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10/22/09 at 03:21 AM by Chris Fallon
2009 has been a busy year for my ear canals. How in the blazes am I expected to choose a favorite?! IMPOSSIBLE! My top ten is going to switch hundreds of times before I settle. Lucero may be my top pick, but Thrice and Rx Bandits are hanging in there, too. Propagandhi is still a dark horse contender.

Now that the year is reaching its end, I don't have too many albums left to be excited for. Sure, the Lawrence Arms and NOFX are releasing nifty EPs, but as for full-lengths, there are only a couple more coming out I want to listen to.

Joey Cape (obviously!), Motion City Soundtrack, Dead to Me, Weezer (even though "I'm Your Daddy" is one of the worst songs I've heard from them) and even Dashboard Confessional. I'm not as excited for Say Anything as I would have been four years ago, but I'll admit "Hate Everyone" has grown on me with every listen. The "rapper in the Lexus" part always gets me.

I'll be reviewing Weezer and DC once I hear them. I'm one of the biggest Weezer nerds/defenders in the world, so you'll be getting a very honest opinion from a harsh critic. I think they might be the only band I have every recorded song of... at least I think I do.

Now all I have to do is sort my end-of-the-year list and see what to look forward to in 2010. I think Jimmy Eat World will be topping my "most anticipated" list. Seriously, could they ever do anything wrong?

Answer: never.
Tags: 2009, anticipation, weezer, year-end, jimmy eat world
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Recommendations: October 5, 2008
10/05/08 at 02:14 AM by Chris Fallon
Call me old-fashioned, but these albums bring back the beauty of youth blossoming into adulthood.

Music RecommendationJimmy Eat World - Bleed American

As I was beginning to grow out of my punk rock/radio rock kick in high school, this album came along and had me floored - who knew pop could remain so powerful while being so heavy? Brilliant, catchy and technical - much like Pinkerton in a way, another disc that grabbed me by the shirt collar and shook my naive ears awake.

Music RecommendationAlkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch Fire

I still remember the day I bought this: it was summer of 2000 and I was heading into my junior year of academic achievement. I was a big Offspring and Green Day fan, and I had heard something about this group named Alkaline Trio - a friend of mine told me they were similar but darker. The moments I put the headphones on and heard "Keep 'Em Coming," it was like a breath of fresh air for me. To this day, I still look back at it fondly as being the album that gave me the ability to explore outside my pop-punk roots.

Music RecommendationThe Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About

I got into the Get Up Kids around 2001-2002, a little late, but in time regardless because I was fortunate enough to see them before they split. I kept hearing about them from a buddy of mine who was a band geek - so naturally, I felt compelled to see what the hubbub was about. I found this record in a used record store bin for $5 and hey, when ya find a deal ... ya find a fucking deal, am I right? "The Company Dime" and "Valentine" hit me in ways that really brought a new sense of musical fulfillment to my ears. The Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World are two bands I credit with getting me into Far, Braid and Mineral ... and what helped keep me away from the other bullshit "emo" bands that tried to be as influential but couldn't stack up.

Song RecommendationLess Than Jake "History of a Boring Town"

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I listened to this when I was a teenager. Hearing it now at 25 still brings me back to exactly how I used to feel at that time ... amazing, isn't it? How one song can simply transport us back to where we first fell in love with one line, one note, one word that summed up everything we wanted to hear at that very second. I love looking back.
Tags: alkaline trio, get up kids, jimmy eat world, less than jake, recommendations
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