Top Ten Records-Albums-Releases of 2009

OK, I promise, after this, no more looking back…

10. Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers

9. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s  You

8. The Duckworth Lewis Method – self-titled

7. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

6. The Rifles – The Great Escape

5. Ray Davies – The Kinks Choral Collection

4. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love

3. (500) Days of Summer – soundtrack

2. Ed Harcourt – Russian Roulette EP

1. The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Communion


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Top 10 Movies of 2009

Honorable Mention: Le premier jour du reste de ta vie, A Single Man, The Boat That Rocked, Inglourious Basterds.

10. My Life in Ruins

9. An Education

8. The Young Victoria

7. The Damned United

6. Public Enemies

5. Invictus

4. I Love You, Man

3. Funny People

2. Issiz adam (Alone)

1. (500) Days of Summer


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Top 10 Favorite Sports Teams of the 2000s

1. 2006 France soccer

2. 2005-2006 Tottenham Hotspur soccer

3. 2005 England cricket

4. 2003-2004 Tottenham Hotspur soccer

5. 2004 Portugal soccer

6. 2006-2007 Tottenham Hotspur soccer

7. 2002 South Africa soccer

8. 2005 Renault Formula One

9. 2000-2003 Vancouver Canucks hockey

10. tie 2007-2008 Boston Celtics basketball / 2007 New England Patriots football / 2007 Boston Red Sox baseball / 2007-2008 Boston Bruins hockey


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Top 10 Sporting Events of the 2000s

1. 2002 World Cup – in all its life-rejuvinating glory, results be damned.

2. Harold Druken’s OT goal for the Vancouver Canucks against the LA Kings, April 2001 – and just like that the Canucks five years in the non-playoff wilderness were over.

3. 2006 World Cup: Quarterfinal – France 1, Brazil 0. Do you believe in miracles? OUI!

4. Tottenham Hotspur 4, Aston Villa 4, October 2006, Spurs’ 125th anniversary match. “Mine eyes have seen the glory…”

5. West Ham United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1, 2006 / West Ham United 3, Tottenham Hotspur 4, 2007 The agony and the ecstasy. Lasagna-gate and “Defoe!! OH NO!!!!” As Robbie Williams once sang “You gotta get high before you taste the lows”

6. 2005 Ashes, Second Test, Birmingham, England v Australia, England win by two runs. The greatest Test? Sure.

7. 2008 Wimbledon Men’s Final, Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal. The greatest tennis match? Yes.

8. 400 Not Out! Brian Lara’s unbeaten stand against England for the West Indies, 2004.

9. 2005 Japanese Grand Prix, Formula One. Kimi Raikkonen wins the race, but Fernando Alonso pulls off the overtaking maneuver of a lifetime and takes the title.

10. Super Bowl XXXVI, New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams. A major upset starts an unexpected dynasty, and U2 perform an inspiring 9/11 tribute at halftime.

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Top Ten Concerts I Attended in the 2000s

1. The Decemberists at the Hollywood Bowl 7/07

2. The Polyphonic Spree at the El Rey 7/07

3. Oasis/Travis at Berkely 2/00

4. Oasis at Hard Rock Vegas 5/01

5. Travis/Leona Naess at Wiltern 7/07

6. Belle and Sebastian at Coachella 4/02

7. Ed Harcourt at Cambridge 7/08

8. The Killers at TD Garden 9/09

9. The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Paradise 2/09

10. Manic Street Preachers at Leeds 08/01

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Top 10 Television Shows of the 2000s

The OC

Gilmore Girls


Mad Men

Freaks and Geeks

Family Guy

American Dad!

Little Britain

The Office (US)

Peep Show

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Top 10 Books of the 2000s

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Ready Steady Go! By Shawn Levy

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres

The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe

Heyday by Kurt Andersen

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

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