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Music challenge for serious listeners.

I was working on a compilation of my favorite songs of the decade when the esteemed and annoying Lou O’Bedlam challenged me to rank them in order of preference. I thought it was nuts, but I found myself with some free time and I think I’ve managed to do it. The process was surprisingly enlightening and loads of fun, so I’m putting the challenge to the universe.

This isn’t meant to be a boring, critical look at the “best” songs of the last ten years, but just the tracks you love most from this decade that used to be the future.

Remixes are cool, as are remixes and covers of old songs as long as the remix or cover was released in 2000-2009, i.e. Johnny Cash’s 2003 cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” or any of the remixes from The Beatles’ Let It Be… Naked. No live versions of old songs! Everybody’s top 13 tracks would be the entirety of Daft Punk’s Alive 2007.

This sounds daunting but it’s not that hard. If you use iTunes, for example, you can create a Smart Playlist that will compile only songs with a “Year” setting greater than 1999. You should also inspect your physical collection to make sure you didn’t forget anything.

When you’ve got the Master List, pick your favorite songs and dump them into another playlist and just listen to that playlist all the fucking time. You’ll find yourself eliminating the chaff and beginning to sort your Final List. I finished mine in just a couple of weeks. Megan Harris finished hers in just a few minutes.

Upon completion of your Final List, blog it before New Year’s Eve. Embellish in any way you like. I intend to offer close friends an enormous download of all 100 songs re-metatagged into a new album sorted in order from 100-1 with unique artwork so they can play my compilation on any software player or mobile device.

Trust me, it’s fun.

(And I know what you’re thinking, but everyone on the planet thinks the oughties started in 2000 so that’s what we’re working with.)


Hyphocity, Winter 2008/2009.

Stepho y Andy Khouri y R0b by you.


The Hyphocity sets are compilations of photographs documenting my miscellaneous existence.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

The hyphiest Comic-Con of all. 

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(photo by Lou O'Bedlam)

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Noodle by you.

(photo by Ginny Guzman)

Power Girl by you.

(photo by Ginny Guzman)

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Fuck City pool party.

My girlfriend Stepho started a book club. It’s called FUCK CITY, after a joke from Arrested Development. The idea is that when you have to bow out of some kind of party or club night because you have a book club meeting — normally a pathetic and shameful excuse — this way you get to say, “Oh, sorry, I have to go to my book club. It’s called FUCK CITY.

The latest book was “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith” by Jon Krakauer, and the meeting took the form of a barbeque by the pool at my building. I know this will come as a shock to you all, but I’ve lived here for about five years and never, ever visited the pool before. 

Everybody brought some food and Stepho took care of the grilling. The whole afternoon proved to be delicious, nutritious, and O_o.

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Stepho's Winehouse Roundhouse birthday, 2007 (Part 2).

After almost two years of very slow realization, I’ve finally come to accept the truth that my girlfriend is a cosplayer. Further, many of our friends are cosplayers as well.

However — and I’m sure you’ll agree after seeing the photos — it could be a lot worse. A whole lot worse. Really, incalculably worse. At least I’m not sleeping with a stormtrooper.

The following is a compilation of some of the hundreds of photographs taken later in the evening, a few hours after Stepho’s Winehouse winery tour concluded. I suppose it makes sense that copious amounts of wine leads to things like this. 

Most of these were taken by Ginny, Sam, Louie and Jacob, and you can find tons more on their respective flickr sites. These are just the ones I liked best and thought would give you a good idea of what went on. 

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