A long time ago I posted a Jawbreaker review and claimed I was going to go and talk about all these albums I loved. Well, fast forward a lot, and we’re finally here, and yes this is now number one, or at least, the first in the series. I’ll probably rewrite the old one, for completion’s sake. So with that out of the way, onto the review!

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Records of the Year

December 12, 2009

It’s finally done, after much deliberation and whatnot, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite records from this year, and written a poorly crafted blurb for each of them. My words don’t do them justice, so check them all out for yourself and hopefully I’ll be able to expose you to something new and interesting!

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The top ten are coming soon, but first I wanted to post some other records that didn’t make the cut for whatever reason. These are in alphabetical order, so don’t look into the listing too much.
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This week I look at three metal releases that have come out in the last week or two. Now with pictures!

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I used to have a top ten chart I listened to every week.
In my head.
When I was a kid, I used to have a “chart” in my head of my favourite songs, just like the one I listened to every weekend on the radio. I would lie in bed at night and go through it in my head, like I was counting down the hits just like Casey Kasem. I can even still remember some of the songs that reigned over my countdown, like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which was always at number one. I’m not entirely sure why, but maybe much like the real charts, it would be the band’s only foray into the number one spot in the top songs of the day (including mine). It also represented a pattern in my chart which was for some reason very ballad focused. Lonestar’s “Amazed” was up there, and one hit wonder Shawn Mullins’ “Lullabye”. I guess I was kind of a wussy kid.
It wasn’t all heartfelt ballads though. Bands like New Radicals and Fastball had some big chart time as well, along with that fun time when Chumbawumba was cool. I think I had a thing for one hit wonders, or maybe there was just a high ratio of them those days in the late 90’s. Shit went crazy when Smashmouth came out with “All Star” too, and that rocketed up the charts, though never knocking off the ever present Aerosmith from the top spot.
Now you may ask, why the hell am I rambling about this? Well, besides just sharing a weird habit I had as a kid, it’s also kind of an exploration of something that I think I could never have again. Point is, there is a time when I could name my top ten favourite songs. I even had a “favourite” song, which was pretty much set in stone as far as I was concerned. Now, I can’t even name my top ten favourite 80’s hardcore songs. Despite the fact that nowadays I am virtually a musical encyclopedia on most music, I can’t even name my favourite songs any more. I became so over saturated with the stuff that I could never even begin to pick out my “favourite song ever”.
I find this kind of depressing. Yes I still enjoy music, and I might have some favourite songs or albums if you can break down your list into sub-sub-genres. I think though, that I will never have that initial certainty again, over what I know is my favourite thing in the world.
Like I said, there isn’t really a point to this, other than to ruminate on something I no longer can connect with, but I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. Can you name, with absolute certainty, your top ten favourite songs? Did you ever have a weekly countdown of your favourite songs? Did you know I used to think Eric Clapton was black? Plenty of hard pressing questions here, and if you’re nice enough, please respond with a comment.
– D

I used to have a top ten chart I listened to every week.

In my head.

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So this week I’m going to give my thoughts on 3 brand new (pun intended) albums that I’ve gotten my hands on. Just a note, these “reviews” are for the tl,dr crowd who just want a quick blurb so they can pretend they’ve heard/seen it and move on with their lives. Enjoy.

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always listened to albums. Not just a few songs on a CD, but the whole thing, start to finish. I find that even now, I do much the same, always listening to entire LPs, and not just picking and choosing a few songs and skipping the rest. I think this might go back to my dad, who would play Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the kitchen while preparing supper. Growing up on concept albums could really endear someone to the format.

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