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.
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.
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.