Tag Archive for Year End

Metacritic’s Best of 2009

Metacritic compiles reviews and ratings from a variety of music websites and gives them a metascore.  This seems like a cool idea, but it is flawed in a variety of ways.  Unlike IMDB, they don’t take ‘normal’ people’s opinion into consideration…only critics.  They also pick and choose what they want to include.  It’s mostly indie rock/pop but they also cherry… Read more →

Derailed: Metal/Hardcore 2009 Part 1

Every so often I will be posting under the ‘Derailed’ heading. This is for posts that are outside my normal comfort area…indie rock/pop. I was a huge metalhead from the mid-80s until the early 90s.  My interest in metal started when I first heard Aces High from Iron Maiden‘s Powerslave album and it became an obsession when I rode my… Read more →

Derailed: Electronica 2009

Every so often I will be posting under the ‘Derailed’ heading. This is for posts that are outside my normal comfort area…indie rock/pop. As most of you know, I have no love for electronic music. Sure, I like electronic elements to my music, hence The xx, Animal Collective, jj, Miike Snow, Soulsavers and even Neon Indian showing up on my… Read more →

Derailed: Americana 2009

Every so often I will be posting under the ‘Derailed’ heading. This is for posts that are outside my normal comfort area…indie rock/pop. Country music has changed quite a bit over the past decade or two.  It’s become pop music.  It’s become big and flashy and in your face.  It’s gone from the downtrodden to the rich and famous.  How… Read more →

Top 20 Album of 2009

____________________________________________________________________ #20. Fever Ray – Fever Ray (electronic) “if i had a heart i could love you if i had a voice i would sing” Have you heard of the Swedish electro-duo The Knife?  That’s what this is, just under a different name.  Well, that’s not exactly true.  This is the solo project of Karin Dreijer Andersson, the female half… Read more →

Live Music Experiences ’09

Flying to Phoenix and seeing Leonard Cohen live with my dad.  The man is 75 years old and performed an amazing 3 hour show…and skipped back onstage for an encore. Having my faith in metal restored while watching Kylesa and Mastodon in Boulder. Finally getting Kevin to go to a show…and watching Gaslight Anthem kill it. My first season at… Read more →