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Old 24th Dec 2012, 13:17   #1
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Default Highlights of 2012

Highlights or low points? Worn down by 2012 or delighted by the cultural offerings of the year? Give us your year's best and worst in any or all categories (or invent your own)..

'New’ means released or published in 2012, ‘old’ means anything produced prior to Jan 1st 2012. Feel free to ignore or add categories to those below.

New Book of the Year

Old Book of the Year

Worst Book of the Year

New Film of the Year

Old Film of the Year

Worst Film of the Year

Album of the Year (new or old)

Song of the Year (new or old)

TV Show of the Year

Trip of the Year

Word of the Year

Sight of the Year

Event of the Year

Grub of the Year

Hero of the Year

Zero of the Year
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New Book of the Year - Yay! I actually (technically) have one!
  • Hugh Howey's Wool (Omnibus edition)
Old Book of the Year - with a nod to Hienrich Böll's The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
  • John le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Worst Book of the Year
  • None - regardless of quality, I can honestly say I do not regret anything I've read in 2012.
New Film of the Year - The Master not having arrived in Spain yet, damnit...
  • Killing Them Softly - just shading Cosmopolis, Argo and I don't know how many others
Old Film of the Year
  • Haywire - an ass-kicking heroine who really can kick an ass... Some Like It Hot was great too
Worst Film of the Year
  • Sucker Punch - unbelievable garbage from start to finish, not even all the sluts could save it
Art House Film of the Year
  • Le Quattro Volte - not a movie, but a beautiful, wordless, philosophical vision
Album of the Year (new or old)
  • Blu & Exile's Below the Heavens - with a nod to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
Song of the Year (new or old)
TV Show of the Year - I've watched a lot of The Mentalist too, but that doesn't count
  • Generation Kill - a tough call, but I'll give it to Breaking Bad in 2013
Phrase of the Year
  • "Oscar Mike" - Generation Kill, my girlfriend thanks you
Trip/Event of the Year
  • Silly question... Glasgae
Sight of the Year
  • Junk Monkey in the flesh?
Grub of the Year
  • I just finished my first ever independent lasagna... it was delicious...
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 12:20   #3
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New Book of the Year
The Lion’s World – Rowan Williams, or Richard III: The Maligned King – Annette Carson

Old Book of the Year
The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald

Worst Book of the Year
The Captive Queen – Alison Weir - for disservices to history and fiction-writing

YA/children’s book of the Year
The Sacrifice – Charlie Higson

New Film of the Year
Melancholia/The Tree of Life/Submarine/Coriolanus…gah, too many good films this year

Old Film of the Year
Dogville or Oscar & Lucinda

Worst Film of the Year
Red Riding Hood or the 2011 Wuthering Heights

Song of the Year (new or old)
Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye or Walk Off The Earth versions

TV Show of the Year
Sherlock, or The Hollow Crown, or Parade’s End

Trip of the Year
To Glasgow for the BDO and to Angouleme for two weeks in the sun.

Word of the Year
tragic” for the first half, and “barely credible” for the latter half

Sight of the Year
My kids in various states of smart dress/costume for films/plays/work/school or family events

(Happy) Event of the Year
If it is Richard III that has been discovered in Leicester…then happy and tragic at the same time. Doubly tragic that he won't be buried in York...

New lighting and facilities in our church

Grub of the Year
The tapas at the BDO; being treated to a meal at our most local nationally-acclaimed posh pub.
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New Book of the Year

Pass - I don't think I actually bought any new books (for me) this year.

Old Book of the Year

The Beast aka The Moon Beast (1964) by A E van Vogt.

Worst Book of the Year

Ignoring those I didn't finish it has to be:

Molly Moon: Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (2007) by Georgina Byng. The (so far) last and (by far) least of the Molly Moon books. I really hope Byng doesn't get to publish anything else.

New Film of the Year

No idea

Old Film of the Year

Kannibal
(2001) - a straight to ex-rental, self-financed, incomprehensibly plotted, dreadfully acted piece of serial killer bumsplatter which is close to nudging Zombie Women of Satan off top spot in my Crappest Film ever Made in Britain list.

Worst (OLD) Film of the Year

The Legend of Harrow Woods - a film of bewildering dreafulness(by the director of Kannibal! strangely enough.)

Album of the Year (new or old)

No idea... Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Kid Koala

Song of the Year (new or old)

Into My Arms by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Which I can now listen to without crying (progress of a sort).

TV Show of the Year

This has to be the Royal Institute Christmas Lectures because, apart from Doctor Who, it's the only TV show I have watched this year.

Trip of the Year

BDO (I don't get out a lot).

Word of the Year

'Ninja'. Which I am using as a verb a lot recently.

Sight of the Year

[Not for public consumption.]

Event of the Year

BDO (You don't get out much do you, Nou?)

Grub of the Year

Black pudding and mango chutney pancakes. Trust me, they're fucking brilliant!

Zero of the Year

A twat in Oban whose face I could quite happily pummel for no fault of his but for his being in the wrong place at the wrong time and probably because he is a decent guy. Still want to punch his face though. ( It's a personal thing.) The fact that I haven't (yet) punched his face makes...

Hero of the Year

Me.
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Old 4th Jan 2013, 19:46   #5
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Old Book of the Year
The Road ~ Cormac McCarthy
Worst Book of the Year
As I Lay Dying ~ William Faulkner
New Film of the Year
No 2012 releases seen.
Old Film of the Year
The Green Mile (1999)
Worst Film of the Year
21 Grams (2003)
Album of the Year (new or old)
new: Blunderbuss by Jack White
old: Consolers of the Lonely by The Raconteurs, and Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
Song of the Year (new or old)
new: Elephant by Tame Impala
old: Hit or Miss by Odetta
Radio Highlight of the Year
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Series 57, Show 3), in the round "One Song to the Tune of Another":
Rob Brydon had to sing the lyrics of My Old Man's a Dustman to the tune of Windmills of My Mind.
TV Show of the Year
Lilyhammer and The Bridge
Trips of the Year
Trips to Olympic Park during the Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Word of the Year
volunteer
Event of the Year
London 2012
Sight of the Year
Grub of the Year
Bobotie
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New Book of the Year

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Old Book of the Year

Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner

Worst Book of the Year

Truth About Lorin Jones - Alison Lurie So awful it hurts to type the title.

New Film of the Year

Lincoln

Old Film of the Year

The Third Man

Worst Film of the Year

The Vow

Song of the Year (new or old)

American Tune

TV Show of the Year

CNN Election Night Coverage

Trip of the Year

Glasgow

Word of the Year

??

Sight of the Year

2012 Opening Ceremonies

Event of the Year

Quitting a Vicious Boss

Grub of the Year

Grilled Lamb Tips (my house) or Barbecue Chicken and Skewered Veggies (Kansas City)

Hero of the Year

Dr. April Pettit

Zero of the Year

My Wallet
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New Book of the Year Nope

Old Book of the Year
David Copperfield. I laughed. I cried. I loved.

Worst Book of the Year


New Film of the Year
Nope

Old Film of the Year
Una Giornata Particolare.

Worst Film of the Year


Album of the Year (new or old)
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian. Played the pants off it.

Song of the Year (new or old)
Olifantje in het Bos. Son sings it constantly.

TV Show of the Year
I only kept up with The Hour, despite lack of enthusiasm for the first three episodes. It picked up, though.

Trip of the Year Loch Awe, Scotland.

Word of the Year
I know Oxford beat me to it, but 'omnishambles' was fantastic.

Sight of the Year
Felix Baumgartner's descent.

Event of the Year
Olympics 2012.

Grub of the Year
Lamb stew.

Hero of the Year
Felix Baumgartner.

Zero of the Year

No worsts or zeroes. I'm trying to stay positive.
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New Book of the Year
Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada. Hey, it only got translated to Swedish in 2012. Not new enough? Um... My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgård.

Old Book of the Year
Red Cavalry, Isaak Babel. I always love it when I find a new Russian author to explore, and when there are only a half dozen thin volumes to explore, I'm taking it slow on Babel.

Worst Book of the Year
Um... it feels a bit obvious to say Fifty Shades Of Grey, doesn't it? Let's say Benedict Wells' Spinner, because it actually tries to be a good novel and just... isn't. At all.

New Film of the Year
Say a tie between Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Holy Motors, awaiting rewatch.

Old Film of the Year
Hausu. There is nothing about this film that's not completely brilliant. Well, except for the part where it's utterly deranged, but y'know.

Worst Film of the Year
Piranha 3DD. Or again, if we're going for movies that actually make a tiny scrap of an effort to do something beyond blood & boobs, God Bless America.

Album of the Year (new or old)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Song of the Year (new or old)
I actually have a complete CD(ish) of favourite songs from this year:

Spiritualized - Huh? (Sweet Heart Sweet Light)
I'm not saying this little intro is a great song, or that Sweet Heart Sweet Light is a great Spiritualized record (it's good, but not as good as his 1994-2001 streak). It still leads nicely into...

Regina Spektor - Firewood (What We Saw From The Cheap Seats)
Hard times. Smash your instruments to keep warm and create new music. I fell in love with Regina Spektor back around Soviet Kitsch and she's become a little more polished and a little more pop with every album since, but as long as she keeps doing songs like this I don't mind.

The Vaccines - Teenage Icon (The Vaccines Come Of Age)
Pop music!

First Aid Kit - Emmylou (The Lion's Roar)
Sure, it's shamelessly popculturally correct and seems almost designed to give Rolling Stone reviewers a hard-on, but who cares? The melody! The harmonies! The kind of seriousness you can only muster when you're a few years past 20! The very gall that two sisters from Sweden would attempt to lecture Americans on American music!

Django Django - Firewater (Django Django)
When everyone else is ripping off Led Zeppelin II, Django Django rip off Led Zeppelin III. Acoustic, groovy, sneaky.

Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Cashback (The Cherry Thing)
Comeback of the year. Don Cherry's stepdaughter teams up with a bunch of free jazz musicians and Sonic Youth hangarounds and records an album fusing punk, funk, hiphop and pure chaos.

Lee Ranaldo - Angles (Between The Times And The Tide)
Farewell, Sonic Youth, and thanks for everything. Hello, solo careers.

Willis Earl Beal - Swing On Low (Acousmatic Sorcery)
I have no idea what Willis Earl Beal thinks he's doing. He should probably be ashamed.

Bob Dylan - Scarlet Town (Tempest)
In the weird biopic I'm Not There there's a scene where an aging Dylan arrives at an old American town in the middle of nowhere, inhabited by characters from the songs he's written and covered, all those mythical modern fairytales and folk heroes from what Greil Marcus called the Invisible Republic. Thats' where he wrote "Scarlet Town", built it from the ghosts of songs he learned as a teenager, with 50 years of disillusion added. "Uncle Tom's still working for Uncle Bill" indeed. (Sorry about the poor audio, Dylan's people are fanatical about keeping his stuff off youtube...)

Cat Power - Ruin (Sun)
Almost 20 years ago, Chan Marshall debuted alone with a guitar and a tape recorder. In 2012 she released her most digital album yet, with synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers, and is doing it all herself again after a few years of working with a big band. She sang about travelling the world. She made the charts. She made critics' lists. Then she cancelled her tour and declared bankruptcy, because this is 2012 and you can't eat good reviews.

Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait (Babel)
Some people will tell you that Babel is the same album as their debut, that Mumford & Sons have a formula and stick to it, that their entire secret is good melodies, perfect harmonies, melodramatic lead vocals, and full speed ahead. And they'll say this as if it's a bad thing.

Ralph Stanley - White Light/White Heat (Lawless Original Soundtrack)
Cover of the year: 85-year-old bluegrass hero covers the Velvet Underground. Because Nick Cave asked him.

Patti Smith - Banga (Banga)
It's been a good year for the 65+ gang. Patti celebrated her (deservedly) acclaimed autobiography with the release of her best album in years. Lenny Kaye howls like a dog in the background. Like you wouldn't.

The Men - Open Your Heart (Open Your Heart)
The reunited Electrelane didn't release any new material this year after all, but this'll do. And yes, I'm comparing a lesbian krautpunk band to a band who call themselves The Men. They have that same melodic pounding over a simple beat that seems to just go on and on and on and on without losing speed.

Anna von Hausswolff - Mountains Crave (Ceremony)
On her debut, she played piano. That wasn't... enough. So on her second album, she locked herself in a church and wrote an entire album about Death on a massive church organ. I'm pretty sure Ingmar Bergman and Nico were playing chess in the rectory the whole time.

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball (Wrecking Ball)
Springsteen's recent E Street Band albums have been dull, dull, dull. So this year he kept them as a live band and recorded with other people. And he was pissed off. And it showed. "And hard times come and hard times go and hard times come and hard times and go and hard times come and hard times and go and hard times come and hard times go and hard times come and hard times go... Take your best shot, lemme see what you got!"

Japandroids - Fire's Highway (Celebration Rock)
Japandroids do a cover of "For The Love Of Ivy" that bugs me. I want to believe that they just discovered this thing called rock'n'roll and have no idea what they're doing, just banging on their guitars and yelling. And if they know enough to cover the Gun Club, that's just not possible. But fuck it, this is rock'n'roll.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Walk Like A Giant (Psychedelic Pill)
Crazy Horse haven't played together in 10 years. Neil hasn't made music sober since the 1960s. He just wrote a very frank autobiography where he talks of his friends dying, the fear of losing his mind to Alzheimer's, thinking he may have forgotten how to write songs... then he shakes it off, whistles a jaunty tune, straps on his 59-year-old Gibson Les Paul battleaxe, and four giants old enough to not know better trample everything in sight as they head off on new adventures. And the road goes ever on and on.

TV Show of the Year
Let's see, I finally got into Breaking Bad right after Christmas and was completely knocked out by it. Apart from that, I guess The Thick Of It.

Trip of the Year
Barely made it anywhere this year that wasn't a job trip. Had a 3-day beer-and-campfire trip with some friends in May, that was pretty sweet.

Word of the Year
Discoverability.

Sight of the Year
Private.

Event of the Year
See "Hero" below.

Grub of the Year
Zigni.

Hero of the Year
My niece, who managed to be born without anyone knowing she was coming.

Zero of the Year
Anyone who opened a sentence with the words "I know you're not allowed to say this in this country, but..."
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New Book of the Year Reamde - Neal Stephenson (review soon)

Old Book of the Year A Time of Gifts - Patrick Leigh Fermor

Worst Book of the Year The Fear Index well-written but disappointing plot

New Film of the Year The Artist

Old Film of the Year Una Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)

Worst Film of the Year Hugo

Album of the Year (new or old) Jazz Samba (Getz & Byrd)

Song of the Year (new or old) I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince) Every time I play it, it rattles on in my brain for days, but doesn't get stale.

TV Show of the Year Montalbano

Trip of the Year Corfu, as ever

Word of the Year

Sight of the Year Andy Murray winning the Olympic title AND the US Open

Event of the Year as above

Grub of the Year Chateaubriand at Rodeito in San Pedro Alcantara

Hero of the Year Julian Assange

Zero of the Year Julian Assange (he's so hard to like)
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Worst Film of the Year
Sucker Punch - unbelievable garbage from start to finish, not even all the sluts could save it
...yep!
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