I don't tend to do this, where I air out all my dirty laundry and emotions via a blog online. Yet, for some reason, knowing that these words and feelings are somewhere that you might happen to stumble upon one day, as unlikely as that is, really give me a sense of something. I'm not really sure what that sense is...maybe a sense of hope? A sense of calming my own anxiety? A sense of therapy, most likely. Maybe one day I will just send you this, but the things I think will help always tend to bury me in a bigger hole. Maybe that is a sign in itself. Anyways...
We have become the very thing we swore we would never become: your parents. For the majority of our relationship, we have been happy. Yes, we had fights and breakups and arguments, but they were all so juvenile. Now, here we are, faced with our biggest roadblock in our relationship, and you simply ran away. Not just from me, but from us. It is something that I could not understand then, and still canít understand today, even after all our talks and fights. It is something I donít think I can ever understand. Yet even after all those talks and fights, nothing ever changes on your end. We preach and claim we want to be friends, but are we? I donít feel like your friend. I feel like Iíve become that one boy from high school who relentlessly pined for you, but you were too cool or popular to ever give the time of day.
The little things about our relationship that meant so much to me have been ripped away. You donít call when you say youíre going to call. I donít even get a text. I know I tell you that it is no big deal if youíre too busy or whatnot, but it does matter to me. It matters that even though we arenít together, or that we are both wrapped up in new and not-so new things, that we still have the time for each other, even if it is at four in the morning. I would give you that time still and you used to be the same way. For the life of me, I cannot understand you would let that go. It was the most beautiful part of you.
So here I stand now, aching so much to fix this all, if not for us as a couple, then at least for us as friends. Instead, though, you completely alienate me, time after time after time. You truly are your father, and I have become your mother. It is a story we already know the ending to and I am not willing to allow that to happen to us. Sadly, it seems like you are. Whatever happened to the fighter inside of you? The girl who had so much love in herÖso much love for me. Did I really break her down so much? Did I destroy the most beautiful, wonderful, glorious part of my life?
I find myself blaming myself over this entire situation because never in a million years did I believe that you were ever the type to give up on a person. But at the end of the day, you werenít willing to face our problems and take them on together. It is easy to ďlive in the momentĒ and just go with things, hoping that it will bring you back to some type of happiness you used to feel. You saw me at my ugliest this past summer and I know I hurt you more then you will ever care to let on. Is this my punishment? As much as I want to believe that the person who seems so distant from me isnít you, I am seeing you at your ugliest now. Iím seeing you walk away from everything, claiming that maybe one day we will be on the same page. You mean too much to me to simply hope we walk back in to each otherís lives, though. Iím seeing you alienate me time after time, even after we have long, therapeutic talks that give me so much hope that something will change, that maybe you will call me and tell me about your day.
Saddest of all, though, I see you slowly convincing yourself of certain things about me. We could never be together because I hurt you. We could never be together because I swear too much. We could never be together because I donít like the new boots you just bought. We could never be together because I think too much. We could never be together because I donít see the beauty in life. Well let me just say that I saw the most beautiful aspect of life that anyone could ever see and I even though it kills me to do so, I find myself still seeing it within you, no matter how much you try to push that away. And you know what, maybe we shouldnít be together. Maybe Iíve just been young and naive this whole time. However, we never even gave it a shot to fix it. For the first time in a long time, we aired out everything we had been feeling and finally had the chance to be on the same page, to recapture that passion we always had for one anotherÖbut you just walked away.
Continually I find myself hurt by the things you do, or, rather, donít do. Iíve seen the ugly side of you, and still I cannot help but love you. Maybe that is why it hurts so much. You claim that I get confused too easily but in reality, I know what I want. If youíre willing to not give up, Iím willing to fix this entire mess. If you want to be just friends, Iím willing to simply be a friend to you. Yet, you donít seem to want either. What you want is to have your cake and eat it too. You seem to want the comfort or familiarity or maybe just the lust you have always had with me without the emotions attached to them. I cannot be that guy. If you want the nights in my basement where we do nothing but lay next to each other, holding one another, and touching each other in the most sensual, yet innocent way, then you have to want the baggage the comes along with being with me. You cannot have what you like, or maybe just want, most about me if youíre not willing to stop running and face this with me. We always swore we would never become your parentsÖWe even said it the other night when I held you (I wanted to cry then, I wondered if you could sense that) while saying goodbyeÖbut that is exactly what we have become. Youíre off doing your thing whilst ignoring the person who loves you most. Youíre conditioning yourself to believe that this will all fix itself. It wonít. You should know that better than anyone.
Did you know that the All-American Rejects' "Give You Hell" was originally written for Gwen Stefani? Not sure if that means the guy's from AAR wrote the song for Ms. Stefani or if the song was written by a professional song writer and passed along to AAR after Gwen passed on it. If it is the latter, well, I'm not really sure how I feel about that. Insights, opinions, and answers are welcomed.
So the other night I went to the Believers Never Die Tour, Part Deux. This was my fourth Fall Out Boy show and I am a big fan, so needless to say I was pretty excited.
We got to the venue at just around 7:00 and Hey Monday had already played. According to people there, they came on at around 6:30, even though the tickets said the show started at 7. If you plan on going to this tour in the future and really want to see Hey Monday, I would keep that in mind.
So soon after we arrived and got into the pit, All Time Low came out. I was really shocked to see them playing next, as I thought they were the main support of the tour and figured they would be playing directly before FOB. Then I got really excited that maybe Metro Station wouldn't be playing, but that wasn't the case.
Anyways, I have always been a big fan of All Time Low. I remember first listening to them when I was on Pure Volume's unsigned band charts and the only songs they had up were "Break Out, Break Out" and the acoustic version of "Running With Lions." I have been a big fan ever since. ATL's performance last night made me truly respect this band, though. They put on a GREAT set. They sounded awesome, were entertaining, interacted with the crowd all night, and, as previously stated, sounded fucking awesome! I was really impressed and I cannot wait to see them again.
Next out was Cobra Starship. I have seen Cobra once before and say what you will about the band, but they always put on a fun, entertaining show. Highlight of their performance was when Gabe called out some frat guy in the pit who was giving him the finger when Gabe was instructing everyone on how to give the "fangs up" sign. Gabe went on to make a pretty solid point about his new band. In short, he stated that he has love for all of his fans because they are in on the joke, and if this frat guy couldn't get it, he was a fucking idiot. Pretty much he went on to say that they (CS) realize that what they are doing is not life changing, but they are having fun and that is all they want to do. Cobra Starship was never supposed to be a carbon copy of Midtown, and I don't think Gabe wanted it to be. As he said, you're either in on the joke or your not. Gabe then went on to dedicate "Guilty Pleasure" to the frat guy.
Next out was Metro Station, much to my dismay. How the fuck are these guys playing after both All Time Low and Cobra Starship. I don't think I could ever have prepared for what happened next. If people want to pick on FOB, ATL, and CS for having large amounts of 14 year old girls as fans, Metro Station deserves to be stoned. The minute the Metro Station banner was raised, suddenly 8 year old girls were brushing past my knees trying to get farther into the pit. I am not joking or exaggerating, these little girls could not possibly be any older than 10 years old. The worst part was, they came out of fucking no where. Me and my girlfriend, not really up to be in the pit with these prepubescent girls as Metro Station played, opted to take this moment to get some water (It was like, 90 degrees out all day in Albany that day and we were inside an insanely hot hockey rink up at RPI). Now I am well aware of how bad Metro Station are, but their live set was quite possibly the most atrocious thing I have ever heard come out of a set of speakers. Hands down the worst band I have ever heard live, and that includes my friends horrendous Hawthorne Heights/From First to Last cover band in high school. Quite possibly the worst moment was when they decided to cover "Dead and Gone" by TI and JT. I would rather be a POW then ever have to listen to Trace Cyrus try to rap again. And I mean, they played a 6 song set. Do you really not have enough songs in your own collection to suffice a 6 song set list? Oh, and the two laptops clearly on the right hand part of the stage was a nice touch. Quite possibly more awkward than Metro Station trying to cover "Dead and Gone" was their interaction with the crowd. They hardly spoke in between songs, and when they did, all they would do is scream, "I want to see you fucking dance!" I kid you not, they said this at least 75 plus times during their 15 minute set. I should be happy about this, though, seeing as their set only lasted about 15 minutes. I was pretty confused as to when their set ended, though. They played one of their songs and then just walked off stage without saying anything. No one really knew that they were actually done until their roadies came out to take down their set. So weird.
Next up was what I really came to see, though: Fall Out Boy. As I stated before, this was my fourth FOB show and I have always been impressed with the show they put on. Their set was pretty simple (a bit more elaborate than their set they used on their tour with NFG, though), but really cool. The 4 different TV screens were really rad. I'll save most of the details dealing with their actual set, set list, and general onstage antics for those who have not seen the show. What I will say, though, is that I have never heard FOB sound so good live during their live show before. Hands down the best performance, music-wise from these guys out of all 4 shows I have ever seen. Patrick's vocals were SPOT ON the entire night. His live rendition of "What a Catch, Donnie" was absolutely incredible. They also played "Hum Hallelujah," one of my favorite songs off IOH, for what they said was the first time on the tour. Not sure if they are going to keep it in the set list or whatnot, but it was good to hear. For the most part, FOB played a good amount of songs from each album, with most of the songs coming from FAD (obviously), IOH, and FUCT. They played 8 songs from FAD and 4 from both IOH and FUCT. They only played 2 songs of TTTYG, which was pretty disappointing, but seeing as I have seen these guys multiple times, I wasn't too depressed. Best songs of the night were either "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes," "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown," "What a Catch, Donnie," or "Saturday." However, the entire set was fantastic and not one song came across as a sleeper.
If you are on the fence about going to a future show, I would definitely recommend going. For as bad as Metro Station was, ATL and FOB's sets definitely made up for it. Great shows by both bands. If you are going to this tour in the future, enjoy! Definitely not as bad of a tour as everyone figure it would be, in my opinion.
Nearly everyday for the past two years, I have seen this one girl walking around campus. I am pretty sure she has Leg Length Discrepancy, or one leg longer than the other, as she walks with forearm crutches, just like my friend's sister. It is really noticeable and I always feel a bit bad for her seeing as our campus is all uphill and has a lot of stairs to go up and down.
Well, today I was at the gym, like every other day of the week, when suddenly I noticed the girl was there as well. I always respected her for being able to maneuver around our campus, but I have a new found level of respect for this girl. She was doing push ups, crunches, lifting weights, and kicking total ass on the elliptical and tread mills. I really couldn't believe my eyes at first. It amazes me that someone who clearly faces a lot of adversity when she simply wants to take a walk was putting a lot of people to shame at the gym with her workout. I have no idea who this girl is, but she really is quite the inspiration. And for all of you who keep putting the gym off, get the fuck up. If this girl can do it, you have no excuse.
I just saw The Legend of Bagger Vance for the very first time and I am completely astonished at what poor reviews it received. I think this movie is quite possibly the best sports movie I have ever seen, although I do feel a bit bad calling it a sports movie because it is clearly so much more. Clearly the majority of people who saw and deemed this movie "one of the worst sports films of all time" did not understand the plot at all, which is a really sad thing. I can't help but think if this movie came out now as opposed to the early 2000's, it would be such a great commercial success. Not saying that people would suddenly get the true meaning behind the movie, but the somberness of the film would probably resonate a lot more loudly among viewers with the state of the world now.
Why is it that out of all the kids I go to school with, the two roommates I have had over the past two years have ended up being incredibly crazy? For the longest time I just blamed myself, thinking that I was just incapable of living with others. However, I have come to the conclusion that my two roommates I have had to share a space with are just absolute lunatics. Gotta love college.
Who the fuck are these guys? How the fuck did they even get noticed? Why the fuck is AP.net wasting bandwidth on them? What the fuck is that horrible racket coming from their MySpace page? Why are all their pictures on their MySpace of underage girls naked? Is that legal? That has to break at least 4 laws or something. Fuck Brokencyde.
My cousin Pam is set to get married on August 15th of 2009. She has been engaged for over a year and the entire family is absolutely ecstatic about the wedding, especially my grandparents (Pam is the first of any of my cousins to get married). I guess as far as weddings go, everything has been going smoothly leading up to this one. That was until the other day, when my other cousin, Carrie, decided to take center stage.
My cousin Carrie just got out of a long term relationship this past year. After canceling their wedding on three different occasions, my cousin Carrie and her ex-fiance broke it off for good after he was convicted as a sex offender. Turns out he was fucking his 11 year old cousin while he was dating my cousin...He was 25. Check him out on Family Watchdog.
Now, my cousin Carrie has always been a selfish person. Everything has always had to be about her. In all honesty, she may be the most selfish person I have ever met in my entire life. For example, my mother one time bought my cousin Renee, Carrie's younger sister, a fake Louis Vuitton purse from Chinatown at her request. When my cousin Renee received the purse, my cousin Carrie freaked out, completely enraged that my mother did not buy her one. At the time, Carrie was working as a teacher. Renee was still in high school. The bag cost $35.00.
As you can see, Carrie has had some issues, both relationship wise, and perhaps mentally. When the family found out the my cousin Pam got engaged, Carrie could barely contain her jealousy. She was the only person who did not congradulate my cousin Pam and the only time she even showed any interest in Pam's wedding was when she wanted to get a peak at Pam's engagement ring.
Recently, though, Carrie has been dating a really nice guy and finally seems to be straightening her shit out. In fact, a week ago he proposed to her. In my opinion, it is rather quick for Carrie to jump into another engagement but she seems genuinely happy so I wasn't going to fret over it. That is, until she decided to announce to the entire family that she had set the date for her wedding. The date? August 7, 2009...6 days before Pam's wedding. To say the least, the family absolutely lost it. In reality, we shouldn't have been surprised, as it always has to be about Carrie, and the family even joked that she would pull a stunt like this, although we never thought she really would. The worst part of the situation is, though, that her parents don't see anything wrong at all with Carrie getting married 6 days before Pam, even though Pam, her mother, father, sister, and my brother all won't be able to attend the wedding. And lets not forget the economic ramifications. After all, Carrie will be inviting the same exact people to her wedding as Pam did to hers, meaning two gifts to be bought, as opposed to one. Plus, what about the family members who are supposed to come in from out of town? How are they supposed to do that for two weeks in a row?
But, in my opinion, the whole ordeal is just not right morally. I mean, c'mon! Your cousin is getting married and you decide out of the 12 months of the year to get married a WEEK before her? You don't do that shit to your family. It is so obvious that Carrie just wants this to be all about her. After all, she was supposed to be the first one to get married, that is, until her fiance decided to sleep with his 11 year old cousin. Plus, Pam has been engaged to her fiance longer than Carrie has even known her! The whole situation is just so fucked up and clearly a rift has arisen in the family. I'm just so disappointed in my cousin Carrie's actions and antics, but the fact that her parents actually don't see anything wrong with the situation. Jesus, my family needs a reality show, or at least be the inspiration for one.
First, letís get something out of the way. I absolutely love Rafael Nadal. I have been a huge fan of his for years now. Perhaps because he plays tennis in the same style that I play with (albeit, not nearly as well) or because his intensity that he shows on the court, but for whatever reason the first time I ever saw the man play tennis I knew that he was the real deal. Therefore, I'm sorry if I come across as biased in this little rant of mine. However, I don't intend to write anything out of bias, although I thought it appropriate to get my personal feelings towards one of the main subjects in this blog out of the way. Now, on to the blog.
I'm not sure how many of you stayed up to watch the Australian Open men's final this past weekend. If you missed it, I would strongly recommend watching it if you catch it re-airing sometime soon. For those who did miss it, though, Rafael Nadal came off defeating Fernando Verdasco in the longest match in Australian Open history to defeat Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Although not the most epic battle between these two kings of tennis, it was certainly up there and filled with a lot of fireworks. However, it was the post match that really got me off my feet.
As you may already know, Roger Federer broke down and cried when receiving his runner up award after the match. Roger Federer, who only needs one more Grand Slam title to tie Pete Sampras' record for most career Grand Slam titles, was clearly emotional about coming up short at the Australian Open. I'm perfectly fine with Roger showing his emotions after a pretty emotional match. Yet, it is in the fashion that Roger showed his emotions that really made me lose a lot of respect for the man.
I've always viewed Roger Federer as a true champion and highly respected what he did on and off the court, even though Rafa has always been my favorite. After Nadal's Wimbledon victory, though, I was a bit offset by Roger's post match actions and commentary. It was as if he was reluctant to give Rafa full credit for winning the match. Instead, he made small comments about how the match should have been stopped and how he was not able to see and hit the ball in the fading light. Roger also let his emotions get the best of him, taking a bit away from Rafa's marvelous victory in what may just be the best match in tennis history. Yet, even though his actions left me with somewhat of a bad taste in my mouth, I let it go, truly believing that he was just extremely emotional, as anyone would be.
Fast forward back to Rafa defeating Roger at the Aussie Open. Same situation; Rafa wins in dramatic fashion. What was more shocking than Rafa beating the odds to defeat Roger, though, were Roger's actions after the match. Once again, Roger's emotions shone through, leaving him incapable of speaking to the crowd for some time. Then, once Nadal was announced as champion, we get Roger coming back for a take two. Although Roger did state that he wanted to make sure Rafael got the last word because he deserved it, he really should have left it be and allowed Rafa to have his moment one hundred percent. Instead, Roger took that moment away from Rafa, making the situation all about himself and his failed conquest to reach 14 Grand Slam titles. A moment of celebration for Rafa turned into him apologizing for defeating Roger and telling him that he is a great champion and will reach 14 Grand Slam titles one day. Then comes Roger's post-match commentary where he barely acknowledges Rafael Nadal's spectacular play and continues to talk about his own woes.
I think what really bothers me the most about this situation is the fact that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been documented as close friends. In the past when Roger has defeated Rafa, the Spaniard has always showed Roger the upmost respect and allowed him his time to celebrate his victories. Even after his convincing victory at the French Open, Rafael Nadal held back from even celebrating after winning match point against Fed. Yet, in the last two Major finals that these two have met up at, Roger has not shown Rafa that same respect. He has made the post-match affairs very much about himself, taking away from Rafa's victories. Roger did not act like a true champion at the Australian Open. In fact, Roger came across more like a spoiled child who did not get his way, completely disregarding how Rafa may have felt as the victor. After all, it was Rafa's first Major title on a hard court surface.
What angers me even more is the fact that Roger Federer has won 13 Majors! He has been in more finals than any player I can think of. His only true challenge in the past few years have come from Rafael Nadal, who holds less than half the number of Grand Slam titles as Fed (although I fully believe that we will see Rafa eventually take the lead for most Grand Slam titles in the future). Some of the best players in the game right now don't even have one Major title! Roddick, Djokovic, and Murray only have one. Players like Blake, Davydenko, Del Potro, and Simon have none. I realize that passing Sampras' record would be one of the biggest accomplishments of Federer's career, but think of all these players who cannot even touch the type of success that Fed has had. Yet, you do not see those players crying post-matches or trying to take away from Roger's victories over them. Roger should be grateful for the type or success he has had over the years, not crying and acting like a child because Rafa has proved to be a slight bump in the road. There is no doubt in anyoneís mind that Federer will eventually surpass Sampras and if Federer really was feeling that emotional about not getting there yet, save it for your own time, not Rafa's.
Rafael Nadal's Uncle Toni, along with his entire family, should be extremely proud of the type or person Rafael has turned into. Rafa has turned into an unbelievable champion, both on and off the court. More importantly than being one of the best to ever play the sport, Rafa has shown over and over again that he is humble, respectful, and a classy human being. Never once has he relished in the faces of his opponents that he defeats, nor does he dread and mope around those who defeat him. He has shown incredible respect to Roger Federer over the past three finals they have met in, never over-celebrating victories that most would jump around and squeal about. Instead, Nadal has shown incredible self control and incredible consciousness about Roger's feelings, even apologizing and glorifying the man he defeated in post-match interviews and commentary. It is absolutely incredible how much respect Rafael Nadal shows Roger Federer. Unfortunately, the respect does not seem to be equally reciprocated, especially in the last few tournaments.
Rafael Nadal should be extremely proud of himself, both for his accomplishments on the tennis court and as a human being. Roger Federer, by no means a bad person, should really reevaluate his actions as of late. Federer, although never my favorite player, was always someone I highly respected for his great ability on the court and the way he conducted himself off of it. The latter has fallen off a bit. Roger Federer is probably one of the best to ever play the sport. Unfortunately, his actions make it hard for me to acknowledge him as a great champion. I hope that Roger can learn a bit more humility for the future because, as it stands now, Rafael Nadal is hands down the best champion in the game, both on and off the court.
Goodbye 2008. Hello 2009. And what better way to start the New Year off with my own personal EOTY lists? Granted I am about ten days into the new year, but who cares. As one probably figures, below are a few lists of my top albums, favorite songs, and biggest disappointments of '08, much like the AP.net staff puts out. So on that note, enjoy the lists :)
Top Albums of 2008
25. Underoath - Lost In The Sound of Separation
24. The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
23. N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds
22. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
21. Hit The Lights - Skip School, Start Fights
20. Relient k - The Bird and the Bee Sides
19. You, Me, and Everyone We Know - So Young, So Insane
18. Young Jeezy - The Recession
17. The Hush Sound - Goodbye Blues
16. T.I. - Paper Trail
15. Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.
14. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow: A Musical
13. The New Frontiers - Mending
12. Valencia - We All Need a Reason to Believe
11. The Cab - Whisper War
10. Santogold - Santogold
09. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
08. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
07. Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak
06. Lydia - Illuminate
05. Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
04. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
03. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
02. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
01. Fall Out Boy - Folie ŗ Deux
It was incredibily difficult to narrow down the top 25 albums of '08. Even more difficult was ranking these albums. There were so many great releases this year overall. Valencia and The Cab both released two of the most enjoyable, solid, pop albums of the year and I can't wait to see how they improve on their sound with their next albums. It was really difficult to leave them out of the top 10. However, my top 10 was extremly difficult to rank in its own right. Kanye definitely proved that he is one of the greatest artists of our generations with 808's & Heartbreak. Not matter what you think of him or his ego, there is no denying that the man just may be a genius. Jack's Mannequin shined with another great album while Lil Wayne clearly proved he is the "best rapper alive" with the best pure hip hop album of the year, in my opinion. My top three took me about a half hour to finally decide who placed where, but in the end, I'm happy with my decision. The Gaslight Anthem blew me away while Girl Talk's Feed The Animals is nearly flawless in every aspect. In the end, I went with Fall Out Boy with the top album of '08. I had not been as excited over a release since FOB's From Under the Cork Tree and Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. I felt as if I was sixteen again for the first time in a long time and the album, although not perfect, definitely delivered and had the greatest impact on me out of any other album of the year.
Biggest Disappointment of 2008
Gym Class Heroes - The Quilt
I was very excited for this release, truly believing that Gym Class Heroes would hit us with an album filled with blockbuster singles found on As Curel As School Children and deep, hard hitting tracks found on The Papercut Chronicles. And while the album is most certainly no where close to being the worst of the year, it was a great disappintment. Sure, Cookie Jar was a great, club banging hit and I love the upstate New York shout outs in Peace Sign / Index Down, but the rest of the album did not meet my expectations at all. On the plus side, Don't Tell Me It's Over may just be the best song Gym Class Heroes has ever done to date.
Top Songs of 2008
25. Lil Wayne - Playing With Fire (feat. Betty Wright)
24. Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
23. Santogold - Lights Out
22. N.E.R.D. - Spaz
21. The New Frontiers - Black Lungs
20. Kanye West - Paranoid (feat. Mr. Hudson)
19. Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
18. The Cab - I'll Run
17. Gym Class Heroes - Don't Tell Me It's Over
16. Jack's Mannequin - Drop Out / The So Unknown
15. Fall Out Boy - What a Catch, Donnie
14. Panic At The Disco - That Green Gentleman
13. Lydia - This Is Twice Now
12. MGMT - Kids
11. New Found Glory - Listen to Your Friends
10. John Legend - Green Light (feat. Andre 3000)
09. Lil Wayne - A Milli
08. T.I. - Swagga Like Us (feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne)
07. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
06. Fall Out Boy - America's Suitehearts
05. Jack's Mannequin - Spining
04. Young Jeezy - The Recession (Intro)
03. Jack's Mannequin - Cell Phone
02. The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
01. Fall Out Boy - Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes
Pretty much the same explanation given for my top albums. There were so many great songs this past year. These just so happen to be the ones I spun the most times and had the biggest impact on me. In the end, my top song of the year goes to Fall Out Boy. Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes is easily my favorite song off of Folie ŗ Deux and gave me goosebumps on my first listen. I just love everything about it. The slow, almost spoken intro, the crisp drumming, the ripping guitars, the piano, the lyrics, and the vocals all make this song simply infectious. Every time I listen to the song I think of how insanely perfect it would be for the opening sequence to a movie or something. Without a doubt, Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes is my top song of '08. However, Great Expectations by The Gaslight Anthem was an extremely close second.
Most Anticipated for 2009
10. Manchester Orchestra
08. Four Year Strong
06. All Time Low
05. Panic At The Disco
04. New Found Glory
03. Say Anything
02. The Dangerous Summer
01. Brand New
Fingers crossed that all these albums come out in '09.
So there you have it! My EOTY lists are completed. Who really knows if I will feel the same way about my choices in the future. After all, I am fickle as fuck. But for right now, I think I have it right, in my opinion of course. Hope you enjoyed :) Now lets hope for some great music in '09 and who knows, maybe I'll keep up this blogging thing.