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Top 30 of 2014
12/09/14 at 07:32 PM by dan.is.empire
TOP 30 RECORDS OF 2014


30. Kye Kye - Fantasize
29. Lakes - Fire Ahead
28. Noah Gundersen - Ledges
27. Jungle - Self Titled
26. New Found Glory - Resurrection
25. She & Him - Classics
24. Alt-j - This is All Yours
23. Sohn - Tremors
22. Vacationer - Relief
21. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
20. Ray Lamontagne - Supernova
19. Wye Oak - Shriek
18. Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Are
17. Jamestown Revival - Utah
16. James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
15. The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
14. Broken Bells - After the Disco
13. Against Me! - Transgender Disphoria Blues
13. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
12. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
11. Phantogram - Voices

10. Thom Yorke - Voices

Standout Track - "The Mother Lode"

09. Jack White - Lazaretto

Standout Track - "High Ball Stepper"

08. Real Estate - Atlas

Standout Track - "Crime"

07. Ryan Adams - Self Titled

Standout Track - "Gimmie Something Good"

06. Beck - Morning Phase

Standout Track - "Wave"

05. Copeland - Ixora

Standout Track - "Like a Lie"

04. Spoon - They Want My Soul

Standout Track - "Inside Out"

03. The War on Drugs - Lost in a Dream

Standout Track - "Suffering"

02. Tycho - Awake

Standout Track - "Dye"

01. From Indian Lakes - Absent Sounds

Standout Track - "Come in this Light"



STILL NEED TIME

Quote:
Too many great records this year to really sit with everything long enough!

Manchester Orchestra - Hope
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye
Angus & Julia Stone - Self Titled
Cold War Kids - Hold My Home
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy



BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

Manchester Orchestra - Hope
Say Anything - Hebrews
Anberlin - Lowborn
Young the Giant - Mind Over Matter


MOST OVERRATED
Joseph - Native Dreamer Kin


WORST RECORD
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour


WORST SONG
"Happy" - Pharrel
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Top 25 of 2013
12/21/13 at 10:21 AM by dan.is.empire
TOP 25 RECORDS OF 2013

25. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
24. Andrew Belle - Black Bear
23. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
22. Daughter - If You Leave
21. Arctic Monkeys - AM
20. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
19. Houndmouth - From the Hills Below the City
18. Volcano Choir - Repave
17. Ivan & Alyosha - All the Times We Had
16. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
15. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
14. The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man
13. Atoms for Peace - Amok
12. Hellogoodbye - Everything is Debatable
11. Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly

10. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Standout Track - "It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)"

09. Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman

Standout Track - "Second Chances"

08. Washed Out - Paracosm

Standout Track - "Don't Give Up"

07. Haim - Those Days Are Gone

Standout Track - "Forever"

06. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Standout Track - "Hannah Hunt"

05. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Pt. 1

Standout Track - "Pusher Love Girl"

04. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Standout Track - "I Need My Girl"

03. John Mayer - Paradise Valley

Standout Track - "Badge & Gun"

02. Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull

Standout Track - "Temple"

01. Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks

Standout Track - "Joy to the City"



HONORABLE MENTIONS

Quote:
This year my honorable mentions are mostly in this category because I needed more time with them

Daughter - If You Leave
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Ducktails - The Flower Lane
Generationals - Heza
James Blake - Overgrown
Fortress Social Club - Dreamin’ By Day
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild
She & Him - III


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

Relient K - Collapsible Lung
Jimmy Eat World - Damage
City & Colour - The Hurry & The Harm


MOST OVERRATED / WORST RECORD
Lorde - Pure Heroine


2012 REDONE

10. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
09. Bahamas - Barchords
08. The Shins - Port of Morrow
07. Mumford and Sons - Babel
06. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
05. Vacationer - Gone
04. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
03. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
02. From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies
01. John Mayer - Born & Raised
Tags: top list, top 2013
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Top 2012
11/18/12 at 01:00 PM by dan.is.empire
TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2012

30. Joshua Radin - Underwater
29. Now Now - Threads
28. Neon Trees - Picture Show
27. Passion Pit - Gossamer
26. Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon
25. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
24. Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
23. Grizzly Bear - Shields
22. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
21. Minus the Bear - Infinity Overhead
20. Sugar & The Hi-Lows - S/T
19. Right Away, Great Captain - The Church of the Good Thief
18. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
17. Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose
16. Jack White - Blunderbuss
15. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
14. The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now
13. Beach House - Bloom
12. Anberlin - Vital
11. Sigur Rςs - Valtari

10. Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal
Standout Track: "Little Talks"
9. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
Standout Track: "Slow it Down"
8. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Standout Track: "Biloxi Parish"
7. The Shins - Port of Morrow
Standout Track: "40 Mark Strasse"
6. Bahamas - Barchords
Standout Track: "Lost in the Light"
5. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Standout Track: "I'm Getting Ready"
4. From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies
Standout Track: "We Are Sick"
3. Mumford & Sons - Babel
Standout Track: "I Will Wait"
2. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Standout Track: "Be Mine"
1. John Mayer - Born & Raised
Standout Track: "Born and Raised"
HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Circa Survive - Violent Waves
• Fun. - Some Nights
• The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
• Bad Books - II
• Father John Misty - Fear Fun (need more time with this one)


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

• Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
• Circa Survive - Violent Waves
• Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock and Roll
• Future of Forestry - Young Man Follow
• Minus the Bear - Infinity on High
• mewithoutYou - Ten Stories


TOP TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad
2. Fringe
3. Parks and Rec
4. Modern Family
5. Revolution


MOST ANTICIPATED 2013

• Jimmy Eat World
• Local Natives
• I Am Empire
• Brand New
• John Mayer
• The Black Keys
• Kings of Leon
• The Head and The Heart
• Relient K


2011 REDONE

10. MuteMath - Odd Soul
09. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
08. The Black Keys - El Camino
07. Young the Giant - Young the Giant
06. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
05. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
04. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
03. Feist - Metals
02. The Head and The Heart - The Head and The Heart
01. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Tags: top list, top 2012, 2012, albums, best records, best, john mayer, alabama shakes
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Top 2011
11/29/11 at 02:24 PM by dan.is.empire
TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2011:

25. I Am Empire - Kings (had to)
24. Abandon Kansas - Ad Astra Per Aspera
23. The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain
22. Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain, In the Cloud
21. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
20. The Maine - Pioneer
19. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
18. Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
17. Foster the People - Torches
16. Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
15. New Found Glory - Radiosurgery
14. City and Colour - Little Hell
13. Four Year Strong - In Some Way, Shape, or Form
12. States - Room to Run
11. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
10. Thrice - Major/Minor
09. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
08. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
07. MuteMath - Odd Soul
06. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
05. The Black Keys - El Camino
04. Young the Giant - Young the Giant
03. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
02. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
01. Radiohead - The King of Limbs


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Jack's Mannequin - People and Things
Sainthood Reps - Monoculture
Feist - Metals
She and Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire

TOP EPS

1. Wavorly - The EP
2. From Indian Lakes - Acoustic EP
3. Brighten - I'll Always Be Around
4. k Flay - I Stopped Caring in '96 Vol. III
5. The Frantic Voltz - The Frantic Voltz EP

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

- Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
- Bright Eyes - The People's Key
- Dredg - Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy <- AWFUL
- Jack's Mannequin - People and Things
- Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking Say Yes

BEST SONGS OF 2011

"I Got" - Young the Giant
"Perth" - Bon Iver
"Apprehension" - Manchester Orchestra
"After Midnight" - Blink 182
"In the Company of Wolves" - Incubus
"Stuck in the Middle" - Four Year Strong
"Odd Soul" - MuteMath
"Give Up the Ghost" - Radiohead
"Waiting (For Too Long)" - States
"In the Sunshine" - A B & the Sea
"One More Try" - Wavorly
"Home" - Death Cab for Cutie

TOP TV SHOWS:

1. Fringe
2. Breaking Bad
3. Parks and Rec
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Modern Family

TOP MOVIES:

1. Moneyball
2. 50/50
3. Hesher
4. High Cost of Living
5. Super 8
(really crappy movie year...)

MOST ANTICIPATED 2012:

- John Mayer
- The Gaslight Anthem
- Children 18:3
- Minus the Bear
- Foxy Shazam
- Jimmy Eat World
- The Shins
- Relient k

2010 - REORDERED

10. Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
09. Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam
08. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
07. Vampire Weekend - Contra
06. Jimmy Eat World - Invented
05. The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
04. Neon Trees - Habits
03. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
02. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
01. Minus the Bear - OMNI


This was a pretty disappointing year. Nothing that really blew my mind.
Tags: top list, 2011, radiohead, music
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Odd Soul
09/30/11 at 02:07 AM by dan.is.empire
Mutemath has created an album that may just be top 2011 material.

Listen to it.

Also, if you're into watching things, see Moneyball.
Tags: mutemath, awesome
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The End is Near
09/21/11 at 01:24 AM by dan.is.empire
Coming up on Fall there are already a good amount of releases in the running to top the 2011 list, though there are a good amount of high rollers still on the way.

One of the surprises, The Horrible Crowes - Elsie. If you haven't heard it, find it. Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) has created a perfect night drive album...and if you're unaware, night drive albums are the best kind.
Tags: top list
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I need to see...
12/22/10 at 07:51 PM by dan.is.empire
The Social Network.
Black Swan.
127 Hours.
True Grit.
The Tourist.


Finally done. Order of awesome:

127 Hours.
The Social Network.
True Grit.
Black Swan.


The Tourist.
Tags: movies
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Top 2010
11/29/10 at 12:23 AM by dan.is.empire
What a year for music.

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2010


25. Spoon - Transference
24. Hellogoodbye - Would it Kill You?
23. Sleigh Bells - Treats
22. Underoath - Disambiguation
21. Neon Trees - Habits
20. Children 18:3 - Rain's A Comin'
19. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
18. Ok Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
17. The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
16. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World
15. Blood & Water - In Character
14. Anberlin - Dark is the Way, Light is a Place
13. Lakes - The Agreement
12. The Black Keys - Brothers
11. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
10. Vampire Weekend - Contra
09. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days
08. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
07. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
06. Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam
05. Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
04. Jimmy Eat World - Invented
03. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
02. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
01. Minus the Bear - OMNI

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Good Old War - Good Old War
• She & Him - Vol. 2
• Rufio - Anywhere But Here
• Kanye West - My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy
• The National - High Violet
•
Cary Brothers - Under Control
TOP EP'S

1. Brighten - Be Human
2. States - Line 'em Up
3. Future of Forestry - Travel III
4. The Wedding - The Distance
5. Ambience - Never Alone
6. Northern Son - Spin EP

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

1. Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz (seriously. wtf.)
2. Coheed & Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow

TOP THROWBACK ALBUMS

1. Minus the Bear - Menos El Oso
2. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
3. Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down
4. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
5. mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
6. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
8. Radiohead - Kid A
9. Future of Forestry - Travel II
10. The Starting Line - Direction

BEST SONGS 2010

• "SING" - My Chemical Romance
• "My Time" - Minus the Bear
• "Horchata" - Vampire Weekend
• "Invented" - Jimmy Eat World
• "The Immortals" - Kings of Leon
• "Back Down South" - Kings of Leon
• "Monster" - Kanye West
• "Count Me Out" - Foxy Shazam
• "Diamond Church Street Choir" - The Gaslight Anthem
• "Wasting Time" - Four Year Strong
• "When the War Ends" - Portugal. The Man
• "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
• "Wide Eyes" - Local Natives
• "I Lost Her" - Brighten
• "Cover Your Eyes" - Children 18:3
• "Time To Begin" - States
• "Hey Soul Sister" - Train

TOP TV SHOWS

1. Modern Family
2. How I Met Your Mother
3. Big Bang Theory
4. CONAN
5. The Office
6. East Bound and Down

TOP MOVIES

1. Inception
2. Toy Story 3
3. Harry Potter 7 Pt. 1
4. The Book of Eli
5. Shutter Island
6. Scott Pilgrim VS. The World
7. The Town
8. Unstoppable
9. Due Date

BEST BOOKS READ THIS YEAR

• 1984
• Survivor
• One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
• Screwtape Letters
• Brave New World

MOST ANTICIPATED 2011

• I Am Empire
• Blink 182
• Death Cab For Cutie
• Jack's Mannequin
• The Shins
• Thrice
• The Gaslight Anthem
• Manchester Orchestra
• Fleet Foxes
• Brand New?
• Radiohead
• Dredg
• Relient k
• Mutemath

IF I COULD RE-ORDER 2009:

10. Portugal. The Man - The Majestic Majesty
09. Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
08. As Tall As Lions - You Can't Take It With You
07. Thrice - Beggars
06. Paramore - brandneweyes
05. Say Anything - Say Anything
04. MuteMath - Armistice
03. Brand New - Daisy
02. Sherwood - QU
01. Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down
Tags: top 2010
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Top of 2009
04/26/10 at 03:08 AM by dan.is.empire
A little belated, but I did do it back in January. Just sort of forgot about this little page.

Top Albums of 2009
20. The Swell Season-Strict Joy
19. Passion Pit-Manners
18. fun.-Aim & Ignite
17. Mew-No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry, They Washed Away
16. mewithoutYou-it's all crazy! it's all false! it's all a dream! it's alright.
15. M. Ward-Hold Time
14. Portugal. The Man-The Majestic Majesty
13. As Tall As Lions-You Can't Take It With You
12. Thrice-Beggars
11. Paramore-brandneweyes
10. New Found Glory-Not Without a Fight
9. Say Anything-Say Anything
8. John Mayer-Battle Studies
7. MuteMath-Armistice
6. Dredg-The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
5. Portugal. The Man-The Satanic Satanist
4. Relient K-Forget & Not Slow Down
3. Sherwood-QU
2. Manchester Orchestra-Mean Everything to Nothing
1. Brand New-Daisy

Honorable Mentions
The Dangerous Summer-Reach for the Sun
Phoenix-Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Anchor & Braille-Felt
Silversun Pickups-Swoon
Muse-The Resistance

Biggest Disappointment
Tegan And Sara-Sainthood

Top EP’s 2009
5. Jacks Mannequin-Dear Jack
4. Cold War Kids-Behave Yourself
3. Death Cab For Cutie-The Open Door
2. Future of Forestry-Travel I
1. Future of Forestry-Travel II

Top Throwback Albums of 2009
(old albums I listened to most this year)
Kings of Leon-Only By The Night
Brand New-Deja Entendu
Death Cab For Cutie-Plans
Coldplay-Parachutes
Minus The Bear-Menos El Oso/Planet of Ice
The Shins-Wincing the Night Away
Jimmy Eat World-Futures
Acceptance-Phantoms
Blink 182-Enema of the State
The Beatles-Abbey Road

Top Songs of 2009
“100 Dollars/I Can Feel A Hot One” – Manchester Orchestra
“You Stole” – Brand New
“Ahh Men” – Say Anything
“Over It” – Relient K
“Heartbreak Warfare” – John Mayer
“Slow Your Breath Down” – Future of Forestry

Favorite Books Read in 2009
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
Into the Wild – John Krauker

Most Anticipated 2010
BLINK 182
SOCO
Jimmy Eat World
Death Cab For Cutie
Four Year Strong
Dustin Kensrue
Fleet Foxes
The Shins
She & Him
Radiohead
Minus The Bear
Lydia
Kings of Leon
Jack’s Mannequin

Trend that needs to die in 2010
Pop crunk (brokencyde, millionaires, etc)

Most Annoying Band 2009
All Time Low

Changed my mind from 2008
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Anberlin – New Surrender

If I could re-order 2008 it would go like this:
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Lydia – Illuminate
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
The Matches – A Band in Hope
Jack’s Mannequin – The Glass Passenger
Ben Folds – Way To Normal
Anberlin – New Surrender
City & Color – Bring Me Your Love
Thrice – The Alchemy Index: Vol. III & IV


After the huge disappointment that was 2008 ended, it’s safe to say I had pretty low standards set for the year to come (music wise). However, that bar was raised very quickly when I began to make a list of the years “to be released” albums. In 2008 I found myself digging as hard as I could to scrounge up a top 10 list (only to realize after that I had severely screwed up and missed one of the top 3 albums) but this year I had the hardest time making some kind of order for the top 10 (they could really go in any order) Not only did the year end up being very rich on the good music side of things, but my life changed drastically around all that music, rendering a highly enjoyable soundtrack to those changes.

This year I was unemployed for the first time in 3 years, sold my car to buy a 15 passenger van, traveled 25,000 miles through 13 states – adding 8 to my total visited – played to 500 kids at the taste of chaos, saw (and went broke in) Vegas for the first time, officially became homeless, fell in love/out of love, began my own design “business”, and made a lot of new friends while falling more in love with the old. Overall, 2009 was a year that will not be taken lightly with the rest of my life (unlike the consistently forgotten 2007). Another thing I will be adding to the list this year will be my favorite books read in 2009. I finally took an interest in something worthwhile and began reading.

In terms of musical taste for the year, it took a u-turn towards the soft, heartfelt, and beautiful. Anything with a capo and a soft voice will do me in. Getting lost in the experience of music has become vastly important in my life now and this turn around has been appreciated. If my iPod were still able to tell me my current trends it would look drastically different from last year, with artists like Death Cab, The Shins, and Minus The Bear riding high on top. It’s nice to be trending away from the loud, beating, earache’s of the past.

Top of 2008
Top of 2007
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The Tops 2008
12/29/08 at 01:42 AM by dan.is.empire
Top Albums of 2008
20. Forever The Sickest Kids-Underdog Alma Mater
19. She & Him-Volume One
18. Weezer-Red Album
17. Flight of the Conchords-Flight of the Conchords
16. Copeland-You Are My Sunshine
15. Underoath-Lost In The Sound of Separation
14. John Mayer-Where The Light Is (Live)
13. Anberlin-New Surrender
12. Panic At The Disco-Pretty. Odd.
11. Coldplay-Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
10. Fall Out Boy-Folie A Deux
9. Thrice-Air & Earth
8. City And Colour-Bring Me Your Love
7. Forgive Durden-Razia's Shadow
6. The Matches-A Band In Hope
5. Kings of Leon-Only By The Night
4. Jack's Mannequin-The Glass Passenger
3. Ben Folds-Way To Normal
2. Lydia-Illuminate
1. Death Cab For Cutie-Narrow Stairs

Honorable Mentions
Hit The Lights-Skip School, Start Fights
The Classic Crime-The Silver Cord
Augustana-Can't Love, Can't Hurt
Jonezetta-Cruel To Be Young


Top Loved 2007 Releases
5. Iron & Wine-The Shepherd's Dog
4. Four Year Strong-Rise or Die Trying
3. Say Anything-In Defense of the Genre
2. The Spill Canvas-No Really, I'm Fine
1. Jimmy Eat World-Chase This Light

Biggest Disappointments
The Classic Crime
Jack Johnson
Senses Fail
The Academy Is...
The All-American Rejects

Top EPs of 2008
5. You Me and Everyone We Know - So Young, So Insane
4. Looking Glass Wars - A Place in a Parlor
3. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
2. Mansions - Mansions
1. Imperial China - Methods

Top Songs of 2008
10. Margot And The Nuclear So-And-So's-"As Tall As Cliffs"
9. Forever The Sickest Kids-"My Worst Nightmare"
8. Forgive Durden-"The Missing Piece"
7. Ben Folds-"Free Coffee"
6. Jack's Mannequin-"Miss California"
5. Fall Out Boy-"Tiffany Blews"
4. Kings of Leon-"Use Somebody"
3. The Matches-"From 24c"
2. Lydia-"Hospital"
1. Death Cab For Cutie-"Grapevine Fires"

Most Anticipated Albums of 2009
10. The Shins
9. Four Year Strong
8. Fun
7. The Spill Canvas
6. The Matches
5. Two Tongues
4. Say Anything
3. New Found Glory!
2. Jimmy Eat World
1. Brand New

Top Lyricist of 2008
Benjamin Gibbard

Top Record Labels of 2008
Epitaph Records

Top Shows of 2008
5. Jack's Mannequin @ HOB Anaheim
4. The Matches, Sherwood, and The Higher @ Chain Reaction
3. Say Anything @ The Glasshouse
2. New Found Glory and Four Year Strong @ The Catalyst
1. John Mayer @ Shoreline

Top Bands to Watch in 2009
3. NFG
2. Lydia
1. Sherwood

Top 10 TV Shows of 2008
3. Conan O'Brien
2. Scrubs
1. The Office

Top Films of 2008
5. Cloverfield
4. W.
3. Pineapple Express
2. Step Brothers
1. The Dark Knight

Best Blogs of 2008
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Top 2007 [Revised]
12/08/08 at 04:05 AM by dan.is.empire
This is my list from last year with a few minor adjustments because well...we're all a little stupid sometimes.

My list of top stuff in 2007...

Top Albums of 2007

1. Jimmy Eat World-Chase This Light *was #3
2. The Spill Canvas-No Really, I'm Fine
3. Say Anything-In Defense of the Genre *was #1
4. Four Year Strong-Rise or Die Trying
5. Iron & Wine-Shepherd's Dog
6. Anberlin-Cities *was #4
7. The Starting Line-Direction
8. Modest Mouse-We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
9. The Shins-Wincing The Night Away
10. Dustin Kensrue-Please Come Home

Worth Mentioning-
• The Snake, The Cross, The Crown-Cotton Teeth
• Radiohead-In Rainbows
• Kanye West-Graduation
• Hidden in Plain View-Resolution
• The Arcade Fire-Neon Bible
• The Higher-On Fire
• Self Against City-Telling Secrets to Strangers
• Tegan and Sara-The Con
• New Found Glory- From The Screen To Your Stereo
• August Burns Red- Messengers
• Paramore-Riot!
• The Chariot- The Fiancθe
• The Rocket Summer- Do You Feel?
• Thrice-Alchemy Index Vol. I & II


KEY
Switched lists
Explanation
Brand new on the list


2008 Coming soon.
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The Top's
12/23/07 at 11:11 PM by dan.is.empire
My list of top stuff in 2007...

Top Albums of 2007

1. Say Anything-In Defense of the Genre
2. The Spill Canvas-No Really, I'm Fine
3. Jimmy Eat World-Chase This Light
4. Anberlin-Cities
5. Paramore-RIOT!
6. Self Against City-Telling Secrets To Strangers
7. Sherwood-A Different Light
8. Modest Mouse-We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
9. Thrice-The Alchemy Index: Vol. I & II
10. Dustin Kensrue-Please Come Home

Worth Mentioning-
• The Arcade Fire-Neon Bible
• The Higher-On Fire
• New Found Glory- From The Screen To Your Stereo
• August Burns Red- Messengers
• Iron & Wine- Shepherd's Dog
• The Chariot- The Fiancθe
• The Rocket Summer- Do You Feel?
• The Shins- Wincing The Night Away

Most Disappointing Albums of 2007

1. Fall Out Boy- Infinity On High
2. Cartel- Cartel
3. Emery- I'm Only A Man
4. Mae- Singularity
5. Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster- II
6. The Academy Is…-Santi
7. Angels & Airwaves- I-Empire
8. The Showdown-Temptation Come My Way
9. As Cities Burn- Come Now Sleep
10. All Time Low- So Wrong It's Right

Worst Albums Of 2007

1. The Ataris- Welcome The Night
2. The Almost- Southern Weather
3. Sum 41- Underclass Hero
4. Good Charlotte- Good Morning Revival
5. Circa Survive- On Letting Go
6. Linkin Park- Minutes To Midnight
7. Paul McCartney-Memory Almost Full
8. Bloc Party- A Weekend in the City
9. Bayside- The Walking Wounded
10. Ryan Adams- Easy Tiger

Best (Catchiest Song) Single

1. This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race-Fall Out Boy
2. Misery Business-Paramore
3. Good Life-Kanye West
4. Apologize-Timbaland/One Republic
5. 1 2 3 4-Feist
6. Believe Me, I'm Lying-Forever The Sickest Kids
7. Dig-Incubus
8. All Over You-The Spill Canvas
9. Dance Tonight-Paul McCartney
10. Everything's Magic-Angels & Airwaves

Band of the Year

1. Paramore

Explanation
They went from selling out clubs to selling out arenas in a span of like 6 months. I don't care who you are, that's a huge accomplishment. They care about what they do and they deserve everything they've got this year.

In Our Memories

I wrote this whole list back at the beginning of Nov. preparing for the end of the year figuring, hey, it's only a month left, no one's died, no one's gonna die, it's all good. I wrote in this section "no one's really died"…well it seems November decided to prove me wrong. So here it goes:
1. Casey Calvert-Hawthorne Heights (age 25)
2. Pat Mason-Arsonists Get All The Girls (age 21 –his birthday-)
3. Kevin Dubrow-Quiet Riot
4. And more…
Hearing that Casey and Pat died was a huge shock to me. They were so close together, right after thanksgiving, so young, and both completely unexplainable. It's just really sad to hear about people like that, even if they were in bands that I never liked. R.I.P.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2008

1. Something Corporate (been on this list since 2004)
2. Jack's Mannequin
3. Thrice- The Alchemy Index: Vol. III & IV
4. Underoath
5. New Found Glory
6. Forgive Durden
7. Forever The Sickest Kids
8. Jonezetta
9. Jack Johnson
10. My Chemical Romance
11. The Matches-A Band In Hope
12. Panic! At The Disco-You Don't Have To Worry
13. Nural
14. theAudition
15. The Mars Volta
16. Hellogoodbye
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