Last night (let’s just call it night to keep things simple) was a brilliant night. From betting my friend that he couldn’t eat a certain amount of ice cream in a certain time, to all of us having to pay the price for our loss (I’m not saying how), to truth or dare at 5am, to watching the sun come up on the beach, to resting in the car until the coast was clear at a friend’s house, and everything in between. It was an adventure, if any of our antics ever deserved that title. I am extremely grateful for these friends that I have.
In similar vein to the 2009 mixtape, except this one features some of my favourite tracks from the year before. I love BMTH get lost.
Disc 1 1. One - Epik High 2. Guu no Oto - Radwimps 3. Dr. Yang - Ben Folds 4. Fu~shit!!! - The Telephones 5. Doris Day - Jack’s Mannequin 6. Good Morning Fire Eater - Copeland 7. Malaysia 32 - Sakanaction 8. The Pig - Showbread 9. Diamonds Aren’t Forever - Bring Me the Horizon 10. Younglife - Anberlin 11. Clocca - Shugo Tokumaru 12. Ghost - Gregory and the Hawk 13. Living Dying Message - 9mm Parabellum Bullet
Disc Two 1. The Lotus Eater - Opeth 2. Boys & Girls - Polysics 3. Surfer King - Fujifabric 4. Night Diving - Asian Kung-fu Generation 5. Beautiful Beat - Nada Surf 6. Grapevine Fires - Death Cab for Cutie 7. The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed - Underoath 8. Evolution - Girugamesh 9. Terepin, Sakebu - Lostage 10. Open Bar Reception - Jimmy Eat World 11. Scene Through - Syrup16g 12. Yesterday - Atmosphere 13. Geureoke Neoege - Yozoh
I’m not really one to do ‘album of the year’ lists, since I’m never ready before the year’s out, opinions change, new discoveries are made, etc. But if I were to say there haven’t been a few records that have stood out amongst the 6.66GB (wow, okay, that’s an interesting amount) of 2010 albums I have on my iTunes at this point, I would be lying. As of right now, my top three albums of 2010 are as stands:
3. Would It Kill You? - Hellogoodbye
My album number three is a pop-rock album. Several lineup changes and four years on from their successful synthpop album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, Hellogoodbye really evolved their sound to release this, and it’s a definite improvement. Despite totally being a guilty pleasure kind of thing, I did like their first album, but how good this one is came as a total surprise. Even after so many years, this really is better than anyone could have expected it to be.
My album number two is a hip-hop album, and another one that came at a total surprise as a favourite. I only took any interest in this because of the 10.0 Pitchfork rating, and as time went on that rating began to make more and more sense. Appreciation of this record is something that grows over time, at least that’s how it was for me. First I thought it was good, then I thought it was great, then I thought it was excellent, then it was my number two. When a dude this interesting makes an album this real, all you can do is listen, and it sure is worth the listen.
My album number one is a chaotic hardcore/mathcore record, and is not only my favourite album of 2010 but probably my favourite to be released in a good four years. It’s not an emotional masterpiece, it’s just a mathcore band rocking for 30 straight minutes. But they rock. so. ridiculously. good. It took me a few listens to really ‘get’ this, but once I did, holy crap. I can’t explain with words how much I love this album, nor can I explain why exactly I love it so much. Just listen to it.
If I haven’t already said it enough, these albums did really come as surprises as favourites for 2010. Jimmy Eat World released a new record last year, and as expected that was also superb, but these are my top three overall. If someone had told me a year ago that a Hellogoodbye album and a Kanye West album would make this little list, I wouldn’t have believed it. I would have felt the same if you’d have told me after my first listen to Long Live that it would come to be one of my favourite albums ever soon enough. But really, that’s just a part of what makes this music so great for me.
This is the first mixtape I’ve ever made and uploaded to the Internet. It’s basically a collection of some of my favourite songs from 2009 - 26 tracks by 26 different artists from the first year that I really got into music. There’s stuff from all kinds of genres and styles here; energetic jams, stuff to headbang to, stuff to chill out to and even a couple of songs to pull at your heartstrings a little bit. And yes, there is an Owl City song on here. Don’t let that put you off; it’s just a really catchy tune and it isn’t one of the ones with lyrics that’ll make you want to punch someone in the face. This is really just an unofficial compilation album that could act as a gateway for getting into some really great bands/artists. Also, it has Lumpy Space Princess on the cover. Do you have an album that has Lumpy Space Princess on the cover? Disc 1 1. Lost Connection with the Head - Showbread 2. Oshakashama - Radwimps 3. Drag On - The Jury and the Saints 4. X - Lostage 5. Little Secrets - Passion Pit 6. Umbrella Beach - Owl City 7. Malibu Coke - Oceanlane 8. Mister Paranoia - Jonathan Jones 9. I Can Feel a Hot One - Manchester Orchestra 10. a 7days wonder - Ling Tosite Sigure 11. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups 12. Pirate Blues - As Cities Burn 13. Dao of St. Paul - Third Eye Blind
Disc Two 1. New Again - Taking Back Sunday 2. Satellite Mind - Metric 3. Weekend Lovers - Vola and the Oriental Machine 4. Pretty Apollo - Cyne 5. Nobody - Girugamesh 6. Butcher’s Mouth - Emery 7. Where the Lines Overlap - Paramore 8. Lightning - Straightener 9. The Clouds - The Republic of Wolves 10. Chine White III - He Is Legend 11. Goddamn Kids These Days - Every Time I Die 12. Dead Beat - Converge 13. Fake Nostalgia - Thursday