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Month of List(s): The Best Things to happen Locally in ’09 part 1

29 Dec

It’s been a rather wonderful year locally. We’ve seen bands sign to labels and break through nationally and internationally. We’ve seen new bands pop up and bring something different to the area and established acts release work we always knew they had in them. With that in mind, we’re tossing out three days’ worth of things we found exciting. This list is in no particular order and we’re trying to cover as much ground as possible, so apologies for things we miss.

Enjoy.

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Month of List(s): Top 50 Albums of the Decade

16 Dec

I am honestly terrified by the realization that the decade of my youth is over. I know that sounds melodramatic, but in a way it’s true. I started this decade at 15, wide-eyed and ignorant, still sort of locked into childhood while being on the cusp of growing into being a man, just awkward and lost. Eventually, as the minutes, hours, days, months and years passed, I found myself facing new obstacles, new feelings, new loss and new realizations. It shaped me into who I am and who I will be. Yet I can’t help but lament that those first pure moments of youth are gone, just one more faded memory to be occasionally thought of when recollecting my time back then.

The funny thing about recollection is, if you’re being truly honest with yourself, you realize you don’t recollect that much. It’s true. It’s almost impossible to actually be able to sit down and clearly pick out exact moments from our lives, and have all the details in line, because the mind simply doesn’t have the ablity to do it. So we leave ourselves “bookmarks” to help us bring back those memories, whether it a be a book, a movie, a song or even an album we were obsessed with for an extended period. Hell, a cottage industry has popped up on the internet of people obsessively compiling lists of what’s important/lasting/relevent, serving as bookmarks for themselves and others.

So with these thoughts in mind I sat down and wrote out the 25 albums that in my mind had the most impact on the decade. Unfortunately the list kept growing until I ended up hitting 50, and I had to stop due to the fact that there’s no way I could write about every album the way it deserves to be written about.

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Month of List(s): Top 5 List I tried to write today, but didn’t finish

10 Dec

5. Top 5 Stabs at breaking through to the Mainstream

The idea centers around bands that have randomly popped up on TV shows, Movies, and award shows, and how baffling it was to see them do so. This might be Mondays list.

4. Top 10 movies people went a little nuts over this decade, and why they regret it.

I feel the tittle sums it up well.

3. Top 5 Soundtracks of the decade

This one has been written and re-written 4 times already, I swear it’ll get done at some point.

2. Top WTF? Moments in Comics this Decade

Needless to say this might break 5000 words.

1. Top 5 Musicians Parker Posey/Drew Barrymore have dated/been linked to

I was told this was too mean to publish, so expect it next week.

Month of List(s): My 5 Favorite Compilations This Decade

9 Dec

I suffer from a form of musical ADD which causes me to constantly surf the radio/make playlists/change CD’s in the car/buy an iPod shuffle. Now that’s not saying I’m against relaxing and listening to a whole album. Hell I do it all the time. It just means at times I need the variety of a different artist, or style, popping up every few minutes. So with that, and parties, in mind I find myself often searching through the record bins for compilations from record companies, multimedia artists and musicians who just want to team up. What follows is what I think are the 5 best to be put out this decade. Continue reading

Month of List: Top 3 Rappers Steven Seagal did a movie with this decade

4 Dec

It seems there was a point this decade where if you had enough heat, money, and we’re a gravel voiced hip-hop artist studios were doing everything the could to get you into a movie with the master of box-office disaster the great Steven Seagal. So we’ve decide to list the three best rappers Mr. Seagal did a film with this decade, enjoy. Continue reading

Month of List: Top 2 covers of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” done this decade

2 Dec

I love this song, hell I named my El Camino “Jolene”, and these two covers are both pretty excellent.

2. Mindy Smith- Jolene

This cover is so approved by Dolly Parton she showed up in the video, and honestly it’s less a country take, and more a pop re-working. Serviceable, but not too intriguing.

1. The White Stripes- Jolene

There was debate over whether or not we should just do a list of White Stripes covers, but in the end we decided to divide it up in other list, because honestly 31 different list is going to be a fight. Anyway, this may actually be the definitive take on this track, as Jack White takes the lyrics to a desperate level, and the arraignment to a blend of schizophrenic blues mixed with rock posturing that never manages to grate on you.