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It’s that time of year again when a good list seems appropriate to wrap up in a few column centimetres what have been the outstanding moments of the year in music, so that is where we are headed with this week’s column. I’m starting with my favourite gigs of the year, simply because one of them, by American pop/rock/ roots tunesmith Father John Misty, happened just the other day at Sydney Opera House. Real name Josh Tillman, the former Fleet Foxes drummer has a gift for well-crafted, lyrically witty and inventive songs and was aided in his endeavours by a tight and occasionally bombastic band. The singer’s album I Love You, Honeybear was nominated for a Grammy this week, albeit for best packaging. They all count.
I’ll save the rest of the space for the lists, rather than longwinded explanations of my reasons for choosing them. So ...
Best gigs of the year (Sydney, apart from Blur) 1. Father John Misty 2. AC/DC 3. Ryan Adams (solo) 4. CW Stoneking 5. Grace Jones 6. The Milk Carton Kids 7. The Preatures 8. Lake Street Dive 9. Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions 10. Blur (Splendour in the Grass)
Best Australian albums 1. Limit of Love — Boy & Bear 2. When We Talk About Love — Oh Mercy 3. The Positions — Gang of Youths 4. Leisure Panic — Dan Kelly 5. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit — Courtney Barnett 6. Eternal Return — Sarah Blasko 7. Hell Breaks Loose — Shane Nicholson 8. Gracetown — San Cisco 9. Currents — Tame Impala 10. The Great Wave — Skipping Girl Vinegar
Best overseas albums 1. 1989 — Ryan Adams 2. I Love You, Honeybear — Father John Misty 3. Star Wars — Wilco 4. Art Angels — Grimes 5. Born Under Saturn — Django Django 6. Servant of Love — Patty Griffin 7. If I Should Go Before You — City & Colour 8. Uptown Special — Mark Ronson 9. Monterey — The Milk Carton Kids 10. To Pimp a Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Father John Misty at Sydney Opera House