Hello, long ignored blog. I've returned with my end of the year list of favorite albums. Another great year for music. Lot's of albums that I still need to give more attention to but the list below is my most listened to albums of the year. Hope everyone is well and that you have a safe and happy new year of awesome music.
Favorite Albums 2011
1. Laura Stevenson & the Cans - Sit Resist
2. The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart
3. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
3. All Get Out - The Season
4. O'Brother - Garden Window
5. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
6. The Rosebuds - Loud Planes Fly Low
7. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix
8. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
10. Feist - Metals
11. Beirut - The Rip Tide
12. Wye Oak - Civilian
13. A.A. Bondy - Believers
14. Eisley - The Valley
15. Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside
16. Portugal. the Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud
17. Mathieu Santos - Massachusetts
18. Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
19. O'Death - Outside
20. Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah
The Sounds - Something To Die For
Gotye - Making Mirrors
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum
Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
Mesita - Here's To Nowhere
I've had this tab open for about six hours now and don't really feel that there is anything else to add. So, here are the albums I enjoyed this year. I was a big fan of 2010 as far music goes. I didn't get to a lot that I wanted to but considering my odd pattern of what I do and don't get into, I'll still call this a successful year in music listening.
Favorite Albums 2010
1. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3. Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork
4. Beach House - Teen Dream
5. Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
6. Surfer Blood - Astrocoast
7. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
8. Murder By Death - Good Morning, Magpie
9. Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
10. Colour Revolt - The Cradle
11. Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
12. Jσnsi - Go
13. Stars - The Five Ghosts
14. Tim Kasher - The Game of Monogamy
15. Menomena - Mines
16. Fang Island - Fang Island
17. Dinosaur Feathers - Fantasy Memorial
18. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
19. Born Ruffians - Say It
20. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
21. Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats
22. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
23. She & Him - Volume Two
24. Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
25. Foals - Total Life Forever
Honorable Mentions/Other Albums I Liked
Caribou - Swim
Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Buzzard
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Good Old War - Good Old War
Gold Motel - Summer House
Angus and Julia Stone - Down the Way
Steel Train - Steel Train
Land of Talk - Hamburg, Noon
The Morning Benders - Hand Me Downs
Los Campesinos! A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me tate; Or Ketters From Me to Charlotte
Metric - Black Sheep
Dinosaur Feathers - Family Waves
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Surfer Blood - Anchorage
Menomena - TAOS
Fang Island - Daisy
She & Him - Ridin' In My Car
Sometimes, I wonder how different my music taste would be if I didn't have certain people in my life, visited certain websites (mainly this one) or had never been exposed to certain gateway bands. Would I be all about the bands and other musical acts I make a point to stay away from. I shudder at the thought of this hypothetical me owning a Metro Station album. I guess all I can say is that I'm thankful for having the music I listen to in my life, to be friends with great people (off and online) and to have a continuing interest in finding more music to listen to.
I've kind of given up on writing here and am mostly posting stuff on tumblr. It's not a real blog but just somewhere to post pictures and other things I like. Nothing special, just like a majority of the ones on there. There isn't much to update on about living at home right now. I passed a test so that I can be certified a substitute teacher and that's all that's going on job wise. I'm still applying a lot at San Diego places and waiting for something to happen. I've given myself a few goal concerning moving on with my life but there isn't too much to do other than keep applying and waiting. Life is at a sort of pause.
I'm kind of bummed about Straylight Run's hiatus because they've come to be one of my favorite acts out there. It sucks when legitimate music acts can't "make it" and crap is continually being put out. Oh well, if you haven't checked it out John is posting a kind of retrospective look on some of the songs at his blog. It's always neat to read how a song came about.
Here's some stuff I've been liking lately:
The Morning Benders - Big Echo
Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Faster
A.A. Bondy - When the Devil's Loose
Insomnia is kind of messing me up lately but I suppose it's time for attempt #1 at sleep.
I figured I should post my EOTY lists because it's the day before New Years. There was a lot of music I didn't get to that wasn't even mentioned in my Honorable Mention section but hopefully I can get to it sometime. I hope everyone has a great night tomorrow and stay safe!
Favorite Albums 2009
1. Metric Fantasies
2. fun. Aim and Ignite
3. Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Its Blitz
5. Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist
6. Brand New Daisy
7. mewithoutYou Its All Crazy, Its All False, Its All a Dream! Its Alright
8. A.A. Bondy When the Devils Loose
9. Kevin Devine Brothers Blood
10. Cursive Mama, Im Swollen
11. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
12. Cassino Kingprince
13. As Tall As Lions You Cant Take it With You
14. The Builders and the Butchers Salvation is a Deep Dark Well
15. Regina Spektor Far
16. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
17. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
18. A Fine Frenzy Bomb in a Birdcage
19. Thrice Beggars
20. Silversun Pickups Swoom
21. Destry It Goes On
22. The Dear Hunter Act III Life and Death
23. William Elliott Whitmore Animals in the Dark
24. M. Ward Hold Time
25. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
26. Thursday Common Existence
27. The Sounds Crossing the Rubicon
28. Audrye Sessions Audrye Sessions
29. Nurses Apples Acre
30. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Russian Circles - Geneva
Coconut Records Davy
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
John Nolan Height
RX Bandits Mandala
Weatherbox The Cosmic Drama
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed
Why? Eskimo Snow
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Art Brut Art Brut Vs. Satan
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Karen O and the Kids Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack
Cast Spells/Good Old War Split EP
Death Cab For Cutie Open Door EP
Eisley Fire Kite EP
Lady GaGa The Fame Monster
Favorite Songs 2009 (After Ambulance no particular order)
Eisley - Ambulance
Thrice In Exile
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Its Blitz
John Nolan It Takes a Long Time
Karen O and the Kids All is Love
Cursive What Have I Done?
Metric Sick Muse
fun. - At Least Im Not as Sad As I used to be
Coconut Records Microphone
Miniature Tigers Cannibal Queen
Lady GaGa Bad Romance
Brand New At the Bottom
mewithoutYou Bullet to Binary (Pt. Two)
Kevin Devine Carnival
Camera Obscura French Navy
Franz Ferdinand What She Came For
Manchester Orchestra Pride
Portugal. The Man Guns and Dogs
As Tall As Lions In Case of Rapture
Most Anticipated for 2010 (No Particular Order)
Minus the Bear
Kevin Devine/Andy Hull
Motion City Soundtrack
She & Him
Murder by Death
Portugal. The Man
Coheed and Cambria
Colour Revolt (I'm hoping)
Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, The Builders and the Butchers (October)
Murder by Death Playing two full albums back to back (February)
Cursive, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band (June)
Kevin Devine and the Goddamn band, Brian Bonz, Miniature Tigers (May)
Manchester Orchestra, fun., Winston Audio, Audrye Sessions (May)
The Gaslight Anthem, Murder By Death, Frank Turner (September)
Favorite New TV show
Continuing Favorite TV Shows
The Big Bang Theory
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Movies (from what I've watched so far this year) (500) Days of Summer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
I Love You, Man
A Serious Man
The Brothers Bloom
Away We Go
A Single Man
I was about to head to bed when the internet pulled me back into my desk chair and now I've ended up on the blog writing page. Sigh.
Let's see, I still have no job and not for lack of trying. My lease ends this month and my options are to spend more money here as I keep searching or go back home. I'm leaning towards home while applying from there because if I do miraculously do get an interview then I can crash at a friend's place for a day or so. The push towards staying here is pretty strong though considering I get quite bored in my small hometown with no car or reliable transit system. Also, I have the opportunity to volunteer at the aquarium affiliated with the oceanography school here and that would help bringing me closer to my marine conservation research goals.
It's been such a great year for music and when making my year end list it's going to suck to have to leave out artists that I didn't get chance to listen to enough this year. There are also the albums that got lost in my itunes until it was too late for them to really contend with the albums I listened to a lot during the year. I posted a rough draft last month and there's definitely some changes but that's kind of close to who is going to be on there.
The holidays are going to be both good and bad. I'm just hoping to make it out the end of this year ok. I didn't proof read too much so I apologize if I sound less coherent than usual.
Oct 21 - Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, The Builders and the Butchers
Oct 22 - WHY?
Oct 23 - The Sounds
Oct 26 - Regina Spektor
Oct 30 - Nurses
Nov 02 - Minus the Bear
Nov 08 - The Revival Tour or Steel Train
Nov 11 - Dear and the Headlights
Nov 12 - Russian Circles
Nov 15 - fun.
Nov 17 - Cartel
Nov 21 - Eisley
Dec 04 - Thrice, The Dear Hunter
It hurts to know that I can't make them all but one can wish. I already have my ticket for Brand New and everything else is up in the air.
What shows are you all catching this fall with all these great tours going on?
Long time, no blog. There really isn't too much to update anyone up on other than that I'm officially an aimless college graduate. I've gone back home for a few weeks to visit and to try to save a little on living expenses. It's not even a week and I'm beginning to get a little stir crazy because there really isn't anything to do here. It's also very hot so there's very little motivation to venture out. I'm also hoping to get my drivers license and have that out of the way. It wasn't that difficult to get by without a car when there's decent transit to school but now it's time to get it done and hopefully get even more in debt and own a car. Also, I'll miss less shows.
I still need to master all nighters if I'm going to continue having vacation insomnia.
October is always my favorite month because of the weather change, the pumpkin takeover, my birthday, halloween and now I can also enjoy some great beer. Now, the only thing left is to experience a place like this:
currently liking a lot:
Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring
A.A. Bondy - When the Devil's Loose
Brand New - Daisy
Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
Thrice - Beggars
Portugal. the Man - The Satanic Satanist
Getting stuff in the mail is awesome. I was going to write "fun" but that pun whether intentional or not is getting a tad old. I thought I had just pre-ordered the cd package and not the vinyl or I probably just forgot, anyways, it was a nice surprise. I've been trying to write down my feelings on the format and now fun. but I keep starting drafts and end up deleting or forgetting about them. Another one was started tonight but I probably won't see it to completion either.
if we were honest and both wrote a sonnet together
a sandwich with everything on it
at least we would know that the sparks didn't glow
but we owe it to ourselves to try
so we aim & ignite
so often I call and I plead with you, give me a chance
it's not often that I understand the ins and the outs
of what's wrong and what's right
don't think of tomorrow tonight
oh I know, it goes on and it gets old
but for now, we're young, we smell good, we're alone
I still feel the same way as I did over a year ago. I'm at a different place in my life having graduated and have some options to think over and the stress is getting to me. Mattresses Underwater came up on shuffle just now and it brings me back to those feelings that are buried not so deep in there. This song still remains so important to me.
I feel I must interject here,
You're getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history.
So, let me help you remember
I've made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.
I've prepared a lecture on why I have to leave.
So, please back away and let me go
I can't my darling I love you so...
But oh, oh...
Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together?
Don't you feed me lies about some idealistic future
Your heart won't heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures.
On days like these I wish I could sit on a porch, listen to Cassino and drink lemonade. I've listened through Sounds of Salvation twice today, it's like an old friend, although it's only two years old or so. If 2009 brings us a new album I'll be so happy.
I've decided this past weekend that I'm going to work towards the Grad School path. I have one more week of my online class left and then I'll start focusing on finding a job and my future school path. It feels good to make some kind of decision on my future but there are still many unknowns left to figure out. I'm going to work towards getting my own studio apartment a little closer downtown in the new year once the sublet room is up at the end of the year. There are so many things I need and want in such a little time period that I'll be more than happy to get half of what's on my current wish list. We can all only work hard and hope for good things, I guess.
Who loves Daytrotter? Me! Here are a couple of recommended daytrotter sessions that I have been digging a lot lately.
The Builders and the Butchers
I was first introduced to The Builders and the Butchers when they opened for Murder By Death this past February and they definitely held their own in a fun energetic performance. I hadn't been doing a good job of keeping up with who was being featured in the latest daytrotter sessions thanks to school but thanks to procrastination I was motivated to go onto the site after Kevin Devine and the Goddamn band were featured. It was a pleasant surprise as I was browsing the recently archived to see someone who's name I recognized! (they have so many "unknowns" featured which is an awesome thing but can make me feel overwhelmed). The session features two songs that I recognize from the set, "When it rains" and "Coal Mine Fall", which are very catchy. With lines, "True love will leave you in your knees in the rain" repeated over and over again you can't help but sing a long and sympathize even if you have never gone through such a loss. I'm currently embarking on the first listen of their recently released album "Salvation is a Deep Dark Well" and so far so good. This is a band to check out if you listen to the likes of O'Death and Murder by Death (obviously haha).
My love for Colour Revolt is no secret for the most part, I think and when they finally did a Daytrotter session I was all over that like maple syrup on pancakes. All but one of the songs in the session comes from their full length which didn't meet as much acclaim as their EP did, something I can't understand very well. The other is a cover of Why?'s "These Few Presidents" which is incredible. The songs are quiet, captivating and so much better with earphones on. The slow pace adds a great new dimension and experience to some of the songs like "Naked and Red" and "A Siren" which are much more heavier on the record. Not sure what else to add but this is probably my favorite daytrotter session to date.
Of course I decide to write a blog when I need to pack and clean. I move to a new apartment on Friday and I go to LA on Sunday to see Cursive. I'm quite excited and looking forward to all the madness.