Pop Culture Inventory
FAVORITE MUSIC RELEASED IN 2012
Top 10 Albums
1. Tame Impala “Lonerism”
2. Beach House “Bloom”
3. Chairlift “Something”
4. Lambchop “Mr. M”
5. Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”
6. The Walkmen “Heaven”
7. Ty Segall “Twins” / Ty Segall Band “Slaughterhouse”
8. Max Richter “Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons”
9. Sharon Van Etten “Tramp”
10. Kendrick Lamar “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”
Other Digs (In ABC Order)
Aesop Rock “Skelethon”
Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls”
Bob Mould “Silver Age”
Cat Power “Sun”
Capital STEEZ “Amerikkkan Korruption”
Chief Keef “Finally Rich”
Cloud Nothings “Attack On Memory”
Dinosaur Jr. “I Bet On Sky”
Divine Fits “A Thing Called Divine Fits”
Dr. Dog “Be The Void”
Dream Boat “Eclipsing”
El-P “Cancer 4 Cure”
Bill Fay “Life is People”
Islands “A Sleep & Forgetting”
JJ Doom “Key To The Kuffs”
Joey Bada$$ “1999”
Killer Mike “R.A.P. Music”
Lower Dens “Nootropics”
Samara Lubelski “Wavelength”
Heather McIntosh “Compliance: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Jacob Morris “Moths”
of Monreal “Paralytic Stalks”
Perfume Genius “Put Your Back N 2 It”
Pro Era “Peep The Aprocalypse”
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin “Beasts of the Southern Wild: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Spiritualized “Sweet Heart Sweet Light”
Swans “The Seer”
Wild Nothing “Nocturne”
Neil Young “Psychedelic Pill”
Michael Tully Presents The Best Songs of 2012 (Vol. 1)
***DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT HERE, FOLKS!***
MICHAEL TULLY PRESENTS THE BEST SONGS OF 2012 (VOL. 1)
1. “Spring 0 – Spring 0” Max Richter (Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons)
2. “Spring 1 – Spring 1” Max Richter (Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons)
3. “Brains” Lower Dens (Nootropics)
4. “The Salton Sea” Divine Fits (A Thing Called Divine Fits)
5. “Myth” Beach House (Bloom)
6. “The Love You Love” The Walkmen (Heaven)
7. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” Tame Impala (Lonerism)
8. “Bad Religion” Frank Ocean (Channel Orange)
9. “Only in My Dreams” Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (Mature Themes)
10. “Compliance Theme” Heather McIntosh (Compliance: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
11. “Zero Dark Thirty” Aesop Rock (Skelethon)
12. “I Belong In Your Arms” Chairlift (Something)
13. “Grown Up” Danny Brown (“Grown Up” Single)
14. “Guv’nor” JJ Doom (Key To The Kuffs)
15. “Oblivion” Grimes (Visions)
16. “Hood” Perfume Genius (Put Your Back N 2 It)
17. “Never My Love” Lambchop (Mr. M)
18. “Wet Cigarette” Jacob Morris (Moths)
19. “Serpents” Sharon Van Etten (Tramp)
20. “Hold On” Alabama Shakes (Boys and Girls)
21. “Fever Of My Dreams” Dream Boat (Eclipsing)
22. “Once There Was A Hushpuppy” Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild: Soundtrack)
[P.S. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES OUT TO THE ARTISTS WHO MADE ALL THIS GREAT MUSIC. EACH OF THE ABOVE TRACKS WERE LEGALLY PURCHASED BY ME, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO YOURSELVES A BIG FAVOR AND BUY THE ENTIRE ALBUMS THEMSELVES IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY.]
On The Occasion Of The One-Year Anniversary of Pop-Culture (Seemingly Non) Inventory
Well, well, well, apparently my New Year’s Resolution of 2012—to keep a public inventory of my pop culture consumption on this here site—died an embarrassingly quick death. The last posting here was on January 2nd! Whoopsie!
This post isn’t to say that I’m “gonna right that wrong” and pick up where I barely left off almost a year ago to the day, but it is to say that I am going to hopefully post here more often than twice in 365 days and hopefully use it as a resource of sorts to alert you hungry folks to things I am chewing on and am confident that you will dig on chewing on too.
First up: my now annual sonic tradition that goes by the name of “Michael Tully Presents The Best Songs of…”. As with last year, there are two volumes this year. They will hopefully be posted within the next few days, once I refigure out how to do that.
Happy Stressful Holidays to you and yours…
Monday, January 2, 2012
!Women Art Revolution (2010, Lynn Hershman Leeson, 83m) — This movie is kinda gonzo!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
And so begins a new year of viewing. Let us start by cramming for the Cinema Eye Honors, as I refuse to vote in a category in which I haven’t seen every nominee (that should be a given but I fear that many folks don’t play by these rules). Based on said awards voting, I probably shouldn’t get too opinionated about the films I’m indexing here, but I likely will. Anyway, let’s get to it:
The Black Power Mixtape (2011, Goran Hugo Olsson, 93m) — This has nothing to do with my appreciation of the film itself, but I was surprised to find that the content didn’t correspond to what I thought it was actually about. My understanding was that the overriding purpose was to show music’s influence in the Black Power movement, when in fact this was more of a general history lesson as viewed through the prism of several Swedish television crews.
Hell And Back Again (2011, Danfung Dennis, 88m)
Friday, December 30, 2011
Slow Fade by Rudolph Wurlitzer (read by Will Oldham and D.V. DeVincentis) — The waning days of the year 2011 found me doing two rather momentous things for the first time: 1) I finally learned how to ski; and 2) I listened to my first audio book/CD while driving in a car. It made the purty drive from Western Maryland to Brooklyn seem quite breezy, in fact. Now I know why people speak highly of this concept. As for the novel itself, I found it to be quite well orchestrated—and finely performed by Mr. Oldham—as it shifted between the multi-character threaded present day, the actual past, and the screenplay-within-the-story. My hunch is that this jumping around would have been too self-conscious and distracting on screen, so I’m glad that I read—er, I mean listened to—the book instead of experiencing it as a motion picture.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979, John Irvin, 310m) — Based on my trusted cousin JT’s opinion that the new film doesn’t measure up to the BBC version starring Sir Alec Guinness, I decided to make it a priority to watch this version first. While I realize that I’m an idiot when it comes to these “ahead-of-the-game” spy movies—the best thing I can equate it to is the empty-headed confusion I felt during Chemistry class—I do have to confess that making my way through these three discs felt like homework. To further embarrass myself, I’ll compare the experience to seeing Army of Shadows for the first time, which left me completely befuddled. By the end, I found myself coming around (I first started it in early December), but I still can’t tell you who was who, what was what, or why was why. Shame on me, I know.
surfinwinter asked: i am surprised to see tyler's record on there, tully. i thought the single was good but by the time the album came out and all the crap around them had reached fever pitch, i felt like goblin ended up being a bit of a damp squib. he genuinely seems like a nasty piece of work, to me. great list tho!
Truth be told, I didn’t listen to the record very much, and I had a same similar sense of deflation with the actual result, but I still think it belongs in this kinda/sorta “time capsule” of a list. For my money, the unqualified hip-hop album of the year is DJ Quik’s The Book of David. Notice that Drake and Kanye/Jay-Z didn’t even make my list.
TOP 40 ALBUMS OF 2011
For me, 2011 was a very good year when it came to music. I am not wasting time ordering my picks, so instead I’m going to rock thangs alphabetically and placing an asterisk by those titles that I especially dug.
THE TOP 40 ALBUMS OF 2011
* Atlas Sound, Parallax
Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
* Bill Callahan, Apocalypse
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
* Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Wolfroy Goes To Town
* Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now
* The Caretaker, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
* Cass McCombs, Humor Risk
* Cass McCombs, Wit’s End
David Lynch, Crazy Clown Time
* David Wingo, Take Shelter Soundtrack
* Destroyer, Kaputt
* DJ Quik, The Book of David
East River Pipe, We Live In Rented Rooms
* Explosions in the Sky, take care, take care, take care
Frank Ocean, nostalgia/ultra
* Fucked Up, David Comes To Life
* Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest
The Go! Team, Rolling Blackouts
* Kort, Kort
* Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo
The Ladybug Transistor, Clutching Stems
Michael Montes, Septien: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Lost in Translation
Olafur Arnalds, Living Room Songs
* PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
Radiohead, The King of Limbs
* Real Estate, Days
* The Roots, undun
* Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde
Tom Waits, Bad As Me
tUnE-yArDs, W H O K I L L
* Ty Segall, Goodbye Bread
Tyler The Creator, Goblin
* Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
* Vetiver, The Errant Charm
A Winged Victory For The Sullen, A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
House of Pleasures (2011, Bertrand Bonello, 125m) — Some movies just pull you back in. The need to see this thing before it left the IFC Center once and forever proved too strong a compulsion. And while a second viewing of Margaret dragged me a bit more back to Earth, a second viewing of House of Pleasures floated me higher into the sky. I am happy enough to stand by the ordering in the Top 10 list I submitted to indieWIRE, but more than anything, I’m just happy I saw this movie before finalizing that list. Some of the most indelible images committed to the screen in 2011.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Letters To Emma Bowlcut by Bill Callahan — With each new album he releases, Bill Callahan seems to be getting more comfortable, more assured, and more excellent than ever. Released last year, I only recently got around to buying his first book, an epistolary novelette comprised of a series of letters written by a reclusive, lonely soul to a girl he met at a party. Here are just a few of the very many sentences that tickled me:
I learned that you can get bruises without external contact.
You are the reason I get out of bed. To tell you that I have gotten out of bed.
Sometimes I wish we were an eagle. (Hmm, I think I’ve heard that one before.)
When faced with everything sometimes the best course of action is nothing.
It’s not in my nature to think about the future until after it has happened.
I think fish became humans because they didn’t have any way to pistol whip each other.
If these types of zingers are up your alley, then you should certainly check out this book. And if you aren’t familiar with the music of Bill Callahan, you need to get to familiarizing immediately.
ROUGH CUT (77m)