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Brandon’s Favorite Things of 2022

Another year, another list of things that got me through it.

With things starting to get back to “normal,” there’s been a surplus of incredible records, amazing movies, and lots of room for some pretty rad moments. Some of the moments came from going to concerts, or accomplishing goals I might’ve been putting off. One of the absolute best moments of all time was getting married to a beautiful, super rad woman I met on Tumblr in 2014, only to finally meet in person at Emo Nite in 2018. I also became a stepdad to an absolutely brilliant and amazing girl. It’s been an absolute blast and being a husband/dad rules.

There were also some pretty shitty moments, from losing our cat to leaving a job I loved for a job that was completely unknown territory. But luckily those shit moments were far fewer than the good times I had this year. Here’s a list I compiled of some of my favorite things from this year, with some of my favorite photos I took sprinkled in at the end. Enjoy, and here’s to 2023!

Top 10 Favorite Records

  1. Oso Ososore thumb (Triple Crown Records)
  2. AlvvaysBlue Rev (Polyvinyl Records)
  3. Drug ChurchHygiene (Pure Noise Records)
  4. Harry Styles – Harry’s House (Columbia Records)
  5. Joyce Manor40 Oz. To Fresno (Epitaph)
  6. White LungPremonition (Domino)
  7. Dehd – Blue Skies (Fat Possum Records)
  8. Anxious – Little Green House (Run For Cover)
  9. Bloc Party – Alpha Games (Infectious Music)
  10. SuperchunkWild Loneliness (Merge Records)

Top 10 Favorite Songs

  1. Blink-182 – “Edging”
  2. Oso Oso – “De Facto”
  3. Sydney Sprague – “Think Nothing”
  4. Saturdays At Your Place – “Tarot Cards”
  5. PUP – “Matilda”
  6. White Reaper – “Fog Machine”
  7. Harry Styles – “Keep Driving”
  8. Samiam – “Lights Out Little Hustler”
  9. Drug Church – “Super Saturated”
  10. Joyce Manor – “Souvenier”

Top 10 Best Moments

  2. Tom DeLonge came back!
  3. I got to see the Lakers play from the best seats I’ll probably ever get, thanks to my WIFE! (They lost, though).
  4. I took my photography to another level and started doing paid shoots.
  5. I get to spend Christmas in LA with my WIFE and KID!
  6. I worked my first music fest with some really rad people.
  7. I finally got my ass on something for my ADHD.
  8. I got to interview Laura Jane Grace for a podcast!
  9. I finally got to see/shoot Turnstile & Joyce Manor. We also got to see Alkaline Trio with tickets we bought two years ago.
  10. I fell in love with photography again.

Top 10 Things I Watched

  1. Ozark (Netflix)
  2. House of the Dragon (HBO Max)
  3. Barbarian (HBO Max)
  4. Everything Everywhere All At Once
  5. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  6. Nope
  7. Limitless With Chris Hemsworth (Disney+)
  8. Bullet Train (Netflix)
  9. White Lotus (HBO Max)
  10. All of the Harry Potter movies

I managed to take a lot more photos this year than I have in the past three or four. Most of them are of bands and shows I went to, but there’s also some personal ones in here I wanted to share. After all, I do shoot more than just shows:

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