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Old 20th Dec 2011, 16:44   #11
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Default Re: Highlights of 2011

New Book of the Year
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

Old Book of the Year
And Then There was No One by Gilbert Adair
or Old School by Tobias Wolff

Worst Book of the Year
The Testament of Jessie Lamb (I'm not just copying David; it's shite; see also "Zero of the Year")

New Film of the Year
The King's Speech

Old Film of the Year
Road to Perdition

Worst Film of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Song of the Year (new or old)
Wessex Boy by Frank Turner (because my son is in the video and it was great fun watching it happen in Winchester)

TV Show of the Year
The Apprentice (I think it's all I watched except for X-Factor and X-Factor is poo!)

Trip of the Year
It's gotta be the BDO

Word of the Year

Sight of the Year
filming of the Wessex Boy video (see also "Song of the Year")

Grub of the Year
Mission Burrito again! Yum.

Hero of the Year
Occupy. Keep it peaceful!

Zero of the Year
Susan Hill (has there ever been a more annoying judge of the Booker Prize?)
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Old 1st Jan 2012, 16:55   #12
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Default Highlights of 2011

New Book of the Year
No new books read in 2011

Old Book of the Year
Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy and Stoner by John Williams

Worst Book of the Year
Point Omega by Don DeLillo

New Film of the Year
Pearl Jam Twenty

Old Film of the Year
WALL-E

Worst Film of the Year
Death Race (2008)

New Album of the Year
A Creature I Don't Know by Laura Marling

Old Album of the Year
Above (1995) by Mad Season [included the late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready (guitar)]
New Song of the Year
Video Games by Lana Del Rey

Old Song of the Year
Carolina Drama by The Raconteurs

TV Show of the Year
Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, and Curb Your Enthusiasm (best episode, #8.09: "Mister Softee", and the scene where Bill Buckner becomes an unlikely hero)

Word of the Year
Crisis

Sight of the Year
This image of Prof. Jim Al-Khalili from the three-part BBC Four documentary Shock and Awe: The History of Electricity (aired in October).

Grub of the Year
Homemade apple pie with free locally sourced apples!

Hero of the Year
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Zero of the Year
Ed Miliband
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Old 1st Jan 2012, 21:18   #13
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Default Re: Highlights of 2011

New Book of the Year

A Visit From THe Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Old Book of the Year

Galore, Michael Crummey

Worst Book of the Year

My Mother Wore A Yellow Dress, Christina McKenna

New Film of the Year

Melancholia

Old Film of the Year

The Social Network

Worst Film of the Year

The American (with George Cluny)


Album of the Year (new or old)

Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What

Song of the Year (new or old)

TV Show of the Year

Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Trip of the Year

Prince Edward Island

Word of the Year

Sight of the Year

Grub of the Year

Last night's Cassoulet

Hero of the Year

Occupy Everywhere

Zero of the Year

Stephen Harper
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Old 2nd Jan 2012, 12:06   #14
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New Book of the Year
Probably Majgull Axelsson's Moderspassion (no English translation planned AFAIK, which is a shame). Among stuff anyone here has a chance to read, I'd go with either Eco's The Prague Cemetery or Earle's I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.

Old Book of the Year
Toss-up between Hans Fallada's Little Man, What Now?, Mircea Cartarescu's Orbitor, and Paul Murray's Skippy Dies.

Worst Book of the Year
Steve Alten's Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror. And even that one was hilariously bad rather than awfully bad. I managed to avoid the real duds this year.

New Film of the Year
Red White & Blue, Drive, Dogtooth, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Exit Through The Giftshop. In roughly that order. Bonus point for the mash-up of The Tree Of Life and Melancholia that I'm convinced someone could easily make.

Old Film of the Year
Bicycle Thieves, Dogville, If...

Worst Film of the Year
Utter crap nobody expected to be anything but utter crap: Mega Piranha, shit even by SyPhy standards.
Utter crap I actually expected to be watchable: Red State.

Album of the Year (new or old)
New: PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
Old: Thurston Moore, Psychic Hearts

Song of the Year (new or old)
Just one? Here's 80 minutes:
1. Gillian Welch - The Way It Will Be (from The Harrow And The Harvest): Because Gillian and Dave have been playing this live for years, and they finally released it. And it's still one of the most haunting songs I've heard since Neil Young's stonedest 1970s.
2. Amy LaVere - Damn Love Song (Stranger Me): Because the world needs more snarky female double bass players.
3. Wooden Shjips - Lazy Bones (West): Because it sucks me down into the maelstrom the way Spacemen 3 used to.
4. Lykke Li - Sadness Is A Blessing (Wounded Rhymes): Because you can never go wrong with the "Be My Baby" drum intro, and because that chorus just wraps my heart in ice and cotton.
5. PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose (Let England Shake): Because it's probably the greatest album of the year by one of the greatest living songwriters.
6. The Vaccines - Post-Break Up Sex (What Did You Expect From The Vaccines): Because it's pop music.
7. Mastodon - Black Tongue (The Hunter): Because it's metal.
8. Thurston Moore - Illuminine (Demolished Thoughts): Because you realise that somewhere deep down, the Sonic Youth frontman really always wanted to be Nick Drake.
9. Bob Dylan - The Love That Faded (The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams): Because I can never leave Dylan off any list if there's any way I can help it.
10. Tom Waits - Pay Me (Bad As Me): Because nobody breaks hearts like Tom, and this song makes me want him to never tour again if this is what it's like.
11. Bass Drum Of Death - Velvet Itch (GB City): Because it's fucking rock'n'roll.
12. Timber Timbre - Lonesome Hunter (Creep On Creepin' On): Because it's about zombies. Among other things.
13. Los Campesinos! - Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions) (Hello Sadness): Because part of me still loves Prefab Sprout and I think Los Campesinos! do too no matter how much they pretend they don't.
14. Lucinda Williams - Seeing Black (Blessed): Because it's Lucinda Williams. What else do you want? She can do stuff like this in her sleep.
15. Laura Marling - The Beast (A Creature I Don't Know): Because it scares the hell out of me.
16. Wanda Jackson feat. Jack White - Thunder On The Mountain (The Party Ain't Over): Because I can never leave a Dylan cover off any list if there's any way I can help it, and because at 74 Wanda Jackson rocks harder than most people one third her age.
17. Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever (Smoke Ring For My Halo): Because I don't know how much weed Kurt Vile smokes, but it's obviously just the right amount to come up with circular dopey-grin melodies like this.
18. Comet Gain - Some Of Us Don't Want To Be Saved (Howl Of The Lonely Crowd): Because, well, it's true. And because I'd given up hope for more music from Comet Gain, and this chorus reminds me why that would have been a shame.
19. tUnE-yArDs - Wooly Wolly Gong (W H O K I L L): Because every album should end with a spooky lullaby set to ukulele and electronics.

Concert Of The Year

Shameless nostalgia of the year: Roger Waters doing The Wall.
Shoudn't have to resort to nostalgia of the year: Dean Wareham doing Galaxie 500 songs.
Fuck nostalgia of the year: PJ Harvey doing a grand total of about 3 old songs.
Guitar solo of the year: Gillian Welch finally returned, and Dave Rawlings duly did his job and stretched "Revelator" to over 10 minutes.
Surprisingly ungrumpy and youthful old man of the year: John Cale stomping his way through "Helen of Troy". (Dylan gets honourable mention too.)
Grooviest of the year: Nisennenmondai.

Play of the Year

The Saga of Gösta Berling.

TV Show of the Year
Homeland.

Trip of the Year
London to see Last Night of the Proms and Doctor Faustus.

Word of the Year
Digitization.

Sight of the Year
My NEW FLAT. Finally.

Grub of the Year
Beetroot curry. Well, beetroots in general, really.
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New Book of the Year
Volt - Alan Hitchcock
Old Book of the Year
Edwin Mullhouse - Steven Millhauser (followed very closely by The Counterlife, Thirteen Moons and The Things They Carried
Worst Book of the Year
Babbit - Sinclair Lewis
New Film of the Year
Meek's Cutoff
Old Film of the Year
Brokeback Mountain (rewatched) and Another Year
Worst Film of the Year
Despicable Me, The Fountain and Drag Me to Hell in a terrible three-way tie
Album of the Year (new or old)
No More Shall We Part - Nick Cave
Song of the Year (new or old)
Ghost In This House - Alison Krauss
TV Show of the Year
The Sopranos
Hero of the Year
Christopher Hitchens
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