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12/22/09 at 03:02 PM by Blake Solomon
here are my favorite things of 2009.


see you in 2010.

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2009's Best Songs
12/03/09 at 08:12 PM by Blake Solomon
1.) The Dangerous Summer - "Weathered"
2.) Transit - "Stay Home"
3.) Why? - "This Blackest Purse"
4.) Phoenix - "1901" (because I'm unoriginal)
5.) Dance Gavin Dance - "Carl Barker"
6.) Metavari - "Kings Die Like Other Men"
7.) Harlem Shakes - "Strictly Game" (R.I.P.)
8.) Switchfoot - "Needle and Haystack Life" (shame the rest of this album is so poor)
9.) Between The Trees - "We Can Try"
10.) Alexander The Great - "Home Alone in Central Park"
11.) We Were Promised Jetpacks - "It's Thunder and It's Lightning"
12.) fun. - "The Gambler" (good lord did i overplay this song)
13.) MT. - "Lecture on Nothing"
14.) Person L - "Good Days"
15.) Jay-Z - "Young Forever"
16.) Oceans - "Your Plane Leaves Tomorrow"
17.) Man Overboard - "5 Girls Pizza"
18.) Set Your Goals - "This Will Be The Death of Us" (good sweet holy lord did i overplay this song)
19.) The Audition - "Los Angeles"
20.) Discovery - "Osaka Loop Line"
21.) Memory Tapes - "Bicycle"
22.) The Years Gone By - "The Last Perfect Thing About This Year"
23.) Suckers - "Afterthoughts & TV"
24.) Years - "Are You Unloved"
25.) Fake Problems - "Heart BPM"

Other than maybe the first 6 or so, the numbers aren't super important. But no joke, music blew me away this year (especially some new instrumental bands.) Good gracious, 2009, I will miss thee. Holla at me, y'all.

--Honorable mention: any music video from the 70s or 80s that is easily found on Youtube.

--Also, just for kicks, here was my Top 10 albums of 2009 when we were halfway done with this magnificent year: http://www.absolutepunk.net/journal....entry&e=191272

--And if you'd like to see all 50 of my favorite albums of the year, that can be found: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/utman8..._time_to_shine

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Worst Album of 2009
10/10/09 at 03:02 PM by Blake Solomon
Many of you will say that it's someone like Brokencyde or that little white dude trapped in a black A&R rep's body, but the real steaming pile of abomination for this year belongs to

The Fall of Troy - In The Unlikely Event

Erak sounds worse than ever. There are no redeemable melodies, just screeching and idiotic riffing. It's like handing a 3 year old a set of crayons and letting him go nuts. Yes, there's no such thing as "incorrect art," but if there was, this would be it.

I weep.

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01/01/09 at 11:38 PM by Blake Solomon
Seems like a good title for two reasons. I'm listening to the new song by Moving Mountains and this is a precursor to 2009.

2008, I mean, wow. Describing it here would be stupid. In fact, I tried the other night and I deleted what I wrote. It was about 3 pages long in word and very strange. I tend to do my strangest thinking at night by myself. Which is to say, every night. But don't cry for me blogosphere. To say I'm unhappy with anything would be a melodramatic lie.

Life was, far and away, great in 2008. I saw a lot of this world and have inched farther towards my life/career/whatever goals. I think I've created a reputation on this site, not all of it's good, but at least it's there. If you aren't making headlines you aren't doing your job. Some people may have a problem with that mentality, but I am an advertising major after all.

I just believe that it should be ok to insert a little (or a lot) of yourself into what you write, even if it's technically not about you. I don't know anything better than I know myself. So if I'm going to pretend to be an expert, it'll be on that. Yeah, maybe I took it too far on a couple of occasions (flight of the conchords - which I will be sending in as a piece of creative writing to grad schools because I am so proud of it - and The Killers come to mind). I hope to write more things that make your mindgrapes smush in the coming year. I hope to move. I hope to meet new people. I have many hopes. But it almost feels lazy to call these hopes. Hopes imply that it's left to chance. I have the power to make all of these circumstances come true. And I will work very hard in 2009 to secure a bright future for myself.

Whether this site is a part of that or not is something that will play itself out. Grad school will be a gigantic commitment and I will have to gauge my time availability. Obviously, I hope beyond hope that I can juggle. And I have juggled and I make great use of my time. Let's be honest, I've sorta moved past that phase of my life where I just want to sit and watch tv or whatever. I like to be doing productive things. I like to make things I'm proud of. This site has been a huge part of that for almost 2 years. I can create something everyday thanks to this site, and it's amazing. In fact, I may create right now.

I have some Mr. Goodbar ads I made the other day that I may touch up. Or I could write a MM review. Decisions. It'll be a long night. Just like I like it.

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