December 30th, 2011


Best CDs of the Year


Who still buys CDs? I guess I still do. At the age of 42... I am old. I don't trust buying MP3s or any digital format. For example, whatever happened to Ogg Vorbis? Were they really serious about that?

After I "synced" with the Apple "cloud" last month, my music library turned into a mix of broken links, mis-named files, and missing songs. As a former UNIX junkie, I want to know what the files are named, where they are located, with a consistency of directory structure. Or, I could just press "play" and not worry about it.

Here are the top CDs I enjoyed this year:

1. Adele "21"
2. Mumford & Sons "Sign No More"
3. Death Cab For Cutie "Keys And Codes"
4. The Decemberists "The King Is Dead"
5. Low "C'mon"
6. Fountains Of Wayne "Sky Full Of Holes"
7. Paul Simon "So Beautiful Or So What"
8. Thomas Dolby "A Map Of The Floating City"
9. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
10. Fucked Up "David Comes To Life"

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Best Techno, Most Disappointing CDs of the Year, Best Art, etc.

I used to make a list of the worst CD each year, but that wasn't really fair. It was just the worst CD I purchased and tried to listen to. So, I think I should rename the category to "the most disappointing CDs of the year". You really let me down. I know you can do better. look at my face. LOOK AT MY FACE! See the sad look in my eyes? That's because of you. Now my heart is breaking. I hope you try harder in the future.

Best Techno CDs of 2011
1. Austra "Feel It Break"
2. James Blake "James Blake"
3. M83 "Hurry Up We're Sleeping"
4. Skrillex "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites EP"
5. Diplo/Dave Nada "Blow Your Head" (volumes 1 and 2)
DJ Shadow "The Less You Know The Better"
Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2"
The Rapture "In The Grace Of Your Love" Body Language "Social Studies"
Bassnectar "Cozza Frenzy"
Frankmusik "Do It In The AM"

Best CD Reissues of 2011
1. Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Wish You Were Here" (Immersion editions)
Stephen Merrit "Obscurities"
Toad The Wet Sprocket "All You Want"
Chris Isaak "Beyond The Sun"
Sigur Rós "Inní"

Worst CDs of 2011
1. Everclear "Return To Santa Monica"
2. Destroyer "Kaputt"
3. The Lonely Island "Turtleneck & Chain"
4. The Orb and David Gilmour "Metallic Spheres"
5. David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time"

Best CD Cover of 2011
1. Battles "Gloss Drop"
The Felice Brothers "Celebration Florida"
My Morning Jacket "Circuital"
Manchester Orchesra "Simple Math"
Thomas Dolby "A Map Of The Floating City" (Deluxe)
TV On The Radio "Nine Types Of Light"
The Strokes "Angles"
Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto"
Mastodon "The Hunter"
Kasabian "Velociraptor!"

Worst CD Cover of 2011
1. They Might Be Giants "Join Us"
Wilco "The Whole Love" (deluxe)
David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time"
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Best and Worst Movies of the Year

Here are my favorite movies of the year. However, the list is incomplete, because I haven't seen everything. Who knows? Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked may turn out to be my favorite movie of all time. I'm lucky because I live in New York City, and I get to see things before they come out to the rest of the country. But don't be jealous - think of us as an early warning system.

Ten Best Movies of 2011
1. Midnight In Paris
2. Hugo
3. Red
4. Rango
5. Four Lions
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love
7. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
8. The Lincoln Lawyer
9. Winnie The Pooh
10. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

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Ten Worst Movies of 2011
1. The Expendables
2. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
3. Devil
4. Cool It
5. Green Lantern
6. Burlesque
7. Sucker Punch
8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
9. Season Of The Witch
10. The Tree of Life

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