I am made of blue sky and hard rock and I will live this way forever.

January 9, 2009

The albums I liked in 2008, and the ones everyone else liked. Now with more overlap.

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , , — Nate @ 4:11 pm

With the new year comes reflection, and how better to reflect than with an endless sea of top-10/20/50/83494 lists?  I don’t remember ever disagreeing with a batch of best-records-of-the-year lists as much as I have this year – I don’t know what it is, but I just thought a lot of the stuff that everyone seemed to love was pretty blah.  Vampire Weekend?  Overrated.  Fleet Foxes?  Boring.  She and Him?  Eh.  Nick Cave?  Go away.

There were an awful lot of people who seemed to make the list just because they managed to release an album between January 1 and December 31, regardless of quality, like Beck, R.E.M., and Cat Power.  There’s a lot of decent stuff, but not great.  Then again, a lot of what I thought was really good was probably just decent at best to others.  Ah well.

Reading material:

Magnet Magazine’s list:

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2008/12/23/magnets-top-25-albums-of-2008/

Q Magazine’s list:

http://www.qthemusic.com/cgi-bin/50bestalbums/month.pl?id=2

Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times/Sound Opinions/www.jimdero.com):

http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2008/12/the_best_albums_of_2008.html

Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune/Sound Opinions):

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2008/12/top-albums-of-2.html#more

My 10 favorite albums of the year:

  • 10 – Okkervil River – the Stand-Ins
  • 9 – the Walkmen – You & Me
  • 8 – the Standard – Swimmer
  • 7 – Darker My Love – 2
  • 6 – Vivian Girls – S/T
  • 5 – Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
  • 4 – the Rosebuds – Life Like
  • 3 – M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  • 2 – the Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  • 1 – Frightened Rabbit – the Midnight Organ Fight

September 26, 2008

Haters, appreciate.

Filed under: awesome, soccer — Tags: , , — Nate @ 8:34 am

This is just an amazing piece of news. 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/61444-why-the-world-hates-cristiano-ronaldo

I love the fact that people didn’t Google “ronaldo” or “cristiano ronaldo” or “ronaldo united” or “ronaldo man u” but “I HATE RONALDO”. 

The fire!  The passion!  The hate!

September 2, 2008

Oh, to be in Minnesota.

Filed under: awesome, Food — Nate @ 10:41 am

http://tinyurl.com/foodstick

August 27, 2008

You can always spot true evil by the extra set of arms.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nate @ 1:50 pm

Grimace is a large, purple anthropomorphic being of indeterminate species with short arms and legs. He is known for his slow-witted demeanor. His most common expression is the word “duh”. Originally, Grimace was the “Evil Grimace”, with two pairs of arms with which to steal milkshakes. After that first campaign, the character was revised to be one of the “good guys”, and his number of arms was reduced by two. Commercials and merchandise generally portrayed him as a well-meaning simpleton, whose clumsy antics provided a comic foil to Ronald McDonald. The character was retained after the streamlining of the characters in the ’80s.

August 21, 2008

Life can be so fleeting.

Filed under: awesome, quotes — Nate @ 9:55 am

This is perhaps the best personal ad I’ve ever seen:

It was you and I and it felt as if it was only you and I there on the street waiting for the bus. We sat semi close to one another and kept exchanging smiles. Then the bus got into a accident and they rushed you to the hospitol and thats the last time I saw you. So if your still living contact me so we can do lunch sometime.

June 5, 2008

Nature’s most perfect food. No, not that one.

Filed under: Food — Tags: , — Nate @ 7:08 pm

If it’s summertime, it’s hot dog time.  This article is pure class.  Tuna!  Chorizo!  LAMB!!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/foodanddrink/sns-fdcook3-wk1,0,4267185.story

May 21, 2008

Bourdain is much easier on Guy Fieri than I.

Filed under: awesome, Food, quotes — Tags: , , , — Nate @ 10:32 pm

I absolutely love this quote, both because I love the Poochie episode and I hate Guy Fieri.  You have to be a real douchebag to sit down at a TGIF and dig into some crap meal with wristbands on, commercial or not.

TVGuide.com: Guy Fieri maybe?
Bourdain:
Guy Fieri… did you ever see the Simpsons episode where it’s decided that Itchy and Scratchy need a sidekick? So a committee gets together and they invent one called Poochie…. Guy Fieri kind of looks like he’s been designed by committee.

May 17, 2008

TV was much better in the early 1980s.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Nate @ 1:16 pm

Why don’t we have quality shows like this anymore?

http://www.starcade.tv/starcade/episodes.asp

May 15, 2008

They don’t write ‘em like they used to.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Nate @ 9:23 pm

This link to an old eugenics text is worth more than a few looks. 

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13444/13444-h/13444-h.htm

This fellow didn’t read it, and look how he ended up:

Dammit.  The link was foiled.

Awesome AND useful!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nate @ 8:40 pm

A periodic table of condiment shelf life.

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