Top Films of 2014

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Life

This was a really solid year for film again, some great indie stuff and some solid big releases. In total I saw 72 films this year, a bit under the last few years but it was a busy year. There were some really amazing films this year and I hope you all get a chance to see them. Again no order outside of number one (and this number one is one of the top films of the last 5 years): 

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Starred Up
Inherent Vice
LEGO Movie
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Honorable Mentions: Pride, Love Is Strange, Begin Again, Locke, Fury, A Most Violent Year, Chef, The Fault In Our Stars, Wild, The Good Lie, The Double

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Top Albums of 2014

Posted: February 4, 2015 in Life

This year was a littler slower in new albums, I listened to about 30 new albums in total. The ones below me really resonated throughout the year. Below are my top 13 albums and a few honorable mentions. Again no order outside of number one: 

Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
Pharrell Williams – G I R L
Kimbra – The Golden Echo
alt-J – This Is All Yours
Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
LCD Soundsystem -The Long Goodbye
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Cloud Cult – Unplug
The Faint – Doom Abuse
Jack White – Lazaretto
Big Giant Circles – The Glory Days
Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

Honorable Mentions: LCD Soundsystem -The Long Goodbye, Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars, Twin Forks – Twin Forks, She & Him – Classics, Spoon – They Want My Soul, Sisyphus – Sisyphus, Lindsey Stirling – Shatter Me, The Black Keys – Turn Blue, Le Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin

Check out the top albums here:  Top 2014

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Top Concerts of 2014

Posted: February 2, 2015 in Life

Welcome once again dear readers to the only thing I tend to blog about anymore. My top lists of 2014. Once again I’ll be posting my top Concerts, Albums and Films of the year that was 2014. First off 2014 was a big year for me, I moved to Raleigh and started working at Epic. This threw off a lot of my watching, listening and concert going habits as I adjusted to a new area with new music.

So to start off we will start with the Top Concerts of 2014, as I mentioned before with moving I had to learn a new area with new venues, the music scene in Raleigh is very different from Dallas. It allows for a lot of really small intimate shows (like the outdoor Eisley show with about 100 people). So here we go my top 13! Remember the one in bold is my #1, everything else is not ordered.

Twenty One Pilots
Neutral Milk Hotel
Conor Oberst
The Avett Brothers
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Cage the Elephant
The Front Bottoms
Jake Bugg
Senses Fail
Andrew Bird

Previous lists: 2012, 2013

Top Films of 2013

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Life

So here it is, my final list of 2013, the one that I have dedicated by far the most amount of time to this year. I saw almost 80 new films this year for sure one of my busiest years. And I have to say, this has been the best year in films since 2010, their were a few increadible films, a ton of great films and even more good films. All in all a great year to be a cinema goer. So here it is, my top films of 2013, in no order except for my favorite film (it was a long and slogged out fight between two nearly perfect films, but this one is the winner)

Short Term 12
Fruitvale Station
The Act of Killing
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Spectacular Now
Captain Phillips
Kill Your Darlings
Dallas Buyers Club

Honorable Mentions: Before Midnight, The World’s End, The Place Beyond the Pines, Frances Ha, Don Jon, What Richard Did, Nebraska, Philomena, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mud

Films I still need to see: Frozen, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Blue is the Warmest Color, Upstream Color, The Great Beauty, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Hunt


Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012

Top Albums of 2013

Posted: February 6, 2014 in Life

This year was an interesting year in music for me, both live and recorded, some albums I listened to nonstop for months, some just got a few listen. But in total there were around 45-50 new albums I listened to this year. Below are my top 13 albums and a few honorable mentions. Again no order outside of number one: 

Twenty One Pilots – Vessels
Cloud Cult – Love
Seabird – Troubled Days
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk
Bastille – Bad Blood
Cage The Elephant – Melophobia
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Justice – Access All Arenas
CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
The Octopus Project – Fever Forms
The Arcade Fire – Reflektor
The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion

Honorable Mentions: Emily Bear – Diversity; Avicii – True, The Almost – Fear Inside Our Bones; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros; She & Him – Volume 3; Eisley – Currents; Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action; Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest; Valerie June – Pushin’ Against A Stone; Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012

Top Concerts of 2013

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Life

Welcome dear friends and readers to my lists for 2013! It was a crazy year for me, with lots of changes and travel. I’ll be starting off this year with a new list that I added last year, enjoy!

Now my top concerts of 2013! This was a pretty off year for me and concerts, I only went to about 20 shows all year (a record low since middle school), and only about 10 of those were of note. So now in no particular order (outside of my number one) my Top 10 concerts of 2013:

The Maccabees
The View
The Lumineers
The Postal Service
The Arctic Monkeys
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Five Iron Frenzy
Hosen Brass
Mumford & Sons

Previous lists: 2012

Top Albums of 2012

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Life

Now time for my final list of 2012, this one is a little later than normal because it took me a while to figure out what should be on my list. To be honest I listened to way fewer new albums this year than probably any year before, I will rectify this next year for sure.  As always, in  no order minus the top album. So without further ado, my final Top list of the year, The Top Albums of 2012:
The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Fun. – Some Nights
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Muse – The 2nd Law
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
The View – Cheeky For A Reason
The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
Andrew Bird – Break it yourself
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

Honorable Mention
M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion, Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose, The Killers – Battle Born, Keane – Strangeland, Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011

Top Concerts of 2012

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Life

Welcome to my new category! My top concerts of 2012! This was a crazy year for me, on top of going to ACL and Edgefest I went to a ton of concerts. ACL was a bit of overload and I’m not sure I’ll go all 3 days again but it was super fun and I saw some amazing bands. Now for my Top 13 concerts of 2012:

The Tallest Man on Earth
The Faint
The Avett Brothers
M. Ward
Jack White
The Black Keys
The Arctic Monkeys
Amon Tobin
Andrew Bird
Florence + The Machine

Honorable Mention: Animal Collective, Eisley,The Features, Snow Patrol

Top Films of 2012

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Life

It is that glorious time of year again my friends, the time that I finally post something on my blog! That is right, my top lists of 2012! This year I’ll be adding a new category Top Concerts of 2012!

So now to kick it off with my top 13 films of 2012! I saw almost 100 movies this year, yes I have a problem, and their were a few truly great films this year. Just a reminder I don’t order my top 13 outside of my top film (the first one duh). I’ve also decided to limit my honorable mention to 10. So without anymore reading here we go! My top 13 films of 2012:

The Master



Silver Linings Playbook

Moonrise Kingdom

Zero Dark Thirty


End of Watch

Indie Game: The Movie

Django Unchained

Wreck-it Ralph

Beast of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi

Honorable Mention: Searching For Sugar Man, Bernie, Seven Psychopaths, The Queen of Versailles, Chronicle, Compliance, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Amour, The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey, The Impossible

Worst Movie: Wrath of the Titans

Wanting to see: The Waiting Room, The Revisionaries, Only The Young, Wasteland, The Raid: Redemption

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011

Top Films of 2011

Posted: February 12, 2012 in Life

2011 was a great year for good movies, but a terrible year for Great films. Of all of the films I watched this year I would only put the top two on this list into the “Great films” category. Granted I also didn’t see nearly as many films as I normally see, so maybe I missed some great ones; if so let me know. Without further ado; my Top 13 Films of 2011.


The Artist

The Muppets

Midnight in Paris



Super 8


Of Gods and Men


Like Crazy

The Ides of March

The Help

Honorable Mention: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; Everything Must Go; Paul

Worst Movie: Green Lantern

Wanting to see: The Adventures of Tintin; Sherlock Holmes 2; Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Previous lists: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010