Thursday, December 28, 2006

That Was The Year That Was: 

Best Stuff Evar!!!1!2006!!!1!1

               Hank the Tank
Hank the Tank
                      No question about it.

Best girl around

I do watch a lot more TV (which was my fear all along) but I feel like I watch better TV.

Save the cheerleader, Save the Fall season.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
I don't care what everybody else on the planet says, I like this show.

I never really caught it much before I had Tivo, but now I think I've seen all of 'em.

I was always a casual fan, but now Tivo delivers four episodes every day and I have fully immersed myself.

The Office
Can somebody lend me season one of the US version?

Bear Cavalry
and other funny images from Soundmurder via DetroitLuv.

Vanilla milkshakes
This pregnant lady I know was really into vanilla milkshakes this year. McDonalds, Denny's and Outback Steakhouse all ranked highly on her list.

Detroit Tigers
Bless You Boys!

Sara Lee Deep Dish Apple Pie
In your freezer section.

Smokey Robinson's frozen red beans & rice.
The soul is in the bowl.

White Castle Frozen Cheeseburgers
In your freezer section.

Sco-Jo nekkid on the cover of Vanity Fair.
Fair indeed.

Ikea opening in Canton.
A little piece of Sweden in Southeast Michigan.

Little Superstar
Lockin' & Poppin'

Seeing Porchsleeper from the audience for the first time.
Hey, that band's really good!


Kind of like People Magzine meets The Onion (back when The Onion was funny)...but they don't care that they're going to Hell.

Kind of like Nova meets BoingBoing.

Hollywood Tuna
Babes, with the occasional funny.

BabyRoadies - My Dad-centric website.
Ironically updated less frequently now that Matt and I both have kids.


Neko Case - "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood"
Stark and beautiful Americana from a beautiful voice.
Listen Here:

The Hold Steady - "Boys & Girls in America"
Totally well-written lyrics and a distinctly blue collar indie rock sound.
Listen Here:

Keane - "Under the Iron Sea"
Like Coldplay minus guitars. That's all.
Listen Here:

Jenny Lewis - "Rabbit Fur Coat"
Sweet and Spooky. Jenny Lewis is the woman who shows up on several of the Postal Service songs, but this is decidedly less electronica and more alt-country.
Listen Here:

Built to Spill - "You In Reverse"
Another solid record, including my Summer 2006 anthem "Conventional Wisdom."
Listen Here:

The Dixie Chicks - "Taking the Long Way"
Not as moving as "Home" but that string/horn section in "Not Ready to Make Nice" was my most goosebumpy moment in music this year.
Listen Here:

Bedouin Soundclash - "Sounding a Mosaic"
Reggae? Singer/Songwriter? Canadian? I don't really understand it, but I like it.
Listen Here:

The Pretenders - "The Pretenders [Bonus Disc]"
Finally finally finally remastered and re-issued. This album should be given to every girl in her junior year of high school. Mandatory.
Listen Here:
Choice Video from 1980 Here:

The Fluoride Program - "Roadside Flowers"
All of the best parts of sprawling inventive rock music without any of the stupid bullshit.
Listen Here:

The Beatles - "LOVE"
Not earth shattering as far as mash-ups go, but hearing this stuff re-mastered and cleaned up is a real treat.
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Willie Nelson - "The Complete Atlantic Sessions"
Two of Willie's best albums (1973's Shotgun Willie and 1974's Phases and Stages) plus a solid live disc.

The Replacements - "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best of the Replacements"
Nice to have a single-disc "Best Of" plus the two new songs are pretty decent.

Hem - "Funnel Cloud"
Hasn't grabbed me like the first two albums did, but maybe I need to give it a little more time.
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The Prestige
Vintage magic, David Bowie as Nikola Tesla and Sco-jo in a showgirl outfit? Ok.

Superman Returns
I thought it was super, man.

V for Vendetta
E for Engrossing.

Just that one Chevy Chase scene over and over again.


Blankets by Craig Thompson
Not just a graphic novel, maybe the best book I read all year.

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.
They should make this into a movie.

Company by Max Barry
An infuriatingly hilarious look at modern corporate culture.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Kinda like if The Da Vinci Code was written by J.K. Rowling making out with Anne Rice.

Stuff That Sucked:

McDonalds constantly cleaning their shake machines.
Don't get me wrong...I'm glad they clean 'em, but it seemed as though every time we went to get my unborn son a milkshake, they had the whole machine torn apart. It got so bad that I would call ahead to see if their shake machine was working before we left the house.

Those god-damned little ads for upcoming shows that pop up in the corner of your TV.
We were watching "Oceans 11" the other day, and Kyra Sedgewyck kept wandering onscreen with a flashlight to tell us about "The Closer." And it's not like these ads are just in the corner anymore...they're right in the bottom third of the screen to catch the eye of those nitwits who don't have the aspect ratio set correctly on their big-screen TVs. STOP IT TV!!!

Andre Agassi retired.
Made for some compelling tennis though.

Britney Spears' vagina
Y'know, for quite some time I thought I'd like to see it, but as it turns out I wish I hadn't.

The Tigers lost the World Series.
Next year...

James Brown, Don Knotts and my Grandpa Johnson died.
Each of whom had varying influences on who I am today.

The actual process of giving birth.
Some people say it is a beautiful thing, but from where I was standing for 36 hours, it seems more like moving a piano up three flights of stairs by yourself.

Thanos closed
Man I could go for a slice of deep dish Sicilian right fucking now.

Wait a minute...Pluto isn't a planet?
Screw you, science.

One last great thing from 2006: This Gif

Truffle Shuffle

God bless America


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