Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Mr Screenwriter Changes Trains.

I’m off for a few days holiday, so, though I will still be moderating comments, there may be more delay than usual. Apologies. Hey. Guess where I’m going. Cat got your tongue, Karla? Please keep making your contributions to the …

Sat, Nov 28, 2009, 01:23

   

I’m off for a few days holiday, so, though I will still be moderating comments, there may be more delay than usual. Apologies. Hey. Guess where I’m going.

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Cat got your tongue, Karla?

Please keep making your contributions to the end-of-year debate. If I can be bothered, I may try and gather together the data into a coherent post when I get back. Prepare yourself for Tuesday when — contain your excitement Listomaniacs — I will be publishing my pick of the 20 best films of the decade. As you will undoubtedly have suspected, Rob Schneider will be all over it.

Until then, not that anybody cares, here are my favourite ten albums of the year. Make your own comments on the best and worst in rock ‘n’ pop during 2009 at Earthworm Jim’s fine “blog“. Here goes…

Monoliths and Dimensions by Sunn O))): Drone, drone, drone. The last track sounds weirdly like something from Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way.

Twice Born Men by Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Best tunes of the year. Should have won the Mercury.

From an Ancient Star by The Belbury Poly: A perfect — if unexpected — amalgam of Quatermass and 1970s public information films. Buy anything on the Ghost Box label.

Paris/London Testament by Keith Jarrett: The great improviser delivers his best solo record for a decade.

Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons: The thumpy electro-noise specialists appear to be on the brink of the mainstream. Good for them.

Manofon by David Sylvian: If you like late Scott Walker — and who doesn’t love that meat-thumping, avant-garde wailing — then you will enjoy this strange, strange record from the veteran Walter Softy.

No More Stories / Are Told Today / I’m Sorry / They Washed Away / No More Stories / The World Is Grey / I’m Tired / Let’s Wash Away by Mew: Title long enough for you? My favourite Danish post-glam pop record of the year.

Black Sea by Fennesz: He’s the John Coltrane of the laptop, you know. My favourite Austrian ambient fuzz album of the year.

xx by The xx: Sounds unbelievably slight on first listen, but insidiously works its way into the brain.

Fever Ray by Fever Ray: Your woman from The Knife offers a different take on that bands icy, spooky pop.

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