Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 Media Recap

A rundown of my media consumption this year...don't worry it's for posterity charity

    Best Albums I Discovered (didn't necessarily come out in '08):
  • Shearwater - "Palo Santo" and "Rook" - Dense, heavy folk music
  • Bon Iver - "For Emma, Forever Ago" - Folky folks music
  • Nerina Pallot - "Fires" - Great voice, catchy piano pop
  • Stephen Malkmus - "Real Emotional Trash" - His best non-Pavement album ... except for "Pig Lib."
  • MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular" - I first heard of them in 2007, but never thought they'd get big.
  • Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend" - I was late to jump on this train but it's a very good album.
  • Panic at the Disco - "Pretty. Odd" - Not at all the type of album I'd like, but yet I did. What is happening to me?!
  • Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes"
  • Tobacco - "F**ked Up Friends"
  • Oh No - "Exodus into Unheard Rhythms" (2006) - Hip Hop in a time capsule from 1993.
  • Switches - "Lay Down the Law"

    Best Shows:
  • The Sarah Silverman Program
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • 30 Rock (although the 2008-09 season has started a little lackluster)
  • The Venture Brothers (it's from a few years ago but it's probably the densest and most culturally-savvy show since the Simpsons)
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (I finally got caught up and it's great)
  • The Colbert Report
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father - devestating, mesmerizing
  • Summer Heights High - The UK version of The Office directed by Christopher Guest

    Best Movies:
  • The Dark Night
  • Iron Man
  • My Winnipeg
  • Tropic Thunder (for the first half hour or so)
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • The Prestige - I know it came out in 2006, but I've been a little behind. It's one of the best mystery films I've ever seen. Ever. Seriously.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum - I thought the other two Bourne movies were just okay, this one kicked some serious ass.
  • Manufacturing Dissent - the best documentary out there exposing the fraud that is Michael Moore
    (it was a seriously weak year for movies)

    Two concerts I went to:
  • Iron & Wine in Buffalo; Glen Hansard in Massachussetts

    Biggest Disappointments:
  • Ben Folds' "Way To Normal" - All the things that have irked me about his songs the last few years have culminated into this steaming pile of shit.

  • The Foot Fist Way - Indie cinema is dead, and if it's not, I will now have to kill it after this sporadically funny but ultimately sloppy farce.

  • The Wire, Season 5 - It was still good -- still the best show on TV, in fact -- but it was the weakest season of the series; the "serial killer" angle was something out of a bad Al Pacino crime procedural.

  • From the Earth To the Moon - yes the 1998 Tom Hanks NASA miniseries. Some episodes were pretty good, some really boring (especially the one with the device of a filmmaker following everyone around), but ultimately it was just a TV movie. I don't know what I expected, just something a little better I guess.

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - It was a great concept and pretty interesting at times, but ultimately it suffered from the same aimlessness that has plagued French cinema for decades.

  • Amy Poehler on SNL - She is just not all that funny, and her Hillary Clinton impression -- though iconic -- sounds absolutely nothing like Frau Cankles herself.

  • Dane Cook "Rough Around the Edges" - the first chink in the Dane Train's armor; too dirty, too inside and just not funny enough. With this and his shitty movies, we may be seeing an epic shark-jump.

  • Deadspin - Not as much as I used to since I don't read it at work anymore, but it's still the best place to find the "comedy pyramid"
  • Politico, Talking Points Memo, Five Thirty Eight, RealClearPolitics, Wonkette, and just about any other left-leaning website in the universe this past year.
  • BeerAdvocate
  • BeerJanglin'! - naturally...
  • Google Reader - now all my unhealthy obsessions in one easy-to-read interface!
  • MP3Sale dot are-you. We'll keep it our own dirty little secret.
  • and Pandora - since I am too lazy to read about music and need someone who will tell me what to like.
  • Wikipedia - the best site in the history of the internet, errors be damned!

    Odds and Ends:
  • Hard N Phirm - the "Pi" song is a corker
  • Tori Schulman from "Movie Up"
  • "Firefly" the TV series and its movie follow-up "Serenity"
  • POTUS '08 on XM Radio - my obsession for about 10 months until Election day
  • The Vice Presidential Debate - the epic battle between the MILF and the Mouth
  • Brian Regan's "The Epitome of Hyperbole" - finally a TV special that captures the genius of the greatest stand-up comic of our time
  • Rock Band and Rock Band 2 - don't drink the haterade, it's a real hoot.
  • Opie and Anthony and Li'l Jimmy Norton - outside of their Jill Nicolini phase, they did some great stuff this year. FRUNKIS! It's still my go-to radio show, even though I get Howard now too.
  • Giants beating New England in the Super Bowl. What a wonderful wonderful moment in human history. Of course, no one in the LIBERAL MEDIAL will mention that in three consecutive seasons the Patriots have a) blown an 18-point lead to lose the AFC Championship, b) blown a perfect record to lose the Super Bowl and c) missed the playoffs (yeah yeah, I know Brady was out, cry my a river). Choke much, Bill Belicheat?

So there you have it, 365 days of me sitting on my ass. Hope you enjoyed it.


The VP said...

What about the Bills as biggest disappointment?

Bill said...

I wish you hadn't said that, Hoff.

Now I have to kill you.

/judo chop!