The 2015 Webbie Media Awards

(in no way affiliated with the Webbys, ha.)

Music

Best new songs:

  • Now Now, “School Friends,”
  • Rachel Zeffira, “Star”
  • Marina and the Diamonds, “Blue”
  • Car Seat Headrest, “Hey Space Cadet”
  • Metric, “The Shade”
  • Mercury Rev, “Central Park East”
  • MS MR, “Hurricane”
  • Papernut Cambridge, “Rock and Roll Afternoon City Lights”
  • Toy, “Join the Dots”
  • Chet Faker, “1988”
  • Prinzhorn Dance School, “Reign”
  • New Order, “Stray Dog”

Favorite Albums:

  • Marina and the Diamonds — “FROOT”
  • Mercury Rev — “The Light in You”
  • Now, Now — “Threads”
  • Rachel Zeffira — “The Deserters”
  • Telekenisis — “Ad Infinitum”
  • Mikal Cronin — “MCII”
  • Kacey Musgraves — “Pageant Material”
  • Foals — “What Went Down”
  • Bully — “Feels Like”
  • FKA Twigs — “M3LL155X”

Best Live Gigs:

  • HTRK at Baby’s All Right, NYC
  • Dinosaur Jr 30th Anniversary Night 8 with Kevin Shields, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo, Kurt Vile, Evan Dando, Negative Approach, Imperial Teen and Black Mountain at Bower Ballroom, NYC
  • Ride at Terminal 5, NYC
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain perform Psychocandy at Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX
  • Dan Deacon at the Barbarian Group SXSW Party, Mohawk, Austin, TX
  • Taylor Swift at the Greensboro Coliseum Center
  • Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women at TT The Bears (may it rest in peace)
  • Primal Scream at Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX
  • Will Butler at the Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA

Books

Best History: Old English Patent Medicines in America by George B Griffenhagen and James Harvey Young

Best Biography: Just Kids by Patti Smith (best book I’ve read in years)

Best Economics Book: Tie: The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith, and The Social Limits to Growth by Fred Hirsch

Best Ad Book: The Anatomy of Humbug: How to Think Differently About Advertising by Paul Feldwick

Best General Non-Fiction: Essays after Eighty by Donald Hall

Best Fiction: Arcadia by Lauren Goff (but honestly, I read like 12 fiction books)

Movies

(I still haven’t seen The Revenant, Carol and a couple others)

Best Movie: Mad Max Fury Road

Runner Up: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Best Comedy: Spy

Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max Fury Road

Best Animated Feature: Inside Out

Best Cinematography:

Best Editing: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (I realize this is probably controversial but, man, they packed a lot in and it worked)

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy” (she really was great)

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Hateful Eight,”

Best Actor: Adam Driver, “The Force Awakens”

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Best Score: Hateful Eight

Best Soundtrack: “Magic Mike XXL”

Best Original Song: They all sucked, didn’t they? They always do.

Best Visual Effects: Crimson Peak

Best Original Screenplay: Ex Machina

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Martian