Pop Culture Resolutions and Anticipations for 2012: From Matthew Dear to Murakami to Mr. Show

Thanks to the Internet’s love affair with The List, turning over a new leaf into a new year has become, shall we say, blogally laborious. That said, I’ve yet to meet the pop culture freak or geek who would walk away from a chance to tally his or her bests or worsts in a public, numbered format. We’ve given you a few fond looks back at 2011 (Best Songs, Best Moments, Best Discovery … we’ve even had our own wildly would-be hit single mentioned in The Village Voice’s annual Pazz and Jop Poll), but it’s time to start looking forward, a month into this thing called 2012. Without further ado, check out our Pop Culture Resolutions, as well as three of the records we’re most looking forward to hearing in the new year (numbers 34, 54 and 55), both via The A.V. Club.

Music You Can Wear, with Mount Eerie


Playbutton presents "Wind's Poem" by Mount Eerie.

Go buy one of these things. And while you’re at it, one of everything that Phil Elverum sells. Nothing guilty about these pleasures, many of which are handmade (unlike this) and all of which are innovative (like this) although often in a homesteader kind of way (again, the handmade thing). I haven’t written much about Mount Eerie (a.k.a. Elverum, f.k.a. Microphones) over the years despite the fact that the dude’s on my all-time list of mythos-making music heroes partly because I like keeping something for myself and also because I want that mythos to remain mythic (like this show at The Smell). But that thing in the picture … it’s a self-contained, rechargeable digital music player that comes preloaded with one excellent album. There are others too.

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My First Time at the Smell, with Mount Eerie

Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum, Microphones) filled my head with fog.

Alert: confessional time. (Isn’t that what blogs are for? No, silly, that’s what they were for in the early aughts.) The A.V. Club is, um, blessed with a very, er, active readership. Check out the comments sections on my reviews for a glimpse into their troll-like wonderful ways. They also get to ask us questions, which is really great, and a recent query sent us flipping back through our memories to find one of our “best shared cultural experiences.” Lots of great answers over here.

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