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Memories Made In The Coldest Winter
E-mails, contacts, and sleep
01/04/09 at 11:30 PM by hockeyguitar99
So today, I decided to take some initiative and e-mail some labels about releases. I hit up Vagrant for Two Tongues, TMG for The Appleseed Cast, Epitaph for Thursday, and I was looking for an RJA contact, but couldn't find one. I want to hear the record, partially because Steve said that sans "You Better Shoot Yourself In The Foot With A Shitty Single (better known as You Better Pray)" it was actually a pretty decent record, and because I already thought of an awesome intro using the shot in the foot thing. I also don't want to buy it. If anyone knows where a press contact for the band is, I'd love for some help. Also, it's 1:30 AM, I have to get up in 5 hours. I need sleep. Damn.
Tags: bands, highbeam, RJA, Two Tongues, The Appleseed Cast, Thursday
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"Love" Life: Still confusing, still kinda shitty
01/04/09 at 01:08 AM by hockeyguitar99
So, anyone who reads my blog knows that I had a tangled trainwreck of a Crush in late '08, ending in me getting rejected. It took me a while to get back on my feet, but I did it. A friend told me 2 people that like (that term feels really immature, but I don't know what else to say) me, and I've been thinking a lot. Option 1 has friends that literally hate my guts, it's pretty unbelievable. Problem is that she was the really cute one, the one I'd talked to, and the one I liked over the summer. Option 2 I don't know as well, she's not as cute, but she's a lot funnier. I've been weighing options and thinking over scenarios in my head. All of them seem tarnished by my terrible history with "dating" (it was middle school, can I even call it that?).

Here's a rundown, I won't use names:

1. 6th Grade, very ugly, 2 weeks in said she loved me and that when we're older we should get married. I break it off.
2. 6th Grade, very pretty, girl I liked for a while, we date for a week or two, she's breaks it off.
3. 7th Grade, girl I dated for around 8 months, around 6 she kind of alienated me, ignored me, I broke it off. We're good friends now.
4. Summer between 7th/8th, Girl I'd liked for a while, hot, funny, we date for a week, breaks up with me in an e-mail, we talk a lot at camp, now we're good friends.
5. Summer/8th Grade, girl I met at camp, lived in my town, went to different school, first kiss, we date "seriously" for 3 or 4 months, one of my camp friends tells her I want to feel her up, I didn't say it, she gets pissed, we break up in a phone call on the bus to the airport on the washington trip.
6. 8th Grade, rebound girl, went on 2 dates, her friend calls and breaks up with me for her
7. 8th Grade, Girl I really liked, hot, fun, we went out once, was exceedinly awkward, I broke up with her
8. 8th Grade, Girl I kinda liked, wasn't that hot, were "dating" for a month, we go out, she randomly breaks it off
9. 8th Grade, Girl I barely new, go on one date, it was fine, go back, get into a huge fight on AIM, break up (mutual)
10. 8th Grade, Girl I dated for a total of probably 8 months. We see eachother a few times, we make out, feel-up, her parents see an AIM conversation we had, they flip a shit, say I'm forbidden to talk to her or see her, we continue secretly talking, finally get to see eachother, go on a few more dates, her friend lies and says I cheated on her (which I most definitely did not), she breaks up with me in a Voicemail message. We get back together, she goes to camp, I don't. She cheats, sends a letter breaking up with me.

I was single all last year. Any sort of advice or anything would be helpful.
Tags: life, love, fuckkkkkk
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Well I gues this is it...
01/01/09 at 03:20 AM by hockeyguitar99
Welcome to the new year.

While I celebrated the moment later than most of you as I'm in Hawai'i, it's 2 hours behind California, 4 behind Central, and 5 behind eastern, but it started perfectly. Though I'd timed it this way, as the clock struck 12, the words "Well I guess this is it/Welcome to the new year" rang through the speakers. While I don't really see the huge deal, it's a new year, and I guess we can start clean.

Have a happy, healthy, new year everyone.
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Honorable Mentions of 2008
12/31/08 at 07:24 PM by hockeyguitar99
These were some great records, that for various reasons didn't make my list:

Houston Calls - The End Of An Error
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Jeremy Larson - Salvation Club
Sigur Ros - No way in hell am I typing out the title
The Scenic - Find Yourself Here
Alive In Wild Paint - Ceilings
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
The New Frontiers - Mending
Valencia - We All Need A Reason To Believe
Joshua Radin - Simple Times
Anathallo - Canopy Glow
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

A few more notes

Records I need to check out/listen to more exstensively

Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
Lykke Li - Youth Novels
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
Santogold - Santogold
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EOTY Awards continued.
12/31/08 at 11:08 AM by hockeyguitar99
I figured I do some of the other categories that seem popular on the site, because I haven't yet.

Band Of The Year
2. Forgive Durden
1. TIE - Los Campesinos!, Deerhunter

Los Campesinos! released two albums, both of which made my list, indie kids who had too much red bull, whats not to love?

Deerhunter
released a double disc album that had no filler, it's hard to deny them this spot.

Best New Band

5. Vampire Weekend
4. Driver F
3. Good Old War
2. Los Campesinos!
1. Fleet Foxes

What can I say? Amazing harmonies, memorable guitar. Oh, and they were only number 1 on some websites list, a little one, Pitchfork. That's pretty fucking impressive.

Most Anticipated
(no order)
Animal Collective
Grizzly Bear
Brand New
Say Anything
Two Tongues
Radiohead
Battles
Broken Social Scene
Thrice
New Found Glory
Thursday

That's all. Have a great new year!
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New Songs Galore
12/29/08 at 11:47 PM by hockeyguitar99
A rundown of my opinions on new tracks from some of my favorite bands and most anticipated:

Taking Back Sunday: Eh, it's okay, not as bad as everyone says, but not very good either
Thursday: Very good. Chaotic, fast, memorable.
New Found Glory: Great. I wasn't feeling it at first, the lyrics felt childish, hook seemed weak, but through many listens, I love the hook, found a deep message/topic in the lyrics.
Grizzly Bear: I found some live tracks from Letterman and Conan, both are amazing. More straight forward then their old stuff.
Two Tongues: Crawl is pretty good, Wowee Zowee is amazing. Not only a sweet Pavement reference, but very, very catchy.

Put your thoughts in the comments if you wish, agree, disagree, whatever.
Tags: Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, New Found Glory, Grizzly Bear, Two Tongues, Impressions
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Best of 08 updated portions
12/28/08 at 02:09 AM by hockeyguitar99
Biggest Disappointments


10. Underoath - Lost In The Sound Of Seperation
9. Thieves & Villains - Movement
8. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
7. The Killers - Day & Age
6. Jason Mraz - We Dance, We Sing, We Steal Things
5. The Academy Is... - Fast Times At Barrington High
4. Common - Universal Mind Control
3. The All-American Rejects - When The World Comes Down
2. Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)
1. Anberlin - New Surrender

Top 30 Albums of 2008

30. Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
29. Driver F - Chase The White Whale
28. Times New Viking – Rip It Off
27. The Sea and Cake – Car Alarm
26. Dear and The Headlights – Drunk Like Bible Times
25. In:Aviate - 1985
24, Good Old War – Only Way To Be Alone
23. The Score – Songs For A Halfway Home
22, Pompeii – Nothing Happens For A Reason
21. Butch Walker – Sycamore Meadows
20. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
19. Cold War Kids – Loyalty To Loyalty
18. TV On The Radio – Dear Science,
17. Fall Out Boy – Folie A Deux
16. No Age - Nouns
15. Russian Circles - Station
14. Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster
13. Why? - Alopecia
12. Right Away, Great Captain – The Eventually Home
11. Kanye West – 808’s and Heartbreaks
10. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
9. City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
8. Forgive Durden – Razia’s Shadow
7. Portugal. The Man – Censored Colors
6. Copeland – You Are My Sunshine
5. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
4. Lydia - Illuminate
3. Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell
2. Deerhunter – Microcastle
1. Arrows – Modern Art & Politics

AOTY List is much changed and updated. I had those records at the top and prematurely decided that that's where they would obviously stay, but taking a look back, they lacked the lasting value I expected, so here's the updated version, some records I hadn't heard enough when I was making my list, and some I forgot about.
Tags: AOTY, 2008, lists, music
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I'm turning into an Indie Fuck... fuck.
12/28/08 at 12:21 AM by hockeyguitar99
So, recently, I've noticed that my tastes have been moving in the direction of Pitchfork-esque stuff. For example my last.fm this week, which I'll post in the thread later, contained Deerhunter, Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos!, Grizzly Bear, Explosions In The Sky, Pavement, Arrows, Fleet Foxes, Beck, Times New Viking, The Gaslight Anthem, and Animal Collective. The only two outliers are Fall Out Boy and City and Colour (who would fit into Pitchforks playlist just fine, but they are more centered in this scene). It's not necessarily a concious thing, but it's just what I like. I even added some of my favorite old pop-punk records (ATL, Mayday Parade's debut EP) because I'm in Hawai'i, but I haven't wanted to listen to them. It'll be interesting to see what direction this takes as we move into 2009.

I'm working on an updated list for my top of 08. I hadn't heard the Los Campesinos! or Deerhunter records, both of which will probably fall top 10.

Until Then

Brad
Tags: indie fuck, music
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An Indie Rock Hanukkah!
12/20/08 at 08:04 AM by hockeyguitar99
Yesterday was my family Hanukkah party, while the actual holiday doesn't start until tomorrow night, my family is leaving for Hawaii, so had our get together yesterday instead. My little cousin, who is 2 years old, is so much fun and it was cool to see my cousin, who had come home from college for winter break. Here's a list of the gifts I got, and now the title will make a lot more sense.

Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Film School - Hideout
Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Pavement - Wowee Zowee - Sordid Sentinels Edition
Beck- Odelay: Deluxe Edition
Beck - Sea Change
Times New Viking - Rip It Off
Islands - Arm's Way
Tags: indie rock hanukkah
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You're listened to what?
12/18/08 at 09:14 PM by hockeyguitar99
Today has been a pretty interesting day music wise.

I've listened to:

Rogue Wave
Girl Talk
Fall Out Boy
Damiera
Deerhunter
Portugal. The Man
Lydia
Copeland
Los Campesinos!
Les Savy Fav
Grizzly Bear
Animal Collective
Arrows
Pomegranates
Mayday Parade
Broken Social Scene
Cut Copy
The Gaslight Anthem
Pompeii

Everything (sans the first four) have been on one huge playlist (197 songs) that I'm a little more than half way done with. I know Mayday Parade don't fit, but this playlist felt awfully pretentious and I wanted to add something fun and catchy. It's a good contrast.
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Best, Worst, and more of 08
12/17/08 at 03:44 PM by hockeyguitar99
Top 15 Albums Of The Year

15. Thrice - The Alchmey Index (III & IV)
14. Russian Circles - Station
13. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
12. No Age - Nouns
11. Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
10. Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreaks
9. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
8. City and Colour - Bring Me Your Love
7. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
6. Arrows - Modern Art & Politics
5. Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
4. Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors
3. Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
2. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow
1. Lydia - Illuminate

Honorable Mentions (In No Order)

The Score - Songs For A Halfway Home
Right Away, Great Captain - The Eventually Home
Houston Calls - The End Of An Error
Noah And The Whale - Peacefully, The World Lays Me Down
TV On The Radio - Dear Science,
Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
Dear and The Headlights - Drunk Like Bible Times
Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
The Sea And Cake - Car Alarm
Department Of Eagles - In Ear Park
Cold War Kids - Loyalty To Loyalty
Valencia - We All Need A Reason To Believe
Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.
Torche - Meanderthal
Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords
Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
Pompeii - Nothing Happens For A Reason
Alkaline Trio - Agony & Irony
Beck - Modern Guilt
Why?
- Alopecia
Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up 'Till It Was Light
Jeremy Larson - Salvation Club
Joshua Radin
- Simple Times
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Lovedrug - The Sucker Punch Show
Good Old War - Only Way To Be Alone


Biggest Disappointments of 2008


10. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
9. Underoath - Lost In The Sound Of Seperation
8. Thieves & Villains - Movement
7. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
6. The Killers - Day & Age
5. Jason Mraz - We Dance, We Sing, We Steal Things
4. The Academy Is... - Fast Times At Barrington High
3. Common - Universal Mind Control
2. Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)
1. Anberlin - New Surrender


The Worst Albums of 2008


5. Showbread - Anorexia/Nervosa
4. Sing It Loud - Come Around
3. Alesena - Where Myth Fades To Legend
2. I Set My Friends On Fire - You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
1. Brokencyde - BC 13

Best EP's of 2008


10. Thursday/Envy - Split
9. There For Tomorrow - There For Tomorrow
8. Eye Alaska - Yellow & Elephant
7. New Found Glory - Tip Of The Iceberg
6. Past Lives - Strange Symmetry
5. The Cool Kids - The Bake Sale
4. Maps & Atlases - You And Me And The Mountain
3. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
2. Animal Collective - Water Curses
1. Manchester Orchestra - Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind

Biggest Disappointments of 2008

10. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
9. Underoath - Lost In The Sound Of Seperation
8. Thieves & Villains - Movement
7. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
6. The Killers - Day & Age
5. Jason Mraz - We Dance, We Sing, We Steal Things
4. The Academy Is... - Fast Times At Barrington High
3. Common - Universal Mind Control
2. Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)
1. Anberlin - New Surrender

Best Re-releases (No Particular Order)

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American: Deluxe Edition
Feist - The Reminder: Limited Deluxe Edition
Alkaline Trio - Goddamnit Redux
The Replacements - Let It Be

Best Live Albums (No Particular Order)

Thrice - Live At The House Of Blues
Panic At The Disco - Live In Chicago
Fall Out Boy - **** Live
Saosin - Come Close

Best Live Bands

10. Phantom Planet
9. Motion City Soundtrack
8. Lovedrug
7. Lydia
5. Copeland
4. Forgive Durden
3. Envy On The Coast
2. Panic At The Disco
1. Steel Train
Tags: EOTY, Lists
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Fuck The Snow
12/16/08 at 05:56 PM by hockeyguitar99
Goddamnit. So, I wake up today, excited as all hell to head to best buy and purchase Folie A Deux. Around 3rd period it stared snowing, around 6 it started really snowing. And now, I can't go pick up the album. Hopefully I'll get it tomorow, but I am extremely pissed off at the moment.
Tags: Fall Out Boy, Snow, Fuck You
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Relaxed Day
12/15/08 at 10:50 AM by hockeyguitar99
So far, school has been really relaxed, probably because winter break starts on Friday. So far what I've listened to is:

Girl Talk - Night Ripper
In:Aviate - 1985
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - The Fiery Works I & II
Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now Youngster... EP
Los Campesinos! - The International Tweexcore Undergroud EP
Los Campesions! - My Year In Lists EP
Deerhunter - Daytrotter Sessions
Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreaks
Lydia - Illuminate
City and Colour - Bring Me Your Love
Arrows - Modern Art & Politics
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Indie Cred - Going Up?
12/14/08 at 08:13 PM by hockeyguitar99
So anyone who saw my blog about Paramore's "Decode", well, I kinda killed any indie cred I might have had. So in an effort to save my ass, I'm posting what I listen to today.

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
This Will Destroy You - Young Mountain
Arrows - Modern Art & Politics
Los Compesinos! - The International Tweexcore Underground
Animal Collective - People
Animal Collective - Prospect Hummer
Nurses - Hangin' Nothin' But Our Hands Down
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough/I'm Your Puppet - Single
Les Savy Fav - Our Coastal Hymn/Bringing Us Down
Les Savy Fav - Plagues & Snakes
Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers
Grizzly Bear - Sorry For The Delay
Holy Fuck - Holy Fuck
The Sea And Cake - Car Alarm6
Shh... This Is A Library - Shh... This Is A Library
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Wolf Parade - Wolf Parade EP
Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreaks
The Most Serene Republic - Population
Deerhunter - Turn It Up ******
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane, Over The Sea
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Festival Thyme

I hope this makes up for it indie gods.
Tags: indie, ACCEPT ME, redemption, I LOVE PITCHFORK, indie, indie
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Arrows. City and Colour, Radiohead, The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice, Weezer
12/13/08 at 07:03 PM by hockeyguitar99
are the bands I've been listening to this week. Thrice's live album is tops, Radiohead are Radiohead, The Gaslight Anthem make me want to smile, cry, scream because of awesomeness, Weezer wrote Pinkerton and that's good enough for me, and Arrows hit me like a wave of aweome. Also, I like the word Awesome. This is probably what will appear as my post in the recc thread.
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