A few months ago, I realised that’s been more than a few months since I last wrote anything on this blog. That’s probably because I now have stable employment and I’m no longer using this as a extension of my CV to prove to potential writing industry employers that I’m capable of writing and am somewhat familiar with popular culture and current events. So, to break the dry spell of blogging, I thought I’d whip up something nice, quick, and easy and something to bring 2017 to a close. So, rather than give a heartfelt tribute to the year that is now gone, I thought I’d do a very arbitrary ‘best of’ list.
Best Film – Dunkirk
This one is easy. As soon as I left the cinema, I knew that Dunkirk was going to be my favourite film of 2017. What I liked most about it was the fact that it (largely) forwent plot and instead focused on immersing the audience in the experience of being trapped along the French coast in 1940.
Best Album – ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’ by Dune Rats
Look, I know it’s not a very patrician thing to say, but I really enjoyed not only this album by Brisbane-based indie/stoner rockers Dune Rats, but also seeing them live twice in 2017 (more on that later). However, because I had to think so long and hard about which album to choose, I feel like I should also mention a runner-up.
‘Murder Of The Universe’ by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
My interpretation of this album is as such. After the massive backlash from King Gizzard winning Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards, the band decided to rub salt in wounds of bitter metalheads by writing and recording an actual heavy metal album. On the subject of heavy music….
Heaviest Album – ‘Love From With The Dead’ by With The Dead
I actually have to thank VICE Magazine for introducing me to this ultra-heavy doom metal band. Featuring ex-Cathedral vocalist and owner of Rise Above Records Lee Dorian, this second album sounds like the musical equivalent of being crushed by the weight of a black hole.
Biggest Musical Crush – Jack River
No justification or description needed.
Best Concert – Airbourne
“RUNNING WILD AND FREE!” “I SAID GIRLS! GIRLS IN BLACK!” “BREAKIN’ OUTTA HELL!” “ARE! YOU! READY! TO RO-OOOCK!” These are just some of the things you can yell as loud as your lungs and vocal chords will permit at an Airbourne concert and still not be heard because you’re singing along to one of the fucking loudest bands on the planet. Though I had already seen Airbourne twice before (2010 and 2011), seeing them at The Triffid in January 2017 was without a doubt the best concert experience I’ve ever had, mainly because I now have the confidence to jump right into the moshpit. Also, I’m pretty sure this concert is responsible for my tinnitus being slightly worse in my right ear than my left.
However, I should also mention two very close runner-ups.
Because I had already seen Dune Rats earlier in the year, I was actually more excited to see Wavves when they supported Dunies on their Australian tour along with Hockey Dad and Waax. That being said, both bands put on incredible performances.
Oddly enough, this was only the second music festival I had ever been to (the first was Soundwave 2011 [R.I.P. Soundwave]). The day was long, I was still recovering from a nasty illness, many of the bands played in tiny demountables (which, turns out, is punk as fuck), but there something special about running into the mostpit with one of your best friends from high school who you haven’t seen in years while King Gizzard are playing a bunch of their rockier songs from ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’.
Best Accidental Musical Discovery – Beaches
The space of time between first hearing Beaches and seeing them live was about 9 hours. The Foundry put a status on Facebook which reminded their followers that Beaches were playing that night, I listened to a few songs, was blown away by them, and then bought their CD at the show. Since then, it’s had a very high rotation in my car. Here’s some fuzzy psychedelic goodness for y’all.
Best YouTuber Discovery – Mista GG
I’m not sure if this a controversial or tame opinion to have, but I really like Google’s search algorithm (but not their targeted advertising algorithm, that shit is scary). Early this year, I was watching my favourite TV show of all time, To Catch A Predator, when I saw a suggested video by Mista GG. It was one of his series of videos called ‘The Predator Chronicles’ where he provides commentary to the old episodes of To Catch A Predator as well as Chris Hansen’s new show Hansen Vs Predator. I initially thought it would be some cancerous and unfunny clickbait but it ended up being, without a doubt, the funniest content I’ve seen on YouTube. Mista GG is now up to episode 19 of The Predator Chronicles but he’s covered other topics as well such as Iggy Azalea and the internet hate train, disgraced paedophile YouTubers, and the occasional film review.
Here’s some other stuff I found on the internet in 2017 that I think of worthy of this list.
Greatest Facebook Truth Bomb
Greatest YouTube Comment Truth Bomb
Best Comment on VICE Magazine’s Comments Section
Dankest Meme – Slobodan Praljak
For some context, Slobodan Praljak was a former Croatian general who was on trial at The Hague for war crimes committed during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995. Right after judged sentenced him to a 20-year prison sentence, he an hero’d by drinking a vial of poison and declaring “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal!”. Afterwards, in true internet counter-culture fashion, he became a meme. How did this become my dankest meme? Because of my sense of humour which I largely picked up from 4chan. Here are some of the meme’s highlights.
Happy 2018 everyone!