Jan 012008

Another annual tradition, listing the things that percolated to the very top last year:

Nothing really rose head and shoulders above anything else. Some of the best albums were Megadeth’s United Abominations, Epica’s Divine Conspiracy and Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II. Radiohead’s new album is still waiting in the wings.
Dropkick Murphys’ (F)lannigan’s Ball.
Megadeth in Sauna. Rush was good, but not nearly as good, whereas Metallica was almost impersonal and repetitive.
Book (fiction)
No questions asked, it was Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora.
Book (non-fiction)
Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams’ Wikinomics. And a honorable mention to Markku Varjo’s long-delayed Akvaariokalat.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men. Yeah. It was released back in 2006, but saw it after the new year, so it counts here.
Television show
The Wire continues strong, and the dvd release of the fourth season can’t arrive soon enough. Honorable mention to Doctor Who/Torchwood.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy. Bioware’s Mass Effect is plenty good too. As are the various XBLA boardgame interpretations.
Dinner (domestic)
Antilope cubed (at the wednesday emperors’ christmas ball).
Dinner (foreign)
Gloriously good steak at Villette in Brussels (and McCormick & Schmick’s in Boston, obviously).
New magazine
Death Ray (with Monocle just inches behind).
Graphic novel
New restaurant in Helsinki
Dong Bei Hu.
Sports moment
There’s two sharing the pole position: Teemu Selänne winning the Stanley Cup and Derek Fisher’s game-breaking late entry into the Jazz playoffs game against the Warriors.

Previous years’ analyses are also available:
2006 and 2005.

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