My top 100 of 2010

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100. Month Of May Arcade Fire
99. Higher The Saturdays
98. Hot Mess Chromeo
97. Gonna Listen To T Rex (All Night Long) Burnt Ones
96. Honey Mine (ft Victoria Bergsman) Korallreven
95. She Said Plan B
94. Ginger Twin Sister
93. There Is A Wind The Album Leaf
92. Wavin Flag K’Naan
91. Will There Be Stars Blonde Redhead
90. Car Jim Noir
89. Anyone’s Ghost The National
88. In The Fall The Prids
87. Calculating Bimbo Belle & Sebastian
86. I’m Crazy Baby Mr. Vega
85. Chinatown Wild Nothing
84. Heatwave Fabian
83. Give Me Light Blue Bird
82. DJ Alphabeat
81. Do You Remember Jay Sean Feat Sean Paul & Lil Jon
80. Promise This Cheryl Cole
79. Gold Dust DJ Fresh
78. Better Than Today Kylie Minogue
77. Alors On Danse Stromae
76. In the Sun She & Him
75. We No Speak Americano (Original mix) Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup
74. You and I know Ra Ra Riot
73. Many Of Horror Biffy Clyro
72. Alejandro Lady Gaga
71. Fembot Robyn
70. Doncamatic Gorillaz Feat Daley
69. Stop And Stare (Reset Remix) Fenech Soler
68. Not Getting There Blonde Redhead
67. Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down Alicia Keys
66. Metamorphosis Blue Bird
65. One Time Justin Bieber
64. Hide Your Thoughts The Prids
63. I Can See Your Future Belle & Sebastian
62. Destroyers Ryan Adams
61. You Used To Hold Me Calvin Harris
60. Stay Too Long Plan B
59. I Feel Better Hot Chip
58. You Overdid It Doll The Couteeners
57. Sorrow The National
56. Hide Me The Golden Filter
55. Lions In Cages Wolf Gang
54. Nothin On You B.o.B Feat Bruno Mars
53. Good Morning Rogue Wave
52. Ready To Start Arcade Fire
51. Whip My Hair Willow
50. Once Diana Vickers
49. Sleeper Gang of Four
48. Sleep Paralysist Neon Indian
47. Boyfriend Best Coast
46. Boy Ra Ra Riot
45. The Flood Take That
44. Hot Inna
43. Kickstarts Example
42. Fool’s Day Blur
41. Happiness Alexis Jordan
40. Don’t Leave Me Blue Bird
39. Cry Me Out Pixie Lott
38. Parachute Cheryl Cole
37. Barbra Streisand Duck Sauce
36. All Around and Away We Go Twin Sister
35. Hole In My Heart Alphabeat
34. Here Sometimes Blonde Redhead
33. When I Look The Prids
32. Violent God The William Blakes
31. I Didn’t See It Coming Belle & Sebastian
30. I Am Not A Robot (Lovers & Gamblers Precious Little Diamond Remix) Marina And The Diamonds
29. Stylo Gorillaz Feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def
28. Falling From The Sun The Album Leaf
27. End of Summer Blank Dogs
26. The Suburbs Arcade Fire
25. Stereo Love Edward Maya Feat Vika Jigulina
24. When The Sun Don’t Shine Best Coast
23. Dancing On My Own (Radio Version) Robyn
22. Prayin’ Plan B
21. Desolate The Prids
20. Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine
19. Riverside (Let’s Go!) Sidney Samson Feat. Wizard Sleeve
18. Acapella Kelis
17. Won’t Go Quietly Example
16. A Reckoning Hyperstory
15. Baby (feat. Ludacris) Justin Bieber
14. Just A Dream Nelly
13. Satellite The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
12. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Arcade Fire
11. On Melancholy Hill Gorillaz
10. Everything Is Wrong Blonde Redhead
9. All The Lovers Kylie Minogue
8. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart Alicia Keys
7. Hollywood Marina & The Diamonds
6. Pass Out Tinie Tempah
5. Starry Eyed Ellie Goulding
4. Bang Bang Bang Mark Ronson & The Business INTL
3. New Year’s Song Blue Bird
2. Forget You Cee Lo Green
1. You’ve Got The Love Florence And The Machine

Good Charlotte Tell Me How to Feel: It’s my Top 75 Songs of 2009

Posted by neal in blog on December 31st, 2009 |  2 Comments »

75. Forever Is Over - The Saturdays video
74. The Captain - Biffy Clyro video
73. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z Feat Alicia Keys video
72. New York - Paloma Faith video
71. Can’t Get Over - September video
70. Love You Better - The Maccabees video
69. Red - Daniel Merriweather video
68. Looking Glass - Little Dragon video
67. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce video
66. Where Do You Wanna Go? - Super Furry Animals listen
65. Round Ft. Kesha - Flo Rida video
64. Say Please - Monsters of Folk listen
63. Tonight’s Today - Jack Penate video
62. Let Love Rule (Justice Remix) - Lenny Kravitz video
61. In The Heat Of The Night - Star Pilots video
60. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas video
59. All Come Down - Steve Mason video
58. Airstream Driver - Gomez listen
57. Run This Town - Jay-Z Feat Rihanna & Kanye West video
56. Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh) - Pixie Lott video
55. Hindsight - Built To Spill listen
54. Death - White Lies video
53. Dirtee Cash - Dizzee Rascal video
52. Last Dance - The Raveonettes video
51. Invitation To Love - CFCF listen
50. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson video
49. Left My Heart In Tokyo - Mini Viva video
48. The Very Best of Neil Diamond - Super Furry Animals listen
47. Keep It Goin’ Louder - Major Lazer (feat. Nina Sky and Ricky Blaze) video
46. Angels (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.) - Diddy Dirty Money video
45. She’s Got Me Dancing - Tommy Sparks video
44. Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand video
43. Get Shaky - Ian Carey Project video
42. You’ve Got The Love - Florence And The Machine video
41. Nothing To Worry About - Peter Bjorn & John video
40. Day ‘n’ Nite - Kid Cudi vs Crookers video
39. Anyway - Duck Sauce video
38. Now We Can See - The Thermals video
37. Flashback - Calvin Harris video
36. Rubber Lover - Marmaduke Duke listen
35. Saviour - Lights video
34. Underdog - Kasabian
33. You Know Me - Robbie Williams video
32. Watch The Sun Come Up - Example video
31. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga video
30. 1901 - Phoenix video
29. Uprising - Muse video
28. No One That You Love Will Ever Die - The XYZ Affair listen / download mp3
27. Cry Me Out - Pixie Lott video
26. Dominos - The Big Pink video
25. Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer) - Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor video
24. Good Ol’ Boredom - Built To Spill listen
23. Love Etc. - Pet Shop Boys listen
22. No Reasons - VEGA listen
21. Inaugural Trams - Super Furry Animals listen
20. Candy - Paolo Nutini video
19. In For The Kill - La Roux video
18. Warriors’s Dance - The Prodigy video
17. To Lose My Life - White Lies video
16. Work - The Saturdays video
15. My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson video
14. She Wolf - Shakira video
13. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap video
12. Love Story - Taylor Swift video
11. Daniel - Bat For Lashes video
10. Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Radio Edit) - Fever Ray video
9. New In Town - Little Boots video
8. Don’t Upset The Rhythm - The Noisettes video
7. No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand video
6. Untouchable - Girls Aloud video
5. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence and The Machine video
4. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun video
3. Fire - Kasabian video
2. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade video | video2
1. Bulletproof - La Roux video

I’m sure this has to mean something

Posted by neal in blog on November 9th, 2009 |  No Comments »

This particular entry is mainly just to document this situation so I can reflect on it later, or perhaps somebody who’d appreciate it can stumble upon it through the magic of google (and I have confidence that someone who would appreciate it will stumble upon it, given the subject matter).

I was sitting in McDonald’s over lunch, reading Bill Drummond’s 45. I was on the chapter “From the Shores of Lake Placid,” his recollections on the Liverpool music scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, particularly as relating to his time as the manager of Echo & the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes.

As I was finishing the chapter, getting to the point where Drummond alludes to what would become of the bands as they moved out of their pre-determined 5 year windows of brilliance, “Get the Message” by Electronic began playing over the in-house music.

Like I said, I’m sure that has to mean something. Maybe I already know.

My 24 Hour Comic Book

Posted by neal in blog on October 18th, 2009 |  No Comments »

Read it HERE.

End of day 1

Posted by neal in blog on August 29th, 2009 |  No Comments »

I feel a little bad about heading in at 10:00 pm in Las Vegas when clearly the rest of the city seems to just be getting ready, but we rationalized it by the fact that we’ve been up since before 2 am Pacific time. Early ending or not, it was a productive day with some quality time at the pool, two double-doubles, an amazing Indian dinner and a profitable day in the casinos thanks to both of us finishing on a strong run on a couple of penny slots.

We also managed to catch a few of the Bellagio’s fountain shows, which are still good even with a Lee Greenwood soundtrack.

In-N-Out #1

Posted by neal in blog on August 29th, 2009 |  No Comments »

Our first In-N-Out is the Tropicana location in Las Vegas. We ordered at 10:34 am, 4 minutes after the doors opened, and it was already packed. We were order #33.

Vacation books

Posted by neal in blog on August 28th, 2009 |  No Comments »

I always spend way too much time picking out what books I’m going to take on vacation and inevitably bring some I won’t open. But here’s what I’m bringing to keep me company for the next 9 days:

The Illuminatis Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson - I’ve been meaning to reread this. It’s been 11 years.

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien - I also read this in 1998, but unlike with the previous book, whoever I loaned it to never returned it. I just found a copy in the $1 bin at Border’s last week.

Both of those books blew my 20-year-old mind, so I’m excited to see how they affect me now.

45 by Bill Drummond - I can’t reread this enough. Great for when you’ll be reading in small doses.

Astro Boy vol 1 & 2 - I’ve been reading Pluto and the Astro Boy movie adaptation, so I thought I’d check out the original source material.

Garden update

Posted by neal in blog on July 10th, 2009 |  No Comments »

The squash and zucchini continue to take over the garden, covering the green beans planted 3 feet away and pushing out the chicken wire fence. We also apparently have the laziest tomato plants in the Midwest, with no fruit even starting yet. The corn looks good, though, and we can’t seem to eat the lettuce fast enough.

The bugs have been kind of bad ever since Winston killed our garden-patrolling garter snake.

At the printers

Posted by neal in blog on June 9th, 2009 |  No Comments »

Powerpop Comics Classics #1: The Black Cat is now at the printers, due to be complete in time for Wizard World Philly. You can pre-order a copy here or check out a preview (including my complete contribution) on facebook here.

One of the most beautiful, amazing songs I’ve heard in years

Posted by neal in blog on June 1st, 2009 |  No Comments »

Deadmau5 and Kaskade - “I Remember”