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Sarah’s Top 10 Crushes of 2011

30 Dec

Creatively, 2011 has spoiled the shit out of us. We’ve been damn lucky audiences to be able to sit back and watch masters of music, movies, and TV bust their asses off for our pleasure. Everyone has been on top of their game, and they deserve all the year-end love they can get for how well they’ve done. But that’s all been covered, and I’d like to give appreciation for other gifts. Like hotness, for example. AND OH MAN, DID 2011 DELIVER ON THAT FRONT.

Below are the dudes whose talents, charm, good looks, and general perfection ruined my life most this past year. Just remember boys, the ranking doesn’t matter. You are all winners.

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Top 10 TV Characters of 2011

29 Dec

If you watch as much television as I do, meeting a new character on a show feels like adding someone new into your life, like that time I’d had the feeling I met a new guy but realized it was just because I’d been watching so much Lee Pace on Wonderfalls. Related: I could watch him hang out in a wooded clearing wearing a Northface fleece and drinking coffee forever. Call me Lee, whenever you get an inkling to do so. Anyway, like meeting a new person in real life, you’re somewhat wary of them. There’s a looming unfamiliarity and hesitance but eventually you both chip away those walls and gain an intimacy and connection.

This was easily one of the best years of television in awhile (ironically, the same year my bank account decided I could no longer afford cable) and with a dwindling amount of reality shows, an increase in programs based on the supernatural, and network television’s slow but sure move to creating storylines and cinematography that could rival film, this year gave way to some amazing TV. Also, we had Whitney.

In any case, here are my top 10 favorite new friends from 2011.

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Top Girl Crushes of 2010, The Music Edition

3 Jan

10.  Regine Chassagne of the Arcade Fire
The Suburbs – August 3, 2010
The adorable wife of Arcade Fire frontman, Win Butler, with infectious vocals and accordion riffs.  Regine had a much more prominent presence on Arcade Fire’s release of “The Suburbs” than their releases in past years: She fronted vocals on “Sprawl II” and even performed them live on Saturday Night Live, ribbon-dancing and all.

9. CocoRosie
Grey Oceans – May 11, 2010
The sisters Bianca (“Coco”) and Sierra (“Rosie”) are so incredible freak folk that they can pull it off as something adorable.  They released their fourth studio album and their Sub-Pop Records debut album Grey Oceans on May 11th.   And despite their affinity for blue-grey facial hair on both old and young versions of themselves in their music video for “Lemonade,” I was STILL able to get passed my creeped out vibes and crush on CocoRosie this year.

8.  Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1 – November 22, 2010
Remember that 1993 house hit “Show Me Love?”  This is that same Robyn Carlsson!  Though she’s been rocking a hardly changed platinum, asymmetrical haircut since her first hit, Robyn’s musical influences have changed immensely.  Her first strands of music were much more 90’s R&B influenced, but in the last year, Robyn has pumped out some fantastically driven synthpop dance anthems.  She’ll make you want to dance while cutting and bleaching and coiffing all your hair.

7. Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday – November 22, 2010
Multiple personas, Cockney accents, Kool-Aid wigs: COME ON, OF COURSE SHE WOULD BE ON THIS LIST.  Nicki is fiercely imaginative and I feel like female rappers of this caliber were on a long hiatus until she ripped through 2010.  [I also feel like Nicki’s blonde wigs make her look like Dolly Parton sometimes.]  I would say Nicki is a guilty fly-ass pleasure, but I honestly don’t feel any guilt for loving her.  Pink Friday won me over completely and is solid proof that this girl is going to be around for a long time, starting a whole new generation of Liz Lemonesque aspiring female rappers.

6.  Lykke Li
“Get Some” – November 10, 2010
Lykke Li first came onto the scene in 2008 with the release of her album Youth Novels.  Recently she released the music video for her new single “Get Some.”  It’s much darker and sexed up than she’s been in the past.  AND IT IS REALLY GOOD.  Girlcrushing from one music video is saying a lot and probably ridiculous.  BUT IT’S REALLY GOOD.

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