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My End of the Year Lists 2009
12/30/09 at 06:14 PM by bouttogetfancy
I figured I should post my EOTY lists because it's the day before New Years. There was a lot of music I didn't get to that wasn't even mentioned in my Honorable Mention section but hopefully I can get to it sometime. I hope everyone has a great night tomorrow and stay safe!

Favorite Albums 2009
1. Metric – Fantasies
2. fun. – Aim and Ignite
3. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
5. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist
6. Brand New – Daisy
7. mewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy, It’s All False, It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright
8. A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose
9. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood
10. Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
11. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
12. Cassino – Kingprince
13. As Tall As Lions – You Can’t Take it With You
14. The Builders and the Butchers – Salvation is a Deep Dark Well
15. Regina Spektor – Far
16. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
17. Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band – Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band
18. A Fine Frenzy – Bomb in a Birdcage
19. Thrice – Beggars
20. Silversun Pickups – Swoom
21. Destry – It Goes On
22. The Dear Hunter – Act III – Life and Death
23. William Elliott Whitmore – Animals in the Dark
24. M. Ward – Hold Time
25. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
26. Thursday – Common Existence
27. The Sounds – Crossing the Rubicon
28. Audrye Sessions – Audrye Sessions
29. Nurses – Apple’s Acre
30. Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Honorable Mentions:
Russian Circles - Geneva
Coconut Records – Davy
Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic
Islands – Vapours
John Nolan – Height
RX Bandits – Mandala
Weatherbox – The Cosmic Drama
Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed
Why? – Eskimo Snow
Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring
Art Brut – Art Brut Vs. Satan
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

Biggest Disappointment
Cartel – Cycles

Favorite EPs
Cast Spells/Good Old War – Split EP
Death Cab For Cutie – Open Door EP
Eisley – Fire Kite EP
Lady GaGa – The Fame Monster

Favorite Songs 2009 (After Ambulance no particular order)

Eisley - Ambulance
Thrice – In Exile
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
John Nolan – It Takes a Long Time
Karen O and the Kids – All is Love
Cursive – What Have I Done?
Metric – Sick Muse
fun. - At Least I’m Not as Sad As I used to be
Coconut Records – Microphone
Miniature Tigers – Cannibal Queen
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
Brand New – At the Bottom
mewithoutYou – Bullet to Binary (Pt. Two)
Kevin Devine – Carnival
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Nurses – Lita
Franz Ferdinand – What She Came For
Manchester Orchestra – Pride
Portugal. The Man – Guns and Dogs
As Tall As Lions – In Case of Rapture

Most Anticipated for 2010 (No Particular Order)
Minus the Bear
Born Ruffians
Kevin Devine/Andy Hull
Motion City Soundtrack
Circa Survive
She & Him
The Shins
Alkaline Trio
Los Campesinos!
Murder by Death
Portugal. The Man
Coheed and Cambria
Steel Train
Fleet Foxes
Colour Revolt (I'm hoping)

Best Concerts
Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, The Builders and the Butchers (October)
Murder by Death – Playing two full albums back to back (February)
Cursive, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band (June)
Kevin Devine and the Goddamn band, Brian Bonz, Miniature Tigers (May)
Manchester Orchestra, fun., Winston Audio, Audrye Sessions (May)
The Gaslight Anthem, Murder By Death, Frank Turner (September)

Favorite New TV show
Modern Family

Continuing Favorite TV Shows
The Big Bang Theory
30 Rock
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Movies (from what I've watched so far this year)
(500) Days of Summer
Inglourious Basterds
The Cove
Fantastic Mr. Fox
I Love You, Man
A Serious Man
District 9
Star Trek
The Brothers Bloom
Away We Go
A Single Man

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and I know better days will come
12/17/09 at 04:10 AM by bouttogetfancy
I was about to head to bed when the internet pulled me back into my desk chair and now I've ended up on the blog writing page. Sigh.
Let's see, I still have no job and not for lack of trying. My lease ends this month and my options are to spend more money here as I keep searching or go back home. I'm leaning towards home while applying from there because if I do miraculously do get an interview then I can crash at a friend's place for a day or so. The push towards staying here is pretty strong though considering I get quite bored in my small hometown with no car or reliable transit system. Also, I have the opportunity to volunteer at the aquarium affiliated with the oceanography school here and that would help bringing me closer to my marine conservation research goals.

It's been such a great year for music and when making my year end list it's going to suck to have to leave out artists that I didn't get chance to listen to enough this year. There are also the albums that got lost in my itunes until it was too late for them to really contend with the albums I listened to a lot during the year. I posted a rough draft last month and there's definitely some changes but that's kind of close to who is going to be on there.

The holidays are going to be both good and bad. I'm just hoping to make it out the end of this year ok. I didn't proof read too much so I apologize if I sound less coherent than usual.

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Sometimes life's okay
01/01/09 at 06:14 PM by bouttogetfancy

Here's to graduating
Here's to figuring shit out
Here's to becoming financially independent
Here's to trying to not mess up
Here's to a better 09

Alright don't worry even if things end up a bit too heavy we'll all float on.

Thanks to anyone who reads this or even glances at my blog. Happy New Year!
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