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TEAM JIM BOB Top Culture Gubbins of 2018
Friday, December 14 2018



1. Don’t Skip Out on Me – Willy Vlautin
2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh
3. The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
4. The Monk of Mokha – Dave Eggers
5. Calypso – David Sedaris
6. Norwegian by Night – Derek B. Miller
7. The Heart's Invisible Furies – John Boyne
8. I'm a Joke and So Are – You Robin Ince
9. Sirens – Joseph Knox
10. Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke
Bubbling under...Less – Andrew Sean Greer
American War – Omar El Akkad
Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh


1. Leave no Trace
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Lady Bird
4. First Man
5. Phantom Thread
6. I,Tonya
7. Ghost Story
8. The Disaster Artist
9. Sweet Country
10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Bubbling under...Tully
Lean on Pete

1. Songs of Praise – Shame
2. Gods Favourite Customer – Father John Misty
3. Go to School – The Lemon Twigs
4. Joy as an Act of Resistance – Idles
5. Look Now – Elvis Costello
6. Wham! Big! Pow! Let's Rock Out! – Art Brut
7. 001 – Joe Strummer

LIVE (gigs and shows)
Not including Abdoujaparov and any bands or singers I saw at gigs I was also playing at myself, I went to one gig in 2018. 1 gig. I did go out occasionally. Here’s my going out list. Starting with that one gig.

1. Shame at the Electric Ballroom
1. James Acaster – Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 at the Vaudeville Theatre
2. Luke Wright, Poet Laureate at the Edinburgh Fringe
3. The Half at the Edinburgh Fringe
4. Mark Watson: The Infinite Show at the Edinburgh Fringe
5. After Today – at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the London Theatre in New Cross
6. Good Grief Charlie Brown at Somerset House
7. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up – V & A

1. The Adam Buxton podcast
2. Malcolm Gladwell – Revisionist History
3. Refigure podcast
4. Jon Ronson The Butterfly Effect (audiobook/podcast)
5. The Richard Herring Leicester Square Podcast
6. Serial podcast
7. Dear Joan and Jericha podcast

TV. I watched lots of telly in 2018. So much telly. A real top ten or top seven is impossible
1. Killing Eve
2. Godless
3. Stranger Things
4. Making a Murderer
5. Better Call Saul
6. James Acaster – Repertoire
7. Informer
8. Taskmaster
9. Last Chance Lawyer NYC
10. The Bridge
In no particular order, bubbling under...
No Activity
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Stewart Lee: Content Provider
The Little Drummer Girl
Evil Genius
The Staircase
People Just do Nothing
The Tour de France
The Handmaid’s Tale
Derry Girls
Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
There She Goes
Flint Town
Inside No. 9 (Halloween special)


CHRIS (Formerly T-T)

1. Bruce Springsteen – Springsteen On Broadway
2. Stick In The Wheel – Follow Them True
3. Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is
4. Idles – Joy As An Active Of Resistance
5. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
6. boygenius – boygenius EP
7. Deerful – Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own
8. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
9. Robyn – Honey
10. Lucy Dacus – Historian
11. Furrow Collective – Fathoms
12. Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Wapentak
13. Brockhampton – Iridescence
14. Half Man Half Biscuit – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
15. Ímar – Avalanche
16. Nils Frahm – All Melody
17. Eliza Shaddad – Future
18. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing At The Seams
19. Mastersystem – Dance Music
20. Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On

1. Jim Bob at Shepherds Bush Empire, London
2. My Bloody Valentine at The Royal Festival Hall, London
3. Trembling Bells at The Brunswick, Hove
4. Jess Morgan radio session for Midnight Campfire (three songs)
5. El Morgan solo at Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
6. Nils Frahm at The Dome, Brighton
7. Hurtling at The Lexington, London
8. Penelope Isles at The Komedia, Brighton
9. Abdoujaparov at 100 Club, London
10. Mark McCabe, Olivia Awbrey & Margaret Wehr at The Exchange, Bristol
11. Say Sue Me at The Lexington, London

I’ve included 11 because Jim’s gig at Shepherd’s Bush was my favourite gig of 2018 but I was onstage, so dear reader, if you feel that disqualifies it, just count from #2 to #11 as my top ten.

1 The Florida Project
2 Black Panther
3 Widows
4 22 July
5 Grenfell
6 Leave No Trace
7 The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
8 They Shall Not Grow Old
9 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
10 The Post
11 Atomic Blonde
12 Quincy
13 Annihilation
14 Josh Begley’s Concussion Protocol short film
15 Chasing ‘Trane


1. Atlanta: Robbin’ Season
2. Stewart Lee: Content Provider
3. Killing Eve
4. Antony Bourdain – catching up with Parts Unknown
5. High Maintenance
6. Horizon: Antarctica Ice Station Rescue
7. Ugly Delicious episode #2: Tacos
8. End Of The F***ing World
9. The Little Drummer Girl
10. Sharp Objects
11. Inside No 9 – Halloween Live Episode
12. The Good Fight
13. Babylon Berlin
14. Maniac
15. Salt Fat Acid Heat
16. The Good Place
17. Wild Wild Country
18. Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema
19. The Defiant Ones
20. Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

1 David Grann – Killers Of The Flower Moon
2 Mark Fisher – K-Punk: Collected And Unpublished Writings
3 N. K. Jemisin – How Long Til Black Future Month?
4 Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling
5 Dave Eggers – The Monk Of Mokha
6 Dark Mountain #14
7 Michael Lewis – The Fifth Risk
8 Haruki Murakami – Men Without Women
9 Robin Ince – I’m A Joke And So Are You
10 Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus

1. Christian Marclay – Clock at Tate Modern, London
2. The Future Starts Here at V&A, London
3. Rip It Up: The Story Of Scottish Pop at National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh
4. All Too Human: Bacon, Freud And A Century Of Painting Life at Tate Britain, London
5. Jordan Wolfson – Colored Sculpture at Tate Modern, London
6. Scottish Design Galleries at V&A, Dundee
7. Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern, London
8. Sarah Maycock’s illustrations for Whales: Beneath The Surface at Natural History Museum
9. Magic Realism: The Weimar Republic at Tate Modern, London
10. Gem Fletcher’s Instagram feed

1. Complicité / Simon McBurney – The Encounter at The Barbican, London
2. Michaela Coel – MacTaggart Lecture at Edinburgh TV Festival on YouTube
3. Makropol – Doom Room at The Old Market, Hove
4. Dougald Hine – Reflection on Ivan Illich at Convivial Tools, The Design Museum
5. Circa69: While The Rest Were Sleeping at The Old Market, Hove
6. Hannah Gadsby – Nanette on Netflix
7. Myra Appannah talks about Somnai for TheatreXR at 68 Middle Street, Brighton
8. Joseph Wykwert – Reflection on Illich at Convivial Tools, The Design Museum
9. Truestory Theatre – Dracula at The Spire, Kemptown
10. Kyle D Evans at Skeptics In The Pub, Caroline Of Brunswick, Brighton
11. Rufus Norris speech at the Arts Foundation Awards, London
12. Sam Lee & Nathaniel Mann interview (with me) at Sam Lee’s house
13. Ruth Oliver at SheSays Brighton
14. Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents’ Club, on YouTube
15. Dan Hett talks about Lost Levels for Alternate Realities at The Lighthouse


1. David Grann – The White Darkness: A Solitary Journey Across Antarctica, New Yorker
2. James Risen – The Biggest Secret, The Intercept
3. Nathaniel Rich – Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change, NYT magazine
4. Tad Friend – Donald Glover Can’t Save You, New Yorker
5. Andy Greenberg – The Untold Story Of Notpetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack In History
6. Imani Perry – As Goes The South, So Goes The Nation, Harper’s
7. Ben Taub – The Spy Who Came Home, New Yorker
8. Michael Hainey – Beneath The Surface Of Bruce Springsteen, Esquire
9. Ta-Nehisi Coates – I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye, The Atlantic
10. Molly Ringwald – What About ‘The Breakfast Club’?, New Yorker

#MINCEPIE2018 (as of 14th December)...
1. Cornish Pasty Shop, Brighton (8.2)
2. Real Patisserie, Brighton (8)
3. Aldi Special Selection (7.9)
4. Flour Pot, Brighton (7.8)
5. Tesco’s FInest (7.5)
6. Pret (7.3, may deserve to be higher, tested first and under-scored)
7. M&S ‘mini’ (7.1)
8. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference (6.9)
9. Flying Coffee Bean (6.6)
10. Co-op Irresistable (6)

Do not eat: AMT (3)



(Very low on the old Barry Drama. I watch so much of it at work. I have not included many shows I work in if my boss is reading this. They are all amazing obviously)
1. Detectorists (finally caught up on it properly)
2. I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
3. All Or Nothing: Manchester City
4. Vic & Bob's Big Night Out
5. Doctor Who
6. A Very English Scandal
7. Stewart Lee Content Provider
8. The Crown S2
9. Louis Theroux: Altered States
10. Parks & Recreation (catching up - now on season 5)
11. 9-1-1
12. Mark Kermode's Secrets Of Cinema
13. Gogglebox
14. Life In Pieces
15. Naked Attraction

(This is all the stuff released this year I listened too, excluding my children' s choice of music which is the Ariana Grande back catalogue).
1. Mozart's Mini Mart - Go Kart Mozart 10/10
2. Boxer (Live In Brussels) - The National 10/10
3. Welcome To The Blackout - David Bowie 10/10
4. Joy As An Act Of Resistance - Idles 9/10 (I liked this band before Jim & Chris)
5. Songs Of Praise - Shame 8/10
6. Go To School - The Lemon Twigs 8/10
7. Glastonbury 2000 - David Bowie 8/10
8. Resistance Is Futile - Manic Street Preachers 7.5/10
9. Wakelines - Mull Historical Society 7/10
10. Never Let Me Down (2018) - David Bowie 7/10
11. Acts Of Fear & Love - Slaves 7/10
12. Love Is Dead - Churches 7/10
13. Dove - Belly 7/10
14. Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine - 6/10
15. The Blue Room - Suede 4/10

1. New novel - J.B. Morrison
2. In The Shadow Of My Former Self - Jim Bob
3. The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
4. Monk Of Mokha - Dave Eggers
5. Uncommon People - David Hepworth
6. Middle England - Jonathan Coe
7. This Will Only Hurt A Little - Busy Phillips
8. How Does It Feel - Mark Kermode
9. Kill Them All - John Niven
10. Calypso – David Sedaris (half way through and enjoying it a lot)
11. How To Be Famous - Caitlin Moran

1. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society
2. The Greatest Showman (I didn't see it until this year, and it was cinemas all year so it counts)
3. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again
4. The Incredibles 2
5. McQueen
6. Avengers: Infinity War
7. A Star Is Born
8. I, Tonja
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
10. Finding Your Feet
11. Swimming With Men
12. The Grinch (much better than the reviews say)
13. Ladybird
14. Mute
15. Free Solo

1. Adam Buxton
2. Quickly Kevin
3. The A to Z of David Bowie
4. Refigure
5. Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
6. Griefcast
7. Dear Joan & Jericho
8. Lineker & Baker: Behind Closed Doors
9. David Bowie AlbumtoAlbum
10. Footballistically Arsenal

Most missed: Kirsty on Desert Island Discs

GIGS & SHOWS OF THE YEAR (ones I really enjoyed) (haven't included Jim Bob or Abdou gigs)
1. Pet Shop Boys - Royal Opera House
2. The National - Victoria Park
3. Frozen @ Disneyland
4. Adam Buxton: Best Of Bug - Greenwich in a big field
5. Robert Newman - Soho Theatre
6. Shame - Tunbridge Wells Forum
7. Go Kart Mozart - Heavenly Social
8. Nativity The Music – Hammersmith Odeon
9. Manic Street Preachers - Wembley Arena
10. Mark Watson - Edinburgh Festival
11. Danny Baker - Shepherds Bush Empire
12. Flight Of The Conchords - Hammersmith Odeon/ Belly - Shepherds Bush Empire



There were so many amazing collaborations and just plain batshit crazy gigs this year, that I'm finding it impossible to rank in order, so consider these joint Number Ones...
Pet Shop Boys - Royal Opera House
Gary Numan & The Skaparis Orchestra  - Royal Albert Hall
The Frank and Walters & Orchestra - Cork Opera House
Mick Thomas & Michael Barclay - Vietnam Tour
Mick Thomas's Roving Commission - Western Australia gigs
Adam Gibson & The Aerial Maps - Yoko Bar, Saigon
Darren Hanlon - St Luke's, Perth
PWEI - Australia Tour 2018
James Hill & Anne Janelle - The Oval, Croydon

The rest of my Top 10's are in order (and none of this bubbling under nonsense here)
1. Gary Numan - The Fallen
2. Yazoo - Four Pieces Boxset
3. Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission - Boxing Day Drive
4. Adam Gibson & the Ark-Ark Birds - Cities of Spinifex
5. Ian Felice - In the Kingdom of Dreams
6. Gary Numan - Savage Live at Brixton Academy
7. Alison Moyet - The Other Live
8. James - Someday everything will be fine
9. Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out
10. The Lemon Twigs - Go to School
(A couple of those dropped last year but I didn't get to hear them until this year.)

1. Informer
2. The Bridge
3. Star Trek: Discovery
4. Doctor Who (Yes, I know, normally my Number 1 - Jodie's fine but 3 of the worst stories ever in a 10 ep run)
5. Young Offenders
6. The Good Doctor (mainly for the incomparable Richard Schiff's performance)
7. A Very English Scandal
8. The Crown
9. The Americans (Series 6 is weird)
10. Unabomber

Unusually I saw over a dozen this year, the majority at the proper Cinema too* - get me! 
1. First Man
2. Molly's Game
3.The Post
4.The Darkest Hour
5.Sweet Country
6.Three Billboards outside Ebbing
7.I, Tonya
8.The Last Jedi
9. Solo
10. Leave No Trace
(*Free tickets helps enormously with this)

1.Cellar de Can Roca, Girona (Restaurant)
2.The West Wing Weekly Live in Dublin & London (Podcast)
3.Sod's Law - Lord Hicks (Musical)
4.The Half (Play)
5.Parkrun - (global 5k runs)
6.One Football, No Nets - Justin Walley (Book)
7.Sculpture by the Sea - Cottesloe Beach (Art)
8.Titanic Exhbition - Belfast
9.CONIFA World Football Cup - London (Tournament)
10. Neil Tennant in Conversation - (at the worst venue in England: Hackney Arts Centre)

Best Palace match: April: Palace 3 Seaweeds 2 - nuff said
Best Other Game: September: Yuen Long 4 Tai Po 4 - A season opener played on an absolute pudding of a pitch. It wouldn't have gone ahead even at English Sunday League level, but it made for a thoroughly entertaining scrap, for all the wrong reasons.   

posted by jim in news
Last revised: 18/12/18

Jim Bob. National Treasure 2. Book of Secrets
Monday, September 10 2018

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
PRE-SALE 9am THIS WEDNESDAY 12th September

After the sell out, sing-along success of last year’s show, Jim Bob is back to do it all again. Yes that’s right. Jim Bob will perform solo and Carter USM songs at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and it’s going to be incredible. Last year’s show was an absolutely joyous celebration. Seriously. A stupendous night out. Not to be missed.

To coincide with this fantastic event, Cherry Red Books are reprinting Jim Bob’s autobiography ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On the Road with Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Cherry Red are also delighted to announce a second book. ‘Jim Bob From Carter (In The Shadow of My Former Self)’ is the story of Jim’s ongoing journey as a solo artist and author, in search of who he is, while constantly being reminded who he was. Whether he’s singing in a disco pop band, performing solo acoustic ballads, writing novels or acting in a musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it’s clear he is still – Jim Bob from Carter.

posted by jim in news
Last revised: 10/09/18

Friday, January 12 2018

Hello everyone,

With Jim Bob’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire show fast approaching (less than three months to go fact fans) I am getting messages about a possible aftershow event. A lot of you are travelling from all over the UK (and the world!) and are rightfully making a weekend of it. With that in mind we have been looking at booking somewhere for after the gig. This would be where likeminded fans can have a few more drinks and a chit chat about how that was the most awesome night ever once Jim has finished. This has proved to be very tough, and after months of searching, no venues over 70/80 people nearby have been available unless we pay a few grand for the privilege. With that in mind we won’t be running an aftershow event after the show (boooo!) but London does have a variety of drinking establishments. And I am sure meet ups will be arranged on the official and unofficial facebook pages (yay!).

We do though want to do something cool and nice. With that in mind we are going to give away places to an aftershow event at the venue itself. As you may know after a lot of gigs all the underserving dudes on the guestlist (who haven’t paid for a ticket!) get to go to a private bar at the venue. What we want to do is to fill our private aftershow event with proper fans. If Bradley Walsh or Lorraine Kelly want to get in we are going to tell them where to go – as famous and great as they are.

So whilst we can’t have all 2000 people attend we can have a drink with a load of of you dudes and dudettes if you fancy it. There is a nice bar at the Empire that holds a 150 or so people. We are going to reserve this for a post gig soiree. There won’t be any free drinks or any of that jazz (I’m not made of money, and London prices mean you’ll pay £87.50 for a gin and tonic), it’ll just be a bunch of people chilling out after the gig chewing the fat until about 1am or so. If that tickles your fancy please email me at marc.ollington@gmail.com and I’ll add your name to our prize draw. On Friday 26th January I will pull out names from the hat and email those that have been successful. I did want to do a facebook live draw but I realised if people knew the names of the winners then anyone could blag in on the night… I was going to get Andrew O’Connor (host of Crosswits) to do the draw as well…. Anyway….

Obviously you’ll need a gig ticket to get in to the aftershow, and please let me know how many passes you need when you send your email. And only put your name forward if you really think you’re going to want to stay after the gig. Please also don’t get Mr Bob too drunk as it will be Mister Spoons that will have to drive him home. Those are the main terms and conditions that have been approved by our legal team.

See a load of you in March. I am already way too stupidly excited about it all.

Marc x

p.s. There are honestly a handful of tickets left for this gig before it’s a big, proper sell out. The tickets are on level 2, but they are fab. You still get a great view and everyone will be on their feet clapping and cheering. Get the last few tickets

posted by jim in news
Last revised: 12/01/18

Thursday, December 14 2017


TELLY – I watched a lot of telly in 2017. Too much for a top ten.
These are just some of my highlights.
Halt and Catch Fire
Peaky Blinders
Stranger Things
Man Down
Count Arthur Strong
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Better Call Saul
Mr Robot
24 Hours in Police Custody
The Trouble With Dad
The Crystal Maze
The Confession Tapes
The Keepers
Long Shot

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Dadland – Keggie Carew
Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Ruby – Cynthia Bond
Safe Ryan – Ryan Gattis
James Acaster's Classic Scrapes – James Acaster
The Gustav Sonata – Rose Tremain
Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane
The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry
East West Street – Philippe Sands
The Terranauts – TC Boyle
Here I Am – Jonathan Safren Foer

Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water
Wind River
Blade Runner 2049
20th Century Women
Hidden Figures
Hacksaw Ridge
The Meyerowitz Stories
The Accountant
The Light Between the Oceans

Pure Comedy – Father John Misty
Salutations – Conor Oberst
How the West Was Won – Peter Perrett
Girl from the North Country (Original London Cast Recording)
Lovely Creatures, The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Semper Femina – Laura Marling

Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic
Lazarus at the King's Cross Theatre
Conor Oberst at the London Palladium
Senseless Things at Shepherd's Bush Empire
Lemon Twigs at Koko
Frank and Walters at the Water Rats
Father John Misty at Hammersmith Apollo
Michael Legge, Jerk the Musical at the Bill Murray
Chris T-T at the Komedia Brighton
Giacometti at Tate Modern
Who Do You Think You Are?, Barbara Brownskirt at the Vauxhall Tavern
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell – National Gallery


The Adam Buxton Podcast
Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Podcast
The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson
The Unbelievable Truth
The News Quiz
Do the Right Thing
Vitriola Podcast
Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder
Inside The Comedian


1. Other – Alison Moyet
2. Savage – Gary Numan
3. Spirit – Depeche Mode
4. Salutations – Conor Oberst
5. These are the Songs – Mick Thomas
6. Under Stars – Amy MacDonald
7. Life in the Dark – The Felice Brothers (released 2016 but I didn’t hear it until 2017 and it’s skill so I’m having it)
8. Junvierbrecher – The Indelicates
9. World Be Gone – Erasure
10. Heart First Aid Kit – Grace Petrie

A Fantastic Year for Gigs. Been a real struggle picking my top 10 and a lot of my favourites I saw more than once…

1. Gary Numan – Brixton Academy
2. Alison Moyet – Hackney Church
3. The Killers – Millenium Bowl, London
4. Depeche Mode – Arena, Stockholm
5. Mick Thomas & Squeezebox Wally – Café Gramski, Dachau
6. Conor Oberst/Felice Brothers  - The Fillmore, San Francisco
7. The Frank & Walters – The Water Rats, London
8. Pet Shop Boys – Royal Albert Hall
9. Erasure – Camden Roundhouse
10. Lord Hicks – Great Exhibition, SE23
Honourable Mentions to: Fightmilk/Indelicates (The Fighting Cocks, Kingston), Amy MacDonald (RAH), MJ Hibbert/Gavin Osborn/Jenny Lockyer (SpreadEagle), Holy Holy (SBE), Adam Ant (RAH). 

1. Doctor Who
2. Halt & Catch Fire
3. The Americans
4. House of Cards
5. Homeland
6. Line of Duty
7. Tyrant
8. Better Call Saul
9. Madam Secretary
10. The Bill (re-runs)

1. Paddington 2 (Film)
2. This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay (Book)
3. The West Wing Weekly (Podcast)
4. Hidden Figures (Film)
5. Star Wars: Rogue One (Film)
6. Storm House – Mark Hibbert (Book)
7. Sully: The Miracle on the Hudson (Film)
8. The Founder (Film)
9. Alison Moyet Tour Diary (Blog)
10. Jerk: The Musical – Michael Legge (Stage)

Favourite Palace Match: Very slim pickings again  this year, I’m going for Palace 3 Arsenal 0 – outplayed one of the greatest footballing side of the last decade and it was on the box… Lovely.|

Favourite Non Palace Game: Sheppey 2 Beckenham Town 3 – Rip-roaring FA Vase game. Took a  last minute decision to go after driving back from Shiiine in Minehead. So pleased I did, even if I nearly fell asleep on the Motorway on the way home. 


1. Lorde – Melodrama
2. The Young’uns – Strangers
3. Yorkston / Thorne / Khan – Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars
4. This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
5. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
6. Kiran Leonard – Derevaun Seraun
7. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
8. Deerful – Peach
9. Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
10. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
11. Nadine Khouri – The Salted Air
12. Neil McSweeney – A Coat Worth Wearing
13. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
14. Lianne Hall – The Caretaker
15. Jon Boden – Afterglow
16. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
17. Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky
18. Trio De Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
19. Connect_icut – Rage Coma
20. Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Honourable mentions (all 8.0+ out of 10): Ben Marwood – Get Found, Tom Williams – All Change, Laura Marling – Semper Femina, Horsetail – Under Heaven, Tom McRae – Oh! The World, Ah! The World, Manran – An Da La, Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway, Taylor Swift – Reputation, Stick In The Wheel – Follow Them True, Nick Parker – Besta Venya, Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life, Jay-Z – 4:44, Sleaford Mods – English Tapas, St Vincent – Masseduction, Sampha – Process, The Horrors – V.

1. Fonda 500, Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
2. Half Man Half Biscuit, The Assembly Hall, Worthing
3. Flying Lotus at Mauerpark, Berlin
4. Senseless Things, Shepherds Bush Empire, London
5. Jon Boden at The Komedia, Brighton
6. Saturday night at North Gate Jazz Co-op, Chiangmai, Thailand
7. Lianne Hall at Campfire Live, Brighton
8. Dear Everyone at Cambridge Unitarian Church (unplugged) & Brighton Komedia (plugged)
9. Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton at The Komedia, Brighton
10. Hurtling at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
11. Deerful at Wales Goes Pop! Cardiff
12. Dorian Concept at Mauerpark, Berlin
13. El Morgan & The Divers, Hope & Ruin, Brighton
14. Roxanne de Bastion at Cambridge Folk Festival
15. Thundercat at Mauerpark, Berlin
16. Ben Marwood, Non Canon, Helen Chambers at The Brunswick, Hove
17. Belshazzar’s Feast at Cambridge Folk Festival
18. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at Cambridge Folk Festival & Lost Evenings
19. Fear Of Men at Wales Goes Pop
20. Co-Pilgrim at Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

Honourable mentions: Sharon Lewis at Big Green Party II, Steve Mason at May Day Solidarity Festival, Kelly Kemp at the Hope, the little bit I saw of Seán McGowan at the Railway (still haven’t seen anything like a full set), Matt Edible at Truck, Pog at Big Green Party II, Dave Burland at May Day Solidary Festival, Mick Thomas at the Duke of Wellington, Chloe Hawes at the Anthony Burgess Centre, The Boy Least Likely To at Wales Goes Pop, Warsaw Radio at Big Green Party II, Robb Johnson at May Day Solidary Festival.

1. Moonlight
2. 120 Beats Per Minute
3. The Red Turtle
4. Dunkirk
5. The Salesman
6. The Handmaiden
7. James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro
8. Free Fire
9. The Death Of Stalin
10. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
11. Paddington 2
18. Lion
12. Blade Runner 2049
13. Hell Or High Water
14. Thor Ragnarok
15. Wonder Woman
16. Captain Fantastic
17. Hidden Figures
19. Okja
20. Sing Street

1. Master Of None
2. Rick & Morty
3. The Vietnam War
4. The OA
5. Taboo
6. Halt & Catch Fire
7. Blue Planet 2
8. Chef’s Table season 3 episode 1 – Jeong Kwan
9. The Americans
10. American Vandal

(I haven’t yet watched Season 2 of The Crown which might be in there)

1. N. K. Jemisin – The Broken Earth Trilogy (all three books)
2. Benjamin Myers – The Gallows Pole
3. Ta-Nehisi Coates – We Were Eight Years In Power
4. Martin Shaw – Scatterlings
5. Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
6. Naomi Alderman – The Power
7. Mark Hibbett – Storm House
8. Jessica Abel – Out On The Wire
9. Douglas Murphy – Nincompoopolis
10. Fiona Mozley – Elmet

RADIO / PODCASTING (with my favourite specific episodes in brackets)
1. West Wing Weekly (Two Cathedrals – both parts)
2. Longform (Zoe Chace, Brian Reed, David Grann)
3. Kermode & Mayo Film Show (Wittertainment)
4. Slate Gabfest
5. Slate Culture Gabfest (Steven Universe / introduction to philosophy)
6. Mostly Lit
7. Adam Buxton podcast (Hassan Akkad, Kathy Burke, Simon Amstell)
8. In Our Time (Picasso’s Guernica, Purgatory, Rosa Luxembourg, Egyptian Book Of The Dead)
9. Make Out With Him
10. Home Front
11. SongExploder (Lorde, St Vincent, Michael Kiwanuka, Aimee Mann, Solange)
12. Intercepted (Snowden Vs Trump live from SXSW)
13. Watling Street Podcast
14. NYT – The Daily
15. Desert Island Discs (Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, Caitlin Moran)

Honourable mentions:
Slate XX Gabfest, Fresh Air, Another Round, Vitriola, WTF with Marc Maron, S Town, Trumpcast



1. The National - Sleep Well Beast (stunning, simply stunning)
2. Conor Oberst - Salutations
3. British Sea Power - Let The Dancers Inherit The Party
4. David Bowie - Cracked Actor
5. Lorde - Melodrama
6. Sparks - Hippopotamus
7. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
8. War On Drugs - Deeper Understanding
9. Idles - Brutalism
10. Gorillaz - Humanz

I did like the Morrissey album but since the transcript from that German interview was released he really does come across as a misinformed bigot. I no longer know what to think about him, and feel really weird about putting him in a top 10 that is positive.


1. Paddington 2
2. Dunkirk
3. Wonder Woman
4. Death Of Stalin
5. La La Land
6. Logan
7. The Big Sick
8. Captain Underpants
9. T2 Trainspotting
10. Arrival


1. Arcade Fire - York Hall
2. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 1
3. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 3
4. The National - Hammersmith Odeon night 2
5. Mike Garson - Camden Underworld
6. Pet Shop Boys - Royal Albert Hall
7. Senseless Things - Shepherds Bush Empire
8. Chris T-T - Komedia
9. Idles - Tunbridge Wells Forum
10. The Frank & Walters - The Water Rats

I also really enjoyed Chris T-T @ The Lexington (euphoric), Little Mix @ The O2 (amazing to see my two girls have such a fab time) Adam Buxton's Bug (twice - he is brilliant), Celebrating David Bowie (mixed in quality but I love Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson and the Bowie alumni), Stewart Lee @ Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls, John Shuttleworth @ Leicester Square Theatre and any Jim Bob gig would obviously be in the top 10 - but that is too obvious. 'The Velveteen Rabbit" @ The Unicorn Theatre with my eldest daughter was really special and nearly made me cry.


1. The Trip Goes To Spain
2. The Crown
3. Doctor Who
4. House Of Cards
5. Love
6. Black Mirror
7. Stranger Things
8. Back
9. Googlebox
10. Blue Planet

I sadly thought Doctor Foster season 2 didn't reach the heights of the first. I also watched all of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' and thought Iain Lee was wonderful. Billions, Legion, The Walking Dead, Love, Bowie at the Beeb, Louis Theroux and Modern Family were also enjoyed a lot.


1. Iain Lee - Talkradio
2. Adam Buxton's podcast
3. Desert Island Discs
4. Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
5. The Danny Baker Show
6. Under The Skin - Russell Brand
7. The Online Gooner
8. Richard Herring - Leicester Square Theatre
9. James Richardson - Totally Football Show
10. Steve Lamacq - 6music


1. Shock & Awe: Glam Rock & It's Legacy - Simon Reynolds
2. Going On The Turn - Danny Baker
3. The Elephant In The Room - Jon Ronson
4. Eleven - Mark Watson
5. Substance: Inside New Order - Peter Hook
6. David Bowie: A Life - Dylan Jones
7. Horse Walks Into A Bar - Daivd Grossman
8. Can't Stand Up For Falling Down - Allan Jones
9. The Bottom Corner - Nigel Thatchell
10. Set The Boy Free - Johnny Marr

I have never read so little fiction. I don't really know why but I seem to be obsessed by biogs.

Iain Lee

Matt Berninger (The National), Nathan Elder (Tonbridge Angels)

posted by jim in news
Last revised: 14/12/17

Monday, September 18 2017

NEXT MARCH, for the first time since playing the Big Day Out festival with CARTER USM in 1993, JIM BOB is coming back to Australia. Jim Bob will play four shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth as special guest to the very boss POP WILL EAT ITSELF. Also on the bill, at all gigs except Perth are Caligula, who opened for Carter in Australia back in the heady 1993s. What's not to like.

Ticket pre-sale Wednesday 20th September 9am (local time)
And general ticket sale Friday 22nd September 9am (local time)

MARCH 2018
Thursday 8th Brisbane The Triffid
Friday 9th Melbourne Max Watts
Saturday 10th Sydney Factory Theatre
Sunday 11th Perth Rosemount Hotel


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Last revised: 18/09/17


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