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Best of 2009: Music and Films.


Indeed, it is that time of year again when a cultural reckoning is required.  Did you have any favourite films this year and what was cooking up a storm on the music front?  Just like a friendly chinwag round the internet campfire, all are welcome to spend their two-pennies worth, please share your own Best Of’s for the Year 2009 and leave a comment.

I shall kick things off with my choices:

Best singles:

    Laura Marling – Alas I cannot swim (came out in 2008)
    Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
    Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
    Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter
    The xx – xx
    Wilco – Wilco
    Wildbeasts – Two Dancers
    Yeasayer- All Hour Cymbals

Bubbling under
Tunng- Good Arrows (came out in 2007) / The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love / School Of Seven Bells – Alpinisms / Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz / Polar Bear – Polar Bear / Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs / The Antlers – Hospice

Best Films
(roughly in order, best first)

    Fish Tank
    The Damned United
    Mesrine Killer Instinct
    The Class
    Caramel (2007)
    Sleep Furiously
    35 Shots of Rum
    Frozen River
    Let the Right One In
    The Reader
    An Education
    Inglorious Basterds
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Syndoche new york
    Public Enemies
    State of Play

…. sadly there were others but they didn’t even make the cut.

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3 Responses to “Best of 2009: Music and Films.”

  1. 1 Chris

    For me 2009 was the year of Spotify and I spent hours exploring it’s wonderful catalogue, regardles of year of release.

    However my favourite 2009 offerings were…

    Notable Singles:
    Air – Sing Sang Sung
    Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend
    Lily Allen – The Fear
    Lily Allen – F**k You
    Pet Shop Boys – Beautiful People (I’m cheating because it was only released in Germany but the best track of a great return to form
    Yeah Yeah Yeah – Zero

    Notable Albums:
    Florence and The Machine – Lungs
    Pet Shop Boys – Yes
    Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

    Best song title found on Spotify in 2009:
    Sparks – I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall for All the Crap in This Song

    And I only went to the cinema twice this year – can you believe it!? So…

    Best film of 2009:
    An Education (which was actually excellent)

    Worst film of 2009
    2012 (sucked like a Dyson)

  2. 2 Mike

    Sorry to duplicate Mr Chris but the discovery of Spotify has really changed how I access music. It’s ease of use encourages investigation of new music – which is to be applauded.

    Here are 2009’s discoveries

    Best Albums:

    The Leisure Society – The Sleeper (2009)

    Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures (2009)

    Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (2009)

    Wilco – Wilco (2009)

    The XX – XX (2009)

    Beirut – March of The Zapotec and Realpeople Holland (2009
    (Winner of the most pretentious album title of 2009!)

    The Swell Season – Strict Joy (2009)

    Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
    (I know it was released in 08 but I only discovered it in 2009)

    Shearwater – Rook
    (I know it was released in 08 but I only discovered it in 2009)

    Neil Halstead – Oh! Mighty Engine
    (I know it was released in 08 but I only discovered it in 2009)

    Best Singles:

    I don’t do singles. They’re for kids.

    Best Films:


    Star Trek

    Can you spot a theme here. Very cultured ;-)

    Disappointing Film of 2009:

    (Big disappointment after all the hype and 10 years in the making. The plot could have be written by a competent 8 year old. Each cliche becomes more annoying than the last. The special effects are quite convincing and you do forget you’re looking at cgi after a while – but it’s simply not enough to save it. Mr James Cameron you should have burned the script and got a grip of this movie. Must do better – 5 out of 10)

  3. 3 admin

    Chris : Cheers for leaving your own top choices for 2009, hurrah we have some overlaps – Air, Yeah Yeah Yeah’ !! I have seen the Sweet Billy Pilgrim mentioned on a few other Best Of’s too, I will rumble that one up on Spotify. The Florence and the Machine I have to admit to being a little non-plussed when I gave that a listen a few months back. Maybe I need to give it another listen?
    Thanks for sharing.

    Mike : Great to see what you’ve picked. Don’t believe I’ve heard any of Them Crooked Vultures, no idea what style that is or anything. Will give it a listen myself. Grizzly Bear must be near to top of most of the poll’s for 2009, what a breakthrough year for them, smashing to see from a band who clearly love what they do and have ploughed their own way over quite a few years before getting this recognition.

    Films. You’ve now totally put me off wasting my money on Avatar ;-) I too loved Moon, really refreshing and innovative on not a huge budget with a tiny cast! Who’d have thought that would spring forth from David Bowie’s son.

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