Top 25 Songs of 2008

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The New Year’s Eve post was something of a tradition on my old blog, so it seems only fitting to me that I continue the tradition on this first New Year’s Eve of the Geek Force Five era. I’ll be back with some pretty substantial (and, I hope, exciting) announcements about the future of the site in the coming days. In the meantime, here are the top 25 songs I listened to the most in 2008 (according to Last.fm).

  1. “Crushcrushcrush” by Paramore
  2. “Everything I’m Not” by The Veronicas
  3. “Never Again” by Kelly Clarkson
  4. “Misery Business” by Paramore
  5. “That’s What You Get” by Paramore
  6. “Dreams” by Letters to Cleo
  7. “Summerlong” by Kathleen Edwards
  8. “Free” by Plumb
  9. “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters
  10. “Discipline” by Nine Inch Nails
  11. “It’s a Shame About Ray” by Lemonheads
  12. “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry
  13. “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry
  14. “Runaway” by Avril Lavigne
  15. “Let The Flames Begin” by Paramore
  16. “Hot” by Avril Lavigne
  17. “The Moneymaker” by Rilo Kiley
  18. “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” by CSS
  19. “Over It” by Katharine McPhee
  20. “Don't Stop Believin’” by Journey
  21. “Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)” by Rihanna
  22. “Echoplex” by Nine Inch Nails
  23. “Clothes Off!!” by Gym Class Heroes
  24. “Caught Up In You” by .38 Special
  25. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

Whereas last year was the year of Nine Inch Nails and the Pluto Tapes, this year is all about Paramore. Four of their songs appear on this year's list, making it absolutely clear that I am still very much a pop bubblegum whore.

It’s also worth noting that the trend of me becoming more and more “out of it” continued this year. Last year, only nine of the twenty-five songs were songs released in 2007. This year, only four of the songs that made the list were released in 2008.

Lastly, if there were a “Most Listened to Album of the Year” it would probably be, despite its length, Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails. I’ve listened to it in full nearly every week since it came out early in 2008 (sometimes twice a week). I hope that redeems me in your eyes.

At least a little bit. :-P

Worth Your Consideration #021

The “Worth Your Consideration” column is finally legal, just in time to sip some livened-up eggnog and give to you, constant reader, a veritable Santa-sized stockingful of linkage love.

  • Jennifer Aniston’s recent anti-Angelina ranting be pissing off most people, but Hugh Hefner ain’t mad at her. The Playboy founder told Extra that Jen’s nude spread for GQ looked like it belonged on the cover of his own magazine.
  • And, speaking of bared breasts, they can also, apparently, sell washing machines. Well, only if there are lots of them. And only if they’re attached to beautiful skydiving models. 
  • Toplessness has not been a ladies-only phenomenon this past fortnight either. Here’s a shocker: our President-Elect is, relatively speaking, pretty cut. His abs aren’t quite a six-pack, but he ain’t sporting no pot belly neither.
  • Oh, and he is also Time’s Person of the Year. That news comes courtesy of our old friend Jason Kottke.
  • Also from Kottke: a Periodic Table of Awesomeness.  Bacon is #1 and Samuel L. Jackson, despite never having appeared in a Kevin Smith film, is #37. Weird.
  • Also weird: The trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine is available exclusively on MySpace. Why MySpace, man? Haven’t we established that Apple’s Trailers Site is the place for movie previews.
  • The place for parodies of the Bush shoe-throwing incident: Best Week Ever.
  • On a totally separate note: I finally stop subjecting myself to the weekly torture that Smallville has become over the past three years, and now they have to go and make it good again? The preview for the second half of their latest season features The Legion of Superheroes, flying Clark, angry Doomsday, and naked Lex. Guess I’m going to have to catch up and tune in.
  • The filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will span fifty-four weeks, according to producer David Heyman. They’re still debating on where to split the story (Hallows will be released as two films) but may have found “an emotional and very truthful” place for the break.
  • Apple debuted two video ads, one of them featuring a cute talking rabbit. Thanks to TUAW for the link.
  • But, if you like your Mac vs. PC action a bit more violent, check this bit of YouTubeage. It’s done in the style of Transformers, and if that doesn’t pique your interest, then you’re not really a geek.
  • Speaking of YouTubeage, TUAW provided a link to this wicked pissa montage of Apple history. It condenses 30 years of awesome into 3 minutes and is definitely worth your consideration.
  • Moving on, MacNN reported this past week that an Iron Man video game has come to the iPhone. I haven’t played Iron Man: Aerial Assault yet, but I plan on plunking down eight bucks for it just as soon as, well… just as soon as I have eight bucks. Which might be next year, for all I know. Stupid economy.
  • SimCity has come to the iPhone, as well. That’s another ten bucks down the drain. They just knew that I couldn’t resist it, didn’t they? TUAW has a review.
  • Also in the making me spend more money than I have department, Marvel released their full slate of solicitations for March 2009. Just when I thought I was going to be able to kick my comic book habit, those bastards reel me back in with stories about who will be the next Sorceror Supreme, and news that the Sisterhood of Evil Mutants is finally assembled and ready to destroy the X-Men once and for all (I’m still holding out hope that they’ve duped Firestar into joining and that she’ll somehow escape their grasp and rocket to new levels of superstardom as a member of the X-Men or something).
  • It’s Christmas and I’m getting tired, so let’s finish this puppy up…
  • Apple announced that their appearance at 2009’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco would be their last appearance at Macworld. They also announced that Steve Jobs would not give his customary keynote address. Apple fanatics promptly lost their shit, but TUAW provided a sane look at why this decision was probably inevitable.
  • In crossover news: Who knew that Nine Inch Nails was using a MacBook Pro and Logic Studio to replace racks of equipment on their latest tour. I certainly didn’t. To think that this tour was so much more awesome than usual, but that they used so much less equipment to make it happen… That rules.
  • This does not rule: Nine Inch Nails wrapped up their Lights in the Sky tour, and are currently prepping for a final wave of dates before calling it quits for the foreseeable future. There was news recently that Lights in the Sky would not be captured on film, which most NIN fans who had the pleasure of seeing the show would say is a total travesty. But there is also news that fans who attended the Las Vegas show are assembling a fan-made DVD. The project even has a Website: This One’s On Us (a reference to Trent Reznor’s comment, on the release of The Slip earlier this year, that that one [The Slip] was on him).
  • In Lost news: Jack finally shaves and The Powers That Be answer questions in these clips provided by DarkUFO.
  • Also: lots of people in Dharma jumpsuits that I never thought I’d see in Dharma jumpsuits can be seen in these pictures snagged by Dark and his associates.
  • AND, a new promo is out that made me go, “Huh? What?!?”
  • AND, cute postcards, direct from the island, are begging me not to be a stranger, and reminding me that the island cures what ails me.
  • Oh, and there’s a Lostpedia interview with Michael Emerson, too.

And yeah, I think that’s where I’ll call it a night. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that.

The Cider Press #004 - Making Beats on iPhone

The column where we crush a hot Apple news story down to the sweet, sweet nectar of a single paragraph.

Making music on the iPhone has become one of my favorite pastimes. I’m not very good at it, but fiddling around with Ocarina and Band has always been for a few laughs, if nothing else. There are people out there, however, who are getting down to business with these apps, and trying their damnedest to produce some “dope joints.” In the video included above, Henny shows us how he makes it happen with Beatmaker, an app I hadn’t heard about until today, and that I kind of hope I don’t hear about again (since hearing about it again will probably make me buy it, a purchase which would make no sense, because, well, I ain’t got no rhythm). The truth is, they shouldn’t make making music so easy. Because those of us who pick up an iPhone, use it as an instrument, and then fancy ourselves musicians—well, we deserve to have our heads cut off by Vanilla Ice impersonators wielding broken Debbie Gibson LPs. And we deserve, like Denis Leary once said, to rot in hell next to the Bay City Rollers while listening to Andy Gibb singing “Shadow Dancing” for eons and eons. Rihanna pleads with us, “Please don’t stop the music.” But when it comes to iPhone music applications, the Geek Force Five say: “Please, for the love of Pete, stop!!!

Two More Reasons to Read Cinema-Suicide.com

Of all the Websites I’ve discovered while attending the regular monthly meetings of New Hampshire Media Makers, the one I’m most addicted to at the moment is Cinema Suicide. The site is billed as “a celebration of cheap thrills,” and while it’s #1 contributor Bryan White spends most of time writing about the horror genre (understandably so, given the site’s name), it’s also a great place for little tidbits like the two I’ve chosen to highlight today. If you’re in the market for daily nuggets of genre-ey goodness, Cinema Suicide is a must-bookmark, its RSS feed a must-subscribe.

Here are the two articles that excited me most over the past couple of days:

  • The vastly underappreciated 1986 film masterpiece Howard the Duck is finally coming to DVD. Somewhere online, I once wrote of my love for Howard—I think it was my friend Beth’s site, but I’m not sure, and I can’t find it—and begged for a DVD. This was a few years ago. And boy, oh boy, am I stoked that my prayers have finally been answered. As Bryan points out, the DVD will include a slew of extras too, including “A Look Back at Howard the Duck,” “Releasing the Duck,” and more. But man, all I really care about is Lea Thompson. As long as Lucasfilm hasn’t digitally replaced her with, like, Miley Cyrus, or Lindsay Lohan, it’s all good in my book.
  • The comic book series Fables is being developed as a pilot for ABC. Bryan makes a slew of good points about how this could be very cool—Fables is one of my favorite series—but could also be very shitty. Comic series are better suited for TV than film, says Bryan (I couldn’t agree more), but the fact that the pilot is in the hands of people associated with Lost and Heroes is troublesome. Both of those series are favorites of mine, but Fables is a series that could drown in continuity-hell pretty easily, and that’s not what you want in a pilot. You want to get people interested in the story, and the story of Fables is an interesting one—fairy tale characters exiled from their homelands are living in modern-day New York City. Here’s hoping it turns out well.

And those are just two of the great little stories that Cinema Suicide is putting out every day. Please do give them a visit, and tell ‘em Geek Force Five sent ya.

Worth Your Consideration #020