I'm pretty sure "Ain't Nuthin'" by MF Doom is the greatest rap song
of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tola-aYNWEM
The Andrew Broder remix is pretty good, too.
The new Laura Marling album! That's how you do a double LP.
Right now I am super excited about local bands the Cloak Ox (!!!
), Actual Wolf, Frankie
Lee and Erik Koskinen. All-time local favorites: Lifter Puller,
Mark Mallman and Sean Na Na. Others, in a fragmentary attempt to
plot borders: Dylan, Ryan Adams, Tift Merrit, Sleater-Kinney, Death
Grips, Neko Case, Wilco, Nick Cave, Brother Ali, Das Racist,
Melvins, Tom Waits, Replacements, Kool Keith, Gram Parsons, Sharon
Jones, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Leonard Cohen. But really, I listen
to a lot of different music and can appreciate a lot of live music
that I wouldn't necessarily put on at home.
I love sci-fi and fantasy: China Mieville, Jo Walton, Justina
Robson, Alan Moore, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler are in the
favorites list. Nick Harkaway's The Gone Away World is so good!
Best novel of my year. I'm not much of a biography type but Samuel
R Delaney's autobiography Motion of Light in Water was
Films at the Trylon Microcinema. Finally saw "In Bruges" and
enjoyed it until the looooonnnngggg boring action sequence at the
end. Really, you need to give us that much time to telegraph
"dramatic twist" ending? I do kinda like the Holden Caulfield/Bad
Santa dysfunctional-hero-magically-makes-good ending to a dark
film, but I'm torn. Such abrupt fanservice, and yet sometimes
everything does seem OK, for a while at least.
Not much TV but have you seen the web series High Maintenance?
Check it out: http://www.helpingyoumaintain.com
/ Otherwise once in
a while I'll consume the entirety of a really awesome and years-old
series. When I was a kid I religiously watched every episode of the
X-Files until halfway into the last season (when I basically said
"bullshit!" and walked away. but isn't that kind of a mercy? not to
perpetually wonder about that hypothetical next season? the Wire
pulled this off neatly/painfully).
Also enjoy performance art, weird dance, lectures, committee
meetings, wolves/twins/laughing-at-the-vikings, and video games.
Food? Food is good.