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The 15 Best Albums of 2009 that You Probably Will Not Like

December 11, 2009 By: Category: Best of 2009, Greatest Hits, Lists, Music

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If you had asked me to list my favorite albums of the year in, say, October, I would have told you that this was one of the best years for music in ages and I could hardly choose between all my favorites. If you had asked me to list my favorite albums of the year this week, (which you did, as you’ll recall–I think we were at Arby’s), I would tell you that nothing really stood out. Albums that I thought were masterpieces upon first listen (The Decemberists’ The Hazards of Love, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day) quickly reached their saturation points. Artists I love released albums that barely warranted a second spin (Tegan and Sara’s Sainthood, The Hidden Cameras’ Origin: Orphan).

My appreciation for this year’s releases has been slightly dulled by the sheer number of new records I picked up this year. According to iTunes, I currently own 69 records that were released in 2009. That is over 2 days worth of music. I could listen to my 2009 releases from start to finish for 48 hours straight and not hear every song on every album. It is just too easy in this age of digital downloads to go overboard and pick up everything that’s garnering a slight amount of buzz. Also, I have a serious problem. It’s this or Home Shopping Network, and I don’t really have anyplace to keep hundreds of souvenir plates.

All that being said, I still maintain that in terms of quality releases, this year saw a greater percentage than many. We’ll have to wait and see whether I’ll still be listening to any of these records next year, but for the time being, here it is. As you read this list, please keep in mind that I would never give this list to anyone and say, “buy these records.” I can’t tell you how many of my friends I tried to turn on to Los Campesinos!, my favorite record of the last five years, who think it is garbage. I don’t think I have the most eclectic taste in the world, but I do like to give everything a fair shake, and this sometimes leads to me liking music that my hip friends find too mainstream and my mainstream friends find too hip. (Note: I do not have any mainstream friends.) In other words, stuff that no one likes. Enjoy! (more…)

New Music Tuesday: New Muesday

August 18, 2009 By: Category: Greatest Hits, New Muesday

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New albums come out on Tuesday. I don’t know if you kids knew this, what with your digital thievery and what not. I don’t think there’s an official day for leaks.

Tuesday used to be a big day for me. I used to wait in line to buy new albums the night they were released. I remember waiting in line for the midnight release of Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral album at Wherehouse Records in Ann Arbor. I was pretty pumped for that record, apparently. And when I got it, I ran screaming back to my dorm room as if on fire and made my roommate listen to it on repeat for the rest of the night while I poured Goldschlager shots down his throat. I don’t know if that last part happened. But that’s definitely what I would do if The Downward Spiral was released today.

Well, it’s Tuesday, and it’s Awkward Press, and I have new music, and that means one thing: it’s New Muesday! In which I take a good, critical listen to the 5 latest records that have found their way into my iTunes. (By good, critical listen, I mean I will have it on in the background while I do other things.) They may be new records, they may be old records, but one thing is for certain: they will not be records. They will be digital globs of ones and zeroes that produce pleasing tones. Are we ready? Let’s do this bitch!

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