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2016 — The Good Stuff. Team Jim Bob Annual Cultural Lists
Wednesday, December 14 2016


JIM BOB

ALBUMS
Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
Ruminations – Conor Oberst
The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul
Blackstar – David Bowie
Adam Green’s Aladdin
9 Green Songs – Chris T-T
2013 – Meilyr Jones

BOOKS
The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley
The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker
Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain – Barney Norris
Patience – Daniel Clowes
The Girls – Emma Cline
City on Fire –Garth Risk Hallberg
The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello

TELEVISION
Halt and Catch Fire
Startup
Goliath
Making a Murderer
Peaky Blinders
Better Call Saul
People Just do Nothing
Silicon Valley
Happy Valley
War and Peace
Grayson Perry — All Man
Deutschland 83
Mr Robot
Bosch
Ripper Street
Modern Family
Game of Thrones
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson

FILMS
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Captain Fantastic
The Nice Guys
Room
Sing Street
Arrival
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Love and Mercy
Bridge of Spies
A Bigger Splash
The Lobster

RADIO/PODCASTS
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life
Vitriola podcast
Do the Right Thing podcast
Mark Steel's in Town
Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar

LIVE SHOWS
The Jam — About the Young Idea at Somerset House
David Baddiel — My Family: Not the Sitcom
Adam Buxton's Bowie Bug
Jilted John at Brixton Windmill
The Frank and Walters at the Borderline
Bowieoke Circus
Chris T-T at St Pancras Church
Elvis Costello at the London Palladium

CHRIS T-T's favourites

ALBUMS
Beyonce – Lemonade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
The Furrow Collective – Wild Hog
Kiran Leonard – Grapefruit
David Bowie – Blackstar
Shirley Collins – Lodestar
Petrol Girls – Talk Of Violence
Esmé Patterson – We Were Wild
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Skinny Girl Diet – Heavy Flow

This year I gave 55 albums 8/10 or better. I’ll put my Top 20 + honourable mentions on my 2016 Review blog next week. I’ve sadly excluded Jim Bob Sings Again and Non Canon’s self-titled debut, because of being on them both.

FILM
Can’t do my FILM yet – I’m seeing four films in the next two weeks that might feature. Hypernormalisation, Dheepan, Spotlight and Beyoncé’s Lemonade are all strong contenders though.

TV
Fleabag
Planet Earth II
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Better Call Saul
Trapped
Imagine: One Night In 2012
The Story of China with Michael Wood
The Crown
Stranger Things
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

BOOKS
Paul Kingsnorth – Beast
Benjamin Myers – Turning Blue
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Dark Mountain #9
Teju Cole – Known And Strange Things

ART
vrLAB at The Old Market, Hove
Visuals and lighting design for the Moderat concert, The Dome, Brighton
Gem Fletcher’s Instagram feed of Getty photographers and sessions
Siam – Through The Lens Of John Thomson, Museum Of Culture, Chiang Mai
Sam Hewitt at Dynamite Gallery
Not Vital at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Shardcore – ‘map portraits’ series
Nona Faustine – nudes in slave trading sites in Bust magazine
Clement Valla – Postcards From Google Earth
Pure Evil – Hollywood Vampires at 99 Mary Street, Sheffield

PODCASTS / RADIO
West Wing Weekly, PRX Radiotopia
Longform Podcast
Kermode & Mayo: Wittertainment, BBC Radio 5Live
Slate Political Gabfest, Slate/Panoply
The Junk Shop with Marc Teare, TotallyRadio
Simon Mayo interviews Bruce Springsteen, BBC Radio 2
SongExploder, PRX Radiotopia
Vitriola with Robin Ince & Michael Legge
In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, BBC Radio 4
Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music

GIGS (WATCHED)
Bellowhead, The Dome, Brighton
Kiran Leonard, The Albert, Brighton
Shellac, Koko, London
Dream Wife, Photo Shop, Great Escape, Brighton
Moderat, The Dome, Brighton
Chrissy Barnacle, Conroy’s Basement, Dundee
Skinny Girl Diet, Green Door Store, Great Escape, Brighton
Helen Chambers, Black Swan, York
Roxanne De Bastion, Latest Music Bar, Brighton
The Vega Bodegas, Le Pub, Newport

MARC OLLINGTON

BEST ALBUMS

WINNER
Blackstar – David Bowie

RUNNER UP
Jim Bob Sings Again – Jim Bob (& Chris T-T)

Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
Ruminations – Conor Oberst
9 Green Songs – Chris T-T
Can’t Stop Us Now – Madness
Lazarus Soundtrack – Original Cast Recording
Super – Pet Shop Boys
Flawed Is Beautiful – S*M*A*S*H/These Animal Men
Tanya Donnelly – Swan Song Series

BEST BOOKS

WINNER
The Complete David Bowie – Nick Pegg

The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker (though it has an awful ending)
Set The Boy Free – Johnny Marr
My Life With Bowie – Woody Woodmansey
The Romford Pelé: It's only Ray Parlour's autobiography - Ray Parlour
Journeyman: One Man's Odyssey Through the Lower Leagues of English Football - Ben Smith
Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab - Finnigan, Mary
Let's Make Lots of Money: Secrets of a Rich, Fat, Gay, Lucky Bastard - Tom Watkins
Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography - Mo Farah
100 Acts of Minor Dissent - Mark Thomas
Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers

BEST TELEVISION

WINNER
Billions

Modern Family
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson
Googlebox
Alan Partridge: Scissored Isle
The Walking Dead
Cougar Town
Black Mirror
Humans
Outcast

BEST FILMS

WINNER
Room

RUNNERS UP
Sing Street
The Jungle Book

Trolls
Nocturnal Animals
Ghostbusters
Man Who Fell To Earth – BFI Screening
The Nice Guys
High Rise
Finding Dory
How To Be Single
Elvis & Nixon

BEST RADIO/PODCASTS

WINNER
The Adam Buxton Podcast

Kermode & Mayo Film Review
Guardian Football Weekly
Desert Island Discs

BEST LIVE SHOWS

WINNER
Pet Shop Boys – Royal Opera House

MOST SPECIAL EVENTS
Matilda and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – in London’s West End.
Attended with Poppy Ollington

Adam Buxton's Bowie Bug
The Jim Bob Sings Again Tour
The Frank and Walters - The Borderline
Belly - The Kentish Town Forum
Madness – Clapham Common
My Life Story – The Borderline
Chris T-T – St Pancras Old Church
British Sea Power – Tunbridge Wells Forum
La Femme – Shepherds Bush Empire
a-ha – The o2
Lazarus – Kings Cross Theatre
Indiedaze – London Forum

THE VERDICT OF THE SPOONS JURY

Hello all, and a Merry Christmas to you all. Usual rules apply: ridiculously late again and betting without the favourites (i.e. TJB output) otherwise it’d be a pretty repetitive list.

Off we go then… in no particular order, but favorite in each category starred…

TOP 10 ALBUMS
BlackStar – David Bowie*
Songs of the Walking Wounded – The Frank and Walters
Rest & Relocation – Split Seconds
Forum Residency Boxset – Gary Numan
Girl at the End of the World – James
Ruminations – Conor Oberst (finally succumbed to the magic!)
Head Carrier – Pixies
No such thing as a Protest Singer - Grace Petrie
Still Valid – MJ Hibbert & the Validators
Let the Record Show– Dexys (less for the music, it became the most bizarre soundtrack to our journey thru’ Kenya – can’t remember when I laughed so hard in my life)

TOP 10 GIGS
Mick Thomas African Tour 2016*
Gary Numan - Oxford Academy
Madness – 100 Club
Gavin Osborn/MJ Hibbert/Jenny Lockyer – SpreadEagle Croydon
Bowieoke – Bethnal Gren WMC
Grace Petrie – MayDay Orgreave Benefit Barnsley
James – Brixton Academy
Adam Ant – Hammersmith Odeon
Adam Buxton Bowie Bug – Greenwich
The Frank & Walters - Borderline

TOP 10 TV
Well I can’t have Doctor Who as there hasn’t been any this year (yet), and that spin-off series on BBC3 was, sadly, bloody terrible, so…

Line of Duty
The Americans
The Crown
Victoria
American Crime Story — The People v OJ Simpson
Tyrant
Mr Robot
Deutschland 83*
Trapped
The Big Bang Theory

2016 BEST FILM: The Big Short

WORST FILM EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF FILMS, YES EVEN WORSE THAN PLAN 9 ETC:
The Lobster
(Jim’s only put it in his list to wind me up - don’t think I’m not wise to his ways)

BOOKS
Not a lot done again this year, but I’ve developed a weird fascination for reading Appalachian Trail diaries.


BEST PALACE MATCH: 2016 was Palace’s very own Annus Horribilus, despite getting to the FA Cup Final (which of course we bloody lost), thus it’s been difficult to pick a game from such limited choice. In the end I’m going to cheat and go for one I didn’t actually see live: The 2-1 Semi-Final win against Watford, because it will forever remind me of the reason I couldn’t be there: running the London Marathon. www.runspoonsrun.co.uk

BEST FOOTBALL MATCH (Non-Palace): Lancing 3 Beckenham Town 4 (FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay)… deep in the heart of seaweed country: Beckenham go a goal up, Lancing have a man sent off but rattle in three goals. Beckenham stage a late comeback, scoring the winner from a disputed free kick in injury time. The one Beckenham Town fan in the ground goes mental and on full time is stalked by a mortally obese Lancing/Seaweed fan who, having also just spotted a small Palace logo on his cap, now wants to kill him… just catching him would have been a start… (yes, the Becks fan was me – I nearly died laughing).



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Last revised: 23/12/16


THANK YOU
Saturday, December 10 2016


What can I say? My best, most enjoyable and most successful solo tour ever is over. Thank you so much if you came to any of the shows. I'm going to have a lie down for a few days and let it all sink in. I feel like I've won something.

If you didn't make it to any of the gigs or didn't manage to get a copy of my piano CD 'Jim Bob Sings Again', it is now available HERE

Once again, thank you, from the bottom of both my hearts.

Jim Bob x

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Last revised: 10/12/16


Cartoon Dad – from the new album Jim Bob Sings Again
Saturday, September 24 2016




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Last revised: 24/09/16


Jim Bob Sings Again – The Album
Monday, July 18 2016


I've always thought it would be a nice idea to record an album of songs accompanied only by piano. So that's what I did last week. It's called Jim Bob Sings Again – Accompanied on the Piano by Chris T-T and it will be available as a CD exclusively on my winter tour. DATES HERE

If there are any left I'll make it more widely available after the tour. There are eleven songs on the album, both solo Jim Bob and Carter songs. This is the list of songs. They're not in the right order yet.

Jim Bob

CARTOON DAD
OUR HEROES
A PRINCE IN A PAUPER'S GRAVE
VICTIM
THE CAROUSEL
JOHNNY CASH
GLAM ROCK COPS
A BAD DAY
COME ON SMART BOMB!
FALLING ON A BRUISE
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

In the meantime, I have ordered a repressing of my last LP 'What I Think About When I Think About You' and it's currently on sale for a measly £6 (UK only I'm afraid) from HERE

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Last revised: 18/07/16


Jim Bob Sings Again
Wednesday, April 20 2016




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Last revised: 26/05/16






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11/08/17
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