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Top 10 Albums of 2009

January 23, 2010

I’m awful at writing review of albums, so I think I’ll just go with the first thing that comes to mind when I see the album title. Enjoy.

10.Grey Britain- Gallows

Grey Britain is a great album, but doesn’t even compare to their live show. Their singer verbally tore apart all of the “questionable” bands on Warped Tour right in front of them, and then physically attacked a fan for making him mad. I think they deserve a top 10 spot for that alone. I’m not saying that the album isn’t good, because I thought it was great, but see them live if you get the chance.

9.Chasing Hamburg- Polar Bear Club

I didn’t get a chance to fully appreciate this album. I got it at the same time as a bunch of other albums, so it didn’t get my full attention. Despite the lack of attention  I still found quite a few tracks that I really liked. Raspy vocals, upfront guitar, solid drumming, maybe not the number 1 album of the year, but one of the best for sure.

8.Poetry of the Deed- Frank Turner

Frank Turner is a different style of music than I normally listen to, which says a lot about this album. I heard that he was touring with The Gaslight Anthem, so I had to check him out. His upbeat folk-punk sound was totally what I needed at the time, and I still love it now. “Try This at Home” is the stand out track for me, check it out.

7.This Will Be The Death of Us- Set Your Goals

It must really suck to be Four Year Strong right now.

6.Homesick- A Day To Remember

The opening track tore up my car speakers, and it didn’t stop there. Need I say more? No, but I will. Almost every song has a mosh call, and sweet breakdown to follow it, how can you not like that? If you haven’t heard them think of Blink 182+ New Found Glory+ A good hardcore band. It sounds weird, but it’s not at all.

5.Sheboygan- The Jetty Boys

This is exactly what Green Day SHOULD have released this year. Seriously.

4.Smarten Up- Project 27

Project 27 is another one of my favorite bands by far. They are super chill guys and make amazing music. Musically they sound live just like they do on the album, but with WAY more energy. I might be a little bias because they are willing to make the drive all the way to Ashland to play for us, but I don’t care. I’ve listened to this album from start for finish more times than I can count.

3.They Came From The Shadows- Teenage Bottlerocket

TBR picked up right where they left off. Straight forward Ramone-core pop-punk. If you expected something new, then you were disappointed. Change is the last thing that I wanted from this guys, and they didn’t disappoint me in the least. This album covers all corners,from skater anthems like Skate or Die, to Bigger Than Kiss, which breaks down the reasons that they are better than KISS.

2.All I Have to Offer is my Own Confusion- Fireworks

I didn’t even know who Fireworks was until I saw them open for New Found Glory in March. They were one of the best opening bands I had ever seen, so I bought their album and listened to it for the rest of the trip. I eventually got to the point where I could sing along to every song, and it became my summer album. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than ride my bike around at 3am listening to this album.

1.Dream Homes- Dear Landlord

I honestly don’t know what to say about this album, except that it was my favorite of the year. It has everything that I can ask for, short songs, aggressive vocals, lyrics that I can relate to, gang vocals, choppy guitar/drums, and “Three to the Beach”. If you haven’t heard it then you’re missing out, fix it.

Honorable Mentions

Year One-Psyched To Die

Picture this, Hardcore Punk band+ Pop-punk singer+ ever song is about suicide. Sounds ridiculous, but it’s awesome. Don’t think “I’m in an emo band, and I hate my life”, but more of a “Wow, you all suck and so does everything else, I think I’ll kill myself”. Year One is short and to the point, just how I like it.

Disasterpiece- First Class Motive

Acoustic pop with some comedic lyrics. Probably not a chart topper, but still good to listen to at the right time. My biggest problem is the name of the album, which is a Slipknot song and the name of one of their DVD’s.

Relapse- Eminem

This was supposed to be Eminem’s big comeback album, but I don’t think it was as good as The Eminem Show. His voice in a few songs bothers me, but the rest of the album is solid. Good lyrics, Good beats, and as always good flow. An honorable mention for sure.

Blueprint 3- Jay-Z

I didn’t get this album until 2010, so I can’t say it was one of my favorite of ’09. I haven’t sat down and listened to the entire album, but I have listened to most of it. Jay-Z is pretty new to me, so I’m still getting used to him and his style, so far I love it though. Death of the Autotune? Take that Lil’ Wayne.


Guilty pleasure album of ’09 for sure. So what?


Did You Think That You Had Nothing To Lose?

October 15, 2009

I can’t think of a good way to start this, other than to say “I went to a show, and now I’m going to write about it”, so here I go.

I just got back from The Triple Rock where I saw This Time Next Years, Sparks The Rescue, Fireworks, There For Tomorrow, and Hit The Lights. I went with Alex, Autumn, and Audun, we showed up a little late, but not a big deal. We got a parking spot less than a block from the venue with a parking meter that only lasted for an hour at max. We found out later that they don’t check them after 6

.The first thing that I noticed when I got in was that the crowd(and the venue) was really small. We walked up to the side of the stage and sat there for the first few bands. The stage was less than 2 feet tall and there was no barrier or anything, which meant that I would be within 2 feet of the bands anytime that I wanted to be.

The crowd just sort of stood there for This Time Next Year, but there was barely 75 kids in there and most of them were sitting in the back. In my opinion these guys were second only to Hit The Lights, and I’m kind of upset that I missed half of their set. I didn’t know any of their songs, but I’ll be sure to pick up their album as soon as I can. They were super energetic and left the stage sweating, if only the same could be said about the crowd.

Next up was Sparks The Rescue, another band that I knew nothing of. STR was really energetic, thrashing about and swinging mics like TBS. They were pretty alright, but nothing spectacular. Mostly high, clean vocals with the occasional scream from their Kellan Fabjance rip-off of a bassist. By the end of their set the crowd was starting to grow a little bit, but still no movement. They played a pretty short set, but nobody seemed to mind. Within minutes of getting off stage they were walking around in the crowd talking to people and selling CD’s.

Fireworks was 3rd in the line up, time for some familiar music. Fireworks lacked the energy that the first two bands had and seemed to be playing very half-hearted. Their singer didn’t  project nearly as well as he does on the album or  at his previous shows. This was the 3rd time I saw them, and was definitely the worst performance so far. It was nice hearing some songs that I knew, but they could have been a lot better. On a positive note, the crowd was even bigger and was starting to move. One kid ran up on stage and attempted to dive into the crowd, but everyone(including myself) moved and he hit the floor.

There For Tomorrow took the stage next, fully equipped with strobe lights and a backdrop. They made comments about how autotune sucked and so did all of the “trendy” kids at Warped tour. With all 4 of them wearing V necks and dyed black hair, I had a hard time taking them seriously. One of the first things the singer said was “Can you feel the 808’s shaking your rectum”, which sums up their whole set pretty well. High, “emotional” vocals and guitar that sounded just like every other scene kid band. They had both live drums and a drum machine (a Roland 808 presumably) to crank out the big bass hits. Nothing spectacular, could have done without them

I noticed halfway through their set these two girls that just didn’t fit in. I’d say they were in their 20’s and had clearly never been to a show before. They had more make up on than anyone should ever have at a show, they were super tan, and both wearing stilettos. You NEVER wear heels to a show! They danced like they were at a John Mayer show, I even took the liberty of recording some of it on my phone. I’ll get it up on my Facebook eventually.

Hit The Lights finally was on and the 4 of us were dead center and as close as we could get. Being less than a foot away from the singers crotch seems to be the goal of ever girl there(except Autumn of course). They started off with a few songs off of Skip School, Start Fights, but eventually made their way to some older stuff. The crowd went nuts for Speakers Blown and everyone was singing along with fists in the air. We (by “we” I mean Aphamy) yelled at them to play Bodybag, but they told us that they don’t play that song anymore. They played a few random songs, like the hidden track on This is A Stickup….Don’t  Make It A Murder and their cover of Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms(which is on Punk Goes 90’s I believe). After constant harassment from us, they told us they had one last song and they start Bodybag. We all jumped around and sang along, just like any good crowd would do.

After they finished up an started tearing down they gave away set lists to a few people, including Audun. He managed to get a drumstick from them too, what a wanker. Audun bought some merch while me and Alex talked to the guys in Fireworks for a bit. They were still sweaty (and lumberjack like), but totally cool about just talking with us. They assured me that my gauges would heal up because all of theirs’ did and they were all much bigger than mine.

All in all the show was fun and a totally different experience to me. It was small like a local show, but the crowd knew all the words and there were no drunk people ruining it. All ages shows rock!

Who Is Your Favorite Band? (2/2)

September 17, 2009

6.Operation Ivy
If you liked Rancid then are already are(well, should be) a fan of these guys. Their music was groundbreaking for Punk and you can’t ignore that. It’s all very fast, sloppy, and fun. Sound familiar?The recordings are all pretty rough and since they broke up 20 years ago you won’t be seeing them live anytime soon. You can pick up every song they’ve recorded on one CD for like $10 at almost any store including iTunes.

7. Four Year Strong
So you like the idea of heavy music, but screams are a little too much for you. The answer is Four Year Strong. They are fast paced, energetic, heavy, and poppy all at the same time. Sing-a-long choruses with aggressive verses all pulled together with some of the best breakdowns around. Jump, dance, or flail around like an idiot (*cough*ChicagoCrowd*cough*). They have a new CD that’s all covers of 90’s songs, since most of you grew up in the 90’s you’ll know most of these songs..

8. Fireworks
I hadn’t even heard of these guys until the first time I saw them. They were a last minute opener for New Found Glory and I really had low expectations. Surprisingly these guys came out and threw down and at the end of the night me and Alex bought their CD. They have meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies, and very well done gang vocals. They make excellent driving music, not too heavy, but still upbeat. Check em out on tour with Hit The Lights!

9. The Loved Ones
If you already checked out The Gasight Anthem and liked what you heard the The Loved Ones are your next step. They have a slightly more Punk feel the TGA, but the idea is the same. Angst filled anthems with hints of Blues and raspy vocals.  I haven’t heard anything other than their newest CD yet, but I like them enough to give them a top 10 spot. They will be in Minneapolis with The Gaslight Anthem on Oct 3.

10. Breathe Carolina
Just kidding, they are gay.