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Blake Solomon

Written by: Blake Solomon (12/01/11)
Hey2011 was a weird year. I don't know. Lots of things happened. Lots didn't happen. I graduated from advertising school. I moved to New York City. I still don't know what I'm doing ever - despite being surrounded by people who expect me to know exactly what I'm doing. Melodramatic? Self-centered? Sure! But, I guess, that's how I am now. Music was there, as it always is. Maybe, for a variety of reasons, it wasn't always at the center of things. But maybe, in some stupid bit of irony, it still was. Because when you have less time, you have to make more profound decisions. Or at least they feel more profound. So this list of music you might browse is perhaps my most concentrated. The items you see below are the very things that helped the most, at the most necessary times. Write it off, which is something I say every year, but maybe this year you should just think about how much you need this stuff. Think about what it means to be low, and what it takes to be ok again. Let's all be ok in 2012.



Top 30 (a normal number for these things!) (the Top 10 have links to things I wrote in my blog about WHY I loved these records)

1.) Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
The Wonder Years - Suburbia, I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing
The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
Scattered Trees - Sympathy
5.) Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Story So Far - Under Soil and Dirt
Moving Mountains - Waves
Charlie Simpson - Young Pilgrim
The Cinema - My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes
10.) Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Fireworks - Gospel
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Arrange - Plantation / Quiet State
Transit - Listen & Forgive
15.) Living With Lions - Holy Shit
Johnny Foreigner - Johnny Foreigner Vs. Everything
Wavelets - Athaletics
Generationals - Actor-Caster
A Loss For Words - No Sanctuary
20.) Balance and Composure - Separation
Lydia - Paint It Golden
Maritime - Human Hearts
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Dance Gavin Dance - Downtown Battle Mountain II
25.) Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder
The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart
We Were Promised Jetpacks - In The Pit Of The Stomach
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Polar Bear Club - Clash, Battle, Guilt, Pride
30.) Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Others (because, shut up)

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra
By Surprise - Mountain Smashers
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Seahaven - Winter Forever
MillionYoung - Replicants
Siskiyou - Keep Away The Dead
Panic! at the Disco - Vices & Virtues
Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
La Dispute - Wildlife

EPs (or, baby albums)

Arrange - Quiet State
Citizen - Young States
Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics
Brave Bird - Ready Or Not
Dads - Brush Your Teeth, Again
The Republic of Wolves - The Cartographer
Weed Science - Beach Dreams
On My Honor - Nature and Nurture
Daytrader - Last Days of Rome
Major League - Variables

My Favorite Songs (not necessarily from 2011 - once again, shut up)

Manchester Orchestra - "Apprehension"
The Wonder Years - "And Now I'm Nothing"
The Dangerous Summer - "No One's Gonna Need You More"
Scattered Trees - "Five Minutes"
Bon Iver - "Perth"
The Story So Far - "Placeholder"
Moving Mountains - "Parts in Different Places"
Charlie Simpson - "Suburbs"
The Cinema - "Picasso"
Youth Lagoon - "Montana"
Major League - "Subject to Change"
Glee - "Someone Like You / Rumor Has It"
Johnny Foreigner - "200x"
Matt and Kim - "Northeast"
Matt and Kim - "Block After Block"
Friendly Fires - "Blue Cassette"
The Wonder Years - "Living Room Song"
The Lonely Forest - "Coyote"
Other Lives - "Tamer Animals"

LISTEN TO THESE SONGS ON SPOTIFY. FANCY!!!


TV Shows I Watched Because What Else Do I Do?

Parks and Rec
Workaholics
Trailer Park Boys
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
30 Rock
Twin Peaks
The Larry Sanders Show

My Best Guesses For Your Middle Name

1.) Nathanial
2.) Crouton
3.) Hannah
4.) Rickshaw
5.) "This Is Stupid"

Where I May Be This Time Next Year

1.) Same place, just fatter
2.) Different place and fatter
3.) Dead

My 2011 Hobbies

1.) Reading my own reviews
2.) Things covered in cheese
3.) TEXTING!!!!
4.) My yo-yo broke :(

This is just a picture of a person doing Pilates



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I am a gimmick.

-BLAKE
 
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01:22 AM on 12/23/11
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Thomas Nassiff
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Amazing.
11:15 AM on 12/27/11
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hahaha, yes.
11:15 AM on 12/27/11
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Lol'd hard at the pilates picture. Excellent work, Blake.
12:05 PM on 12/27/11
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Blake, your list makes me feel weird.
12:30 PM on 12/27/11
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I still don't understand how a band can write a song that completely obliterates everything else they wrote.
12:41 PM on 12/27/11
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I still don't understand how a band can write a song that completely obliterates everything else they wrote.
yeah that song is like a billion times better than anythign else on the album. Not saying the rest of it is bad (obvs), but whoooooo boy.
01:25 PM on 12/27/11
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Simple Math is your number one? Man, I love their first two albums, but I just can't seem to get into Simple Math. I Guess it's not for me.
01:38 PM on 12/27/11
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Waves at #7?!
03:30 PM on 12/27/11
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<3 blake
03:30 PM on 12/27/11
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Forever my hero Blake. I didn't know you took the plunge and moved to NYC! Great list and as always, amazing approach! Hahaha
03:36 PM on 12/27/11
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This is the best thing ever.
03:56 PM on 12/27/11
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Great list and best pictures.
04:48 PM on 12/27/11
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yeah that song is like a billion times better than anythign else on the album. Not saying the rest of it is bad (obvs), but whoooooo boy.
I call that the Edward Sharpe syndrome
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