Best of 2019 (So Far…)

Good. Better. Best. 2019 is not even halfway over and the year has already come in all degrees of quality. Exploring numerous films, television shows, songs, concerts, books, hikes and beer to determine what has been the best thus far is no small thing, but I have done my best. With the last year of this decade not even half over, I can’t wait to see what else could possibly be in store to explore. Until then, welcome to the Best of 2019, so far…


1. Us

2. Braid
3. Guava Island

Just missed: Wine CountryThe Hole in the Ground; SuperLópez
Most Looking Forward To: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood; Mustang; High Life; Birds of Passage; Piercing; Joker; The Goldfinch


1. The OA, Netflix

2. You’re the Worst, FX
3. Killing Eve, AMC

Just missed: Game of Thrones, HBO; Corporate, Comedy Central
Veep, HBO;
What We Do In The Shadows, FXSuperstore, NBC; The Other Two, Comedy Central
Most Looking Forward To: Watchmen, HBO; Black Mirror, Netflix; Catch 22, Hulu;
Legion, FX; Dark, Netflix; Good Omens, Amazon; Fosse/Verdon, FX


1. “Chapter 8: Overview,” The OA, Netflix

2. “The Long Night,” Game of Thrones, HBO
3. “Pancakes” You’re the Worst, FX

Just missed: “Stories” Broad City, Comedy Central; “Veep,” Veep, HBO; “The Concert,” Corporate, Comedy Central; “The Blizzard,” Superstore, NBC; “The Calm Before,” The Walking Dead, AMC; “Ariadne,” Russian Doll, Netflix


1. Crushing, Julia Jacklin

2. The Destroyer – 1, TR/ST

Just missed:
Stuffed & Ready, Cherry Glazerr; Assume Form, James Blake; Everythings for Sale, BoogieCrush On Me, Sir Babygirl; Gallipoli, Beirut; Fever, Megan Thee Stallion; The Devil You Know, The Coathangers
Most Looking Forward To: Childish Gambino; Lady Gaga; Run the Jewels;
Danny Brown; Rihanna; Grimes; Sky Ferreira; Glacier Boyz


Rosalia-J-Balvin-2019-Con-Altura-2019-billboard-1548.jpg1. “Barefoot in the Park,” James Blake ft. Rosalía
2. “The Barrel,” Aldous Harding

3. “Con Altura,” Rosalía / J Balvin

Just missed: Everyone Is a Bad Friend,” Sir Babygirl;Unbleached,” TR/ST
Tuesday,” Malibu Ken;Cubicle,” BB Sun / AJ SuedeHologram,” Tacocat;
Waiting,” Dark Smith;Okashi,” Charlotte Adigéry;Truth Hurts,” Lizzo;  “Pressure To Party,” Julia Jacklin;Only Child,” Tierra Whack; Faraway Look,” Yola;Free Uzi,” Lil Uzi Vert


DSC03058-1200x800.jpg1. TR/ST, Neumos
2. Beirut, Paramount Theatre
3. Cherry Glazerr, Neumos

Just Missed: Palehound, NeumosLydia Ainsworth, Neumos; Helado Negro, Paramount Theatre 
Most Looking Forward To: Tacocat, Showbox; SOAK, Barboza; Fenne Lily, Barboza; Lucy Dacus, Neumos

BOOKS (Read in 2019)

1. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh

2. French Exit, by Patrick DeWitt
3. The Water Cureby Sophie Mackintosh

Just missed: My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite; When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan; The Largess of the Sea Maiden, by Denis Johnson
Most Looking Forward To: The Broken Earth Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin; Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami; Borne, by Jeff Vandermeer

BEER (Drank in 2019)

1. Susan (New England IPA), Parrotdog (Wellington, NZ)

2. El Cuatro – Grand Cru (Sour Ale), Ale Apothecary (Bend, OR)
3. Incandescence Sour Winter Ale (Sour Ale)Dirty Couch Brewing (Seattle, WA)

Just missed: Senescence (Saison), Floodland Brewing; I Award You No Points (Triple IPA), Cloudburst Brewing; Sacred Arrow (Sour Ale), Urban Family Brewing

HIKES (Hiked in 2019)

1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

2. Roy’s Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand
3. Bryce Canyon Traverse & Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon, Utah

Just missed: Stawamus Chief Trail (Second Peak), Squamish, Canada; Green Lake, Mt Rainier National Park, WAAnnette Lake, Snoqualmie Pass, WA; Coogee to Bondi Trail, New South Wales, Australia
Most Looking Forward To: Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mount Baker, WA; Hoh River Trail, The Olympics, WA; Gem Lake, Snoqualmie, WA

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