Monday, December 29, 2014

Anybody else definitely not watch The Interview yet?

I dug it. I could have actually used more vamping; it seems like Franco-Rogen may stick to the script a little more tightly when they don't have a dozen of their best friends to bounce stuff off.  Steph pointed out at least two great parts from the trailer were excised from the final cut.  The editorial discipline might help them connect with a wider audience, but I'm hoping there's a significantly extended version that will be available at some point soon.  Love these incorrigible bastards.

2014 Albums: Not Feeling It

Want to like all these records.  Goes from least to most disappointing. Not even gonna waste time italicizing and bolding.

The Hold Steady- Teeth Dreams
Robyn- Do it Again
Moonface- City Wrecker
Ryan Adams- Ryan Adams
Grouper- Ruins
Sam Smith- In the Lonely Hour
Peaking Lights- Cosmic Voices
Perfume Genius- Too Bright
Jenny Hval & Susanna- Meshes of Voices
Sun Kil Moon- Benji
St. Paul & the Broken Bones (boring on record, embarrassing live, NPR is the worst)
Prince- Art Official Age
Flying Lotus- You're Dead
Ben Frost- Aurora
Prince (3rdEyeGirl)- PlectrumElectrum
Nmesh- Dream Sequins

Friday, December 26, 2014

2014 Albums: Liked But Not Loved

Most liked on top, on down to more generalized affection or interest

Hundred Waters: The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Caribou: Our Love
Spoon: They Want My Soul
The Men: Tomorrow's Hits
Alvvays: Alvvays
Woods: With Light and With Love
The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Aphex Twin:Syro
Julianna Barwick: Rosabi EP
A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent
Lana Del Ray: Ultraviolence (I'm playing it straight!  I gotta!)
Operators: EP1
Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap great soundtrack for Twin Peaks S3 tho
Angel Olson: Burn your Fire for No Witnesses
Lewis Baloue: Romantic Times
The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers
Sylvan Esso: Sylvan Esso
FKA Twigs: LP1
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witnesses

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 Favorite Albums

10. J. Mascis- Tied to a Star $5

9. Zola Jesus- Taiga: "Hollow," "It's Not Over," "Hunger," "Dangerous Days"  love this goth-marching band combo.  Buffy Pop. $10

8  Lewis:  L'amour $10

7. Lykke Li- I Never Learn $15

6. Jessie Ware- Tough Love $20

5. Pallbearer- Foundations of Burden $20

4. Ian William Craig- A Turn of Breath $20

3. Mark McGuire- Along the Way LP and Noctilucence EP $20/$5

2. Todd Terje- It's Album Time $25

1. Future Islands: Singles $50


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Favorite New Television of 2014

Honorable Mention:  Gravity Falls S2
Runner-up:  Portlandia S4

10. The Comeback S2 $5
9.  Silicon Valley S1 $6
8. Nathan for You S2 $10
7. In Review S1 $10
6. Game of Thrones S4 $20

5. Community S5 $27
4. Fargo S1 $28
3. Mad Men S7p1 $29
2. Rick and Morty S1 $30
1. True Detective S1 $35


Ken recommended Nathan For You, and I'm so glad he did.  Steph and I were in a rut and we have loved the first two seasons.  Nathan Fielder is a comedic genius- incredibly creative and unbelievably deadpan.  In Review is a perfect showcase for the incomparable Andy Daly.  I think he's one of the top five people in comedy today and I'm so glad Comedy Central let him go off the deep-end.  I can't recommend either enough.  The Comeback might not be for everybody, but Lisa Kudrow puts on an absolute clinic every episode.  I knew she was the most talented one on Friends, I had no idea she could carry a show so weightlessly.