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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
nogoodforme xix: Kat's Top Everything of 2009
In 2009, I discovered my inner spiritual Swedishness and finally found the perfect way to explore and integrate my troubled darkness with my cozy sweetness.
ACNE Bat Sweater
I bought this sweater for an almost unholy amount of money but have never regretted it once. Soft, beautifully designed, simple, modest, sensual, versatile.
My record of the year, my favorite videos of the year, and one of my favorite live shows as well. Karin Dreijer Andersson was my favorite genius of 2009.
This had so much hype that I really, really, really wanted to dislike it, but I was powerless in the face of such spare, gorgeous sound. Rarely does such reticence and self-effacement sound so enticingly sexy.
Sunn 0))) (Live at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple)
True confession: I went to this show on a blind date. Needless to say, being pummelled by sheets of dark metal noise while standing next to a new dude is a strange, strange experience. I think my innards re-arranged themselves a few times during the night -- whether from butterflies or the super, deep, evil metal, I couldn't tell.
They do electro so well in Berlin! I big-upped a track by them on a Heavy Rotation not too long ago...listen to them again!
Taken By Trees
This came to my ears a bit after my spiritual Scandinavia kick, but I'm glad it did. It's the perfect early-winter record -- melancholy enough to fit with the cold weather, yet buoyant enough to lift you out of the blues a bit.
Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" and "Alejandro"
Can no one shut up about Lady Gaga? Whatever, man...I know an infectious pop hook when I hear one, and if my three-year old niece can come away singing "Bad Romance" after one listening, you know the shit WORKS. As for "Alejandro," well, musically it's as if Gaga internalized ABBA and Ace of Base in a major way. As far as how she was able to penetrate into the inner recesses of my sexual fantasies for the lyric, well, it just proves that Lady Gaga has magic powers, I suppose...
The White Ribbon
I was kind of a hater on my Livejournal and said I wasn't impressed by a lot of movies this year, but I'm a liar. The White Ribbon was one of the most masterful pieces of filmmaking I saw in 2009. It's not a romp in the park, but it's hard to deny Michael Haneke's power and artistry.
A Serious Man
I almost can't believe I'm putting this down as one of my favorite films of 2009. It totally confounded me after I first saw it, but I kept thinking about it in a way that I did with very few films this year. There are some truly indelible images in the film, not to mention the stoned bar mitzvah scene was kind of genius.
I don't think Avatar's a great piece of cinematic art by any means, and when you think too hard about the political subtext, you have to roll your eyes because it's so ham-fisted. (Seriously, the whole "white man goes native" thing has been handled way better before.) But man, was I effin' entertained when I watched it! I saw it in IMAX 3-D and couldn't even evaluate it as a film; I felt like I was on a big, stupid, gloriously crazy carnival ride the entire time. Just for the sheer adventure of the filmgoing experience, I'm putting it on my list.
You know those films that make you feel the immensity of the human experience? This is one of those. Hirokazu Kore-Eda is one of my favorite filmmakers, and his work has a wisdom and discernment to it that you rarely see in the Western hemisphere.
In the Loop
My favorite comedy this year. If you love biting British humor, super-smart politics, a lot of awesome profanity and the dude who played John Malkovich's valet in Dangerous Liaisons, this is your movie. If I could swear like Peter Capaldi does in this movie, I'd have a new secret weapon. Plus, his character is kind of how I imagine Timothy Geithner would be in a really bad temper. Throw in some of that creative swearing that I adore, and voila! Movie crush!
Jen Brill & Josephine de la Baume
In 2009 I only gave my fashion attention to fashion people who were petite with real, normal-to-curvier body types like myself. I vaguely know what these two lovelies "do," but it matters little to me. I like Jen's red lipstick, her Asianness and her long hair, and Josephine has great curves and bangs and looks a bit like Julie Delpy's kid sister. That's all I really need for a fashion crush!
Stil in Berlin/sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
Stil in Berlin is the only street fashion blog I look at these days, and sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy always gets my brain going in a good way about cities, architecture, and urban space and experiences. Plus, it's written by my brain crush, Owen Hatherley. I need more brain crushes in 2010! Tell me your brain crushes!
Georgia O'Keeffe "Abstraction" exhibition at the Whitney Museum
If all you know about O'Keeffe is a bunch of stylized flowers, this show will alter your perception of probably the most iconic female artist ever in a way that will rock your world. This is just pure beauty.
My poor Twitter peeps, always subjected to my bubble tea anticipation and pleasure-revelling! Yet having some bubble tea always made my day, plus every other straw seems so wimpy now compared to those those super-thick colorful ones you get with bubble tea.
Red lipstick and serious lingerie
I fulfilled my quest to explore my inner Dita Von Teese and wore red lipstick and bought some crazy-sexy lingerie this year. Without getting into too much detail, life was HELLA BELLA FUN TIMES TEN for it. I highly recommend.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: my strange crush on Timothy Geithner, which I still can't explain; PJ Harvey and John Parish, "Black Hearted Love"; Julia Restoin-Roitfeld; the Nitzer Ebb show at the Gramercy Theatre; the Tim Burton exhibition at MOMA; Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen; running in Riverside Park; how hot was Penelope Cruz in Broken Embraces?; reading The Economist for the news reporting; Google Reader but not Google Wave; Cass McCombs, Catacombs; White Material, directed by Claire Denis; District 9; Converge, Axe to Fall; Bodkin; Anna Sheffield for Target, saying that 'something' is the 'magic unicorn' of 'something.'
Tags: 2009 is done!!!!
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