The Barometer: Animal Collective; Grizzly Bear; Camera Obscura; Tom Waits; Bing Crosby & David Bowie; The Beatles
Friday 18 December 2009
Animal Collective My Girls
Released in January, the trio's blissful experimental trip remains a good shout for song of the year.
Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
Brilliantly artful choral pop and the standout track from the acclaimed Veckatimest LP that wooed many this year, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Jangly guitars, a wall of sound and Scottish melancholy combined perfectly in one of the year's best songs.
Tom Waits Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Waits' beautifully sad boozy piano ballad is essential for anyone's Christmas playlist; a nice counterweight to all that good cheer.
Bing Crosby & David Bowie Little Drummer Boy
Watching the video of this unlikely 1977 TV duet on YouTube is a must at Christmas.
The Beatles Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Forget John and Yoko's ubiquitous Christmas song and go back to the Fab Four's light-hearted 1967 oddity.
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
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Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Bruce Forsyth backs assisted dying campaign: 'If I had Alzheimer's or dementia I would do something about it'
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate