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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?


What’s My Age Again?

October 3, 2009

I have been slacking a bit lately, but my entries would have been small and unenthusiastic anyway. I have a moderately adventurous day today, at least compared to my average day here.

I took a short trip up to St Paul and South St Paul. I always thought it was farther of a drive to get there, but it didn’t take more than 15 minutes. It’s cool knowing that I live so close to skyscrapers and real people. I could go up there and run around naked, then come back the next day and nobody would recognize me. I don’t have any plans of doing that, but it’s the idea that’s cool. Someday I’ll live in a place like that and not have to drive to get there.

The point of me driving up there was to find somewhere to “donate”  plasma. It’s not really donating if they pay you for it, but I guess technically they are paying for your time and not the plasma itself. Every person that I asked looked at me like I was crazy. South St. Paul is like the ghetto, these people she live at the Plasma bank, because God knows they need the money just as much as I do.

The reason for my “donation” is that I need money to buy tickets for a show tomorrow. The Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones, Frank Turner, and 2 other bands that I don’t care about are playing at The Cabooze. I would be willing to give a finger to see these guys if I have to. I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to get tickets or that they’ll be sold out. If I don’t get to go to this show, I will be more upset than I can even explain. I’m going to get there as early as I can to make sure that they still have tickets.

Tomorrow morning I’m going to get up bright and early and head over to IBR Plasma Center and hope for the best. I’m sure tomorrow night I’ll be too tired to write an entry, but the next day it’ll be all about the show(assuming everything works out). If I don’t even up going to the show, it will be a massive rant about how I hate everything except The Gaslight Anthem.

Bed Time

Bed Time

My roommates are gone again, but that’s alright. It means that I don’t have to be quiet at night, or worry about waking them up. I can blare Prison Break all night. I only have 5 episodes left, but I’m losing interest, so it’s for the better. I need a new TV series to watch, if you have any recommendations be sure to let me know. I have Heroes and The Office, but that’s only 2 shows a week, I need something I can watch a whole season of. Preferably a comedy similar to The Office or a drama similar to Heroes and Prison Break.

I feel like I’m too young to be desperate enough to sell plasma. I think I should be at least in my twenties before I start selling bodily fluids to survive. I better get hired somewhere soon. The only problem with that is my homework assignments are starting to become projects and take a lot of time out of school. A job is just going to make that harder.

I think I’m going to get some sleep, but by the time you read this it will already be the afternoon or possibly evening. Hopefully I’ll already have donated plasma and be on my way to the show.