2008: The Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2008. There are a few bands that were also on last years list, namely Ween and Modest Mouse, however both have slid down in there positioning.

    1. Ween (4th last year)
    2. The Beatles (9th last year)
    3. Nirvana
    4. Pixies
    5. Peter Tosh
    6. Gomez
    7. Built To Spill
    8. Neutral Milk Hotel
    9. Pennywise
    10. The Raconteurs

Below is a wave graph of the top 75 artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year. And it sure is purty.
2008 Wave Graph

And these are the songs I listened to most:

    1. The Raconteurs – Together
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    3. The Raconteurs – Intimate Secretary
    4. Ween – She’s Your Baby
    5. Peter Tosh – Get Up, Stand Up
    6. Nirvana – About A Girl (Home Recording)
    7. The Raconteurs – Yellow Sun
    8. Pixies – Alec Eiffel
    9. Built To Spill – Goin’ Against Your Mind
    10. The Rolling Stones – She’s So Cold

As far as live music goes, here are my 2008 top four:
1. Ween
2. Bishop Allen / The Republic Tigers / Electric Owls
3. Widespread Panic
4. The Police / Elvis Costello And The Impostors

Last.fm is the service I use to track my listening habits. I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at last.fm.

And if you are really bored you can check out my Twones account which tracks all of my music listening on Hypemachine, MySpace, Youtube, and Favtape.

2008: The Year In Literature

I haven’t read many novels this year. I think my top four include every book I read during the whole of 2008 (and it wasn’t much better last year). Ouch. Hopefully this will change dramatically in 2009. It would be nice to be able to at least make a top five this year. Despite my unfortunate lack of reading, here were my favorite:

1. The Little Prince
2. Middlesex: A Novel
4. Dry: A Memoir
3. Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967

I keep track of my reading on Library Thing and Goodreads so be sure to go over there and mark me as a friend if your interested.

2008: The Year in Movies

Below are the top 5 highest rated movies I saw during 2008, including a short review and my rating out of 10. Two of the movies I saw during 2008 scored a ten out of ten – Juno and This Is Spinal Tap . Last year, not a single movie I saw deserved that honor (honor?).

1. Juno
Fast and furious one liners, witty comedy, hip music references, and pregnant teenagers. What’s not to like?
10/10

2. This Is Spinal Tap
How much more awesome could this movie be? The answer is none. None more awesome.
10/10

3. Once
Simply a lovely, long, graceful, heart wrenching/warming music video.
9/10

4. Ratatouille
A delightful movie about food, family, work, life and dreams. An original story with some great laughs. Oh yeah, some pretty decent animation in there too.
9/10

5. Lars And The Real Girl
A sweet and honest story that tweks the heart strings and funny bones just right.
9/10

I figured that I might as well add the worst movie I saw all year. You know, just to make things complete.

1. The Gaurdian
Pretty much just a stereotypical bore.
1/10

2007: The Year In Cities & Towns

Taking a cue from Jason Kottke, this is a list of cities and towns I’ve visited in 2007. One or more nights spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Travel for me this year was about average for my life. Most of it was for fun but there were a few work trips stuck in there too.

Vail, CO
Edwards, CO*
Denver, CO*
Boulder, CO*
Ft. Worth, TX
Snow Bird, UT
Poipu, HI
Honolulu, HI
Manhattan, NY*
Saucacus, NJ
Jacksonville, FL
Atlanta, GA

2007: The Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2007. There are a few bands that were also on last years list, namely Ween and Modest Mouse, however both have slid down in there positioning.

    1. Wolfie
    2. Rainer Maria
    3. Carissa’s Wierd
    4. Ween
    5. Mindless Self Indulgence
    6. Modest Mouse
    7. The Softies
    8. Tool
    9. The Beatles
    10. Pink Floyd

Below is a wave graph of the top 75 artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year. And it sure is purty.
2007 Wave Graph

And these are the songs I listened to most:

    1. Modest Mouse – Float On
    2. Beastie Boys – Son of Neckbone
    3. Modest Mouse – Medication
    4. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
    5. Cat Power – Remember Me (eMusic Solo Version)
    6. Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
    7. Control Freq – Sweetest Day (radio mix)
    8. Rainer Maria – Planetary
    9. Digable Planets – Nickel Bags
    10. Donavon Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself

I don’t think I went to enough concerts this year to complete a top 10 list so I’ll settle for a top three. Here they are (with links to what I thought about them):
1. Manu Chao/Gogol Bordello
2. Widespread Panic / DJ Logic
3. Beastie Boys

If you’re curious, here is a link to my music stats during 2006.

I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at last.fm

2007: The Year In Movies

Below are the top 5 highest rated movies I saw during 2007, including a short review and my rating out of 10. Not a single movie I saw all year scored a ten out of ten (Little Miss Sunshine won that honor last year).

1. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Heart wrenchingly sad, depressing, unbelievably moving and yet incredibly informative and somehow uplifting. A surprise from Spike Lee and a film everyone should watch (most likely through some tears).
9/10

2. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Equally sad, funny, and heartwarming. This movie stuck with me for a while.
9/10

3. I Like Killing Flies
Generous servings of existential angst featured daily with a side of flies. Kenny Shopsin is shrewd, loudmouthed, vulgar, entertaining and smart. He’s is also my new hero.
9/10

4. Knocked Up
Very, very, very, funny. Not to mention charming and sweet.
9/10

5. Grey Gardens
This is equal parts creepy,disgusting, funny, and just plain old fascinating. Two bat-shit crazy birds run around their dilapidated mansion outdoing each other with quips of derangement and insanity.
9/10

UPDATE: I figured that I might as well add the worst movie I saw all year. You know, just to make things complete. It was a tie. Please avoid both of these movies.

1. Catch And Release
Ricochet romance at its worst. Gooey, unrealistic and all but the first ten minutes were predictable. Where have all the romantic comedies gone?
2/10

2. Shortbus
Not only have the Europeans had real life (not simulated) sex scenes in their movies for far longer than Americans, but the sex actually looks enjoyable. This movie portrays all the complexity of sex but none of the emotion. Basically, it is one giant gimmick.
2/10