Hurtling Towards Inevitability
I’ve just completed the first draft of my Top 100 Albums of 2016 list. I’m hoping this year to have the whole thing postedÂ before New Year’s Eve. I think last year I clicked “Publish” as I was hailing a cab. Each year I consider trying to finish the list earlier, but it never happens. This year ifÂ all goes as planned it’ll be finished by Christmas. Wednesday is my last day of work until the new year, and I haveÂ no plans during the hiatus. Now that I’ve said this, I’ve probably jinxed myself.
Normally my State Of The Blog address is delivered in March (as this website was born on the 10th) but seeing as how I don’t keep a regular writing schedule anymore now’s as good a time as any to look back on 2016 and my works published therein.
The first thing that willÂ probably come to mind upon hearing that is, “What works?” To which I will say, touchÃ¨! It’s true, I don’t blog much anymore. I even forgot to dedicate a post to NAB shenanigans this year, which is very unlike me. That said there were some good times to be had in addition to the typical mix tape / Collectors Scum posts that were shared this year. Back in May there was a visit from Ian, and in June my sister came out for a weekend. In July I traveled back to NJ for my father’s 75thÂ spirit journey formation anniversary. Then my sister came back in September, you know, the week before I saw ELO at the Bowl.Â I changed jobs twice — once in May and once again more recently, which is something I never reallyÂ devoted a lot of space to but it happened and I’m putting itÂ out there because it severely impacted the latter half of this year. Zwanze was a brief moment of joy at the end of the summer. Then I went to Colorado to clear my head. I saw Caspian and This Will Destroy You. And then I went home again for Thanksgiving. So now that you know how I spent my year (and I lengthened this post by a paragraph) we can start to look aheadÂ to 2017.
Nope. Never mind. Looking ahead is terrifying.
Arrival was the best film of 2016.Â Captain America andÂ The Witch were overrated.Â Dr. Strange was pretty cool in 3-D, andÂ 10 Cloverfield Lane made for a good airplane flick.Â Tickled was next-level bonkers. If you haven’t seen that one, do it as soon as you possibly can. Holy shit.
Pretty much nothing else was good.
I promise I’ll post The Top 100 Albums of 2016 later this week. I’ll also post the ten best beers of the year this week. Maybe…tomorrow? I don’t know. We’ll see how I feel after work. I also promised to share an updated list of the 25 best places to eat in Los Angeles. And I haven’t yet delivered on that, so clearly aÂ promise from me is worthless.
World’s End Girlfriend – Angel Ache [MP3]
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