My Favorite Things 2018: Everything

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My lists are all short this year and I have a long holiday break to enjoy, so I’m going to combine this year’s My Favorite Things posts into one. I hope that’s cool.

Music

I gave fewer releases a lot more attention this year. These 18-count, plus the Beatles White Album reissue and the Sirius XM station make up my music listening habits for the year.

LPs

  1. Tamino - Amir

  2. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

  3. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

  4. Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay

  5. Pinegrove - Skylight

  6. Super American - Tequila Sunrise

  7. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me

  8. Coheed and Cambria - The Unheavenly Creatures

  9. Brockhampton - Iridescence

  10. Runaway Brother - New Pocket

  11. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

  12. Panic! at the Disco - Pray For The Wicked

  13. Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts

  14. Troye Sivan - Bloom

  15. Jagwar Twin - Subject to Flooding

  16. Glorietta - Glorietta

  17. Facing New York - Dogtown

  18. Turnstile - Time & Space

EPs

  1. Bogues - Life, Slowly

  2. Bohnes - 206: Acts I & II

  3. The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy,

  4. Third Eye Blind - Thanks For Everything

I also started building bi-monthly playlists in July. You can check them out here.

Podcasts

I joined the staff at Breaker in spring of this year. As a result, I was delivered a newsletter with my listening statistics for the year. Unfortunately, I marked every episode of every show I’d listened to up to that point as “listened,” so my results were pretty skewed.

My weekly stats tell me that I listen to ~40-55 episodes a week. That’s roughly 46 hours worth of audio streaming through my brain Monday-Friday, double speed of course, with silences skimmed off as well. Given the nature of this semester’s long and frequent commutes, I actually had to pick up some more shows to fill the time.

These are the shows I started in 2018.

Fiction:

  • The Adventure Zone (Maximum Fun) - Completed the Balance arc and experimental runs.

  • BomBARDed

  • Master Manual

  • Sandra (Gimlet)

Comedy:

  • My Brother, My Brother and Me (Maximum Fun) - Goodness these brothers are funny.

  • Bad Travel

  • Unattended Consequences

True Crime / Investigative:

  • Reveal (The Center for Investigative Reporting / PRX)

  • Uncover (CBC)

  • The Teacher’s Pet (The Australian)

  • Someone Knows Something (CBC)

  • Last Seen (WBUR / The Boston Chronicle)

  • Believed (NPR)

  • Happy Face (iHeartRadio)

  • Bundyville (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

  • Endless Thread (WBUR / Reddit)

History / Politics:

  • Order 9066 (APM Reports)

  • Remade In America with Bassem Youssef (Cafe)

  • The Wave (Podglomerate)

  • The Omnibus (iHeartRadio)

Society / Culture

  • On Being With Krista Tippett

  • Hidden Brain (NPR)

  • Without Fail (Gimlet)

Music:

  • Fader Explains (The Fader)

  • Dissect - Frank Ocean (Spotify)

  • The Undersiders (Engle)

  • Hear&See

  • Broken Record

  • Inside The Album (Atlantic Records)

Film / Books:

  • Friendly Fire (Maximum Fun)

Technology:

  • Build Your SaaS - The official Transitor.fm podcast. This is my host of choice.

I got really into the true crime narrative genre this year, as you can tell. This form of journalism caught fire in 2014, but is really starting to hit its stride. The Teacher’s Pet actually brought on a new trial for a man accused of killing his wife in the 1980’s. I burn through these shows in very short periods.

Despite the above list, I actually paired down my subscribed shows. I nixed all but one or two technology podcasts and muted interview shows that I only like to dip into occasionally. I’d like to make my subscriptions more fluid going forward.

There was one audiobook included in the mix, which took up about 2 weeks-worth of podcast listening time. That book was The Dead Zone by Stephen King which was homework for my guest appearance on the Chat Sematary Podcast.

Movies

Is it just me or did 2018 pale in comparison to 2017 as far as film is concerned? I still have some Oscar contenders to watch, but few of the 46 new films I watched have screamed “Best Picture” to me yet. I’ll gladly accept recommendations. For now, these are my personal favorites.

  1. Black Panther ✮✮✮✮

  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ✮✮✮✮

  3. Isle of Dogs ✮✮✮✮

  4. A Quiet Place ✮✮✮✮

  5. Love, Simon ✮✮✮✮

  6. Sorry To Bother You ✮✮✮✮

  7. Eighth Grade ✮✮✮✮

  8. Ready Player One ✮✮✮✮

  9. Maniac ✮✮✮✮

  10. BlacKkKlansman ✮✮✮✮

  11. Deadpool ✮✮✮½

  12. Avengers: Infinity War ✮✮✮½

  13. Solo: A Star Wars Story ✮✮✮½

  14. Mid90s ✮✮✮½

  15. Annihilation ✮✮✮½

For more of my film stats for the year, you can check out this page on my Letterboxd profile.

Television

Netflix had a good number of limited series this year, some of which were counted in my Letterboxd stats, but are repeated here.

  • Patriot (Amazon Prime Video) ✮✮✮✮✮ - Damnit, this show is really good!

  • Barry (HBO)

  • Our Cartoon President (Showtime)

  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video)

  • The Haunting Of Hill House (Netlfix)

  • Maniac (Netlfix)

  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netlfix)

  • Atypical (S2, Netlfix)

  • The Staircase (Netlfix)

  • Wild Wild Country (Netlfix)

  • Evil Genius (Netlfix)

My favorite episode of TV this year was Atlanta’s Teddy Perkins. I spent some time with the Monty Python boys via Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers. I now understand the love for Parks and Recreation.

Games

I didn’t purchase any new video games this year, but Mae and I also dropped back into Alien: Isolation, which I initially quit about 10 minutes into gameplay because I couldn’t find a silly hatch in the floor to continue. We found it this time and pushed through for another 2 hours.

Mike Comite and have started streaming some old LucasArts games on Twitch, starting with The Dig (1995).

I also played some D&D and board games with friends over Discord using Roll20 and Tabletop Simulator.

My Favorite Things 2017: Television

As I did last year, I spent far too much time watching television. The top of the year was spent binging Bob’s Burgers and Archer with Mae. We caught the new episodes of both Sherlock and Doctor Who. On a related note, Broadchurch returned for a second season which was oh so very good. Rick and Morty stole the show in 2017 for its insane and clever-as-ever writing. I really truly believe this has been the best run for the show so far. I rewatched Seasons 1 and 2 with Mae. I was pleased to find that she likes the show as well. The same is true for Nathan For You which I’ve been instructed to watch for years, but only just found for myself. We’ve only just begun season 1, but I haven’t openly laughed this much since my first watch through of Curb. Man Seeking Woman has really fleshed out into something wonderful with Season 3. Futurama puts me to sleep every night with a smile on my face.

Per tradition, I devoured an entire season of Silicon Valley in one sitting and somehow managed to work 4 seasons of Game Of Thrones into two or three weeks. I’m all caught up there and ready for the end. I’ll be working on Attack On Titan as we enter the new year.

This year also brought a lot of great new TV. These are my favorites.

Taboo (BBC One)

  • This show is phenomenally gripping. Tom Hardy rules.

The OA (Netlfix)

  • I mean, it’s Brit Marling. How could I not be in?

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

  • He’s back, baby.

Gunpowder (BBC One)

  • A three episode series about a plot to kill King James of Scotland. Graphic, but well shot and produced.

Twin Peaks (1990-1991) (ABC)

  • Okay, this one isn’t “new” and I have not watched the return episodes yet. I’ll get around to it.

Atypical (Netlfix)

  • After reading some takes from those more savvy in the Autism community than I, I decided that I do in fact like this show and I look forward to a second season.

American Boyband (Viceland)

  • Kevin Abstract and the Brockhampton crew got a TV show thanks to Spike Jonze. A short, but interesting look behind the scenes of the innovative rap collective.

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (Disney XD)

  • Not canon, but legitimately fun.

HarmonQuest (SeeSo, VRV)

  • This show has so much potential, but somehow falls short. It doesn’t look like it will be returning for a third season.

The Vietnam War (PBS)

  • A fascinating look at one of America’s worst moments in world history.

WTG 058: Stranger Things 2

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My Favorite Things 2016: Television

I didn't watch a whole lot of movies this year. Instead, I watched quite a bit of TV. I finally got the stones to finish the The Newsroom, which is my favorite show. I recently learned about Hardware, an old British sitcom featuring Martin Freeman, that lasted just two seasons, but really registered with me. I've also been watching Malcolm In The Middle as my "no-thought-required" bedtime program. Mae and I finished Lost, watched through Sherlock, and rewatched Friends for what must be the dozenth time. I also caught up on Doctor Who, which remains fantastic, and Star Wars: Rebels which gets better every season. Oh, and how can I forget Silicon Valley? For a third year in a row I've binged that show in a night.

This year also brought a lot of great new TV. These are my favorites.

  1. Horace and Pete (Louis C.K., Independent)
  2. Westworld (HBO)
  3. The Night Of (HBO)
  4. Atlanta (FOX)
  5. Luke Cage (Netflix)

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