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My 2010 end of year list
12/12/10 at 06:29 PM by Spenny
Top 15 Albums
1. Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
2. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
3. Ellie Goulding - Bright Lights (Lights was the main album, released in March, but this re-issue adds some amazing songs)
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
5. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
6. Valencia - Dancing with a Ghost
7. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
8. Happy Body Slow Brain - Dreams of Water
9. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
10. Sleigh Bells - Treats
11. Beach House - Teen Dream
12. Vampire Weekend - Contra
13. Envy on the Coast - Lowcountry
14. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
15. Steel Train - Steel Train

Best 2009 Album I Only Discovered This Year
1. Florence + the Machine - Lungs

Best Songs
1. Freelance Whales - Broken Horse
2. Sufjan Stevens - I Want To Be Well
3. Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
4. Kanye West - Monster
5. Ellie Goulding - The Writer
6. Janelle Monae - BabopbyeYa
7. Freelance Whales - Ghosting
8. Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul
9. Valencia - Somewhere I Belong
10. Broken Bells - The Mall & Misery
Tags: Freelance Whales, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Valencia, Ellie Goulding
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Everything just keeps piling up...
06/05/10 at 01:02 AM by Spenny
I feel so fucking down on my luck lately. I'm in a rut that I can't get out of. I'm really irritable and don't know why. I generally like to consider myself a nice guy, but now that I realize that being a nice guy gets you nowhere in life, I just end up frustrated and bitter.

Maybe what they say is right. "You don't stand up for yourself; you bend over backwards for others, but don't always do what YOU want to." That has got to be one of the most depressing things to hear, I must say. I thought that being a good guy gives off the impression that you're dependable, friendly, trustworthy. What does it actually show? That apparently I don't have a backbone.

Between full-time school and three big volunteer positions, I just don't have any "me" time anymore. I need a break, time to just go relax and get refreshed. It's just depressing thinking that I can't do so for another year or so. Commitments that were made, goals to achieve. But is it all worth it in the end if I'm miserable and I don't get any respect for any of it?

The past few weeks have just been awful, and I never really bitch about my life. Admitting the above is surprising, even to myself. I need something to come up soon that will just completely reinvigorate me... that will reinvent me. I need something new in my life, fast, or I will just slowly go insane.
Tags: Personal Life, Frustration, LiveJournal-worthy
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Top Fifteen of 2010 (so far)
04/07/10 at 01:19 AM by Spenny
I know it's the beginning of April and a bit early for this, but just thought I should mention my favourite releases so far since this is shaping up to be a much better year for music than 2009.

15. You Me At Six - Hold Me Down
14. The Wonder Years - The Upsides
13. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
12. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
11. Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
10. Neon Trees - Habits
9. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World
8. Isles & Glaciers - The Hearts of Lonely People EP
7. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
6. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
5. Vampire Weekend - Contra
4. The Spill Canvas - Abnormalities EP
3. Ellie Goulding - Lights
2. Coheed and Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow
1. Envy on the Coast - Lowcountry

Looking forward to new Circa Survive, Gaslight Anthem, Minus the Bear, and Gold Motel releases. Can't wait to see what the next eight months have to offer.
Tags: Envy on the Coast, Coheed, The Spill Canvas, Vampire Weekend, Motion City Soundtrack
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Top Ten of 2009
01/03/10 at 08:34 PM by Spenny
10. La Roux - La Roux
9. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
8. Brand New - Daisy
7. Closure in Moscow - First Temple
6. Metric - Fantasies
5. Paramore - brand new eyes
4. Hotspur - You Should Know Better By Now
3. fun. - Aim and Ignite
2. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
1. Thrice - Beggars

Hard choices, but that's what I think I'm going to stick with. Agree/disagree?
Tags: La Roux, Phoenix, Brand New, Moscow, Metric, Paramore, Hotspur, fun., Thrice, Tegan
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Top 15 Albums of 2009 (So Far)
08/30/09 at 01:40 PM by Spenny
My first blog on AP.net. About time I started using this thing. Anyways, a rundown of my top albums of the year as of right now.

15. LoveHateHero - America Underwater
14. Set Your Goals - This Will Be The Death of Us
13. Eye Alaska - Genesis Underground
12. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
11. Ten Second Epic - Hometown
10. Fireworks - All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
9. Mute Math - Armistice
8. Marianas Trench - Masterpiece Theatre
7. Taking Back Sunday - New Again
6. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
5. Brand New - Daisy
4. A Day To Remember - Homesick
3. Closure in Moscow - First Temple
2. Metric - Fantasies
1. Thrice - Beggars

In order. Beggars will likely be my Album of the Year unless something takes me completely by surprise. I can honestly say that Beggars is one of my favourite albums ever made, even after only a short time since it was released.
Tags: Favorite, Albums, 2009, Thrice, Metric
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