The Other Top 10s Of 2018
Welcome to 2019. I hope you all had an enjoyable end of 2018, and are fully recovered from whatever New Years Eve shenanigans you might have partaken in. As for me, I’m hitting the ground running this year, with several side projects picking up steam and demanding my attention outside of my day job. Maybe I’ll share more details in the future, but I’ve always hated discussing work before it is finished, just in case it never materializes.
Did Y’all read the Top 100 Albums of 2018 list? What did you think? I feel like I’ve already noticed a couple spots I could have shifted around. Also, it’s usually around this time of year — just days into 2019 — I discover an album from last year I never knew existed. That always sucks. If I hit a lull in work — or find a week when I am free from social obligations — I’ve always wanted to revisit my old Top 100 lists and re-rank them all, to better reflect how albums from different years have aged.
Speaking of music in 2019, I’ve found the first album of the year to add to my prospective Best Of 2019 list. My co-worker’s band is “dropping” (that’s what the kids say, right?) their debut album tomorrow. Or was it yesterday? I know he texted me a Dropbox file, like…two months ago that I never accessed… Either way, they’re called Deathchant and it’s available both on vinyl and as a digital download. I don’t think I told him yet, but I’m a huge fan of the $1 (or more) digital pricing on music. There’s nothing more embarrassing than bands charging a dollar a track or $10 for a full album when it’s all free on Spotify anyway. Kudos, Deathchant, for thinking rationally. Let the people pay you what they want. Be like Radiohead, in every way except musically. Speaking of which, the music on Deathchant is right up my alley. They would sound right at home at a Psycho Entertainment fest. I appreciate how the vocals are heavily affected to the point where it’s more like another instrument than a guy trying to sing. Reminds me of the first Wooden Shjips record (but heavier) or that Comets On Fire record Bong Voyage.
NOW. Just because a new year is upon doesn’t mean I can’t continue reminiscing about 2018. Here, then, are the best of the rest of last year. The best soundtracks, movies, television and food of the year. Beer gets its own post, naturally, which I’ll get around to next week. Here we go!
The Best Soundtracks/Scores Of 2018
10. A Quiet Place
09. First Man
07. You Were Never Really Here –The movie came out in 2017, but the score wasn’t released until 2018 so go fuck yourself.
05. Annihilation – I don’t get what all the fuss was about, or why no one apparently saw this movie. I thought it was great! And the score was done by the same two guys who did the score for Ex Machina.
04. 1922 – Another one where the film was 2017 but the score was 2018. No disrespect to Johnny Greenwood, but seriously…can we start a petition to get Mike Patton more work scoring films? He worked wonders with The Place Beyond The Pines, and now 1922. The last thing the world needs is another fucking Thom Yorke abortion like how he ruined Suspiria. Mike Patton 2020. Let’s do it.
01. Mandy – Duh.
The Best Films Of 2018
10. Andre The Giant – Fuck off, it was great.
09. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
08. Halloween – It wasn’t, you know…revelatory. But it was fun!
07. You Were Never Really Here
06. Suspiria – Minus the two songs Thom Yorke sings that immediately take you out of the film and force you to focus on his caterwauling.
04. The House That Jack Built – I wasn’t a huge fan of the last section of the film but everything up until that point was pretty brilliant.
03. Three Identical Strangers
01. Hereditary – I’m not one of the idiots that’s going to hail this the best horror movie of the decade, or anything. I’m well aware of how a couple years ago Babadook and It Follows were hyperbolically praised and were supposed to usher in a new era of horror filmmaking, and neither of those films are as impressive in 2018 as they were in 2014. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way about Hereditary in four years, but right now? It’s pretty great.
The Best TV Of 2018
10. American Vandal (Season 2) – The most obvious sign that I watched far too much Netflix during the 8 months of the year I didn’t have cable.
09. Big Mouth (Season 2)
08. The End Of The Fucking World
07. Bojack Horseman (Season 5) – The worst season of the show was still one of the best binges of the year.
06. Bodyguard – I went back and forth on this one, but I think in the end I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was certainly better than that new Jack Ryan show Amazon shat out.
05. The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling
04. Sharp Objects – I’m willing to forgive them for fumbling of the ending because everything leading up to it was great. Kind of like the first season of True Detective.
03. Ozark (Season 2)
02. The Haunting Of Hill House
01. Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block – I haven’t seen the new season yet but the third one in the series was a absolutely brilliant bloody surrealist mindfuck. It was like David Lynch meets Phantasm meets Lovecraft. So nightmarish. So good.
The Best Meals Of 2018
Here’s the one you’re really waiting for. My list of my favorite meals of the year. Links to reviews where applicable:
10. Wegmans (East Hanover) – The first buffalo chicken finger sando I ate upon returning to New Jersey in November was a travesty. The bread wasn’t toasted enough, the cheese wasn’t melted, it was just gross. But then I went back for lunch my last day in town and it was so good it brought my back to my college days, eating three of those sandos a week as my only source of non soda/beer sustenance.
09. Makani (Venice, CA) – The lamb and beef skewers had proper spice to them (as did pretty much everything on the menu) but that duck confit was outstanding. It’s like paella but with duck and bacon rice.
08. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (North Shore, Kahuku, HI) – See?
07. Jockey Hollow (Morristown, NJ)
06. Native (Santa Monica, CA)
05. Carbone (Las Vegas, NV) – As enjoyed on this trip.
04. Kreuz’s Market (Lockhart, TX) – As enjoyed on this trip.
03. The Grey (Savannah, GA) – Review here.
02. Republique (Los Angeles, CA) – Review here.
01. Vespertine (Los Angeles, CA) – Review here.
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