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Favorite Albums of 2010: #21-50 by Barbecue Bros
January 13, 2011, 8:59 pm
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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
The Black Keys – Brothers

Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Books – The Way Out
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
ceo – White Magic
Curren$y – Pilot Talk
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Free Energy – s/t
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Glasser – Ring
Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
jj – n° 3
Jonsi – Go
Menomena – Mines
MGMT – Congratulations
Owen Pallett – Heartland
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – III/IV
The Samps – s/t
Sleigh Bells – Treats
The Soft Pack – s/t
Spoon – Transference
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Twin Shadow – Forget
The Walkmen – Lisbon
Wavves – King of the Beach
White Denim – Last Day of Summer
Wild Nothing – Gemini



Favorite Songs of 2010 by Barbecue Bros
January 13, 2011, 8:34 pm
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Aka The Morning Benders – “Excuses” and 9 others

Antoine Dodson and The Gregory Brothers“Bed Intruder Song”
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
– “Round and Round”
Beach House – “10 Mile Stereo”
Glasser
” – “Apply”
LCD Soundsystem – “Pow Pow”
Owen Pallett – “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off”
S. Carey – “In the Dirt”
The Tallest Man on Earth – “You’re Going Back”
Tame Impala – “Expectation”

 



Favorite Movies of 2010 by Barbecue Bros
January 13, 2011, 8:32 pm
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1. Inception – Blockbuster and a mindfuck.

2. The Social Network – Loved the combo of Fincher direction + Sorkin script.

3. True Grit – Loved it like I do almost all Coen Brothers movies.

4. Black Swan – INTENSE.

5. Exit Through the Gift Shop – Kinda like Inception, you don’t know exactly what’s going on here.

6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

7. Toy Story 3

8. The Town – Best gunfighting scenes since Heat.

9. Kick-Ass

10. The Kids are Alright/Greenberg – Didn’t love either, but also didn’t see a lot of movies this year

Movies I didn’t get to, even though they are on Netflix Streaming: A Prophet, I Am Love, Mother, Ondine, Restrepo

In theatres, but didn’t get to: The Fighter, The King’s Speech

 



Lists!: Favorite Albums of the 00’s, 20-1 by Barbecue Bros
February 5, 2010, 1:34 pm
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My final 20 favorite albums of the 00’s. Albums 50-21 can be found here.

1. Radiohead – Kid A (Capital, 2000)
2. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (Bloodshot, 2000)
3. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch, 2002)
4. Outkast – Stankonia (La Face, 2000)
5. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (Arts and Crafts, 2002)
6. The Strokes – Is This It (RCA, 2001)
7. My Morning Jacket – At Dawn (Darla, 2001)
8. Explosions in the Sky – Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (Temporary Residence, 2001)
9. TV on the Radio – Desperate Youths, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch ‘N’ Go, 2004)
10. Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (Kranky, 2000)

11. The National – Boxer (Beggar’s Banquet, 2007)
12. Papa M – Whatever, Mortal (Drag City, 2001)
13. The Dismemberment Plan – Change (DeSoto, 2001)
14. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Capital, 2007)
15. Clipse – Lord Willin’ (Star Trak/Arista, 2002)
16. Fugazi – The Argument (Dischord, 2001)
17. Yo La Tengo – And then nothing turned itself inside out (Matador, 2000)
18. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote, 2009)
19. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (XL, 2008)
20. Low – Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky, 2001)

Some stats:
– I’ve said that I thought Spoon was the most consistent band of the decade, but according to my list its My Morning Jacket with 4 albums; TV on the Radio was second with 3
– Artists with 2 albums: Ryan Adams, Outkast, The National, Clipse, Spoon, Girl Talk, Spoon
– Breakdown by year: 2000 – 7; 2001 – 9; 2002 – 6; 2003 – 3; 2004 – 4; 2005 – 3; 2006 – 7; 2007 – 2; 2008 – 6; 2009 – 3



Lists!: Favorite Albums of the 00’s, 50-21 by Barbecue Bros
February 4, 2010, 12:59 pm
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As I did with my favorite movies of the 00’s, here is the first part of my list of favorite albums (a much harder list to make for me). The final 20 albums will come tomorrow. My very unscientific list:

21. The National – Alligator (Beggar’s Banquet, 2005)
22.
Lift to Experience – The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads (Bella Union, 2001)
23.
Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador, 2002)
24.
Animal Collective – Merriwether Post Pavilion (Domino, 2009)
25.
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals (Illegal Art, 2008)
26.
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar, 2008)
27.
Primal Scream – XTRMNTR (Astralwerks, 2000)
28.
My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (ATO, 2003)
29.
Spoon – Kill the Moonlight (Merge, 2002)
30.
Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump (V2, 2000)

31. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista, 2003)
32.
TV on the Radio – Dear Science (4AD, 2008)
33.
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (Warp, 2009)
34.
The Arcade Fire – Funeral (Merge, 2004)
35.
Mclusky – Do Dallas (Too Pure, 2002)
36.
Liars – They Were Wrong So We Drowned (Mute, 2004)
37.
My Morning Jacket – Z (ATO, 2005)
38.
Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang, 2006)
39.
Adam Forkner – [[[[VVRRSNN]]]] (K Records, 2003)
40.
Band of Horses – Everything All the Time (Sub Pop, 2006)

41. Spoon – Girls Can Tell (Merge, 2001)
42.
Girl Talk – Night Ripper (Illegal Art, 2006)
43.
Spank Rock – Yoyoyoyoyo (Big Dada, 2006)
44.
Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit (Matador, 2006)
45.
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges (ATO, 2008)
46.
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Sony, 2008)
47.
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (Sony, 2004)
48.
TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain (4AD, 2006)
49.
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway, 2005)
50.
The Brother Kite – Waiting for the Time to Be Right (Clairecords, 2006)



Lists!: Favorite Movies of the 00’s, 20-1 by Barbecue Bros
February 3, 2010, 12:32 pm
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So here is my completely un-scientific ranking of my 50 favorite movies from the 00’s. Movies 50-21 of the list was posted yesterday. Favorite albums of the 00’s will start tomorrow.

1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004, dir. by Michel Gondry)
2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, dir. by Wes Anderson)
3. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005, dir. by Judd Apatow)
4. City Of God (2002, dir. by Fernando Meirelles)
5. Traffic (2000, dir. by Steven Soderbergh)
6. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson)
7. Adaptation. (2002, dir. by Spike Jonze)
8. In Bruges (2008, dir. by Martin McDonagh)
9. There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson)
10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001/2002/2003, dir. by Peter Jackson)

11. Wet Hot American Summer (2001, dir, by David Wain)
12. 25th Hour (2002, dir. by Spike Lee)
13. Inglourious Basterds (2009, dir. by Quentin Tarantino)
14. No Country For Old Men (2007, dir. by The Coen Brothers)
15. Hot Fuzz (2007, dir. by Edgar Wright)
16. Grizzly Man (2005, dir. by Werner Herzog)
17. Sideways (2004, dir. by Alexander Payne)
18. Shaun of the Dead (2004, dir. by Edgar Wright)
19. Brick (2005, dir. by Rian Johnson)
20. George Washington (2000, dir. by David Gordon Green)

Some stats:
– Wes Anderson is the director with the most entries on my list – The Royal Tenenbaums (2), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (35) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (46) since I counted The Lord of the Rings films as a trilogy and Kill Bill as one film; otherwise Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino also technically have 3 films on the list
– Directors with 2 films on my list: Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love (6) and There Will Be Blood (9)),  The Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men (14) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (44)), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz (15) and Shaun of the Dead (18)), Alexander Payne (Sideways (17) and About Schmidt (25)), Christopher Nolan (Memento (31) and The Dark Knight (50)), Paul Greengrass (United 93 (32) and The Bourne Ultimatum (37)), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men (34) and Y Tu Mamá También (42))
– One of my favorite current directors, Steven Soderbergh, only had one film on the list with Traffic (5)
– Only 8 of the top 50 are foreign movies
– Breakdown by year (total count will be 53 total due to LOTR trilogy and Kill Bill being counted multiple times): 2000 – 7; 2001 – 6; 2002 – 6; 2003 – 2; 2004 – 7; 2005 – 5; 2006 – 6; 2007 – 8; 2008 – 4; 2009 – 2



Lists!: Favorite movies of the 00’s, 50-21 by Barbecue Bros
February 2, 2010, 5:24 pm
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Not really going to be much to these posts, just a list to wrap up my favorite movies of the past decade (albums list will come later this week).

So here is my completely un-scientific ranking of my 50 favorite movies from the 00’s. The second part of the list will be posted tomorrow.

21. Synecdoche, New York (2008, dir. by Charlie Kaufman)
22. The Departed (2006, dir. by Martin Scorsese)
23. Amelie (2001, dir. by Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
24. Man on Wire (2008, dir. by James Marsh)
25. About Schmidt (2002, dir. by Alexander Payne)
26. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004, dir. by Quentin Tarantino)
27. Lars and the Real Girl (2007, dir. by Craig Gillespie)
28. Amores Perros (2000, dir. by Alejandro González Iñárritu)
29. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, dir. by Ang Lee)

30. Half Nelson (2006, dir. by Ryan Fleck)
31. Memento (2000, dir. by Christopher Nolan)
32. United 93 (2006, dir. by Paul Greengrass)
33. Zodiac (2007, dir. by David Fincher)
34. Children Of Men (2006, dir. by Alfonso Cuarón)
35. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004, dir. by Wes Anderson)
36. Before Sunset (2004, dir. by Richard Linklater)
37. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, dir. by Paul Greengrass)
38. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, dir. by Shane Black)
39. The Squid and The Whale (2005, dir. by Noah Baumbach)

40. Sunshine (2007, dir. by Danny Boyle)
41. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, dir by Guillermo del Toro)
42. Y Tu Mamá También (2001, dir. by Alfonso Cuarón)
43. High Fidelity (2000, dir. by Stephen Frears)
44. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001, dir. by The Coen Brothers)
45. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, dir. by Wes Anderson)
46. In The Mood For Love (2000, dir. by Wong Kar Wai)
47. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004, dir. by Walter Salles)
48. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007, dir. by Sidney Lumet)
49. Casino Royale (2006, dir. by Martin Campbell)
50. The Dark Knight (2008, dir. by Christopher Nolan)



Lists! 2009: Favorite Movies by Barbecue Bros
January 20, 2010, 4:14 pm
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1. Inglourious Basterds (dir. by Quentin Tarantino) – An amazingly well written and acted film (Christolph Waltz especially). Now one of my favorite Tarantino movies.

2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (dir. by Wes Anderson) – Yea, I’m a sucker for Wes Anderson but I loved the old school stop-motion puppets that fit perfectly with Wes Anderson’s dialog. The details of the sets and the puppet clothing are part of what makes this movie.

3. District 9 (dir. by Neill Blomkamp) – Definitely one of the most original science fiction movies I”ve seen in the past five years. I can’t say enough about this movie.

4. The Road (dir. by John Hillcoat) – This film played out just about how I imagined it in my head while reading the book earlier this year. The genuine moments of dread I experienced while reading the book were realized perfectly in the movie.

5. Up in the Air (dir. by Jason Reitman) – Great performances by the three leads, and a nicely made movie by Jason Reitman, who is really growing as a filmmaker with each film .

6. Avatar (dir. by James Cameron) – I was so glad I saw this movie in IMAX 3D as opposed to regular 3D or *gasp* non-3D. Technically brilliant and visually amazing most of the time, though there is some groan-worthy dialog and performances.

7. Adventureland (dir. by Greg Mottola) – A touching coming of age story about a boy trying to find his way working a nowhere job the summer after graduating from college. Directed by Greg Mottola, with a surprisingly nuanced performance by Kristen Stewart.

8. The Hangover (dir. by Todd Philips) – Hilarious and extremely re-watchable, especially with friends and beer.

9. Star Trek (dir. by JJ Abrams) – JJ Abrams makes another smart blockbuster.

10. Zombieland (dir. by Ruben Fleischer) – A great humorous take on the zombie movie, a la Shaun of the Dead (an apparent influence on this movie). Jesse Eisenberg had a nice year between this and Adventureland.

11. Gomorra
12. Observe and Report
13. The Informant!
14. The Girlfriend Experience
15. Funny People
16. Tyson
17. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
18. Public Enemies
19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
20. Food, Inc

21. (500) Days of Summer
22. The Brothers Bloom
23. Extract
24. I Love You, Man
25. Away We Go



Lists! 2009: Books I Read by Barbecue Bros
January 13, 2010, 2:12 pm
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Just more housekeeping. Oddly, I began and finished the year with Chuck Klosterman books.

1. Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
3. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
5. Love Monkey by Kyle Smith
6. Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein’s Brain
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by  Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
9. Naked by David Sedaris
10. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
11. City of Thieves by David Benioff
12. The One That Got Away by Howell Raines
13. I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
14. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman



Programming Note No. 2: Lists! 2009 by Barbecue Bros
January 12, 2010, 2:44 pm
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Still waiting to see Avatar this weekend before I compile my list of favorite films from 2009. Then, I will post my favorite films and albums from the 00’s before resuming normal programming.