Tops of 2021

As it was for many, I'm sure, 2021 was definitely not the year I'd expected it to be. Though this is a very broad statement, it very much applies to the things I consumed throughout the year. I think, more than usual, my “tops” list this year reflects a lot of what was going on in my life and the world around me. It was thus a very interesting experience putting it all together. That being said, here we go! In no particular order (ignore the numbers), these are my tops of 2021.


RECORDS 1. The Umbrellas // The Umbrellas 2. UV-TV // Always Something 3. Sarah Neufeld // Detritus 4. Pet Symmetry // Future Suits 5. Remember Sports // Like a Stone 6. Ratboys // Happy Birthday, Ratboy 7. Illuminati Hotties // Let Me Do One More 8. Quicksand // Distant Populations 9. Every Time I Die // Radical 10. Scarlxrd // Doom II

EPs 1. Floating Room // Shima EP 2. Eve’s Peach // Eve’s Peach EP 3. Mannequin Pussy // Perfect EP 4. Dessa // I Already Like You EP 5. Beabadoobee // Our Extended Play EP

SINGLES 1. Swansea Sound // Happy Christmas to Me 2. Iron Chic // Catgut 3. Coheed and Cambria // Shoulders 4. Kitty Kat Fan Club // Fly So High I See Clear Below 5. Michael Cera Palin // Bono!! Bono!!

MUSIC VIDEO Floating Room // Shimanchu (YouTube)

BOOKS 1. Lurking: How a Person Became a User // Joanne McNeil (2020) 2. Remote Control // Nnedi Okorafor 3. Terminal Boredom: Stories // Izumi Suzuka 4. Even Greater Mistakes // Charlie Jane Anders 5. For the Love of Men // Liz Plank (2019)

SHORT STORIES 1. A Better Way of Saying // Sarah Pinsker 2. Clap Back // Nalo Hopkinson 3. The Black Pages // Nnedi Okorafor

POETRY COLLECTIONS 1. Swallowtail // Brenna Twohy (2019) 2. Date & Time // Phil Kaye (2018) 3. Bad Poet // Brian Allen Ellis (2020)

WATCHES WORN 1. Casio A168WA 2. G-Shock GW-M5610U-1CJF 3. Timex Expedition T49661 4. Rolex Datejust 36 116234 5. Kronaby Sekel 38mm