Adieu, 2012, You Casual Encounter / by LD

I feel a 2012-in-remembrance post is obligatory, if only to partially demonstrate that I haven't forgotten about this space. No, no...but big things are in store for 2013, so that's all the apologizing I'll be doing today with regard to this blog. 

I would begin with a perfunctory little aside like, "Man, this year has been bonkers!" Except if there's anything I'm learning about adulthood, it's that those aphorisms are about as self-evident as espousing the benefits of oxygen on the regular. Like duh, in other (laconically inane) words. Of course it's been bonkers, for me and for everyone else, because we are alive and it is now and whatever and ever, amen. 

In fact, in lieu of further ruminations (of which, O dear children of the Internet, I have many), I'll rattle off a few commemorative thisses and thats before we sailors perched on the bow of the U.S.S. FutureTimes shake the salt water from our faces and steer the ship onward. 

Albums I Liked In 2012, Only Two of Which I'll Say Anything About Because Meh

Allah-Las, S/T
I was musing to a friend about the unexpected pleasures of an album whose only aim, goal, or ambition is to merely be solid. Possessing neither prolific intent nor the guiding hand of a musical savant, this album instead recalls jangling garage punkers The Seeds and crafts ten songs that are as consistently enjoyable in the background as they are the fore. 

Father John Misty, Fear Fun 
Say what you will about this ex-Fleet Fox's utter departure from both his austere folkster roots and the tender grasp of lyrical or personal earnestness. Josh Tillman's scathing send-up of neo-bohemianism and life in LA's storied canyons is as reflective of its surroundings as Fleet Foxes' first full length recalled a winter walk through a boneyard of leafless trees. 

Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel...
The Walkmen, Heaven
Frank Ocean, Channel ORANGE
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp

Photos I Took That Are Awesome

Six Instagram Photos That Are Better Than Yours Because 
They Aren't Of Food Or Your Feet Or Your Cat

Some Opinions I Once Held Fiercely But Now Have Changed Positions On

1. Coffee. I drink it now.
2. Broccoli. I eat that now.
3. Sugar. Screw you, Sugar. Get out of here.
4. Snorkeling. Turns out, it's not so bad, especially when your bad assery extends to high-fiving sea turtles:


5. Instagram. I have one now. It sort of kicks ass.
6. Change. I'm sorta okay with it these days. But don't get carried away. I still hate the West Side. And cats.

Books I Read That Blew Mah Mind

1. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
2. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
3. Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck
4. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
5. The New Testament. I know, guys. But just allow me this one indulgence: Reading it in eight weeks' time was actually pretty amazing.

If I Could Sum The Year Up In One Song, It Would Be...

If I Could Sum 2012 Up In One Image, It Would Be...

Photo by Angi Welsch