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Top 10/Bottom 3: June 2012

Loveless cover

Top 10

  1. My Bloody Valentine Reissues
  2. Mad Men
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Metalocalypse
  5. Legend of Korra
  6. Words with Friends
  7. Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
  8. Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic
  9. Can, The Lost Tapes
  10. JG Ballard, The Drought

Bottom 3

  1. Way too quick start to summer (112 on May 31 in my town).
  2. The Los Angeles Galaxy
  3. Charles Yu, How to Survive in a Science Fictional Universe

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Top 10/Bottom 3: March 2012

Secret World of Arrietty

Top 10

  1. Spring training
  2. Pye Corner Audio, Black Mill Tapes Vol. 3
  3. The Secret Life of Arrietty
  4. Macbook Air
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel Box Set
  6. Eurorack
  7. Box Springs Audio Workshop
  8. Bleach
  9. Rachel Maddow
  10. Barak Obama

Bottom 3

  1. Rick Santorum’s attack on college
  2. Rick Santorum’s attack on the separation of church and state
  3. Mitt Romney’s comments on Michigan trees

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Top 10/Bottom 3: January 2012

Der OTO

Top 10

  1. Halos Heaven (dreaming of a great 2012 season)
  2. Faust IV
  3. Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Vols 1-4)
  4. Kraftwerk, K4 Bremen Radio 1971
  5. Can, Tago Mago (reissue)
  6. BBC Sound Effects No. 26 – Sci-Fi Sound Effects
  7. Space 1999
  8. Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky
  9. The Hobbit (can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait)
  10. Der OTO

Bottom 3

  1. Voter Suppression Efforts by Republican governors in 2011
  2. Fox News
  3. All Republicans (whether running for office or running from the law)

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Top 10/Bottom 3: November 2011

Pye Corner Audio Black Mill Tapes Vol 2
Top 10
  1. New Pye Corner Audio (single from Ghost Box coming, followed by Vol. 3 hopefully soon)
  2. Byetone, SyMeta (next best thing to having Pan Sonic back)
  3. Chardee McDennis (I can’t stop thinking about that game)
  4. Kindle Fire (am eager to check it out)
  5. Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky (follow-up to wonderful A Fire Upon the Deep)
  6. South Park (love the return of Lemmiwinks episode)
  7. King Midas Sound, Without You
  8. Occupy Wall Street going global
  9. Candy
  10. Tom Waits, Bad as Me
Bottom 3
  1. Herman Cain, Romney, Perry (they’re all the same–flaming idiots)
  2. Everything else Republican/Fox/Koch related
  3. My back (which is bugging the hell out of me)

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Top 10/Bottom 3: October 2011


Top 10

  1. Patton Oswalt, Finest Hour
  2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  3. Parks & Recreation
  4. Squidbillies
  5. Finale for Doctor Who season did not revert to magic and “believing really hard” to solve the day (as previous seasons have)
  6. Steve Roden, I listen to the wind as it obliterates my traces
  7. Pole, Waldgeschichten
  8. Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor rules!)
  9. New Arrested Development on the way!!!
  10. Thundercats, “Daylight”

Bottom 3

  1. Audiences at Republican Presidential Debates
  2. Republican Presidential Candidates
  3. The last week of the Angels’ season (wtf guys?  golden opportunities just thrown away!?)

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Top 10/Bottom 3: September 2011

Top 10

  1. Grendel Drone Commander
  2. Louie
  3. Leyland Kirby’s Eager to tear apart the Stars
  4. Into the Labyrinth
  5. The return of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  6. Presonus Firestudio Pro
  7. Carne asada
  8. The Clock of the Long Now
  9. Raxxess rack for my music equipment
  10. A long weekend of sitting on my ass watching TV

Bottom 3

  1. The horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE Doctor Who specials running on BBC America featuring US celebrities narrating and commenting on Doctor Who (a la I Love the 80s, etc…).  It’s blatantly obvious that these idiots couldn’t name a doctor other than Matt Smith.  I love Doctor Who, but those specials make me want to hate it.  Way to go, BBC America–you’re ruining the only hit you have.
  2. The new Amy-narrated opening to this season of Doctor Who that foregrounds the show as about THIS doctor and these companions in the exact way those horrible specials do.  I wonder if they’re showing that opening in the UK.  Please FSM, tell me no!
  3. Republicans (of course)

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Top 10/Bottom 1: August 2011

Top 10

  1.  The Great White Silence (unbelievable film of Scott’s Antarctic expedition, newly restored with a soundtrack by Simon Fisher Turner)
  2. OTO Biscuit (yummy!)
  3. David Bowie (for being awesome)
  4. Advisory Circle’s As the Crow Flies
  5. A Dance with Dragons (great continuation of epic fantasy series)
  6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
  7. Boomkat (still best place to get great music)
  8. The Guild (another season!)
  9. The Shadow Line
  10. Jon Stewart and Stewart Colbert (still best thing about the USA)

Bottom 1

Only one bottom this month–the debt limit debate, summarized perfectly in Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America:

To use the poetry of this brief scene, the tea party (and the other Republicans) are assholes.  Obama is acting too much like a pussy.  He needs to be more of a dick so those assholes don’t turn the whole country into shit.  Oh, and if he needs lessons, then he should ask his Sec. of State and her husband, don’t you think?  How’s that for a 50 word summary of the whole crisis?

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New Song: “Crunchy Mouse”

Jul 12 2011 Published by under Hauntology, Internet/Media, Music, Technology

Here’s a new song of mine that I created using my DRM1, Meeblip, and a few other things (like my voice).  No deep intellectualizing here–just a fun song.  Enjoy!

Crunchy Mouse by mheumann

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Great Job, May!

May 25 2011 Published by under Hauntology, Humor, Internet/Media, Music

May 2011 has brought a number of stellar releases (and promises of more releases) to my little world:

  • An awesome new Joker single, “The Vision,” coupled with the news that his first album is on its way (but how soon?).
  • Jon Brooks’s Music for Dieter Rams, which is a wonderful collection of songs crafted from samples of Brooks’s alarm clock.  I didn’t expect an album created using a gimmick like that to be so rich and beautiful, but it’s both.
  • Leyland Kirby has revamped his website, released Vol. 1 of his 12″ series Intrigue & Stuff (Vols. 2-4 coming later this year), released a brand new Caretaker album (An empty bliss beyond this World) and another Caretaker release to come later this year), and announced a new Leyland Kirby full-length release, as well.  He has also developed a “digital subscription plan” for those who want all of his releases this year.
  • The Book of Mormon original cast recording was released, so I can find out what everyone has been talking about.

Good month, indeed–at least on the music front.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: May 2011

Jedward

A little late this month.  Oh well.  On we go…

Top 10

  1. Parks & Recreation–Amazingly, the coolest show on TV go 100 times cooler this month when Aubrey Plaza’s character April came out as a huge Neutral Milk Hotel (and Jeff Magnum) fan in the season finale.  Nice one, show!
  2. Pye Corner Audio, Black Mill Tapes Vo. 2
  3. Vermona DRM1 mkIII–my new best friend
  4. Barak Obama (see?  First three are pretty awesome to put Barak at #4 after taking out Bin Laden)
  5. Moon Wiring Club, Somewhere a Fox is Getting Married
  6. Mark McGuire, A Young Person’s Guide to Mark McGuire
  7. George R.R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire series–am on book 3
  8. Doctor Who
  9. Meeblip
  10. Stewart Brand’s The Clock of the Long Now

Bottom 3

  1. Fox News
  2. Republicans
  3. Eurovision voters (seriously, Azerbaijan?)

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