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Uprising Records (Staff)

Written by: Julia Conny (12/06/08)
Greg Moore, Uprising Records

Best Full Length Albums
13. Rick Ross - Trilla
12. Copeland - You Are My Sunshine
11. Number One Gun - The North Pole Project
10. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
09. Matt Pryor - Confidence Man
08. Dashboard Confessional - Wire Tapes Vol.1
07. Good Old War - Only Way to be Alone
06. William Fitzsimmons - Goodnight
05. Small Towns Burn a Little Slower - So Builds the Test of a Man
04. Dashboard Confessional - The Shade of Poison Trees
03. Relient K - Bird and the B-sides
02. Lydia - Illuminate
01. M83 - Saturdays=Youth

(Let me admit right off the band that I'm a sucker for John Hughes movies. With that out of the way, M83's "Saturdays=Youth" quenched my craving for 1985 and so much more.This record came my attention in early April 2008 when the sun started coming out and melting the cold winter. The record is still synth-heavy, but more refined and dialed in then Anthony's previous material. This record screams new wave, right down to the artwork. I wouldn't call it a concept album, but it definitely has a theme. I don't know what else to say - I absolutely love this record.)

Best Songs
Kim & Jessie
Graveyard Girl

Best EP's
Smashing Pumpkins - American Gothic
Death in the Park - EP
Stars - Sad Robot

(I cannot wait for another Stars album. "In Our Bedroom After the War" was an amazing album and if the next full length is anything like the "Sad Robots" EP, I will be floored.)

Most Disappointing

Lil'Wayne - Carter 3, various mix tapes, etc.
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning
1997 - On The Run
Reggie and The Full Effect - Last Stop Crappy Town

(What was once a really funny joke got old, outdated, addicted to drugs and kicked out of every decent project he was involved in. The only saving grace is the get up kids reunion in 09'.)

Best Live Shows
4/17/08 Piebald's last show
One of the best bands of the era. Criminally underrated.

Most Anticipated For 2008

Straylight Run
Mae - EPs
01-Death In The Park/Cassino

(Hot Rod Circuit is my favorite band and I am absolutely in love with the Death in the Park ep/demos. The only thing missing is Casey Prestwood's signature twang that made HRC so unique. Andy Jackson can do no wrong.)

Best New Band of 2008

Good Old War - I can't wait for GOW to start touring extensively and release new material.

Best Lyrics of 2008

Chris Carrabba

Best Vocals of 2008

Leighton Antelman - Lydia

Most Overrated Band
Metro Station, The Cab, We The Kings, All Time Low (insert similar band).

Most Underrated Band

Good Old War
 
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08:16 AM on 12/29/08
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jenny_ell
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good to see relient k. i love that cd.
09:40 AM on 12/29/08
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Johnny Minardi
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Amen on Piebald statement.
11:19 PM on 12/29/08
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Spenny
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Dashboard's CD came out last year, so that being for AOTY and Chris for best lyrics is kinda weird.
And Good Mourning came out in 2003.

But hey, if they want to cover more than 2008, that's fine with me. :P
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