Yes, seems like just yesterday this blog was a glint in the eye of some bored individuals with too much time no their hands. Thanks to all of you, for sticking around this long, and for those that have left already, good ridence!
For the future, we’ve planned a lot of guest writers. I’ve nagged some people and will continue to nag some more, just to get a few different opinions about the place.
Anniversaries are all about looking back, so we’ll a quick look at 2011 and what it has brought. Gay Byrne for President? Thankfully not. But it did bring albums like this:
1. Tune Yards – Whokill – Not quite as good as her previous effort, but her live performances made up for it! You can download (Beastie Boy) Ad Rock’s remix of Gangsta here.
2.PJ Harvey – Let England Shake – Another top class effort for PJ. She rarely misses.
3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver – Beth/ Rest aside, a lovely album that I’m still listening to a few months later.
4. Modular Sonic Explorations – Modular Sonic Explorations – Nice to have a new name on the list, and this is top notch post rock.
5. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee – Nice to have them back in our world.
And Movies like this:
1. Win Win – I was sold before I went to the cinema, but this really is a lovely movie.
2. Poetry -It felt a bit slow at the time watching it, but it really stayed with me afterwards, and is an interesting moral tale to work through.
3. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes – I watched this with a smile on my face throughout. I loved the scenes of the apes attacking, and as with all good animal movies, the humans make such good bad guys!
4. Senna – I’m generally not a huge fan of documentaries on the big screen, as I don’t think it adds that much to it, above watching it on TV, but this is an interesting tale of ambition and character. No interest in F1 is required!
5. Animal Kingdom – A low budget Australian movie, that showed how a young man was sucked into a web of violence.
And the most disappointing movie of the year… The Tree of life
Update: Thanks to James K for this one. Sit back and be dazzled. Tom Waits channeled through the Cookie Monster.