Time to take stock and evaluate the best, worst, most, least and variations thereof for 2004, and look ahead to 2005:
A Roundup of Film Reviews for 2004
Despite dozens of respectful, worshipful reviews, I’ve been hearing very mixed reactions on the street for the new Eastwood film, Million Dollar Baby, and some friends of mine who went to the premiere say the first two acts are pretty…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 19, 2005 10:59 PM
2005 Movies Preview
Here is a list of the movies that I am most looking forward to this year.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2005 03:01 PM
World Press Photo Award 2004
Last night I saw coverage of pictures that won the World Press Photo Award 2004 on the television and just looked them up again on the BBC web site. The pictures chosen are usually snapshots that freeze an important moment…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on February 12, 2005 10:45 AM
2004 as seen by a 2100 historian
A historian from 2100 (the middle of the Sino-American era) look backs on 2004. 1. 2004 was the middle of what historians know as the American era. President George W Bush was re-elected and like many leaders of the dominant…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 19, 2005 11:14 AM
The Duke’s 14 Favourite Flicks Of 2004
Exhaustive and exhausting, is what.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 18, 2005 10:27 PM
Add one more to the list: The ten best films of 2004
I’ve been been ignoring doing this year-end thing in hopes that somehow I’ll get to the likes of Moolaadé, Notre Musique, Goodbye, Dragon Inn, Vera Drake and Bad Education – but alas, it looks like that won’t happen until next month, or until some of them are released on DVD.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 18, 2005 03:44 PM
Best of 2004
The best – and worst – rock had to offer in 2004.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 17, 2005 01:43 PM
JollyG’s Crazy Happy Fun List Of 2004’s Best (And Worst) Films
Wasn’t it only yesterday that lists were used solely for the purposes of food shopping or as something Santa checked twice? A simpler time when breezy summer days passed to the static sounds of the counted-down top 500 rock songs…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 13, 2005 02:11 PM
Dumpster Bust Film Squad: The Outlook on 2005
From The Island to Sin City, check in here to get a low down on what’s up in ’05…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 10, 2005 08:55 PM
My Best List for 2004
Short and sweet list of my fave 2004 things..
Posted in Blogcritics on January 10, 2005 05:53 PM
Top Albums of 2004
Here are my choices for the top 10 albums of 2004: #1: Scissor Sisters / Scissor Sisters Remix Album – Scissor Sisters When I first bought the Scissor Sisters eponymous album, I dismissed them as an amusing gender-bending art/garage/glam band…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 10, 2005 03:41 PM
Movies in 2004
2004 saw some excellent flicks and some real dogs. Troy showed that not even an all-star cast could save a turkey.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 8, 2005 10:08 PM
The Internet in 2004: Changing of the Guard
2004 was the year of the Internet and the bloggers.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 8, 2005 10:00 PM
Looking over the past 12 months, the United States once again out perform the world as the job machine continued to hum along.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 8, 2005 09:54 PM
Top Selling Albums Worldwide 2004
See “Sturgeon’s Law” (ie. 90% of EVERYTHING is crap)
Posted in Blogcritics on January 8, 2005 12:11 PM
Music Overview 2004
Looking over last year, music wasn’t all that bad. Listen hard enough and you’ll come up with greatness, not to mention evolution.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 7, 2005 07:10 PM
Breaking Windows first annual best games of 2004
It’s pretty much official. This has been the biggest year for video games EVER. Not surprisingly, most of the big software has hit in the past few months. Even still, we at Breaking Windows are going to make sense of…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 7, 2005 05:35 AM
10+ Best AOM DC Artists
Final Art-O-Matic Top 10 Artists List Happy 2005! As most of you know, during the recent Artomatic exhibition, I received quite a few lists by artists, gallery owners, curators, and art critics. These lists detailed their “picks” as the most…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 6, 2005 11:48 PM
A Sexy 2004 Art Year Review
Artnet Reviews 2005 Walter Robinson has an excellent, sexy review of the 2004 art year at Artnet.com….
Posted in Blogcritics on January 6, 2005 11:45 PM
better cars for 2005
Rise of the domestics!
Posted in Blogcritics on January 6, 2005 10:19 PM
Top Selling Albums of 2004
There are two surprising things about this list.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 6, 2005 04:55 PM
Y2K4: The (belated) year in music
Elliot Smith got good again after lacklustre Dreamworks offering Figure Eight, unfortunately he committed suicide (probably) back in 2003 so wasn’t around to witness the near universal critical acclaim heaped on From A Basement On The Hill. Sure, it could…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 5, 2005 03:08 PM
Cranky’s Favorites for 2004: Jazz
Lotsa clattering, squeekin’ and calm.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 5, 2005 11:27 AM
AF&O’s The Year that Was: Top Music of 2004
All Facts and Opinions’ take on the best tunage of 2004.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 4, 2005 04:01 PM
The Theory’s 2004 Favorites List
It was a pretty fine year for music. Twenty years from now I’ll look back on 2004 and say, “Damn!” Just because it was so fine. So here’s my top 15 of the year. 15) U2- How To Dismantle An…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 11:35 PM
2005 Music Forecast
What to listen to in 2005? Here are the big releases and albums to watch for.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 06:46 PM
According to a new report issued today by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2004 was the year blogs took off, with readership up 58%: By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 01:42 PM
2005 and Biblical Shit
There’s no time for Noah; nope, just enough time for God’s Cosmic Flyswatter to return some balance to the population.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 09:22 AM
ABC, not Time, names bloggers “People of the Year”
ABC names bloggers its People of the Year.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 08:56 AM
The Best and Worst of 2004: My Humble List
It’s that time of year. When all of us decide to put together lists recapping the year gone by. I don’t want to disappoint, so without further ado, onto the year that was 2004. I shall start off with the…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 3, 2005 07:30 AM
Dave’s Top Ten of 2004 – Your Results May Vary
Was it a good year for film? Not exactly. Was it a bad year? Maybe. Was there still stuff worth seeing? Definitely. Will I stop talking like Robert Evans? Read the article.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 2, 2005 05:25 PM
Wash Post’s Top 10 Art Shows of 2004
O’Sullivan’s Top 10 DC Art Shows The WaPo’s excellent Weekend section art critic checks in with his top 10 visual art shows for 2004: 1. “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend.” Sewn together by craftswomen from rural southwestern Alabama from scraps…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2004 11:44 PM
Farewell to 2004
2004 was a magnificent year for the visual arts… but then again, every year since that first cavemen, working under the flickering light of a fire, painted the first cave paintings in Altamira, or that first sculptor molded a female…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2004 11:00 PM
AF&O’s The Year that Was: Top News of 2004
All Facts and Opinions’ take on news in the year that was.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2004 03:10 PM
Bailey’s Top Five DC (Miss) Art Shows
Leave it to James W. Bailey to take a simple listing of the top visual art shows from DC and end up with several thousand words on the subject.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2004 10:31 AM
Music Playlist: The Best of 2004
Wow! What a great year for music! Discover what you missed!
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2004 09:46 AM
2005 Reality TV Rundown
Even though I previously wrote that 2005 should mean the end of reality TV, network programmers are clearly not listening. Here’s what to look for (or stay far, far away from) in reality TV land:
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2004 09:45 PM
Dumpster Bust 2004 Album of the Year: Tyrannosaurus Hives, by The Hives
Combine The Cars on speed, Kurt Cobain on Xanax, and The Knack getting its Knack on: Tyrannosaurus Hives brings it…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 30, 2004 05:19 AM
The Uncontestable Official and True List of the Top 20 Records of 2004
Only three of the top 20 songs of 2004 were any kind of radio hits. I attribute this to audience ignorance of music. At this point, I suspect that most pop music consumers wouldn’t know a real song if it…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 29, 2004 08:49 PM
Most Underreported Stories of 2004
Here is a list of some of my favorite underreported stories of 2004.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 27, 2004 05:40 PM
2004 Man of the Year
Inside Real Estate Journal selects Malcolm Glazer, billionaire extraordinaire, as its Man of the Year.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 26, 2004 01:58 PM
Marty’s Best of the Year
Here are my faves from this last year, in no particular order. It was a rather good year for rock and metal. Let us hope next year delivers as well. – Nightwish Once – Velvet Revolver Contraband – PinkCream 69…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 26, 2004 08:59 AM
Movie Awards Update – Sideways Continues to Show the Way
:: Many more nominations and awards for 2004 motion pictures have been announced in recent days:National Board of Review: Named its Top Ten Films of 2004, with Finding Neverland at the top of the list, Jamie Foxx as Best Actor…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 25, 2004 11:23 PM
The Hookie Awards – I
David Brooks at the New York Times is instituting a set of awards for the most important essays written in 2004, partly to demonstrate that the age of the public intellectual is not over. The awards are named after Sidney…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 25, 2004 09:25 AM
Yes, Virginia, Hip-hop is Not Dead
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say hip-hop is dead. Papa says, “If you see it in a weblog, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is hip-hop dead? -Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 24, 2004 09:22 PM
2004 Dumbest Political Quotes… On Christmas Morning
Editorializing the 25 Dumbest Quotes… on the Night Before Christmas ! [Satire] These 25 quotes are again complied courtesy of Daniel Kurtzman…. We think you’ll find them even more thought provoking than Part I above! Editorial comments in [ ]…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 24, 2004 11:58 AM
Top 10 DC Art Shows of 2004
Top 10 Shows of 2004 With the large number of commercial fine art galleries, embassy galleries, non-profit galleries, artists cooperative galleries, alternative art venues and museums that we have in our Greater Washington, DC area, the task of selecting a…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 24, 2004 10:30 AM
Time Tracker – “It’s obviously not the type of thing kids would want for themselves”
My Understatement of the Year Award goes to… Andrea Galinski, product development manager at Chelsea & Scott, the company that owns Leaps and Bounds, which sells the Time Tracker. But wait, sayeth thou: what is the Time Tracker? It’s this…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 24, 2004 10:28 AM
2004 Funniest Political Quotes… On the Night Before Christmas
Editorializing the 25 Funniest Quotes… on the Night Before Christmas ! [Satire] These 25 quotes are complied courtesy of Daniel Kurtzman…. they are without a doubt some of the more precious political quotes of 2004! I am sure you can…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 24, 2004 10:24 AM
Google’s Zeitgeist shows real estate’s top professional service searched for in 2004
Google’s Zeitgeist ranks real estate as top searched for professional service.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2004 09:32 PM
Top 10 DC Photography Shows of 2004
Wash City Paper’s Top 10 Photography Shows of the Year Louis Jacobson delivers his take on the photography year for 2004 in our area with a very good piece in the current Washington City Paper. Lou’s Top 10: 1. “Lost…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2004 09:30 PM
2004 Google Zeitgeist
Google has released their 2004 Zeitgeist rankings, ” Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year’s major events and trends. We hope you enjoy this…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2004 02:24 PM
Shark’s Top 12 from 2004
Memory loss apparently has its advantages — but I’m here to remind you what 2004 was all about.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 23, 2004 07:10 AM
The Best Movies 2000-2004
The first five years of the decade are over. Time to look back at the half decade that was (in film).
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2004 10:48 PM
Wally’s Best Of Music 2004 Part 4 Best Album
Originally published at Soulfish Stew. This is anti-climactic for those who know me well, but here goes – Brian Wilson presents Smile had to be the best album of 2004. Rock and roll mythology – Derek Taylor publicity machine –…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2004 02:22 PM
Anti-Trending and Other Trends for 2005
Usually you have to pay to hear futurist Watts Wacker, but not on Blogcritics…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 21, 2004 10:58 PM
Best of 2004
In lieu of holiday cards that I am horrible at selecting, and which tend to linger on my desktop rather than make their way to a mailing, and seeing that music is the best expression of celebration, what better way…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 21, 2004 09:40 PM
Best of 2004 – Concert DVD List
2004 was a great year for concert DVDs. Now that almost everyone owns a DVD player, and the technology to record and produce a quality DVD has gotten much less inexpensive, almost all bands, of every level of success, are…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 20, 2004 03:52 PM
Best Nine of Aught-Four
I don’t know about anyone else, but I think 2004 was a bad bad year for music.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 20, 2004 01:48 AM
Best of the Best
Are we thrusting too much greatness onto too many blogs? And how do we rank the rankers?
Posted in Blogcritics on December 19, 2004 11:30 PM
The Best Songs of 2004 [Biased in favor of the electronica genre]
I can’t say this has been a bad year for music, but a number of major names have had disappointing releases. Because of personal preferences, the list is heavily biased in favor of electronica outfits. In no particular order, the…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 19, 2004 11:28 PM
Best High Performance Recordings of 2004…according to surroundablog..
This year saw a decline in the number of DVD-Audio releases and a tipping point for SACD. All in all…a strong high performance audio library could be built just by purchasing the following top 10 from Amazon… 10. Buddy Guy…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 19, 2004 03:34 PM
Dumpster Bust Keeping It Real Politik: No, they didn’t… Time magazine names George W. Bush 2004 Person of the Year
Not like this… No, not like this…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 19, 2004 03:04 PM
Pop Ten Suck This List, 2004
Well, my Bonsai Buckaroos, what’s more hee-hawlarious than a drunktank full of rednecks? The 2004 Crap-O-rama and PCPopCulturefest!
Posted in Blogcritics on December 18, 2004 09:08 PM
Dew’s Top Ten for ’04
The things I took everywhere, kept track of my opinions, garnered opinions for or just plain really liked.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 18, 2004 01:51 PM
Why the lists?
There are some reasons why every music magazine creates lists at this time of the year. The sentimental: it’s the end of the year as we know it, and writers feel they have to take stock. The necessary: the only…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 18, 2004 04:17 AM
2004: Best in Music
A look back at the music of 2004: U2, Lanegan, Elliott Smith and more
Posted in Blogcritics on December 17, 2004 12:36 PM
As If Anyone Cares: My Top Ten CDs
Discard all your CDs except these:
Posted in Blogcritics on December 16, 2004 04:34 PM
The Effy’s – Worst Teen Princess
They are young. They are marketed as sex objects even if it should be illegal. They do stupid things. These are the girls who are role models for school aged girls around the world. School aged girls who long to…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 15, 2004 11:36 PM
The Effy’s – Dumbest Journalistic Moment
What in the hell is an Effy? Well, I decided that for my end of year posts, I wanted to create a fake award. As a result, I have created the Effy. Here is an explanation and then I will…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 15, 2004 10:59 PM
Zeitgeist: Over-hyped stuff from 2004
More hype, less talk
Posted in Blogcritics on December 15, 2004 04:05 PM
2004’s Top 10 Most Overhyped
This is a list of the most overhyped people, trends, events and happenings of 2004. Most of the fault lies with the media. 1. Janet Jackson Superbowl controversy 2. Lindsay Lohan
Posted in Blogcritics on December 15, 2004 02:41 AM
Cranky’s Favorites for 2004: Pop & Rock & Whatever
Again, that time of year is rocketing toward us all. It’s been a mad and magnificent one. The election. The Red Sox. Phew! Also, it’ll be a little weird seeing Regis Philbin filling in for Dick Clark, that’s for sure.Here…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 14, 2004 12:51 PM
And We Danced Wraps Up the Year
Top singles, albums, DVDs, and more!
Posted in Blogcritics on December 14, 2004 09:50 AM
2004’s Biggest Winner In American Politics (Candidates Excluded)
Drum roll, please…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 10:23 PM
Wally’s Best Of Music 2004 Part 3 – 3 singles
I miss 45’s. During my early teens I would have just enough allowance to get one 45, an issue of Creem, Circus, or Hit Parader, and then either go roller skating or to the movies every couple of weeks. How…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 05:42 PM
Biggest Reading Disappointments
Books of the year that did not live upto expectations
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 03:43 PM
2004: Big Smiles for Brian Wilson
2004 has been Brian Wilson’s best overall year since about 1966 it seems: at the age of 62 he finally got around to finishing his magnum opus Smile, which has been nominated for three Grammys (pop vocal album, rock instrumental…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 03:01 PM
2005 Rock Hall Inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2005 inductees just a bit ago – it’s a very solid and substantial list: U2, the O’Jays, the Pretenders, Percy Sledge, Buddy Guy, and nonperformers Frank Barsalona and Seymour Stein….
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 11:22 AM
The Best Books Of 2004
An eclectic collection of personal favorites.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 04:10 AM
The worst films of the year – fill in the blank(s)
Posted in Blogcritics on December 9, 2004 05:09 PM
Go forth and blog
2004 was the year of the blog for sure. People everywhere took to the web like never before to spew their digital guts into bits and bytes for the world to see and read. Everyone from health nuts to wanna-be…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 9, 2004 10:39 AM
Wally Bangs Best Music Of 2004 Part Two
Part two of a four part series: Wally’s Best Music of 2004 Published first at Soulfish Stew. Young Heart Attack – Mouthful Of Love: Young Heart Attack channels AC/DC, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, MC5, and the Rolling Stones,…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 8, 2004 03:48 PM
Yensid does 2004
Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album of the year 2004: Future Leaders of the world – LvlIV 2004 (Runner-ups): Shadows Fall – The War Within Sum 41 – Chuck Killswitch Engage – The end of heartache Papa Roach – Getting away…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 8, 2004 03:01 PM
Best Surround Sound albums of 2004….according to your Grammy…
Grammy nominees for best surround sound album of 2004 are in….here… Roxy Music’s “Avalon” (SACD), Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” (SACD), Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” (SACD), Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time” (DVD-A), and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Raise Your Spirit Higher” (SACD) as surround sound recordings of 2004…The ceremony takes place on February the 13th, 2005. Unfortunately; I suspect this awarding will occur off camera and will only be mentioned on Grammy’s captioning ticker…!
Posted in Blogcritics on December 8, 2004 08:40 AM
Best Blues of 2004
2004 may have been a grim (for democrats, anyaway) year politically, but there were some outstanding blues recordings released this year.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 7, 2004 10:18 PM
CDs of ’05
I’ve been looking at Jazzmatazz’s list of upcoming CD releases. Here are the 2005 albums that look the most promising, with their release dates: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – A Love Supreme (Palmetto): Jan. 11th. Strange that Coltrane’s “A Love…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 7, 2004 02:51 AM
Wally Bangs Best Of 2004 part one
Here’s part one of a four part series on the Best Music Of 2004. I’ve selected seven full length albums and three songs I feel are some of the best of the year. Originally posted at Soulfish Stew. Loretta Lynn…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 7, 2004 02:45 PM
I Read Downbeat But I Didn’t Vote
Well, there’s a new Downbeat Reader’s Poll out and McCoy Tyner has finally been inducted into the Hall of Fame. If I hadn’t been too lazy, here’s how I would have cast my votes: Hall of Fame: McCoy Tyner. The…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 6, 2004 09:41 PM
Four Cover Versions
Two of my favourite cover versions of 2004: Jimmy Eat World’s “Firestarter”), which directed the fuck-the-world aggro of the Prodigy’s original inward, turning the tune into a hymn of self-loathing, and Beck’s lovely mellow take on the Korgis’ “Everybody’s Got…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 6, 2004 10:49 AM
Grammy Nomination Wish List
The 47th Annual Grammy Award nominees will be announced Tuesday at the Music Box in Hollywood. U2 and Eminem’s new albums were released after the submission deadline (Sept. 30) but not so for the lead singles “Vertigo” and “Just Lose…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 6, 2004 02:45 AM
Concerts in ’05
It’s almost 2005, so I’ve decided to make a list of the shows I’m especially excited about in the coming year: Joshua Redman Elastic Band with Sam Yahel and Brian Blade: Dec. 28th through Jan. 2nd at Yoshi’s in Oakland….
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on December 4, 2004 09:18 PM
The Duke Presents The Best Records Of 2004
The 18 Best Albums With (2004) Next To The Title
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on December 3, 2004 11:29 AM