Spin Doc­tor and the lat­est al­bum re­views

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@ theaus­tralian.com.au

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

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