Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hectic But Eclectic's Top 200 Singles of the Decade (2000-2009)

Here is my final decade list and it was definitely the toughest one to compile. The Internet really exploded this decade which opened myself and millions of others to more music quicker than ever. My list would look completely different if not for the Internet and it's probably the only way that international acts like Girls Aloud, Teddybears STLHM and Destra cracked my list. As with the album and film lists, this is one made of passion. There is little consideration given to what was culturally or commercially significant. It's simply what I connected with and what I felt was great music, which is the way it should be for anyone who loves the arts. Sure, a list based on "important" singles would make for great debate, but it's just not as fun as going with my heart. Also, keep a look out next week for my albums and singles list for 2009.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hectic But Eclectic's Top 70 Films Of The Decade (2000-2009)

Here's another decade list for you. Even moreso than my albums list, I went more with personal connection for ranking. While the quality and achievement of a film plays heavily as well, it's ultimately the impression that the movie left on me that guided this list. Call it a list of passion if you may. As much as I admired and enjoyed Memento, I didn't feel strong enough about to it include it here, even though it's still a good film and I would recommend it to anyone. On the other side, I love to watch Josie & The Pussycats at just about any time, but can acknowledge that it is flawed, thus not giving me the heart to include it here. The reasoning applied for those two films is pretty much why this list is at 70 and not the traditional 100. I couldn't stand to put anything on here that didn't engage me immensely.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hectic But Eclectic's Top 100 Albums of the Decade (2000-20009)

Here is my list of the albums that I dug most during the 2000's. For the longest, I felt that Kid A was my #1 of the decade, but I can't deny how much Kala has been apart of my life, even though it's only a few years old. I seriously don't think there's been a week where a song from that album hasn't been in my head and it's one of the few albums in recent memory that I always have an urge to listen to. Both Kid A and Kala are fine albums and in another ten years, their positions might be easily reversed, but for the moment, Kala, with all it's attitude and dizzying genre-hopping feels like the superior album. The rest of the list follows in the same way, with a mixture of what I felt was high quality and my own personal connection to the albums to decide their ranking.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

2010 Grammy Nomination Predictions

Here are my predictions for the 2010 Grammys. I have a more in-depth analysis up on Prefix, but I've posted my picks for the four general categories. I also delved into predicting other categories on Prefix as well. The nominations will be announced Dec. 2 on CBS. All the nominations will be posted on later on tonight.

Album of the Year

Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown
Lady Gaga: The Fame
Maxwell: BLACKsummers'night
Taylor Swift: Fearless
Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

Record of the Year

Black Eyed Peas: "I Gotta Feeling"
Jay-Z featuring Kanye West & Rihanna: "Run This Town"
Kings of Leon: "Use Somebody"
Lady Gaga: "Poker Face"
Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me"

Best New Artist

Keri Hilson
Laura Izibor
The Ting Tings
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year

Beyonce: "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
The Fray: "You Found Me"
Whitney Houston: "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"
Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me"
Kanye West: "Heartless"