To coincide with our 2009 Review feature (which kicks off tomorrow), our weekly discussions in December will give you the chance to answer some of the questions we’ll be asking current pracitioners who’ve had a big part in It’s Nice That during 2009. They’re nice and easy, so no excuses for not spending a couple of minutes to let us know your thoughts…
This week’s question, “What was your favourite book/album/film?”
Moon was my favourite film.
hamlet / in rainbows – radiohead / the big lebowski
Studio culture / Tonight: Franz Ferdinand / The Wrestler
Aldous Huxley – Brave New World / Mos Def – Black On Both Sides/ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Catch 22_Booka Shade-Movements_No Country for Old Men
Frankenstein / The Books – Lost & Safe / Fantastic Mr. Fox
Junot Díaz:The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Erik Enocksson – With its dark tail curled ’round the garage / Star Trek
Book – Bicycling Diaries by David Byrne
Albums – Wilco “Wilco”, Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest”, Laura Marling “Alas I Cannot Swim”, Andrew Bird “Noble Beast”
Films – Fish Tank, The Damned United, Mesrine ‘Killer Instinct’, The Class, Moon
The Gigantic Robot by Tom Gauld / It’s Blitz by Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Moon
Book:The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon; Album:For Emma Forever – Bon Iver; Film:Up tied with Moon.
Best of 2009? Book: ‘Generation A’ by Douglas Coupland. Album: ‘Drift’ by Nosaj Thing. Film: ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Weird’ or ‘District 9’
“The WIld Things” by Dave Eggers, Monsters of Folk by Monsters of Folk, Inglourious Basterds.
Favourite Film: Inglorious Basterds or Harry Brown.
Albums: Far too many to choose from.
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler / ROIR cassette / Harold and Maude
ohhh in 2009….whoops.
music, March of the Zapotec – Beruit
My favourite book is “Il deserto dei Tartari” by Dino Buzzati; favourite album “Vespertine” by Björk; and film would probably “Personna” by Ingmar Bergman.
from 2009: Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective; Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood and book…
my favourite book of the year: Caos Calmo by Sandro Veronesi.
my favourite album(s) released in 2009, no specific order: God Help the Girl (God Help the Girl), Tonight:Franz Ferdinand (Franz Ferdinand), XX (The XX), The First Days of Spring (Noah and the Whale), Noble Beast (Andrew Bird), Merriweather Post Pavilion (Animal Collective), Veckatimest (Grizzly Bear), Time to Die (The Dodos).
my favourite film: Up!
Maybes E.P – Mount Kimbie
A Single Man dir. Tom Ford
Graphic Design Referenced, Byrony Gomez (cause I’m in it)
BOOK: Leviathan – Roger Hoare
FILM: Moon – dir. Duncan Jones
MUSICO: Atlas Sounds – Logos
yes, I am cool
I’m probably forgetting some, but here are the picks from my work computer:
The Wooden Birds – Magnolia
Thunderheist – (Self Titled)
Peaches – I Feel Cream
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Here Be Dragons
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue
Alpha Channel – Exotic Tales
The Mercury Program – Chez Viking
Mellowdrone – Angry Bear
book: We Are the Friction – album: “Champagne Downtown” by Halloween, Alaska – movie: Zombieland
Book (not 2009 but worth it) Hulk Hogan’s autobiography in which almost every sentence ends with BRUTTTTHHHA!
Music would have to be Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
Film – Let the Right One in.
Movie – probably Inglorious Basterds
Album – Wall of Arms, The Maccabees
Book – The YCN Annual, 09/10, because there’s a picture of me in it
2009 favorites! Book was Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, by Maile Meloy; album was The Decemberists’ The Hazards of Love; and film was L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours).
Corporate Diversity / Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age / Let the Right One In
Bret Easton Ellis “Less Than Zero” / Laura Marling “Alas I Cannot Swim” / 500 Days of Summer
The elegance of the Hedgehog//Fuck Buttons “Tarot Sport”//The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
movie: White Ribbons (Michael Haneke)
book: (a brazillian title. not translated yet)
album: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Bill Calahan)
Sherlock Holmes / Read, Able – Grizzly Bear / Amelie
the wild things. sigh no more, mumford and sons. moon.
The best film of the year (from my perspective) was Hurt Locker. Not only for its visceral, unnerving quality and the rawness of the imagery, but for the moral ambiguity of its protagonists. Really wonderful film.
The Man in the High Castle (not new, but I just finished reading it) / Moderat / The White Ribbon
Book: HERE COMES EVERYBODY ~ Clay Shirky; Film: MOON ~ Duncan Jones; Album: BON IVER ~ For Emma, Forever ago
i didn’t have a fav book of 2009, but fav movie was Zombieland and albums were Doom: Born Like This and Junior Boys’: Begone Dull Care and Animal Collective Merriweather… that’s three, oops!
Album: Radiohead – Kid A (actually, I rediscovered it) / Club Des Belugas – Swop / RJD2
Film: Amelie (wonderful, just… Wonderful
Art: Anish Kapoor
- Take the Jack Sachs animated tour of the Tate Britain, and meet his odd CG characters along the way
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ paintings are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris dissect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich