Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Awesome Things 2009 Edition Pt 1

So, here begins the Great Listing of 2009. No greater list has been assembled since The Ten Commandments. And my top 5 hottest people list (I am surprisingly not the occupant of spots 1 through 5 on that particular list).

In no particular order, I give you some of the albums that made this year for me. Keep in mind when reading this that a)I love a good pop song (pop in this instance meaning catchy and shortish) and b)it is my list therefore highly subjective. Still, it's probably better than your list.

(not an album - Batman and Robin was, however, my favourite new comic of 2009)

1. Atlas Sound - Logos
Can I get away with just describing this album as "pretty"? Somewhere on my travels this year I totally fell in love with Deerhunter and Atlas Sound. Go wandering aimlessly, put Logos on your headphones and prepare for some sort of transcendental insight into the universe delivered through an amusing street sign or discarded chip packet.

2. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
There was once a time that certain laws were indisputable and served as a basis for society: don't go swimming straight after you've eaten, all odd numbered Star Trek movies are shite and all super-groups are self-indulgent wank. Well this year Star Trek (either 1 or 11 depending how you choose to look at it) ended the Trek Curse and Them Crooked Vultures proved the greatest super-group since The Traveling Wilburys.

3. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
It makes me go, "oooh." An album of perfectly crafted pop songs. I need no other justification than that.

4. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
It was the psychedelic freak-out album I didn't realise I wanted until it came out. Also they gave the greatest live TV performance of Watching the Planets on Conan O'Brien that now seems to have vanished from youtube. Sigh. Isn't sharing stuff like that why the internet exists?

5. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
I'd like to think they finally made good on the promise of their first album. Or maybe Franz just released a really good one that I still listen to even though it came out at the beginning of the year.

Best Trade Purchase of the Year - Final Crisis Hardcover
I bought this while on holidays in London more than a little overwhelmed by the enormity of Forbidden Planet when compared to the modest comic stores of back home. I loved the series when it came out but having it all together, with a few tweaks here and there, just makes this one of the oddest and best event comics ever published by DC or Marvel. Yes you can criticise it. But you can criticise all comics and suck them dry of all fun and entertainment. Final Crisis tells you that it's okay to get lost in a story, that the true joy should be found between the pages, not endlessly whining on message boards. It's a celebration of fiction. Also it contains gems like this:
"You have thoughtlessly gunned down a global megastar! How will you explain yourselves to this man's fans?"
Plus, Batman was hit by a devil god's omega beams after mortally wounding him with a god-killing bullet and subsequently lost in time while everyone else thinks he's dead. Yeah, comics are awesome.

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