6. Vampire Weekend — Contra I don’t think there’s any more shameless a pick on any top 10 list from this year than this album. This choice is complete garbage — right there with Rolling Stone calling The Black Keys’ Brothers the second best album of 2010. I’m sorry, go ahead and give me all the shit you want, but this album just isn’t that good. It’s definitely not top 10 material. It’s a safe pick with widespread appeal. However, it also works against the list as a whole — rather than helping make it cohesive.
5. Beach House — Teen Dream Teen Dream and Contra are separated by at least 25 albums — not one. Yet there they are, right next to each other on this list. At least Teen Dream was the higher choice. This one scores more points with the hip kids, again looking all the more badass sitting at the perhaps too high 5 slot. Compared to other popular, indie rock/pop albums from the year, Beach House has a big enough appeal while still keeping a unique, indescribable charm about them. This album might just be the token indie album from 2010.
Agree. I don’t really like Vampire Weekend. They’ve always been really soft to me. The saddest image in my mind is driving down the highway in some sort of hybrid while listening to Vampire Weekend. Frow-frow-frowny face.
A little over two years ago, Mark Titus, then a seldom-used reserve forward for the Ohio State Buckeyes, started writing a blog that quickly became an Internet sensation. Titus and two of his bench mates named the blog Club Trillion as a nod to the games in which they would play one minute and register zeros in every other box score category.
Although Titus’s blog brought the Trillion to a larger audience, the term has been around for quite a while. According to the longtime Philadelphia 76ers statistician Harvey Pollack, the former N.B.A. player Scott Hastings came up with the name in the 1980s.
Hastings’s definition of a Trillion allowed for more than one minute played, and Pollack later amended the definition, writing in his annual statistical yearbook that “a committee voted to allow a player to join the club if he only had a personal foul.”
Using a database going back to the 1986-87 season — the earliest season available with complete boxes — the career leader in Trillions is Jud Buechler with 55. Buechler was a 6-foot-6 swingman who played for seven teams, most notably the Chicago Bulls, in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Buechler was a sort of human victory cigar for the 1996, 1997 and 1998 N.B.A. champion Bulls, recording 25 Trillions (45.5 percent of his career total) in those three seasons.