twenty albums, twenty books, ten trucks & ten restaurants for 2012

Albums / Books / Trucks / Restaurants

20 Albums for 2012:

(1)

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Be the Void by Dr. Dog (2012)

(2)

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Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices (1995)

(3)

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Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (2012)

(4)

Love This Giant by David Byrne & St. Vincent (2012)

(5)

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Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (2012)

(6)

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Key Lime Pie by Camper Van Beethoven (1989)

(7)

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Young & Old by Tennis (2012)

(8)

A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits (2012)

(9)

Lonerism by Tame Impala (2012)

(10)

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Gemini by Wild Nothing (2010)

(11)

Underneath the Pine by Toro y Moi (2011)

(12)

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Nehru Jackets by Himanshu (2012)

(13)

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The Three EPs by The Beta Band (1999)

(14)

Radlands by Mystery Jets (2012)

(15)

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Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (2012)

(16)

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Awe Naturale by THEESatisfaction (2012)

NOTE: THEESatisfaction also released a free EP called THEESatisfaction Loves Anita Baker, which is also very good, and which introduced me to Anita Baker.  I picked up her album Rapture from the library, and made a remixed version of her original “Sweet Love” with THEESatisfaction’s “Cabin Fever Sweet Love”.  I’m quite proud of it, and you can download it here.

(17)

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Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (2012)

(18)

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Portamento by The Drums (2011)

(19)

Keep it Like a Secret by Built to Spill (1999)

(20)

Tom Tom Club (1981)

20 Books for 2012:

(1)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (a gateway book if there ever was one, see below)

(2)

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

(3)

Cathedral by Raymond Carver

(4)

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

(5)

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

(6)

The Floating Opera & The End of the Road by John Barth

(7)

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

(8)

Post Office by Charles Bukowski

(9)

Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

(10)

Short Cuts by Raymond Carver (previously)

(11)

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan

(12)

NW by Zadie Smith

(13)

Goodbye, Columbus & Five Short Stories by Philip Roth

(14)

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max

(15)

The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

(16)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

(17)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

(18)

Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem

(19)

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

(20)

Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

NOTE:  This list was originally written for the HCPL blog on 12/5/2012.  The links in the covers and the titles will direct you to each book’s record in HCPL’s catalog, from which you can reserve any of the above titles.  While all of the titles are currently available from HCPL, I still consider it a basically authentic list.  However, in the last few weeks, I did read DFW’s Girl With Curious Hair (which, incidentally, is not in HCPL’s system), as well as his posthumous essay collection, Both Flesh and Not (which is), both of which would have made the list had I made it today.

10 Trucks for 2012:

(1)

The Rice Box

(2)

Stick It

(3)

Bare Bowls

NOTE:  As co-founder of an aspiring food truck (slinging food for thought) myself, it has been important for us to acquaint ourselves with the food truck community.  A lot of that has been simply acquainting food truck food with our bellies for the past ten months straight, sort of feeling out behind the scenes who we want to work with, and where, all the while enjoying some of the best food in Houston.  The folks who run these first three trucks have not only embraced our project wholeheartedly and welcomed us into the community, but they also make some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.  The following seven aren’t too shabby either.  Actually, as a general rule, if you see a food truck in Houston, you should probably stop and try their food.

(4)

Ladybird

(5)

Bernie’s Burger Bus

(6)

Eatsie Boys

(7)

Pi Pizza Truck

(8)

Coreanos

(9)

Koagie Hots

(10)

Good Dog Hot Dogs

10 Restaurants for 2012:

(1)

Roost

(2)

Beaver’s

(3)

BRC Gastropub

(4)

Nabi (RIP)

(5)

Pollo Campero

(6)

Torchy’s Tacos

(7)

La Fendee Mediterranean Grill

(8)

La Guadalupana

(9)

Santa Fe Flats

(10)

Les Givral’s Kahve

Thanks for reading, and here’s to 2013.  Cheers.

fifteen albums for the seven-twelfths year

For me, July was a great month for music, and I’m glad.

I tried to sit down and do this at the end of last month but, obviously, failed.  I looked over the list of candidates for favorite albums for the half-year and was decidedly disappointed.  I put the notebook away and quickly forgot about it.

And then July started.  The new Dirty Projectors and Frank Ocean albums were released.  Amazon.com went apeshit and made a ton of good-to-great and/or lauded albums available for download for $2.99, or at least under $5 (including the aforementioned Dirty Projectors and Frank Ocean albums [if it isn’t under $5 at the time that you click on it: you snooze, you lose]).  I made the list again, and this time it’s more to my liking.  I have enough good-to-great albums to share with you now.

Without further ado:

Fifteen Albums for the Seven-Twelfths Year, 2012:

(1)

Be the Void by Dr. Dog (2012)

(2)

Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (2012)

(3)

Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices (1995)

(4)

Key Lime Pie by Camper Van Beethoven (1989)

(5)

Young & Old by Tennis (2012)

(6)

Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (2012)

(7)

The Three EPs by The Beta Band (1999)

(8)

Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (2012)

(9)

Portamento by The Drums (2011)

(10)

Awe Naturale by Theesatisfaction (2012)

(11)

The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends (2012)

(12)

Gemini by Wild Nothing (2010)

(13)

Nootropics by Lower Dens (2012)

(14)

Nehru Jackets by Himanshu (2012)

(15)

Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (2012)

So, there you have it.  Fifteen recommendations.  Fifteen albums to Spotify (v.) before the end of the world (97 days?  142 days?  Who knows?).  Cheers.

030512 (cat poop) & 030612 (stupid that’s what i call music or something) mixtapes

Somehow, it’s been over eight months since I last posted mixtapes on this blog.  I have made several in the meantime, and while it is to be determined as to whether I will take the time to make them available to the World Wide Web, here are the latest two installments of the grawlsy mixtapes – the sister mixes 030512 (cat poop) and 030612 (stupid that’s what i call music or something).  The tracklists are listed below.

030512:

030612:

As always, please enjoy, and please share.