- Kevin Drew talks about the next Broken Social Scene album and who will be on it
- Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, does his first interview in years. I wonder if J.D. Salinger’s death brought him out of hiding.
- GeekWeek posts the 20 Greatest Extended Takes In Movie History
- Ten Ways The ‘Lost’ Universe Would Be Different If Oceanic 815 Never Crashed
- I love these Out of Print Clothing t-shirts
- What If Spider-Man Had A Taser? I don’t know why this made me laugh so much
- New York Times posted A Timeline of the ‘Lost’ Universe
- An awesome tribute to composer extraordinaire John Williams
- In honor of his birthday, Nerdage listed 50 Grant Morrison graphic novels you should read
- MTV’s Daria is FINALLY coming out on DVD. Here’s a trailer.
- The creators of Reaper tell CliqueClack TV how the show would have ended
- I want this ring by Kinekt Design
- A funny St. Vincent video for “Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood” featuring ThunderAnt
- So what did Juliet mean when she said “It worked.”? Elizabeth Mitchell gives some hints
- iPad vs. a Rock
- The making of Michael Ian Black’s new children’s book “The Purple Kangaroo”
- What if Wes Anderson directed Spider-Man?
- The AV Club adds Let The Right One In into “The New Cult Canon”
- After talking about my previous Days Of Our Lives devotion, I was saddened to hear Frances Reid (Alice Horton) had died
- Here’s a trailer for Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. I’m a huge fan of the Magnetic Fields
- Five Facebook No-Nos for Divorcing Couples
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
Here are some more of my favorite tracks this year. Part II is intentionally mellow. I’m depressed or anything. Tomorrow will be more upbeat.
- “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear (Veckatimest)
- “Daniel” by Bat For Lashes (Two Suns)
- “Stillness Is The Move” by Dirty Projectors (Bitte Orca)
- “Chasing Pirates” by Norah Jones (The Fall)
- “Carol Brown” by Flight Of The Conchords (I Told You I Was Freaky)
- “Heartbreak Warfare” by John Mayer (Battle Studies)
- “Human of the Year” by Regina Spektor (Far)
- “New Ways Of Living” by Lavender Diamond (Score! 20 Years Of Merge Records: The Covers!)
- “Off I Go” by Greg Laswell
- “Oliver” by Gemma Hayes (Oliver)
- “The Party” by St. Vincent (Actor)
- “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson (Everybody)
- “Hideaway” by Karen O and the Kids (Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack)
- “The Hazards of Love 4″ by The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love)
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)
I love St. Vincent