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Here’s the best of a thread I started on FAWM. This is the work of many fawmers (those I could remember name checked at the end…)

Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey Tribute Band
System Of A Downton Abbey
Kill Bill Withers
Pacific Rimshot
Beastie Boyhood
Ghost Busta Rhymes
What About Bob Seger (And The Silver Bullet Band)?
Mocking Jay-Z (Part 1)
My Week With Marilyn Manson
Things To Do In John Denver When You’re Dead

Let The Right One Direction In
Dial Eminem For Murder
The Big Le Bow Wow Wowski
Scent Of A Womack
The Lana Del Ray That Time Forgot
The Glass Nicky Minajery
A Kraftwerk Orange
The Ozzy Osborne Identity
Three Men In A Bo Diddley
The Man Who Would BB King

Arianna Grande Budapest Hotel
How I Met Your Mother Love Bone
Dirty Daniel O’ Donnell
Romancing The Stone Temple Pilots
Tupac To The Future
The Man With The Goldfrapp Gun
Inglorious Busteds
Grandmaster Fast & The Furious Five
U2 Only Live Twice
Flash Gordon Giltrap

Mr And Mrs Mark E Smith
A Human League Of Their Own
Full Metallica Jacket
Robyn Thicke: Prince Of Thieves
Har Mar Superstar Wars 7: The Dragonforce Awakens
Average White Band Of Brothers
A Million Ways To Diana Ross In The Kanye West
Jackson Pollock 5
Deep Blue Cee-Lo Green

Free Willy Nelson
12 Years An Audioslave
American Sniper At The Gates Of Dawn
Saving Private Ryan Adams
Annie Hall And Oates
Snakes On A Jefferson Airplane
Bob Marley And Me
Burt Bacharachnophobia
Jurassic Van Dyke Parks (And Recreation)

The Seven Year Itchycoo Park
Supersize Meatloaf
Bass/Off
The Beatle My Heart Skipped
Hannah And Her Twisted Sister
Beck To The Future
Nickelback Mountain
Win A Date With George Hamilton IV!
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Sex Pistols But Were Afraid To Ask
I Know What You Did Last Gordon Sumner

Into The Woody Guthrie
Pedro The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Five Weezer Pieces
Tarzan And Jane’s Addiction
The Guns Of Dave Navarro
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles On 34th Street
Dave Grohllerball
Green Miley Cyrus
Bourne This Way
Elvis Costello Meets The Mummy

Driving Miss Daisy Chainsaw
The Avengers Sevenfold
Green Day Of The Dead
Blue Velvet Underground
Once Upon A Time In The Westlife
The Take That Of Pelham 123
Coltranespotting
Tropic Thunderclap Newman
Evil Dead Kennedys
Dastardly And Motley Crüe

Meet Me In St Louis Armstrong
Amy Winehouse Rules
The Amazing Spider-Manfred Mann
Bedknobs & Broomstyx
Pretty In Pink Floyd
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Fun Boy Three
War Of The Guns N Roses
I’m Alright, Jack Johnson
Crowded House Of Wax
The Byrds

I Know What You Did Last Joe Strummer
Shallow Max Bygraves
Shakespeare In Love And Rockets?
Dark Side Of The Moonraker?
Dr Hoosiers
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Kid Joe
The Empire Strikes Back In Black
Ice Cold In Alex Turner
Star Trek The Wrath Of Kanye West
ZZ Top Gun

Contributions from Marvsmooth, Frenchcricket, Motorcitymusicman, Atitlan, Sailingmagpie Joe Strange and many more

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The 2015 Top 10

Here’s my top 10 of everything from 2015 (Just for you Ben…and the pedantic guy who always points out which albums/films didn’t come out this year)

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Top 10 Albums (I Heard For The First Time) in 2015

Alone At The Microphone (David Bazan)
Safety Fifth (Mucca Pazza)
Bazan Monthly Volume 1 (David Bazan)
LYA (Mucca Pazza)
Aeon: Peace To The Puzzle (Scorzayzee)
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (Public Enemy) – Chuck D is the Dad I never had
Mezmerize (System Of A Down)
Live At The Academy (The Band)
Plays Well Together (Mucca Pazza)
Motown Gold (Various Artists)

Top 10 New Films (I Saw For The First Time) in 2015

Bad Words
Birdman
Inherent Vice
Mad Max: Fury Road
Grand Budapest Hotel
Chef
The Martian
Blue Ruin
Tomorrowland
Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Tomorrowland is nowhere near as bad as everyone says. Some people just don’t like a positive message I guess. Ant-Man, Locke and Home were also good (though Home‘s musical ‘score’ almost amounts to a Rhianna commercial every 15 minutes). Paddington and Pixels were in the ‘expected them to suck but they were actually well done and a lot of fun’ category.

It’s too early to call Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even though I’ve seen it twice, but I can say it and Fury Road both had compelling and fully realised female heroes which threw Jurassic World‘s dated “serves you right for trying to have a career instead of children and wear high heels in the jungle” sub-text into sharp relief. Which is ironic as JW writer/director Colin Trevorrow is lined up to take charge of SW ep 9. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

I’ve got Ex_Machina but haven’t watched it yet. Ditto for Inside Out. Pixar is like the girl who broke my heart (by dating all those sequels) and I just haven’t been able to forgive her yet.

Top 10 Old Films (I Finally Got Round To Seeing For The First Time) in 2015

Skeletons
There Will Be Blood
Apocalypse Now Redux
Fight Club
Vicky Christina Barcelona
All The President’s Men
The Imposter has a great score by Anne Nikitin
Jackie Brown
Miller’s Crossing
Serpico

I also enjoyed the big dumb comedy of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

With Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood and Grand Budapest Hotel it was a good year for the Andersons. I also saw Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tennenbaums which were good but didn’t make the cut, and bought Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and The Master but haven’t watched them yet.

Top 10 Books (I Read For The First Time) in 2015

Team of Rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
War And Peace
A Tale Of Two Cities
1983 (David Peace) – the finale of the Red Riding quartet, not a George Orwell prequel
Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin (Deena Ruth Rosenberg)
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
Words Without Music: A Memoir (Philip Glass) – great though I still prefer the film Glass: A Portrait Of Philip In Twelve Parts
Steal Like An Artist
A Farewell To Arms
Love May Fail

The 10 Best Songs I Wrote In 2015 (In No Particular Order)

Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe
Faster (Than The Speed Of Light)
Bullingdon Boys
Tonight (with Harry Verity)
The Architects Of Our Unhappiness
Where Did The Time Go? (with Liz Frencham)
If You Screw Up (with Hamilton Poolhall)
Christ Will Come Again (with Steven Wesley Guiles)
Ghosts
Polishing A Turd

Other Stuff

The Best TV I Saw In 2015

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell
Agents Of Shield Season 1 (got S2 haven’t watched it all yet)
Dr Who Season 9 (finally got stories worthy of Capaldi’s acting)

Best Gig Of 2015

The Most Ugly Child headline set at the Idolin’s album launch laid waste to the venue like a bunch of carnival folk who turn up uninvited at your cousin’s wedding and get everyone drunk, pregnant or fighting. Ably support by Lisa De Ville.

Other top 10 posts here

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The Top 10 Things I Listened To, Watched And Read in 2014 (Even Though They Weren’t All Made In 2014)

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Music. Albums. (Mostly).

1) AM – Arctic Monkeys  A long awaited return to form for one of my all time favourite bands

2) Silver Birches – Injured Birds  Beautifully recorded distinctly British folk, created right here in Nottingham. Like Oscar Wilde being introduced to Howling Wolf at a party.


3) FAWM 2014 Demos – Liz Frencham Unless you took part in February Album Writing Month you might not get to hear these songs for another year at least. But I did, cos I know people. Australian Jazz vocalist/double bassist Liz Frencham to be precise. I also really enjoyed getting to know the music of FAWMers Woody Muller, Expendable Friend and Hamilton Poolhall this year too. (FAWM links will only be live till Jan 2015. You can hear more of Liz’s music here and here)

4) Blood Money – Tom Waits  Songs from the play Woyzeck including God’s Away On Business
5) A Creation Liturgy – Gungor Virtuoso praise and worship. Who’d have thunk such a thing existed? Sufjan Stevens’ slightly more normal brother.
6) Hypnotize – System Of A Down Daron is the best rock guitar arranger since Jimmy Page

7) Celestial EP – Field Studies Stunning vocals and dreamscape guitars. Another awesome Nottingham band.

8) His Best Chess 50th Anniversary Collection – Howling Wolf The voice! The guitar!
9) At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash One of JC’s strings is a quarter tone flat for about 3 songs and he does a couple of tunes off his comedy album. And it’s still awesome. Check out Johnny and June’s duet on Jackson.
10) Glassworks – Philip Glass PG’s most accessible album.

Books.

My Top 10 Books fell neatly into 2 halves

Best Non-Fiction

1) The Jaws Log: Expanded Edition (Newmarket Insider Filmbooks) written by one of the script guys (also an extra) and bound in a weird shark skin feel cover
2) Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters Hilarious, thought provoking and pure poetry. See my many blog posts here
3) Hotel California: Singer-songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the L.A. Canyons 1967-1976 A book about the music industry where nearly everyone is a bad person
4) Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers I’m a lifelong fan but I learnt a whole bunch of new stuff
5) The Defeat Of The Spanish Armada Gripping

Best Fiction

1) American Gods Epic. The Stand with superheroes.
2) Suttree Probably McCarthy’s warmest, most humane book and everyone doesn’t die.
3) World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Almost nothing like the film. Which is good.
4) Hamlet (Wordsworth Classics) Yep. I went full ReBard. Deal with it Melon Farmers…
5) Red Riding Nineteen Eighty (Red Riding Quartet) Boy are these books dark. Three down one to go…

Films

Not really in any clear order…

1) Temple Grandin – watch this film!
2) The Lego Movie
3) Philomena
4) Penguins Of Madagascar
5) Interstellar
6) Inglourious Basterds
7) Lincoln
8) Mr Turner
9) Telstar
10) Seven Samurai

Also enjoyed Sightseers, The Lives Of Others, Rush, Primer, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy and Rewatching The Fisher King and A Hard Day’s Night. TV-wise I loved Sonic Highways, An Adventure In Space And Time, Queen: Days Of Our Lives, Firefly and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Five Biggest Encouragements For Indie Songwriters In 2014

2014 was a tough year in many ways – I didn’t suffer from writers block as much as writer’s-can’t-be-bothered. (even though I still wrote 31 songs this, it was well below my personal best of 47). But by the end of the year these five things had helped to snap me out of it and give me a renewed sense of optimism and purpose. Maybe they’ll help you too.

They are

1) Dave Grohl’s documentary series Sonic Highways
2)
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner
3) Steve Albini’s 2014 Face The Music Keynote Address
4)
The documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown
5) The First Tuesday Songwriting Group

What all of these have in common is that they portray artists making art in the midst of life happening. Things like mexican standoffs with gig promoters, illegitimate children, suicides, being dissed by the reigning monarch, riots, alcoholism, threatened eviction, hurricanes. Some artists labour in obscurity, others meltdown in the spotlight, others work on after the crowds have been and gone. We have champions, patrons and supporters – to stretch our canvases and shave our dinner, preserve our legacy and remaster our lost tapes when were gone. But we do the work of an artist. And the art gets made. Regardless.

Whether you like Foo Fighters or not Sonic Highways did a great job of spotlighting unsung heroes from 8 music cities in America and gave glimpses into the process of recording in different studios, collaborating and lyric writing. A couple of episodes are still on BBC iPlayer there’s a longer trailer

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Mr Turner is visually stunning and has some great performances (especially from Timothy Spall). It’s still around some cinemas and will be out on DVD (in Feb?) 

Steve Albini’s Keynote Address is remarkably encouraging for someone with a rep of being a curmudgeon and leaves you hopeful that the music industry is heading in the right direction (at least for those of us who aren’t money-grabbing sharks) You can watch it on YouTube or read the full transcript

Standing in the Shadows of Motown is the story of Motown’s house band The Funk Brothers combining interviews, reconstructions and a glorious reunion concert. It’s bittersweet but goes a long way towards rightly crediting the men who “played on more number-one hits than the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys COMBINED” It’s available on DVD and you can find it on YouTube.

Being in a songwriting group forces you to write regularly whether you feel like it or not. Looking back I’ve realised that many of my best songs were written solely because I HAD to write something for the next meeting. If you live around Nottingham you’re more than welcome to attend First Tuesday Songwriting Group. If not look around for a similar group in your area (or start one!). Failing that – sign up for February Album Writing Month.

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Top 10 Films of 2013*

*watched in 2013!

1) True Grit
2) The World’s End
3) Gravity
4) The Three Stooges
5) Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
6) Thor: The Dark World
7) Les Miserables
8) Jaws (Reissue)
9) The Sunset Limited
10) Ice Cold In Alex

honourable mentions

Rockin’ documentaries – The Other F Word, The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Still crazy after all these years – Blazing Saddles, Enter The Dragon. I can’t believe it’s taken me all this time to get to see these – The Sixth Sense, Serenity, Tin Tin & The Secret Of The Unicorn. Slightly brainless action 2 Guns, The Raid. Slightly religious films – Dogma, Blue Like Jazz.

TV seasons Lost (everything except season 3 and I loved the ending thank you very much), The Thick Of It – haven’t seen the final season yet.

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A Few Thoughts On Les Mis

  • I’m not Hathaway fan but if Anne doesn’t get an Oscar I’m probably going to fly to Hollywood and kick everyone there in the nuts
  • Once was a game changer in the live singing in a musical stakes. Les Mis perfected that.
  • I cried. Often.
  • I still don’t like any of the songs. Which means it works as a really powerful drama where everyone just happens to sing all the time.
  • A musical where everyone sings all the time is called an Opera.

  • Sometimes you can shoot the kid.
  • It just shows you, when you have a great story you film is halfway there. When you have a great cast it’s 90% there.
  • I won’t be buying the soundtrack album but I would like to read the book.
  • It took me about 3 minutes to get used to the conceit of everyone singing all the time. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get used to the HFR 3D of the Hobbit.
  • I love how everyone in the poster is doing an intense smouldering look into the camera except Russell Crowe who’s doing that confused expression a dog makes when you pretend to throw the ball and hide it behind your back.

 

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Top 10 Films of 2012

Just back from a screening of The Hobbit – here’s my top 10

1) The Guard
2) Avengers Assemble
3) Hope Springs
4) In The Loop
5) Brick
6) Seven Psychopaths
7) The Hobbit
8) Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
9) Dead Man’s Shoes
10) Koyaanisqatsi

1) The Guard

In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh’s brother, writer/director John Michael McDonagh, proves that a genius for dark comedy and a penchant for Brendan Gleeson runs in the family. Stellar performances from Gleeson and child actor Mícheál Óg Lane.

2) Avengers Assemble

Transcended the comic book genre with a gift for humour and characterisation in a large ensemble (Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston steal the show) that many serious films couldn’t manage.

3) Hope Springs

I watched this in the cinema and found some scenes hard to hear over the sound of collective buttocks clenching. Hilarious, heartbreaking, life (and love) affirming. I’d pay money to watch Tommy Lee Jones paint a fence.

4) In The Loop

Peter Capaldi plays the most gloriously angry man ever portrayed on screen in the sweariest political comedy imaginable.

5) Brick

Rian Johnson’s film-noir/college drama mashup is a love/hate proposition, but to me totally fulfilled it’s promise in a way The Brothers Bloom and Looper never did.

6) Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh put my favourite mentalists Tom Waits, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken together in a labyrinthine plot and let them try to out crazy each other. A subtle comedy full of graphic violence that would repay repeat views.

7) The Hobbit

Peter Jackson+Tolkien+Weta+Martin Freeman+Andy ‘Mr Mocap’ Serkis should = box office gold. But there were a few worries, so… it’s not isn’t too long, too padded out or too childish. Also (in 24fps 3D) it doesn’t look cheap, too real or too bright. In fact, it looks like ‘tradition’ 3D always does. Dark, motion blurry, and you only notice the 3D when it looks like a children’s pop up book. I’m looking forward to seeing this excellent film in a format that really does it justice. On DVD. A good first film that can legitimately say “I go to my sequels, in whose mighty company I will not now be ashamed”

8) Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

This documentary about the Funk Brothers is a heartbreaking testament to the enduring power of a band that were bigger than The Beatles and yet remained anonymous. I cry every time I hear Pistol Allen’s drum fill on What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.

9) Dead Man’s Shoes

Nottingham director Shane Meadows, powerful low budget revenge drama with a twist in the tail. Occasionally let down when the improvised skeleton shows through.

10) Koyaanisqatsi

A bewildering collision of sound and music portraying modern life out of balance is and a great way to experience the music of Phillip Glass.

Honourable mentions

Boston Legal (seasons 3 and 4)
Dara Ó Briain Live At The Theatre Royal

and three films that could easy exchange titles and be none the worse

Prometheus
Chronicle
Skyfall

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Top 10 Films of 2010

This is not a film blog, but I am a complete film nut so indulge me once a year. As with my book list most of the films weren’t released in 2010 because I don’t get out that much (having kids is my excuse).

1) Inception

2010 was the year that Christopher Nolan released a film that cured cancer, plugged the hole in the ozone layer and ended the global recession. Or at least you would think so from all the hype. What he actually did was release a special effect laden big budget film that was intelligent & well acted. Sad to say that’s a rare thing. But it was a brilliant film with a slightly lazy ending.



2) In Bruges

What starts off as a shot ’em up with a terminally dumb protagonist and industrial amounts of swearing evolves into a touching & laugh out loud funny exploration of guilt and redemption. Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleason shine.



3) The Prestige

Whereas Inception really didn’t wrong foot anyone if they stayed awake and kept their wits about them, Nolan’s Prestige pulled the rug from under you at least twice during it’s running time. (Memento did it every ten minutes, but that’s another story). A beguiling story.

4) Moon

Great films that are essentially two handers are rare but they do come along every now and again. But a film where the same actor seamlessly plays both ‘hands’ is a miracle. Sam Rockwell does the impossible, making it believable, and even managing to distinguish between the two roles even though the two characters are the same person. Has to be seem to be believed. He even has a fight with himself for goodness sake!


5) Unstoppable

I’d happily pay money to see Denzel Washington paint a fence. Thankfully this is more exciting than that. Tony Scott does a great job of keeping an essentially predictable disaster unpredictable. After all the runaway train is going to go down the tracks…

6) Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts plays the role of a lifetime as a real life outrageously sassy heroine taking on an evil corporation . Steven Soderbergh directs the ultimate underdog story.

7) Zombieland

What made this stand out in a world of teenage Zom-coms was the interplay between Woody Harrelson’s Rambo survival nut and “I can’t believe it’s not Michael Sera”‘s teenage geek nerd. I.C.B.I.N.M.S. has his rules for Zombie survival, Woody just want to find the last twinkie on earth.

8) Despicable Me

Yep. I hate to say it but IMHO someone else made a better animated film than Pixar this year. Expect this to happen more often as Pixar continue to make films with numbers in the title.

9) Kick-Ass

Wasn’t great, but it was funny. Nicholas Cage seems born to play a deranged Dad who buys knives for his daughter. And what can you say about the line “with no power comes no responsibility”?

10) Star Trek XI

J.J. Abrams achieved the impossible. Kick started a dead franchise, won a new audience, pleased the drooling fan boys and made 1960’s lycra tops somehow blend with 21st century CG effects. The film was fun.


Honourable Mention

District 9 was awesome (unless you happen to be Nigerian) and definitely would have made the list. It’s just that I watched it about 2 hours before 2010 started. Sorry guys!

And my favourite non-movie DVD was My Name Is Earl Season 4. A real return to form (not that it ever dipped that much) and meant the series went out on a high point.

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Americansongwriter reports that Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play Freddie Mercury in a new biopic. I’m sure he’ll pull it off – assuming he can sing something other than “I like to move it, move it”….

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