Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lists

It's that time of year again when everyone is putting out lists. One list I'm particularly keen on are the best albums of 2005.. And I must say that I'm mighty pleased to see a lot of top albums lists and they are varied and interesting, not the boring, unoriginal crap that commercial radio likes to flog.

Looking through the lists from Pop Matters, The Onion AV Club, Tiny Mix Tapes, Pitchfork Media and Triple J, there are a few artists who appear regularly..

I think Sufjan Steven's has had a BIG BIG year with his album Illinoise, which tops or least appears in every single list. Also Wolf Parade, M.I.A, The Decemberists, Sigur Ros (of course!), The New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Andrew Bird and so many others! Unfortunately I've only heard about 1/2 of those albums... I'm gonna try and get MIA and Sufjan Stevens' CDs before I head to Jervis..

So, anyways, time for me to put up MY top albums (so far)

  • Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die When I first heard this I didn't think it was as good as their previous album, Fingers Crosseed. But after a fewe listens it hit me. Really hit me. Now I'd rate this as my favourite album ever! Displacing OK Computer after 7 years at #1.
  • Sigur RÛs - Takk They can do no wrong. Less atmospheric and more accessible than their other works, but still magical and ethereal.
  • Cat Empire - Two Shoes Quieter and more introspective than their first album, but still infectious and just simply FUN!
  • Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set - What Was Left The only thing more beautiful than Clare herself are her songs. Absolutely gorgeous.
  • Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman The surprise packet of 2005. Album isn't uniformly strong, but the good bits are brilliant. One to watch.
  • Bernerd Fanning - Tea And Sympathy Powderfinger's frontman is a revelation. Slightly country, definately genius. Ryan Adams should learn from him.
  • Little Fish (Soundtrack) This should be in the list purely for Sara Blasko's version of Flame Trees. Never have I thought a cover would be so much superior to the original. The other songs don't suck either.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

What Will We Do For Dinner?

That has become the most difficult thing in my life the last few weeks. It's not the actual preperation/cooking of the food that is the problem, but actually DECIDING what it will be. JC and I have talked about what we can do about this and no conclusion has been reached as of yet... it's a real concern.

Might need to goolge around for some ideas.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Virgin Suicides

Watched The Virgin Suicides again last night, on SBS.. I had almost forgotten what a masterpiece that film is.. A beautiful mood-piece, the dreamy look, awesome score by Air and the captivating story (narrated by Giovanni Ribisi, I just found out.)

I can gush about it for a while, but instead I'll link to Stephanie Zacharek's review of it on Salon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Moving

It's funny, when I started this blog the main idea was to write up stuff about events that were important so that I can look back and go "whoa! I remember that!". Like this entry I wrote about after Georgie W decided that the war in Iraq was "over"... 2000 us casualties later...

Anyways, my whole point is that when big, interesting things are happening in your life you don't actually get time to blog. Or even think about blogging.. coz I realised that I had not even once mentioned the fact that I was looking for a new apartment, or that JC (my new flatmate) and I had found a place, NOR that I had started moving in..

So, to summerise the last few months of this story into a few sentances. I've been thinking of moving out for a while, and when my buddies Chi and JC decided to move I thought I'd go in with them.. but then the whole job change thing happened and I decided to hold off.. meanwhile Chi got cold feet (and a big mortgage) so he pulled out so JC and I decided to partner up.. (hmmmm this is sounding like an episode of Days of our Lives)..

JC and I were looking around Pyrmont (it was the only area we had in common) and were looking at ~5 places each week for 4 weeks.. we were getting pretty frustrated at this stage, so when we saw a good place in Harvey St, we decided to put a deposit down and up the rent by $10 as well. We were REALLY sick of looking. The spot was pretty good too...

Few days later we got the good news and we got the keys on the 28th of Nov.. been slowly moving stuff in and furnishing it, and will be moving in proper next weekedn. yay!!

Pics to follow.