Best Albums of 2013

My second annual list. This is mostly personal preference, but with an ear to recommend both popular and obscure (mostly rock and jazz) albums to other music lovers.


Top Picks

  • Bombino – Nomad (Tishoumaren, blues rock; April)
  • Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (Soul, April)
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Nu-disco, May)
  • Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Vocal jazz, September)
  • Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady (R&B funk, September)
  • Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God (Neo-psychedelia, February)
  • Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Hard rock, June)
  • Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob (Electropop, January)

Second Billing

Most of these are artists I had never heard of or given a second listen before 2013. Good music is alive and well. Read more Best Albums of 2013

Summer Movies I Want to See, 2013 Part 1

My fifth annual list of summer movies. More to come… this is just for May so far. I must be getting picky—there are only four wide-release films on my list (see asterisks). On the other hand, it’s nice that there are twenty-six films in May alone that seem to be worth watching. For previews and synopses, go to Rotten Tomatoes Upcoming Movies.

Star Trek Into Darkness crash

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My IMDb films of 2012

I’ve been using IMDb’s customizable lists and ratings system for at least 10 years. Here is a typed list of films and TV shows that were released in the Louisville area this year that I’ve seen. I’m also including screenshots of my complete list of ratings for the year: things I’ve watched and rated regardless of their original release date. All of these are in (approximate) descending order, most recently watched to least.

Les MisérablesFeat.88.221816
A Royal AffairFeat.97.55124
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to TravelDocu.85.9178
Life of PiFeat.98.346118
Silver Linings PlaybookFeat.88.213667
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyFeat.88.4148738
Searching for Sugar ManDocu.108.12438
Cloud AtlasFeat.108.054297
Paranormal Activity 4Feat.74.413534
Flight of the ButterfliesFeat.98.114
Led Zeppelin: Celebration DayDocu.109.1610
The MasterFeat.77.812121
Ai Weiwei: Never SorryDocu.107.3953
2016: Obama's AmericaDocu.64.97084
Beasts of the Southern WildFeat.107.511967
The Dark Knight RisesFeat.98.7498894
The Amazing Spider-ManFeat.77.2192293
To Rome with LoveFeat.86.422543
Magic MikeFeat.76.236897
Men in Black 3Feat.96.9122847
Happy Endings (S2-S3)TV97.613168
The AvengersFeat.98.4428168
Girls (S1)TV87.411963
Veep (S1)TV87.54742
The Hunger GamesFeat.87.3285067
The Cabin in the WoodsFeat.97.2118259
Frontline - Inside Japan's Nuclear MeltdownTV999
Safe HouseFeat.76.888836
My Week with MarilynFeat.9737484
A Dangerous MethodFeat.106.543387

From the following list of older films I’ve seen this year, here are the highlights of the ones I’d never seen before:

  • Somewhere (2010, Feat.)
  • Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010, Feat.)
  • Lonesome (1928, Feat.)
  • Taking Chance (2009, TV Movie)
  • Weekend (2011, Feat.)
  • Magnolia (1999, Feat.)
  • Drive (2011, Feat.)
  • You Can Count on Me (2000, Feat.)
  • Black Books (Started in 2000, I watched the complete TV series)
  • Still Bill (2009, Docu.)
  • The IT Crowd (Started in 2006, I watched the complete TV series)
  • Nothing But the Truth (2008, Feat.)
  • I Do (2006, Feat.)
  • Melancholia (2011, Feat.)
  • Demetri Martin. Person (2007, Docu.)
  • The Hustler (1961, Feat.)
  • The Boxer (1997, Feat.)
  • Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Feat.)
  • Project Nim (2011, Docu.)
  • Warrior (2011, Feat.)
  • Lolita (1997, Feat.)
  • The Descendants (2011, Feat.)

(These are screenshots, so the purple items are just films that I’ve clicked on recently.)
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Best Albums of 2012

I’m always absorbed in music. There are innumerable ways to experience art in sound, so of course it’s impossible to quantify the quality of an album – although sites like AOTY are helpful as a general guide. This list is mostly personal preference, but with an ear to recommend both popular and obscure (mostly rock and jazz) albums to other music lovers. I have more to share about that, but let’s get to the list(s) first…

Top 6 Albums of 2012

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