TEAM Jim Bob 2020 CULTURAL HIGHS

JIM BOB’S TOP TENS 

BOOKS
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 
The Blind Light by Stuart Evers
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson 
The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
I Wanna be Yours by John Cooper Clarke
The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers
A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry
Death in her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegth

FILMS
JoJo Rabbit
Rocks
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
The Trial of the Chicago Seven
Light of my Life
Knives Out
The Peanut Butter Falcon 
Dark Waters
Queen and Slim
Little Women

TELEVISION
(20 rather than 10 TV shows because I watched so much telly this year. So much telly)
Ghosts
Get Shorty
The Queen’s Gambit
The Good Lord Bird 
Taskmaster 
Trial 4
Grayson’s Art Club
What We Do in the Shadows
Breeders
Better Call Saul 
Dark
Mr Inbetween
Homecoming 
The Outsider
Unorthodox 
Devs
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border
The Alienist

ALBUMS
Phoebe Bridges – Punisher
Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Laura Marling – Song for my Daughter
Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface 
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You
The Lemon Twigs – Songs for the General Public
Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump…On a Wooden Piano
Father John Misty – Off-Key in Hamburg

PODCASTS AND RADIO
Alan Partridge from the Oasthouse (Probably technically an audio book)
Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Sue Perkins: An Hour or so With…
Full Disclosure with James O’Brien 
Memory Lane with Kerry Godliman
Attention Engineer (Penfriend)
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
(And obviously Refigure Podcast with Chris and Rifa but I think it’s against the TJB rules to include it)

LIVE EVENTS
(One gig just before the you know what)
Fontaines D.C.

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR SPOONS
As usual, I don’t include Monday Clubbers output of which there were many fine, fine things.

TV:
Doctor Who
Young Offenders
Staged
Picard
The Good Doctor
Mr Inbetween
Star Trek: Discovery
Young Sheldon
Better Call Saul
The Comey Rule

ALBUMS
Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds…
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – I’ll see you when I’m looking at you
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Pet Shop Boys – HotSpot
Fontaines D.C. – A Heroes Death
A shorter list as most of my album listening is done when I’m driving and I’ve done very little this year.

LIVE GIGS
Mick Thomas & Brooke Russell – 25th Jan Bushfire Benefit gigs
The Waifs – Ravenswood Hotel, WA
Fontaines D.C. – Brixton
The Black Swans of Trespass – Hobart, Tasmania
Pollyman – Caravan Club, Melbourne, Vic

ONLINE/STREAMING GIGS
Mick Thomas (various solo and with the Roving Commission) from Melbourne, Vic
PWEI from Islington
The Aerial Maps from Sydney
Gary Numan (series of solo acoustic guitar songs)
Paul Novak – Live from the Shed

OTHER STUFF
Pandemic Pluckers – Nightly online Uke Jams
One Football, No Nets – Book by Justin Walley
Home Cookin’ Podcast
Aria Restaurant, Sydney
DALEKS! – You Tube serial
The Ivy Restaurant, Brighton
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood – Film
The Idiot – Michael Legge
Is that the Programme? – Book by Cris Lehmann
Free in my RV – Robert Morales YouTube Vidblogs  
Also, a Special Mention for Totally Acoustic Vodcasts which I can’t really include as I performed on the first one!

FAVOURITE parkruns
(I managed 13 before lockdown)

1. Crosby
2. Edinburgh Oval, Perth, WA
3. Launceston, Tasmania
4. Parkville, Melbourne, Vic
5. Dartford
6. Green Way, Sydney, NSW
7. Southwark
8. Burgess
9. Preston Park
10. Mile End

FOOTBALL
Best Palace game: Brighton 0 Palace 1
A perfect birthday win for me away at the Enemy.
Best other game: Croydon 4 Athletic Newham 3
Croydon’s first game at the CP National Sports Centre. 0-3 down on 83 minutes, staged a miraculous four goal comeback.
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MARC’S MENAGERIE
No Mr Bob or Mr Carter music or books have been submitted into my list…

TV OF THE YEAR
(note lack of drama. My day job is working in TV drama. To relax I tend to watch other genres)
1.     The Trip To Greece
2.     Louis Theroux
3.     Taskmaster
4.     Friday Night Dinner
5.     Sunderland Till I Die
6.     Miss Americana – Taylor Swift
7.     TOTP – The Story of 1990
8.     Dragon’s Den
9.     Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
10.  David Baddiel: Confronting Holocaust Denial

BOOKS
(I almost gave up on fiction this year).
1.     Just Ignore Him – Alan Davies
2.     Me – Elton John
3.     89 – Amy Lawrence
4.     One man and his bike – Mike Carter
5.     The first eight Tom Gates books
6.     Diary of A Bookseller – Shawn Blythell
7.     Cookie – Konnie Huq
8.     26.2 miles to Happiness – Paul Tonkinson
9.     Ramblebook – Adam Buxton
10.  To Be Someone– Ian Stone

FILMS
1.     Blinded By The Light (my most favourite film of all time. Mr T-T dissed this on his podcast and it annoyed me for weeks!).
2.     A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood
3.     David Copperfield
4.     Diego
5.     Days Of Bagnold Summer
6.     Onward
7.     Military Wives
8.     Jo Jo Rabbit
9.     Dora The Explorer
10.  The Irishman

ALBUMS
1.     Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds
2.     Taylor Swift – Folklore
3.     Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
4.     Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison
5.     Taylor Swift – Evermore
6.     Fiona Apple – Here Comes The Boltcutters
7.     Fontaines DC – A Heroes Death
8.     The Strokes – The New Abnormal
9.     Tanya Donnely and The Parkington Sisters – self titled
10.  Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot

PODCASTS
1.     Adam Buxton (I am over the fact his kids go to public school)
2.     Grounded with Louis Theroux
3.     Quickly Kevin Will He Score
4.     Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review
5.     The Tuesday Club
6.     Bowie Album To Album
7.     Refigure (despite being mean about Blinded The Light)
8.     Footballistically Arsenal
9.     Off Menu
10.  Attention Engineer

THE CONSIDERED THOUGHTS OF CHRIS
Nothing I’ve been involved in is included. Jim’s novel makes it in because that’s independent of his music. 

FILMS
1. Parasite (2020, cinema)
2. Atlantics (2020, Netflix) 
3. Rocks (2020, Netflix)
4. Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020, BBC)
5. The Assistant (2020, Now TV)
6. Jojo Rabbit (2020, cinema)
7. The Trial Of The Chicago Seven (2020, Netflix)
8. 1917 (2020, cinema)
9. Small Axe: Mangrove (2020, BBC)
10. The Whalebone Box (2020, Mubi)

DOCUMENTARIES
1. Women Make Film
2. For Sama
3. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
4. Disclosure
5. My Octopus Teacher
6. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
7. Apollo 11
8. The Social Dilemma
9. They’ve Gotta Have Us
10. Simon Schama: The Romantics

BOOKS
1. Nick Hayes – The Book Of Trespass
2. Priyamvada Gopal – Insurgent Empire
3. Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain (not quite finished yet)
4. Cory Doctorow – How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism
5. J.B. Morrison – A God Awful Small Affair
6. Daisy Johnson – Sisters
7. Natalie Ann Holborow – Small (poetry)
8. Zadie Smith – Intimations – Six Essays
9. Martin Shaw – Courting The Wild Twin
10. Shoshana Zuboff – The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism
11. Will Harris – Rendang (poetry)
12. Ottessa Moshfegh – Death In Her Hands
13. Beth Morrey – Saving Missy
14. Oliver Gray – Polly In My Pocket
15. Alastair McIntosh – Riders On The Storm
I didn’t get close enough to finishing Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror And The Light to count it – but I was enjoying it a lot, while I was reading it.

TV SERIES
1. Midnight Gospel
2. Kingdom
3. I May Destroy You
4. Small Axe
5. The Mandalorian
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm
7. The Expanse
8. Devs
9. Euphoria
10. She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power (season five)
11. Nigella: Eat, Sleep, Repeat
12. CNN – US election week coverage all-nighters
13. Rick & Morty season 4 
14. The Queen’s Gambit
15. Kim’s Convenience
16. Last Week Tonight
17. The Valhalla Murders
18. Mystic Pop-up Shop
19. The Comey Rule
20. The Floor Is Lava

ALBUMS
1. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
2. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan – Navarasa: Nine Emotions
3. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
4. Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
5. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
6. The Electric Soft Parade – Stages
7. Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters
8. Taylor Swift – Evermore
9. Sault – Untitled (Rise)
10. Childish Gambino – 3.15.20
11. Taylor Swift – Folklore
12. Fay Hield – Wrackline
13. Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
14. The Rheingans Sisters – Receiver
15. Stick In The Wheel – Hold Fast
16. David Keenan – A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery
17. Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
18. Run The Jewels – RTJ4
19. Adrianne Lenker – Songs / Instrumentals
20. Jenny Sturgeon – Living Mountain

PODCAST EPISODES
1. Desert Island Discs: Samantha Morton
2. Decoder Ring: The Jane Fonda Workout two-parter
3. Reply All: The Case Of The Missing Hit
4. Grounded with Louis Theroux: Michaela Coel
5. Adam Buxton: with Joe Cornish after Adam’s Mum died
6. In Our Time: Solar Wind
7. Start The Week: Hilary Mantel
8. Intercepted: Paul Robeson
9. Adam Buxton: Zadie Smith
10. Longform: Naomi Klein
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And there you have it…

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR (whatever Tier you are in)

From TEAM JIM BOB xxx