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Favourite Albums of 2009 [Dec. 31st, 2009|07:13 pm]
[music |!!! - Me And Giuliani Down By the School Yard]

1. The Hazards of Love (The Decemberists)
2. Primary Colours (The Horrors)
3. Actor (St. Vincent)
4. Bromst (Dan Deacon)
5. My Maudlin Career (Camera Obscura)
6. Popular Songs (Yo La Tengo)
7. Merriweather Post Pavilion (Animal Collective)
8. Hospice (The Antlers)
9. It's Blitz! (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
10. Hymn to the Immortal Wind (Mono)
11. Warm Heart of Africa (The Very Best)
12. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Bill Callahan)
13. New Worlds (Charlotte Hatherley)
14. Xx (The Xx)
15. Dark Days/Light Years (Super Furry Animals)
16. Two Dancers (Wild Beasts)
17. The Crying Light (Antony and the Johnsons)
18. Earthly Delights (Lightning Bolt)
19. Hombre Lobo (Eels)
20. Communion (The Soundtrack of Our Lives)

Bubbling under: Girls, Annie, Jason Lytle, Doves, The Low Anthem, The Field, Various Artists (Dark Was the Night), Do Make Say Think, The Thermals
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(no subject) [Sep. 3rd, 2009|09:35 am]
I always feel slightly ambivalent about September. On the one hand it means my favourite time of year is coming with autumn and the period from September to December (and it's nice to see the weather cooling down for the moment). On the other I'll always indelibly associate September with going back to school after the summer holidays, and how bloody depressing that was.

It's been a real lull since Ayacon with far too much of me feeling listless. Somehow having a three day weekend last weekend was a bad thing, far too much time to think. However last weekend I did go to see The Hurt Locker (very good, and very nerve-wracking at times) and Broken Embraces (good, but doesn't have the heart of Pedro Almodovar's best films). I think this weekend I will go and see (500) Days of Summer. It might turn out to be far too self-consciously smug or 'quirky' but I'm prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt for now. That, and Zooey Deschanel looks absurdly gorgeous in it.

I'm really looking forward to the new Yo La Tengo album on Monday, there are few band around who've managed to be as consistently good for such a long time.

Right now I'm 400 pages into a 600 page manuscript, checking to see all the requested corrections have been made. Fun!
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2009|10:16 pm]
[music |Set Fire to Flames - Vienna Arcweld/Fucked Gamelan/Rigid Tracking]

My sister and my parents are now all on holiday, so it's just my brother and I at home this week. The house is very quiet! I might make use of the free TV in the late evenings and weekends to finally watch Man on Wire and a few other films I've bought recently. I enjoyed watching Anvil last week anyway, even if it was kind of painful viewing at times.

Ayacon was great fun, one of the best times I've had at a convention. There were a few things I could have done better (the usual talking to people stuff) but otherwise it was good to see people again and take time away from work etc. I probably shouldn't have walked all over the bloody place so much though, it became a bit of a running joke, and left me with aching legs for days XD

Went back to work today :(

I feel like having a third shower today at this rate, it's so damn humid.
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Books meme [Jul. 28th, 2009|02:02 pm]
Taken from gunstarvixen

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Overall total: 48/100
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Taken from Jay and Natalie: [Jun. 13th, 2009|10:01 pm]
[music |Eels - Fresh Blood]

Name your top 20 list of lust (celebrities, fictional characters, real people).
- Include pictures if you can.
- Tag everyone to do the same

Right I'm going to cheat here and only do 13, since I honestly can't think of any others right now - and no way am I putting any people I know here XD

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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2009|06:59 pm]
Nadal went out! Blimey, complete shock there. The French Open is anyone's game now. Come on Federer!
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2009|07:05 pm]
[music |Super Furry Animals - The Very Best of Neil Diamond]

The Iron Giant on DVD for £2 - bargain! One of the few films that leaves me teary-eyed too, and just for being in this (even if it is in a relatively small capacity) I can probably give Vin Diesel a free pass for all the shit films he's made (i.e. every other film he's been in except Pitch Black).

Went to see Coraline today, really enjoyed it and it looked fantastic. Recommended. Can't believe we have to wait until October in the UK to see Up! Madness.

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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2009|09:38 am]

Here is my random top 5 list of the day:

Top 5 people whose voices have me reaching for the mute button:

1. Joey Lauren Adams in Chasing Amy (the scene where she's sobbing her guts out could be used as an instrument of torture)
2. Kristin Chenoweth in anything
3. Catherine Tate in Doctor Who
4. Megan Mullaly in Will & Grace
5. Shirley Henderson in anything

And as a bonus number 6: Christina Aguilera.

I should stop being so mean XD

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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2009|09:53 pm]
[music |Good Morning Captain - Slint]

I think it's time to finally put my scarf and sweaters back into the wardrobe until October, spring seems to have arrived :(

Work was a little frustrating at times today, not least dealing with the world's worst fax machine. It's hard enough faxing anything on it, let alone something to Italy!

Good things coming up: Two weeks until Minami, one week until I have the new Decemberists album.

Bad things coming up: Dentist appointment this week. Argh!
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Charlie's Favourite Albums of 2008 [Jan. 4th, 2009|03:47 pm]
[music |Mew - Why Are You Looking Grave?]

A little late but here's my list:

1. Hold On Now, Youngster... (Los Campesinos!)
2. For Emma, Forever Ago (Bon Iver)
3. Third (Portishead)
4. The Midnight Organ Fight (Frightened Rabbit)
5. The Chemistry of Common Life (Fucked Up)
6. This Is It... (Marnie Stern)
7. The Seldom Seen Kid (Elbow)
8. Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)
9. Visiter (Dodos)
10. Dear Science (TV on the Radio)

11. Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (Sigur Ros)
12. Sea Lion (The Ruby Suns)
13. Volume One (She & Him)
14. Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Deerhunter)
15. We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Los Campesinos!)
16. Arm's Way (Islands)
17. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
18. Vivian Girls (Vivian Girls)
19. Distortion (The Magnetic Fields)
20=. Seventh Tree (Goldfrapp)
20=. Acid Tongue (Jenny Lewis)

Honourable Mentions:
Do You Like Rock Music? (British Sea Power)
Rook (Shearwater)
In Ghost Colours (Cut Copy)
Exit (Shugo Tokumaru)
You & Me (The Walkmen)
Courtcase 2000 (Cats in Paris)
Stainless Style (Neon Neon)
Stay Positive (The Hold Steady)
Saint Dymphna (Gang Gang Dance)
The Stand Ins (Okkervil River)

Not the most amazing year, but as usual some strong albums came out of it.
So now moving on into 2009, and Animal Collective's album is only 8 days away! Plus Antony and the Johnsons and Andrew Bird to come over the next month :)
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