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Top of 2009
04/26/10 at 03:08 AM by dan.is.empire
A little belated, but I did do it back in January. Just sort of forgot about this little page.

Top Albums of 2009
20. The Swell Season-Strict Joy
19. Passion Pit-Manners
18. fun.-Aim & Ignite
17. Mew-No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry, They Washed Away
16. mewithoutYou-it's all crazy! it's all false! it's all a dream! it's alright.
15. M. Ward-Hold Time
14. Portugal. The Man-The Majestic Majesty
13. As Tall As Lions-You Can't Take It With You
12. Thrice-Beggars
11. Paramore-brandneweyes
10. New Found Glory-Not Without a Fight
9. Say Anything-Say Anything
8. John Mayer-Battle Studies
7. MuteMath-Armistice
6. Dredg-The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
5. Portugal. The Man-The Satanic Satanist
4. Relient K-Forget & Not Slow Down
3. Sherwood-QU
2. Manchester Orchestra-Mean Everything to Nothing
1. Brand New-Daisy

Honorable Mentions
The Dangerous Summer-Reach for the Sun
Phoenix-Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Anchor & Braille-Felt
Silversun Pickups-Swoon
Muse-The Resistance

Biggest Disappointment
Tegan And Sara-Sainthood

Top EP’s 2009
5. Jacks Mannequin-Dear Jack
4. Cold War Kids-Behave Yourself
3. Death Cab For Cutie-The Open Door
2. Future of Forestry-Travel I
1. Future of Forestry-Travel II

Top Throwback Albums of 2009
(old albums I listened to most this year)
Kings of Leon-Only By The Night
Brand New-Deja Entendu
Death Cab For Cutie-Plans
Coldplay-Parachutes
Minus The Bear-Menos El Oso/Planet of Ice
The Shins-Wincing the Night Away
Jimmy Eat World-Futures
Acceptance-Phantoms
Blink 182-Enema of the State
The Beatles-Abbey Road

Top Songs of 2009
“100 Dollars/I Can Feel A Hot One” – Manchester Orchestra
“You Stole” – Brand New
“Ahh Men” – Say Anything
“Over It” – Relient K
“Heartbreak Warfare” – John Mayer
“Slow Your Breath Down” – Future of Forestry

Favorite Books Read in 2009
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
Lullaby – Chuck Palahniuk
Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
Into the Wild – John Krauker

Most Anticipated 2010
BLINK 182
SOCO
Jimmy Eat World
Death Cab For Cutie
Four Year Strong
Dustin Kensrue
Fleet Foxes
The Shins
She & Him
Radiohead
Minus The Bear
Lydia
Kings of Leon
Jack’s Mannequin

Trend that needs to die in 2010
Pop crunk (brokencyde, millionaires, etc)

Most Annoying Band 2009
All Time Low

Changed my mind from 2008
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Anberlin – New Surrender

If I could re-order 2008 it would go like this:
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Lydia – Illuminate
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
The Matches – A Band in Hope
Jack’s Mannequin – The Glass Passenger
Ben Folds – Way To Normal
Anberlin – New Surrender
City & Color – Bring Me Your Love
Thrice – The Alchemy Index: Vol. III & IV


After the huge disappointment that was 2008 ended, it’s safe to say I had pretty low standards set for the year to come (music wise). However, that bar was raised very quickly when I began to make a list of the years “to be released” albums. In 2008 I found myself digging as hard as I could to scrounge up a top 10 list (only to realize after that I had severely screwed up and missed one of the top 3 albums) but this year I had the hardest time making some kind of order for the top 10 (they could really go in any order) Not only did the year end up being very rich on the good music side of things, but my life changed drastically around all that music, rendering a highly enjoyable soundtrack to those changes.

This year I was unemployed for the first time in 3 years, sold my car to buy a 15 passenger van, traveled 25,000 miles through 13 states – adding 8 to my total visited – played to 500 kids at the taste of chaos, saw (and went broke in) Vegas for the first time, officially became homeless, fell in love/out of love, began my own design “business”, and made a lot of new friends while falling more in love with the old. Overall, 2009 was a year that will not be taken lightly with the rest of my life (unlike the consistently forgotten 2007). Another thing I will be adding to the list this year will be my favorite books read in 2009. I finally took an interest in something worthwhile and began reading.

In terms of musical taste for the year, it took a u-turn towards the soft, heartfelt, and beautiful. Anything with a capo and a soft voice will do me in. Getting lost in the experience of music has become vastly important in my life now and this turn around has been appreciated. If my iPod were still able to tell me my current trends it would look drastically different from last year, with artists like Death Cab, The Shins, and Minus The Bear riding high on top. It’s nice to be trending away from the loud, beating, earache’s of the past.

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