There’s going to be a lot of stuff that was not release in 2019 on here. I’ve also been using Amazon’s streaming service which I can’t seem to find my most played here. I mostly dislike it, but I dislike most streaming services for one reason or another.Sault – 7
A buddy had been recommending these guys for the last few weeks. They finally clicked for me last week and I can’t get enough of this album.Slayer – Reign in Blood
Never listened to Slayer during my brief metal phase in junior high school. Just needed something loud and fast one day and this really nailed it. Unfortunately, all the searching I did really killed my recommendations. All I got for weeks was shitty metal bands recommended to me.Jason Isbell – Southeastern (2013), Something More Than Free (2015)
Still a huge fan of both these.John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat (2015), Big Bad Love (2017), In the Throes (2013)
One of the best recent American songwriters. HOTH will always be in my list as it was what I was listening to everyday while spending a month in southern Indiana waiting for my song to be born.Walter Martin – My Kind of Music (2017) Coeo – “Flesh World”
Really rediscovered House music this year. Been playing this track constantly along with Pete Heller’s “Big Love”The Cure – Curaetion 25 and Anniversary
Both of these live albums are just amazing.Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel Riton & Kah-lo – Foreign Ororo
This album RULES. I likely have listened to this album the most this year. Maybe challenged by John Moreland.Little Simz – GREY area
“Boss” Oh my.Jitwam – whole catalog
Just discovered Jitwam this year and just been digging it allShows
I didn’t make it to many shows this year. I will blame my 2 year old kid. Got out to see the Hold Steady which was fun.Events MLS Cup Final
My wife and I made it to Seattle’s first Cup final in Toronto in 2016. That was fun, but this one was better. At home for the win! If you don’t follow MLS, the Sounders have been in the Cup final 3 of the last 4 years – all against Toronto. 2-1 record over those 4 years. So much fun.Walking the East Highland Way
A few years ago, my wife, sister-in-law and I walked the Camino Portuguese route. My SIL has done a couple other walks. She wanted to the West Highland Way, but we do things so last minute, that it’s hard to book things, so we opted for the less popular and newer East Highland Way. Just had a killer time. I’m really digging walking tours. My wife, not so much. She and my son came along and picked us up and dropped us back off each day.Pacific Crest Trail – Section J
Last year I hiked Section I (Chinook Pass to Snoqualmie Pass here in Washington) with my 18 year old nephew and my friend Stan. This year Stan hiked the entire 2600 mile trail and I joined him for Section J (Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass). The scenery is just hard to describe. Beautiful beyond belief. Got an early snow dump on us the first night and spent the next 5 days walking up and down in the snow.Disneyland
2 weeks ago. With the family plus my parents and a friend. My son’s first time. That was what made it so special. WAY too expensive, but pretty worth it to watch him.
With the usual apologies to the Main Man, here is my 2019 Tom's Top Ten. All live this year, Youtube playlist at the link below.Deerhunter - He would have laughed, live at Best Kept Secrets 2018 Slowdive - Sugar for the pill, live at Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Brooklyn, 2017 Tindersticks - Piano Song, live, unknown Vampire Weekend - Giving up the gun, Roseland Ballroom New York, 2013 The Church - A new season, live in Sydney, 2011. Bon Iver - re: Stacks, live in Singapore (with The Staves) 2016 London Grammar - Pure Shores, BBC Session 2014 David Sylvian - Blackwater, unknown Mark Kozelek - Mistress (with The Roots), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 2012 Fontaines D.C. - Television Screens, Rockpalast 2019
Playlist available at: Tom's Top Ten 2019 - YouTube
Top Ten Albums1. Lankum - The Livelong Day stunning album and the best yet from Lankum, taking trad to some really interesting new places 2. Maria Sommerville - All my People wonderful, hazy Irish electronica/pop with some nice shoegaze touches 3. Broken Social Scene - Let's Try the After, Vol 1 & 2 4. Sharon van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow 5. Conor Walsh - The Lucid 6. The National - I Am Easy To Find 7. John Luther Adams - Become Desert 8. Jerusalam in my Heart- Daqa'iq Tudaiq 9. Nick Cave - Ghosteen 10. The Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Sessions
Top Ten TV shows (so many to choose from this year)1. Chernobyl simply masterful show, from the cinematography, to the music, and acting, really top notch, and terrifying stuff all the way, superb tv. 2. The Virtues utterly harrowing, but simply masterful acting from Stephen Graham in particular. Not an easy watch, but really amazing stuff. 3. Succession hilariously horrible people, behaving atrociously, lots of fun! 4. What We Do In The Shadows a criminally under appreciated comedy gem, even better than the movie which was also great. 5. Watchmen a worthy sequel to the original, and wonderful comic. Just ignore the film. 6. Top Boy great UK crime series, new series on Netflix now, but the original two series are there too and worth a watch also. 7. Fleabag excellent stuff as always, and a nice finish to the series 8. Stath Lets Flats another criminally under appreciated comedy show. 9. I think you should leave with Tim Robinson the only bad thing about this sketch show, is that it's too short. 10. Legion apart from Watchmen, this is the only other comic adaptation work watching imho. Honourable mentions: Russian Doll, Silicon Valley, Baskets, Ramy, Documentary Now, True Detective, Mr Robot, Los Espookys, The Mandalorian, Catastrophe
Top Ten Movies1. Pain and glory 2. If Beale Street could talk 3. The Irishman 4. The Sisters Brothers 5. The Favourite 6. Diego Maradonna 7. Mandy 8. Us 9. Nick Cave - Once more time with Feeling 10. El Camino www.endabates.net
Albums1. Big Thief – U.F.O.F 2. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors 3. Big Thief – Two Hands 4. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride 5. Billie Eillish - When we all fall asleep, where do we go? 6. Mannequin Pussy – Patience 7. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising 8. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel 9. Heard it in a Past Life – Maggie Rogers 10. Leonard Cohen – Thanks for the Dance
Songs1. Light Years – The National 2. Gone – Charlie XCX ft. Christine 3. Not – Big Thief 4. This Life – Vampire Weekend 5. Feet – Fat White Family 6. Too Much – Carly Rae Jepsen 7. Boys in the Better Land – Fontaines D.C. 8. Light On – Maggie Rogers 9. Juice – Lizzo 10. Dream Boy – Beach Bunny
Gigs/Shows1. The Cure – Mad Cool Festival 2. The National – Mad Cool Festival 3. Christine and the Queens – Electric Picnic 4. The 1975 – Electric Picnic 5. Dylan Moran – UCH 6. High Jackman Show – Paris 7. She Drew the Gun – The Workman’s Club 8. The Wedding Present – Dolan’s
Movies1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2. Little Women 3. Joker 4. Avengers: Endgame 5. Book Smart 6. Hustlers 7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 8. Knives Out 9. Rocketman 10. Captain Marvel
TV Shows1. Succession 2. Chernobyl 3. Madame Secretary 4. Watchmen 5. Unbelievable 6. Schitt’s Creek 7. This is Us 8. Sex Education 9. The Good Doctor 10. The Morning Show
Books1. Exhalation – Ted Chiang 2. City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert 3. Extreme Economies – Richard Davies 4. Whisper Network – Chandler Baker 5. Heroic Failure – Fintan O’Toole
Albums Vinyl Gigs Film Documentary TV Series Reading Podcast Live Events Armchair Sport Life Hack Destination Hike Climb Ride Swim Run App Gadget Browser Extensions
Near the end of the year my dear mother passed, most unexpectedly. I was not prepared for it, I doubt anyone ever is. Her name was Carmel, she was a teacher all her life and she taught and inspired me so much. I know her memory will keep inspiring my life and projects.
Music listening has suffered this year, due to my workload of a second job teaching. A lot of releases never got spun. A lot of Irish bands however find there way into what I kept returning to. Christine got me Ghosteen for Christmas on Vinyl, I hadn't listened to it before that - I mean does one 'listen' when streaming music at work.
That said, this year, 4+ years after moving into our house I was psyched to get ceiling speakers set up in 3 rooms - it had been wired for it just never finished off. I now have a switch in the sitting room and can play vinyl in any of the rooms (silent in sitting room when playing in another), it's amazing!
No gigs this year since the Talos Christmas show last year and that was set to be my only gig when I heard about the A House show 2 days before.
The not watched list of Netflix films keeps growing, El Camino, Irishman, Roma, The ballad of Buster Scruggs...
Haven't made it to Chernobyl yet and when we went to watch The Virtues, episode 1 had been deleted.
My app tells me I listened to 9 days 16 hours worth of stuff in 2019.
As someone who chooses to not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, WhatsApp does frustrate me at times. It is so handy for lots of things though. Once you turn off all notifications you can be in control. This might be the year where I manage when to load WhatsApp Desktop though!
Who repeats the same text entry, such as an email address? There is no need, I just type em and then select my email address from the popup. On Android you can add these shortcuts in your personal dictionary, this is found typically under System -> Languages & Input -> Advanced -> Personal Dictionary.
The productivity offered by phone apps now is astounding. Here are some fantastic apps I used this year.
Movies:One more time with feeling High life Shoplifters If Beale Street Could Talk Pain and Glory The Irishman Mandy El Camino Lords of Chaos The Joker
Albums:Ghosteen (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) Seventeen (Sharon van Etten) Father of the Bride (Vampire Weekend) U.F.O.F (Big Thief) Cuz I love you (Lizzo) The Livelong Day (Lankum) The Lucid (Conor Walsh) Let’s try the after (Vol 1&2) (Broken Social Scene) I, i (Bon Iver) Shepherd in a vest (Bill Callahan)
TV:The Virtues Chernobyl Succession Too Old to Die Young Top Boy What we do in the shadows Watchmen I think you should leave with Tim Robinson Euphoria Baskets
This year has been all about Irish music for me. I listened to more Irish music this year than I have for probably the past 10-15 years. Because of this, I have added my fave Irish albums of the year to my list. Sorry Tom ;). As usual, it has been really enjoyable to remind myself about the year's great albums and wonderful live gigs. Thanks Tom!
The winner this year was an amazing 3 hour (or longer?) solo gig by Amanda Palmer in the Concert Hall preceded by a bizarre afternoon where I got to slide out of work early and go do a [Shintaido] (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4DjrZInjax/) (quasi-martial art / dance / vocalisation thing) session with her, the teacher, her photographer and one other randomer in the St. Stephen's Green Bandstand while it hammered rain. One of those utterly bizarre but wonderful life affirming moments!
Bjork was stunning as ever, we were lucky to have seats in the second row, right in front of her. Flew to London to see The Hold Steady. GoGo Penguin savage as always. The surprise of the year was Moving Hearts, who I had never seen live and went to on a whim. Amazing, amazing talent.
Hecuba tops my best 5 plays this year. It was really amazing, especially Brian Doherty who I don't think I had seen before, as Agamemnon. But so draining. The Greeks don't fuck about when they say it's going to be a tragedy. They give it to you with both barrels. Hamnet was brilliantly done, really eery and the best use of technology in a play I have seen in years.
Leading on from Free Solo, The Dawn Wall was a gripping and often insane story of mountain climbing. Anyone who liked Free Solo should definitely watch it. My other favourite films from this year were ones I was late catching up on. Pickpocket, Icarus and The Warriors. But I thought Hobo was a real gem of a film, capturing the life of someone who rides the railroad cars in America.
TV wise I was watching American Gods Season 2 and Good Omens but neither of them really shone to be honest.
Why we sleep isn't particularly shocking but it did refocus me a bit. I have given up coffee after midday now due to it for a start! Neil Gaiman's collection of non-fiction shows that he can turn his hand to anything. And on a day when the heavens opened and soaked me, I took shelter in Books Upstairs and was delighted to find out that there was a fourth book in the Earthsea "trilogy" by Ursula le Guin, Tehanu.
Other things that were fun:
Liberties Fun Run - After a series of injuries it was so good to get to race this again, two years after my last race. Slower but I'll take that.
Jujutsu - Continuing the theme of long layoffs, 11 years after I stepped off the mats I decided to go back to Jujutsu, back to a white belt and it's a much longer cycle to training these days but I'm really loving it.
Here are my Top 10 Artists Played in 2019. Some had new release albums and some did not, and honestly I cannot track by album very much anymore. But these artists saw the heaviest rotation and most admiration while listening in 2019:1. Future Islands 2. Tame Impala 3. Deerhunter 4. Silversun Pickups 5. Santigold 6. The xx 7. War on Drugs 8. James 9. Poliça 10. Eminem
So my albums are as follows:In no particular order although I've probably listened to the top 3 the most! 1) Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - And Now For The Watchamacallit 2) Dinosaur Pile-Up - Celebrity Mansions 3) Ty Segall - Taste 4) Richard Hawley - Further 5) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen 6) Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied 7) Wand - Laughing Matter 8 ) Jane Weaver - Loops In The Secret Society 9) Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knockin 10) Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury (love the Netflix visual version too!) 11) Sallow Pillow - Wince Meat EP 12) Angelo De Augustine - Tomb 13) Mikal Cronin - Seeker 14) Temples - Hot Motion 15) Black Belt Eagle Scout - Mother Of My Children.
There are a few albums, which were released in 2018 but only discovered (or recommended) this year (such as Nothing and Phobophobes) so I haven't included them!
Movies of the year:1) Destroyer 2) Fighting With My Family 3) The Kid Who Would Be King 4) Spiderman - Far From Home 5) Spiderman - Into the Spiderverse 6) The Sisters Brothers 7) Avengers End Game 8) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and a soft spot for the Hobbs & Shaw F&TF spin-off (so bad it was good!) I’ve yet to watch Joker, It Chapter 2, The Irishman and Star Wars Episode IX.
Small Screen stuff:
A bit strange this year as I’ve watched a lot on my own (thank the maker for an Amazon fire stick whilst away!) and shoe horned series in when home with the wife. I’ve missed loads though such as Chernobyl and Gamorrah which are patiently waiting on the Skybox!I have enjoyed these though! Umbrella academy Mind Hunter (seasons 1&2) Stranger Things When the screaming stops - Bros documentary Art of Drumming - Sky Arts series Escape from Danamora Godless (2017) The good place Russian Doll Giri/Haji
Live music (and a couple of comedians!)
Yay! I actually saw plenty of bands this year!!!!!J Mascis Jr - Liverpool Arts Club Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Liverpool Shipping Forecast Nick Cave - Birmingham symphony hall Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - invisible wind factory, Liverpool (support Our Girl) Deeper Cuts one day festival (ft Buzzard, Buzzard, Buzzard and The Gear) - Liverpool various venues Holydrug Couple (support by Sallow Pillow - ones to look out for esp if you like Oh Sees eat al) - Phase One, Liverpool The Velveteers (support pearl harts and the kangaroos) - phase one, Liverpool King Khan’s Louder Than Death (ohmns and fruit tones)- Zanzibar, Liverpool Fangclub (support Lola, wolf manor) - Zanzibar, Liverpool Phobophobes (support uncle Jane - Phase One, Liverpool Turin Brakes - Exeter Phoenix Sean Walsh - Exeter corn exchange Henning Wehn - Exeter corn exchange Off to see Stealing Sheep this Thursday too! Already have Nick Cave, Ash (taking my 13yr old for his first gig) and Faith No More lined up for next year :D
Aldous Harding - Designer A brilliant follow up to her previous album Party which topped my list in 2017. Another mix of singing styles and song styles, her voice goes from sounding like Stina nordenstam to Nico. We were lucky enough to catch her live twice this year, mesmerising stage presence.
Prefab Sprout - I Trawl the MegahertzI heard this sprawling epic song on John Kelly this year while in the car, I missed who it was by and to my shock and surprise it was Prefab Sprout. It was originally released back in 2002 and the record company refused to release it as Prefab Sprout because it was too avant guarde It's hard to describe the album, it doesn't really fit into any genre, it's a mix of a lot of things more like classical album structure to the songs.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen This album will dominate the end of year lists, sparse, beautiful hearbreaking songs, really powerful stuff. Some very Carrie and Lowell moments on this maybe no surprise as they deal with similar subject matter.
Julia Jacklin - Crushing Another John Kelly discovery for me, an excellent album from a young Aussie singer song writer, brilliant catchy tunes, great lyrics all about a young woman's struggles in the modern world.
The Drums - Brutalism Johnathan Pierce does it again another album packed with catchy jingles. He makes up for Moz having turned all right wing and brexity, I need someone to write songs with lines like "with just one kiss I forget I hate myself, it's just a little blip of joy" in my favourite tune on the album Blip of Joy.
Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied A bit of an electronic experimental departure from one of the godfathers of indie. There's nothing conventional about this album, and it barely hangs together but I like that shambolic nature of it.
Sharon van Etten - Remind me Tomorrow Jupiter 4, this is my favourite song of the year, sends tingles down my spine when I hear it. It was amazing seeing her play it live too this year, she is a brilliant artist still producing brilliant albums
Common - Let Love In Common does it again, following on from last years brilliant August Greene album, this one is similar in sounds, some great jazz influenced tunes and lots of right on words.
Tindersticks - No Treasure but Hope They are the masters of intertwining gorgeous orchestration and their indie rock sound, it doesn't seem forced just a natural coexistence like they are always meant to be together.
Bonnie Prince Billie - When We Are Inhuman This one passed me by earlier in the year but I'm glad I gave it a proper listen. Bryce Dessner teams up with BBP and creates a whole new soundscape for some old greats in the BBP canon. Some Owen Pallet sounding parts in how the songs are put together, loads of unusual instrumentation.
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors Not as melodic as her last album, a little harder to get into but some epic tunes particularly the opening track Lark.
Lankum - The Livelong Day I wasn't expecting to like this but was recommended by fellow Gloaming fans. There's a real feel of Dirty Three and Bonnie Prince Bille off this, so park your trad music prejudice and give this a listen, there's an amazing rework of The Wild Rover.
Durand Jones & The Indications - American Love Call. This sounds like it comes from the heyday of 70s soul, Morning in America is the new What's going on, amazing tune.
Lee Field and the Expressions - It Rains Love Another old soul sound transported to the present day but more conventional love songs than protest songs.
Calexico and Iron and Wine - Years to Burn Slow and quiet and takes a few listens to get into. Slow and quiet and takes a few listens to get into. There are a couple of classic Calexico influenced tunes that increase the pace and include their trademark sound and really lifts the album.
Fontaines DC - Dogrel Brilliant guitar driven sounds from these Irish boys. Unfortunately I was too slow in getting tickets to see them live, I'd say it's a spectacle.
Girl Band - The Talkies Other noisey Irish boys who I did manage to get to see live and they are so much better live than recorded.
Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps More amazing lyrical gymnastics from this brilliant poet, she conjures up gorgeous images.
The Divine Comedy - Offic Politics Neil reminds us what a good song writer he is. Lots of great tunes on this album, which sparked me to listen to some of his old stuff too. I've included Mutual Friends on my playlist because I think it's very like Owen Pallet, but 10 years earlier.
FKA Twigs - MagdeleneI saw FKA Twigs on Jools Holland show and loved it. A cross between Bjork and Kate Bush.
Successful gig year, managed to fit in a lot more than usual and reminded myself why music has to be experienced live.
Aldous Harding @ Vicar St. @Iveagh Gardens - hypnotic on stage
Janelle Monet @TCD - Like prince in his heyday
Julia Jacklin @Button Factory - A lot of fun live, finished off with an Avril Lavigne number which seems to be a thing
Bell X1 @Vicar St. - a walk through their work with Strings attached, really nice.
Girl Band @Vicar St. - Glad I was on the balcony for this, moshing madness
Caroline Rose @Liberty Belle NY. - Best gig of the year on a boat in the hudson, what a brilliant artist, great fun and tonnes of great tunes.
Steve Malkmus @ Whelans - Solo with his box of tricks, I love that he still plays these venues.
Villagers @Iveagh Gardens - brilliant place to see him live, crowd was great, super atmosphere, I loved his last album so was great to see all that live.
Kamasi Washington @Olympia - second best gig of the year, great whiplash moments of drumming, epic tunes from a master at work.
Anderson Paak @Olympia - great show, but just not up to Kamasi Washington, level, was too soon after in the same venue, I couldn't help but compare. Crowd lapped it all up.
Sharon Van Etten @ Vicar St. - really nice show with a Sinead O'Connor tune thrown in that I didn't recognise.
Philip Glass @NCH - Amazing to see this, but could only stay for first 2 parts as marathon was next day.
Let's do this thing...
Great year for female (five of the top seven) and Irish artists
Best of the rest
File under: good, but didn't quite grab me
Older albums rediscovered
Not a bad year for getting out to live gigs
Looks like I read only one novel and lots of non-fiction this year.
I love the Top Ten tradition, long may it continue - always fun to reflect on the year, and a bit of a relief to send in when it's done! Have a great Xmas and New Year folks. Over and out.
As usual, 2019 has been a chaotic and busy year for me, but there has been a smorgasbord of aural, and visual delights on offer, that have hit home in the land of Murph.
I happily make my own way through the years musically, and have likely missed tons of major releases that are awesome in 2019. The following list are the albums that have been on heavy rotation throughout 2019.1. The Specials ‘Encore’ 2. Aldous Harding ‘Designer’ 3. The Landfill Crew ‘The Landfill Crew EP’ 4. Turnstile ‘Time & Space’ 5. Bad Religion ‘The Age Of Unreason’ 6. FIDLAR ‘Almost Free’ 7. Fat Freddy’s Drop ‘Special Edition Pt 1’ 8. ASM ‘The Jade Amulet’ 9. Mungo’s Hi Fi & Eva Lazarus ‘More Fyah’ 10. Harley Poe ‘Have Great Life’
I inexplicably forgot to keep a list of what I have watched this year, and the following films are the ones that jumped to the forefront of my mind as standout for me, though there are likely great films I have missed in my recollections.1. Bad Times At The El Royale 2. Lucky Logan 3. Fighting With My Family 4. Rocketman 5. Glass 6. Split 7. Booksmart 8. Hotel Mumbai 9. Lion 10. The Man From Mo’ Wax
There are also so many great looking films that I have not got around to watching as yet… here is a short list of movies I’m waiting to catch;Amazing Grace Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Zombieland The Dead Don't Die The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot Ad Astra Jojo Rabbit
I’ve not read a great deal in 2019, so will concentrate on quality over quantity;1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi 2. The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans - Jim Perrin 3. The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson 4. The Kool Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe 5. Red Sparrow - Jason Mathews
TV1. Stranger Things 3 2. The Umbrella Academy 3. Reel Rock
Once again it has been a shocking year for gigs and concerts… so I’m not going to even bother trying.
Last year of the decade, another in London so needless to say its been hectic and takes a real effort to fit everything in. Don't think I did too badly though. Loved doing a half ironman with Tom this summer and a mountain biking trip with Dave and Tom - thanks for the invites.
Special mention to Miles Davis - In a Silent Way - released 50 years ago and still sounds fresh
Check out this spotify playlist to get a taster of what I enjoyed Top Ten 2019
Looks like I got through more books than in recent years. All brilliant I must say. A reading subscripition from Mr B's Book Emporium makes for a superb present, they recommended a few books I wouldn't have otherwise chosen
I had high hopes for 2019 but just finding it more difficult to fit in the hours with everything else going on. Luckily Tom suggested a few events to celebrate his turning 50 and I decided to join him for a half ironman. That got me going
I don't often enter official events and although I ran several unofficial halfs this year I really enjoyed Paddock Wood. Its a fast flat course and I did it with Nessa - great fun, fast times
Dave laid down the gauntlet, they have been going for years and I finally joined in, a brilliant weekend on some serious trails in wet Wales. I have rarely been mountain biking so it was nice to tackle some of the hardest the UK has to offer....and survive
Great to get back to ironman, a superb course in Donegal doubling as the Irish Nationals and sharing the experience with Tom. Look forward to doing a full in 2020
Winter cold water swimming continues, not as often as I would have liked and you still can't beat that post swim high. I will definitely be jumping into the sea in Ireland over Christmas
When you live abroad its always special to get the chance to meet up with friends, doing the kind of stuff together that has been at the core of your friendships over years. Unfortunately, one get together this year was due to the passing of Tom's mum. She was a wonderful, kind lady who always very welcoming. So big heartfelt hugs to Tom and his family this christmas and thanks yet again Tom for keeping the Top Ten tradition going in what has been a tough few months for you.
1.Pj Harvey - All About Eve - soundtrack
2.Aldous Harding - Designer
3.Sufjan Stevens - The Decalogue
4.Oranges - Hey Zeus
5.Common - Let Love
6.Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp
7.Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
8.Tindersticks - No Treasure But Hope
9.Colin Stetson - The First - soundtrack
10.Caroline Shaw / Attacca Quartet - Orange
1.Aldous Harding - Vicar Street
2.Kamasi Washington - The Olympia
3.Anderson .paak - Olympia
4.Aldous Harding - Iveagh Gardens
5.Philip Glass - National Concert Hall
6.Kathryn Joseph - Workmans Club
7.Girl Band - Vicar Street
8.Shabazz Palaces - The Sugar Club
9.Gus Gus - Button Factory
1. The Favourite, The Favourite, The Favourite
2. A Dog Called Money
Weyes Blood : titanic rising Hot Since 82 : 8 -track Chemical brothers :No Geography Hot Chip: A bath full of Ecstasy Fontaines DC : Dogrel Leonard Cohen : Thanks for the dance
1: Orbital - Electric Avenue Festival Christchurch 2 : Leftfield ( Neil Barnes ) Womad , Adelaide 3: Fat Freddys Drop - Womad ,Adelaide 4 : The Correspondants : Christchurch 5 :Baloji - Womad, Adelaide
Personal Music Highlight
After getting a pioneer mixing desk and serrato dj pro software for my birthday I've been getting some lessons from a good mate who was a dj back in Dublin in the good old 90's and working on the skills. Aim was to do a warm up set of house tunes at a party last week before him- fantastic fun , managed a 2 hr set and apparently I wasn't half bad , biggest buzz was mixing Leftfields ' Rez ' with Robag Wruhmes minimilist techno classic 'Wabb bodun' mid set - got the crowd going for sure !
Forever - Amazon Series Fleabag Game of Thrones - Episode 3 - the long night Best Films El Camino- a breaking bad Movie Marriage Story Once Upon a time in Hollywood
Why Buddhism is true- Robin Wright What we Talk about when we talk about love-Raymond Carver Infinite Awareness, the awakening of a scientific mind-Marjorie Woollacott The Sellout - Paul Beatty The Rehersal - Eleanor Catton
The Blindboy podcast