It’s the Best Of Time of Year

As 2010 gasps its death rattle, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the season for putting together Best Of lists. I’ve got a couple things planned for this blog; possibly a movie list, and possibly a return to a 2010 version of one for the ladies. So to get things kicked off, here are links to a couple lists I’ve had posted elsewhere.

Nobody Asked You — The Best in Music 2010

My buddy Peter Farris has a rock solid heavy rock pedigree and has a debut novel being published by Tom Doherty Associates/Forge Books next year. On his blog, The Sentence Salvo, he asked a few of us to offer up our favorite music released this year, and I was happy to oblige.

Now, It was a down year for me for buying music this year for many reasons (mostly having to do with me being a jaded old bastard), though I did reload some back catalog stuff. It’s not something I’m proud of, it has just been one of those phases, you know? So for my list I decided to note the records released in 2010 I DID buy this year (there are 13), and why I chose them. I’m not saying they’re necessarily all great, they all just had something about them that made me want to buy them. Check out my list, as well as everyone else’s, RIGHT HERE.

 

The Best of Whatever at Day Labor

Day Labor is the official blog of Crimefactory Magazine. When editor (and writer, and all around hardest-working-guy-in-crime-fiction) Keith Rawson asked if I would be interested in supplying a 2010 Best Of list, of anything I read or saw or thought about in 2010 (didn’t have to be released in that year, it just had to be something I experienced in 2010), I didn’t have to think twice. I stuck with books, and came up with eleven. You can check out my list RIGHT HERE. Then look at some of the other lists — there is some great stuff being talked about!

Hardest part about these lists is leaving stuff. Who knows, maybe I’ll mention a few more over the next week. There’s just a ton of great stuff out there worth talking about!

Big thanks to Pete and Keith for giving a rip about my opinion enough to ask for my contributions!

8 thoughts on “It’s the Best Of Time of Year”

  1. >Cheyenne, it really is pretty awful album, but there are some catchy melodies on it. Show's how smart I am: I bought it off iTunes, so I don't even have the pretty picture on the cover to look at!

  2. >Nice, man! I'm working on the best books I read in 2010 but it's tough because I didn't read everything I wanted to. And sometimes I prioritize due to lack of fun money, so I wait for the trade or mass market. I really need to check out Ben Whitmer's Pike, too. Reading about it everywhere.

  3. >Gives me an idea for the best books I read from 100 years ago… HA.I remember your recommendation for Dan O'Brien's book. I want to read that. Thanks.You know, I lost track of music when I got a 9-5 job with a 1.5-hour commute each way and only 2 weeks a year of vacation. That was when Madonna had her first album. How long ago was that?

  4. >Pete — Pike is well worth checking out.Heff — I did like the new Maiden, quite a bit actually. I'll listen to any Maiden album, any time . . . with the exception of the Blaze Bailey ones, I suppose.Ron — All I know is that I was young when Madonna first came out, so I don't have much interest in finding out exactly how long ago that was.

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