John Parsell’s Top Twelve (12) Albums of 2010

John:

Greetings!  From where I’m standing, this was a pretty great year for music.  So much so, that I felt inclined to make a list of my favorite albums that came out this year.  At first I resigned myself to a top 10 list, but I have created a top 12 because they are all such strong records.  I included ‘honorable mention’ to cover albums that I’ve just recently heard or that came very close, but didn’t quite win my heart this year.   One quick note about the album that occupies the number one spot – it is rare that I find an album that I feel compelled to play in so many different contexts…it’s so good, I definitely recommend it!

2010 Top 12

12. The Black Keys – Brothers

11. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

10. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

9.  Superchunk – Majesty Shredding

8.  Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me

7.  The Roots – How I Got Over

6.  Girl Talk – All Day

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5.  Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

4.  Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty

3.  Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

2.  LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

1.  Beach House – Teen Dream

Honorable Mentions:

  • Hot Chip – One Life Stand
  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
  • Kings Go Forth – The Outsiders Are Back
  • Robyn – Body Talk Pt.1 & Pt. 2 (I still haven’t heard the Body Talk full length)
  • Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
  • Sleigh Bells – Treats

December 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Yoke

Glenn Pendlay and Caleb Ward visited CrossFit Durham to teach us some Olympic lifting skills.  I got two PRs as a result.

Thanks to Paul for taking the video and to Bea for taking my picture and making me look jacked.

October 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. 10 comments.

Chop Chop

[Ad for Best Made Company via Scott Beale @ Laughing Squid]

September 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

The Beautiful Game

Eugene says:

Every once in a while you come across writing so good, you can’t sit still as you’re reading it.

Fantastic way to introduce this article which is (partly) about the legend:

Pelé.

Excerpt:

If the crisis of having a body is that it’s resistant to our will, soccer exaggerates the crisis, moves what you want to do even further away from what you can do, then gives us athletes who do what they want to anyway. That may be why moments of beauty in soccer, compared to those in other sports, nearly always feel like consolations.

[Pelé as a Comedian by Brian Phillips via ReadingByEugene.com]

September 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

Pretty Physics Demo

You know I love rendered physics.

More:

Minor blog hiatus: I’ll reduce posts to one per day until I have less chores to pack into each day.

[via EPICponyz]

September 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Lightbulb Eatah

My little brother Kevin is an excellent photographer, but he’s also full of surprises. For example, I was not aware that he produced short films until I spoke to him about it a couple of days ago.

Here’s a little video he produced starring Amy Stone, who, among other things, can eat glass:

View more of Kevin’s videos here.

View his blog here.

View some of his pictures here.

Very proud of my multi-talented little brodder.

September 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. 1 comment.

Ten Most Important Fonts

Kanye West gets emotional over fonts.

He’s not the only one.  Paul Shaw:

If Akkurat is so special (and it seems to me to just be one of several worthy attempts to find an alternative to Akzidenz Grotesk and Helvetica) then I would love it if you give your rationale as a post. Tell us why it will have a massive impact.

I am not sure why you think these are typefaces most relevant to Americans? Other than Yale, Clearview and Retina they are available to everyone and I am sure are used elsewhere besides the USA. (And I think James Montalbano and Don Meeker would love to get Clearview used in a European or Chinese highway system.) […]

For those who are championing Gotham, please give a rationale. Is it because it is popular? or because it is an alternative to Futura (with a more legible lowercase a)? or because it was used for the cornerstone of the beleaguered Freedom Tower? or because y’all just love the Port Authority Terminal?

That was Paul defending his list of what he considers to be the 10 most important typefaces of the past decade.  The list is beautiful, but the real joy is found when reading the ensuing discussion.  Designers argue like fencers.

Bonus: Care to get emotional over Calango’s motional font, Moshun?

My favorite is the P.

[Paul Shaw’s font dissertation @ imprint via Kottke]

September 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

Yoke

[via 70’s Big]

September 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Sk8

Not a skateboarder. Never was. I am a big sucker for well done skateboarding videos though. Here are two non-conventional greats.

A jaw dropping craft project that must’ve been a daunting task:

This next one is distilled joy. Perfectly paired with the music and the skills are silly good:

[via Johnny Cat @ Neatorama and Kottke respectively]

August 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Impressive Physics Demo

[via Kyle VanHemert @ Gizmodo]

July 27, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. 1 comment.

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