Happy New Year! Since this is the last day of 2013, I present to you… my year in review. There’s a ton of things I enjoyed this year, so it was pretty tough narrowing things down to one selection, but for the most part I was able to do so. Both Screens (movies, apps, viral moments) and Rhymes (favorite: song, album, music video) are well represented. I also keep it pretty personal, with some individual highlights spotlighted as well. Check below for the comprehensive list and let me know in the comments how much you agree with my taste and/or how I completely suck at life.
Favorite Album: Nothing Was The Same by Drake
Favorite New Artist: PartyNextDoor
Guilty Pleasure Song of 2013: Lil Durk- “One Night”
Favorite Music Video: Theophilus London feat. Menahan Street Band- “Rio”
Favorite Live Show: Toro Y Moi at Paradise Rock Club (February 15th)
Favorite New Movie: Blue Is The Warmest Color
Favorite Film Experience: 2001: A Space Odyssey at Boston’s MFA
Favorite Book: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Favorite Comic/Manga/Anime: Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack On Titan)
Favorite Dining Experience: 9 months of weekly Banh Mi from Dorchester’s Ba Le
Favorite App: Pocket (proof of my rampant usage)
Favorite Purchase: iPhone 5
Favorite Apparel Purchase: 90s Vintage Boston Celtics Starter Jacket
Favorite Footwear Purchase: Nike Roshe Run QS Marble (Dark Obsidian)
Proudest Moment: (Finally) Launching Screens And Rhymes
Lowest Low: Toro Y Moi Interview Request Rejected, NYC Wintertime Woes
Favorite Piece I Wrote This Year: Pharrell’s “Frontin'” Video Changed My Life
Favorite Piece (I Wish I Wrote This Year): Daft Punk Pitchfork Cover Story
Most Amazing Internet Experience: Pharrell hitting me with the prayer hands emoji in response to my piece via Twitter. (Affirmation.)
Least Amusing Internet Experience: Being trolled on Twitter by adamant Papoose Stan—yes, apparently they do exist—over this piece.
Favorite Viral Video: LeBron James sends Jason Terry to “The Crossroads”
Favorite Viral Moment: Drake Dada Meme
Favorite Quote: “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period.” – Kanye West (New York Times Interview).