I finally got it done! The lowest turnout of the decade but with a submission even yesterday we still have a decent amount. I still have to do my albums of the noughties, quiet a few are included in the lists.
There is so much music out there and so much easier to access it these days. As usual we all had our own musical journies through they year with some consensus on the best our there.
Doing a best of a decade is very hard to do. I'm lucky to get in my Top 10 of 2009 which seems to be a little light, so I know some albums are missing. 2009 marked the year I started buying vinyl again in force. It feels great to "own" music again.
The decade list is not in any particular order. I went through some of my old lists from this group as well as looking at Pitchfork's Top 200 list just to jog my memory. Obviously, I am a repeat offender which is why pretty much every Hold Steady, Roots Manuva, Clem Snide album is in there. I was a little depressed after first looking at Pitchfork's list cause there seemed to be so little music I wanted to listen to again (The Strokes. The White Stripes. Beck.), but upon further thought, I remembered all the great music I actually did listen to again and again and again. So here it is and here's to looking forward to another decade of great music.
Top Albums of 2009 Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse/David Lynch - Dark Night of the Soul The Antlers - Hospice (a very close second for album of the year) We were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls Justin Townes Earle - The Good Life Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom Steve Earle - Townes The Maldives - Listen to the Thunder The Whip - X marks Destination>
Shows of 2009 They Might Be Giants - Flood Tour Jason Isbell w/ Justin Townes Earle - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA The Maldives w/ Thee Emergency - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA Merle Haggard & Kris Kristoffersen - Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
Best of the 2000's Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion Clem Snide - Soft Spot Clem Snide - Your Favorite Music Clem Snide - End of Love Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America TV On The Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain TV On The Radio - Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Tom Waits - Orphans Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas Portishead - Third Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English Sigur R?s - () Godspeed You Black Emperor - f#a# (infinity symbol) Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep Royksopp - Melody AM Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade World Party - Dumbing Up Guided By Voices - Human Amusements at Hourly Rates The Meat Purveyors - All Relationships Are Doomed To Fail Troublemakers - Expressway Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Honarable Mentions: The White Stripes - White Blood Cells The Avalanches - Since I Left You The Strokes - Is This It Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightening, Strike
Enda's Top Ten Albums of 2009
- some old ones in there, so much music, so little time. New albums from Jim O'Rourke, Do Make Say Think, the Redneck Manifesto and Battles will all probably be in there once i get my hands on them.
1 Halfset "Another Way of Being There"
2 Do Make Say Think "You, You're a History in Rust"
3 Panda Bear "Person Pitch"
4 Dan Deacon "Bromst"
5 Legion of Two "Riffs"
6 James Blackshaw "The Glass Bead Game"
7 Steve Reich "The Four Sections"
8 Animal Collective ?Merriweather Post Pavilion?
9 Adrian Crowley ?Season of the Sparks?
10 Tyondai Braxton "Central Market"
Top 10 Albums
1. Make The Road By Walking ? The Menahan Street Band
2. Enter the 37th Chamber ? El Michel?s Affair
3. XX ? The XX
4. The Spirit of Apollo - N.A.S.A.
5. Born Like This ? MF Doom
6. Dusk Til Dawn ? Breakestra
7. Dr Boondigga & The Big BW ? Fat Freddy?s Drop
8. Speech Therapy ? Speech Debelle
9. Moon OST ? Clint Mansell
10. Dark Was The Night ? Various Artists
Top 10 Films
2. Let The Right One In
3. Hurt Locker
4. District 9
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6. Battle for Haditha
7. In The Loop
8. Man on Wire
9. Dead Snow
10. Inglourious Basterds
1. The Road ? Cormac McCarthy
2. A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts - Andrew Chaikin
3. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets - David Simon
1. The Wire
2. Generation Kill
3. Battlestar Galactica
4. The Thick Of It
5. Red Riding
6. John Adams
8. Micro Men
Top 20 Albums of the Decade
1. Based on a True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop
2. MM..Food - MF DOOM
3. The Grey Album ? Danger Mouse
4. Run Come Save Me- Roots Manuva
5. Funeral - Arcade Fire
6. Music Has the Right to Children - Boards of Canada
7. Elephant - The White Stripes
8. Hit the Floor ? Breakestra
9. Come on Feel the Illinoise ? Sufjan Stevens
10. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
11. The Black Album - Jay-Z
12. Keep Reachin' Up - Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators
13. So... How's Your Girl? - Handsome Boy Modeling School
14. Madvillainy ? Madvillain
15. As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 - 2 Many DJs
16. Rounds - Four Tet
17. Hot Shots II - The Beta Band
18. Up in Flames ? Caribou
19. Thunder, Lightning, Strike - The Go! Team
20. Remixes - Four Tet
no particular order:
deerhunter - cryptograms
animal collective - merriweather post pavilion
alice russell - my favourite letters
raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx
autechre - quaristice
grizzly bear - vecatimist
wilco - wilco
xx - xx
papercuts - you can have what you want
jazz and stuff:
arild andersen live at belleville
tomasz stanko dark eyes
vladimir godar mater
I bought a few albums I haven't put the time in on yet - DM Stith & Flaming Lips, and other like Annimal Collective which would rise with more plays, anyway, this is what ended up making the cut:
R.E.M. - Live at the Olympia
I was gutted I never heard about these 5 shows in Dublin in July 2007. Including songs that appeared on Accelerate, they sit amongst classic track from Murmur, Reckoning and Fables of the Reconstruction. After all the hype of the last 2 decades I remembered why I first fell in love with R.E.M.
Orbital - Live at Glastonbury
God is an Astronaut - All is violent, all is bright
Here is a 2 minute video of me mountain biking set to Fragile
Afterwards a friend asked was the show worth the heavy admission charge. My reply was easily, more even. And we travelled for it, for Jimmy's 40th the same night and stayed in a hotel for the weekend. I was very much a passing fan, but the show was simply sensational, a lesson for all with an extremely classy performance.
Orbital, Main Stage, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 4 Sep
Orbital broke up in 2004, I had seen 2 of their festival shows before at Glastonbury, in 2002 and 2004 with Christine. If I was asked what my favourite show ever was, I'd say Orbital, Glasto, 2002, so this was the one must see off the weekend for me. Seemingly not reformed but together for a bunch of shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chime. It was just gorgeous to feel their magic bouncing in my ears once more.
Pixies - Olympia, Dublin, 30 October
This show has to be taken in a historical context. The Roxy in New York in 1990, when Kim was spitting on me, it was not, but to see them having so much fun playing Doolittle was an honour. Amazingly the set included the first ever live performance of Silver from Doolittle.
U2 - Croke Park, Dublin, 27 July
Like the Pixies show, the historical context here is that the first time I saw U2 was during my leaving cert, at the same venue 22 years ago in 1987, from that point of view it was very emotional with the tears flowing.
Madness, Main Stage, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 5 Sep
McG's list reminded me about this one, how could I forget. The rainbow twister paid for itself bringing us all together for an EP momemt.
Low/Adrian Crowley - St Canices Cathedral, Kilkenny, 15 August
Efterklang, Cosby Stage, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 4 Sep
Efterlang, is not a name that rolls of the tongue. Taking the Canadian collective "blueprint", turns out they are Danish, 2 tash and cardigan wearing lads and another 5 in the collective, 1 girl on keys. They were as blown away by the crowd reaction as I saw a band over the festival. That usually helps and this show was buzzing. A highlight without a doubt.
MGMT, Main stage, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 4 Sep
I had not seen MGMT live before and have played the album to death with Malie loving to dance to Time to Pretend and Kids. Hard to translate the energy of the album to the EP main stage where the speakers could have been bigger and fuller sounding. It was great to see them anyhow and the songs still shone through.
Jazzanova (Live), Little big tent, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 5 Sep
Amadou & Mariam, Cosby Tent, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 6 Sep
Following the fantastic news last year with the LightHouse cinema reopening in Smithfield in Dublin, the IFI (I still have a hard time not calling it by it's old name the IFC) in Dublin, also are adding a 3rd screen. On the other hand, it was very sad to see the Kino in Cork, close in early december, after surviving for 13 years as a rare art-house oasis outside Dublin.
Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle
The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky
District 9, co-written and directed by Neill Blomkamp
A superb sci-fi film, it's all setup for District 10!
The men who stare at Goats, directed by Grant Heslov
Gran Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood
500 days of summer
Away we go, directed by Sam Mendes
Public enemies, directed by Michael Mann
On 15 October John Sayles came to Waterford to present his classic 1987 film, a special evening.
Scene of the year
Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) says "I just saw Timothy Leary" and falls off the roof. The men who stare at Goats.
Whenever they make a better TV series than this it will be very special indeed.
Six feet under
Had watched a bunch of the first 3 series over the years but we started from the beginning when McG gave us Series 1 (probably last year). We are currently on the final 5th series.
Dexter Series 1-3
Often when looking for something to rent I'd look through Micheal Dwyer's New DVD reviews of the Irish Times Ticket on a Friday. Earlier this year I read that Michael Dwyer had watched 2 seasons of Dexter one weekend. I ended up getting out season 1 and we were hooked. I actually ended up emailing him afterwards, telling him amongst others that "my wife thinks your should get out more"! Sadly Michael Dwyer died on new years day 2010 at the age of 58.
Be warned Agassi is one of my few heroes in Sport, that said so is Jimmy White and I did not think his book was a classic. This is one outstanding autobiography. I was texting with a friend and she said sorry to hear about his fall from grace this year. My response was I do not see it like that, Agassi is a bigger hero to me now for his honesty and actually the drugs were never performance enhancing. That was before I read the book. After reading it my respect had hugely grown. Do not miss.
Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist - Paul Kimmage
Finally at McG's encouragement I got to this book nearly 2 decades after it came out. A real insight into the reality of the cycling world. Next I had to read a proper book about Lance.
From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France - David Walsh
I believed in Lance, I read his book before, I thought he was superman. Having read this superb investigative analysis I have done a complete u-turn. When EPO burst through the peloton drove 30% faster, cyclists who did not take drugs burned out quickly.
Read most of this flying home from a work trip to the states. An outstanding read. Drawing some comparison for me to Stephen King's The Long Walk.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Flying to Costa Blanca I needed a new book after The Road, the airport shop did not have McG's recommended next McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, so I picked another of his suggestions. I did not realise until after when McG told me that Peter Jackson was turning it into a film, he's doing it again, filming an unfilmable book. What a start to a book, unreal. A page turner as well.
Myself and some others have a sporting blog at Skinny Word.
The clinching match against Wales was intense with Jones's last missed kick completely surreal.
Michael Bolt at the world championships
Usain Bolt repeated his Olympics feat by winning both the 100m and 200m at the World Championship in Berlin in world records times.
Wimbledon men's final
How could one follow up the Wimbledon men's final of 2008. Roddick v Federer was not as quality a battle but man was it fantastic. In the end I was a Roddick fan and gutted that he lost 16-14 in the last set, he has not lost 4 grand slam finals to Federer, more than Rafael Nadal who has only lost 2.
Federer winning the French meant he was the 6th men to win all 4 grand slams and the first since Agassi. The Olympics at Wimbledon in 2012 will be great fun with a number of players trying to close out the golden slam and join Agassi and Graf, Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal - if he can win the US Open before then.
Kent, England. We spent a few perfect days camping in Doddington, only an hour from London but gorgeous countryside. The Crab & Winkle is a super cycleway, starting at the Goods Shed in Canterbury and passing through fields of cherry trees before ending up on the small pebble beaches of Withstable.
Emilia-Romagna is spectacular and it was great to carry Malie up this. Thinking about hikes of the year it's hard not to forget a walk I did with Brendan in the Comeraghs on 11 July. It was a constant downpour, I forgot my compass and we navigated with Jimmy's GPS in a plastic bag. We had lunch in the incessant rain at Ned Curran's cottage, this mad derelict stone cottage in a tree oasis by a roaring river flanked by huge ferns, which we had to jump over a few times. I took out my Tocco to take pictures and ending up destroying it with water damage.
This is a gem of a cafe and worth a stop if you are driving though the Irish midlands. I was looking for a website when writing this up and noticed that it seemed to be included in respected Irish Time's Tom Doorley's Top 100 Irish restaurants of 2005. I have not seen the revised list of 2009 - it does not seem to be online.
Niall Lynch showed me his Flip on a visit in October. Flip the button and you have a usb connector to charge and copy the High definition video. A quick and easy high quality camcorder, awesome, a must have if you have kids!
1. Waiting for Godot, London, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart
2. Inherit the Wind, London, Kevin Spacey
3. Steetcar Named Desire, London, Rachael, Weitz
4. All My Sons, NYC, Katie Holmes, etc
5. Hamlet, London, Jude Law
6. Leonard Cohen, O2
7. Paul McCartney, O2
8. Ages of the Moon, Dublin, Stephen Rea, Sean McGinley
9. Tales of Ballycumber, Stephen Rea
10. Luka Bloom, Whelans
Top 10 Albums
1. Bloc Party - Intimacy
2. PJ Harvey, John Parish - A Man A Woman walked by
3. The Shins - Chutes too Narrow
4. Ray Davies - Other Peoples Lives
5. Brian Kenealy - Paradise Place
6. The Kinks - Arthur - The Rise And Fall..
7. Jarvis - Further Complications
8. Sting - Winter Songs (best Album since Dream of the Blue Turtles!!)
In alphabetical order, Kara Donohue's top albums of 2009
1. Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
2. Beads, No One Knows
3. Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique: Rerelease
4. Beirut, Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg
5. Built to Spill, There Is No Enemy
6. Eels, Hombre Lobo
7. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest
8. The Thermals, Now We Can See
9. White Rabbits, It's Frightening
10. Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs
It was a good year for "B" bands.
Top 10 Albums Of The Decade
1. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
2. Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther
3. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
4. Gillian Welch - Time The Revelator
5. Jens Lekman - Oh You're So Silent Jens
6. Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
7. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
8. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
9. Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
10. Islands - Return To The Sea
Neko Case - Blacklisted
My Top Ten 2009
1. Japandroids - Post Nothing
2. Grizzly Bear - Vectamist
3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
4. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
5. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
6. The Antlers - Hospice
7. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
8. Girls - Album
9. Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
10. Loney Dear - Dear John
2009 Honourable mentions...
Richmond Fontaine - We Used To Think The River Sounded Like A Freeway
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend
Florence & The Machine - Lungs
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
JJ - JJ No2
plus Bear In Heaven, Bibio, Mountain Goats...
Top 10 music labels with the best releases in 2009:
1. Anti (Tom Waits, Neko Case, Swell Season)
2. Domino (Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Dirty Projectors, Junior Boys, Franz Ferdinand)
3. Matador (Julian Plenti, Girls, Yo La Tengo, Cold Cave, Kurt Vile, Cave Singers)
4. Dangerbird (Sea Wolf, Silversun Pickups, The Dears, Division Day)
5. Nonesuch (Wilco, Bill Frisell, Low Anthem, Steve Reich, Amadou & Mariam)
6. 4AD (The Big Pink, Camera Obscura, The National, Deerhunter, Tune-Yards, St. Vincent)
7. Sub Pop (Iron & Wine, Tiny Vipers, Fruit Bats, Flight of the Conchords, Blitzen Trapper)
8. Astralwerks (Doves, Bat for Lashes, Pet Shop Boys, Royksopp)
9. Yep Roc (Young Fresh Fellows, Grant-Lee Phillips, The Gourds, Bell X-1, Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin)
10. Lost Highway (Willie Nelson, Ryan Bingham, Morrissey)
I deputised the Minister for Culture & Entertainment [Elizabeth Carlton].
Nothing like the halcyon year of 2006, but at least we're in!
1) Up in the Air
2) An Education
3) Julie and Julia
5) Sin Nombre
As usual I haven't had enough time to listen to everything I wanted to, lots of tips from
people went unfollowed eg. Japandroids, the Antlers (Richie), maybe in the new year I'll get around to it.
From what I did get a chance to listen to this is what pricked my ears.
This year's Anthony and the Johnsons, hauntingly beautiful voice and melodies from another dimension. The music sort of envelopes you, impossible
not to listen to all of the album once you start. Thanksgiving Moon and its various versions on the EP are amazing.
Soap and Skin
Lovetune for Vacuum
Think of Bjork electronic sounds accompanied by a grand piano and a youthful german voice and you're on your way to figuring out
Soap and Skin. Dark heavy slow building tunes with some great screeching along the way. Turbine Womb has some great industrial noises accopanying a great looping
electronic beat, somehow it works. All this and she's only 18.
Mark did the Bon Iver thing and headed into the woods and hung out in a log cabin to create this wonderful album. Lots of wit
interspersed with the usual self deprecation associated with his lyrics, a few swipes at the modern world and himself of course. Beautiful melodies accompanied
by marks amazing voice. A real treat.
In Ghost Colours
This one is courtesy of Les Inrockuptibles 2008 top albums. Poppy dancey catchy keyboard 80s influenced sound, happy and airy will be
guaranteed to put you in good humour.
Florence and the Machine
Maybe the machine in the name is the hype machine, but even if the hype got carried away the album is still great. High energy
intense, Arcade Fire influenced anthems. My music of choice when going out for a run.
Years of Refusal
He has been fairly prolific over the last few years, a terrific album every second year.This one doesn't
disappoint. First half of the album is about as good as anything he has ever done. Still consumed with the same themes of
essentially being unlovable, some nice new angles though. Voice is still able for those screeches too.
Cass Mc Combs
If Buddy Holly was re-incarnated as an indie artist he would came back as someone like Cass McCombs. This lad has been around for a few years, but he only came to my
attention this year thanks to Caroline. A nice easy tight sound, stand up base, cool as they come voice, plus one of the best songs you'll hear all year Dreams Come True Girl.
This discovery came courtesy of arriving early for a Dirty Projectors gig. This ukulele playing lady has some voice and is also
pretty handing creating loops and playbacks live to create an impressive sound. Wild noises and strange sounds mixed with some lovely tunes
meant this got plenty of listens.
This picked up where the excellent Close to Paradise left off. More Jeff Buckley inspired vocals, this time there are some great duets as Patricks makes a journey around
the world back by some beautiful orchestration and plenty of experimental noises.
Yo La Tengo
I love when YLT release an album, I know I'm in for a treat. This one didn't disappoint and in fact gets better with
every listen. All the YLT tradmarks are there, slow building melodic guitar tracks, great harmonies, clever lyrics, pur quality. And to prove
that it's not all the fiddley technology of the recording room that creates this sound they reproduce it even better live as was proved in the
tripod in november. The new tracks stood up to the back catalogue and sounded even better live.
In the absence of a Belle and Sebastian album this will do nicely. Stuart ran his own X-Factor competetion, a lot cooler and less histrionics, and some real talent. Beautiful
female vocals to B&S style songs, more lush orchestration than normal which works with the general style, a throwback to fifties girl bands.
More mad violin antics from Andrew, stand out tune Anonanimal.
The Low Anthem
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
heard this one first one saturday morning on Rte Radio One, at 7:15 while making the girls brekkie, Great
alternative country low fi sounds, if you like Wilco you will definately like these guys.
Anthony and the Johnsons
The Crying Light
if this was released later in the year I'd say it would be in my top ten, you either like his voice or dont. I do and this is great.
Blue Lights on the Runway
Their best to date, more Talking Heads inspired tunes, that's not a bad thing. Two stand out tunes that could become dance anthems, if some electronic remixes happen, Be
a better Band and How your Heart is Wired.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Never reaches the heights of the previous two albums but some contains excellent singles.
Needed more time with this one, but like what I have heard already.
Kings of Convenience
Declaration of Dependence
Only their third album and it's just like the other two, feels like summer sounds in continental europe, close my eyes and
I could be in Paris.
Astral Weeks Live at Holywood Bowl
The original is one of my favourites of all time and van does a pretty good job of redoing it live.
Still managed to get out to a few, choice is movies or gigs, so I was at the cinema twice this year.
Final Fantasy @Whelans
Right up at the front for this one, always a treat to see Owen pallett do his stuff in his socks.
Dirty Three/Josh T. Pearson @Whelans
Could have been gig of the year but for all the people in the front row taking photos, counted 7 all clicking at the same time. Superb high kicks from warren and amazing drumming from Jim in his socks, seems to the a theme at whelans.
Mark Eitzel @Village
Up there with the best eitzel gigs, just Mark accompanied by a piano (unfortunately not a real one!) all my favourite Eitzel songs got a great treatment with brilliant intros from Mark, pity only a handful of people were there. Will he ever be popular?
David Byrne @NCH
Breathtaking performance, some great clips on Youtube if you want to check out, old and new worked seamlessly, the choregraphy
was a classic david byrne quirky inclusion.
Dirty Projectors/Tuneyard @Whelans
Great atmosphere at this one, lots of enthusiastic fans getting swept away by the mad stacatto drumming madness.
Soap & Skin @Button Factory
Crap venue but excellent show, great to see this young austrian woman in a solo performance that didn't give away her age.
Morrissey @National Stadium
Back to where the live solo career started 18 years ago, Moz didn't disappoint.
All of Doolittle and the B-sides, couldn't complain about this nostalgia trip
Top 10 Tracks: (in no particular order!)
1. Midlake - Roscoe
2. Chet - Cautious Melody
3. Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea
4. Dan Auerbach - The Prowl
5. Yo La Tengo - Gentle Hour
6. Cut Copy - Drop The Bomb
7. Charles Trees - It's The...
8. El Michels Affair - Yennicita
9. The Octopus Project - Wood Trumpet
10. Breakbot - Happy Rabbit
Top Ten Albums:
1. Soulsavers - Broken
2. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years
3. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse
4. The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love
5. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
6. Lee Fields & The Expressions - My World
7. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother
8. Megafaun - Gather, Form & Fly
9. The Leisure Society - The Sleeper
10. Quantic & His Combo Barbaro - Tradition In Transition
Top Ten Films:
1. The Hangover
2. Avatar (Imax)
3. The Escapist
4. Let The Right One In
5. Role Models
6. The Wrestler
7. The Baader-Meinhoff Complex
8. The Men Who Stare At Goats
9. Burn After Reading
10. Eden Lake
Top Three Books: (I've read loads this year but these three stand out)
1. Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island
2. Christopher Brookmyre - Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks
3. Michael Connelly - The Brass Verdict
2009: A whistle-stop tour - Ballyhoura battering on the bikes in Jan. Snowboarding the Dublin Mountains in Feb - who needs a ski holiday? Classic Wales MTB trip & Tom's 40th in April. Finally get to the Basque country for 2 weeks, and it doesn't disappoint. Summer kicks in, and a bunch of Kombi trips in Wanda - Mournes, Wicklow, Wexford. Another Electric Picnic, as good as any, albeit muddier. A surprise trip to West Cork for the best weather of the year, and a 2009 highlight. More sea swims than in many a year. Much of the above chronicled in SkinnyWord.
Best of 2009 (alphabetical):
AA Bondy - When the Devil's Loose
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Banjo or Freakout - Left It Alone EP/Upside Down EP
Big Star - Keep Your Eye on the Sky
Blind Man's Colour - Season Dreaming
Burial & Four Tet - Moth/Wolf Club 12"
Fever Ray - Fever Ray/Stranger Than Kindness - Here Before EP
Mount Kimbie - Maybes EP/Sketch on Glass EP
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix + Remixes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
5 Best of Shows of '00s (alphabetical):
Animal Collective - June 26, 2009, Park Stage, Glastonbury Festival, UK
Bonnie Prince Billy - April 3, 2009, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Fever Ray - December 4th, 2009, Parc Expo, Festival Trans Musicales de Rennes, Rennes, France
Tom Waits - June 17, 2008, Glitter and Doom Tour, Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
U2 - October 24, 2001, Elevation Tour, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - one month post 9/11 in NYC
Too hard for me to do the best albums of the '00s, and my concert list is probably way too biased towards things I've seen recently...
Another hectic year... seem to get less and less time to keep up to date with stuff... and as usual my mind goes blank when I start this and I end up making it up on the spot... so here goes
10 Albums Played A Lot By Murph in 2009
The Bronx - The Bronx 3
Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx
Frank Turner ? Poetry For The Dead
Alice Russell ? Pot Of Gold
Hilltop Hoods ? State Of The Art
Bliss N Eso ? Flying Colours
Nextmen ? Join The Dots
Rancid ? Let The Dominoes Fall
Miss Li - Dancing The Whole Way Home
Beatsteaks ? Living Targets
Murph?s Top 5 Books of 2009
?A Voyage For Madmen? by Peter Nichols
?The God Delusion? by Richard Dawkins
?Tiger Force? by Michael Sallah & Mitch Weiss
?The Messenger? by Marcus Zusak
?Diaries 1969 -1979? Michael Palin
Murph?s Top 5 Films of 2009
Zak & Miri Make A Porn
500 Days Of Summer
(OK... light hearted films seem to have dominated this year... but what can you do?)
This year was all about seeing Polly in the Paradiso. Then it became all about DMStith, DMStith, DMStith. And then it was topped by seeing The Dirty Three in Whelans. Wow. If there was a gig of the decade it wins the prize.
Julian Plenti ? I am Skyscraper
Bill Calahan ? Sometimes I wish I were an Eagle
Jenny Wilson ? Hardships
Mos Def ? The Ecstatic
The Thermals ? Now we can see
Jack Penate ? Everything is new
Soap and Skin ? Lovetune for Vacuum
The XX ? XX
Yacht ? See Mystery Lights
Cass McCombs ? Catacombs
SMOG ? Paradiso
Julian Plenti ? Melkweg
Thermals ? Berlin Festival
Massive Attack ? Heineken Music Hall
The XX ? Paradiso
Santogold ? Paradiso
Yeasayer ? Melkweg
Coco Rosie ? Harlem Patronaat outdoor
Eddie Izzard ? Heineken Music Hall
Bell X1 ? 3voor12 Radio station
Bat for Lashes ? Melkweg
Dan Deacon - Paradiso
1.Charlie Darwin ? The Low Anthem
2.Anna, Girl In The Clocktower ? Woodpigeon
3.Penn Station ? The Felice Brothers
4.I Declare A Ceasefire ? My Latest Novel
5.Now I?m A Coastguard ? Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards
6.Two ? The Antlers
7.Tremendous Dynamite ? Eels
8.Avalon Or Someone Very Similar ? Yo La Tengo
9.We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues ? Wild Beasts
10.The Sweetest Thing ? Camera Obscura
11.Bicycle ? Memory Tapes
12.Islands ? The Xx
13.Life Magazine ? Cold Cave
14.Walkabout ? Atlas Sound
15.Leave it ? The Field
16.Olympians ? Fuck Buttons
My top 10 2009: Glad to have 4 well deserving Kiwi bands on the list this year,worth a look.
1- Animal Collective-Merriweather post pavilion
amazing stuff,rejuvenated my musical ear for the year.'Brother Sport' standout track of the year for me
2- Duckworth Lewis Method- The Duckworth Lewis Method
Neil Hannon,to me Irelands best songwriter after Van Morrison, strikes again. Never thought cricket could make me feel so damn good
3- Bachelorette- My Electric Family
More fantastic New Zealand music.Bat for Lashes only better
4- Lawrence Arabia- Chant Darling
Another deserving Kiwi on the list.
5- Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
6- Wilco- Wilco
7- Ladyhawke- Lady hawke
Mastertons finest Kiwi export
8- Bat for Lashes- Two Suns
9- Doves- Kingdom of Rust
Christchurchs answer to the Ramones.
Not sure yet but
- Avatar :definitely the cinema experience of the year..feast for the eyes in 3D
Waterford,this is the Christchurch vote...over and out......
Best Live gigs
1. Leonard Cohen, Belfast
2. Florence and the Machine, Electric Picnic
3. Beirut, Berlin, Germany
4. The Waterboys: Skibbereen
5. Low, St Canices Cathedral Kilkenny
6. Royscopp, Electric Picnic
7. Laura Izabor, Electric Picnic
8. Billy Bragg, Electric Picnic
9. U2, Croke Park, Dublin
10. David Kitt, Electric Picnic
Madness, Electric Picnic
Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Electric Picnic
MGMT, Electric Picnic
Orbital, Electric Picnic
Beth Orton, Baltimore, West Cork
D-Day by Anthony Beevor
Imperium, Robert Harris
The Last Great American Male
Top 10 Films
1.Hurt Locker, USA
2.The Edge of Heaven, Turkey
3. Public Enemies, USA
4. Star Trek, USA
5. Paradise now, Palestinian
6. The Reader, USA
7. Lust Caution, China
8. The Wrestler, USA
9. District 9, USA
10, Milk, USA
The Visitor, USA
The Hangover, USA
Revolutionary Road, USA
The Violin, Mexico
The Baader-Meinhoff Complex, Germany
The Family Friend, Italian
Frost Nixon, USA,
Taxi to the dark side, Afganistan
A Stranger of Mine, Japanese Film Festival, Kino, Cork
Slumdog Millionaire, India-UK
Inglorious Basterds, USA