceding to the same opposition in the dying moments out there.
Going out of the Collingwood (to UCD) without conceding a goal in March.

Brendan Jennings

So... here's the top 10; mostly the obvious stuff I guess, since I don't get time to buy the less popular stuff these days...

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
4. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
5. The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
6. Kanye West - Late Registration
7. Sigur Ros - Takk
8. Antony and the Johnsons - I am a bird now
9. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
10. The Ponys - Celebration Castle

I'm afraid I don't have the energy to do a top 10 of 10 - it would be far too agonising.

Niall Lynch

Top Ten Albums
  1. Anthony and The Johnsons – I am a Bird Now
    The Lynch O’Reilly household is united in its choice for number one album this year. It was like hearing Nina Simone for the first time, it was almost a religious experience, heartbreakingly beautiful songs and memorable guest collaborations leave this one way out ahead of the rest. What’s even more surprising is that he can sing and play like that live.
  2. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary This was a real surprise, took me a few listens to get into it but was really worth it. Packed with off the wall lyrics and vocals a bit like bowie and the Rapture. High energy melodic tunes from Montreal giving Arcade Fire a Run for their money. Probably ahead of Arcade Fire cause it seems a little fresher now.
  3. The Raveonettes – Pretty in Black
    The guys obviously had a great time touring in the US, this album is a real homage to the greats of early rock and roll The Big O and Buddy Holly, there’s even a motown tune in there for good measure. Lots of images of desert and cowboys on horseback strolling through dusty towns, I never get tired of listening to it and picturing the stories.
  4. Arcade Fire – Funeral
    Thanks to Richie for putting me onto this band last year, they certainly took off over here this year. Brilliant stuff, you know all about them. Love the Eyebrowey.com sketch on them at Electric Picnic, I kinda of feel that way too, was a bit annoyed at Tom Dunne playing them all the time, there too special for that!
  5. Yann Tiersen – Les Retrouvailles
    From the man who brought you the soundtrack to Goodbye Lenin we get this wonderfully long album full of big orchestration and mad instrumentation. There are a number of teriffic guest appearances from the likes of Elizabeth Frazier (Cocteau Twins) and Stuart Staples that really adds to the diversity of the album. You wont be disappointed.
  6. Common – Be
    Some more intelligent hip-hop from the very stylish Common, makes Kanye West look like he’s still in Kindergarten. If you never got a hip hop album or never planned to get one, get this one, it will change your mind about the music for sure.
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinois
    I wish there were 150 states in the US, if he plans to make an album like this for each one. Lots of sad songs, beautiful melodies with strange vocals and sounds that stay in your head for ages, can’t wait for the next state.
  8. Calexico and Iron &Wine – In the Reins
    It took me at least 5 listens before I got this album, I really wanted to cause I love Calexico. The songs are really really sparse and it at first seems like there’s nothing much to them, but you just get it eventually. If you don’t shed a tear to Dead Mans Will, then you have a heart of stone.
  9. M. Ward –Transistor Radio
    Some more folk indie antics from the man discovered by Howe Gelb. I expect this is what Bob Dylan would like to sound like if he arrived on the scene now.
  10. Cocorosie – Noah’s Arc
    Two mad sisters who hang out with Anthony and the Johnsons and Devandra Banhart were bound to come up with something unusual. But then add the fact that one of them is an opera trained soprano and the other sings like Bjork, and they also love sounds made by defunct children’s toys and you got something really special that you’re not likely to hear anything like again.
Honourable Mentions:

Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche A Bamako, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and have you thinking on sunshine
Sigor Ros - Takk, more melodic melancholy from the iclandic landcapes, you know what you're getting and it's good
EfterKlang - Tripper, same as above with a little mum thrown in, well worth checking out.
Belle and Sebastian - Push Barman to open Old Wounds - If you dont already have them then this lovely double cd puts all the belle and sebastian singles into one nice package. Some classics in there such as The Lonliness of the Middle Distance Runner, something I can identify with.
Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love - Another great compilation to remind you how great this band are.
Low - The Great destroyer - A little rockier than their normal output, but if you do like them, you should still like this
Kanye West - I hate to say it, but I did really like this album, some great samples in it, and very good guest appearances from the likes of Common
Morrissey - Live at Earls Court, I was there so I'm bound to say I loved this, some great banter with the crowd and 5 Smiths tunes for those of you not convinced of his royal mozness's greatness as a solo artist. Oh, and there's a brilliant Patti Smith cover, Redondo Beach.
Belle X1 - Flock, more disco and Talking heads

Singles:
Sebastian Tellier - La Ritournelle Without a doubt the stand out single of the year, 7 mins of true beauty
Common – Go – Infectious hip hops sounds
Bell X1 – Flame – Guaranteed to get you shaking your booty
Go Team – LadyFlash More double dutch dance madness
Kanye West – Heard ‘em say, hate to say it, but I love this one, super sample on it.

Gigs

Anthony & The Johnsons @ Vicar St. June 2
Anthony & The Johnsons @ Vicar St. Nov. 25
Wolf Parade @ Whelans Nov 27
Cocorosie @ Whelans Dec 3
Talib Qweli @ Village Sept 28
Sufjan Stevens @ Village Oct 14
Mark Kozolek @ Whelans Nov 30
Mark Eitzel @ Whelans Dec 6
Go Team @ Village April 16
The Kills @ TBMC June 24

Top 10 of 10

1. Calexico - Feast of Wire (2003)
2. The Strokes - Is this it (2001)
3. Belle and Sebastian - The Boy with The Arab Strap (1998)
4. Royksopp – Melody A.M. (2002)
5. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin (1999)
6. Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of the Bewilderbeast (2000)
7. Franz Ferdinand - (2004)
8. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996)
9. Bjork - Homogenic (1997)
10. Pj Harvey – To Bring you my Love (1995)

Other near misses

Yo La Tengo - I can hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)
Mercury Rev - Deserters Songs (1998)
Leila - Like Weather (1998)
Elliot Smith Either Or - (1998)
PJ Harvey - Is this Desire (1998)
Pj Harvey Stories From the City Stories from the Sea (2000)
The Rapture - Echoes (2003)
Yeah Yeah Yeah - Fever to Tell (2003)

Kevin McGrath

Well here's what I've been listening to this year .....

1 - Maximo Park : A Certain Trigger : Geordie Rock.
2 - Antony & The Jonsons :: I aM a Bird Now : I think he is, you know.
3 - Bruce Springsteen : The Essential Bruce Springsteen. CD 1 15 classic tracks from 73-82 great stuff
4 - Bruce Springsteen : The Rising...tis alright
5 - Neil Young : Weld : Live stuff from the master of rock
6 - The Magic Numbers : Hairy Stuff
7 - The Beat : I Just Cant Stop It : Classic Ska album from about 83 that got a first listening to this year.
8 - The Stone Roses
9 - Radiohead : Hail to the Thief....not bad, a few good tracks, but nothing like the old days I've come this far, I may as well make it 10....
10 - Kaiser Chiefs : Sound solid stuff

There have been more, but these are the ones that got the most air time

Dave McGuinness

2005, one of the best in a while for new music, and a return to Dublin for me meant a wealth of great gigs. But no competition for event of the year - Ruby born 21st Sept (she doesn't know it yet, but already has a good head start on her CD collection). In any other year, this accolade would have been awarded to the Electric Picnic. You just had to be there (tickets already on sale for 2006, so don't come moaning to me when it's sold out).

Prediction for 2006 - Arctic Monkeys will be your new favourite band. Debut album scheduled for release end Jan.

Thanks to everyone who sent a CD this year, really enjoyed them all. Until next year, enjoy the Xmas break y'all. And thanks again Tom for organising.

Music

Best Newish Stuff:

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral. A grower, but truly classic.
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois. Epic, sweeping, brilliant.
3. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike. A great big breath of fresh air.
4. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus. Seriously good.
5. Sigur Ros - Takk. More of the same, but from this band, that's OK.
6. Vic Chesnutt - Ghetto Bells. Dark & beautiful.
7. Brian Wilson - Smile. Worth the wait etc.
8. Eels - Blinking Lights and Revelations. 28 tracks, but doesn't disappoint.
9. Beck - Guero. Not Odelay, but back on track again.
10. Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to open old wounds. I'd forgotten how good they used to be.

Honourable Mentions:

Kate Bush - Aerial. Suspect this would be up there, but just had enough spins ye
Anthony & the Johnsons - I am a Bird Now
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
Frank Black - Honeycomb
Common - Electric Circus
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun
Trashcan Sinatras - Weighlifting
Teenage Fanclub - Manmade
Martha Wainright - Martha Wainright
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Caribou - Milk of Human Kindness

Best Oldish Stuff:

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Sly & the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On
American Music Club - Mercury
Dinosaur Jr. - Ear Bleeding Country
The Band - The Band

Movies

Cinema is a rare treat these days, but got to see some goodies at home too.

1. Sideways
2. The Wild Bunch
3. Carandiru
4. Garden State
5. Machuca
6. Ghost Dog, the Way of the Samurai
7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
8. Finding Neverland
9. The Assassination of Richard Nixon
10. Dead Man

Worst: Million Dollar Baby & Bad Santa (sorry barry).

Books

Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow. Magnificant.
Brian Keenan - Four Quarters of Light. If you don't already, you'll want to go to Alaska.
Anne Salmond - The Trial of the Cannibal Dog. Captain Cook in the South Seas, with an NZ flavour.
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner.
DBC Pierre - Vernon God Little.
Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha.

Gigs

One a month, where to start?

1. Flaming Lips/Arcade Fire/Kraftwerk at Electric Picnic. All mindblowing.
2. Pixies/Kings of Leon at Landsdowne Road. One big mosh-pit, rolling back the years with Blaker.
3. Eels - Vicar Street.
4. Beck - Olympia
5. Planxty - The Point
. 6. U2 - Croker.
7. Teenage Fanclub - The Village.
8. Trashcan Sinatras - Whelans.
9. Mercury Rev - Vicar St.
10. The Go! Team - The Village.

Also:

The Skatalites - The Village.
Mark Eitzel - Whelans.

Theatre

1. Poor Beast in the Rain (Billy Roche) - The Gate
2. View from a Bridge (Arthur Miller) - The Gate
3. Perchance to Dream (Footsbarn/Shakespeare) - IFSC Marquee
4. No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre) - Andrew's Lane

Sporting Events

Champions League final at the Sackville. Blaker and I had an unbeaten here run from the 1/4 finals.
Cork/Clare semi-final - I thought this was a better game than the other 9 goal semi, and incredible atmosphere at Croker.
Both All-Ireland finals.

MURPH’S TOP 10 OF 2005

Albums
  1. Little Barrie – We Are Little Barrie: There’s been so much new music for me this year that I struggle to name an album of the year, but if I had to, it would probably be LITTLE BARRIE, because I think they sound so unlike anyone else that are around at the moment… kind of like Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar put into a funky blender with a dash of blues!
  2. Jack Johnson – In Between Dreams: 2005 truly has been the year that JACK JOHNSON hit the mainstream, with major airplay and collaborations. This is the kind of album you can give your nephew, dad, girlfriend, mates, or just about anyone and they’d love it… a rarety indeed
  3. DJ Format – If You Can’t Join Em, Beat Em! – Essential Funky Listening
  4. Damien Marley – Welcome To Jamrock – Another major breakthrough artist this year even though he’s on his 4th album. A great modern reggae album from one of the only people able to sample bob Marley and get away with it!
  5. Lovage – Music to make love to your old woman by – Dan The Automator make an album to make to your old lady by… literally. An album like no other…. Sexy, sassy and very tongue in cheek!
  6. The Kleptones – Yoshimi Battles The Hip Hop Robots – The Kleptones mix classic and current hip hop up and put it to the music from The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’, and it works brilliantly!
  7. Keb Darge & RZA – Kings of Funk
  8. Transplants – Haunted Cities
  9. Skeewiff
  10. G Love & Special Sauce – Greatest Hits
  11. Ugly Duckling – Taste The Secret
Films
  1. Riding Giants - Off the top of my head, RIDING GIANTS is the outright winner of the year for me. It’s one of those special documentaries that connects with people whether they are interested in the subject matter or not. In this case it’s a documentary about the history of big wave riding (surfing to you grommets), but the footage, the music, the interviews… it’s more like watching and being part of a slice of a very special history. A Must See!
  2. Kung Fu Hustle – Mental Kung FU slap stick!
  3. The House of Flying Daggers – Beautifully Created Film
  4. Sin City – Ultra Violent and very sexy
  5. Big Fish – Tim Burton on top form
  6. apoleon Dynamite – Low Budget MTV weirdness that kinda works
  7. ay – An outstanding performance about an outstanding artist!
Books

Sorry guys. I reckon I’ve had a really good year of reading, but all the books I can remember that stood out as a damn good read seem to be either the most obvious choices, or childrens books! Still, that’s my prerogative so here goes…
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
The Curious Incident of The Dead Dog In The Night – Mark Haddon
The Northern Lights/The Subtle Knife/The Amber Spyglass – Phillip Pullman
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling

Eoghan O'Keefe

This is a top ten of all time, or at least what today I think is my top 10, it could change tomorrow, but let's not go there...

Top 10 Albums Of All Time

Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Mezzanine - Massive Attack
On The Beach - Neil Young
Whole Numbers Play The Basics - Casino Versus Japan
OK Computer - Radiohead
The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
Geogaddi - The Boards Of Canada
The Joshua Tree - U2
Mind Bomb - The The

Top 10 Movies Of All Time (as at 21 Dec 2005!)

2001 - A Space Odyssey
The Manchurian Candiate (original version)
The Matrix (first one of the trilogy, the other two were rubbish)
The Usual Suspects
Lord Of The Rings (no one in particular, just the whole epic nature of it all)
Barry Lyndon
Black Cat White Cat
Psycho
Pulp Fiction
The Shawshank Redemption

Christine O'Meara

Books
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell – without a doubt the winner of the year. So good I didn't touch another book for ages!! Well that's my excuse..Similar style to Ghostwritten, lots of separate stories with a tenuous linkbut better. He really does his research.The stories vary in setting, time in history/ future and style. He manages to set the scene perfectly every time. Don't know how he manages to produce such variety.
Seventeen Poisoned Englishment, Gabriel Garcia Marques – collection of short stories. One of the 70th Penguin anniversary editions.
Shadow of Light, Carlos Ruiz Zafon – liked the plot a lot
The Electric Michelangelo – Sarah Hall
Tail-End Charlies, John Nichol & Tony Rennell.... if you are into a good war read, this is a pretty objective account of the controversial role of the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command in the second world war.

Expression of the Year

A Catalunyan friend visiting London remarked that the steets were full of photocopied houses. Very apt.

Play

I Am My own Wife, Doug Wright – can't say enough about this one man show. True story about a transvestite who survived Nazi Germany and Communist Berlin. The London production starred an American actor, Jefferson Mays – he played about 5 roles and was really amazing. Couldn't sleep that night.

Gigs

The Frames, Sheperds Bush
Beck, Shepherds Bush

Cinema

(In no particular order..)

Sideways, Alexander Payne
King Kong, Peter Jackson
Broken Flowers, Jim Jarmusch
House of Flying Daggers, Yimou Zhang
Madagascar, Eric Darnell/ Tom McGrath

DVD

Zatachi
Startup.com, Chris Hegedus/ Jehane Noujaim
About Schmidt, Alexander Payne

Some Stuff

Trying Curling in Fernie, but nobody could match Paul M for moves
Watching Fernie and Kimberley battle it out at ice hockey – vicious game, even the grandmothers bay for blood. No such thing as a red card....even if you break someones leg!!
Trying out a catamaran in Wales, incredible speed, funny reaction on the beach as we hurtled towards land completely out of control..
Sailing in Croatia – crew of three Irish girls let loose at last
Finally getting to Colorado and hanging out around Boulder for a week, lived up to expectations

Top Ten(ish) of Top Ten

A decade of top tens, so here's my trip down nostalgia lane. I'm grouping some artists together to make room for other worthy inclusions. Interesting stat - 2002 has most representatives...

1. radiohead - the bends/ok computer
2. wilco - being there/ summerteeth
3. elliott smith - xo/either or
4. dj shadow - entroducing
5. flaming lips - the soft bulletin
6. neil young - on the beach
7. bob dylan - live 1966 (bootleg IV)
8. the streets - original pirate material
9. the strokes - is this it?
10. belle & sebastian - the boy with the arab strap
11. death in vegas - the contino sessions
12. sparklehorse - vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
13. boards of canada - geogaddi
14. mercury rev - deserter songs

Nathan Morehouse

Top 10 Albums:

Arcade Fire - Funeral
Jamie Lidell - Multiply
Wilco - Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Antony & the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
Skygreen Leopards - Jehovah Surrender
VA - Blue Skied An' Clear: A Morr Music Compilation
Khonnor - Handwriting

Top 10 Flix:

The Dancer Upstairs
The Life Aquatic
Down By Law
Hotel Rwanda
North Country
Crash
Me, You and Everyone We Know
Walk the Line
No Direction Home: A Documentary About Bob Dyla
Donnie Darko (Yeah, I know, I finally saw it)

Sarah Morehouse/Andy Fort

Here is our shared Top Ten list

The Rolling Stones – Rain Fall Down – From abiggerbang
The White Stripes – My Doorbell – >From Get Behind Me Satan
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Mi Corazon – From Livin’ in the City
My Morning Jacket – Lay Low – From Z
Oasis – Lyla – From Don’t Believe the Truth
Wilco "Kicking Television" - Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
My Morning Jacket "Z"- Wordless Chorus
Modest Mouse "Good news for People who love Bad news" - The World at Large
Spoon "Gimme Fiction" - The Beast and Dragon, Adored
White Stripes "Elephant" - The Hardest Button to Button

Martin O'Gorman

First off, a big big thank you to Tom who has kept the Top Ten alive for ten years now. Looking back over that time, the lists bring up many memories of great music, movies, books and unforgettable times spend with friends. Very much appreciated Tom.

New Years Day saw the year kicking off in Napier, New Zealand, a few months into another road trip which began in Spain the previous September. One of the most memorable 4 weeks of my life was spent on the Camino de Santiago in Spain with Alexandra. With the winter looming, we headed to New Zealand, bought a van and spent 5 months on the road, exploring every forgotten highway in that wonderful land. After a month in Australia we finally got back to Germany, just in time to enjoy another long summer.

Music

There is a definite road trip memory to some of the music I have been listening to this year, some great tunes by New Zealand bands and those summer albums that liven your soul as you cross the byways of rural NZ.

Artist

Title

Fat Freddy’s Drop Based On A True Story
The long awaited debut from this Wellington based band. A mix of reggae and jazz, hip hop,soul and funk.Beautifully mellow
John Butler Trio Sunrise over Sea
JBT are a folk inspired Australian band, quite varied and very powerful
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
I love this album, a great soundtrack to a great road trip.
The Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire/Funeral
Hard to pick between the two albums from this excellent new band
Thievery Corporation Cosmic Game
Thievery Corporation make great electronic albums. This one has many guests including David Byrne and a great Flaming Lips tune.
Late Night Tales featuring The Flaming lips
The Flaming lips favourite late night tales
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
A whole new Dylan listening experience since Scorcese’s documentary
Kaikoura Roots Festival 2005
A compilation of mostly New Zealand bands that took part in this years festival
Neil Young On the Beach
Vintage Neil Young
James Dean Brown Electrosenstrum
A mix from local Radio X dj James Dean Brown. Rare, oriental inspired pop

Late night tunes

John Coltrane Blue Train
Ornette Colman Change of the Century

Music Documentary

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan by Martin Scorsese

Books

Travelling is always a rewarding time for reading. Picture the scene, sitting on a deserted beach facing into a late evening sun that catches the windswept spray from those big breaking waves, the thick sea salty air alive with the detritus of lost beach sounds, what could be better than kicking back with a book one hand, a mug of steaming tea in the other and time measured only by the ever decreasing distance between the horizon and the setting sun.

A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre
Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong
Postcards by E Annie Proux
Baudolino by Umberto Eco
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Living to tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Live Events

Camino de Santiago by bike September/October 2004

The Camino de Santiago is an old pilgrimage route that crosses Spain from the Pyrenees to Santiago De Compostela in Galicia. Although a pilgrimage route, it is also one of the richest cultural and historical long routes in Europe, crossing terrain as varied as high mountain passes, the flat plain in central Spain, the green celtic Galicia and the vineyards of Navarra and Rioja. We decided to cycle, pannier bags on mountain bikes, with everything you could need for weeks of pedal pushing. Words can’t do justice to the experience, the feeling of freedom that bike touring gives you and a pace of life that can’t be surpassed. We covered a 1000 kms over tracks, on the road, over two mountain ranges, and continued onto Finsterre, the end of the earth, a magical fishing village on the western fringe of Europe. If you ever have the opportunity you should try this.

NZ Road Trip Nov 2004-April 2005
Hard to describe 5 months in a van just chugging around New Zealand, very, very memorable

Bay of Islands – Auckland December 2004
Managed to hitch a ride on a yacht, sailing to Auckland. Great to get some time sailing, it doesn’t often happen and a great experience.

Tangariro Crossing January
Called the best one day hike in New Zealand, it was my second day on the crossing, ok, my second time, and doing it in the opposite direction to the first time. It still blew me away, stunning volcanic scenery and incredible views.

Whanganui River by canoe January
A three day trip down the big Whanganui river through native NZ bush and national park. A few days after heavy rain on an almost deserted river fully kitted out for a few nights in the middle of nowhere, wonderful.

Queen Charlotte Track January
Three days of walking and biking on the Queen Charlotte, along the spine of the hill covered fingers of land framing the Marlborough Sounds.

Central Otago Rail Trail February
A disused railway track that has been made cycle friendly, through the old gold towns of Otago.

Creosus Track West Coast NZ March
Follow an old gold track over the mountains by Blackball, We found out about it from locals, and it was one of those gems you don’t find in any guide book.

Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail April
Another ex-railway trail in Northern Victoria, bringing you to the foothills of the Australian Alps. This is a beautiful part of the country, vineyards and nut trees, mountains and forest.. A week of cycling through old gold and mountain towns in golden autumn colors

Hexham Moors and Kyloe Northumberland
A weekend with Tom and Ewan in Newcasle, catching up, hiking, climbing, good fun……

Taj Mahal and Idrissa Soumaoro Newcastle
The blues legend playing in the very new and incredibly funky Sage centre with Malian guests.

Pete Courtney Club Keller Frankfurt
An all too rare gig in Frankfurt, and by the irish Pete Courtney, great performance.

Castletownsend Cork
It was great to get to Ireland and meet some friends after a long time and see Colin and Sarah off on their long trip!

Chess
The game, the addiction, the late nights

Ten Top Ten

Picking ten albums from ten years is difficult. What about that album, hardly listened to recently, but which once never left the recently played bunch of cd's that are always on hand. The names are floating around and a list begins to form, maybe it is not comphehensive enough, maybe it is impossible to actually order them other than alphabetically, yet another name appears, well here goes, and in no particular order, but with possibly several albums by my favourite artists over the last ten years

Artist

Title

Apollo 440 Electro Glide in Blue
Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series/Blood on the Tracks
Howie B Turn the Dark Off
Jeff Buckley Grace
Kevin Johanson Nada
Kruder and Dorfmeister Dj Kicks
Ltj Bukem Journey Inwards
Miles Davis Panthalassa/Sketches of Spain/Kind of Blue
Nick Cave The Boatmans Call
Spiritualised Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Floating in Space
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Tim Buckley Live at the Troupadour 1969/Morning Glory
Tom Waits The Heart of Saturday Night/Closing TIme/The Black Rider/Raindogs......
Yo La Tengo I can Hear the Heart Beating as One

Caroline O'Reilly

TOP 10 ALBUMS

1. Antony & The Johnsons – I am a bird now
2. Common – Be
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
4. Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow
5. Coco Rosie – Noah’s Ark
6. Sons & Daughters – The Repulsion Box
7. The Raveonettes – Pretty In Black
8. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
9. The Kills – No Wow
10. Jackson and his computer band – Smash

Honorary mentions…
Gonzales – Solo Piano
M.I.A – Arular
LCD.Soundsystem - LCD.Soundsystem

TOP 10 GIGS

1. Antony & The Johnsons, Vicar Street, July 2005
2. Antony & The Johnsons, Vicar Street, Nov 2005
3. Devendra Banhart, The Village, July 2005
4. Coco Rosie, Whelans, Dec 2005
5. Mark Kozelek, Whelans, Nov 2005
6. Josh Pearson, The Lower Deck, Nov 2005
7. Sufjan Stevens, The Village, Oct 2005
8. Talib Kweli, The Village, Sept 2005
9. Sons & Daughters, The Village, June 2005
10.Go Team, The Village, April 2005

Honorary mentions…

The Kills, Temple Bar Music Center, June 2005
Juliette & the Licks, The Village, April 2005
Mark Eitzel, Whelans, Nov 2005
Mark Kozelek, May 2005

TOP 10 FILMS

1. Sympathy for Mr.Vengeance
2. Downfall
3. Dig
4. History of Violence
5. The Take
6. Mad Hot Ballroom
7. 5 * 2
8. Melinda + Melinda
9. Untold Scandal
10.Last Days

Lisa Ryan

best film was def downfall
best new album for me was prob arcade fire's album- funeral, also liked turin brakes- ethersong, elliot smith- from a basement on the hill.

Anthony Scarfo

Anthony Scarfo's Top 10 2005

1. Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - Live at Carnegie Hall
- Recorded November 1957, only for the the master to be lost in the Carnegie Hall archives until February 2005, this album is a suprise release. Monk and Coltrane are icons of modern music, and both sit comfortably with the greatest of musical innovators.
What is unique is their ability to integrate their unique styles, showing an almost mythical understanding of each other. Recorded and Re-mastered with an artisan's care, this is a wonderful album.

2. Kate Bush - Aerial
- It is lovely to see something from her after so long - I still have no idea what she's on about, but there is no substitute for a fertile imagination

3. Sufjan Stevens - Come feel the Illonoise
- An ear for a melody, with songs that pick you up and take you along. Mesmerising.

4. Antony and the Johnsons - I am a bird now
- A voice that soars, and songs that give it justice

5. Davendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
- High quality kookiness; A lovely angle on Americana

6. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
- Dance music that struts

7. Goldfrapp - Supernature
- Kinkiness with synthesisers.

8. KanYe West - Late Registration
- The best hip hop album since Phrenology by the Roots.

9. Khonnor - Handwriting
- Beautiful and organic; soul baring stuff

10. Royksöpp - The Understanding
- I didn't find this as enjoyable as Melody A.M., but there are three or four great songs, and reaches the top 10 on the back of "Sombre Detune", which is my favourite song from this year.

Tracy Johns

Ok, here are my hurriedly assembled top 10 albums, though i am pretty sure this would change once I get in the rest of the music I recently ordered!!

The Killers - Hot Fuss
Thirteen Senses - The Invitation
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Feist - Let it Die
Plump DJs - Saturday Night Lotion
Athlete - Tourist
Basement Jaxx - The Singles
Doves - Some Cities
Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep
The Features - Exhibit A

Peter Ward

1. Josh Rouse - Nashville
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
3. The National - Alligator
4. Arcade Fire - Funeral
5. British Sea Power - Open Season
6. Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World
7. Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
8. Gorrilaz - Demon Days
9. LCD Soundsystem - LCDSS
10. The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart

It was a great year for music with at least another ten albums vying for positions 5-10 but copies of the first four never left the car.

Colin Waugh

Colin's top 10 Albums 2005
( Can't say one of them stands out,I reckon the overall standard of music this year has been brilliant)

1 - Arcade Fire : Funeral
2 - Hal : Hal
3 - Low : The Great Destroyer
4 - The Coral : The Invisible Invasion
5 - British Sea Power : Open Season
6 - Sufjan Stevens : Come on the Illinoise
7 - Sigur Ros : Takk
8 - Beck : Guero
9 - Doves : Some Cities
10 - Gorillaz: Demon Days

Highlight of the year:
Arrival of my son Finn!

Gig of the year:
Electrc Picnic Festival - ireland,sep. ( Arcade Fire & Kraftwerk out of this world!)

Declan Waugh

Live performances seen in 2005
Richie Havens, I am Kloot, Cathal Coughlan,Altan, Rodney Devcroo and the Killers, Don Mescal,Christy Moore, EST Trio, Michael Nyham, North Cregg, Altan, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Dardenelles, Electric Picnic [Arcade Fire, Kraftwerk, Human League, De la soul.]

1. Richie Havens
2. Arcade Fire
3. I am Kloot
4. Kraftwork
5. Human League
6. Frames
7. Don Mescal
8. Whipping Boy
9. Joshua Redman Elastic band
10. Rodney Devcroo and the Killers

Best outdoor concert weekend, no doubt about it Electric Picnic.
Most memorable and inspirational gig, Richie Havens, Galway.
Best overall live band performance, no contest, Arcade Fire.
Best newcomer solo artist Don Mescal, catch him if you can before he explodes.
Best new band unsigned, The Dardenelles, well what would you expect its my brothers band.
Turkey of the year performance must go to a fatboy slim at Electric Picnic.

Two gigs to go before end of year.
The Frames Killarney and Whipping boy Waterford.

Albums Bought in 2005:
Don Mescal "Sunset of Gold",Royscopp,David Kitt "the Black and Red Notebook", Richie Havens "Grace of the Sun", The World of Nat King Cole, Yasmin Levy "La Juderia", Kruder & Dorfmeister "DJ Kicks", Leanard Cohen "Dear Heather", Gemma Hayes "the Roads Don't Love You" , Miles Davis "The Collection", From France with Love "A Nostalgic Collection", A Portrait of French Café Songs, Depeche Mode "Playing the Angel", Gorillaz "Demon Days", Hal, Keane "Fears and hopes" Alanis Morissette "The Collection", Begineers Guide to World Music Featuring World Chill, World Wafé & World Party, Arcade Fire, Ernest Ranglin "Below the Baseline", James Blunt, Rodney Decroo and the Killers, BEL X1, Bruce springsteen "The Rising", John Martyn "Solid air" , Low- "the Great Destroyer, Low, The Curtain Hits the Cast, Low-Trust, Low-Things we lost in the fire, Low-Secret Name". Acoustic Ladyland, Rory gallagher "wheels within wheels", Sigur Rós. Est "Seven days of falling", Est "viaticum". The Doves "Some Cities", Franz Ferdinand "You could have it so much better", Kate Bush "Aerial".

Rated some of these are pre 2005 but bought this year:
1. Arcade Fire-Funeral
2. Ernest Ranglin-Below the Baseline
3. Rory gallagher-Wheels within Wheels
4. Leonard Cohen- Dear Heather
5. Yasmin Levy -La Juderia
6. Sigur Rós-Takk.
7. Doves "Some cities"
8. Low-Things we lost in the fire
9. John Martyn - Solid air
10. The World of Nat King Cole
11. EST -Viaticum
12. Don Mescal -Sunset of Gold
13. Kath Bush- Aerial
14. Gorillaz

Worst album of 2005.
BELL X1. Such a disappointment.
Begineers Guide to World Music Featuring World Chill, World Wafé & World
Party. Load of Crap.

Movies Watched in 2005
Kingdon of Heaven, Sin City, Crash, Lord of war, Hustle and flow, Factotum, Max, War of the Worlds, Batman Begins, The Constant Gardener, Mr & Mrs Smith, Star Wars episode III, The Aviator, Ronmper Stomper,Kinsey, The life Aquatic, the Assassination of Richard Nixon, Downfall, Million Dollar Baby, Constantine, Black Halk Down,Alexander, Salo o le 120 giornate de sodoma, Machinist, Shattered Glass, Team America, Collateral Damage, Sideways, Farinelli Il Castrato, The Barbarian Invasion, Red Eye, The History of Violence, Chopper, Asylum, Intrepretor, The Woodsman, Narnia.

Rated.
1. Hustle and Flow
2. Sideways
3. Downfall
4. The constant Gardener
5. Kinsey
6. The Assassination of Richard Nixon
7. The History of Violence
8. Lord of War
9. Crash
10. Sin City

Best Foreign film
1. Downfall
2. The Barbarian invasion
3. Farinelli Il Castrato

Worst Movies 1. Star Wars episode III. What a load of crap thank god I saw it on a pirate dvd and didn't pay good money to see it.
2. The life Aquatic. So bloody boring, God help me, avoid at all cost.
3. Alexander. who was in charge of casting, since when did Greeks have irish and scottish accents.

Most Disturbing film seen in 2005:
Chopper. not released in 2005 but still the violence is pretty sick.

Best Actor:
Terrance for Howard Hustle and Flow. Go see it.
Best Soundtrack: Hustle and Flow

Most Emotional Film tear jerking film.
The Barbarian Invasion: Made me ball my eyes out. If you've lost someone you love from sickness, see it and weep.

Books Read in 2005 in order of rating:
1. Portuguse Irregular Verbs, Alexander McCall Smith. "Hilarious, great fun to read."
2. 1812, Napoleans Fatal March on Moscow, Adam Zamoyski. "Unbelievable, what a read"
3. Monte Cassino, Matthew Parker. "Truelly Shocking"
4. Rubicon, Tom Holland. "Love this stuff"
5. Against all ememies, Richard A. Clark. "Time for revolution"
6. Pompeii, Robert Harris.
7. On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks
8. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, Alexander McCall Smith.
9. House of Bush house of Saud, Graig Unger. "Time for revolution"
10.At the Villa of Reduced Circumstance. Alexander McCall Smith.
11.The Game, Neil Strauss. "however these guys are they are some sorry bunch"
12. The Tesseract, Alex Garland.

Unfinished Books but worth a rating somewhere
What should I do with my life, Po Bronson. "Great read so far" Sorry Joe must return.
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, Antony Beevor.
The Spanish Civil War, Antony Beevor.
The Great War for Civilisation, Robert Fisk. " Fantanstic start can't wait to finish"

Best Party 2005
Castletownshend County Cork. Colin and Sarah's get together. The food in Mary Anns, my own cooking wasn't half bad as well, the great company, the local pub, the three fingers or three sisters, the sing song, dad's harmonica, the one hrs sleep on the tiled floor, the cholocate "sweets" and suger candy.

Best TV series
Curb your Enthusiasm, Rome, Jamie Oliver Italy, Nip-Tuck, Little Britain

Best Sporting Moment
Cork beating Clare in the All Ireland Semi Final.

Best Conspiracy
Sinn Fenn spy who brought down Stormont, but was actually spying for the British.

Funniest Moment
Tom & Serena Corcoran refusing to leave go of the Mccarthy cup on new years day in Durrus, west cork. They frightened the life out of poor Brian Corcoran. I'm sure they wished they were related. Maybe there is some Cork blood in them Corcorans after all?.

Antony Williams

The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
The Go Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Phoenix Foundation - Pegasus
Fat Freddys Drop - Based on a True Story
The Kills - No Wow
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Mugison - Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Boozoo Bajou - Dust My Broom