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December 11, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas with Tamla Tim - PopArt DJ, knight of the round table of the PopArt board, Soul Man, Indie Kid

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1. Highlight of 2009?
Easy.  Getting engaged in Central Park and the rest of our trip to New York.
2. Low point of 2009?
I’ve had to attend another funeral this year, which is never good, but as these things go it was a pretty good celebration of a life lived.
Also, RIP the Astoria and the Metro.
3. PopArt moment of 2009?
Looking back, we’ve done a lot this year; from the monthly nights at The Fly to the all dayers at the Bloomsbury Bowl later in the year and the release of three albums and numerous singles.  I’m going to say the double album launch in May with Brontosaurus Chorus and AWWBLOT? (RIP).  It was a real moment to be proud of how far we’ve come and what we’ve been able to achieve and it’s been an honour to be involved with two amazing bands who otherwise might not have been able to get their first albums out, despite deserving to invade daytime Radio 1.

4. Single of 2009?

My single of the year goes to ‘Odio’ by The Kiarra Elles.  A fantastic slice of razor edged indie pop, instantly classic.  Like everything we released on PopArt, deserves to be assaulting the ears of the population at large.
Honourable mentions to The New Royal Family for ‘The New Royal Family Rules OK’ (handclaps! It’s own dance for the chorus!) and Brontosaurus Chorus for new single ‘Louisiana’ (available FREE on the main PopArt site, pop fans).  Oh and ‘Cradle’ by The Joy Formidable.
Lots of great underground hits then but I feel this year has been missing a real bona fide mainstream pop hit in the mould of a Hey Ya! or a Biology.  I’ll probably think of loads in a minute.
5. Album of 2009? 
Underground: Brontosaurus Chorus - ‘You’ve Created A Monster’
Overground: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz’
Wombling Free: Mike Batt – ‘Scizophonia/Tarot Suite

 6. Best live band of 2009?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  In America.  Yeah, Cowboy Town.
7. Film of 2009?
A good year for going to the pictures.  I had a great time at Star Trek, Watchmen and The Dark Knight.  But my film of the year was ‘Up’.  Funny, sad, touching, beautiful.  A masterpiece.
8. TV show of 2009?
Having finally got into ‘The Wire’ this year I am loving that show so hard.  Just starting on Season 4.  In terms of shows that were actually on this year I loved the last series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  I’d never watched it before but, whether I liked the celebrity or not, it was never less than fascinating.
9. Hero of 2009?
The people who make those fantastic pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s Deli in New York.  Did I say I went to New York?
10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?
I’ve really no idea, but I’m excited to find out.
11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?
I’ve really no idea, but I’m excited to find out.
 
12. How will you be spending Christmas?
Future Wife is going to visit her family in Australia, so I’ll be spending a few days at the old ancestral bungalow in Leatherhead and at my brother’s place in Bristol, once again hogging toys intended for my niece and nephew.  Then I will be enjoying a bachelor’s Christmas, sitting around in my pajamas playing computer games and listening to pop records.
 
 
And the End of the Decade Bonus:

 
13. The Noughties  - how was it for you?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Confusing, exhilarating, exciting.
The 90s were easier, simpler times, probably more because I was in my teens than anything else.  We knew what we liked (‘indie’) and what we didn’t (‘dance’).  We were young.  We ran green.  Kept our teeth nice and clean.  But we were alright.  Mostly the bands we liked were all over the radio and the telly and playing the Astoria and Brixton Academy sized venues, if not bigger.
I felt myself in crisis culturally at the dawn of the new millennium.  I was not taken with the Strokes and the emperor’s new skinny jeans.  What I discovered in the noughties was the true joy of DIY (culturally, not in a ‘Changing Rooms’ sense).  Out of post university malaise, unemployment and a severe want of anything fun to do, myself and my close cohort Frankie asked if we could play some records we liked at our regular pub one Saturday night.  Thus was born our night Up-Town Top-Ranking and the realization that if you didn’t like what was happening you could and should get off your arse and do something about it.  The night would slowly but surely attract other kindred spirits in the shit town where we grew up and students from the local art college who were of similar tastes.  This was how I became acquainted with the wonderful young lady who this year agreed to marry me.  See what happens when you dare to dream a dream?  Step forward How Does It Feel To Be Loved? and Panic! and of course our very own PopArt and the countless amazing, genuinely amazing bands I’ve seen amongst 30 or 40 other people.  All the club nights and a good few of the bands have led, in one way or another, to some halcyon days and hopefully lifelong friendships.
For my money the best bands and gigs and club nights of the noughties have all been forged in similar fires of fandom and a pure desire to make something good and special and worthwhile rather than appeal to some imagined demographic.  This has meant that instead of getting a glimpse of my favourite pop star smoking out of the window round the back of the Astoria, I know a lot of my favourite pop stars.  They’ve stayed at my house, they’ve played at my night, I’m in their liner notes and did handclaps on their album.  They aren’t otherworldly untouchables – they quietly carry a more everyday kind of genius.  They, you, we have achieved truly great things this decade.
Big Brother was shit though.

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