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[Nac Faves] My Favorites of 2002

Posted on January 16, 2003 at 7:58 am | No Comments

Here’s To You, Two-Thousand and Two…

Another year down, which means it’s time for a bunch of useless little lists. Just taking a little stock, if you will. Like last year, I’m not even going to try and put this stuff in order, and in a couple of cases, I couldn’t stick to just 10 things. I’m flexible like that. These lists are more for my own future reference than anything else, so don’t go thinkin’ my opinion matters or anything. That’d just be silly.

And awaaaay we go…

Favorite Films …

LOTR : The Two Towers

Bowling for Columbine

XX / XY (technically out this spring, saw a preview)

Secretary

Lovely & Amazing

Adaptation

Spirited Away

The Ring

Igby Goes Down

24 Hour Party People

13 Conversations About One Thing

Honorable Mention: Spider-Man (for not screwing it up too badly), One Hour Photo (incredible visuals), Far From Heaven (ditto), The Good Girl (Mike White & Jake Gyllenhaal rule), Signs (nearly made the list), Road to Perdition (RIP Conrad Hall), Minority Report (nice try), and Equilibrium (almost).

There are a bunch of movies I wanted to see but didn’t… Auto-Focus, About Schmidt, Narc, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the Hours, 25th Hour, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Solaris. Blame most of it on the year-end Oscar rush of potentially good stuff. I don’t have enough free time, or extra dollars, to see all that. Maybe some o’ those will end up on next year’s list.

By the way… Maggie Gyllenhaal knocks my socks off.

Favorite Discs …

Interpol – “Turn On The Bright Lights” (mp3)

Jason Loewenstein – “At Sixes and Sevens” (mp3)

Silkworm – “Italian Platinum” (mp3)

Audio Learning Center – “Friendships Often Fade Away” (mp3)

Pedro the Lion – “Control” (mp3)

Hot Snakes – “Suicide Invoice” (mp3)

Low – “Trust” (mp3 excerpt)

20 Years of Dischord” Box Set

Cinerama – “Torino” (mp3 excerpt)

Mary Timony – “The Golden Dove” (mp3)

Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (stream)

Interpol snuck in under the wire and is blowing my mind. Sucker came out in August, and I should have been listening to it all along. Now that’s the good stuff.

Best Boston-Area Live Shows …

Mission of Burma at the Paradise, January 19th

Death Cab for Cutie at the Middle East, March 16th

Ted Leo at the Middle East, April 11th

Fugazi at the MassArt gym, April 20th

Poster Children at the MassArt gym, April 29th

Kristin Hersh at 608, May 2nd

Pedro the Lion at the Middle East, May 4th

Audio Learning Center at the Middle East, May 21st

Mary Timony & Friends at 608, June 6th

Tender Trap at 608, June 18th

Silkworm at TTs, July 12th

American Analog Set at TT the Bears, August 3rd

Darren Hanlon at the Kendall Cafe, September 1st

Jason Loewenstein at the Middle East, October 4th

Low at the Coolidge Corner Theater, October 8th

Elvis Costello at the Orpheum, October 21st

Television …

the Adult Swim cartoon block (Sealab 2021, Space Ghost, & Brak)

Insomniac with Dave Attell

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (treading water, though)

The Amazing Race

The Sopranos (barely)

Samurai Jack

X-Men Evolution

Justice League

Invader Zim (please, come back!)

Angel

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Andy Richter Controls the Universe

Wow, that’s more cartoon-heavy than I expected. 33 years old, folks. Thirty. Three.

I’ve got to give props to the Sci-Fi mini-series “Taken“, just for giving a 20-hour, multi-generational story a try. Each episode was so hit-or-miss, though, that it’s hard to give the whole thing a thumbs-up. That Blair Witch girl still annoys the hell outta me, and Matt Frewer gets even freakier as he gets older. When the show was good, though, it was damn good.

Favorite Comics …

… in print …

Lone Wolf & Cub reprints (finished at last)

Y the Last Man (the tough new kid)

Powers (always strong)

Queen and Country (Rucka rocks)

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. II (Moore Goodness)

Daredevil (go Bendis)

Hellblazer (return to form)

Transmetropolitan (will be missed)

Global Frequency (mini action movies)

The Ultimates (a perfect popcorn comic)

… and online …

Get Your War On

James Kochalka’s American Elf

Foxtrot

PVP Online

Penny Arcade

Nowhere Girl

Video Games …

Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)

GTA: Vice City (PS2)

Spider-Man: The Movie (PS2)

LOTR: The Two Towers (PS2)

Warcraft 3 (PC)

Unreal Tournament 2003 (PC)

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (PC)

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (PC)

Age of Mythology (PC)

The Personal Best …

Being part of Kate & Jim’s wedding

Seeing Amie finish her first few road races

Our weekend in Provincetown

Watching Matt and Mary get married (and the night in Portsmouth)

The last Also-Rans show in Brooklyn

Felice’s Birthday Dinner in Manhattan

Boston Harbour by boat, with dinner at Mama Marias

Playing ball in Fenway Park

Holding the Resignation EP in my hand

NY weekend: Visiting friends, graduating family, Times Square, & carriage rides

Finally feeling like I belong and believe in my job(certification city!)

The Also-Rans‘ Week of Rock: Pipeline, Metronome, & the Middle East

The Pats win the Superbowl

Discovering Brooklyn Lager

The Personal Blahs …

from the major losses …

Losing our kitty, Jan, to cancer

Stereolab’s Mary Hansen is gone

The death of Ted Demme

Joe Strummer dies way too early

the Also-Rans become the Has-Beens

… to the minor disappointments …

Unwound calls it quits

No new Planetary

Firefly gets screwed

… and the building frustration …

George W. marches us slowly to War

Let’s hope that last one changes course, and ends up on the ‘good’ list next year. None of the other stuff really matters in comparison.

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  • BOSTON-AREA LIVE SHOW ACTION
    Tuesday, December 5th
    Pussy Riot
    Thick
    @ the Paradise

    Tuesday, December 5th
    Eric Andre
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday, December 5th
    Bar Italia
    Gobby
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, December 7th
    Wesley Stace
    @ the Charles River Museum

    Saturday, December 9th
    Hilken & Winston (of Fuzzy)
    Chris Colbourn (of Buffalo Tom)
    Kayde Hazel
    @ Streetcar in JP

    Saturday, December 9th
    Will Dailey & his band
    Hayley Reardon
    @ the Crystal Ballroom

    Saturday, December 9th
    Scream
    Soulside
    Urian Hackney
    @ Deep Cuts

    Tuesday, December 12th
    Dogstar
    (Keanu Reeves' band)
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, December 13th
    A 40th Anniversary Tribute
    to the music from "Valley Girl"
    with Josie Cotton,
    the Plimsouls &
    Kurt Baker of the Leftovers
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Thursday, December 14th
    Piebald
    Weakened Friends
    Radio Compass
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Friday, December 15th
    Hallelujah the Hills
    Eldridge Rodriguez
    Aaron & the Lord
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, December 16th
    Bird Streets
    @ the Village Social Club

    Saturday, December 16th
    Fiddlehead
    Downtalker
    @ Gallery X, New Bedford

    Saturday, December 16th
    Rosecomb
    Evelyn Pope
    @ the Haven in JP

    Saturday, December 16th
    A John Waters Christmas
    @ Berklee Performance Center

    Thursday, December 21st
    NOISE FOR TOYS, presented by
    The Ash Gray Proclamation
    bring a toy, hear some noise
    with Dyr Faser, Andy Cohen,
    and Strange Pains
    @ O'Brien's

    Thursday, December 28th
    The Felice Brothers
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, December 30th
    Spirit Ghost
    Black Beach
    Regal Seagull
    @ O'Brien's

    Thursday, January 11th
    Rick Maguire (from Pile)
    @ the Rockwell

    Saturday, January 13th
    Dark Spring Boston presents...
    The Veldt
    Dead Leaf Echo
    Iceblynk
    The Spearmint Sea
    @ O'Brien's

    Sunday, January 14th
    Lupo Citta
    Hidden Fountain
    Killer Motorcycle
    Pledge Pins
    @ O'Brien's

    Friday, January 19th
    O Positive (O+)
    "With A Little Help
    From My Friends" Benefit show
    @ the Paradise

    Monday, January 22nd
    The Salt Collective
    featuring Stéphane Schück &
    Fred Quentin (of Salt), with
    Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Mitch
    Easter (Let's Active), Chris
    Stamey & Gene Holder (the dB's)
    Lynn Blakey (Tres Chicas), and
    Rob Ladd (The Connells)
    with openers Sneakers (!)
    featuring Chris & Mitch
    @ City Winery Boston

    Saturday, January 27th
    Torres
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, January 29th
    Juliana Hatfield
    @ City Winery

    Tuesday, February 13th
    Michael Shannon, Jason Narducy,
    Jon Wurster & friends perform
    R.E.M.'s "Murmur" and more
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday & Friday
    February 15th & 16th
    Mitski
    Tamino
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Friday, February 16th
    Militarie Gun
    Pool Kids
    Spiritual Cramp
    Spaced
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, February 17th
    Cat Power sings Dylan
    @ the Chevalier Theatre

    Wednesday, February 21st
    Thursday
    Rival Schools
    Many Eyes
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, February 22nd
    Portugal. The Man.
    @ Roadrunner

    Friday, February 23rd
    Matt Pond PA
    Alexa Rose
    @ Club Passim

    Friday, February 23rd
    The Kills
    @ the Royale

    Tuesday, February 27th
    Two Door Cinema Club
    Joywave
    @ Roadrunner

    Wednesday, February 28th
    Mike Viola
    @ Club Passim

    Saturday, March 2nd
    Mary Timony
    Birthday Girl DC
    @ Crystal Ballroom

    Tuesday, March 5th
    Porno For Pyros
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Friday, March 8th
    Mclusky
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, March 8th
    The Beaches
    @ Roadrunner

    Tuesday, March 12th
    KMFDM
    Morlocks
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, March 13th
    Cherry Glazerr
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, March 15th
    Chelsea Wolfe
    Divide and Dissolve
    @ Roadrunner

    Sunday, March 17th
    Sleater-Kinney
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, March 17th
    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
    Singer Mali
    Rong
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, March 18th
    Ministry
    Gary Numan
    Front Line Assembly
    @ Roadrunner

    Thursday, March 21st
    Laetitia Sadier
    (of Stereolab)
    @ the Somerville Armory

    Friday, March 22nd
    Fog Lake
    @ the Somerville Armory

    Monday, March 25th
    Unwound (!)
    Cherubs
    @ the Paradise

    Monday, March 25th
    Andy Shauf (solo)
    @ First Church Cambridge

    Thursday, March 28th
    Arlo Parks
    Chloe George
    @ the Royale

    Friday, March 29th
    Grouplove
    Bully
    @ Roadrunner

    Friday, March 29th
    The Rolling Stones
    @ Gillette

    Saturday, April 6th
    Destroyer (solo)
    Lightning Dust
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, April 6th
    Colin Hay (Men at Work)
    @ the Wilbur

    Saturday, April 13th
    DARK SPRING BOSTON FEST
    with Korine, House of Harm,
    Widow Rings, Allie Frost,
    Hemlock for Socrates,
    Midnight Psychic, the
    Spearmint Sea, and more
    @ the Middle East

    Wednesday, April 17th
    Real Estate
    Marina Allen
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 19th
    Drop Nineteens
    Greg Mendez
    @ the Paradise

    Friday & Saturday
    April 26th & 27th
    The Town & the City Festival
    @ various venues in Lowell, MA

    Saturday, April 27th
    Belle and Sebastian
    The Weather Station
    @ the Orpheum

    Wednesday, May 1st
    Ty Segall
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, May 8th
    Chastity Belt
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, May 10th
    Quicksand
    @ the Royale

    Monday & Tuesday
    May 13th & May 14th
    Mannequin Pussy
    Soul Glo
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
    May 16th, 17th, & 18th
    Jukebox the Ghost
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, May 17th
    Buck Meek (of Big Thief)
    @ Crystal Ballroom

    Monday, May 20th
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday, June 4th
    Joe Jackson
    @ the Wilbur

    Monday, June 10th
    Bleachers
    Samia
    @ MGM Music Hall

    Sunday, July 16th
    Los Campesinos!
    @ the Paradise

    Tuesday, July 9th
    Alanis Morissette
    Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    Morgan Wade
    @ the Xfinity Center

    Sunday, July 21st
    Foo Fighters
    The Hives
    Amyl and the Sniffers
    @ Fenway Park

    Friday, August 2nd
    Foreigner
    Styx
    John Waite
    @ Xfinity Center

    Wednesday, August 7th
    Green Day
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Rancid
    The Linda Lindas
    @ Fenway Park

    Monday, August 19th
    King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
    @ the Stage at Suffolk Downs

    Tuesday, September 3rd
    Peter Hook & the Light
    doing both the Joy Division
    & New Order "Substance" LPs
    @ the Paradise

    Friday, September 13th
    Hoodoo Gurus
    @ the Royale

    Tuesday, September 24th
    Idles
    @ Roadrunner

    Wednesday, October 23rd
    OSEES
    @ the Royale