The best of 2015 by Nick Gye 

The beginning of our annual look back, your lists and essays are welcome dear readers…

NickComrades, a year of great upheaval- disruption – as they say. But, was it really? Is the new normal the new normal? In a time when mediocrity abounds we look forward to a 2016 where the tortoise will be able to lay down with the lamb, and the forces of darkness shall be weakened incrementally.

Misused word of the year.

Authentic. Yes, again. Though a small backlash has started. Whether that backlash is grounded in authenticity or not remains to be seen.

Sport.

Can only be the Australian 1st innings of the 2nd Ashes Test, Trent Bridge.

A dishonourable mention to Valentino Rossi at the Malaysian Moto GP.

TV

I can remember these:

Utopia

Wolf Hall. Fabulous adaption of the Hilary Mantel novel.

Man In The High Castle

W1A (2014, 2015).  Will the intern is the guy for the modern age.

Olive Kitteridge (2014). Frightening

Mapp and Lucia (2014). Good to see Miranda Richardson treading the boards

Better Call Saul.

The 4 Corners episode on 7 Eleven

The Killing Season. Sarah Ferguson

Humans. Not a straight remake of Real Humans (Äkta människor) and as such all the better for it.

Chaser’s Media Circus. Can’t understand how this got a 2nd series. Awful

Music

Some of what crossed my turntable/Ipod in 2015:

Fading Frontier by  Deerhunter. Good but not great

Songs To Play by Robert Forster. Welcome back Robert!

Sub-Lingual Tablet by The Fall.  For the 1st time ever I can’t include a Fall album in my best of. MES has just got lazy I’m afraid. Still, there’s always next year

The magic whip by Blur.

A long way to the beginning by Seun Kuti  (2014). He’ll be at PIAF in March 2016. A must see.

The things we do to find people who feel like us by Beach Slang.

Citizen Zombie by The Pop Group.  Not as unlistenable as Y or For how much longer will we tolerate mass murder?

Reissue of Sticky Fingers

What the world needs now by Public Image.

Highest Point in Cliff Town by Hooton Tennis Club.

From Kinshasa by Mbongwana Star.

Mutilator defeated at last by Thee Oh Sees

Dodge and Burn by The Dead Weather

Music Complete by New Order. Sounds like any other New Order album.

No Cites To Love by Sleater Kinney. Will be at PIAF in March.

Saturns Pattern by Paul Weller

Key Markets by Sleaford Mods. Was on Mojo’s best of list, sort of English bruvva rap. Gets tedious after one listen.

Currents by  Tame Impala. I couldn’t listen to it all the way through. It is being judged by the band’s reputation:  a man with a reputation as an early riser can sleep in till noon.

Later in December will see a new Ed Kuepper album, Lost Cities, his 1st since 2007’s Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog.

 

Films

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Salt Of the Earth

Suffragette

The Lobster  (tries too hard)

Mad Max: Fury Road. People raved about this, can’t see why

I saw a number of older films that I really appreciated, starting off with a trio of Michael Caine- the Harry Palmer films:

The Ipcress File/ Funeral in Berlin/ Billion Dollar Brain

12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda, after I saw the stage play in Eaton. Don’t take your lead in your murder defence from this film

Go Between with Julie Christie

Two music documenters – Beware Of Mr Baker (2012) and Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)

Next year will hopefully see Australian releases for The Lady in the Van and Childhood of a Leader  (with score by Scott Walker)

 

Books.

Hmm, fallen behind I gotta say with my bookclub duties.

I read and enjoyed Scoop by Evelyn Waugh and Harp in the South by Ruth Park.

 

 

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