2012 Year-End Lists: Madeline Newberry, Merge intern

2012 Year-End Lists: Madeline Newberry, Merge intern

Top 10 Albums of 2012:
Onuinu - Happy Home
Atoms for Peace - Default
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
Cate Le Bon - Puts Me To Work
Concrete Blonde - I Know The Ghost
OHMphrey - Devil's In The Details
The Flaming Lips - "Is David Bowie Dying?" (featuring Neon Indian)
Neon Indian - Hex Girlfriend
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals - Stars
The Tallest Man on Earth - 1904

The above aren’t in any order. I will say that I'm a pretty big Thom Yorke fan so the fact that his collaboration with Flea (under the band name Atoms for Peace) finally has turned into an original album is something that requires documenting. The full album won’t be out until February but you can still check out the Default and Tamer Animals/Other Side singles here ( They first started working together in 2006 so I think six years of waiting for this masterpiece is long enough.

Television Shows I Watched in 2012:

Weeds Series Finale
Jenji Kohan finally tied up all loose ends on the series. I must say, I hated the season before because it was all over the place. Kohan realized that she needed to step up her game in the final season and do what she could to stop wasting 25 minutes of people’s time every week. I used to be a pretty big fan of the show but after about seven years of being a fan, I can’t say I’m not glad the show’s over.

The Gossip Girl Series Finale
Why I still watch Gossip Girl and I’m in my early ‘20s is beyond me. I think it’s this certain nostalgic past-time where my teenage problems seemed so petty compared to those of the Upper East Side and I never can get enough of the overly rich scheming bunch. I also will forever drool over Nate Archibald. It’s my vice, what can I say? I also need Chuck and Blair to get married so that my life will be complete.

American Horror Story: Asylum
I ritualistically watched the first season and this season is even creepier. I’m a sucker for horror flicks so this show gives me a weekly dose of the heebie jeebies. The first season is on Netflix so if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely check it out. Its historical innuendos to actual 20th century murders add to the aesthetics and overall feel of the show.

Don’t Trust The B---- In Apt 23
Krysten Ritter has always played roles where she’s second-in-command. This time she gets the opportunity to shine as a malicious but hilarious b---- what wows me with her wit. James Van Der Beek is also in the show and has a lead role as himself, trying to make it in New York after being a failed actor since Dawson’s Creek.

New Girl
The second season of Zooey Deschanel’s hit comedy show has reeled me in even more than the first. I used to just wait until the end of the week and watch all of my shows on Hulu but I enjoy winding down on Tuesdays and watching 25 minutes of Jess and her quirkiness. It makes my day better, no matter what.