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|When 2009 came around, I vowed to make this calendar shine like a pretty, pretty pebble. And I think I did just that. It was packed full of internal life decisions, a little thing called growing up and minimal drinking. Actually, I think I turned into an old lady that listened to a shit-ton of podcasts. |
It was great and all, but what made 2009 particularly interesting is that my musical preferences took a turn for the slow and dwelling, the well-thought out and heartbreaking; I lost myself in some of the gentler genre stand outs. The Swell Season broke my heart every goddamn time. Grizzly Bear had me buzzing. I spent many days getting lost in Dark Was The Night. St. Vincent creeped me out. Not that these albums were 100 percent at snail pace, but they allowed me to get lost in waves of atmosphere as opposed to, say, guitar crunching and pyrotechnics that formerly ruled my world.
A couple more notes of awesomeness: I went on tour for the first time and I moved to a new apartment. I went to Chicago and fell in love. I bought a new computer. I started a blog with my Mom. My little sister learned how to drive. I'm an adult?
Top Albums of 2009
1. All The Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown To Love
2. Winston Audio - The Red Rhythm
3. Relient K - Forget Not and Slow Down
4. St. Vincent - Actor
5. The Swell Season - Strict Joy
6. Tegan & Sara - Sainthood
7. Brand New - Daisy
8. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun
9. P.O.S. - Never Better
10. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
11. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
12. The Builders and The Butchers - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well
13. White Rabbits - It's Frightening
14. Rubik - Dada Bandits
15. Weatherbox - The Cosmic Drama
16. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
17. Set Your Goals - This Will Be The Death of Us
18. La Roux - La Roux
19. So Many Dynamos - The Loud Wars
20. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
21. fun. - Aim & Ignite
22. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood
23. Paramore - brand new eyes
24. Person L - The Positives
25. Say Anything - Say Anything
26. Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy
27. Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
28. Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic
29. We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
30. The Thermals - Now We Can See
Biggest Disappointment of 2009
Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
Top EP's of 2009
Kinch - Collars and Sleeves EP
Brighter Shades - You Shine So Bright EP
Death Cab For Cutie - Open Door EP
Best Complilation of 2009
Dark Was The Night
Most Anticipated of 2010
Astronautalis & P.O.S. collab album
Jimmy Eat World
They're Still A Band??! (as reported by my roommate, Jacqueline)
The Academy Is
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Explanation: My roommate, while a massive music lover, gets out of touch often. She doesn't care about the newest trend or the bands that just don't seem to give up - she cares about the bands she likes. I know, she's like an angel or something. Many times, I'll mention a piece of news about a lifer band and her response will be: "They're still a band??!!" Straight from her mouth to this EOTY list, here is a handful of bands that should probably throw in the towel. Desperation is a sore sight.
Favorite Songs of 2009
"The Few That Remain" - Set Your Goals (ft. Hayley Williams)
"Le Kick" - American Fangs
"Shake it Out" / "I've Got Friends" - Manchester Orchestra
"Low Rising" - The Swell Season
"Marrow" - St. Vincent
"Tie Me Lightly" - Kinch
Favorite Lyricist of 2009
Stef, or P.O.S. as he is affectionately dubbed.
Favorite Podcast of 2009
The Sound of Young America with Jesse Thorn
Favorite TV Shows of 2009
1. Friday Night Lights
3. Flash Forward
4. How I Met Your Mother
6. Top Chef
7. Gossip Girl
9. Party Down
Honorable Mention: True Blood, LOST, Bad Girls Club
Favorite Movies of 2009
Favorite Shows & Events of 2009
Brand New and Manchester Orchestra @ Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL
Dashboard Confessional solo acoustic and NFG acoustic @ Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals @ Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
The Dangerous Summer and The Gay Blades @ Sonar in Baltimore, MD
Spring Awakening @ The Hippodrome in Baltimore, MD
Kinch and Dear and the Headlights @ Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
Live Podcast Taping for The Sound of Young America w/ Ian MacKaye in Washington, D.C.
03:52 PM on 12/08/09
Love this little site. You all are so good to me.
In 2010, I want to review more. 2009 was lackluster in the critique department. I'll just have to up my ferocity.
05:40 AM on 12/22/09
Disagree with Punchline having to throw in the towel.. but great list otherwise
09:32 AM on 12/22/09
Tonight I'm Burning Star IV
05:58 PM on 12/22/09
stormchasers and party down
09:21 PM on 12/22/09
Slumdog is actually a 2008 film, but I'll let it slide...you should replace it with (500) Days of Summer
09:33 PM on 12/22/09
Really? I swore I saw it this year.
Oh wellz, I don't care enough to change it.
10:37 PM on 12/22/09
poetry of the deed was disappointing to you? that's disappointing to hear.
one of my favorite, favorite albums of this year. loved it.
10:38 PM on 12/22/09
Do I dare disturb the universe?
That's one of my favorite movies.. I definitely bought it today. lol
10:43 PM on 12/22/09
you can't be a boring adult, you have so many dynamos in your list!
11:16 PM on 12/22/09
Lovely little list you got there. I'm glad 2009 was as interesting a year for you as it was for me.
I miss our talks. Happy Holidays!
11:17 PM on 12/22/09
Yea me 2...god Im a dude and just loveeeeee it. In my top 5 for movies of the year!!!
11:47 PM on 12/22/09
Call Me When You Get This
I disagree about Punchline. They're my favorite band and I don't see them quitting anytime soon.