Thursday, December 30, 2010


I love New Years resolutions - I take that shit seriously. One year I resolved to floss 5 times more than usual, another year I resolved to save every single receipt and be more financially aware, in 2009 I resolved to start this blog and in 2010 I resolved to read a book a month.

Now that 2010 is so fucking over I have exceeded my goal and hope to continue on this trend. I totally forgot how much I love books and how great reading can be. So here is a list of the best books that I read this year - inspired by my friend Dee's list at The Paper Crane.

TOP 10 BOOKS I read in 2010
Not in any kind of heirarchical order:

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
100 Years or Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Geek Love - Kathrine Dunn
Tokyo Vice - Jake Adelstein
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End Of The World - Haruki Murakami
Kafka on The Shore -
Haruki Murakami
Musicophilia - Oliver Sacks
Denialism - Michael Specter
Shoot The Buffalo - Matt Briggs
sidenote: the 2 worst books I read - Girl With The Dragon Tattoo & Everything is Illuminated. Fuck those books...seriously.

For 2011 I resolve to be in a band again, I think I'm going to try to learn the guitar. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10's of 2010

The past 12 months have been weird and I can honestly say I didn't pay attention to music as much as years past. So this is a pretty shitty list - then again when has my opinion ever mattered. So here it is, the moment I'm sure you've all been waiting for, my Top 10's of 2010.

TOP 10 of '10 ALBUMS

In alphabetical order:
Beach House - Teen Dream
Best Coast - Crazy For You
Disappears - Lux
Harlem - Hippies
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Strange Boys - Be Brave
Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
The Oh Sees - Warm Slime
Tyler Jon Tyler - Tyler Jon Tyler

*well I guess that's only 9 - I bet if I listened to the new Deerhunter album it would have made the cut. Sorry Bradford.

Top 10 of '10 MOVIES
In totally random order:
Black Swan*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows pt 1
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Hot Tub Time Machine
The Other Guys
Kick Ass
Due Date
Piranha 3D**

*so I haven't actually seen Black Swan yet, but I assure you I will love it
**I also haven't seen Piranha 3D yet...same deal.

TOP 16 of '10 CONCERTS

In chronological order:
Slick Conditions @ The Bottle for the JOA Variety Show*
Hollows @ The Hideout
Japandriods @ SXSW
Le Loup @ SXSW
Black Lips @ Logan Square Auditorium (close second: seeing them in Tokyo)
Disappears @ The Bottle
Gogol Bordello @ Congress Theater
Harlem @ The Bottle
The Tallest Man on Earth @ Lincoln Hall
The Dutchess & The Duke @ The Bottle**
This Town Needs Guns @ Beat Kitchen
Hole @ The Vic
Cap 'n Jazz @ The Bottom Lounge
Loose Dudes @ The Bottle
Strange Boys @ The Bottle
Tyler Jon Tyler @ The Bottle

*The amazing fake performance by Elliot, Kurt and Doug was phenomenal
**Definitely the best show of the entire year and maybe for years to come R.I.P dudes.

I can honestly say I'm looking forward to 2011

serious life update

Well it's been almost 4 months since my last update and there is definitely a reason for my absence (and a reason for the poorly photoshopped banner photo) - Bobby and I have split up.
I felt like there was no point in continuing with the blog but since this blog was never intended to be a band blog (I am definitely no longer in the band) I realized that over the past couple years this blog has served more as a journal and was only ever updated by me. So I'm back!

Get stoked - the next update will be my highly anticipated Top 10's of 2010!