The Cranberries were one of the alt-rock era’s biggest successes. That’s true in numerical terms: The Irish band’s first two albums, 1993’s Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and 1994’s No Need To Argue, went platinum five and seven times over, respectively, yielding enough hit singles to keep the Cranberries all over … More »
It’s a new year, and very soon the music events of 2017 will fade further into the rearview and we’ll be greeted with 2018’s first big releases and announcements. As far as the latter goes, we’re nearing that time where all the big Spring and Summer festivals begin to unveil their lineups. And if recent … More »
The internet was a lot less fun this year. With Russian propagandists invading Facebook, neo-Nazis overrunning Twitter, child predators exploiting YouTube comments, ransomware attacking our Gmail, and Eminem infiltrating Tinder, every swipe brought the potential to ruin our day, assuming @realDotardTrump hadn’t ruined it already. Now we’ve got the FCC repealing net neutrality rules: … More »
Every year, comics seem to become more entertaining and diverse.
These are the poetry collections I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for “favorite”), listed alphabetically by title.
Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is a profound and beautifully illustrated memoir of the Vietnamese refugee experience.
Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless includes a remarkably varied collection of stories.
Bell deftly explores friendship and humanity in this poignant memoir.
Kristen Radtke’s graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This is one of the most moving and thoughtful comics I have read in years.
Hands down the most thought-provoking and moving graphic novel I have read all year, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a truly remarkable book and one of the year’s finest (regardless of genre).
Tillie Walden’s Spinning is an elegantly told coming-of-age story that will appeal to both adults and children.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite albums of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2017
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Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2017
other lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
Ideally, a great movie soundtrack should be just as immersive as the film itself, whether as a result of a singular vision or good curation. It should have the ability to mirror a specific feeling or scenario so evocatively that the music can’t help but pull you back to a specific scene. A movie soundtrack … More »
2017 was the year of the sophomore album, with many second releases showing up on this list.
These are the eleven albums I have recommended most to friends, Largehearted Boy readers, and complete strangers over the year. (my personal metric for favorite music).
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My favorite eleven albums of 2017:
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The world went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, Nazis, an Arcade Fire album rollout. Twitter also went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, a controversy about verifying Nazis, and, perhaps most shockingly, a new 280 character … More »
In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of new releases in stores in a given week, and even more daunting to stay on top of archival reissues. In addition to straightforward LP pressings capitalizing on the vinyl boom, labels are banking on love of physical product and nostalgia when they plan out their release schedule. More »