The Church, Magician Among The Spirits (boring slow-moving dark stuff that runs 66 whopping minutes--not since Calling All Stations have I heard an album make a less justified use of its hour-plus running time)
Blondie, Eat To The Beat - Good enough.
Movies: Eighth Grade, Head
Book: some book about Asperger's
Lebowski: I hated it the first time I saw it, around spring 2002 or so. The cult hadn't yet formed really, I don't think. I revisited it several years later when I actually had a DVD player and after watching some other Coen Bros. films and found myself immediately loving it. Thank God--I hate it when I dislike something universally loved. Watching it as your first Coens film is probably a terrible mistake. There was an Apple flavor of Slice soda that I'd give anything to go back in time and drink.
TMP: I like the cinematic qualities of it--$46 million in 1979 money makes good!--so I basically like the movie, but you're right about the revelation being necessary to justify all of what precedes. This was barely finished on time (there's a Director's Cut that I'll probably never watch that supposedly fixes some of it) and badly over budget (it has been sometimes claimed as the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, though there are claims that Superman somehow cost $55 million.) What "happened" in the previous decade was Trek fandom building up through reruns, and Star Wars making $322 million domestically. Your "nitpick" could apply to lots of episodes of the show too, like didn't they say Nomad killed 4 trillion people? Huh? (That episode's plot was accused of being rehashed for TMP's V'ger.)
Wrath of Khan: Very good, but it's a straightforward kind of very good that I don't much feel like discussing. The nebula battle was inspired by submarine movies. Nicholas Meyer seemed like a very literate guy in his commentaries but his directorial career otherwise seems spotty. Kirstie Alley is from Kansas and is fat because of $cientology.
Search for Spock: Never knew there was a movie where Christopher Lloyd gets kicked into lava. I just plain didn't care for this much, I feel nothing when the Enterprise is destroyed at all. I bought all 6 Trek classic movies as part of a DVD set and rewatched them all and only care for the first two, the "even numbered curse" thing makes no sense to me at all and I can't believe I was ever remotely nice to the marsh melon worthlessness of The Final Frontier.