...by far not a great year in music like 2009 was, but still some solid releases.
10. Micah Schnabel - When The Stage Lights Go Dim
09. Justin Townes Earl - Harlem River Blues
08. Ryan Bingham - Junky Star
07. The Hextalls - Get Smashed
06. Against Me! - White Crosses
05. Fear Of Lipstick - Fear Of Lipstick
04. Eli Paperboy Reed - Come And Get It!
03. Easton Corbin - Easton Corbin
02. Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
01. Two Cow Garage - Sweet Saint Me
05. Nowhere Tonight - Fear Of Lipstick (Fear Of Lipstick)
05. She Loves You - Gaslight Anthem (American Slang)
04. Just Like Me - Eil Paperboy Reed (Come And Get It!)
03. One More Night In Brooklyn - Justin Townes Earl (Marlem River Blues)
02. Hallelugah - Ryan Bingham (Junky Star)
01. Soundtrack To My Summer - Two Cow Garage (Sweet Saint Me)
everybody (me included) does their annual 'best of lists' and some are doing them for the decade. But I decided to do one for my lifetime. So here is a list of what I consider the 'Best 50 plus albums' of my pathetic 28 years on this planet.
I'm probably the only one still into these, but I'm almost finished with my 'Jackass' and friends collection.
I've got so far:
Jackass: The Movie
Viva La Bam: Season One
Viva La Bam: Season Two and Three
Bam Presents: Where The @#$O&*& Is Santa
Jackass The Box Set (which I found tonight for only $5.99)
Dirty Sanchez: The Movie
Still need to find:
Jackass 2.5 (which I refuse to pay more than a couple dollars for)
Viva La Bam: Season Four and Five
Dudesons: The Movie
CKY Four Pack (to replace my VHS copys)
Jackass: The Lost Tape
.......sure no one cared but my awesome find this afternoon really turned a shitty start to the week around for me.
Top 10 films of 2009:
1. Dead Snow
2. Eden Lake
3. King of the Hill
7. Cold Prey
9. Dead Girl
10. Repo: The Genetic Opera
5. Last House On The Left
3. Eden Log
1. Drag Me To Hell
Biggest Surprise: Repo: The Genetic Opera. I'll admit I to hated it upon first viewing, but it really grows on you. Darren isn't quite good enough of a director yet, and one could easily raise the question of whether he ever will be, to pull off such a bold project. But its a fun experence for genre and musical fans. Can't believe I'm saying it but the film could of actually used more songs.
Biggest Disappointment: Trick R Treat. Didn't live up to the anticipation caused by the long wait.
Michael Rapaport - Special
Best Death/Scare (scene)
Towards the end of Dead Snow when Standartenführer Herzog growls from the top of the mountain and out of snow rise hundreds of Nazi zombies.
can be seen here at starting at the 9 minute mark.
Standartenführer Herzog - Dead Snow
...since it looks like nothing else going to come out between now and January, I thought why the hell not...
1. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park. Not only the best record released this year by a mile, but one that is gonna be remember for decades to come. The boys went all out in a way I haven't seen since Wilco's Being There.
2. Ben Nichols - Last Pale Light In The West. EP or not, this is some of the best storytelling in music you're likely to ever hear.
3. Nothingtons - Roads, Bridges and Ruins. My number three record, but my number one on a list of biggest surprises. All In was good, but nothing about it lead me to believe the boys would pull off something this complete as a follow up.
4. The Takers - Taker Easy. Best country/Americana record of the year. Only the Irish do singing about drinking better.
5. The Real Deal - Fun. Finally some straight up punk! Snotty, amateurish, youthful skate punk. My favorite sound since i was a kid, and it probably will be tell the day I die. I'm gonna be that 60 yr old rockin' out to Rancid you can fuckin' guarantee it.
6. Queen City Station - Queen City Station. I so badly wanted this to be the release of the year. I've had their demo for more than a year now, and its some off the best stuff I've ever heard. Nick Brooks has a voice that's just insane when he's not screaming. The problem with this record is that a lot of the Americana flair is gone, and in its place the 'pop-punk' has been amped up. Still a great record, but not what it could of been.
7. Time Again - Naked. A slowed down acoustic take on some of there best songs. Nothing new, but they pull it off so well that I almost like some of the songs better here.
8. Left Alone - Left Alone. A favorite band, and a solid release.
9. 3 Feet Smaller - 32nd Of December. In 1996 this would of been on every one's best of list. Were not for the two unnecessary ballads this would of been nearer the top of my list. Blink wishes they had a record this good and funny in their catalog.
10. Another Damn Disappointment - Relentless. Relentless skate-punk. Another good record that would of been praised had it dropped about 10 years ago. Singer sounds a bit like Havok back in the day.
11. Broadway Calls - Good News, Bad News. One of the best pop-punk bands left. Good record, hurt by some poor song editing. The pro-obama song being the third track is a bit much for anyone to stomach, but it sounds good if you ignore the lyrics. That said I think spot 11 is a fitting place.
12. Polar Bear Club - Chasing Hamburg. Not much to say here, if you liked any of their previous releases you'll love this one. There is something to be said for consistency.
13. The Swellers - Ups and Downsizings. Another solid melodic skate punk release, don't let the record label scare you off...
14. Victimes Of Circumstance - Roll The Dice. Best Ska album of the year, ya I know that ain't saying much...this would have fit perfectly into 3rd Waves' hay day.
15. Trick Shot - Shadows Of A Killing Time. Russian skate punk. Don't remember how I heard about them, but I'm glad I did.
16. Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall. The band's on its declining years, and yet they can still pull off something better than most bands can during their strongest periods.
17. Justin Townes Earl - Midnight At The Movies. A little weaker than his last release, but a number of strong singles make up for a so/so second half.
18. 311 - Uplifter. This band only seems to be getting better with age.
19. Let Me Run - Meet Me At The Bottom. Asked me last year when this record leaked I'd have praised it, with age though it doesn't quit hold up.
20. The Casting Out - Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks!. Not as good as last year's ep or their demos, still a fun record.
21. Heartsounds - Until We Surrender. Laura Nichol's vocals make this album, some of the song content is so/so, but her lovely voice more than makes up for any faults the album might have.
22. The Have Nots - Serf City. Nothing special, but a fun fun fun record.