I figure there’s little more to come this year from the entertainment world, so, let the lists commence…
My Favourite Songs of the Year
1. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
2. Gone by Kanyé West
3. Push The Button by Sugababes
4. Heard ‘Em Say by Kanyé West
5. Krafty by New Order
Runners-up: Oh by Ciara, Can I Have It Like That by Pharrell Williams, Atomik Lust by Super Furry Animals.
(When I was going through iTunes sorting out which were my favourites and making sure I’d not forgotten any, I was kinda shocked that more guitars weren’t involved. Guitars tend to be all over most of my favourite albums, yet my fave songs this year are quite obviously huge, big, POP songs. Hurrah for pop music.)
My Favourite Albums of the Year
1. Late Registration by Kanyé West
2. Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
3. Transistor Radio by M. Ward
4. The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train by Whitey
5. Fall Heads Roll by The Fall
Runners-up: Take Fountain by The Wedding Present, I Am A Bird Now by Antony & The Johnsons, Floorshow by Baxter Dury.
(The first two albums on the list are miles ahead of the rest. Kanyé’s album soundtracked the second half of the year, Fiona’s the first half. Oh, and of course, I’m referring, rather nerdily, to the leaked Jon Brion version of the Fiona Apple album, not the official one which is lacking something. And there you have it, Jon Brion’s hands involved in both of them…)
My Favourite Films of the Year
1. Un Long Dimanche De Fiançailles
2. Dear Wendy
4. Team America: World Police
5. Wallace & Gromit – The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
(The first two films are exceptionally lovely and beautiful. Crash was a film I liked a lot at the time, and just couldn’t stop thinking about for the weeks afterwards. And the last two prove that computer animation still has a long way to go when making a film without human actors.)
My Favourite Books of the Year
1. My Friend Leonard by James Frey
2. To The Baltic With Bob by Griff Rhys Jones
3. Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
4. Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
5. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
(If you’ve not read James Frey’s first book, A Million Little Pieces, you should read that before My Friend Leonard cos they relate to each other. For those of you outside the UK, Griff Rhys Jones is mainly known for being mildly funny on British tellies in the eighties and nineties. His book, though, is a wonderful account of sailing in a small boat from England to St. Petersburg. Ice Haven is a comic book, and very very beautiful. Checkpoint is about two men discussing killing George W. Bush. You probably know about the last book so I’ll shut up.)
A couple of links to finish up the lists:
The Lister – A blog that likes lists by Flip Flop Flying regular comments-boy, Dave.
Keef’s Rants – A new strange little blog that I somehow came across last night by a bloke who doesn’t like these end-of-year lists. His writing style is, err, unique, but quite absorbing.
Those who read yesterday’s rant may be interested to know that the Telekom man came about half an hour ago. He was a nice lad, about 12 years old. Oh, and I found something I’ve never used in Microsoft Word before: AutoSummarize. I was trying to click Word Count, but, y’know, butterfingers. Anyway, it highlights the key parts of a text. So I put in yesterday’s post and this is the summary:
Between 8.00pm and 4.00pm. I used to work for British Telecom doing directory enquiries as a summer job. The truly mystifying thing is this: within hours of signing up for this new Internet service, I got an SMS text message on my mobile phone welcoming me and blah-de-blah-blah. Why treat customers with respect when they can treat them like shit? If only they were packets of marshmallow.
So there you go.
Oh, and nearly forgot, here’s today’s advent picture. It’s the big Christmas fair on Unter den Linden.