EL BELL & J RICE
Music, Gigs & Moments 2009
Mott the Hoople - Hammersmith Apollo
Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay
Xx - LP
Omar Souleyman and Group Douah at the Dome
Amadou and Marian at the Forum
Bonnie 'Prince' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Glasto 2009 - Tony Benn, Animal Collective et. al
Girls - Hellhole Ratrace
Stricken City by Yacht
Hyph Mngo by Joy Orbison
Empire State Of Mind by Jay Z
January - The city stopped by snow
The Trees Grew Emotions & Died - Cold Cave
Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Raw Cuts 5+6 - M.C.D.E.
Jet Stream (Lindstrom Remix) - Doves
Meet Me Half Way - Black Eye Peas
The Court Of The Crimson King - king crimson
Evil Woman - ELO Single
Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
Calculator - Micachu & The Shapes
Juan Maclean - Happy House
Song of the year: Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys/Albums of the year: DPz Bitte Orca, AC’s Merriweather, AM’s Humbug, WBs Two Dancers, Cass M’s Catacombs, I don’t seem to have listened to much non-Domino music this year!
Gig of the year: The National at the RFH
Weekend of the year: Glastonbury – the Domino Teepee Experience, Animal Collective in The Park, Franz Ferdinand’s best gig ever , the sun shining after the rain!!
Party of the year: My folks’ 50th Wedding Anniversary do
Quotes of the year: "Belly, Belly, Belly, be honest is my nose on the side of my face?!"- “Suck my fat one, maaaaan!!”
Movies of the year: Up and Fish Tank
Band of the year: Wild Beasts
Cafes of the year: Nordic Bakery, Princi, Rick’s in Tooting, Bertie and Boo’s in Balham and Bea’s in Bloomsbury
Meal of the year: any at Vinoteca
Fave moment of the year: swimming off the rocks at Manarola/waking up on that amazing snow day in February
Atlas Sound (feat. Laetitia Sadier) - Quick Canal (4AD)
Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo (Hot Flush)
Bibio - Lover's Carvings (Warp)
Kurt Vile - Freak Train (Matador)
Four Tet - Love Cry (Domino)
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers (I) (Domino)
Bowerbirds - Upper Air (Dead Oceans)
Zomby - Float (Werk Discs)
Hey Colossus / Dethscalator - Split (Riot Season)
Lots of Dave Eggers & Paul Auster books
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers / Hoxton Hall Show / Paris (2009, the year of the beasts!)
Animal Collective - Brother Sport (for pure ecstatic energy and a wonderful message about death & life and opening up!)
Mythologies Show @ Haunch of Venison (finally something worth seeing)
Pet Shop Boys @ Latitude (Pop sing-along-tastic!)
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca / Live At The Scala (a special night indeed)
These New Puritans - Hidden (HUGE sound, artistically bold, they WANT WAR indeed!)
ATP (for great music, friends and very random adventures)
Edwyn & Grace talk @ Latitude (very moving, funny and inspiring in equal parts)
Wild Beasts - All The Kings Men - Banjo Or Freakout Remix (for its perfect autumnalness-hazy-reworking)
Oh.. and hearing we signed The Fall. Thats rather good too ;-)
1. Animal Collective three in one - Album "Merriweather Post Pavillion" Live at Koko in January and Brixton Academy in August and "Fall Be Kind" EP with the tremendous "What Would I Want Sky"
2. The Green Man festival - the sunniest Green Man, listening to the Ashes in the bar, Hawkwind headlining on Sunday, their roadie, and who can forget the wallet game?
3. Untold "I Can't Stop This Feeling / Anaconda" 12" on Hessle Audio (joint first for my label of the [aside from Domino of course] with Hemlock Recordings (I should mention James Blake here too), everything they've put out has tickled me)
4.Two new cocktails - Apple Martinis and Mint Juleps
5. Glastonbury Festival from the sail down in the converted Jag, teepee, the Animal Collective, Neil Young, and glorious weather, I cannot complain (well maybe could have done without needing to utilise my first aid skills on Jonny's nose/eye)
6. The Fall live show at Koko November 2009, best fall show in ages, new material, tight band, on form. Watch this space for Our Future Your Clutter in 2010
7. Home Game, a civilised festival, no tents in sight, blinding sets from the Fence folk in a town with the best fish & chips in the country, secret shows complete with cream tea, and a quick dip in the sea at midnight
8. Dancing with Bart to Optimo DJ's in a warehouse in Shoreditch feel the laser burn
9. Dirty Projectors at the Black Box in Belfast, first time I saw them live, and it blew me away. Their Album "Bitte Orca" deserves to be in this top ten too
10. Tanki Tanki - edit of a Lebanese punk/new wave band from the 80's recorded to tape. Bonkers and banging.
Franz Ferdinand playing live (in a fountain) in Valencia for 35,000 people.
Animal Collective at the Forum in London
Domino Mid-Summer BBQ in the car park
Arctic Monkeys – live in a church in Cologne
Richard Hawley’s mini gig at The Fly
Nick Cave’s book reading/gig at The Palace Theatre
Arctic Monkeys at the Zeneth in Paris
Cass McCombs at the Lexington
Animal Collective and others in the year end polls – there is justice!
Domino xmas party – wherever that might be!!
John Baldessari - ‘Pure Beauty’ (exhibition at Tate Modern)
Animal Collective - ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ (album)
Paul Auster - ‘New York Trilogy’ (Novel)
Twin Peaks (season 2)
Philip Glass, generally
Mythologies (group exhibition at Haunch of Venison)
Cannon EOS 50D (digital SLR camera)
Jeff Koons exhibition at Serpentine Gallery
Wild Beasts – ‘Two Dancers’ (album)
Le Tour de France
The XX - the album (never grow bored of it, every track amazing)
Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (happiest and most blissed out song of the year)
Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Hysteric (the new Maps, from great album)
These New Puritans - Hidden (EPIC)
The Count & Sinden - MEGA (watching this go off on a dancefloor - insane)
La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey remix) (best remix of the year, eerily beautiful)
Benga / Eve - Me n My (catchy as fuck, with added attitude)
MEGA MEGA MEGA warhouse part, Scrutton St Warehouse, London (messy messy messy)
Hope Sandoval @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, November 2009 (her voice is the sexiest in the world)
Sidney Samson - Riverside (annoyingly catchy - not sure if it's worthy of this, but love it, even though it is nicked rip off of another track)
The book ….Colm McCann – Let The Great World Spin
The music documentary……The Yellow Bittern DVD.
The performance…. Tasker, McKenna, Murnin …et al (aka The Minors), Sept 09 in Dublin
The piece of vinyl…..Villagers – On a Sunlit Stage 7”
The show……Telegraph - The Show.
The song…….Lille (album version) by Lisa Hannigan
The unsigned band….We Cut Corners
The event……The Electric Picnic
The building….new Point Depot. Graced by Neil Young, Leonard Cohen & Arctic Monkeys.
The Choice Award Winner (??)…..Adrian Crowley- Seasons of The Sparks (CD)
Going to Dublin for the first time to see Animal Collective.
Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck's 'heaven can wait' and its amazing video directed by Keith Schofield.
Singing along to Blur @ Hyde Park and meeting 75 yr old poet in day-glo and pal of Allen Ginsberg's, Michael Horowitz.
Leif Ove Andsnes & Robin Rhode doing Pictures Reframed @ the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The Age of The Marvelous + Museum of Everything parties + Frieze all in the same week.
Watching UP in 3D.
Seeing (most of) Monty Python reunited at the Royal Albert Hall for the 40 yrs of Life Of Brian.
Radiohead starting their set with Creep at Reading.
All the super cool video work done this year by Troublemakers.tv
Being in Paris by chance for the Fete de la Musique.
Seeing David Troughton & Kevin Spacey in 'Inherit the Wind' at The Old Vic
- The Wild Beasts album and seeing them live many times throughout 2009 especially at the Hoxton Hall!
- Watching the wonderful Animal Collective at Fuji Rock Festival
- Glastonbury weekend (the sun even came out!)
- Blur in Hyde Park!
- Swimming in the clear seas of Croatia
- My weekend DJ trips to Berlin and Paris
- Albums by the XX
- Fever Ray
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Crystal Stilts
Spurs 9 Wigan 1 - I know, coz I was there.
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - "you've seen em, the rap singers"
Yes - Pet Shop Boys
Moon - Zowie wowee
Inglorious Basterds - "attendez la creme"
Let The Right One In
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Drag Me To Hell
Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Zombieland - "In the words of the immortal philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher.'"
king crimson – lizard reissue
courtis/moore – brokebox juke
robert hood – minimal nation reissue
to rococo rot – speculation (forthcoming album)
dirty projectors – knotty pine
shackleton - 3 ep’s
ornette coleman’s last night at meltdown
it’s snowing just in time for christmas
serious pig salamis
the first three episodes of ‘john from cincinatti’
glastonbury domino tee pee action
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sonic Youth at The Scala in April
Fleetwood Mac at Wembley in November
Diablo Cody's movie "Jennifer's Body"
Franz Ferdinand at the FM4 Birthday Party, Vienna in January
DC Comics "Streets of Gotham"
Fourtet "Love Cry"
Warhol Other Voices Other Rooms at The Hayward
Dj-ing all over the shop
Spiritualized at The Barbican in December
1. my oldest son's first day of kindergarten:
2. the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States:
I haven't been this proud to be an American since the Marshall Plan.
3. the Big Star Keep An Eye On The Sky box set (Ardent/Rhino):
I resisted purchasing this for it would have made the third or fourth time of buying the catalog, but I was worn down by the plaudits and constant flow of praise from friends. Now, everyone's getting it from me for Xmas. A masterclass in how to honor a band's legacy.
4. the August 2009 road trip to Chicago with the family:
So much good company, music and food... and I didn't even get to dine at Hot Doug's in spite of two attempts.
5. Catching up with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia:
The depths they will plum for laughs is just scary, but you laugh just the same... Danny Devito's tour de force performance inhibits the grey area between method acting and insanity but it sure is hilarious.
6. Lee Fields & The Expressions - My World (Truth & Soul)
After forty years in the biz, this soul survivor cranked out his finest work yet... a smoldering collection of r'n'b as sincere and authentic as it gets. Fans of Curtis Mayfield/The Impressions should hightail it to their nearest sound emporium and snap this up.
7. the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm:
The resurrection of Curb this season has been every bit as miraculous as that of Lazarus.
8. Malakai - The Ugly Side Of Love (Invada):
Bristol lads melding the downhill side of the Summer of Love (Kinks/Moby Grape/Badfinger) with the modern psychedelic turntablism of The Avalanches and Portishead with great result.
9. the release of Logic 8
Having stepped away for five or six years from doing anything musical for a variety of reasons and coming back to this has been exhilarating and mindblowing at the same time.
10. the "resignation" of Carl Petersen as president/general manager of The Kansas City Chiefs.
The psychological oppression of semi-annual false hope that fans of Kansas City's professional sports organizations have endured for 25 years has been relentless and cruel. Not to delight in one man's misfortune, but finally there was reason to hope that the first step towards the end of our suffering someday had been taken.
90 Degrees (not made this year but I saw it for the first time this year) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mv2SiOEyTg
2) Bunny and the Bull
3) Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee
6) (500) Days of Summer
7) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
9) The Lovely Bones
10) Splash (not new but I nostalgically bought on DVD this year)
Bill Orcutt "A New Way To Pay Old Debts" (Palilalia)
Lightning Bolt "Earthly Delights" (Load)
Reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" at last
Mark Eitzel at St Giles in The Fields / Plush at The King's Head, Crouch End
Watching "The Wire" at last (and the fact that we've not finished yet)
Neko Case "Middle Cyclone" (Anti)
Bill Callahan "Jim Cain" (Drag City)
Danny Baker on The Word podcast
Curb Your Enthusiasm Series 7
Seeing "Le Ballon Rouge" again after about 30 years and walking out into a cinema foyer full of red balloons
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix / Live at Brixton - Phoenix
Merriweather Post Pavillion - Animal Collective
Vecketamist - Grizzly Bear
Two Dancers - Wild Beasts
Manners - Passion Pit
Post Nothing - Japandroids
Bitte Orca / Live at the Scala - Dirty Projectors
Life of Leisure - Washed Out
Various Remixes - Classixx
See Mystery Lights - YACHT
Black Dice - Chocolate Cherry
Four Tet - Love Cry
The Hipshakes - Sounds We Found
Shackleton - 3 EPs
Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish
Thee Fair Ohs - Almost Island
Cold Pumas - Jela
Raekwon - Only Built II
Ben Frost - By the Throat
1) Doing East Village Radio with Emily Beaver
2) Seeing Leonard Cohen perform at Radio City Music Hall
3) Wild Beasts' trip to NYC
4) The video for Cornerstone
5) Cass McCombs at Joe's Pub
6) The second time I heard Dead Weather
7) The first time I saw Dead Weather
8) The time Jack White said hi to Morgan when I was standing next to him after a Dead Weather show
9) The first time I heard Dead Weather
10) Yo Majesty at the Highline Ballroom
1. My girls, literally.. C & R.
2/3. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
2/3. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
4. Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
5. Girls, Album
6. Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom.
7. Cass McCombs, Catacombs
8. Dirty Projectors at Housing Works
9. Loch Fyne Oysters at .69£ a pop.
10. Glastonbury; the drive down, Chief at the Stone Circle, AC at the Park Stage, the pillow btwn Rog's legs, the smoking logs, Jonny's nose, Belly's comfort - classic!
That Petrol Emotion live at The Bellhouse, Brooklyn, NY- the band rocked, jumped, wailed and thumped like it was 20 yrs ago. There was kicking of ass AND fun!
Animal Collective live at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY- I got to work their merch booth with my pal Adam and give away posters to fans on a perfect summer night.
Dirty Projectors live with guests The Roots and David Byrne at Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan, NY- It was great from the start. Tune Yards were a pleasant surprise for me as well.
Jesus Lizard live at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, Manhattan, NY- 15 or so years since I last saw them and Yow is still in your face incredible while being quietly funny.
Tour Managing Max Tundra at SXSW and meeting his Japanese superfan. He spoke to her in Japanese sending her into an ecstatic laughing fit where all she could say was "Oh, Max Tundra! Oh, Max Tundra!" then ran away.
Rainbow Bridge "Big Wave Rider"
Atlas Sound "Walkabout"
Phoenix "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
Jay Z "Empire State of Mind"
The Big Pink "Dominos"
Stuff that I can't exclude Guest spinning with DJ Mona D on East Village Radio The Beastie Boys reissues Nirvana "Bleach" reissue
Stuff I came to late Q-Tip "The Renaissance" Various "Born Bad Vol 1-7" Robert Wyatt "The EPs"
I will deeply miss Jim Carroll and Lux Interior
The Skints debut album "Live, Build, Build, Believe".
Rebellion Festival 2009.
Sonic Boom Six - City of Thieves.
Random Hand - Inhale/Exhale.
Mouthwash - True Stories.
The Skints, Mouthwash & Clay Pigeon at Barfly, Camden.
Jimmy Carr at Brixton Academy.
NYC trip May 2009.
Meeting Minty from Eastenders at Comic Relief.
Skunk Anansie at Brixton Academy.
1 - Tom Waits - Glitter And Doom Live (Especially Disc Two - Tom Talk)
2 - Wild Beasts - Two Dancers (Domino)
3 - BBC Radiophonic Workshop Show At The Roundhouse
4 - Gerhard Ricther Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery
5 - Belbury Poly - From An Ancient Star (Ghost Box)
6 - Paul Brigg's Wild Claim That Max Beesley Is 'An Amazing Percussionist'
7- Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth (Vertigo Comics)
8 - Green Man Festival In Wales (Dirty Three, Animial Collective, Zun zun Egui, Hawkwind!)
9 - Zombi - Spirit Animal (Relapse)
10 - BBC's Wildlife Finder - Possibly The Greatest Thing On The Internet - http://www.bbc.co.uk/wildlifefinder/
Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider 7" (True Panther)
Nite Jewel - Good Evening LP (Human Ear)
Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle LP (Drag City)
Still Going - Spaghetti Circus 12" (DFA)
Gui Boratto - No Turning Back 12" (Kompakt)
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work - Hardcover by Matthew B. Crawford
Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras - Catholic CD (Macro Records)
Big Boi - Shine Blockas single
Black Devil Disco Club Presents - Strange New World Of Bernard Fevre LP (LO)
The XX - XX LP (Young Turks)
ireland winning the grand slam
the feelies - reissues
kurt vile - childish prodigy
bill callahan - sometimes i wish i were an eagle
cass mccombs - catacombs
grizzly bear - veckatimest
animal collective - merriweather post pavilion
the wire series 1 - 5 boxset
this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKiQfBs9lo
bibio - ambivalence avenue
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Wilco - Wilco [the album]
St Vincent - Actor
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
Julianna Barwick - Florine
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
Yacht - See Mystery Lights
Live: David Byrne - Radio City Music Hall (NY, NY)
Live: Liquid Liquid - Santo's Party House (NY, NY)