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Sandlot Heroes – “One Night Stand”

Me: i finally listened to that sandlot song (like really listened) after you posted the video on tumblr, and that new-order-ish guitar line between the chorus and the verse is SICK. totally makes the song

AR: 😀 yes! U totally got the reference! Although it’s moreso depeche mode

Me: oooh yeah i hear that too. not much difference really.  they were both coming from the same place

AR: Exactly, well I’m glad you caught that.  I figured its a great context for a band when they adopt electronic dance elements

Me: yeah totally. and not that id expect people their fans’ age to know the source material, but it gives it a little bit of instant familiarity

#5 Album Of 2009 – MAKING APRIL – THE EGG HUNT

(feat. track – “Brighter Bright”)

Piano rock is a funny genre in critical circles.  There’s something about the feel of the whole enterprise – maybe it’s just a 30 year Billy Joel hangover – that keeps it from getting much respect.  At the same time, it’s not really disrespected either. In the School Of Rock, its not the the nerd in the front row, but its not the wisecracking delinquent either – it’s the quiet kid in the corner who does his work diligently and tries not to be noticed.  I think there’s an implication that, because it’s generally inoffensive, it must also be bland and lacking in personality.  But when done right, it can be moving, intense, touching, funny, and, well, all the other things great music can be.  (Just ask any Ben Folds or Copeland fan).

The Egg Hunt is my favorite new entry in the genre in quite a while (though I should note My Favorite Highway’s excellent “How To Call A Bluff” nearly made this list as well).  Lush, hooky, slightly mournful, midtempo but never meandering, complex and well crafted, I’ve been listening to it for most of the year and yet I keep finding little touches I love, it never seems to get stale.   It’s a shame that Making April didn’t do more to push this one out on the public, so I could be touting this as more than just a buried treasure.  It’s worth digging up.

(as a postscript/disclaimer – my brother did a lot of work on this release.  For those of you who have followed my lists over the years, you know that stuff of his has appeared here before as well.  While I am immensely proud of his accomplishments, I am also a legitimate fan of his work, and think I would be even if I didn’t know him from, err, Adam.  I think we just have very similar sensibilities, which frankly makes a hell of a lot of sense.  Regardless, the point is when I write about his work, its not to promote him, but because I truly enjoy his art.  Both “Brighter Bright” and “Wide Awake” off of this Making April release are in my iTunes 25 Most Played, if that’s evidence of anything.)

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2005

(feat. track – Cartel – “Save Us (Alternate Take)”)

So for the next 4 days I’m going to post my Top 10 lists from the past 4 years, along with one cut from my choice for top album of each year.  Remember, these were the lists as I made them at the time.  In retrospect, there are a lot of great albums from some of these years that I didn’t discover until later, and some of my choices haven’t held up, but that’s the danger anytime you try and make a list I suppose.  These things naturally change over time. So consider these lists a snapshot of my view on each year in music, right at the conclusion of that year.

So with that said, my Top 10 Albums Of 2005 (originally published Jan 2006)

Top 10 Albums of 2005:

10. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
9. Mae – The Everglow
8. Gratitude – Gratitude
7. Bright Eyes- I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
6. Bob Mould – Body Of Song
5. The Rocket Summer – Hello Good Friend
4. Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree
3. Adam Richman – Patience And Science
2. Gatsby’s American Dream – Volcano

and the number one album of 2005 is…
CARTEL – CHROMA

Honorable Mentions:
Alkaline Trio – Crimson
Coheed And Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
The Higher – Histrionics
Marathon – Marathon
Maria Taylor – 11:11
The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree
Pitty Sing – Pitty Sing

Song of the Year:
(tie)
Maria Taylor – One For The Shareholder
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

(I should also note, I’m cheating just a tad here.  The version of Save Us I posted was originally recorded for Chroma, but it was later rerecorded in a different key.  My understanding is that vocalist Will Pugh couldn’t sing it in the original key night after night without shredding his voice – listening, it should be pretty clear why, and also clear why this version not only destroys the album cut but might also be my favorite thing Cartel has ever done).

Speechwriters LLC – “Balk”

Speechwriters LLC – Balk

This song completely sums up my mood today, but in an entirely non-literal way, if that makes any sense.  Lyrically, it has no connection to anything going on in my life.  But yet, this is how today feels.

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