Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Favorite Music, Movies & Books of '09!

1. Nirvana, Live at Reading
2. Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand
3. Kiss, Sonic Boom
4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal
5. Reigning Sound, Love and Curses
6. Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
8. Dead Weather, Horehound
9. The King Khan & BBQ Show, Invisible Girl
10. New York Dolls, 'Cause I Sez So
Notes: A live recording of a 17-year-old concert by a long-defunct band shouldn't even qualify for such a list, but I listened to Live at Reading far more than any other CD this year... The reissue of '09 is easily The Beatles Stereo Box Set.

1. The Hurt Locker
2. A Serious Man
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. Star Trek
5. Watchmen
6. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
7. Food, Inc.
8. I Love You, Man
9. It Might Get Loud
10. Up in the Air
Notes: Still haven't seen Big Fan, In the Loop, Sherlock Holmes, and bunches of others. I need to watch more movies...

1. Under Their Thumb by Bill German
2. Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs
3. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives by Paul Shaffer
4. The Art of Tony Millionaire by Tony Millionaire
5. Inventory by the Writers of the A.V. Club
6. Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition by Alan J. Stein, Paula Becker & the Historylink Staff
Notes: I need to read more books.


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Honorable Mentions of the '00s!

The Phil Hendrie Show
The New York Times crossword
The A.V. Club
Super Bowl XL
Neil Hamburger
The Portland Beavers
The Washington Nationals

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My 25 Favorite Books of the '00s!

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)
Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon by Will Brooker (2000)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (2000)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (2001)
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad (2002)
Word Freak by Stefan Fastis (2002)
Blankets by Craig Thompson (2003)
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (2003)
The Meaning of Ichiro by Robert Whiting (2004)
Neither Here Nor There by the Melvins (2004)
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005)
Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden (2005)
TV A-Go-Go by Jake Austen (2005)
Blackstock's Collections by Gregory L. Blackstock (2006)
Vanishing Seattle by Clark Humphrey (2006)
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting by Jim Walsh (2007)
Spider-Man: The Icon by Steve Saffel (2007)
Watching Baseball Smarter by Zach Hample (2007)
Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth (2008)
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine (2008)
The Art of Tony Millionaire by Tony Millionaire (2009)
Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs (2009)
Under Their Thumb by Bill German (2009)


My Nine Favorite Concerts of the '00s!

1. The Dirtbombs/ The Detroit Cobras, Crocodile Cafe, October 4, 2002
2. Young Fresh Fellows/ Girl Trouble/ New Original Sonic Sound, Crocodile Cafe, July 14, 2000
3. The Rolling Stones, Tacoma Dome, November 6, 2002
4. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Key Arena, March 29, 2008
5. The White Stripes/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Seahawks Stadium Exhibition Center, September 16, 2003
6. Melvins/ Mudhoney, The Showbox, March 7, 2004
7. Kiss, Key Arena, November 15, 2009
8. Iggy & the Stooges/ Mudhoney, Memorial Stadium, September 5, 2005
9. Bob Dylan, Key Arena, October 13, 2006

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My 22 Favorite TV Shows of the '00s!

1. King of the Hill (Fox, 1997-2009)
2. Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001-2005)
3. Mad Men (AMC, 2007-present)
4. The Office (BBC, 2001-2003)
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, 2000-present)
6. Reno 911! (Comedy Central, 2003-2009)
7. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Cartoon Network, 2000-present)
8. Eastbound & Down (HBO, 2009)
9. Flight of the Conchords (HBO, 2007-2009)
10. The Office (NBC, 2005-present)
11. Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central, 2003-2006)
12. Wonder Showzen (MTV2, 2005-2006)
13. Da Ali G Show (HBO, 2003-2004)
14. Big Love (HBO, 2006-present)
15. John Adams (HBO, 2008)
16. Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999-2000)
17. Jackass (MTV, 2000-2002)
18. Strangers with Candy (Comedy Central, 1999-2000)
19. Deadwood (HBO, 2004-2006)
20. Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975-present)
21. The Simpsons (Fox, 1989-present)
22. The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 1993-present)


Saturday, December 26, 2009

My 14 Favorite Movies of the '00s!

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
4. Best in Show (2000)
5. A Mighty Wind (2003)
6. Adaptation. (2002)
7. American Splendor (2003)
8. Sideways (2004)
9. The Station Agent (2003)
10. Borat (2006)
11. Spider-Man (2002)
12. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
13. Bigger, Faster, Stronger* (2008)
14. Stevie (2002)


My 17 Favorite Albums of the '00s!

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell (2003)
2. Paul Westerberg, Come Feel Me Tremble (2003)
3. Detroit Cobras, Life, Love and Leaving (2001)
4. The Strokes, Is This It (2001)
5. The New Pornographers, Mass Romantic (2000)
6. The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Bang (2005)
7. The Dirtbombs, Ultraglide in Black (2001)
8. Komeda, Kokomemedada (2003)
9. Black Lips, Good Bad Not Evil (2007)
10. Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask (2005)
11. Bob Dylan, Modern Times (2006)
12. White Stripes, White Blood Cells (2001)
13. Bruce Springsteen, Magic (2007)
14. Iggy Pop, Skull Ring (2003)
15. Melvins, (A) Senile Animal (2006)
16. The Baseball Project, Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (2008)
17. Nirvana, Live at Reading (2009)


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My 100 Favorite Songs of the '00s!

Against Me! – Thrash Unreal
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Audioslave – Cochise
The Baseball Project – Pastime
Beastie Boys – An Open Letter to NYC
Beck – Girl
Belle and Sebastian – Sukie in the Graveyard
Beyonce – Crazy in Love
Black Lips – Can’t Dance
Boss Hog – Monkey
Caesars – Jerk It Out
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken
Johnny Cash – Heart of Gold
The Chesterfield Kings – Up and Down
Danger Doom – El Chupa Nibre
Dead Moon – It’s a Long Way to the Top
Detroit Cobras – Hey Sailor
Devo 2.0 – Uncontrollable Urge
Dinosaur Jr. – Almost Ready
The Dirtbombs – Chains of Love
The Donnas – Hot Pants
The Dutchess and the Duke – I Am a Ghost
Bob Dylan – Workingman’s Blues #2
The Fall – Sparta 2XX
FannyPack – Cameltoe

Feist – 1234
The Fiery Furnaces – Tropical Ice-Land
Fischerspooner – Mega Colon
The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Flight of the Conchords – Foux de Fafa
Foo Fighters – All My Life
Girl Trouble – Rockin’ Good Way
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Gorillaz – Feel Good, Inc.
Guided by Voices – The Best of Jill Hives
Neil Hamburger – Three Piece Chicken Dinner
The Hives – Hate to Say I Told You So
Hot Hot Heat – Running Out of Time
Iron & Wine – The Devil Never Sleeps
Mick Jagger – God Gave Me Everything
Jay Z – Empire State of Mind (featuring Alicia Keys)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Point of View
The King Khan & BBQ Show – Waddlin’ Around
Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
Kiss – Say Yeah
Komeda – Nonsense
Loretta Lynn – Portland
The Mekons – The Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Melvins – A History of Bad Men

The Minus 5 – Wicked Annabella
Mitch & Mickey – When You’re Next to Me
Modest Mouse – Float On
The Monkeywrench – In the Days of the Five
The Mooney Suzuki – A Little Bit of Love
Mudhoney – I Saw the Light
Neko Case – Star Witness
The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
The New Strychnines – Psycho
New York Dolls – Runnin’ Around
Nirvana – You Know You’re Right
Pearl Jam – The Fixer
Prince – Fury
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Pink – Get the Party Started
Pixies – Bam Thwok
PJ Harvey – Good Fortune
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus – Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)
Iggy Pop – Little Know It All
The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes
Joey Ramone – Maria Baritomo
Reigning Sound – Funny Thing
The Replacements – Message to the Boys
The Rolling Stones – It Won’t Take Long
RTX – Balls to Pass

Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
The Shins – New Slang
Sleater-Kinney – The Fox
Sonic Youth – Jams Run Free
The Sounds – Rock ‘n Roll
Bruce Springsteen – Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Stereo Total – Villaines Filles, Mauvaises Garçons
Tommy Stinson – Something’s Wrong
The Strokes – Last Nite
Tenacious D – The Road
The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Vitamin C – Vacation
Vivian Girls – Tell the World
The Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
The Walkmen – The Rat
Ween – Bananas and Blow
Weezer – Hash Pipe
Paul Westerberg – Pine Box
White Stripes – Fell in Love With a Girl
Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Wolfmother – Dimension
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With the Night
Young Fresh Fellows – Gotta Get the First Plane Home

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, America!

Eliza got me this bitchin' giraffe ornament.

Trick or treat!!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Now I've Seen Everything #10: Goat Yelling Like a Man

He teams up with Usher here.

I'd like to see him in a skull mask.


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Your Attention Please: Tacky Tourist Photos!

My New Englander pal Darren Garnick -- the guy who made the Hell Drivers documentary and had his baby photographed with several 2008 presidential candidates and a bunch other stuff -- has launched a cool new project: Tacky Tourist Photos.

Here's my submission!


Sunday, December 06, 2009

It Was 40 Years Ago Today: Altamont

The Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont Free Concert went down 40 years ago today, December 6, 1969. The sort of "anti-Woodstock" was a violent affair, capped off by the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter right in front of the stage, while the oblivious Stones played "Under My Thumb." The Maysles Brothers caught the murder on film in their awesome/ nightmarish documentary Gimme Shelter. Almost prophetically, the Stones released Let It Bleed the previous week. Earlier that year, on July 5, troubled founding member Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool.

1969 was a big year in boomer history, but also for me -- I was born nine days before Jones' death. It seems that every five years since, all the major events of '69 -- good and bad -- are commemorated. Like me, lots of other stuff hit the four-oh this year: the aforementioned Woodstock, the moon landing, the Beatles playing on the roof of Apple Records, the Jets upsetting the Colts in Super Bowl III, the Miracle Mets wining the World Series, the Manson Family, Stonewall, various events in Vietnam...

Also "Born in '69" (like the Rocket from the Crypt song): Led Zeppelin, the 747, Sesame Street, Monty Python, Ken Griffey Jr., the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers), the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), the Kansas City Royals, and the San Diego Padres...

Some believe life begins at 40, others believe life begins at conception. Personally, I believe that life begins at 6.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Now I've Seen Everything #9: The UroClub

Buy it here.