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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?


Who’s Your Favorite Band? (1/2)

September 17, 2009

I’ve been asked this question many times, but I’ve never really been able to answer it. I think to better answer the question I would have to ask myself ” Which bands would you be willing to get a tattoo of?” If someone is willing to mark themselves with a bands logo, lyrics, etc forever, then they must be a big fan. Whenever I ask someone that same question I am always disappointed.  I get very typical answers like ” Well I listen to everything”, which is a damn lie. If you listen to everything then why haven’t you heard of any of my favorite bands? So here are 10 bands that I want you to listen to.

Keep in mind I’m not saying these are the 10 best bands, or my 10 favorite, but simply a suggestion.

1. The Gaslight Anthem
These guys are easily one of my top 5 favorite bands ever. They are a very emotional mix of Blues and Punk.  When I say “emotional” I don’t want you to think Dashboard Confessional, I want you to think Bruce Springsteen.  All of their songs on very powerful and meaningful. Just by the tone in his voice you ge the feeling that he has lived a hard life, and maybe you can relate. Check The ’59 Sound for albums and Great Expectations, The ’59 Sound, and The Patient Ferris Wheel for songs.

2. Rancid
If you like Punk or Pop-Punk then you will love these guys. I’m sure if you are reading this then you are already full acquainted with Rancid and maybe even Operation Ivy (they are coming up). Rancid has been together for a long time, and they still have the same energy they had when they started. They might look like old, balding men now, but once they hit the stage they act just like they did 15 years ago. All of their songs are fun, fast paced, and have sing-a-long choruses. Pick up …And Out Come The Wolves and just listen to the whole album in order. Every song is worth listening to.

3. The Side Project
I might be a little bias because of growing up in their music scene, but this is my blog so I don’t care. These guys are absolutely crazy live and you can never know what to expect. Sometimes they will be serious and sound amazing, and other days they just want to get drunk and have fun. Either way seeing these guys is a blast and you shouldn’t pass up a chance if one arises. If you like Screeching Weasel, Teenage Bottlerocket, or just singing along then you will like these guys. Though most of their songs are about girls, they do have a few that branch away like Tough Guys and It’s Kind Of A Ride(Think Jurassic Park). You will find a song of theirs to relate to. If you can find It’s A Secret to Everybody pick it up, otherwise This Machine Kills Scenecore and Get A New Brain are easily available.

4. Teenage Bottlerocket
Pop-punk done to perfection. Listen to these guys and be prepared to have their songs stuck in your head for days. Tons of back-up vocals and harmonies. They keep everything simple and fun, just how music should be. If you ever need a song to describe how you are feeling about a girl, whether good or bad, TBR will have on for you. They recently signed to Fat Wreck Chords and put out an album called They Came From The Shadows, but there are some tracks you should listen to before picking that up. Check Total for Bloodbath at Burger King, Radio, and Stupid Games. Once you’re done with that get a copy of Warning Device and listen to In The Basement, On My Own, and Anna’s Song.

5. Bomb The Music Industry!
BMTI! isn’t so much as band as much as it is a collection. Jeff Rosenstock (formerly of the Arrogant Sons of Bitches) invites dozens of other musicians to play along with him and then gives away his music. All of their music is free on his Myspace page, but donations are accepted. Don’t expect perfect sound quality or any singing in key, but that’s not what this is about. He believes in DIY to the fullest extent and you get free music because of it, be happy. Songs range from slow acoustic, to full blown swing songs to DC Style Hardcore Punk. Instruments range from 1 acoustic guitar all the way up to a 10 person band. I would recommend I Don’t Love You Anymore and Stand There Until You’re Sober.

6-10 will be posted tomorrow