Today marks ten months since I was laid off from my last job. In that time, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and the conclusion I’ve reached is not having a job sucks. I never imagined it would take me this long to find a job. At first, you enjoy the free time and the ability to spend time doing things you would be too busy to do otherwise. As the months roll on, it begins to wear on you. I’ve been unemployed before but I was younger then and more optimistic. Being unemployed in your 30s, it feels like time is running out.
Definitely not the best albums of the year but these were the ones that got heavy rotation in my iPod/iPhone this year.
From top left to right:
- The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens
- The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
- Authenticity by The Foreign Exchange
- Barbara by We Are Scientists
- Broken Bells by Broken Bells
- Cloak and Cipher by Land of Talk
- Crazy For You by Best Coast
- Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) by Mates of State
- The Five Ghosts by Stars
- Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene
- Go by Jónsi
- High Violet by The National
- How I Got Over by The Roots
- I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny
- Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates by The Bird and The Bee
- LeftBack by Little Brother
- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
- New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) by Erykah Badu
- Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos!
- The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae
- The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
- Thank Me Later by Drake
- This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
- We Are Born by Sia
- The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit
Now that I’ve seen Avatar, I can make this list. It didn’t feel right making a favorite movies list not having seen what appears to be the future highest grossing movie of all-time.
From least most favorite to most most favorite (movies link to my original poorly-written review):
15. Drag Me To Hell
12. Away We Go
11. Star Trek
10. In The Loop
9. The Hangover
8. District 9
Actually, no matter what happens, I’ll be happy and thankful that Lost existed (unless the screen goes black like The Sopranos). As is clear from my many posts and lists, I’ve always enjoyed television but Lost made me love television in a way no other show has. After Lost, I found it hard to watch procedural, one-and-done shows like CSI. I needed every episode to matter. I wanted to be rewarded for my patience, loyalty and vigilance. I took more notes on Lost than I did for any class in college (which explains a lot about my station in life).
That said, I’m kinda glad Lost is over. I don’t know how much longer I could be obsessed with a TV show. After it’s over, I’ll feel like I’m getting a part of my life (and brain) back.
- The opening chaos of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 (“Pilot”)
- The first time they hear the monster in the trees (“Pilot”)
- The monster snags the pilot out of the plane (“Pilot”)
- Kate hiding in the trees counting to five (recalling Jack’s surgery story) to steel herself to go look for Jack (“Pilot”)
- Seeing the pilot’s bloody body in the trees (“Pilot”)
- After Shannon and Sayid translate Danielle’s 16-year-old message, Charlie asks “Guys…where are we?” (“Pilot”)
- When everyone is arguing about how to get food on the island, Locke throws a knife five inches or so away from Sawyer’s head and says, “We hunt” (“Walkabout”)
- In his flashback, when Locke rolls away from counter revealing his paraplegia and yells “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” (“Walkabout”)
- In Jin and Sun’s flashback, at the airport when Sun, preparing to leave Jin once and for all, looks at Jin while he’s waiting in line and he pulls out a white flower like the one he gave to her when he promised he’d give her a diamond one day (“House of the Rising Sun”)
- When Ethan corners Charlie and Claire in the woods right as Hurley is telling Jack, Kate and Sayid that he wasn’t on the manifest (“Raised By Another”)
I had a tough time with the order of the top three. At any given moment, any of them could be number one. Again, I emphasize that these are in the order of my favorite albums of the year not the best.
15. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
14. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati
13. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
12. The Swell Season – Strict Joy
11. St. Vincent – Actor
10. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II
9. The Gossip – Music for Men
8. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
7. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
6. The Temper Trap – Conditions
5. Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Devil’s Halo
4. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
1. Metric – Fantasies
It’s that time of year. Here are my 15 favorite television shows of 2009. Please don’t confuse “favorite” with “best”
15. Party Down
12. Modern Family
11. Curb Your Enthusiasm
10. Breaking Bad
8. Burn Notice
7. Torchwood: Children of Earth
6. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
5. Battlestar Galactica
4. Friday Night Lights
3. Sons of Anarchy
1. Mad Men
This list wasn’t as hard to compile as I thought it would be. When I go to the movies, after I’m sitting there watching the credit, I decide then and there whether I’m going to buy it when it comes out on DVD. I don’t know if anyone shares the same sensation but after I see a movie I absolutely love, I look forward to owning. Not necessarily to watch again (although that’s part of it) but to be able to share the movie with friends who haven’t seen it so they can love the movie too and we’ll have that in common (or they can hate it and it will always be a blemish on their permanent friendship record). So I looked at all the movies that came out in the 2000s and looked for the ones I owned and that made it easy*. I also tried to put them in order of best to least best. Honestly, the only numbers that matter is 1-15. After that it gets pretty interchangeable.
If I ever wrote anything on my blog about the movie, there’s a link to it.
50. The Fountain
49. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
48. Away From Her
47. Casino Royale
45. Tropic Thunder
44. The Hangover
43. Little Miss Sunshine
42. The Way of the Gun
41. The Prestige
40. American Psycho Continue reading
This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50. The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.
A couple of notes:
- Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
- Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
- Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
- Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)
Now, let me just say off the bat that I do not believe these are the 50 best shows of this decade (although some certainly are). These are just the 50 television shows that brought me the most entertainment, the ones that I am most fond of when I think back on the decade. I contemplated doing this in order of love/respect but then this post would never get done so I’ll do a Top 10.
I decided to leave off The Simpsons and South Park because they’ve been on for so long (and I needed any excuse to make room for other shows) but they both had great episodes in the 00’s and if I didn’t need the room, they’d make the cut.
I tried to stick with shows that had at least two full seasons under its belt unless the show had been canceled like Freaks and Geeks.
And, no, I’ve never watched The West Wing or ER and that’s why they aren’t on the list.
Obviously, I don’t expect a person to display ALL these qualities but maybe 15% would be nice. 99% would mean that person is pretty much exactly like me which, while it sounds great in theory, is a bad idea. I already have me. If you are 100%, you know who you are and I’m sure we can work it out.
So I wouldn’t mind is she…
- …is a nice person overall
- …can be an asshole and say the occasional snarky remark behind people’s back
- …is into comic books or at least open to the possibility to being into comic books
- …plays video games or at least does not frown upon people who do
- …also finds the level of pandering in most romantic comedies pathetic
- …is a fan of a sports team or three, especially the New York Yankees, New York Giants and New York Knicks
- …is NOT a fan of the Boston Red Sox or Boston Celtics
- …watched the same cartoons I did growing up
- …is employed
- …can cook