In regards to this whole decade thing—the mid to late 90’s were infinitely better than the 2000s. FACT
Here’s to you 2009!
Of The Year (in no particular order):
1. Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
2. Me Without You- It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright
3. Another Breath – God Complex
4. Dear Landlord – Dream Homes
5. Converge – Axe to Fall
6. Owen – New Leaves
7. Thursday – Common Existence
8. Summer People – Good Problems
9. Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
10. Russian Circles – Geneva
Brand New – Daisy
Chuck Ragan – Gold Country
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
Dan Deacon – Broomst
House Boat – The Delaware Octopus
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg
Strike Anywhere – Iron Front
Between the Buried and me – the great misdirect
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (I just don’t get this band at all)
Mos Def – The Ecstatic (talk about lame)
Thing about this year I found most confusing:
the fact that sarah palin is still relevant
If I had money I would have heard and probably placed:
The Banner Pilot
Best things to happen this year:
discovering beer that wasn’t keystone light
being WCDB’s Rock director!!!!!!!
Polar Bear Club at the SUNY Chapel House
Seeing Have Heart’s last tour show
Having to say goodbye to my pup
Knowing I’m one year closer to death, and probably after finals are over, 5 years closer to death
Have Heart breaking up
Thorns of Life not releasing a record
Sarah Palin writes a book (she can write?)
graduating into the worst recession since the great depression (technically next year but I still want to bitch about it)
top ten of the decade:
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows – No explanation needed. If you don’t think “Reckoner” is the most beautiful song you ever heard, you may not have ears.
2. Thursday – Full Collapse – Changed the way I looked at music. Still love it. An almost perfect album.
3. Against me! – Reinventing Axl Rose – Raw, honest, and awesome.
4. Elliott Smith – From a Basement on a Hill – Elliott Smith is probably my all-time favorite singer-songwriter. These songs are sad, and brutal to listen to sometimes. Incredible
5. Cursive – Domestica – Lyrically amazing and musically incredible.
6. The Lawrence Arms – the greatest story ever told
7. Sigur Ros – ( )
8. Broken Social Scene – You Forget It In People
9. Everytime I Die – Hot Damn!
10. Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antarctica
I’m sure there’s something (multiple things) I’m forgetting but here are some honorable mentions:
The Gaslight Anthem – the 59 Sound — too new to decide whether or not it makes my personal album of the decade list. Definitely loved it.
Ryan Adams – Love Is Hell
1905 – Voice
Dearly Departed – Believing in Ghosts — This band is criminally underrated
Hot Water Music – Caution
Explosions in the Sky – Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Converge – Jane Doe
Bane – Give Blood
Godspeed you! Black Emperor – Lift your skinny fists like antennas to the heavens
Latterman – No matter where we go … !
Belong on here but not doing two bands twice:
Radiohead – Kid A
Cursive – The Ugly Organ (I had a really hard time choosing between the two)
Broken Social Scene – S\T