Since I’ve done it before, I figured I’d post my favorite movies of the year again. This year, generating the top 10 list was easy, but putting them in order was a little harder. There are a lot of movies I missed getting to see, but I think I saw the majority of what I wanted to. I think. And as always before I actually present the list, I will say that these were my favorite movies, not necessarily the ones that I thought were the best. Okay, here you go…
It’s a Christmas miracle! I got my top 10 albums of the year list done! I kept forgetting about this and putting it off so much that I didn’t think I’d have it done by Christmas, but I buckled down and made it happen.
In years past, I’ve done bigger lists and/or had honorable mentions and all that jazz. Mostly this was fueled by hosting The Playlist, but without having a radio show to host a top albums of the year countdown on now, I had less drive to make a list that I could fill an hour (or two) with.
This was an odd year for me, I barely spent any time listening to music. Even though I still hosted the radio show up until September, I felt less connected to the music than I used to. I think this is a temporary thing, but I really found myself never listening to music at home and listening much, much less at work. I’m putting the blame on trying to do too much and having too much going on. It used to be that the biggest thing in my life was the radio station. Most of what I did was connected to that so I was surrounded by music. Before that, I ran a venue. Before that, I did little besides going to shows. So up until recently, most of my time and hobbies were music related. That’s changed a lot this year, I spend more time doing non-music related things now. It’s changed a lot for me, but I think things will even out sooner or later. I hope at least.
Because of all that, I think I missed out on a lot of music this year and even stuff that I did check out, didn’t get the time that it deserved. Making a list this year was hard, but I’m pretty happy with it.
So here it is, the albums I was most into for 2010…
2009 was a pretty fucking awesome year! Seriously. I’ll probably make another post about the rest, but there were some amazing movies and some great records that came out.
Top 10 Albums
A lot of people are making lists for the decade, but I decided that I just couldn’t do that. It was too difficult of a task. So I stuck with just doing a top 10 favorite records for the year. In previous years, I’ve done bigger lists, but I’m keeping it small this year. And, as usual, this is a list of my favorite records, kind of like a personal playlist, rather than ones that I would say are the best.
- Neko Case – Middle Cyclone – Anti
- Frank Turner – Poetry Of The Deed – Epitaph
- The Lawrence Arms – Buttsweat And Tears – Fat Wreck Chords
- M. Ward – Hold Time – Merge
- Coconut Records – Davy – Young Baby Records
- Monsters of Folk – Monsters Of Folk – Shangri-La
- Dear Landlord – Dream Homes – No Idea
- Conor Oberst And the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South – Merge
- NOFX – Frisbee/Coaster – Fat Wreck Chords
- Future Of The Left – Travels with Myself and Another – 4AD
And besides those, there are a few honorable mentions:
- Cheap Girls – My Roaring 20s
- Sonic Youth – The Eternal
- The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
- Mason Jennings – Blood Of Man
- Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
- Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
- Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
- Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
You know, I almost wanted to put Lady GaGa on that list somewhere. I think I’ve spent some serious time in the second half of this year discovering a love for her. I never would have thought that I’d think so highly of her, but she’s pretty friggin’ awesome. However, I just can’t say that The Fame Monster was that great overall. It’s good for a few really great songs, but there’s also a lot of filler. Oh well.
And 2010 is already looking like it’s going to be a great year with new records by Murder By Death, Minus The Bear, Against Me!, Spoon, She And Him, and more already announced. I can’t wait!
Top 10 Movies
I actually had a much harder time making my list of top 10 movies for the year. There were a TON of good flicks this year and there were so many that I just didn’t have time to see either! Ultimately, these were my favorites:
- Inglourious Basterds
- Star Trek
- The Hangover
- Dead Snow
- District 9
- Paranormal Activity
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
And of course, some honorable mentions:
So there you have it, my favorite albums and movies of the year. I’m hoping to post another entry about other things from 2009 if I get a chance over the next week. But until then, don’t forget that I’ll be counting down that top 10 albums list tonight on The Playlist with The Reverend on 90.3 The Core!