How was it for you?

Yes, tis the season to compile lists of all that you enjoyed most in 2009. And where betetr to post them than right here on the Lunecy Review…
so here’s the idea, in the comments below, or as a separate entry should you wish to elaborate, we would like to know what rocked your world, blew you away, or gave you that special feeling in 2009. And just this once you can break the local only rule, so if you saw a great band in Cleckheaton or read a fantastic book from Ulaan Bator, lets hear about it. If it was a personal event like getting your work out in public or a global thing do tell.
I’ll give it a day or so then put mine up there… (mostly cos I havent decided yet…)
— Kev x

16 Responses

  1. I suppose this might end up being a venue-centric section for most people – which is my way of saying most of what I really liked (and found abysmal) was on at the Nuffield. So here goes.

    Highlights: The Strange Names Collective: The Gratitude of Monsters. Meta-textuality is the in thing in performance now, which gives rise to some monumentally boring and brainless codwallop where people walk about describing walking about, free of any wit or genuine self-examination (the aptly named Forced Entertertainment specialise in collecting grants to do this). But the SNC made a show which commented on authenticity and the power relations of audience participation which was intelligent and at times almost impossible to join in with because it was so tellingly funny, partly because they got us doing what they were undermining.

    The Steve Reich weekend. After a ropy start, with a symposium that, as my friend put “could have been put together from Wikipedia”, we had a performance of the hallucinogenic Piano Phase, where I started hearing a whispered name repeated over and over again. When I mentioned this phenomenon to someone else, he said “Yes I know. Did you hear the rock guitar?”

    Best AwayDay: The Glasgow Festival of DIY Culture. The venues (former squats, abandoned hairdressers’ salons, the banks of the Clyde); the photocopied magazines and hand-drawn daily news sheets; the cold; the rapport with everyone; the lack of a budget; the way that it was non-institutionalised… it reminded me of anarchist arty festivals in London in the 80s. It was exciting and put into actual practice the sort of democracy more established venues unsuccessfully aim for, constrained as they are by being vehicles for allowing people at an appropriate position in the artistic hierarchy of prestige a venue in which to perform their work.

    Best Way of Sticking Two Fingers Up At Our Philistine Council: Not The Lancaster Jazz Festival. A massive amount of energy and work is irrelevant if the results aren’t any good. But they were. There was a little bit of overloud electronic noodling, but that was outweighed by the majority of the exciting and powerful energy that rocked the Gregson for 11 hours. Well done Mr Grew and helpers.

    If there can we have a category for misses as well, then the winner by a mile was Vanessa’s “Look Mummy I’m Dancing”. A gloriously unselfconscious demonstration of self-absorption and the way some people think that the (usually magnified) difficulty of their lives excuses them from putting any effort into turning it into decent art, it left my friend and I trying to get our laughter out as soon as possible lest the performer walk into the bar. The point seemed to be to show that here’s no need to spend time writing carefully phrased, insightful prose. Just have several drinks to the point where you’re feeling very sorry for yourself, record your self-pity, record it, learn it, and with a bit of luck you’ll get a European tour on public money.

  2. Here’s my top 10 bands & singers whose cds I have received at Diversity FM and who I have seen playing at venues round town. I’ll be featuring many of them on my last two radio shows of the year this Friday and next.
    This is purely in alphabetical order…

    Arficeden
    Greenheart – Rhubard City
    Jess Thomas – Live at The Gregson EP
    Jo Gillot – Songs To Say I Sung
    Last Harbour – My Knowen Foe
    Ponies – Ponies 2
    The Existence of Harvey Lord
    Stephen Hudson – Here Comes The Weekend
    Stuart Anthony – House of Sun
    Uncle Jeff – The Sun Might Shine Bright

  3. …except that T usually comes after S in the alphabet – doh!

    Also for those who don’t know, my show on Diversity FM goes out on Fridays at 1pm with a repeat at 8pm on Friday and Sunday at 4pm – 103.5FM or listen online at diversityfm.co.uk
    I’ve also started posting songs from the latest show at blip.fm/Offthebeatentracks

  4. has anyone seen the newspaper articals on storey’s new art project regarding the bird feeder and what do you think

  5. Favourite thing I’ve seen is tied between Existence of Harvey Lord at the Homemade Lemonade album launch and Sam & the Plants at the EFTM album launch.

  6. I haven’t seen that yet Joe, have you a link?

  7. Hmm…tricky one this considering how much I go out. However some highlights…

    EFTM debut album ‘Mystery with Hermit Foil’ and its’ subsequent launch party
    Ponies – Ponies 2
    Uncle Jeff – The Sun might shine bright EP
    Diversity FM’s ‘Fresh Jam’ event at The Storey
    Mitch Benn
    Mark Steele

    There’s some, I would love to have seen Juan Martin – maybe next time.

    • Reza — you don’t have to have gone out, as said it could be anything but for some reason nobody has yet talked books, plays, art etc. or gone beyond Lancaster
      Kevin

      • In that case forgot to add the brilliant play ‘Paperweight’ seen at the Round as well as ‘1000 Years of German Humour’ starring the hilarious Henning Wehn.

        Reza

      • Forgot to mention the comedy gig of the year, Eddie Izzard at the Grand!

        Must try and get to more comedy gigs and see more plays next year. I think the only play I saw this year was Sir Gawain and The Green Knight at the Grand Theatre.

        Two excellent gigs further afield were Jane’s Addiction at the MEN Arena and The Imagined Village at the Towersey Festival.

  8. @JoeGlen – It certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons didn’t it, boom boom. I thought it was a good piece as some people obviously don’t quite understand that “the views expressed in this gallery are not necessarily those of the management”.

  9. ‘rocked your world’: The Maginificent James Knight.

    ‘blew you away’: Gilbert Hernandez’s collected ‘Luba’. For a sultry overview visit:

    http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Luba-by-Gilbert-Hernandez-Previews-Pre-Order.html&Itemid=113

    x

  10. I’d go for ‘Lost in the Wind’ at the Dukes (by the theatre company Lost Spectacles) which made me sit up straight, gasp, gawp, giggle and weep.

    Apart from that, my favourite evenings have been the mixed menus of music, writing and comedy offered by Blue Peter Badge Winners Get in Free, Totally Wired and Spotlight (some of whose line-ups have been so good a bespectacled monkey could have compered them and they’d still have been a success).

    My favourite non-Lancaster event was Daniel Kitson at the Edinburgh fringe, a show I enjoyed so much I went to Glasgow in half-term just to see it again! Richard Herring’s podcasts with Andrew Collins have also brought some much needed chuckles this year.

    To my mind, it hasn’t been a vintage year for film (this is your masterpiece is it Quentin? I don’t think it is, is it? You’re never going to make a better film than Pulp Fiction are you? No, you’re not). I enjoyed Religulous, the first two thirds of Funny People, two scenes in Last Chance Harvey and enjoyed talking about Antichrist afterwards much more than watching it. It was good to see the love that went into proving Watchmen wasn’t ‘unfilmable’. Now we need a high profile adaptation of Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, if only to persuade everyone to read it first.

  11. The Lancaster Oscars – what a great idea. My nominations are:-

    The inexorable rise, rise and holy-hell-what’s-she-won-now? of evil twin Kim Moore.

    The wham, bam, thank you Lancaster bravura of Tony Walsh.

    Moll, turning Japanese in a good way.

    Michael Durrant, for floating the whole room from Cockersands Abbey to the summit of Ingleborough and back again. Here he is reading something else.

    Jim Turner for mining infinite wealth from landscape

    Rosie Whitmore for a performance dazzling as a Bulgari necklace

    Thomas Fletcher’s mesmerising prose delivery. This was at Word Soup but he’s a Litfest writer too.

    Paul Sockett wowing Preston (and hereby suggested as a future Spotlight star)

    Robo-lensman Richard Davis’ pics of Lancaster folk, in particular for making me look like the poor man’s Jacob Polley.

    But the cultural apogee of 2009, by a Postern Gate Road mile, was Ottersgear’s The Quest for Rest – an album of such scrumptiousness it will make even the stoutest knees tremble. Here’s Mikey singing solo.

  12. i would have to say the best highlights of 2009 would be the new star trek film, totally wired event at storeys cheers richard, and oh yes most def the body collective exhibition one because it was a bloody good exhibition and mostly because of all the hoo haa it got with it being different to the norm and also because it was in morecambe which goes to show that lancaster is not the centre of the universe for art and other stuff

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