My Favourite Things Of 2019

2019 was a year when the changes hinted by 2018 finally came to pass. Thank you 2018, you rotten bugger. Anyway, my Favourite Things have been arranged in a list format, and they’re all practically interchangeable so there’s no countdown. 2019 has been a strange year, so it goes without saying that without these Favourite Things, I might not have survived the psychic damage inflicted on me by the election results, reading comments by Doctor Who ‘fans’ on Twitter, and that final scene of Veronica Mars.

Singles/Songs of the Year

She Plays Bass – Beabadoobee

Lost Ship – Juliana Hatfield

Good Side – Liz Phair

Flowers – Sugababes/DJ Spoony

STFU! – Rina Sawayama

Initiative – Shopping

Twin Flame – Cowgirl Clue

We Appreciate Power – Grimes

Toyota Man – Neon Indian

I Found A Girl – Miss World

Life On Mars – Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross

Control – Mom And The Mailman

Dark Ballet – Madonna

Albums of the Year

Weird – Juliana Hatfield

Tasty Meat – Mom And The Mailman

Punk – Chai

Actors – Slow Hollows

What Are You Waiting For – Daisies

Guv 1 – Young Guv

Pang – Caroline Polachek

Hyperspace – Beck

The Vital Cord – La Neve

Football Money – Kiwi Jr

Old LP – That Dog

Dizzy Spells – Patience

10 Outta 10 – LA Vampires

Charli – Charli XCX

Space Cadet – beabadoobee

Run Around the Sun – Sacred Paws

Madame X – Madonna

Weird Glow – Sarah Bethe Nelson

After You – Jack Penate

Icebreaker – Cowgirl Clue

Lost Girls – Bat For Lashes

With Kindness – Keel Her

Books of the Year

My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

Arguing With The Dead by Alex Nye

Life For Sale by Yukio Mishima

Blood by Maggie Gee

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Against Memoir by Michelle Tea

Constitution Street by Jemma Neville

Apple And Knife by Intan Paramaditha

Slow Motion Ghosts by Jeff Noon

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

Only Americans Burn In Hell by Jarett Kobek

The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo

Endland by Tim Etchells

A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle

All in all, 2019 has been quite a good year for music and books but a bad year for my bank balance.

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