Best CD of recent times purchased
Alliance - Road To Heaven
Anekdoten - A Time Of Day
Asia - Phoenix
Ayreon – 01011001
Gomez – How We Operate
Jadis – Photoplay
Jebo – Sinking Without You
Jorn - Unlocking The Past
Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave
It’s a tough call between 2 as I’m a fan of the work of John Wetton and also Arjen Lucassen. So the high melody reformation of the classic era Asia - Phoenix and the concept album space rock of Ayreon – 01011001 both go through to the year final.
Best CD from ages past purchased
Bryan Adams – Into The Fire
The Almighty - Soul Destruction
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Armored Saint - March Of The Saints
Asia - Aqua
Asia - Aria
Asia – Arena
Gomez – Split The Difference
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
Jorn - Worldchanger
Journey - Escape
I don’t know where I read that the old non-Wetton Asia albums were just ok as I quite like them, but not as much as the singalong qualities found in both Billy Joel - Piano Man and Journey - Escape . 2 of the best from 2 of the best.
Best best of CD purchased
Mick Jagger - The Very Best Of Mick Jagger
Jane’s Addiction - Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of
Jellyfish - Best!
Richard Jeni - Richard Jeni's Greatest Bits
Al Jones - All My Friends Are Back Again: Anthology
It absolutely has to be Jellyfish - Best! which reminds me of the early 90’s when I accidentally this band entered my life. They only made 2 albums but have become somewhat legendary with their easy going catchy songs influenced by the likes of Queen, Beach Boys, Beatles, Wings, Badfinger etc. Nice stuff
Gig of the Month
Holmes and the Ripper
A Party to Murder
I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes play the most, but real music beats talking any day. Therefore a very deserving Gomez gets the thumbs up.
Cinema film of the Month
X-Files: I Want To Believe
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
All enjoyable, but the more crazy creatures the better for me and Hellboy II: The Golden Army had a whole bunch of freaky looking things.
Film on TV
Dracula II: Ascension
Mimic 3: Sentinel
Hostel: Part 2
Something's Gotta Give
The only ones I would recommend were the Billy Crystal written comedy America's Sweethearts starring himself, John Cusack, and C Zeta Jones. Something's Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Dianne Keaton being old and flirty (always nice to see Amanda Peet too).
But I like rock music and am therefore obliged to like horror films with gore. Hostel: Part 2 had a few moments of ewwness. Nice twist though.
Rewatched Film on TV
Frailty - Is Bill Paxton killing human demons as decreed by his god, or is he just insane?
Best DVD bought
Guillermo Del Toro Box Set:
The Devil's Backbone
Guillermo Del Toro Box Set is great, especially Pan's Labyrinth.
Rise of the Footsoldier
Bridge to Terabithia (During which I narrowly escaped blubbing like a baby)
Beowulf And Grendel
The City Of Violence (Jjakpae)
Primer - 2 guys inadvertently invent a machine that makes time travel possible and set about changing their days. Independent low budget movie with an interesting concept.
Dawn Porter - Diaries of an Internet Lover
Marco Polo – The Travels Of Marco Polo
Piers Anthony - Under A Velvet Cloak - because I have fond memories of the previous 7 books in the series.
I’m really really close, a couple of days and I would have done it.
New pot drainage board for the kitchen
September has 16 days at work, 3 gigs, a wedding, and a day learning how to electrocute the dead :o