2011 – The Review

Random Selection of Things Done on Certain Days:

Friday April 8th 2011

1500 words of LNT
Recutting 4 audio files for thesis advisory panel
Clearing out the chimney
30 mins in the garden reading Iain Sinclair’s ‘Lights Out’
Paid council tax and water bill

Tuesday May 3rd 2011

Taught 3 classes on contemporary social theory revision
Edited thesis advisory panel submission
Discussed the dumb ass nature of exam invigilation
Agreed to a new office partner (subsequently fell through)
Flicked through The Dictionary of Visual Discourse
Cooked smoked salmon tagliatelle, having abandoned crab linguine due to lack of crab and lack of linguine

Wednesday June 8th 2011

Went food shopping
Watched an Adam Curtis documentary
Added new music to my mobile phone
Did some work on an intro for a Working Papers collection
Invigilated an evening exam
Watched The Apprentice

Monday July 25th

Walked around York City Centre with Tom and Jeannie
Ate a pastrami, soft cheese and dill pickle sandwich
Went to Leeds on the train
Had a drink or two in Mr Foley’s
Went to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Leeds Met
Waited for a bus outside York station whilst a couple had a huge row

Tuesday October 4th

Accidentally deleted my entire PhD and spend most of the morning attempting to recover it
Said hello to someone I hadn’t spoken to in 2+ years
Read Chekov’s account of a Russian prison camp in Siberia
Listened to Stuart Busby’s ‘Drift’
Bought a desk lamp
Made a complicated sandwich
Composed the music that Zoe would walk down the aisle to
Shopped at Tesco for the first time in 5 years. It was still dire.

Albums of the Year, in Reverse Order

20.        *AR – Wolf Notes
19.        Advisory Circle – As The Crow Flies
18.        Bellows – Handcut
17.        Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
16.        Rene Hell – The Terminal Symphony
15.        Jasper TX – The Black Sun Transmissions
14.        David Thomas Freeman – The Beauty of Doubting Yourself
13.        Dalglish – Benacah Drann Deachd
12.        Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
11.        Kuedo – Severant
10.        Tim Hecker – Ravedeath 1972
9.          PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
8.          Natural Snow Buildings – Waves of the Random Sea
7.          The Weekend – House of Balloons
6.          Roly Porter – After Time
5.          The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
4.          Valerion Tricoli and Thomas Ankersmit – Forma II
3.          Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason – Solaris
2.          The Haxan Cloak – Self Titled
1.          Sean McCann – The Capital

EPs of the Year in Reverse Order

5.          Tomutonttu – Elävänä Planeetalla
4.          Warm Ghost – Uncut Diamond
3.          Holy Other – With U
2.          Burial – Street Halo
1.          Fennesz – Seven Stars

Compilation of the Year:

John Fahey – Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You

Best Track:

Araabmuzik – AT2
M83 – Midnight City

Worst Track:

Bibio – Take Off Your Shirt

Surprising Musical Appearance of The Year:

Lou Reed and Metallica on Later with Jools Holland. Narrowly followed by Mastodon on Later with Jools Holland.

Books Read, as of Dec 14th

China Mievelle – Kracken
J G Ballard – High Rise
Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities
Iain Banks – Transition
Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles
Max Collins – Road to Perdition
Basho – Collected Hokku Works
Lu Xun – Silent China
Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim Vol 1-2
Eiji Otsuka – The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 1-4
Paul Auster/Karasik/David Mazzuccheli – City of Glass
T.H.White – The Goshawk
Walter Moseley – Devil In A Blue Dress
John Ajvide Lindqvist – Handling the Undead
Naguib Mahfouz – Karnak Cafe
Junichiro Tanizaki – Seven Japanese Tales
Orhan Pamuk – The New Life
Jorge Luis Borges – Selected Poems 1923 to 1967
Kazuo Ishiguro – Nocturnes
Apostolos Das – Logicomix
Tim Powers – On Stranger Tides
Richard Matheson – The Shrinking Man
Keith Roberts – Pavane
Richard Morgan – The Steel Remains
Kim Newman – Anno Dracula
V.S.Naipal – An Area of Darkness
Alan Lomax – The Land Where The Blues Began
Neal Stephenson – Snow Crash
J.G.Ballard – Complete Short Stories
Robert Macfarlane – Mountains of the Mind
David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
Mark Fisher – Capitalist Realism
Ivor Southwood – Non Stop Inertia
Alfred Bester – Tiger! Tiger!
Anton Chekov – A Journey To The End of the Russian Empire
David Toop – Sinister Resonance
Lynne Truss – Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Iain Banks – The Song of Stone
John Connolly – Nocturnes
Haruki Murakami – Underground
Tim Powers – The Anubis Gates
Walter Isaacson – Einstein
Alan Moore – Complete Future Shocks
Simon Reynolds – Retromania
Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (ending on a tough one)

(Less than last year, but I think some of them are longer and I have had considerably less time to read outside of ‘work’)

Pints Consumed:


Overall cost, at an average of £3:


Pints consumed per day:


Beers of the year

Seeing as a fair amount of my time is done drinking, and writing down what I’ve had to drink, this year I’ve added a top ten beers category. In reverse order…

10.   Buxton – Tsar
9.     Blackwater Brewery – Kangaroo Court
8.     Brewdog – Nelson Sauvin
7.     York – Citra
6.     Cairngorm – Black Gold
5.     Thornbridge – Versa
4.     White Dog – Boot Hill
3.     Brewdog – Riptide
2.     Magic Rock – Cannonball
1.     Dark Star – Over The Moon

Top News Stories – March

These stories really do typify what last year was like.

1st        Gender equalisation in the insurance market
2nd       Afghan campaign needs rethink
3rd       BSkyB takeover gets the green light
4th       Clegg defiant despite poll slump
5th       Mortars and airstrikes used in Western Libya
6th       SAS members ‘captured in Libya’
7th       Police pay review wants perks cut
8th       SAS members released from Libya
9th       Tobacco displays face shop ban
10th      Public pension shake up announced
11th      8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan
12th      Aftershocks and power cuts across Japan
13th      Clegg says ‘We Have Not Lost Our Soul’
14th      Threat of nuclear meltdown at plant in Japan
15th      Doctors discuss risky NHS plans
16th      Red tape forces quake team home
17th      Japanese authorities increase radiation threat level
18th      PM will ‘judge Gaddafi by his actions’
19th      PM attends Libya crisis meeting in Paris
20th      United States enforces no-fly zone
21st       UK Missiles Bombard Libya
22nd      UK inflation rises to 4.4%
23rd      Osbourne delivers ‘growth’ budget
24th      Man guilty in ‘Night Stalker’ case
25th      Sian O’Callaghan’s body found
26th      TUC March expects 500,000 protestors
27th      TUC condemn March violence
28th      147 charges over demo violence
29th      Tomlinson jury sees fresh video
30th      Police face ‘big cuts challenge’
31st      Libyan foreign minister defects to UK

Deaths during Feb

1st – Les Stubbs, 81, British footballer
2nd-René Verdon, 86, French-born American White House Executive Chef, leukemia
3rd – Tony Levin, 71, British jazz drummer
4th – Tura Satana, 72, American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), heart failure
5th – Brian Jacques, 71, British fantasy author (Redwall), heart attack
6th – Robert William Gary Moore, 58, Guitarist, heart attack
7th – William Morais, 19, Brazilian footballer (América-MG), shot
8th – Charles O. Perry, 81, American sculptor, stomach cancer
9th – Jimmy Lemi Milla, 62, Southern Sudanese politician, shot
10th – Blanche Honegger Moyse, 101, American conductor
11th – Christian J. Lambertsen, 93, inventor of SCUBA, renal failure
12th – Mato Damjanovic, 83, Croatian chess grandmaster
13th – Shi Yafeng, 91, Chinese geologist
14th – Catherine Masters, 111, British supercentenarian.
15th – Charles Epstein, 77, American geneticist, pancreatic cancer
16th – Justinas Marcinkevicius, 80, Lithuanian poet and playwright
17th – Phil Vane, 46, British crust punk vocalist (Extreme Noise Terror)
18th – Spook Jacobs, 85, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
19th – Omar Bocoum, 40, Senegalese soldier, self-immolation
20th – Barbara Harmer, 57, first female Concorde pilot, cancer
21st – Abdi Salaan Mohamed Ali, 20, Somali footballer, bombing
22nd – Nicholas Courtney, 81, British actor (Doctor Who)
23rd – Jean Lartéguy, 90, French soldier, war correspondent and writer
24th – Sergei Nikitich Kovalev, 91, Russian designer of nuclear submarines
25th – Carola Scarpa, 40, Brazilian socialite, multiple organ failure.
26th – Zhu Guangya, 86, Chinese nuclear physicist, helped develop nation’s first atomic bomb
27th – Amparo Muñoz, 56, Spanish actress, Miss Universe 1974.
28th – Emmy, 22, Albanian singer, vehicular homicide

(Natural causes, if nots stated)

2012: The Pipeline

      1. Lecturing Master’s students on methodologies, very briefly
      2. Conference paper in April
      3. Performances in Leeds (possibly)
      4. Field work: Jan – July
      5. Completing 2 more chapters of thesis: Spatiality and Technology

2012: The Resolutions

    1. Make more than a passing acquaintance with classical music
    2. Listen to the radio (possibly in conjunction with no. 1)
    3. Make more headway with LNT
    4. Return to learning Mandarin

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4 Responses to “2011 – The Review”

  1. Thos West Says:

    do you keep that kind of account of what you did every day? i might start doing that. this is a good year in review piece, i like it.

  2. Ralph Says:

    Hi Matt, I’m always impressed by your rigorous self discipline. I tried to write a post as a transition from 11 to 12 and it quickly descended into a proposal for rebuilding of undergraduate art education into something that might have some use.
    Also, what happened to your series of guest posts on belief? Was I the only one who replied? The essay does seem to hang there coldly like a loose bollock.
    Have you done your upgrade to PhD yet? Drop me an email old chap, it would be nice to find out what you’ve been up to. Also I’ll get on the case with writing the Funkadelic review. I might be in the form of a 1 act play, I can’t seem to write anything else at the moment.

    • The Institute of Spectralogical Audio Research Says:

      I am still waiting on three belief articles. Might just put my own up and be done with it. Essentially people agree to write stuff but then never get around to it – yourself being the exception. Kudos on that. I imagine the same will happen with the Jan review. I viewed the continuing collab with others a way of keeping in touch. Previously it would have been through the old WDT/VSTM thing, but since that disbanded not much has really happened. Shame really. Can’t say we didn’t try.

      My upgrade (or confirmation as it is apparently now called) will be in March, for complicated reasons around the fact that I keep changing my registration from part time to full time and back again; hopefully I finish some time prior to the world ending.

      Will email you any ways…something more substantial.

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