Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Lists By People Whom Responded To My E-Mail Asking Them To Make A List

Jennie Keinard's Top Bloody Marys!

1. Gravy - Portland OR - this was mad with a couple giant roasted tomatoes, smashed, instead of just tomato juice. +points for giant celery

2. Bar I Forget - South Beach, San Francisco - basically a salad inside a drink. it included an entire stalk of celery, numerous of olives, a dill pickle spear, and a BABY CORN

3. Five Leaves - Brooklyn, NY - just plain delicious and reasonably cheap for the locale. +points for being spicey-but-not-too-spicy.

4. Lodge - Brooklyn, NY - a solidly good drink that happens to be two for one during weekend brunches.

.....100. Elevage Hotel, Buenos Aires - the worst I've ever had and bad enough I'm relatively confident will be the worst I ever will have. no accouterments, 90% sure they used vanilla flavored vodka, so bad the bartender charged us half the menu price he knew it was that bad. BUT +points for being so strong it was pink.

Arshan Sadri’s Top Album

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Top 5 Awful Shows of 2010

1.) Outsourced

2.) Hawaii 5-0

3.) No Ordinary Family

4.) Chase

5.) Commercials for Outsourced

Top 5 Bad Sports Choices of 2010

1.) Playing Basket ball in Miami

2.) Texting reporters small penis pictures

3.) Walking Josh Hamilton to pitch to Vladimir Guerrero

4.) Showing up to play against UCONN girls bball

5.) Being Ben Roethlisberger

Top 5 Last 20 Minutes of a Movie in 2010

1.) Black Swan

2.) The Town

3.) The Expendables

4.) Brooklyn's Finest

5.) Inception

Top 5 Movies You Paid for you knew would suck (keep in mind these aren't just bad ones...they are bad but made A LOT of money hence why "Furry Vengeance didnt make the list

1.) The Last Airbender

2.) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

3.) Cop Out

4.) Alice in Wonderland

5.) Resident Evil Afterlife 3D

Top 5 Forgotten by Awards Season

1.) Cyrus

2.) The Ghost Writer

3.) The American

4.) Shutter Island

Jessica Engel’s Top Site for Music Discovery

Kirby Lee’s Top Albums

The National High Violet

Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement

First Aid Kit - The Black and The Blue

Suckers - Wild Smile

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

S. Carey All We Grow

Suuns - Zeroes QC

Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett

Horse Feathers Thistled Spring

Justin Townes Earl - Harlem River Blues

Andrew’s Top Sitcom Guest Stars

1. Will Forte (30 Rock)

2. Kathy Bates (The Office)

3. Hilary Duff (Community)

4. Fred Willard (Modern Family)

5. Paul F. Tompkins (Community)

Drew Blumenthal’s Top Albums of 2010

B.O.B = too good

Kanye = amazing

Cee Lo = very show tunesy and great

Vampire Weekend = giving up the gun never gets old

Aloe Blacc = solid

Maroon 5 = guess i have to admit it, i'm pretty lame

Rachel Brickner’s Top Things

1) Best Coast "Something In The Way" EP

2) Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film

3) Winter's Bone (!)

4) America's Next Top Model Season XV (Mostly just for freakishly tall Ann)

5) Toy Story 3 (giggles)

6) The Kids Are All Right

7) Belle & Sebastian "Write About Love"

8) Beach House "Teen Dream"

9) Janelle MonĂ¡e "The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)"

10) Salvatore Scibona "The Woman Who Lived In The House" (short story) in Issue 10 of A PUBLIC SPACE (sooo good)

11) Jeffrey Eugenides "Extreme Solitude" (short story) in The New York June 7, 2010

Shaun Dolan: “I basically spent the last two months holed up in my room watching this trailer”:

Dr. Steven Fox’s Top Album

Sharon Jones & Dap-kings - I learned the Hard Way

Top Song

Glee - I Dreamed a Dream

Trevor Fox’s Top Video Game Soundtrack

Scott Pilgrim v. The World

Michael Fox’s Top Golf Clubs

1.Burner Superfast TP Driver

2. Ghost Putter

Simon Fox’s Top Records of 2010 By "Black" Bands

1. The Black Keys - Brothers

2. The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

3. Black Mountaintops - Wilderness Heart

Noreen Tahir - Top Thing of 2010


Laura Kennedy’s Top Songs

1) I've Been Thinking 'Bout Something, Hanson. Don't hate; If you close your eyes and forget it's Hanson, you will probably love it. Also, watch the video.

2) Back to December, Taylor Swift. God, she just knows.

3) DJ Got Us Falling In Love, Usher. Usher's still got it. We also danced, danced like it was the last, last night of our lives, lives to this at my cousin's fantastic wedding.

4) Bulletproof, La Roux. This sounded insane at first, but I love it more every time I hear it.

5) Firework, Katy Perry. I think she got me with the video set in Paris (but not with the fireworks boobs).

6) Jessie's Girl, Glee version (if their album of covers can be nominated for Grammys, I can put it on this list). Mostly I love the staging of this on the show, where I heard the opening chords and had an amazing moment of realization that Finn was going to sing about the character named Jesse.

7) Carry Out, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. Because this is the closest thing we got to music from JT this year.

8) Do You Love Me, Guster. I like singing along to things.

9) I Like It, Enrique Iglesias. The "Jersey Shore song." Can't not (only half-ironically) fist-pump to it.

Rose Ludwig’s Top Neighborhood Blog

This year, Andrew Dudley (a fellow Lower Haighter) created the blog Haighteration, dedicated to all things in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. I’ll admit an inherent bias as a resident of this neighborhood, but Haighteration is fun beyond its appeal to the locals. The blog is clean and user-friendly – a busy blog is an inferior blog – and more importantly, it covers everything from low-to-high brow. You might log on and engage in a debate about whether motorcycles on the sidewalk are annoying (YES); meet an abandoned puppy; get an update on the latest crime; get information about businesses opening or closing in the vicinity; or find a one-stop-shop for all the cultural and social goings-on of the week. The blog features links to eating, drinking, shopping, and activities in the neighborhood for locals and non-locals alike without the fussy reviews one might find on, say, Yelp. Dudley also grandfathered in certain fun features, such as Weekend Quizzes and Leftovers, giving the blog a recurrent stability that keeps us readers involved in and proud of our community. Haighteration does something that few blogs do these days: provide information and entertainment with no muss, fuss, or snark. All neighborhoods should be so lucky.

Dawson Ludwig’s Top Albums

1. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening

2. The National - High Violet

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

4. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

5. Four Tet - Angel Echoes

6. The Walkmen - Lisbon

7. Magic Bullets - Magic Bullets

8. Twin Sister - Color Your Life EP

9. Vampire Weekend - Contra

10. Suckers - Wild Smile

Briana Lurie's Top Cats Ever of 2010


Top 4 worst/unnecessary characters on otherwise great shows:

1. Lucy (Paz de la Huerta) on Boardwalk Empire

2. Assistant Coach Stan (Russel DeGrazier) on Friday Night Lights

3. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Valez) on Dexter

4. Greg Harris AKA Joan's husband (Sam Page) on Mad Men

Dishonorable Mention: seeing George Lopez on the air makes me hate television.

Jon/Jonny Lurie's Top Albums

MGMT - Congratulations

Tame Impala - Innespeaker

Katie Minkoff's

Best Deceased Dog: Samantha Minkoff

Best Odd Concert: Transiberian Orchestra

Best Groupon Purchase: Cooking Class with Top Chef Carla Hall

Best Actual Concert: Guster at DAR

Best Meal: BGR (The Burger Joint) Lamb Burger with Asparagus Fries

Best DC Gallery: Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

Best Rally: Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity

Best Movie: Waiting for Superman

Melinda Rodriguez’s Top Albums

the suburbs - arcade fire

broken bells - broken bells

plastic beach - gorillaz

high violet - the national

this is happening - lcd soundsystem

body talk pt. 3 - robyn

raymond vs. raymond - usher

Top Songs

dancing on my own - robyn

sprawl ii - arcade fire

ready to start - arcade fire

firework - katy perry

teenage dream - katy perry

power - kanye west

bloodbuzz ohio - the national

lemonworld - the national

no one's gonna love you - cee-lo green

hey daddy (daddy's home) - usher feat. plies

Top Movies

the kids are all right

toy story 3

the king's speech

how to train your dragon

the social network

127 hours

never let me go

exit through the gift shop

Anna Novosel’s Best Songs

1. LCD Soundsystem, Dance Yrself Clean - No other song makes me as happy as this one does at 3 mins and 8 seconds in. And I like that it’s kind of an up yours to anything that makes one less than happy.

2. Black Keys, Everlasting Light - Makes me feel way cooler than I’ll ever be

3. Grouplove, Don’t Say Oh Well - This is the overall happiest song of my 2010 from my favorite new band. Not their best song (that’s probably ‘Colours’). It’s not genius, it’s just good, simple fun.

4. Kanye West, Runaway - So many conflicting things in one song, it’s great. I just know that it will soon be overplayed and I will no longer love it. But as of now, LOVE.

5. Local Natives, World News - Great build, makes me run super fast mid-jog.

Best Albums

Arcade Fire, Suburbs

Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More (US release was Feb. 2010)

Black Keys, Brothers

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Top 3 buzz bands I jumped on in 2010



Lord Huron

Heather Hryciw’s Top Songs

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three - "Migraines & Heartpains" from Riverboat Soul

Gorillaz - "Sweepstakes" from Plastic Beach

Joe Finkel’s Top Albums of 2010

1. free energy - stuck on nothing

2. ariel pink's haunted graffiti - before today

3. gorillaz - plastic beach

4. LCD soundsystem - this is happening

5. cut copy - where i'm going (single)

6. the walkmen - lisbon

7. blur - fool's day (single)

8. grinderman - grinderman 2

9. the national - high violet

10. titus andronicus - the monitor

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