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December 31, 2007
My Top 10 of everything

So, here's the deal: As a general assignment entertainment/pop culture writer for The Bee, I cover a lot of things: movies, music, books, the Web, fashion, TV, the media. And mostly, that's a good thing. But sometimes, I'll admit, I feel a bit left out when it comes to the year-end Top 10 lists because I don't get asked to contribute.

I know, I know, boo-whatever-hoo.

But just indulge me, OK? Please?

With that, here is my Top 10 of Everything for 2007:

AgentRibbons_3.JPG Top Album
Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible"

This sophomore album was as smart, heartfelt and as adventurous as their first.

Top Album - local
Agent Ribbons (pictured at right) "On Time Travel and Romance"

Gorgeous, sultry orchestral pop

Top Song
Rilo Kiley- "Silver Lining"

If only for the lyrics "I was your silver lining but now I'm gold." Love it so much, in fact, that it's my ringtone. A very close second: Lily Allen's "Everything is Wonderful" for its peppy little cynicism.

Top Song, local
Agent Ribbons - "Chelsea, Let's Go to the Circus."

Again, there were a lot of great local songs this year (from the likes of Mariee Sioux, Lee Bob Watson, Knock Knock, Ancient Sons, etc.), but this one really stuck with me. It's whimsical, melodic and crafted like a fine short story.

Top Local Show
Way too many shows to list, but trust me, the aforementioned Agent Ribbons, along with the Poplollys, Knock Knock, An Angle, Jackpot and the Helper Monkeys, all delivered some magic performances.

Top Show Not By a Local Band

This April show at the Library rocked. I danced all night. Enough said.

Top Film

I almost chose "Juno," but I've seen "Once" twice, just got it on DVD and am dying to watch it again. Plus, the soundtrack was in heavy rotation all year. Just a heartbreakingly awesome film.

Top TV Show

SOOO hard to choose this because I've kind of been a couch potato lately. Runners-up include "The Sopranos," "Flipping Out" and "The Office."

Top TV Show That I Just Discovered
"Ugly Betty"

I seriously watched all of season one on DVD in about a week. Told you I'd been a couch potato lately.

Top New Book I Actually Read
"No One Belongs Here More Than You," Miranda July.

I tend to be cheap when it comes to new books and wait until they come out in paperback, but I bought this new hardback collection of short stories the second it came out and devoured it right away.

So that's it - thanks for letting me vent share. I feel better now and ready to take on 2008 with a refreshed sense of optimism and anticipation. Or, something like that.

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