Mixtapes for Hookers

The Ten Best Movies (Of The Ten I Saw This Year), Part 1

The Master

Okay, so I only saw ten movies this year, so this list isn’t by any means a list of the ten best movies of the year. (In fact, this might be the first year since maybe high school that I actually went to a movie theater ten times.) And I actually liked all ten of them! Meaning either that I’ve got a really good sense of what to see, or else I’m getting soft and uncritical. Anyway, here’s some thoughts. I tried not to spoil anything although I probably did.

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My 50 Favorite Songs Of 2010
November 30, 2010, 10:48 pm
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So, it’s one hour away from being December. Crazy! This month was really odd on a personal level, in both good and bad ways. On the one hand, I finished making a magazine that I’m really proud of; on the other hand, I spent a lot of time going to wakes and memorial services and I took my first-ever 4am drunken ambulance ride, which is something I’d prefer not to repeat anytime soon.


Now that it’s (about to be) December, I’ve made my list of my fifty favorite songs of the year. 2010 was an odd year for me musically: it started out with me hosting a pop radio show and obsessively researching the weekly singles releases and charts in eight to ten countries every week, and it ended with me feeling like I knew nothing at all about new releases: my hard drive is totally full and I don’t really have extra money to be CD shopping. Plus, honestly, I wasn’t really that excited about much that I heard musically, probably because I spent a majority of 2010 listening to music out of shitty Macbook speakers that don’t have any bass.


I’ve queued my Tumblr to post five songs a day for the next ten days, in countdown fashion. It’ll start at 9am on December 1 and wrap up at 5pm on December 10. I’ll be keeping a master list here, and posting daily updates about the songs, so you don’t have to actually navigate back and forth between the two blogs unless you’re really bored.

Poor Wolf Gang is the big loser of the year: “The King And All Of His Men,” which technically came out in late 2009, was on the list until about twenty minutes ago, when I remembered another song and had to bump it off. As a consolation prize, I’m posting that video first.

Check after the jump for the full list, which I’ll keep updating as time goes by:

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a link roundup, but here are some of the many, many, many, many Firefox tabs I currently have open:

There’s been some pretty serious news in Ontario, where sex work is inching closer to decriminalization and where sex workers just got a big boost to their rights.

Congressional candidate Krystal Ball is hopping mad about perceived slut-shaming with regard to photos of her Yuletide cheer at a Christmas party six years ago.  Her response, that society needs to get over women who have sex if they ever want to elect someone of her generation, is pretty excellent.

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Pointless Exercises In Listmaking: American Cities Edition
March 20, 2010, 2:13 am
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Even though I consider myself a city person, I have only been to 9 of the 100 biggest cities in this country, which is pretty sad.

Of those nine, I have spent the least amount of time in Jersey City, which I only saw from the windows of a car. I was running an errand for a friend and being driven around by someone who did not realize that Jersey City and Union City were two different cities; I will say that I saw a lot of the city, though.

I’ve spent the most time in Boston, including lots of overnight adventures. Those began with I think four separate overnight field trips in the Museum of Science.  This was something you did when you were in the gifted program, and also when you were in the cub scouts.  I didn’t realize until I was an adult that the tedium that arises from repetitive nights under the giant wave machine was really a feeling only happened to gifted cub scouts and not everyone. As an adult I’ve been to Boston, most recently last month for a job interview where my prospective employer didn’t bother to show up or return my phone calls wondering why his company name wasn’t on the directory of the building he told me to go to. (That was fun!)

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Pazz & Jop Results Leave Me Worried About The Future Of Wedding Receptions
January 20, 2010, 11:41 am
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Last night was another potentially productive evening foiled by the damn internet.

This time I was waylaid by the Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll, in which dozens of music critics vote for their ten favorite albums and singles of the year.  And each album or song title links to the ballots of every critic who voted for that album or song, and because I geek out over things like that I pretty much wasted the entire night clicking between songs and critics.

This year’s choices were disappointing, though.  Not just because some of my favorite albums of the year didn’t make the cut–hello, Franz Ferdinand and Brand New–but because the lists themselves seemed to be chosen by hoity-toity indie snobs.  I thought we were beyond the age of this, but critically it seems to be getting worse and worse, even though commercially it seems to be getting better and better.  (The crossover appeal of Shania Twain ten years ago was nothing compared to the world’s near-universal love for Taylor Swift today.)
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My 100 Favorite Songs of 2009 (Part 4)
December 31, 2009, 7:03 pm
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Okay, I lied; well, actually, I figured out another way to get this list up.  Here’s songs 25-11.  Expect the top 10 tomorrow.

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My Top 100 Songs of 2009 (Part 3)
December 30, 2009, 4:22 pm
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I thought that I had included A Camp’s lovely Stronger Than Jesus on my Best of ’08 list, but I guess I hadn’t heart it yet at that point and I didn’t bother to check this year’s list against last year’s.  Crap.  Sorry, Nina!  Let’s call it song #101, then.

And after the jump, the third quarter of the list, including some former Britpop stars, some songs with awesome videos, and the best boyband song in like seven years.

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