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.
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