Time to review all the tweets, status updates, photos, saved links, and occasionally things in my own stupid mind to unearth those things that I saw this year that, on reflection, still made an impact.
Let’s start with some music, you can play along at home.
I love Soundcloud mixes, here are a few you can select from
Big Deal ID Magazine Slumber Session:
Fleetwood Mac Disco Remix [sounds weird but is amazing]:
Laura Marling - When Brave Bird Saved - Beautiful film to accompany her latest album Once I Was an Eagle
So let's begin
Firstly this is the greatest thing I saw all year in the West Hampstead Library. I didn't know we could do this!
I hope this INTERNET INNOVATOR/SONGWRITER/POET got the sponsorship they were looking for. It's quite beautiful in a lot of ways. If you are a millionaire you could probably do a lot worse than invest some there.
There’s been some pretty tough times this year, and some people aren’t here that should be. This beautiful, heartwrenching blog written by Ben, a father and widower, who lost his wife in a freak car accident at the start of the year really resonated with me. It’s tough out there, let’s look after each other:
Despite being a vegetarian, somehow I can still find time for the joy in stuffed animals.
But I think I prefer Digital animal mashups
5 Pointz, this back street in Queens NY used to be home to some incredible street art, but now is just a beige lot. It’s a real shame, but I’m glad I got to see it. I think you appreciate street art more when you are away from home. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49103930@N03/10846328644/
Art/Taste/Graffiti, some of it is breathtaking. Herakut are a duo of artists who blew my mind this year. and their photos decorate my desktop and raise me up.
Some walls aren’t walls.
Herakut - http://herakut.tumblr.com/
I also want to live in a block with the externals designed by this guy. http://www.agostinoiacurci.com/beardwatching/
Best Bands/shows of the year
- Big Deal
- Finch playing their classic album What It Is to Burn in its entirety
- The Postal Service
- Secret Garden Party
- Basia Bulat
- Adam Buxton’s Best of Bug shows - ACE
OLD SONGS I FOUND THIS YEAR
Midas Touch - Midnight Star - ALL I WANT TO DO IS PUT THIS ON AND DANCE AROUND
I Know It’s Over [Smiths Cover] - Jeff Buckley ALL I WANT TO DO IS CRY
One hell of a session TuneYards Bizness
FILMS OF THE YEAR
The Act of Killing - The absolute best film of the year, possibly the greatest film I’ve seen maybe. Just watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD5oMxbMcHM
Nebraska, Safety Not Guaranteed, Untouchable, Best Worst Movie, 5 Broken Cameras
I was particularly intrigued by this short[ish] film by Werner Herzog. It’s a kind of public information film/documentary about texting and driving. Really moving. An important reminder to just not do it. That shit can wait.
I wrote a more expansive film review whilst I had a life-threatening cold in November, you can read it here
I really enjoyed this 19 second film of Bill Gates jumping over a chair
PODCASTS OF THE YEAR
I avoided for a while, and then devoured, Analyze Phish; a somewhat weird podcast where someone who loves the band Phish tries to persuade some who doesn’t like the band Phish to like the band Phish.
This is a classic episode #7 yeah that’s right #7 and they’re still going http://www.earwolf.com/episode/a-crazy-moment-in-phishtory/
That is a spinoff of Comedy Bang Bang, still consistently the podcast I consume most voraciously
A good starter episode from the year is The Vicar of Yanks, featuring 'Weird' Al Yankovic and Paul F Tompkins as Andrew Lloyd Webber, what more could you want? - http://www.earwolf.com/episode/the-vicar-of-yanks/
You can buy a load of live shows that were really funny for a mere $25 well worth it http://store.earwolf.com/products/comedy-bang-bang-live-2013-tour
I ENJOYED THIS GREAT ANSWER ON WEAKEST LINK
Glad to hear Russell Brand’s [and more saliently Matt Morgan’s] radio comeback this year, you can buy it here and it’s all for charity, so you can feel warm and whatnot.
I was psyched to hear some progressive production values stuff on BBC this year including Jarvis Cocker’s Wireless Nights, and Josie Long’s Short Cuts. These shows have a lot of fun with the medium and are an excellent addition to the more traditional Radio4 stuff.
More trad/modern BBC crossover came up with the first transvestite potter to give the BBC’s prestigious Reith Lectures. Grayson Perry did Lord Reith proud, Informing, Educating, Entertaining and I’d add Inspiring. Let’s do a painting or something.
Speaking of art here are two superb films I stumbled upon this year.
A film about an artist who paints on kitchen roll [it’s better than it sounds] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOXERZBUA1A
It is often said that ‘the enemy of the artist is the pram in the hallway’ I guess this post says different. Kids are tiny little people you can make do things. What could lead to more creativity? Scientists experiment on their kids all the time! Art learn something from science why don’t ya… This mother has nailed it.
This guy gets the Thom Hoffman Man of the Year award. That is some grade A spectating. http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web04/2012/4/12/13/enhanced-buzz-8465-1334250956-87.jpg
When searching for Christmas presents, this was the worst thing I’ve seen. I mean why? http://etsy.me/KKBqAn
Of all the articles that made me want to move to Uruguay in 2013, this was undoubtedly the best, The president sounds great. http://t.co/heDiKx6G9L
This Dog Vine of course, just of course https://vine.co/v/bJqjVjdqMQ7
Kid President bloody nails it again. 20 Things we should say more often.
I joined two book clubs this year, to varying degrees of success. I really recommend a bookclub it’s great. My favourite books this year were
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino: One of the best books I’ve ever read, just blew me away, took me away, kind of changed what I thought books could do. Have recommended to lots of people and this has very much split the room...
Notes from the underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky: I read this on a slightly doomed trip to Leeds and I was left harrowed by the experience. Great though, the ultimate manifestation of a scary manvoice that lives in your head, right guys? Guys? Right?
The Beating of his Wings - Paul Hoffman [NO NEPOTISM ALERT KLAXON] Final chapter in the Left Hand of God trilogy. Art. End of an erar.
Unreasonable Behaviour - Don McCullin: spectacular book that chronicles the brutal existence of the war photographer, photojournalist, family man. Fantastic meditation on humanity/art/intervention. There’s a great Storyville documentary on Don, it’s worth digging out if you can find it.
How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain De Botton: What we can learn from Proust’s unique view on the world. Every few pages is a beautiful thought, or twist of phrase. I bought it from a second hand bookshop in Brixton that has a dog, there’s a nice film of it here
There’s a nice short story called The Critics which can be read here - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/05/the-critics/309276/?single_page=true
I enjoyed this soap opera filmed in branches of Ikea without permission. Life should be about 80% more this type of thing. 7 episodes, enjoy
This video had a real punch to it. Let’s all use less crap we don’t need in 2014 http://www.upworthy.com/people-should-know-about-this-awful-thing-we-do-and-most-of-us-are-simply-unaware
This guys photography is good https://plus.google.com/photos/+AddeAdesokan/albums/5632530795735286625/5648918287947725346?cfem=1
ALWAYS BE SQUINCHING. This went down pretty well, some good tips for posing for photos. It sounds a bit wanky, but it’s actually good.
I loved the overnight ferry between England and Holland with my bicycle
I loved the view from the highest place I’ve ever been
I loved the Pet Pride march in San Francisco
Tweets of the year