I always thought end of the year lists seemed stale. But I was stuck on the 101 North the other day and, after disagreeing with a radio DJ’s top picks of the year, decided to come up with my own. Then I thought I should record it somewhere, so here it goes. Slashes indicate cases where I could not make up my mind.
Best album of the year: Untrue/In Rainbows ---- Best discovery of an old album: McCartney --- Best show: Panda Bear @ the Bowery/ Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation @ McCarren Pool ---- Best movie: Lars and the Real Girl / There Will be Blood --- Best discovery of an old movie: A Night at the Opera / The Conversation --- Best book: The Road / The Mystery Guest --- Best discovery of an old book: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay --- Best presidential candidate: Obama ---Best gadget: the TomTom 150 --- Best play: Talk Radio --- Best art exhibit: 1960’s @ Whitney/ Murakami @ MoCA --- Best TV show: Pushing Daisies / It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Compiling inventories like this take my mind off more pressing issues. Like the fact that I’ve accrued up to $90 in parking tickets in the past month. In case you’re keeping count, that’s only two tickets, but still nothing to take too lightly. The first one (my very first parking ticket ever) happened only one block away from my apartment and the last one was because I naturally assumed that parking meters take the weekends off.