Saturday, December 31, 2005

My Very Own Highly Pretentious Desert Island List for 2005
It's the best time of the year for a list junkie, because we get to indulge our over-inflated sense of self-importance beyond the normal to-do or grocery list and impose our choices on the world.
Hey world, here are my lists:
Best CD releases of 2005 (in my humble opinion):
1. You Could Have it So Much Better - Franz Ferdinand
2. Tournament of Hearts - the Constantines
3. Twin Cinema - the New Pornographers
4. Paper Anniversary - Christine Fellows
5. In a Coma - Matthew Good
6. Silent Alarm - Bloc Party
7. Elevator - Hot Hot Heat
8. Picaresque - the Decemberists
9. Secret House Against the World - Buck 65
10. S/T - Martha Wainwright
Best live acts I saw in 2005:
1. Weakerthans/Constantines double bill at Mount Royal College, opened by Hot Little Rocket and the Summerlad (all for $17.00!)
2. Matthew Good
3. Hawksley Workman
(you have to watch his live show to believe it)
4. the Weakerthans at the Folk Fest
5. Jeff Tweedy
6. Buck 65
7. Christine Fellows
8. the Arrogant Worms
(I know that 8 is not a proper number for a list - so shoot me)
Shows I most regret missing:
the Arcade Fire - with Wolf Parade
Band that I most didn't expect to like, but found that I really really do:
Belle and Sebastian
Band which I should have known before but I didn't but now that I do I really like them:
the Decemberists
Worst cover:
Don't Give Up - Bono and Alicia Keyes
(Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush made this poignant song a heartfelt testament to the power of love and committment against the forces of quiet desperation. The cover is a pissing match between two overblown celebrities to see who can out-yodel the other. Shame on you!)
Most under-rated musician:
Ron Sexsmith
Biggest crush of 2005:
Bry Webb (the Constantines)
(that voice, that passion. Yesssssss!)
Musicians I want to hear more from next year (in no particular order):
- Veda Hille
- Joel Plaskett
- Sarah Harmer
- Kathleen Edwards
Favourite book I read in 2005:
1. A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
(This immediately shot onto my all-time favourite list - watch for it on Canada Reads in the spring, where it will be advocated by our very own John K Samson of the Weakerthans - the universe is unfolding as it should)
2. Hey Nostrodamus - Douglas Coupland
3. Oh Play That Thing - Roddy Doyle
4. Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
(this one I've not read but mean to as Eva is raving about this - "so gross! I love it!")
Best celebrity encounters of 2005:
1. George Stroumboulopoulos shook my hand, discussed the Joe Strummer documentary with me, gave me a hug, posed for a this-is-me-photo, wrote me a nice long autographed note, and called me cool. What a sweet guy!
2. stalking John K Samson at the Calgary Folk Festival, plus he gave me an autograph and returned my wave with an (albeit) puzzled smile.
Best celebrity meltdowns:
1. Pete Doherty
(take your pick of incidents; there is no shortage)
2. Tom Cruise
(always thought he was a slimy little creep, jumping the couch cinched it)
Favourite films I saw this year (not necessarily released this year):
1. Breakfast on Pluto
2. March of the Penguins
3. SLC Punk
4. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Worst film I saw in 2005:
The Ring 2
(stupid, derivative, excruciatingly boring. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.)
Things I gave up in 2005:
1. obsessive gardening
(new attitude: if it doesn't thrive without babying, it wasn't meant to grow in Calgary. Except for my trees; I will kill to save my trees)
2. IKEA
(new attitude: I don't need any more semi-disposable Swedish furniture. Besides, if it means fighting to get into Deerfoot Meadows to go to a store, I ain't going)
3. Housekeeping
(new attitude: okay, so I never really did all that much anyway, but now it's down to bare minimum)
Most adorable couple:
John K Samson (the Weakerthans) and Christine Fellows
Most despised couple:
RomBer
(get them off my tv, get them out of my newspaper, get them away from the Calgary Home Show, fer Christ's sake. WTF is with them anyway?)
Favourite fictional characters I met in 2005:
1. Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Breakfast on Pluto)
2. Nomi Nickel (A Complicated Kindness)
3. Heroin Bob (SLC Punk)
4. Kumar Patel (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle)
Best sideburns
Rufus Wainwright
Worst sideburns
Neil Young
runner up: George Stroumboulopoulos
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Happy New Year all you list junkies and normal people!

6 comments:

Jas Bhambra said...

Happy New year, Barb. Please convey my best wishes to Jerry and Eva.

Georgy boy looked great with his sideburns, don't put him on the worst-sideburn-runnerup pedestal please. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Jas, and to you as well.
Sorry, we'll have to agree to disagree on the issue of George's sideburns. I'm not changing my mind, and I don't think you are either. LOLZ

Kellee said...

Most excellent post Barbarella!
Happy New Year ya sassy minx! Say hi to the family for me...and Sputty too, of course.

Jas Bhambra said...

I will agree to disagree on that one! We don't really have any other choice, do we? Ha ha!

George and his sideburns RULE (too bad they are gone).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

sputty says hi

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