Sunday, December 26, 2010

Top 10 Albums of 2010

10. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
9. The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
8. These New Puritans - Hidden
7. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
6. Ceremony - Rohnert Park
5. Against Me! - White Crosses
4. The National - High Violet
3. Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
2. Vampire Weekend - Contra
1. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top 25 Songs of 2010

25. Twin Shadow - Tyrant Destroyed
24. Heartsounds - Slave to a Heart that Strays
23. Cee-lo Green - Fuck You
22. Bring Me the Horizon - It Never Ends
21. The Damned Things - We've Got a Situation Here
20. Pianos Become the Teeth - Filial
19. Dangers - Check, Please
18. Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not in Love
17. Katy Perry - California Gurls
16. Motion City Soundtrack - Her Words Destroyed My Planet
15. Trash Talk - Explode
14. Best Coast - Boyfriend
13. Surfer Blood - Twin Peaks
12. Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love
11. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Farewell, Mona Lisa
10. These New Puritans - We Want War
9. Los Campesinos! - The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future
8. The Hold Steady - The Weekenders
7. Glassjaw - Natural Born Farmer
6. Ceremony - Into the Wayside Part I / Sick
5. The National - Terrible Love
4. Vampire Weekend - Giving Up the Gun
3. The Gaslight Anthem - Stay Lucky
2. Against Me! - Bamboo Bones
1. Fake Problems - Ghost to Coast

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Updated Top 40 Movies: 20 through 1

20. Once Upon a Time in America
19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
18. High Fidelity
17. Dirty Harry
16. Evil Dead 2
15. This is Spinal Tap
14. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
13. Mulholland Drive
12. The Deer Hunter
11. The Godfather
10. The Royal Tenenbaums
9. The Shining
8. Almost Famous
7. Taxi Driver
6. Casablanca
5. There Will Be Blood
4. Apocalypse Now
3. The Godfather, pt. II
2. Goodfellas
1. Unforgiven

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Updated Top 40 Movies: 40 through 21

40. Up
39. The French Connection
38. Downfall
37. Wayne's World
36. Raging Bull
35. Annie Hall
34. The Thing
33. Chinatown
32. Psycho
31. La Dolce Vita
30. Rear Window
29. Memento
28. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
27. Dazed and Confused
26. Miller's Crossing
25. Halloween
24. The Dark Knight
23. Pan's Labyrinth
22. No Country for Old Men
21. The Exorcist

Monday, December 6, 2010

Criteria for being my friend

* Must like Elton John
* Must be taller than me, unless of Hispanic descent
* If of Hispanic descent, must be shorter than me
* Must have shorter hair than Tom Brady
* Must have above-average intelligence
* Must have high tolerance for politically incorrect humor
* Must not own an iPad

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Terms from my Byzantine art class that would make good black metal band names

* Hodegetria
* Blachernitissa
* Hesychasm
* Parekklesion
* Enkleistra
* Hetoimasia

Friday, November 26, 2010

My predictions for the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture this year

* The Social Network *
* Toy Story 3
* Inception
* 127 Hours
* Black Swan
* The King's Speech *
* The Town
* Blue Valentine
* The Fighter
* True Grit

* One of these two will win

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ways I could improve this blog

* Let someone else write it full time
* Make it "edgy" by introducing constant racial stereotyping
* Stop using the list format
* Not having cute self-referential entries
* Focus more on a single subject
* Include funny .gifs at the end of every entry, even if they're unrelated
* Quit writing it completely

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My 5 desert island albums (not the same as my 5 favorite albums)

* Rolling Stones - Forty Licks
* Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!
* Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
* The Clash - London Calling
* Bruce Springsteen - The River

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Heavy vs. hard

* Led Zeppelin: Heavy
* Thin Lizzy: Hard
* Metallica: Heavy
* Van Halen: Hard
* Gold: Heavy
* Diamond: Hard
* Philosophy: Heavy
* Calculus: Hard
* Metallica's "Enter Sandman": Heavy
* Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hard
* Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn": Power Ballad

Saturday, November 6, 2010

5 signs of fantasy football addiction

* Checking your team's site multiple times a day
* Taking the injury reports (released Sunday morning) into account when planning your Saturday night
* Talking incessantly about how your team is doing to people who don't play fantasy football
* All NFL news being considered only from a fantasy point of view
* Bringing your laptop to the bar when you watch the game

Monday, November 1, 2010

8 reasons not to vote tomorrow

* Your vote won't count
* It's way too much effort
* Too cold to go outside
* Voting implicitly supports democracy
* Voting implicitly supports opinions
* It doesn't make a difference who wins
* This isn't a "glamor" election
* You hate freedom

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

24 hours of horror, as selected by me

Noon to 2 PM: The Thing
Start with a strong one. Great plot, and the special effects are fantastic, more than 25 years later.
2 PM to 4 PM: Seven
Slightly more realistic, but no less disturbing. Fantastic final scene.
4 PM to 5:30 PM: The Blair Witch Project
You'll want this one early on, it's not high energy enough for later on. Still fantastic though.
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM: 28 Days Later
One of two offbeat British zombie movies I've selected. This one is serious. Seriously awesome.
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Psycho
Despite the twists being so well known, it's still astonishingly tense.
9:30 PM to 11:30 PM: Scream
Lighten things up a little. Great meta-slasher movie.
11:30 PM to 1:30 AM: The Exorcist
This will horrify all the Catholics, but make everyone else laugh.
1:30 AM to 4 AM: The Shining
Everyone, regardless of faith, should lose sleep over this one.
4 AM to 5:30 AM: Evil Dead 2
At this hour, and after the last two, you'll want to up the energy level. None better for it than Evil Dead 2.
5:30 AM to 7 AM: A Nightmare on Elm Street
A little surreal, which works when you've been awake this long.
7 AM to 9 AM: The Passion of the Christ
It's basically a horror movie anyways.
9 AM to 10:30 AM: Shaun of the Dead
The second Brit zombie flick. This one is horror-comedy, it'll wake you up.
10:30 AM to 12 PM: Halloween
The original, and best slasher movie. And a great film to close on.

Friday, October 22, 2010

5 surprises in my music listening this year

* Katy Perry putting out one of the best new songs I've heard this year
* Getting into Black Sabbath
* The discovery of some really good new hardcore
* My complete reevaluation of Bright Eyes
* New Glassjaw songs actually being loaded onto my iPod

Monday, October 18, 2010

5 good, not great, things about fall in the Midwest

* The weather gets cooler, but not super cold
* It lasts more than a few weeks
* The leaves on trees turn colors other than just brown
* Due to football, there isn't really a decline in BBQ
* It's not winter

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top 10 best things about Redman's episode of MTV Cribs

10. The huge pile of toys and tour leftovers in his kitchen that apparently have a room to themselves
9. The walls are completely bare
8. Redman constantly refers to his house as "de la casa"
7. His description of his body washes
6. The immense movie collection that he apparently spends all his money on
5. His doorbell works, you just have to touch the wires together
4. The implication that despite having a shoebox literally filled with money, all he eats are fishsticks cooked on a George Foreman grill
3. His gold and platinum records are kept not on the wall, but on the floor
2. His cousin just asleep on the living room floor
1. Despite having sold upwards of 4 million records, he lives in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house in Staten Island.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

People on campus who annoy me

* Anyone wearing socks with sandals
* Blatant Lady Gaga fangirls
* Silly bands wearers (or however you spell it, does it really matter?)
* Anyone wearing sweatpants in public (tends to be the same people rocking socks with sandals)
* People who are on Facebook all the time
* Anyone who makes constant references to their semester abroad
* People who chew with their mouth open
* Cyclists who don't watch out for pedestrians

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Top 10 names for a girl

10. Clementine
9. Jennifer
8. Rose
7. June
6. Holly
5. Elizabeth
4. Victoria
3. Evelyn
2. Charlotte
1. Alison

Monday, September 27, 2010

Updated movies I have to see

* Heat
* The Room
* Lost Highway
* Gomorrah
* Manos: the Hands of Fate
* Antichrist
* Waking Life
* Glengarry Glen Ross
* Heathers
* Pi
* Manhattan
* Wall Street
* Being There
* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If my fiction prof is right and all good books are about sex and death...

* To Kill a Mockingbird is 80% death, 20% sex
* The Catcher in the Rye is 50% death, 50% sex (and 100% overrated)
* The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is 75% death, 25% sex
* Wuthering Heights is 25% death, 75% sex (I'm guessing, I never finished that wretched book)
* The Road is 100% death, 0% sex
* The Great Gatsby is 2000% death, 2000% sex

Friday, September 17, 2010

Things I learned from the Godfather

* For real justice, you have to go to the local crime boss
* It's always helpful to have a lawyer working on retainer for you
* Murdering a corrupt cop is a victimless crime
* If you're a wife-beater, don't marry into an Italian family
* New England schoolteachers just wait around for guys to marry them
* A horse's head is the best way to get a message across
* Ship your least useful sibling across the country to get him out of your hair
* Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor after he's been refused the first

Sunday, September 12, 2010

3 X 3

3 most underrated Rolling Stones albums:

3. Between the Buttons
2. Tattoo You
1. Goat's Head Soup

3 best Alfred Hitchcock movies:

3. North by Northwest
2. Psycho
1. Rear Window

3 most awful '70s and '80s arena rock bands that I have never actually listened to:

3. Genesis
2. Toto
1. REO Speedwagon

5 reasons I am stoked for the return of the NFL

* Another Dolphins season, this one with a significantly upgraded roster
* FANTASY
* The T.O. and Ochocinco show
* Watching the inevitable collapse of either the Cowboys, Jets or Steelers
* It makes Sunday more than just the day I do homework

Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 10 favorite superheroes

10. Mister Miracle
9. The Question
8. Plastic Man
7. Animal Man
6. Green Arrow
5. The Punisher
4. Moon Knight
3. Daredevil
2. Batman
1. Spider-Man

Friday, September 3, 2010

My top 5 possible careers (none of these are jokes)

5. Cop
4. Private investigator
3. Bartender
2. Accountant
1. Lawyer

Edit: And the Merchant Marines seems like it wouldn't be a bad way to spend 5 years either.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Blind spots in my ongoing attempts to become more cultured

* Classical music
* Moby Dick
* The works of Charles Dickens
* Renaissance art
* "Epic" films like the Ten Commandments and Lawrence of Arabia
* Jazz
* Citizen Kane
* Modernism in general
* Dada and surrealism
* French new wave

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Top 5 most '60s-esque decades

5. the '50s
4. the '20s
3. the '70s
2. the '60s
1. the '90s

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Top 10 Best Produced Albums

10. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi)
9. The Who - Who's Next (The Who, Glyn Johns)
8. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (Tom Waits)
7. The Mars Volta - Deloused in the Comatorium (Rick Rubin, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez)
6. Radiohead - Kid A (Nigel Godrich, Radiohead)
5. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
4. Talking Heads - Remain in Light (Brian Eno)
3. Joy Division - Closer (Martin Hannett)
2. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (Springsteen, Mike Appel, Jon Landau)
1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (Brian Wilson)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Messages to current musical acts

* Lady Gaga: All the ABBA and Ace of Base ripoffs in the world won't make you attractive.
* Lil Wayne: I don't much like your music, but you sure are entertaining.
* LMFAO: I'm still stunned you're a real band, and not an SNL skit.
* The Arcade Fire: I didn't care six years ago, and I don't care now.
* M.I.A.: You're a one-hit wonder. Now fade into obscurity with the rest of them.
* The Strokes: If the new album isn't good, don't even bother.
* MGMT: You're lucky the World Cup was this year, otherwise there'd be no question about who was responsible for the biggest flop.
* Rihanna: Why is your forehead so big?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bourbons I have known (and short descriptions)

* Wild Turkey - Not bad. Will always do in a pinch, though never my first choice.
* Wild Turkey 101 - Better than the standard 80 proof, but much more dangerous.
* Maker's Mark - Wildly overrated. Not worth the price, though the bottle is cool.
* Jim Beam - The gold standard. In most cases, this is my go-to bourbon.
* Jim Beam Black - Only a little stronger, and not really better than the standard Beam. Not worth the price increase over the regular stuff.
* Bulleit - The best sipping bourbon I've ever had. Highly recommended.
* Rebel Yell - A better mix with Coke than Beam. Harder to find and slightly more expensive though. And yes, the namesake of the Billy Idol song.
* Knob Creek - Expensive, but good. Not the best I've ever had, but still high quality.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tracklisting for my theoretical pop-punk album

1. On Brobation
2. Praised and Defused
3. Bail Bonds and Beyond
3. Dear Pete, really long song titles that have nothing to do with the actual lyrics aren't funny (anymore)
4. Madam Girl!
5. A Whole Gang of Gin
6. Chinese Theocracy (GNR Sucks)
7. Franklin Said Some Things Whitey Wasn't Ready to Hear
8. Another Perfect Song
9. Reconcilable Indifferences
10. Night Crawlers
11. Hail to the King, Baby

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eleven songs that didn't make my top 100 songs two years ago that would today

* Nick Lowe - So It Goes
* The Gaslight Anthem - Blue Jeans & White T-shirts
* Elton John - Crocodile Rock
* Refused - New Noise
* The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
* Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
* Bruce Springsteen - The River
* The National - Slow Show
* Radiohead - Idioteque
* Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
* Fake Problems - Heart BPM

Friday, July 16, 2010

A brief guide to Ryan makes lists.: Common references and themes

* The first five Elvis Costello albums
* Gangster movies, especially the Godfather series and Goodfellas
* Modern indie and punk rock
* The classic movie canon
* Self-referentiality
* Hipster culture
* The Rolling Stones

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 10 favorite Mad Men characters

10. Sally Draper
9. Joan Holloway
8. Pete Campbell
7. Bert Cooper
6. Harry Crane
5. Peggy Olson
4. Sal Romano
3. Ken Cosgrove
2. Roger Sterling
1. Don Draper

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7 classic albums I got into way, way too late

* Radiohead - Kid A
* Television - Marquee Moon
* Talking Heads - Remain in Light
* Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
* Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
* Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
* Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Friday, July 2, 2010

Potential albums of the year from the first half of 2010

* These New Puritans - Hidden (the Innovator)
* The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis (the Controversial Pick)
* Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (the Underdog)
* Vampire Weekend - Contra (the Frontrunner)
* The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever (the Perennial Contender)
* Against Me! - White Crosses (the Cinderella)
* The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang (the Returning Champ)
* The National - High Violet (the Critical Favorite)
* Ceremony - Rohnert Park (the Cred-booster)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Top 10 worst songs for a first dance at a wedding

10. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
9. The Clash - Train in Vain (Stand by Me)
8. Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
7. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
6. Elvis Costello - Alison
5. The Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love and Hate
4. Hank Williams - Your Cheating Heart
3. Dr. Dre - Bitches Ain't Shit
2. The Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb
1. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Monday, June 21, 2010

Top 15 names for an American city

15. Atlanta
14. Phoenix
13. Charlotte
12. Albany
11. Wichita
10. Corpus Christi
9. Minneapolis
8. Tulsa
7. Fargo
6. Memphis
5. Milwaukee
4. Philadelphia
3. Tallahassee
2. Cheyenne
1. Lexington

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The best times to see a band live - ranked!

1. Before their first full length
2. After the release of a low-selling, critically acclaimed album
3. Final tour
4. Reunion tour
5. After the release of a commercially successful album
6. After the release of a critical and commercial failure
7. Any tour supporting a comeback album

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Facts you may not have known about the nation of Ireland

* There are only 20 literate people on the island
* Being a drunk is considered a legitimate and noble profession
* There are actually lots of snakes in Ireland
* The national sport is beating wives
* Electricity was first introduced to the average Irish househould in 1994
* The winner of the last Irish general election was Pope Benedict XVI
* The Irish language is made up as it goes

Sunday, June 6, 2010

TV shows girls love that I don't care for

* Gossip Girl (do people still watch this?)
* Jersey Shore
* Glee
* Those retarded shows on MTV about pregnant white trash
* Sex and the City
* Anything vampire related

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Advice on making mix-CDs/playlists

* Themed mixes are good, but don't force the theme. Not every song on the mix has to be about unrequited love or Antebellum-era Louisiana (just as examples).
* Find a rousing, relatively well-known song to start the mix.
* Maintain the tempo with the second song.
* Slow down the tempo after the initial few songs, then increase, then slow again in the final stretch of songs.
* Never include more than one song by the same artist. Side and solo projects are acceptable, however (eg: having both "Hey Jude" and "Band on the Run" is alright).
* Always include a song by one of the following in unthemed mixes: Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd or Elton John
* Have a good variety of songs the listeners will recognize mixed in with songs they may not know but would probably like.
* Don't be afraid to include multiple ballads, but do not go overboard with them.
* B-sides and covers are essential, but again, don't go overboard.
* Under no circumstances should you include "Don't Stop Believing." That song is awful.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reasons neo-noir is quickly becoming my favorite film genre

* The rampant chauvinism is amusing
* Everyone looks better when they're covered in shadow
* It's surprisingly diverse in terms of plot and setting
* Chinatown. Just Chinatown.
* Mysteries are fun!
* No other genre features smoking so consistently and prominently

Friday, May 21, 2010

Underrated actors

* John Cazale
* Adam Sandler
* Luke Wilson
* Alec Baldwin
* Guy Pearce
* Joseph Gordon-Levitt
* Mark Ruffalo
* Casey Affleck

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Great multi-album runs

* The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet/Let It Bleed/Sticky Fingers/Exile on Main Street/Goats Head Soup (you can take or leave the last one)
* The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday/Boys and Girls in America/Stay Positive
* Elvis Costello - My Aim is True/This Year's Model/Armed Forces/Get Happy!!
* Elton John - Honky Ch√Ęteau/Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player/Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
* Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run/Darkness on the Edge of Town/The River/Nebraska
* The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim/Senor and the Queen/the '59 Sound/American Slang
* The Replacements - Let It Be/Tim/Pleased to Meet Me

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

People Theodore Roosevelt could beat up

* Cassius Clay
* Franklin Roosevelt
* Your dad
* Chuck Norris
* Kimbo Slice
* The Spanish
* Anyone who criticized him
* Just about everyone not already listed

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I can't think of a good exams week-related list, so here's a bunch of famous dead people I hate

* Karl Marx
* Margaret Sanger
* Che Guevara
* Samuel Gompers
* Mao Zedong
* Paul of Tarsus
* William Jennings Bryan
* G.E.M. Anscombe

Friday, April 30, 2010

Top 10 Horror Movies

10. My Bloody Valentine
9. Alien
8. Scream
7. 28 Days Later
6. The Blair Witch Project
5. The Thing
4. Evil Dead 2
3. Halloween
2. The Exorcist
1. The Shining

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Unpopular opinions I hold

* The Olympics are a waste of time and money
* The Rolling Stones are, and have always been, better than the Beatles
* Somewhat related to the last one, Let It Be by the Replacements is better than the Beatles album of the same name
* Baseball is not a sport
* Pulp Fiction is an okay movie at best
* Musicals are truly wretched
* Curb Your Enthusiasm is a far better show than Seinfeld
* The song "Cherry Pie" by Warrant is a brilliant work of art

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Five Best Websites Ever

5. Facebook.com
4. Wikipedia.org
3. Amazon.com
2. Google.com
1. isengard.ytmnd.com

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's only rock 'n' roll: My top 10 favorite Rolling Stones songs

1. Angie
2. Gimme Shelter
3. Brown Sugar
4. You Can't Always Get What You Want
5. Rocks Off
6. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
7. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
8. 100 Years Ago
9. Sympathy for the Devil
10. Waiting on a Friend

* Please note: The contents of this list change frequently.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Some of my favorite business jargon

* Corporate social responsibility
* Six sigma certified
* Triple bottom line
* Total quality management
* Market-skimming pricing
* Supply chain optimization
* Stakeholder mapping

Monday, April 5, 2010

Guest list by Jon Liedl: Top 20 Disney Songs

1. Friend Like Me - Aladdin
2. Gaston - Beauty and the Beast
3. Be Prepared - The Lion King
4. One Jump - Aladdin
5. Bear Necessities - The Jungle Book
6. Be Our Guest - The Beauty and the Beast
7. I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
8. Cruella Deville - 101 Dalmations
9. Prince Ali - Aladdin
10. I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan
11. Hakuna Matata - The Lion King
12. One Last Hope - Hercules
13. I Just Can't Wait to Be King - The Lion King
14. The World's Greatest Criminal Mind - The Great Mouse Detective
15. Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
16. Oo De Lally - Robin Hood
17. Why Should I Worry? - Oliver and Company
18. Zero to Hero - Hercules
19. Belle - The Beauty and the Beast
20. Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Graph month, part five



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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Graph month, part two



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Monday, March 1, 2010

Graph month, part one

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reasons women shouldn't be allowed to vote

* Poor decision-making skills
* Already have enough responsibility from raising children, cooking, doing laundry, etc.
* Inherent irrationality
* They're not people
* Muslims don't let their women vote, and they seem to be doing just fine
* Makes every man's vote worth twice as much, so would probably increase voter turnout

Friday, February 19, 2010

Reasons all the lists this month are explanatory

* Coincidence, until now
* Never done a theme month before
* Everyone is too confused, needs me to clear things up
* It is the new, permanent format of the blog
* Popular demand
* Because you're stupid

Monday, February 15, 2010

Guest list by Deep Throat: Top ten reasons you are a virgin at 20

1. Fat
2. Ugly
3. Only enjoy platonic love
4. Voluntarily attend church on a weekly basis
5. Play card games with no risk or monetary reward
6. Live in your parents' basement
7. You are simply confused by sex
8. You have soft hands
9. Do not speak the local language
10. Botched circumsion at birth

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reasons I don't vote in student body elections

* My vote doesn't make a difference
* As a Canadian, I'm not legally allowed to participate in American democractic processes
* Unaware an election was occuring
* Republicans conspire to invalidate my vote
* I'm a felon
* None of the candidates represented my interests
* Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Reasons I'm un-punk

* In business school
* Can't grow a beard
* Eat meat
* No tattoos or piercings
* Don't listen to much 'Orgcore
* Libertarian
* Like ZZ Top

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Not going to get too sentimental: 8 things Elvis Costello hates

* Fascists
* Whoreish women
* Men who like whoreish women
* Margaret Thatcher
* Corporate music media
* Imperialism
* Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett
* His ninth album, Goodbye Cruel World

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Of all the gin joints: If Casablanca were to be remade, this is my cast

* Joaquin Phoenix as Rick Blaine
* Natalie Portman as Ilsa Blund
* Daniel Day-Lewis as Victor Lazslo
* Don Cheadle as Sam
* Philip Seymour-Hoffman as Captain Louis Renault
* Bruno Ganz as Major Heinrich Strasser
* John Goodman as Signor Ferrari
* Steve Buscemi as Signor Ugarte

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Movies I have to see eventually

* Chinatown
* Deliverance
* The Fugitive
* The French Connection
* Dog Day Afternoon
* Rain Man
* Straw Dogs
* Easy Rider
* Heat

Friday, January 15, 2010

Things that are the worst

* Asians in airports
* Being alternately too hot and too cold when sick
* Gingers
* Having your bangs constantly in your eyes
* The New York Jets passing game
* Unorganized iTunes
* Slow walkers
* The influence of Animal Collective on indie music
* Waiting for people who are late

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Most anticipated albums of 2010

* Interpol
* Vampire Weekend - Contra
* The Strokes
* The Get Up Kids
* Crime in Stereo - I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone
* The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
* Glassjaw
* The Hold Steady
* The Gaslight Anthem
* A Wilhelm Scream
* These New Puritans - Hidden
* The National

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I'm not making a "Top X best films of the decade" list, but if I did, these would probably be on it

* No Country for Old Men
* The Royal Tenenbaums
* Almost Famous
* There Will be Blood
* The Departed
* A History of Violence
* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
* The Dark Knight
* Up
* Pan's Labyrinth
* Memento
* Zodiac
* Mulholland Drive

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Top 20 albums of the decade

20. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
19. Cursive – Domestica
18. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine
17. A Wilhelm Scream – Career Suicide
16. The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium
15. The Libertines – Up the Bracket
14. Thursday – War All the Time
13. Circle Takes the Square – As the Roots Undo
12. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
11. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive
10. The National – Boxer
9. Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Silence
8. Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends
7. Every Time I Die – Hot Damn!
6. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
5. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
4. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
3. Converge – Jane Doe
2. Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me
1. The Strokes – Is This It

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Top 5 albums I didn't listen to enough in 2009

5. Girls - Album
4. Mariachi el Bronx - Mariachi el Bronx
3. Thrice - Beggars
2. Coalesce - OX
1. Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans