This year, we want to give thanks to all of our pop culture favorites in 2013.
Sometimes when I am sad at work I look up SNL gifs. I am also thankful for Saturday Night Live, this season has taken a turn for the bizarre, and I love it.
One Direction, “Story of My Life”
I saw the original video and I thought “mehhh.” But then I saw them play it on the AMAs and suddenly it was like holy shit Harry’s voice! I wish they would release a live version of this with all the screaming taken out so I can stop watching the video like a weirdo.
I am probably too obsessed with Merge but I can’t help it. They released so many of my favorite records this year (Mikal Cronin, Eleanor Friedberger, King Khan, the above Destroyer reissue & William Tyler deserve special shout outs) but next year is their 25th anniversary. This means a limited edition 7″ subscription series (I have already bought this), a new reissue every month, and most importantly, XXV Merge. We went to XX Merge in 2009 and it was the most fun five days I have ever had. We met some amazing people (some of which have been featured on this blog) and saw 30+ amazing bands. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
My book club
Without my book club, I would not have read Stoner or Eleanor & Park. I would not have been led down the path to read The Secret History, which I am LOVING right now. I actually didn’t read much fiction written after 1950 until I joined over a year ago. But even more importantly than that, I am thankful to have a group of smart women who bake for each other once a month, get a little tipsy and talk about books and life in general. If you like contemporary fiction, one of the members has a great book blog, River City Reading. Find some rad, smart people (baking skill is a plus) and form a book club in your town.
Every Friday, I enjoy the newest episode of Nashville alone with homemade pizza and probably too much beer (I am also thankful for beer!). While I love having a weekly ritual, Nashville being a part of it makes it more special. I think the show has gotten even better this year, and they’ve increased the musical (and romantic) stakes to where I am SO INVESTED in the lives of these people. Please don’t ever leave me, Rayna and Juliette.
Last year’s best-of playlist
A paid Spotify subscription is one of those luxuries I allow myself so I can listen to whatever I want at work, without the interruption of those damn commercials. I used to bemoan the slow death of eMusic (it used to be so good!) because that’s how I discovered so much new music. On Spotify, I get to see what my friends are listening to, make playlists, get actual decent stuff recommended to me through radio (Pandora sucks in comparison) and click through a huge database to find new jams. While I still have my unlimited data plan (damn you Verizon!) I stream music in the car too, since the interface is nice and easy to read on my phone.