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.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 4 Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
New Netflix releases: The films and TV shows coming August 2014
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at disguised role
Guardians of the Galaxy review: A superficial and half-hearted Marvel film
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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