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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?


Wait, They Played In Ashland!?

September 18, 2009

Like I said in my last blog, a lot of people say they listen to “everything”, but I have never seen them at any local shows. Their excuse is always “Well I don’t know any of the bands”, which is because you have never gone before. Now I’ll be honest, there have been a lot of really bad local bands, but their have been a lot of bands that played here and got big right after it. Here’s 10 bands I bet you didn’t know played in Ashland.

1. Children 18:3 (
These guys went from playing at the Civic Center in Ashland to international tours in the time I was in High School. Look for them in full page ads in Alternative Press and their tickets on Ticketmaster, because they ARE there. These guys are signed by Tooth & Nail records and have a HUGE following now, but you missed them…too bad…

2.Decyfer Down (
These guys are in the same boat as Children 18:3, they came to Ashland, played on the bed of a semi truck for maybe 40 kids and the next day their album released and sold 10’s of thousands of copies(I own the first one ever sold and it’s signed by all of them). These guys haven’t played a show for less than 300 kids since that one show in Ashland. Where were you for that?

3.The Silver Heart Club (
I’ve had the privileged of sharing the stage with these guys 3 or 4 times now and they are better every time. They have lived in WI, MN, and AZ, and picked up quite the following in that time. These guys have played with more big bands than you even listen to, let me start the list. Nevershoutnever!, All Time Low, The Rocket Summer, The Matches, Sonny(of From First To Last), Forever The Sickest Kids, and the list goes on. Check their myspace for the full list.

4.The Leftovers (
The Leftovers have played in Ashland many times, as recent as this past summer. They have played big festivals such as Insubordination Fest and are currently signed by Rally Records. I know most of the non-show-goers don’t really care/ know what that is, but it’s a big deal. I know all of you will get this though, they are going on a European tour with Bowling For Soup. I KNOW you know who they are. I have a feeling these guys will be back in the near future, so you better not miss them next time.

5.Project 27(
First off, these guys are an absolute blast. Even if you don’t like there music (which seems nearly impossible), you will like them as people. Their music is insanely catchy and rumor has it they once coverd a Blink 182 song. They have releases on Rally Records and you can get it on iTunes right now.  I’m happy to say that I have shared both the stage and my house with these guys. They drove all the way from Long Beach, NY to play in Ashland (granted they made a few stops on the way). Check out their Myspace for a free sampler and if you like it then you can order their CD of there too.

6.The Tattletales (
If you could even see the crowd for TTT when they are in town you would understand. Nobody gets a better crowd reaction than these guys. They have been all over the world playing music and they still make a special stop in Washburn every year.(Though because people had to ruin things it will be Ashland from now on). 5 years from now you will all be wearing there shirts asking me if I have ever heard of them, I promise. Even if you are deaf there is a reason to go to their shows, and her name is Anya. Just go and you will understand.

7. The Guts (
Though they only played here once and the turnout was bad(It was a school night), I had a ton of fun at their show. These guys have worked with so many pop-punk legends it’s ridiculous. Joe Queer, Ben Weasel, not to mention they have releases on Rally,Kid-Tested, and Go Kart records. They have a live album, and two studio albums on iTunes. You get like 25 songs for $10, it’s a steal. Let’s pray that they come back again.

8.Rational Anthem (
Probably the first and only band from Florida to play in Ashland, Rational Anthem  is the epitome of hard work. These guys(and 1 girl) travel the entire US every summer promoting their music. I’ve played with these guys twice now and they just keep getting better. Backed up Traffic Street records it’s hard to deny that these guys will only get bigger. Rumor has it they might  be making a big move to the midwest, hopefully that’s true. I’m sure they will be back next summer, so pick up there stuff on the Traffic Street website and be ready for them next time.

9.The Jetty Boys (
Yeah these guys are from Wisconsin and don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get here, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t amazing. Not surprisingly these guys are signed by Rally records as well (gotta love those guys). I could rave about how energetic and catchy their music is, but words won’t do them justice. They’ll be in Ashland again and next time you won’t miss them.

10.Nathan Parent(
I know this is sort of cheating, but for those of you that have been living under a rock(or in marengo) you might not know who Nate is I’ll sum him up for you. You know the guy that works at The Black Cat, but doesn’t actually go to Northland? That’s him. He plays acoustic shows everywhere and even took a trip or two to Norway to play some shows. If you are lucky you’ll catch him with a full band and that’s a totally different experience. He has been working on an album for like 5 years and when it comes out it will be amazing. You can pick up a sweet, sweet sample of his stuff on iTunes(or CDbaby :P). You know what else Nate does? (Here comes the shameless plug) He plays live shows with my band Aphamy!(