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.
Arts & Ents blogs
The Full Monty to close in West End after one month despite Olivier nomination
Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on acting one-handed and why Jaime Lannister is not bad
Halle Berry's role in X-Men: Days of Future Past role cut to one scene
Game of Thrones star Sibel Kekilli on why she wants more male nudity in the show
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Britain’s five richest families worth as much as poorest 20 per cent, says Oxfam
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