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Snarky Amber's Top Whatever of 2009

Glee_logo  And I do mean "whatever," because I give a big middle finger to this year, with the exception of these few things:

Favorite Pop Star: Lady Gaga
She's a freak bitch, and I love her. I want to be her and I kinda want to do her, too.

Favorite TV Musical: Glee
 Glee may require some suspension of disbelief at times, but so do award-winning Broadway musicals. I am pretty much a sucker for all shows that allow their characters to be, in some way, deeply unlikable, and this is something Glee does well, beyond the fantastic musical numbers. For every time I've wanted to hug Rachel, there is another time I wish it was I who wielded the Slushie. Beyond its fantastic writing, Glee is just fun. And I think we can all use a little fun, don't you think? I've personally had a really shitty year, but this show has never failed to make me smile. I can't believe I have to wait until April for more, and can't wait to return with the recaps.

Favorite Reality Competition Show: Top Chef: Las Vegas
Easily the best group of chefs ever in the history of Top Chef. This season showed that, while personality is certainly important to any reality competition show, Top Chef is most compelling when the talent level is high. I was really struck by how much the final five chefs truly respected each other's talent, with the exception of Michael Voltaggio saying he does the kind of cooking Kevin does on his days off. But I'll save my rant about that for another day.  My point is, in the finale, it truly was every chef's competition to lose, which is not something I could say for seasons past. 

Favorite Album (Reissue) For Your Own Special Sweetheart - Jawbox
The original album came out in 1994, but it was reissued this year so it counts as something from 2009, dammit. Back in the early 90s, when major labels were all clamoring to sign a bunch of new indie bands with that weird grungy/post-rock sound, Jawbox got courted by Atlantic Records. While many bands in similar positions could have and did bitch out, making hella commercial, crappy-pappy bargain bin albums, Jawbox instead set out to make their best album ever. And then they totally fucking did. The reissue on Desoto Records has new artwork remastering and three bonus tracks, and it's still as awesome as when it was when it was recorded 15 years ago. 

Favorite Internet Phenomenon: MamaPop Roundtable Video Edition

This year I got over my fear of being videotaped in order to participate in the video version of our Roundtable. And I have to say, I'm so glad I did, because it makes me feel like I'm in the same room with all these knuckleheads, goofing off and making each other laugh out loud. I hope you guys enjoy watching them as much as we enjoy making The Palinode manufacture them weekly in his sweatshop completely OSHA-compliant workspace.


Favorite MamaPop Post By Someone Other Than Me:

Marsha had me clutching my sides with 'Shame and Honor: Asian Americans in Need of a PR Makeover' or 'My People Ain't Representin!'. There's a reason why this got immediately promoted to the 'Best Of' Archive.


Favorite MamaPop Post By Me and My Giant Ego

Look, I am really proud of my post about Roman Polanski, and I'm not ashamed to say it.

I probably liked some other things, but I must now retreat back to my bitter, negative and sarcastic comfort zone. I hope 2010 sucks less than 2009. Sláinte, muthafuckas.

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I loved your Polanski post. Stay tuned for my recap tomorrow, where it makes my list.


You know how much of a fan of your writing I am. If you've written anything better than the Polanski piece, I can't recall it at the moment.


I, too, thought your Polanski piece was awesome.

And I didn't know we have to wait until APRIL for more glee!


Me, either! That kinda just ruined my day!

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