Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2013 wrap-up

For the records, here are the things I liked/listened to/enjoyed the most in 2013

Favorite Movies I saw this year:
1.  The Act of Killing
2.  Gravity
3.  12 Years a Slave
4.  Inside Llewyn Davis
5.  The Worlds End
6.  Blue Jasmine
7.  Frances Ha
8.  American Hustle
9.  Enough Said
10.  Much Ado about Nothing

Favorite TV:
1.  Mad Men
2.  Breaking Bad
3.  Veep
4.  Boardwalk Empire
5.  Game of Thrones.
6.  The Moaning Life
8.  Enlightened
9.  Parks and Rec
10.  Community

Favorite Albums:
1.  Saal, Serengeti
2.  Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend
3.  Muchacho, Phosphorescent
4.  Comedown Machine, The Strokes
5.  Nothing was the Same, Drake
6.  Dream River, Bill Callahan
7.  Big Wheel and Others, Cass Mccombs
8.  On Oni Pond, Man Man
9.  12 Ways to Die, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge
10.  Outer Face EP, Matthew E. White

Honorable Mention goes to:  Random Excess Memories, Amygdala, Yeezus, Run the Jewels, Blue Chips 2

Favorite Songs of the Year
1.  Pink Rabbits by the National

2.  Instant Crush by Daft Punk

3.  The Wire  by Haim

4.  Step by Vampire Weekend

5.  Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Not posting a link for this video though, sickos.
6.  Reflektor by Arcade Fire
7.  Head On by Man Man

8.  Wave Forms by Islands

9.  Brighter!  by Cass Mccombs
10.  Karate by Serengeti

Honorable Mentions to Dance Apocalyptic, Worst Behavior, Down to Go, 50/50, Juice, New Slaves,

Books I read in 2013:
1.        Carter beats devil, Glen David Gold
2.        Kraken, China Mieville
3.        Manhood for Amateurs, Micheal Chabon
4.        Telegraph Avenue, Micheal Chabon
5.        CivilWar Land in Bad Decline, George Saunders
6.        10th of December, George Saunders
7.        Talulla Rising, Glen Duncan
8.        God who Weeps, Terryl Givens
9.        Swamplandia, Karen Russell
10.    Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
11.    Price of Politics, Bob Woodward
12.    Six Gun Tarot, R.S. Belcher
13.    Wind up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
14.    Braindead Megaphone, George Saunders
15.    The Crossing, Cormac Mcarthy
16.    Blood Meridian, Cormac Mcarthy
17.    Cities of the Plain, Cormac Mcarthy
18.    Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain, A. Lee Martinez
19.    The Infatuations, Javier Marias
20.    Jim Henson:  The Biography, Brian Jay Jones
21.    NOS4A2, Joe Hill
22.    Buffalo Girls, Larry Mcmurtry
23.    Soon I will be Invincible, Austin Grossman
24.    A Once Crowded Sky, Tom King
25.    Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
26.    In Persuasion Nation, George Saunders
27.    Mo Meta Blues, Questlove
28.    The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
29.    Top Dog:  The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
30.    The Pearl, John Steinbeck
31.    The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck
32.    Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
33.    The Terror, Dan Simmons
34.  The Son, Phillip Meyer

Of those I really liked Blood Meridian, Winter of Our Discontent, The Corrections, The Infatuations, The God who weeps, The Tenth of December, Manhood for Amateurs, and Vampires in the Lemon Grove the most.


CRoW said...

I randomly checked your blog hoping you had done a new "best of" list and lo and behold you had. I enjoyed reading your list. You for the most part continue to have good taste. I look forward to reading your list next year.

A couple thoughts: I'm about to start the Jim Henson bio, thoughts?

And no mention of "Her," not a Spike Jonze fan?

How did you find the time to consume all that pop culture?

Glad you enjoyed "Much Ado."

That is all.

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