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Nerdy Heartbeat’s 09 Recap – Best Music From 2009 December 15, 2009

Top 30 Albums of 2009

30. Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic

29. Japandroids – Post-Nothing

28. The Dear Hunter – Act III Life & Death

27. Plushgun – Pins and Panzers

26. Mansions – New Best Friends

25. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist

24. All Time Low – Nothing Personal

23. This Time Next Year – Road Maps & Heart Attacks

22. Noah and the Whale – The First Day of Spring

21. Paramore – brand new eyes

20. Mastodon – Crack The Skye

19. Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

18. The Motorcycle Industry – Electric Education

17. O Pioneers – Neon Creeps

16. Fireworks – All I Have Is My Own Confusion

15. Passion Pit – Manners

14. P.O.S. – Never Better

13. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

12. WHY? – Eskimo Snow

11. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood

10. Set Your Goals – This Will Be the Death of Us

9. Chuck Ragan – Gold Country

8. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive

7. A Day To Remember – Homesick

6. Brand New – Daisy

5. Say Anything – Say Anything

4. The Dangerous Summer – Reach for The Sun

3. Kiss Kiss – The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left

2. Fun. – Aim and Ignite

1. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing

It was hard for me to pick just 30 but when I went to the top 5, it was even harder to distinguish which one was the best. Mean Everything to Nothing was a flat out great rock album dealing with God and religion with fantastic stand out moments on almost every track. Aim and Ignite was baroque pop at its finest proving that the glory of The Format is far from dead. Reach for the Sun revitalized pop-punk in a scene dominated by catering to teeny boppers with extremely profound, honest and personal lyrics with beautiful echoing guitar lines. Say Anything took the traditional sound we all know and love and meshed it with insight on religion while combining elements of doo-wop, synth-pop and spoken word, all with masterful production. Daisy took the aggression of previous albums and amplified it to the maximum proving that Brand New is not afraid to make the record they want. And The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left was just well absolutely eccentric and musically insane (in a very good way). Ultimately, I gave the honor to Mean Everything to Nothing for it’s initial “wow” factor. However, all of the albums on this list are absolutely fantastic and I suggest you check them out. It was a damn good year for music.

Honorable Mentions

These are the albums that, while not up to snuff with the top 25, are still great records.

Enter Shikari – Common Dreads

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon

mewithoutyou – it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright

The Audition – Self-Titled Album

Weatherbox – The Cosmic Drama

Dethklok – Dethalbum II

Top EPs of 2009

1. Bon Iver – Blood Bank

2. Straylight Run – About Time

3. VersaEmerge – VersaEmerge

4. Polar Bear Club – The Summer of George

5. MC Chris – Part Six Part One

Most Disappointing Albums

These are the albums that, while I didn’t hate at all, I just expected to be so much better. Whether it be the hype surrounding it, or hearing an amazing song from the album only to discover that the rest of the record isn’t on par. These are the records that turned out, in one way or another, to be a disappointment.

1. Two Tongues – Two Tongues

2. The Swell Season – Strict Joy

3. New Found Glory – Not Without A Fight

4. Dashboard Confessional – Alter the Ending

5. Animal Collective – Merriwether Post Pavillion


Best Albums of 2009 (so far) July 16, 2009


1. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing

RIYL: Brand New, Kevin Devine

2. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive

RIYL: Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem

3. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist

RIYL: The Dear Hunter, The Mars Volta

4. The Motorcycle Industry – Electric Education

RIYL: Against Me!, Say Anything

5. A Day To Remember – Homeless

RIYL: Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong

6. Passion Pit – Manners

RIYL: MGMT, Pheonix

7.  O Pioneers!!! – Neon Creeps

RIYL: Against Me!, Fake Problems

8. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP

RIYL: Iron & Wine, Damien Rice

9. The Audition – Self Titled

RIYL: Every Avenue, There For Tomorrow

10. All Time Low – Nothing Personal

RIYL: Forever the Sickest Kids, Mayday Parade


Nerdy Heartbeat’s Friday Music Recommendations May 8, 2009

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So being a huge ass music elitist as well as talking about movies, I thought every week I should have a music recommendation page featuring bands you should check out. Let me know what you think! Here we go… 

Manchester Orchestra

I’m probably the 20th person who told you that Mean Everything to Nothing is an unbelievable record but I can’t stress it enough. Manchester Orchestra is one of the most phenomenal new bands to emerge in the past few years and just one listen will make you realize that they earned all the hype. From the aggressively beautiful “Shake It Out”, to the Black Sabbath-esque “Pride”, to the album’s “ballad” “I Can Feel A Hot One” every song is nothing short of brilliant. Buy it, download it, torrent it, stream it on myspace. You need to hear this record. (Although I recommend paying for it, these guys deserve your well earned cash).

RIYL: Brand New, Kevin Devine, Kings of Leon 

2259136074_e4c4079831Go to Manchester Orchestra’s Myspace Here!

Charles Hamilton                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gotten a recent rise of fame due to MTVU, as well as a brief feud with the love to hate Soulja Boy, Charles Hamilton has emerged onto the hip-hop scene as one of the most prime up and coming rappers. And man has he proven it. Releasing a myriad of mixtapes (all available for free on his website), has made listeners turn heads. His intelligent lyrics, addictive sample-heavy beats that would make even Girl Talk proud and his infamous, but nonetheless super cool, obsession with Sonic the Hedgehog kept listeners wanting more. His major label debut, This Perfect Life, will be available in late June but for now you have The Pink Lavalamp, The L Word and other mixtapes that showcase his brilliant style. For all his free mixtapes check out his website here.

Also, be sure to check out his blog and myspace.

RIYL: Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Common

The Motorcycle Industry                                                                                                                                                                                               Easily one of my favorite new bands to emerge this year, this folky punk-rock band from Brooklyn has some truly genius songwriting, as well as infectious vocal work reminiscent of Say Anything’s Max Bemis. Even with their DIY ethics, these guys still manage to put out a record with some fantastic production values. There new album Electric Education as well as their EP are available for free on their website. Also be sure to check out their myspace

RIYL: Say Anything, Defiance Ohio, old Weezer