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.
Magnet Magazine’s list:
Q Magazine’s list:
Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times/Sound Opinions/www.jimdero.com):
Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune/Sound Opinions):
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
This is just an amazing piece of news.
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!
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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.
If it’s summertime, it’s hot dog time. This article is pure class. Tuna! Chorizo! LAMB!!
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.
Why don’t we have quality shows like this anymore?
This link to an old eugenics text is worth more than a few looks.
This fellow didn’t read it, and look how he ended up:
Dammit. The link was foiled.