Albums of 2014 Year-End List

10 Todd Terje: It’s Album TimeTodd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

Cheesy/fun(ky) cocktail lounge jazz that takes unexpected turns in a way that seems improvised, yet controlled.

9 Mr. Twin Sister: Mr. Twin Sister18249-mr-twin-sister

Mr. Twin Sister made a large leap out in their sophomore album. They sound i more trip hop, more sad dancehall, more freely vacillating, and bolder.

8 Ariel Pink: Pom Pom

20178-pom-pomThis album is an oversized bundle of silly retro honks and gags with a few standout and soft psych-pop singles.

7 St. Vincent: St. Vincent

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St. Vincent is a beautiful David Bowie who makes fun internet rock.

6 Kero Kero Bonito: Intro Bonito

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This album feels like a guilty pleasure. K-pop has been around some time but KKB brings new fun from the other side of the culture-amalgamating かわいい trend.

5 Aphex Twin: Syro

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I’m late to the Aphex Twin fan club, but here I am.

4 Giant Claw: Dark Web

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Catchy dismantled hip hop fragments flow through dark electronic with a spiritual emotion comparable to the master, Daniel Lopatin.

3 Arca Xen

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The debut album from the dark and mysterious Arca who came out of nowhere this year. Beautiful. Dizzying.

2 FKA Twigs: LP1

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FKA became my favorite new artist this year with her hyper-sexy intricate and seemingly vulnerable R&B.

1 Perfume Genius

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Mike Hadreas’ third album brings with it more of his intimate piano ballads, but summoned up out of these familiar tones is a new/ancient, gloomy/glam-rock 2-spirit.

Top 10 Superhero Movies

With Iron Man 2 coming out this Friday, I thought I would create a top ten list for the best superhero movies ever:

10. X-Men (2000)

This movie does pretty well at balancing the characters and that it did a good job at staying faithful to the comics.

9. Iron Man (2008)

I’m not a huge fan of Iron Man. I thought it was overrated and at times I found difficult Tony Stark to be a jerk. But, it is interesting to see a superhero that has major character flaws.

8. Hellboy (2004)

An interesting film about an different kind of superhero, one who doesn’t give a crap.

7. Batman (1989)

Tim Burton made a new Batman world with his eerie and mildly campy touch. Five words: Jack Nicholson as the joker.

6. Hellboy II (2008)

Hellboy’s sequel is higher on my list because was more epic and had more twisted creatures from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro.

5. Batman Begins (2005)

This movie did a great job at exploring the psychological aspects of being a superhero. It focused on reality, not special effects.

4. Watchmen (2009)

My major complaint regarding this film was that it was too violent, I feel that the story kind of sold itself using the hyper-violence that the graphic novel was trying to dispel. Otherwise I felt that this movie was epic and quite faithful to the book.

3. Kick-Ass (2010)

This movie is a self-aware superhero movie. It pokes fun at the genre, even though it has some parts of a generic superhero movie. It is just fun. Read my review here.

2. V for Vendetta (2005)

Some people probably don’t consider this to be a superhero movie because it’s about a freedom fighter in a future dystopian society, not a nerdy teenager that gets exposed to something radioactive.

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight showed us that superhero movies can be dark and smart. Blockbusters that actually make you think are too rare these days.

There’s supposed to be a teaser for the next JJ Abrams project before Iron Man 2! J J Abrams has dispelled the rumors that the teaser is for anything related to Cloverfield.

If you’d like to share, I wanna know what your list is, I’m sure it’s a little different then mine.

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