Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012: a year in music.

top/favourite albums of the year

01. LUX, Brian Eno (Warp)

02. channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean (Island Def Jam)

03. Spooky Action at a Distance, Lotus Plaza (Kranky)

04. Devotion, Jessie Ware (Universal Island / PMR)

05. Until the Quiet Comes, Flying Lotus (Warp)

06. good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar (Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dawg)

07. Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka (Polydor / Interscope)

08. Sun, Cat Power (Matador)

09. Celebration Rock, Japandroids (Polyvinyl)

10. A Thing Called Divine Fits, Divine Fits (Merge)

11. Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation)

12. Lonerism, Tame Impala (Modular)

13. WIXIW, Liars (Mute)

14. Happy to You, Miike Snow (Downtown / Universal Republic)

15. Beams, Matthew Dear (Ghostly)

16. awE naturalE, THEESatisfaction (Sub Pop)

17. A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic (Secretly Canadian)

18. Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings (Carpark)

19. Total Loss, How to Dress Well (Acéphale / Weird World)

20. New Memory, Arrange (self-released)

honourable mentions: 

Heaven, The Walkmen (Fat Possum / Bella Union)
R.I.P., Actress (Honest Jon's)
Time Capsules II, Oberhofer (Glassnote)
Master of My Make-Believe, Santigold (Atlantic / Downtown)
Valtari, Sigur Rós (XL)
Breakup Song, Deerhoof (Polyvinyl)
Ekstasis, Julia Holter (RVNG International)
Something, Chairlift (Columbia / Young Turks)
Mars, Sinkane (DFA)
Acousmatic Sorcery, Willis Earl Beal (XL / Hot Charity)
Tramp, Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar)
Shields, Grizzly Bear (Warp)
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Fiona Apple (Epic)
The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes (Parlophone)
Oshin, DIIV (Captured Tracks)
Fox, Karim Ouellet (Abuzive Muzik)
In Our Heads, Hot Chip (Domino)
Coexist, The xx (Young Turks)
Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel (RCA)

top/favourite EPs of the year

1. Kindred & One/Two (Truant/Rough Sleeper), Burial (Hyperdub)

2. 1991, Azealia Banks (Interscope)

3. TNGHT, TNGHT (Warp / Luckyme)

4. Vacation, Shlohmo (Friends of Friends)

5. True, Solange (Terrible)

honorable mention:

Gallery, Craft Spells (Captured Tracks)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Year in Film: 2011.

01, a. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick; USA)

01, b. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr; Hungary | France | Germany | Switzerland | USA)

02. Almayer's Folly (Chantal Akerman; Belgium | France)

03. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn; USA)

04. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi; Iran)

05. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar; Spain)

06. The Descendants (Alexander Payne; USA)

07. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols; USA)

08. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson; France |UK | Germany)

09. Beginners (Mike Mills; USA)

10. Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh; Australia)

Best Director

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Béla Tarr, The Turin Horse
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive *
Mike Mills, Beginners
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ryan Gosling, Drive
Ewan McGregor, Beginners
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter *
George Clooney, The Descendants
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Adepero Oduye, Pariah *
Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty
Leila Hatami, A Separation
Aurora Marion, Almayer's Folly
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Albert Brooks, Drive
Stellan Skarsgård, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Christopher Plummer, Beginners *
Jan Cornet, The Skin I Live In

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life *
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Mélanie Laurent, Beginners
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants, Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo, John Logan
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan *
Carnage, Yasmina Reza & Roman Polanski
Almayer's Folly, Chantal Akerman

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Drive, Hossein Amini
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Beginners, Mike Mills *
Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

Best Cinematography

The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lebezki *
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Cronenweth
The Turin Horse, Fred Kelemen
Hugo, Robert Richardson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hoyte Van Hoytema

Best Original Score (tie)

The Tree of Life, Alexandre Desplat *
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alberto Iglesias
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross *
Take Shelter, David Wingo
Hugo, Howard Shore