Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Year In Highlights! December 2006: This Night Has Opened My Eyes.

December. For writers, a ruminative month of remembrance and remonstrations. Whether it's issues of great shows, great music, mortality, or giving up. Or it's the twats from your hometown, embarrassing themselves massively, or others, getting in one last idiot dig. Maybe you win an award you weren't expecting. Or part of your youth fading into the twilight. Or you confront your own weaknesses.

Well, remember. We still have a few hours left. Best to use them wisely. And what better way than to enjoy all our 2006 highlights!


See you in 2007!

The Year In Highlights! November 2006: Still Ill

What a weird and wonderful month. The election brought massive changes along with the promise that almost everything would basically remain exactly the same. Macaca drove Virginia's village idiot from office, and speaking of, a similar idiot from the Pentagon. Yet, thankfully there were still plenty of dolts around.

John Kerry and jokes. Is there any doubt that one day, this combination is going to lead to a lot of people getting killed?
Are you ready for Laura Sessions Stepp's new book? Seriously, are you really ready? I'm not kidding. You need to be ready.
I offer George Felx Allen my vote, for a price. Also, the American Caste System, revealed!
Christopher Hitchens
being drunk, being wrong, being the center of attention.
Have we mentioned what a complete jackass we think Jim Moran is? Apparently, he hires from his own talent pool.
Rummy is finally pried out of the government.
Macacalypto.
Somehow, while everyone was looking away, Trent Lott came back to power, and received, yes, we know, an aptly named title.
Ethan Chandler: the go-to artist for all your corporate, brand-enhancing, team-building exercises.
DCist commentariot loses their collective shit over Dos Gringos.
We're uhm...never playing this game.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Musiclist: The Fifty Best Albums of the Year

50. Ten Sliver Drops, The Secret Machines


49. Get Evens, The Evens


48. Check In, The Chalets


47. Nine Times That Same Song, Love Is All


46. It's Never Been Like That, Phoenix


45. Bottoms of Barrels, Tilly and the Wall


44. Bring It Back, Mates of State


43. Hallelujah Sirens, Dirty on Purpose


42. Under The Iron Sea, Keane


41. Get Lonely, The Mountain Goats


40. The Trials of Von Occupanther, Midlake


39. Rather Ripped, Sonic Youth


38. Rubies, Destroyer


37. The Body, The Blood, The Machine, The Thermals

36. Demos At Dance Place, Georgie James


35. Hell Hath No Fury, Clipse

34. Blessing and a Curse, Drive-By Truckers


33. Rabbit Fur Coat, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins


32. Gulag Orkestar, Beirut


31. Best Stop Pop, The Oohlas


30. Knives Don't Have Your Back, Emily Haines


29. The Crane Wife, The Decemberists


28. Ringleader of the Tormentors, Morrissey


27. Impeccable Blahs, Say Hi To Your Mom


26. Begin To Hope, Regina Spektor


25. Pick A Bigger Weapon, The Coup


24. The Dust of Retreat, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's


23. Yes, Virginia, The Dresden Dolls


22. Show Your Bones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs


21. Everything All The Time, Band Of Horses


20. Through the Windowpane, Guillemots


19. Robbers and Cowards, Cold War Kids


18. The Life Pursuit, Belle and Sebastian


17. Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, Rainer Maria


16. Whatever You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Arctic Monkeys


15. Post-War, M. Ward


14. Centuries Before Love and War, Stars of Track and Field


13. Plane In Flames, Middle Distance Runner


12. Supernature, Goldfrapp


11. s/t, Be Your Own Pet


10. Live a Little, The Pernice Brothers


9. The Greatest, Cat Power


8. Return To Cookie Mountain, TV On the Radio

7. Carnevas, Silversun Pickups


6. Putting the Days To Bed, The Long Winters


5. Fishscale, Ghostface Killah


4. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case


3. Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady


2. Standing In the Way of Control, The Gossip


1. The Collected EP-A-Month Series, Bishop Allen