Best of 2011

[a work in progress]

So no triple A rating makes him feel like this big?

Midnight in Paris

The Gold Rush with orchestral accompaniment (Festival Hall)

(2010 [reluctant] winner: Toy Story 3)
(2009 winner: Inglourious Basterds)

Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris)
Runners-up: Ryan Gosling (Drive) and Michael Fassbinder (Shame)

(2010 winner: Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network))
(2009 winner: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds))

Carey Mulligan (Shame)
runner-up: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) [2012]

(2010 winner: Julianne Moore (The Kids Are Alright) )
(2009 winner: Carey Mulligan (An Education) )

Supporting Actor:
Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris)
Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)

(2010 winner: Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) )
(2009 winner: Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) )

Supporting Actress:
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

(2010 winner: Rebecca Hall (The Town) )
(2009 winner: Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy) )

Woody Alllen (Midnight in Paris)

(2010 winner: Ben Affleck (The Town) )
(2009 winner: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) )

Woody Alllen (Midnight in Paris)

(2010 winner: The Social Network)
(2009 winner: The Hangover)

Hugh’s Fish Fight (Channel 4)


Michael Franti & Spearhead – Bush Hall
Lisa Hannigan – Bush Hall
The Cure – Reflections – Albert Hall
Bob Dylan – The Feis – Finsbury Park (and Hothouse Flowers)
Mike Scott & The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr Yeats – Barbican
Pharoah Saunders – Ronnie Scott’s
Sinead O’Connor – St Johns at Hackney church
Patti Smith – St Giles in the Field church
Gregory Porter – Stoke Newington Town Hall (BBC4 recording with Carole King)

(2010 winner: Gil Scott Heron – Somerset House
(2009 winner: Hothouse Flowers – Community hall, Baltimore, West Cork)

Johnny Boy Would Love This – various

(2010 winner: Praise & Blame – Tom Jones)
(2009 winner: Sea Sew – Lisa Hannigan)

Small Hours – Robert Smith
1960 What? – Gregory Porter {courtesy of Practical Psychologist}
Movin’ Down the Line- Raphael Saadiq {courtesy of Practical Psychologist}

(2010 winner: What good am I? – Tom Jones)
(2009 winner: Glass – Bat for Lashes)

The Sisters Brothers – Patrick de Witt

(2010 winner: Freedom – Jonathan Franzen)
(2009 winner: The Great Lover – Jill Dawson)

Angelheaded Hipsters – Allen Ginsberg (National Theatre)

(2010 winner: Paul Nash – The Elements – Dulwich Picture Gallery)
(2009 winner: Dream – Jaume Plensa)

Frankenstein (NT)

(2010 winner: Jerusalem)
(2009 winner: August: Osage County)

Sports event:
Ireland beating Australia in the Rugby World Cup
Ireland beating England in The 6 Nations lead by Brian O’Driscoll

(2009 winner: Posterous)

Saddest loss:
Gil Scott Heron

Fine FIN

Best of 2010
Best of 2009

16 comments so far

  1. Practical Psychologist on

    Mine to follow. A few comments.

    A really thin year for albums compared to 2010 I thought. But Gregory Porter’s ‘Water’ will be on mine as well as the single ‘1960 What’. The legacy of protest jazz continues. He was great on Jools Holland on NYE too. With you on Small Hours – a great version. Other good things on the album (esp. Beck) but some dross too?

    And I did actually see a few films this year. ‘Benda Bilili’ was great and although I don’t know anyone who saw it I was pleased to see Mark Kermode had it at number 3 in his top ten for the year. Liked Senna and Tinker, Tailor too.

  2. ArkAngel on

    I saw Gregory Porter with Una in December playing with Carole King and, believe it or not, he blew her off the stage. Fabulous voice, lovely persona. he had the hat on.

    Taking the baton from Gil.

    1960 good call – may have to appropriate it 😉

    And agree about Beck – highlights are good enough to excuse lowlights.

  3. Practical Psychologist on


    ‘Water’ Gregory Porter
    ‘Stone Rollin’ Raphael Saadiq
    ‘D’ White Denim
    ‘I Speak Fula’ Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
    ‘Heaven’ Rebecca Ferguson (it is very good indeed)
    ‘Helplessness Blues’ Fleet Foxes


    ‘Movin’ Down the Line’: Raphael Saadiq (joy)


    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Benda Bilili


    The various achievements of Mark Cavendish but esp. the world Championship win
    Listening to The Ashes in the middle of the night with TMS.


    In my opinion there is no such thing as a good tattoo but this site makes me laugh. The stupidity of human beings. Great annotation too.


    Nitin Sawhney
    My 7 year old playing daughter piano and singing ‘All My Loving’ at the same time


    I thought the 50th Anniversary Private Eye book was superbly put together.
    State of Emergency: Dominic Sandbrook


    Bert Jansch
    Sam Rivers
    John Barry
    Frank Foster
    Paul Motian
    Graham Dilley for reasons entirely connected with 1981

  4. Practical Psychologist on

    And ‘1960 What’ should be there in the singles

  5. ArkAngel on

    Fine list which I’m delving further into…

  6. Practical Psychologist on

    I must admit I struggled with this year’s list esp. albums. I bought loads of albums in 2010 and I am hoping that I shall discover some great 2011 releases that I missed when they came out. Will report back. I heard the Raphael Saadiq single in HMV, Bath and it took me back to those days 30 years ago when you walked into record shops, heard a great song playing and immediately asked who it was. It is a lovely single – happiness and innocence in its DNA – and I play it a lot. The 2nd half of the album is superb too, so, on the basis that you have Johnny boy in on 50% quality I have done the same!

    Tinker Tailor seemed to a film that people loved or were bored by. I recommend Benda Bilili as a brilliant story of success in extreme adversity. I bought their album when it first came out in 2008 and I was supposed to see them live early in 2011 but had to go to Uzbekistan at the last mo so I missed them. Resolving to go to the cinema more this year including the Scorsese film this weekend with my 7 year old.

    Frank Foster plays one of my favourite sax solos on one of my favourite jazz pieces – Donald Byrd’s ‘Fancy Free’ – and I seem to have so much stuff with Paul Motian playing on it that he has to be here.

    If I need escape for 20 mins the tattoos site does it for me. Hilarious especially the spelling mistakes.

  7. Practical Psychologist on

    I need my annual dose of electronica and I should be adding ‘The Revenant Diary’ by Mark Van Hoen to my ‘Best of’ albums.

  8. Practical Psychologist on

    Add ‘Bordeaux’ by Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie to that ‘best of’ list. Ambient joy.

  9. Practical Psychologist on

    How did I miss this? Easily one of the best singles of the year. And yes, it’s Ian Dury’s son:

  10. ArkAngel on

    A bit of a chip off the old blockhead – but i’m not 100% convinced. Britain’s young answer to Serge Gainsbourg?

    Did you see Baxter as portrayed in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with that cheeky monkey Andy Serkis?

    Baxter’s Soup – nice ring to it.

  11. Practical Psychologist on

    Yep – I put it up on Facebook and suggested the Serge connection as well. The rest of the album does not sound so good.

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