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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Favorite Music of 2011

The end of the year means reflection.  In that spirit, here is some of my favorite music of the year, presented in no particular order.  I would provide Youtube links but I’m lazy.  Most of this stuff should also be available on spotify (if you’re not using spotify, you’re crazy).

Basket Case and 80′s Philadelphic Cinemas

The best part about being home for the holidays is staying up late, taxing my parents liquor cabinet and watching Netflix streaming all night.  Recently, about 90% of my Netflixing has involved watching episode after episode of critically acclaimed TV like Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights or Parks & Recreation (not getting the fuss, so [...]

All I Want For Christmas Is For You To Stop Fucking With Perfection

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is, without question, the greatest articulation of the (secular) spirit of Christmas ever recorded.  The lyrics center on the singer’s love for another, a love so strong that the presence of her beloved is more important to her celebration of Christmas than presents, Santa or any of the [...]

Grading Pitchfork’s Top 10 Tracks of 2011

Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011: #10-#1 Pitchfork Media, arguably the most significant of mainstream indie tastemakers, are out again with their annual top 100 tracks of the year.  I must not subscribe to the same podcasts as Pitchfork (read: I don’t subscribe to any podcasts), because I have heard maybe 30% of these tracks.  [...]

On Chuck Klosterman on Tim Tebow

Today on Grantland, Chuck Klosterman weighs in on Tebowmania.  I like Klosterman (at least I like Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and IV), but I’m not really sure what he’s doing here.  Or, rather, I know what he’s doing but I don’t understand why he’s doing it.  What he’s doing, essentially, is arguing that Tim [...]

Dramaturgy in Video Games

On Tuesday, Grantland published a Tom Bissell piece discussing what he views as the significant flaw in the recently released and excellently received Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  The (major) flaw, in Bissell’s opinion, is that the game mishandles its storytelling – that it relies to a large extent on lengthy and painful exposition in PC-to-NPC [...]