This is intended as a meeting place for folk interested in the music I make with Marcus Cliffe as Miracle Mile or my solo stuff as 'Jones'.
I hope it'll be fun and might host some healthy banter; giving me a chance to share some music, video, thoughts etc.
It can get a little lonely in the attic; why not slide a note under the door...
Monday, 15 December 2014
Toronto Tim Says: My Best of 2014
Tim Patrick is a good friend.
Here are his choice cuts from 2014.
As you can see, he knows his onions... Why not add your list at the bottom under 'Comments'? Or, you could email me your list and comments and I'll post separately... Come on. We all like a list. Mine follows shortly...
TORONTO TIM's - BEST OF 2014
Excellent year for new music! There won't be many surprises listed here, since I've already tipped my cards earlier in the year via several 'hissyfit' postings.
Here they are anyway...
SONG OF THE YEAR:
JONES - "Somewhere North Of Here" (Easy choice. Another timeless classic)
ALBUMS OF THE YEAR:
THE WAR ON DRUGS - 'Lost In The Dream' (blown away by this one. Earns a slot in my top 30 LP's of all time)
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - 'Days Of Abandon' (mixed reviews by critics, but it's my top "pop" album of the year)
CHERRY GHOST - 'Herd Runners' (sparkling gem from Simon Aldred - highly recommended)
JONES - 'To The Bone' (a grower - Yes, a change can be good, very good...)
JOE HENRY - 'Invisible Hour' (Humdinger... May be Joe's best ever...)
BEN WATT - 'Hendra' (I miss Tracey's golden pipes, but Ben's voice in fine form & very solid tunes abound)
DAMIEN RICE - 'My Favorite Faded Fantasy' (still a few cheesy lyrics, but a surprisingly strong return to form - Thanks TJ)
TOM HICKOX - 'War, Peace & Democracy' (promising newcomer. "Pretty Pride Of Russia" my 2nd favorite tune this year)
BILL PRITCHARD - 'A Trip To The Coast' (unknown veteran makes a real nice record)
PETER JAMES MILLSON - 'Sweet The Love That Meets Return' (lovely album, full of heart - Thanks Nick)
SILVER SEAS - 'Alaska' (best mate and longtime co-writer of Josh Rouse, produces catchy tunes that sound like... Josh Rouse!)
PEARLFISHERS - 'Open Up Your Coloring Book' (way too sprawling, way too sweet, but I'm a big fan of David Scott so this one makes the list)
FUTURE ISLANDS - 'Singles' (kinda weird stab at retro 80's synth-bands that caught my fancy)
NOTE: Sorry to some old favorites whose latest releases just weren't good enough - Bruce Springsteen, Deacon Blue, James, Stars, Simple Minds, um... U2.
Also, Mary Chapin Carpenter's latest 'Songs From The Movie' would have made my "Best Of" list, except that it consists of older songs reinvented with orchestral arrangements, so doesn't qualify.