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2011 review Music, Books, Film and Television

Music
gig wise i believe that this was a weak year. I was at 8 gigs in total, 5 of the gigs where the second or third time of seeing the acts in question. I love music so this is an obvious dissapointment that so few of the gigs interested me this year.
The stand out gig is Sufjan Stevens in the Olympia

Albums this has been a surprisingly good year. It surprised me because earlier in the year i was stuck on what was the best albums of the year but now, i see the good albums were waiting for the second half of the year to be released. my album of the year has been the superb "Songs for the Last Werewolf" by The Real Tuesday Weld

the top 21 albums of the year

1: The Real Tuesday Weld - Songs for the Last Werewolf
2. Jeffrey Lewis - A Turn in the Dream Songs
3. British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
4. MIchael Franti & Spearhead - Sound of Sunshine
5. Bjork - Biophilia
6. I Break Horses - Hearts
7. Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
8. Chilly Gonzales - The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales
9. Feist - Metals
10. Saso - Exitudes
11. Stevie Jackson - I can't get no Stevie Jackson
12. Dj Shadow - The less you know the better
13. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boy
14. Roots Manuva - 4Everevolution
15. Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
16. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
17. Jape - Ocean of Frequency
18. Lisa Hannigan - Passenger
19. Mogwai - Hardcore will never die but you will
20. Cut Copy - Zorroscope
21. Sleep Thieves - Heartwaves


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Books
The top 11 books i read for the first time this year are as follows
1. The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht
2. The Book of Illusions - Paul Auster
3. The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq
4. The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
5. Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
6. Child Wonder - Roy Jacobsen
7. Freedom - Jonathan Frantzen
8. This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann
9. Sunset Park - Paul Auster
10. The Vagrants - Yiyun Li
11. 2666 - Robert Bolano

Ddespite the feeling of inadequacy it has put in me, Tea Obreht's masterful The Tiger's Wife is just a superb read. The feeling of inadequacy comes as she was born in 1985 Very Happy

TV
With the introudction of Sky Atlantic here, it has been a boon for us. It has brought such quality as Boardwalk Empire and Bored to Death. It also allowed us cheapskates to see The Pacific Smile

other tv highlights of this year were Parks and Recreations, The Big C, Raising Hope and Nurse Jackie. These are shows that I saw for the first time this year. Burn Notice's fourth season was superb.

Dissapointment is that a second series of Community has not yet made it overhere.

BBC started 2011 with the excellent Episodes and ended it with the awesome Second Season of Rev. However in between there wasn't much for my viewing pleasure.

Film
The movie highlights for me were True Grit, Source Code, Tree of Life, We need to talk about Kevin, Midnight in Paris. Foreign film wise, i enjoyed As if i wasn't there and Preludio very much. A somewhat gentleman was also very good

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