Top 10 2007
Album of the year
- RadioHead - In Rainbows
- Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
- PJ Harvey - White Chalk
- LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
- The National - Boxer
- Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Film of the year
- The Lives of Others
- The science of sleep
- The Last King of Scotland
All time Contributors
Ahh, bad, bad, late Scott. Here's my list quickly...
Top Albums (in no particular order)
Steve Earle - "Washington Square Serenade" - Loved this album and can't stop listening to it. Produced by a Dust Bros.
Billie Holiday - "Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles" - Incredible 4 disc set of Holiday's early takes.
The Blakes - "The Blakes" - pretty straight catchy new wave mixed with some early kinks. KEXP's #2 played album of 2007
Dizzee Rascal - "Maths + English" - My introduction to grime came this year. Love the track with UKG guesting (RIP Pimp C)
Flight of the Conchords - "The Distant Future EP" - ok, sadly not enough material, but choice material it is.
Jose Gonzalez - "In Our Nature" - picked this up after seeing him in concert. Powerful show. Incredible album.
Led Zeppelin - "Mothership" - great sounding best of. Definitely worth picking up. Is this the year of the Zeppelin?
Mark Ronson - "Version"
Mobb Deep - "Blood Money" - I think this came out in 2006, but I listened to this over and over and over this year
Peter, Bjorn and John - "Writer's Block"
Public Enemy - "Rebirth of a Nation" - again, a 2006 hip hop release that I listen to constantly.
The Saturday Knights - "The Saturday Knights EP" - "45" is worth every penny of this EP
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"
Cancer Rising - "EP" - "Everyday Bidness" - http://www.myspace.com/cancerrising - probably the best song of the year!
Amy Winehouse - "Back to Black" -
unfortunately this stellar release is overshadowed by Amy's horrible,
horrible unbelievably horrible performances. I'm amazed she had it
together enough to warble some legitimate words for this recording.
Anthony Hamilton - "Southern Comfort"
Band of Horses - "Everything All the Time" -
the problem with BOH is that they are so overplayed. I liked this album
for about 2 weeks and saw them in concert during that time. Their stuff
is just too safe
The Go! Team - "Proof of Youth" - I love the
sound of the band. This didn't make it the the top list as I found
myself not listening to it as much as their last release.
Jamie T - "Panic Prevention" - Listened to this for a good while. A little to stylized for the Top list, though.
Merle Haggard - "The Bluegrass Sessions" -
Merle holds a place deep in my heart seeing as how I grew up hating his
music, mostly cause growing up in Texas in the '80s meant you were
force-fed it. I'm glad I've been able to overcome that later in life to
The Ponys - "Turn the Lights Out" - think this would have made my top 10 if I hadn't forgotten how awesome it was. Forgot I had it. oops!
Sigur Ros - "Hvarf/Heim"
1. Sigur Ros, Heima dvd, cd etc
2. Radiohead, In Rainbows
3. PJ Harvey, White Chalk
4. Schumann, Kreisleriana (Pollini)
5. Bob Dylan, Biograph
6. Tous les matins du monde (soundtrack)
7. More than this, Roxy Music (Lost in translation video from YouTube)
8. Si Schreoder, Coping Mechanisms
9. Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
10. Consort of Musicke by William Byrd & Orlando Gibbons, Glenn Gould
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
despite all the "business plan, music revolution" bullshit this is
an amazing record, one of their best. The best band in the world for
so many reasons....
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
admittadly not as good as funeral, but still has something. The
twisted lyrics and stompin music of TV Antichrist Blues being a
particular favourite... Still fantastic live also..
3. The National - Boxer
Great band, close call for second, Olympia gig was wonderful!
4. Beirut - Gulag Orkestrar
Lovely stuff, there's something about the combination of his
innocent and young songs with a balkan folksy vibe that feels so old.
5. Thom Yorke - The Eraser
I think people almost dont notice at this point just how
idiosyncratic this mans electronic stuff is. Very original and a nice
counterpoint to the radiohead album. Atoms for piece is just
6. Somadrone - Of Pattern and Purpose
Again idiosyncratic, original and beautiful, electronic music with
soul. Going from strength to strength live also.
7. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Worth it for All My Friends alone, rapidly becoming one of my
favourite songs of all time.
8. Battles - Mirrored
Another band doing something very different. Groovey post rock, who'da
thought it possible, or even desirable? :) Atlas puts me in a good
mood every time i hear it!
9. Joanna Newsom - Ys
Again, worth it for one song, Sawdust and Diamonds, mind blowing....
10 PJ Harvey – White Chalk/ Grinderman
Shamefully I havn't actually fully heard either of these two albums
(yet). I have a very strong feeling that if i had both would be higher
in the list.....
Best Gigs, again no order
1. Glenn Branca - Symphony for a 100 Guitars, analog festival, Dublin
the most fun a guitarist can possibly have. 100 electric guitars and
amps (80 guitars, 20 basses + drums), all strings tuned to either E or
B, everything really loud,,, the sound, ohmygod, the sound!!!!!!!
2. Sonic Youth - Primavera
daydream nation in its entirety, Teenage Riot!!!!! Wonderful festival also!
3. Justice - Primavera
Ok, right place, right time perhaps, but a very, very fun way to kick
off the festival!!
4. Final Fantasy - EP
Everyone knows the deal here, the man is amazing...
5. The national - Olypmpia
Lovely gig, great to see them movin up. Wish to god i hadnt been
stuck up in a balcony...
6. Beirut - Primavera
drinking and singing with friends, how bad? Serious about the drinking,,,,,
7. Arcade Fire - a big expensive tent in Dublin
still good live, great stage setup and explosive performance. Pity
about the shite sound and the people who insisted on singing along
with EVERY SINGLE WORD... Thats why they have choruses people!!!
8. Battles - Tripod
You just cant help but nod your head, fantastic!
9. Si Schroder - EP
Well worth dragging myself out of the tent for, criminally early slot
but a powerful performance.
10. The Jimmy Cake - EP
As above, lookin forward to hearing a good bit from these guys next year.
1. The Wire
To hell with the sopranos, this is as good as tv can ever get..
2. The Mighty Boosh
I love it, dont understand it, but i love it. Future sailors,,,,,we
are sailors from the future....
3. The Sopranos
The ending pissed me off at first, now i love it,,,,a good way to
finish one of the best shows of all time...
4. Twin Peaks Season 2
finally out on DVD and online. Even the bad episodes are still worth
watching, and the last episode which Lynch came back for is
wonderful... How's Annie, How's Annie, How's Annie...
5. South Park
The gentle ribbing of the Simpsons was ok back in the nineties, now
however it doesnt cut it, where as South Park does, with a sharp
6. Charlie Brookers Screenwipe
Very funny satire on the nature of tv, and how it works.. BBC4 is
the best channel goin..
drama about a serial killer who only kills other serial killers, oh
the moral amibiguity!!!
8. Battlestar Galactica
Very very silly sci-fi nonsense, but enjoyable nonsense.
I can never do film top tens, just cant remember what ive seen and when....
Well, it's a tradition at this stage - kick myself for not keeping a
list what albums/gigs/films/events rocked my world for the past 12
months - quick check of iPod / PC / CD holders to check what I've been
listening to - then a couple of hours before the deadline put
Blocker's Top 10 Albums 2007
- Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
- LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
- Josh Rouse - Country Mouse City House
- PJ Harvey - White Chalk
- Radiohead - In Rainbows
- Rilo Kiley - Under the Backlight
- Bill Callahan - Woke on a Whaleheart
- The National – Boxer
- Okkervil River – The Stage Names
- Band Of Horses - Cease to Begin
- Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
- Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
- Battles - Mirrored
- Feist - The Reminder
- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
- Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
- Bruce Springsteen - Magic
- Maps - We Can Create
Gigs and live events
- PJ Harvey, Olympia, Dublin
- Arcade Fire, Big Top, Phoenix Park
- Bill Callahan, Roisin Dubh, Galway
- Wilco, Vicar St., Dublin
- Rolling Stones, Slane, Co. Meath
- Feist, Tripod, Dublin
- Richmond Fontaine, Whelans, Dublin
- PJ Harvey, Beacon Theatre, NY
- REM, Olympia, Dublin
- John Prine, NCH, DUblin
- The National, Olympia, Dublin
- Robyn Hitchcock, Whelans, Dublin
- Sinead O’Connor, Olympia, Dublin
SportsIn sports, there was the obvious highlight of Meath
beating Tyrone to reach an All-Ireland semi-final - now the challenge
is to meet the hightened expectations. Some cracking football and
hurling games - pity about the two finals. It's great to have an
understanding wife - we postponed a much anticipated holiday to Italy
so I could attend the Meath Dublin replay. The only downside was the
Incredible final day of British Open - amazing finish - and delighted for Padraig Harrington to win his first major.
Really poor year for Ireland football, one point in two games against
Cyprus, struggled to beat San Marino, and no sign of change when it
comes to FAI incompetence.
Rugby World Cup was a disappointment to say the least - especially after such a great 6 nations display.
Sunderland's promotion and Roy Keane's attempt bring some 'old
fashioned' values to the richest leagues in the world has somewhat
resurrected a passing interest in the Premiership.
In descending order.
Disappointment of the year: The effort to get Tom Wait’s
‘Christmas Card from a hooker in Minneapolis’ to #1 for Christmas
failed miserably……. Looks like it’s gonna spend one week at the heady
heights of number 28….. Still, it got plenty of radio airplay.
- The Lives of Others
- Eastern Promises
- In The Shadow of the Moon
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- The Simpsons Movie
Have a great Christmas. GB.
Top Ten Albums
- Sound Of Silver – LCD Soundsystem
- Gruff Rhys – Candylion
- K-OS – Atlantis
- Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators – Keep Reachin’ Up
- Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
- The Aliens – Astronomy For Dogs
- Mark Ronson – Version
- Based On A True Story – Fat Freddy’s Drop
- Battles - Mirrored
- A Poet’s Life – Tim Armstrong
- Ma Fleur – Cinematic Orchestra
- Pharoah Monch – Desire
- Common – Finding Forever
Top Ten Gigs
- Arcade Fire – Friday, Other Stage, Glastonbury
- Battles – Saturday, Folkey Dolkey Stage, Green Man
The best drummer I've ever seen!
- Aliens – Friday, Park Stage, Glastonbury
- Gruff Rhys – Sunday, Main Stage, Green Man
20 minute version of Skylon! to finish!
- Fat Freddys Drop – Saturday, Roots Tent, Glastonbury
- Mark Ronson – Sunday, John Peel Tent, Glastonbury
with Tim Burgess as a surprise guest
- The View – January – Barfly, Birmingham
By end of the year they had played the Pyramid Stage and headlined T in the Park
- The Go! Team – Sunday, Other Stage, Glastonbury
- Euros Childs – Friday, Main Stage, Green Man
- Joanna Newsome – Friday, Main Stage, Green Man
Top Ten Films
- Children Of Men
- The Prestige
- The Departed
- Casino Royale
- Walk The Line
- A Scanner Darkly
- Hot Fuzz
- The Fountain
- 28 Weeks Later
i live in san francisco most of the year now, so email me if you're passing by!
1. go-betweens - live at the tivoli (this is expensive because there's
a dvd as well, but the sound is as good as a studio
recording....timeless beautiful songs)
2. junior boys - so this is goodbye
3. wilco – sky blue sky
4. radiohead – in rainbows
5. comets on fire - blue cathedral
6. the field – from here we go sublime
7. richard thompson – street warrior
8. spoon - ga ga ga ga
9.kate bush - aerial
10. battles - mirrored
also…..black dice - load blown
andrew bird - armchair apocrypha
oranger - new comes and goes
panda bear - person pitch
animal collective - strawberry jam
clientel - god save the clientel
jenifer gentle - the midnight room
***No 1. SHOULD be both stars of heaven reissues, 'speak slowly' and 'sacred heart hotel', best irish band ever….snap them up before they go out of print for another 15 years
some good jazz/classical stuff released this year:
luisito quintero - percussion madness
max richter - songs from before
madeline peyroux - half the perfect world
arthur Russell - first thought best thought
osvaldo golijov - ainadamar
keith Jarrett - my foolish heart
rene jacob's don giovanni on harmonia mundi
ned rorem piano & cello concerto's on naxos
- Bruce Springsteen - Magic
- PJ Harvey - White Chalk
- RadioHead - In Rainbows
- Director - We Thrive On Big Cities
- Fela Kuti - Roforofo Fight - The Fela Singles
- Heard Roforofo for the first time this year on Gilles Peterson. Hard to believe this stuff is over 35 years old.
- Arcade Fire - Neon
- Amon Tobin - Foley Room
- Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out!
- An old instrumental soundtrack of theirs I discovered this year, smooth chillin.
- Bonobo - Days To Come
- Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day
- Fat Freddy's Drop - Based On A True Story
- Moved up from honourable mention last year
- An Taobh Tuathail Volume 1.
- Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night
- Xela - For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights
- Cane 141 - Lost at Sea
- Just have not played this really, imagine it will be higher next year!
- Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
Live song of the year
- Final Fantasy, Foggy Notions, Electric Picnic, Sat 1 Sep.
- The feeling was completely euphoric afterwards. Here's some of my blog words on the picnic.
- Arcade Fire, Brixton Academy, St Patrick's Day
- Beastie Boys, Electric Arena, Electric Picnic, Sat 1 Sep
- Director, Cypress Avenue, Cork, 16 Feb.
- It's not possible
to have a better 40th birthday party, a band this sweet, absolutely
unreal, top class food and a turkish belly dancer. Take a bow Declan
- The Good the Bad & the Queen, Electric Arena, Electric Picnic, Fri 31 Aug
- Prince, Millenium Dome, London, Fri 3 Aug
- Iggy Pop, Main stage, Electric Picnic, Sun 2 Sep
- The Police, Twickenham, London, Sat 8 Sep
- Cane 141, The Sugar Club, Dublin, Sat 25 Aug
- Cane 141, Chill stage, Electric Picnic, Sat 1 Sep
- The Go Team, Electric Arena, Electric Picnic, Sun 2 Sep
- Dan le sac V Scroobious Pip, Foggy Notions, Electric Picnic, Sun 2 Sep
- Skream, Foggy Notions, Electric Picnic, Sun 2 Sep
- Wilco, Empire, Shepherds Bush. London, 21 May
- Prince - Purple rain
- 10 min atripped down version
- The Police - Can’t Stand Losing You
- Director - believe it, believe it, believe it
- Dan le sac V Scroobious Pip - The Beat that my heart skipped
Big screen films
Small screen films
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, directed by Tom Tyker, 2007
- Babel, written by Guillermo Arriaga, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2006
- Hot Fuzz, written by Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg, directed by Edgar Wright, 2007
- The last King of Scotland
- Cuba Libre, Waterford film festival opener, 18 Nov
- Greetings from the shore, Waterford film festival closer, 5 Dec
- Rocky Balboa
- American Gangster
- This jumped to the top of the list, once I remebered I had seen it. Got it from Declan Waugh, perhaps a measure of the busy year, I had not even heard of Mel Gibson's film, and was gripped to the seat the night we put it on.
- The Black Book
- The Black Book
- Pan's Labyrinth
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Adam & Paul
- The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
- Along Came Polly
- In the cut
- Bottle Rocket
- Down in the Valley
- The Aviator
- Breakfast on Pluto
- Sin City
- Team America - World Police
- Wolf Creek
- Memoirs of a Geisha
- Good night and good luck
- Aidance: A 21st century portrait
- Dave McSavage, Friday 17 Feb, Cork
- The Wild Trees: What If the Last Wilderness Is Above Our Heads? - Richard Preston
- This is mind blowing. The worldest tallest tree, Hyperion, located in a still secret Redwood groove, was only found in 2006. Got some copies for friends I was so blown away.
- Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen, 2005.
- A page turner with an
instant hook of an opening line. Read this on New Year's Day in
Honolulu Airport sprawled out on a park bench in the Japanese garden.
If you are ever stuck in an airport this is the one.
Hike of the year
- Dublin V Kerry, All-Ireland football semi final, Croke Park, Dublin, 26 Aug
- Wasps V Leicester, European Rugby Cup final, Twickenham, London, 20 May
thought the crowd support was brutal though maybe we were unfairly
comparing it to us Munster supporters the previous year in Cardiff.
- Jimmy White 1 V 6 Matthew Stevens, Wembley Arena, 14 Jan
- Manchester United V Reading, FA Cup, Majeski Stadium, Reading, Tuesday 27 Feb
Destination of the year
- Mahon Falls, Comeraghs, Co Waterford. Shuttled cars to start hike
at the Falls and thanks to Jimmy's know how and prep skirt the
incredible Coumshingaun and descend to the forest car park. Pefect finish with a Guinness in Hautingans.
- Montgenevre, France, near the Italian border, 3-11 Feb
week lift boarding with Kev, Martin, Gav, Shel, the Pauls and the
scottish contingent. Killer powder end to the week with orgasmic off
piste fresh powder run.
- Eden Project, Cornwall, 1 Apr
- One of the lads at works boss used to work the quarry that is now the incredible Eden project.
- Sidmouth folk festival, Devon, 4-5 August
Top 10 Gigs
1. PJ Harvey - Olympia
2. The Who - Marley Park
3. The Police - Twickenham
4. The National - Olympia
5. Arcade Fire - Phoenix Park
6. John Cale - The Village
7. Rolling Stones - Slane
8. Wilco - Vicar St
9. Cathy Davey - The Button Factory
10. Julian Cope - Tripod
11. Bryan Ferry - Vicar St
Top other events:
1. Carlingford Lough Endurance Challenge - With the help of young Dave
McG, I've been to lots of things this year but the highlight was the
Carlingford Challenge....7.5 hours of hell over land, sea and rubber!
We'll be doing it again next year!!
2. King Lear - Stratford on Avon
3. The Entertainer - Old Vic
4. Kicking a Dead Horse - Peacock
5. Long Days Journey into the Night - Gaiety
6. Uncle Vanya - Gate
Top 10 Albums
1. White Stripes - Ickey Thump
2. Billy Braqg - Volume 2
3. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
4. The Good the Bad and the Queen
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. Bjork - Volta
7. Stewart Copeland - The Rhythmatist
8. The Who - Endless Wire
9. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
10. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
11. Julian Cope - If you've got a friend in Jesus...
Lucas' Top 10 CDs of 2007
- Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
- Yoav - Charmed and Strange
- Band of Horses - Cease To Begin
- Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
- Once - Original Soundtrack
- Jay Munly - Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots
- The Most Serene Republic - Population
- The New Pornographers - Challengers
- The Magic Numbers - Those The Brokes
- Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
Lucas' Top 10 DVDs released in 2007
- Into the Wild
- Blood Diamond
- Pan's Labyrinth
- The Illusionist
1. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2. Low - The Great Destroyer
3. Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
4. Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows
6. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline
7. The National - Boxer
8. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
9. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
10. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Niall's Top 10
A bunch of the usual suspects this year for me, just one of those
years when lots of my favourite artists were releasing albums. Loads
of stuff I didn't get around to checking out, may have to make next
years list, such as Raveonettes new one.
||This is pushing dry as my favourite PJ album, PJ gets darker than normal, hanging with dead people and the devil,
Makes for a mesmerising album that gets better with every listen. If the piano doesn't bring you close to tears then
you have a heart of stone.
||The revelation for me this year, violin anitcs ala Final Fantasy some great lyrics and very catchy melodies. This has
been on high rotation throughout the year.
||Broken Social Scene Presents ..
||Showing who's really behing BSS, kevin Drew picks up from where BSS left off with. Sparklehorse, Pavement,
Dinasour Jr, the obvious influences and it's no bad thing.
||Flying Cup Club
||Zach has teamed up with non other than Owen Pallet of Final Fantasy Fame to produce an excellent follow
up to the excellent debut of last year. Stand out tune has to be Cliquot which was kindly performed by Final
Fantasy recently in Dublin. More of the same eastern influenced rattle with a bit of old chanson
thrown in for good measure.
||Up there with Be from a couple of years ago, maybe a little more commercial with the likes of Lily
Allen making an appearance and Kanye twiddling the buttons. Still smart educated hip hop.
||Couldn't get the rallying call out of my head: Declare Independance, don't let them do that to you! Super album,
collaboration from the great Anthony and the Johnsons. Bjork back to her best.
||Go Go Smear the Poison
||You either love the sound of mum or dont I think, I can't get enough of them. Lineup has changed slightly
but the sound stays more or less the same, a little up on previous albums perhaps but lots of mad sounds,
all sorts of objects crop up in their tunes.
||The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn
||The sisters are back with more madness. Opera fused with childrens toys and x rated lyrics, and throw
in Devandra doing some crazy vocals and your on you way to finding out what a cocorosie album is all about.
||The Lost Take
||Courtesy of Andrew Bird, duly discovered this dude supporting and playing with Andrew Bird, his name is Martin Dosh. Instumental
electronic beats, loads of melodies, great stuff. He also wrote Simple X one of the best songs on Andrew Birds album.
||Autumn of the Seraphs
||Wasn't mad about this when it came out was much more into their first couple of albums but grew it on me and
was backed up by a superb performance in whelans in november
getting this song
|Maps||We Can Create||for the great opeing track, So Low, So High, sounds like someone was listening to Rollerskate Skinny.
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs||Is IS||if it was a proper album
would no doubt have made top 10. Down Boy probably song of the year for
me, think of Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out with heavy guitar and female
vocal and your part way to |
|Sparkelhorse||Dream for Light Years||was last year, but only got it this year, more of the same, maybe should be top 10 going on number of listens but got it in Jan.
|Okervil River ||Black Sheep Boy||some brilliant lyrics and a variety of sounds makes me come back to this album time and again
|Arcade Fire ||Neon Bible||Never reaches heights of Funeral but the two car songs are superb
|Final Fantasy @EP|
|Joanna Newsom @ Olympia|
|PJ Harvey @Olympia|
|Final Fantay @Vicar Street|
|Andrew Bird @Tripod|
|Gallon Drunk @Whelans|
2007: Another year whizzes by in a blur...
Albums of the Year
(mostly, but not all, 2007 releases)
- Radiohead - In Rainbows. Lots of hype, but a top-quality release
- P.J. Harvey - White Chalk. Short, very sweet, spine-tinglingly beautiful
- The Good, the Bad and the Queen. Damon can do no wrong, and what a line up too
- LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver. Every bit as good as their debut, dance music at its best
- The National - Boxer. Fake Empire, outstanding track of the year
- Beirut - The Gulag Orkestar. Brilliant Balkan influenced debut
- Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha. He is seriously talented, spread the word,
- Wilco - Sky Blue Sky. Lots of gems in here, and finally saw them live. Twice!
- Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge. Lots of late night listens to this at home
- White Stripes - Icky Thump. Back to their best
Albums: Honourable Mentions
- Elliot Smith - New Moon. Even the out-takes are brilliant
- Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
- Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis
- Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
- Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
- Sia - Colour the Small One
- Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Albums: Best Oldish Stuff
- LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
- Hot Chip - Coming on Strong
- Bjork - Medulla
- Bill Withers - Just as I am / Still Bill
- The National, Olympia - mindblowing
- Wilco, Vicar St. & Shepherd's Bush Empire - finally get to see my favourite band twice in one year
- George Clinton, Tripod - funktastic & truly memorably
- Wheat, Crawdaddy - great to them in this intimate venue
- Arcade Fire, Phoenix Park Big Top - if you could bottle their energy...
- Andrew Bird, Crawdaddy - worth seeing for the whistling alone
- John Cale, The Village - living legend
- Cat Power, Tripod - slightly bonkers, but what a great soul singer
- Director, Cyprus Avenue, Cork - best Irish band I've seen in ages (thanks Declan, a great night)
- Peter, Bjorn (no John), Tripod - did their best, but missed John on drums
Not many cinema trips this year :(
- The Lives of Others
- A Mighty Heart
- The Science of Sleep
- Knocked Up
- John McGahern, Memoirs - Heartbreaking, beautifully written
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Of love and other demons
- Paul Roberts, The End of Oil - Recommendation from Murph, everyone should read this
- Umberto Eco, Baudolino - One of his more accessible novels, fantastic imagination
- Paul McGrath, Back from the Brink - incredibly honest & tragic life story
- John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
- Kicking a dead horse – Sam Sheperd, Stephen Rea
- Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer – Aidan Dooley. Brilliant.
- The arrival of Aster, Sept 29 - having missed Ruby's birth, I was there for this spiritual experience. Outnumbered 3 to 1 now.
- Heineken Cup Final - average match, great weekend hanging with Kev and Tom.
- The opening of Ballinastoe Mountain Bike park in Wicklow, only 16 miles from my door
- Boarding in Cervinia with Richenda, staying in an Italian Fawlty Towers
- West Cork Holidays, biking with Ruby and Richenda in the best weather of the year
- Carlingford Lough Endurance Challenge, great training sessions with Tony & Kev, and a very tough day out
Thanks again to Tom for organising. Pity the compilations didn't happen this year.
top ten 2007
1. The Payback, James Brown 1973.
Unbelievable. I downloaded 17 James Brown albums in 2007. This is my pick of the bunch.
The average track length is about 9 minutes and you want them all to go on and on...
2. Moonlighting, Tanya Morgan
Very smooth, fUnky, relaxed hip hop. Funny too.
3. It´s Time, Max Roach and His Orchestra
Max Roach is a legendary jazz drummer who died in 2007. I had not heard of him until a
few months before his death. Alot of this album seems a bit out there at first
but it has a soulful intensity waiting to be discovered.
4. FabricLive 25, High Contrast
Excellent drum and bass mix.
5. Gilles Peterson Back in Brazil
Go Gilles. I´ll see you there.
6. Soul Pride 1960 - 1969, James Brown
Another compilation album, but still....
7. Lee scratch Perry, Best of compilation
8. Vaudeville Villain, Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)
Just starting to find out that MF Doom is the man. And has been for some time.
9. Change is Coming, Money Mark
Keys man from the Beastie Boys funking it up on his own.
10. Yoshimi Battles the Hip Hop Robots
Top ten Concerts
1. Stones Throw records, Madlib Live with J Rocc plus guests.
Melkweg, Amsterdam, December. Nuts.
a. Egon playing obscure, wacky, funky tracks from Istanbul, Seoul and Mexico from the 70s.
b. J Rocc completely smashes it with the best, smoothest hip hop DJ-ing I´ve ever seen.
c. Madlib raps some of his stuff with J Rocc on decks and vocals. Madlib not really a front man
but still great to see.
d. Enter live drummer. J Rocc and Madlib on decks jamming jazzy stuff with fantastic drummer. Best part of night for me.
e. Enter random legends from backstage like Jeru the damaja, Guilty
Simpson, BlackMilk to provide a bouncing impromptu finalé to the tour.
2. Soil n Pimp sessions with Jose James.
Paradiso. Amsterdam, October
Soil n Pimp sessions are pretty mad live. Loads of energy from
the horn players. Great groove from the groove maker, and the keys and drums are sublime.
Mix that with Jose James singing "Park Bench People" and you have the perfect mix.
3. Cinematic Orchestra
Paradiso, Amsterdam, October
Beautiful, and the drummer once again stole the show with his solo (with come faces).
4. Bugz in the Attic
Electric Picnic, Stradbally, September
me and the princess right at the front. Great vibe. Loads of room to get our groove on.
5. Talib Kwali and Jean Gray
Paradiso, Amsterdam, June
Just to Get By!!!! And great set by Jean Gray with some great lines.
"anyone out there born in the 90s?...how are old are you, 3?!"
6. Iggy Pop
Electric Picnic, Stradbally, September
Iggy Pop initiated a full scale stage invasion. And it was only the 3rd song. So much energy. Great tunes.
Great bounce around with almost all of the gang there.
7. Marcus Miller (twice)
North Sea Jazz Festival, Ahoy, Rotterdam, July
Roy Hargreaves, a guy that plays a harmonica like a trumpet on acid,
wicked sax player and drummer. And everyone just blending in to the
groove on Marcus' command.
8. The Roots
North Sea Jazz Festival, Ahoy, Rotterdam, July
Started OK, then mad guitar solo, then blinding 20 minute funk / soul set which got everyone involved.
9. Al Green
North Sea Jazz Festival, Ahoy, Rotterdam, July
Nice gig. And then Al leaves the stage. The band take over and play the funkiest 15 minutes you can imagine.
10. Beastie Boys
Far too big a group for the venue. And we turn up late. Me and Tom nip past the security and then
squeeze past about 2000 people to end up with a uncannily perfect view about 25 metres from the stage.
Just in time for Sabotage!
One guy, a violin and an effects box. Sounded like a 10 peice orchestra.
1. Surfing Giants
History of big wave surfing told by the people who actually did it.
Really takes you onto the waves and down the other side into the worlds scariest washing machines.
Amazing characters, beautifully shot, great music, tension, drama, it has everything.
Captures the human condition in relation to extreme sports.
"For the ultimate thrill, you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price."
Top 10 albums of 2007 (in disorder):
Radiohead - In Rainbows - An album hasn't captured me this fully in a long time.
Burial - Untrue - Haunting broken two-step skittering under decomposed RnB.
Vietnam - Vietnam - Unflagging drug-seeped rock-and-roll swagger.
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - The most mature album so far from these rockers, yet a surprising return to form.
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver - Witty and on top of their game.
Feist - The Reminder - Really, this isn't a style of music I usually spend much time listening to, but Feist puts out damn good music and this was a solid album that returned time and again to my airwaves.
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - I love the return to brash horns and Motown stylings that this album breathes.
Blonde Redhead - 23 - Gorgeous.
Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline - Designed for afternoon skygazing and inward contemplation.
Underworld - Oblivion with Bells - Just what any long-time Underworld fan has been looking forward to. Anyone can Youtube "Beautiful Burnout" and please their ears, though.
Top 5 movies of 2007:
Black Snake Moan
Last King of Scotland
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
John Morrissey's Top 10 2007
Top 10 Films
1. Ratatouille, dir. Brad Bird. Just
wonderful - brilliant animation movie with a flock of great characters.
Christmas properly started for me when I watched this movie.
2. The Lives of Others, dir. Florian von Donnersmarck. Very moving film with a fantastic central performance from Ulrich Muhe.
3. The Science of Sleep, dir. Michel Gondry. Whacky stuff - very funny and moving.
4. Pan's Labyrinth, dir. Guillermo del Toro.
5. Opening Night, dir. John Cassavetes. Slightly cheating because this is a 1977 movie that was re-released this year.
6. The Family Friend, dir. Paolo Sorrentino. Unusual film, mystifying at times, but compelling nevertheless.
7. Lights in Dusk, dir. Aki Kaurismaki. A very slow-moving, bleak Finnish film. Good if you're into that kind of thing.
8. The Darjeeling Ltd, dir. Wes Anderson. I loved this. Much quirky fun.
9. After the Wedding, dir. Susanne Bier. Great performance from Mads Mikkelsen.
10. The Last King of Scotland, dir. Kevin Macdonald. Forest Whitaker is stunning as Amin.
Top 10 Albums
(Most of these are not 2007 releases. I'm not so hip when it comes to music.)
1. Neon Bible. Arcade Fire.
2. Coping Mechanisms. Si Schroeder.
3. Proof of Youth. The Go! Team.
4. Andorra. Caribou.
5. (). Sigur Ros.
6. Dramanalog. Halfset.
7. The Life Pursuit. Belle and Sebastian.
8. Feels. Animal Collective.
9. Far Away Trains Passing By. Ulrich Strauss.
10. Bottoms of Barrels. Tilly and the Wall.
Top 10 Gigs
1. The Stooges. Glasto 2007. The best
live gig I've ever seen. Unbelievable. Iggy getting the crowd to storm
the stage during 'No Fun' was an incredible moment of 2007 for me.
2. Arcade Fire. Latitude 2007. I saw these guys 3 times this year, but this was the best.
3. Billy Bragg. Glasto 2007. This guy is such a great live performer.
4. The Wedding Present. The Village, 23 Nov 2007. Played their 1987 album 'George Best' in its entirety. Fantastic.
5. Spiritualized. Union Chapel, 9 Dec 2007. Great show in one of the best venues in London.
6. CSS. The Astoria, 22 April 2007. I
did a bit of stalking of these guys too this year. They always put on a
top show. This one was probably the best.
7. The Go! Team. The Astoria, 9 Oct
2007. It was certainly better than hearing a muffled version of their
set in my tent at Glasto while Elina got sick into a plastic bag.
8. Chumbawamba. Glasto 2007.
9. Final Fantasy. Latitude 2007.
10. Tilly and the Wall. Electric Ballroom, 6 Sept 2007.
And some theatre
1. Three Sisters. The Barbican. Russian company performing Chekhov's classic. Breathtaking.
2. A Disappearing Number. The Barbican. Fantastic Complicité show about maths.
3. The Bull. The Barbican. Irish company Fabulous Beast with a highly physical and visual reworking of the legend.
4. Macbeth. The Gielgud. Patrick Stewart gives a stunning performance as the eponymous Scottish king.
5. Anthony and Cleopatra. Novello Theatre. Patrick Stewart again.
6. Equus. The Gielgud. Daniel Radcliffe and Joanna Christie in the buff. A very satisfying evening's entertainment.
Murph's albums of 2007!! (Very quickly and off the top of my head!)
Mark Ronson - Version
The Nextmen - This Was Supposed To Be The Future
Tim Armstrong - A Poets
Frank Black - 93-03
The Black Seeds - Into the Dojo
Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta
Foo fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Bernard Fanning - Tea & Sympathy
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Biggest Album Anti-Climax - The Beastie Boys - The Mix Up
Murph's Films of 2007 (i.e. watched this year...)
Little Miss Sunshine
Arthur and the Minimoys
Murph's Books of 2007
Angels of Death: Inside the Outlaw Biker Gangs Global Empire - Julian Sher
Tarzan Presley - Nigel Cox
Don't Tell Mum I Work On The Rigs; She Thinks I'm The Piano Player In A Whorehouse - Paul Carter
A Walk on the Nightside - Simon R. Green
The Traveller - John Twelve Hawks
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Eragon & Eldest - Chriatopher Paolini
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen
Whores - an oral biography of perry farrell and janes addiction - Brendan Mullen
Top 10 2007
2007 has been such a great year. I remember standing on the beach in
Lahinch on New Years Day in a crazy storm
and seeing a kitesurfer, thinking how mental it was and how I would
love to try it. This was the year of kitesurfing, Brasilian style, epic
trips to the mountains, snowboarding and walking, climbing and jazz, my
first full year in newcastle since '02, growing to love this city all
over again, the people, the music,the bohemian ebb and flow from Baltic
Chambers to the Ouseburn and all points in between.
Newcastle doesn't get many big names but the jazz scene has been
fantastic. Schmazz nights at the Cluny, the Gateshead Jazz Festival
and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam were live highlights. Kev
iPod on the Cumbuco shuffle for 4 weeks in Brasil and Manons
compilations, big influences. If I had to pick ten albums, then I guess
these would be them, but impossible to order.....
||Yoshimi Battles the Hip Hop Robots|
|Broken Social Scene
||Broken Social Scene |
|Lee 'Scratch' Perry
||Upsetter: Essential Madness from the Scratch Files|
||Things Fall Apart|
||Atlantis : Hymns for Disco|
||Come on Feel the Illinoise|
||The Reminder |
||The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn |
||Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon|
||Live at Folsom Prison|
Very Honorable mentions
|Ali Farka Toure
||Lost at Sea|
||Days to Come|
||Human Engine |
||Echo Architect |
||For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights |
|Esbjorn Svensson Trio
||EST plays Monk |
||Spider Smile |
||Nouvelle Vague |
||Hope,Land and Sea |
||The Best of Jimmy Cliff |
Finally I have to mention Thievery Corporation's Cosmic Game, all
Cane141's music, dj Krush, Kanye West, all the EST albums, Lee
'Scratch' Perry, Max Romeo, Augustus Pablo,Trojan Records.... old tunes
that soundtracked my year. Kev turned my onto Madlib late on and I am
loving his sweetest hip hop sounds,
GigsMy gig of the year has to be
Cane141 in Dublin, finally catching a show of one of my favourite bands
after all these years, and getting a bunch of freebies cause myself and
Tom drove from London to see them! Also, Ewan, Jamie and the crew as "A
Bit on the Side" at the Side Cafe, regular soul music on a Wednesday
night. More than anything though, this was the year of great jazz...
|Cane141 at The Sugar Club, Dublin|
|Richmond Fontaine at The Cluny|
|John Etheridge at The Cluny|
|Led Bib and Extreme Measures at The Cluny|
|The Plan for Tonight at several venues including Oxjam|
|Deirdre Cartwright at The Cluny|
|And Shephard's Cascade at The Cluny|
|Graeme Stevens Sextet at The Cluny|
|Frode Gjerstad Trio at The Star and Shadow|
|Martin Taylor's Fraternity at the Gala Theatre, Durham|
|Sanjah at the Sage, Gateshead|
|Fran Perez at The Star and Shadow|
|Nouvelle Vague at Newcastle Students Union|
|James Lavelle at World Headquarters|
|A Bit on the Side at The Side Cafe|
|Martin Stephenson and the Daintees at The Cluny|
The Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival
|Byron Wallens Meeting Ground, Bill Bruford and Michel Borstlap, Chris Bowden Trio, Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.),
Gilles Peterson, Andy Shephard|
The North Sea Jazz Festival
|Joe Zawinal, E.S.T., The Roots, Marcus Miller, The Cinematic Orchestra,
Jamie Lidell, Al Green, dj Manga
Myself and some friends got their old bookclub,
Stream Of Consiousness
going again late last year. A great way to discover books you may
never have thought of reading, and some great discussions over a few pints of ale at the Cumberland.
However, the highlight of the year is easily Thomas Pynchon's latest masterpiece, Against the Day,
ten years after his last, from my favourite author and he didn't
disappoint. It is hard to describe Pynchon but just think a modern day
Joyce in terms of depth and intricate layers upon layers in a sort of
ordered chaotic fashion, feeling like you are standing on the edge of
precipice of understanding, getting glimpses now and then and like a
great mind altering drug it takes you on a trip, a journey to places
where you feel alive in the dream reality, a cast with strong
character, on the edge of crazy adventures, not knowing where the next
step or twist or turn with take you but just expectant and high on
|Ignorance by Milan Kundera|
|The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki|
|The Road by Cormac McCarty|
|A Perfect Vacuum by Stanislav Lem|
|Seductive Poison by Deborah Layton|
|Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
|Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert|
|Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon |
|Barca, a peoples passion by Jimmy Burns|
|The Cloud Forest by Peter Matthiesson |
|Papillion by Henri Charriere|
|Banco by Henri Charriere|
|Fiesta : The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway |
|On the Road by Jack Kerouac|
|Stick Out Your Tongue by Ma Jian|
|Red Dust by Ma Jian|
|The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell|
|Intruder in the Dust by Willian Faulkner|
WIth three arthouse cinemas in this little city, we are never short of great films. Here are some I saw this year,
|Touki Bouki at The Star and Shadow|
|Latcho Drum at The Star and Shadow|
|Riding Giants at The Star and Shadow|
|Countryman at The Star and Shadow|
|A New Day in Old Sana'a at The Side Cinema|
|Lomax the Songhunter at The Side Cinema|
|The Seventh Seal at The Tyneside|
|Zozo at The Tyneside|
|Control at The Tyneside|
|Sherrybaby at The Tyneside|
|The Serpent at The Tyneside|
|Eagle vs. Shark at The Tyneside|
|The Flying Scotsman at The Tyneside|
|This is England at The Tyneside|
|The Lives of Others at The Tyneside|
|Once at The Tyneside|
|Black Sheep at The Empire|
I was lucky enough to get to a whole bunch of conferences this year and so spent a lot of time in Europe, always adding some
extra days to make the most of it, meeting up with friends and having fun.
Snowboarding in Montgenevre, France January 2007
Tom and Kev got a great bunch of people together, the snow was perfect and so many trees, riding hard for a week, awesome
The Cuillin Mountains on Skye, Scotland Easter 2007
Four nights on the Black Hills, incredible scrambling/hiking nad
sleeping under the stars finishing with the second annual easter egg
Basel June 2007
A chance to see my sister Shell and bro Jonny was out there too, more carnage in Basel after ShellSuit organised the
Park Olympics, never saw a wrestling match quite like Tiina and Jonathan's
Frankfurt June 2007
Great to get back to Frankfurt and catch up with all my old friends there
Amsterdam and Rotterdam June 2007
Great night hanging out with Kevin in Amsterdam, seeds of Brasil were sown and then to Rotterdam for an awesome jazz festival
with Shell and the main man, Jermaine, North Sea Jazz is going to be unmissable in 08.
Northumberland Summer 2007
The wild Northumberland
countryside and coast is a special place north of Newcastle, so much
fun camping on Embleton beach, twice,
looking for meteors and cycling through the rolling hills, climbing on
any of the many crags or just hiking. This place is so magical...
London to Birr and back, roadtripping with Tom August 2007
hours on the road with Tom, helping the crew to move back to Ireland,
such a memorable trip, managing to catch Cane141 and the All-Ireland
semi final in Dublin and clocked up 1500kms, and laughed all the way
Dublin vs. Kerry, All-Ireland football semi-final, Croke Park August 2007
game, scalped a ticket 10 minutes before the throw in, Dublin had so
many chances but Kerry showed what the country lads
can do, true champions
Barcelona via Pau and the Pyrennes September 2007
A weekend in Barcelona after travelling over the western Pyrennes, the
Merce festival was on, and I was on my own, but so much fun.
The Langdale Pikes in the lake District October 2007
Super autumn weather and a great weekend hiking down at the lakes.
Kitesurfing in Cumbuco, northeast Brasil November 2007
trip just kind of happened, Kev was going, I thought about it, we
figured kitesurfing would be fun and spend 4 weeks in little
Cumbuco, from no experience to 25 days in the water, this sport is
addictive, and Brasil is just so tranquillo, it's going to be difficult
not to do a three month season out there next year. Some words [updated with blog link]
Newcastle Utd at St. James Park
I got to see the barcodes a couple of times this season, the game
against Arsenal was classic, the ledgendary atmosphere at the stadium
was great to experience and Newcastle's point help Man U to close the
gap at the top, great!
Michelle's Top 10
It was the year the two great snakes met toe to toe, the first City
Park Olympics where wrestling was a must, Russian spies, balcony bbq's,
winter in the Secret Bar, Buvette in the spring. The year Latvia won
the Eurovision when much to my disgust I had to wear the swiss cow
jumper so cruelly prepared for the poor sucker that would predict the
right country - why..why me..(boom boom booom chu). Laax at New Year
with Jagertee, Ber, Ollie and Rach, Prague at fasnacht with Tiina and
those creamery cans of coffee, hanging with my bros in Basel and France
- both of them falling for my friends and offering nobody in return for
me ;-) and the 'Nish at Highland games time. It was the year when life
showed itself to be so brittle, cruel and short and yet so beautiful
and fulfilling. It was the year one summer Sunday afternoon Norman Jay
brought the sun out in a field in the west of England .....
Albums... (in no particular order of preference)
Fucking Beautiful - Here Comes the Pain Again (Glam rocker from the local music store)
Sebastien Tellier - Sessions
Feist - The Reminder
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My Friends
Hayden - Skyscraper National Park
The National - Boxer
Chemical Brothers - We are the Night
Holyfuck - Holyfuck
Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
DJ Day - The Day Before
Yes, yes I know some of you will know that most gigs I
went to this year were described at the time as ''the best gig of my
life''. But there were some real DUDS - Lemonheads or should I say
''The arrogant Evan Dando'' and some dudes he brought along for the
ride. And their support bang that claimed their lack of talent and any
worthy qualities was due to them pulling the piss out of Switzerland
and it's 95 decibel limit. They were just worse than shite and don't
even remember their name..thankfully. Then there was John Cale, highly
regarded among some but just not my bag. And The Fratelles (is that how
you spell it?). Many claimed it was bad sound equipment - not so sure..
Thankfully many many great gigs erased their memory!
The Frames, Biancas Story, Snow Patrol and Arcade Fire at St. Gallen.
Jamie Lidell, The Roots, EST, Cinematic Orchestra, Al Green, Steve
Miller, Snoop Dogg to name but a few at North Sea Jazz. Damien Rice and
the Magic Numbers in Strasbourg, Feist - Mulhouse, The National and
Hayden - Zurich, Coco Rosie and Bunny Rabbit - Kaserne Basel, Chemical
Brothers - Fribourg, Apocolyptica - Zurich, Bonobo and Dj Food -
Prague, I'm From Barcelona - Kaserne Basel, full of bubbles and
Jungle Street Parade - Basel , Street Parade - Zurich, Big Chill - west
of England somewhere, St. Gallen and camping on 60 degree slopes, North
Sea Jazz - Rotterdam
I've been dismal at reading this year but John Peel - Margrave of the Marshes is a great read, what a loss this guy is.
Top 10 2007 Haiku
Meagre 07 top ten
to growing Malie
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett 2005
Theft, a love story - Peter Carey 2006
Top Holiday read
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen, 2005
Top 7 Films
1. The Lives of Others
2. Science of Sleep
3. Darjeeling Limited
5. Into the Wild
6. Last King of Scotland
7. Curse of the Golden Flower
Top 11 Albums
1. White Chalk : PJ Harvey, but you knew that right?
2. Is Is EP : Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. The Flying Club Cup : Beirut
4. Mirrored : Battles
5. Finding Forever : Common
6. PJ Harvey Peel Sessions
7. Volta : Bjork
8. Armchair Apocrypha : Andrew bird
9. Pharoahe Monch : Desire
10. The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn : Coco Rosie
11. The Reminder : Feist
Best Album Cover
Wagtail, for his cutie handmade limited
edition felt bird cover. See the felt poster version in Road Recs,
impossible to make Dave part with it. Even 1yr olds cant break him!
Top 11 Gigs
1. PJ Harvey - Dec - Olympia
New tunes, new instruments, a well rested voice belting out Snake and
Mansize, electronic versions of Angelene and Electric Light and new
versions of Grow Grow Grow and the Garden. We didn’t miss Rob Ellis for
a second. It was transfixing.
2. Final Fantasy - Dec - Vicar Street
Singlets and a more avant garde performance. Would happily sit through this set every night for the rest of my life.
3. Final Fantasy - Sept - Electric Picnic
4. Joanna Newsom - April – Olympia
Pins dropping and an amazing lady remembering all her amazing lyrics.
5. Ratatat - Sept - Electric Picnic
A lot of hair and noise and some serious back bends by the keyboard player. Our surprise discovery in EP.
6. Battles - May - Whelans
Its always a good gig when you go straight into the shower when you get
home. Think we might have been 2 of the token women there! We havent
tranced with music like this since the wormholes.
7. !!! - Sept - Electric Picnic
Infectious non typical front man getting a few thousand revellers
jumping around a tent. More friendly in the flesh but still good
dollops of swearing thankfully.
8. Spilly Walker - Sept - Electric Picnic
The best thing David Kitt has done so far. This has potential for
hugeness. Its got Ibiza written all over. Good gig for his little
teenage bro on keyboards.
9. Beruit – Tripod
Chaos and a shambles version of Halleluiah, but the gang managed to pull off that eastern sound.
10. Bjork - Sept - Electric Picnic
I dont know what I can say about this, just a perfect mix of colour and vibrating tunes.
11. Bill Callaghan – August – Whelans
Was expecting something very downbeat and moody, but he seems to literally changed his tune.
Disappointment of the Year
Mos Def - Oct – Whelans
Lateness and sloppiness and laziness. Mos let everyone down, and all of
us waiting years to see him. Another one bites at Common’s heels.
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
Here we go again. They still find ways to suprise and capture my
imagination, and their ability to experiment with new techniques to
bring out their music is the benchmark. Liam Gallagher might have
called them "Morris Dancers", but I like wearing bells on my ankles
2. Orchestra Boabab - Made in Dakar
>From Senegal, with gentle rhythms, with a subtlety to savour. On top of their game.
3. LCD Soundsystem - 45:33
A great achievement, and as I understand, paved the way for Sound of
Silver. For Naomi Klein readers, please try the CD re-issue.
4. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
I find the media frenzy around her disturbing, but she has an edgy
charisma, and she sings a good tune. Well... it was this or Girls Aloud.
5. Camille - Le Fil
Known for her work on Nouvelle Vague, this album presents her versatile
the voice as an instrument. I love it because it's just so French
6. Robert Wyatt - Comic Opera
Requires hard work to listen, but there are amazing moments in this
album. Persistance will ultimately show the music's remarkable depth,
that is as colourful and unihibited as the man himself.
7. Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
Ex Pulp musician creates lush landscape and saccharine delivery for
glorious melodies and personal lyrics. Just means I'm turning old and
8. Various Artists - The very best of Ethiopiques
A biopic of the vibrant 1960's music scene in Addis Ababa. Invasions,
civil war, and famine have destroyed this country, so let's hope for
better days, and perhaps we'll hear them sing again.
9. Gravenhurst - The Western Lands
Folky, atmosphericy, guitarry, nicey thingys from the West Country.
10. Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English
The "I've now made it and have seen a few things outside South London
and want to tell you about it" album. Less frantic than his earlier
work, but he is now an elderly 22 years old.
T his is what made my end of year cd,
clocking in at 79mins46secs
1.Racing Like A Pro – The National
2.Is There A Ghost – Band Of Horses
3.House Of Cards – Radiohead
4.Leviathan – Edwyn Collins
5.Keep The Car Running – Arcade Fire
6.Our Life Is Not A Movie Or May – Okkervil River
7.I Feel It All – Feist
8.Lay Your Head Down – Keren Ann
9.Impossible Germany – Wilco
10.You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
11.(A Style Called)Cryin’ Chic – Pop Levi
12.Myriad Harbour – The New Pornographers
13.Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Richard Hawley
14.So Low, So High – Maps
15.All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
16.Silent – The Field
17.Ponytail – Panda Bear
18.Archangel - Burial
Waughboys Top 10 2007 ( no particular order )
Music Top 10
1 The Phoenix Foundation- Happy Ending
2 Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
3 SJD - Songs From A Dictaphone
4 Radiohead - In Rainbows
5 'The Fountain' Soundtrack - Mogwai/Kronos Quartet
Old Releases Discovered
6 The Czars- Goodbye
7 Kid Silver - Dead City Sunbeams
8 Cane 141 - Garden Tiger Moth
9 Brian Eno/Harold Dudd - Ambient 2/The Plateaux of Mirrors
10 Cane 141 - Moonpool
1 The Lives of Others
3 Little Children
4 Eastern Promises
6 Pans Labyrinth
Waiting to see and know they will be on my list!
7 Into the Wild
10 I'm not Here
Live Gigs Top 3
1 Bob Dylan/The Frames - Christchurch
2 Sjd - Christchurch
3 The Phoenix Foundation - Christchurch
Best Live Gigs
1. Director, Cyress Avenue, My Birthday Party
2. Iggy and the Stooges, Electric Picnic
3. Crooked Still & Friends, Baltimore World Fiddle Fare
4. The Who, Live in the Marquee
5. Gilles Apap, Baltimore World Fiddle Fare
6. Anthony and the Johnstons
7. Faithless, Live in the Marquee
8. Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Cathal Hayden, Shane McAleer and Sean O’ Reagan, Baltimore Fiddle Fare
9. The Good the bad and the queen, Electric Picnic
10. The go team, Electric Picnic
11. Richie Havens, Cypress Avenue
12. Cathal Hayden, Mairtin O’Connor & Seamie O’Dowd, Baltimore Fiddle Fare
13. Nouvelle Vague, Electric Picnic
14. Flaming Lips, Live in the Marquee
15. Bjork, Electric Picnic,
16. Chemical Brothers, Electric Picnic
17. Clap your hands say Yeah, Electric Picnic
18. Angus and Julia stone, Electric Picnic
19. Bruce Molsky, Baltimore World Fiddle Fare
20. Craig Armstrong, Electric Picnic
21. Stephen Fretwell, Electric Picnic
22. Mix master mike, Electric Picnic
23. John McCusker, John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick, Baltimore Fiddle Fare
24. BelX1, Live in the Marquee
25. 65 days of static, Electric Picnic
26. Red kid, Electric Picnic
27. Ladytron, Electric Picnic
28. Afel Bocoum & Alkibar, Baltimore World Fiddle Fare
29. Bugs in the attic, Electric Picnic
30. Good shoes, Electric Picnic
31. Julia Feeney, Kinsale Arts Week
1. Iron and Wine, Our endless numbered days
2. Deva Premal, The Essence
3. Iron and Wine, The Shepard’s Dog
4. EST, Viaticum
5. Nitan Sawhney, Human
6. Director, We thrive on big cities
7. Crooked Still, Shaken by a low sound
8. Iron and Wine, The creek drank the cradle
9. Amy winehouse, Back to back
10. Devendra Banhart, Smokey rolls down thunder canyon
11. Ray laMontagne, Till the sun turns black
12. Anthony and the Johnstons, SIT
13. Deva Premal, Love is space
14. The Good the Bad the Queen
15. Anthony and the Johnstons, I am a bird now
16. The Go team thunder, lighting strick
17. Tirarwen, Amen Iman
18. Yungchen Lhamo, Coming Home
19. Deva Premal, Dakshina
20. Deva Premal, Embrace
21. Nitan Sawhney, Introducing
22. Nitan Sawhney, Prophesy
23. Clap your hands say Yeah, Some loud Thunder
24. Nitan Sawhney, Philtre
25. Yungchen Lhamo,Ama
26. Eluvium, Copia
27. Dosh, The lost take
28. Rachel , The Sea and the Bells
29. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
30. The Killers, Sams Town
31. MC Solar, Mach 6
32. Low, Drums and Guns
33. Bruce Springsteen, Magic
Notes: 2007 took a change in direction for me with music, I was
introduced to some amazing sounds including Iron and wine, Deva Premal,
Nitan Sawhney, Devendra Banhart and Crooked Still. My list reflects
this as I have quite a few albums from just a few artists. I would
recommend to everyone to tune in and listen to all the the above.
2. Jesse James
4. Casino Royale
6. The Bourne Ultimatum
7. The lives of Others
9. Children of Glory
10. This is England
11. V for Vendetta
13. Letters form Iwo Jimo
14. What the bleep do we know
16. Miss Potter
17. Last king of Scotland
18. Goya’s Ghosts
19. Elizabeth the golden age
21. Saviour Square
22. Inland Empire
23. The Prestige
24. The Savages
26. The 11th Hour
27. Radiant city
28. Two days in Paris
29. The Golden Door
2. Don’t Touch the Axe
1. The last great war for cilivisation by Robert Fisk
2. Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland
3. The Creation by E.O.Wilson
4. 2012: The Year of the Mayan Prophecy by Daniel Pinchbeck
5. Amongst women by John McGahern