Best-of-Year Lists

Hello my lovelies, and happy new year to you …

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care of Our Own

Frightened Rabbit – State Hospital
A brief warning that this video might be disturbing to those who have experienced domestic violence – but the ending is so lovely and hopeful.

And now for something completely different:

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
DON’T BE HATIN’. This is as perfect a bubblegum pop song as has ever been recorded.

Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are
Wall-to-wall goosebumps…

Lake Dredge Appraisal
Not a song, but a sublime web series from the very innovative Onion video studios. Watch the entire series here.

Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
The Mumfordification of the world continues, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Speaking of which…

Dear Esther original soundtrack
Dear Esther is an interactive storytelling experience, and it is amazing. A big part of that amazingness is the soundtrack by composer Jessica Curry.

Taylor Swift – State of Grace
Again, that old saying about books and covers…

fun. – Some Nights
On the whole I still prefer the previous album (Aim and Ignite) to this one, but this song is amazing, and I’m happy for their success.

Oh, and one last thing … this was the year I discovered that there is a thing called ICP Theater, in which everyone’s favorite clowns review things from popular culture. My belated holiday gift to you is this, in which the boys critique the ubiquitous Gangnam Style: