Random Tales of Total Geekery

Most Heard Sounds of 2009

Posted by Q on December 25, 2009

And so it begins again, a top 5+ list of albums I heard in 2009. Please note that most would classify as indie efforts or breakthrough artists yet to achieve mainstream success. I mean there are just so many freakin’ reruns of Pink Floyd that one can hear. (Edit. – quite a lot actually, you moron. You even play it on the guitar for crying out loud*)

Anyway, away from these pesky editors and their penchant for penny-counting newsprint,

5. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

Putting the scream back in the cream that is your brain after one session with the crashing cymbals of this monstrous concoction of sound and science-fiction. (Wow, that was so gonzo, eh?)


Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = That empty space in your black heart where your crush for Ian Banks/Neal Asher lies




4. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America (2006)

I haven’t heard their 2008 effort Stay Positive, but if it’s anything like B&GiA, it’ll be akin to going to a nightclub, swilling a ton of booze, snorting coke, passing out, passing in and finally crashing the dance floor, in between making out with the bouncers. Their music has the same kind of drugged frenzy that is mostly seen in certain species of African tree-climbing monkeys when confronted with lonelycat18 in the comfortable environs and loose morals of urban America. While they’re in heat++. You know. Just saying

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Hey! Which part of cat-monkey make-out did you not understand? This band will blow your socks off (Edit.-especially if you’re a cat)




3. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound (2008)

Take Pearl Jam’s Last Kiss, rip out the Eddie Vedder guts inside, and put in some Springsteen vocals, run it through the faux E-street sound system and put in more popular media references than all the editors of Wikipedia at one place and you get the concoction that is at the heart of the ’59 sound. And then you wish that maybe those morons could have asked Springsteen to front this song for them. And then you realize that they’ve done just that. In Hyde Park. At London. (Them effing blimey limeys). And then you basically watch that YouTube clip forever

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Springsteen? Get real dude! All ’em clones wait for The Boss Strikes Back Album© Till then (looks furtively around), it’s a pretty good experience. But definitely beats the crap outta Pearl Jam




2. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)

Okie, so here’s a well kept secret from y’all from the world of sex, drugs, Rock ‘n Roll R Us. If you’ve ever grooved out to Beyonce’s eay la eay la…do me a favor and stop reading this blow. Like right now!

If you’re still there, do yourself a favor and put on the Bleeding Heart Show. Hear that drum timing. (Again…you did not the last time) and the strains of eay-la, eay-la. Now go dump that Beyonce CD. That’s a good boy!

More than anything, Twin Cinema shows why drummers are there on rock bands. I mean apart from scoring the groupies. And you know. Other stuff. The drumming throughout the album is insane. Like I wanna jump into a moving truck insane. Like I wanna high-dive insane (Caution: Children, do not attempt). Like lemme buy this freakin’ $1000 Rickenbacker insane.

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = Think the Doors with the intensity of Deep Purple



1. Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)

Blast from the past. Like a really old blast. It’s not so much a blast as a sensory experience. Like someone stringed you in 6 strings and is twanging one chord after the other. Like the twangs are somehow coming from within and not without…like…WTF! I am rambling

Ok. (deep breath) Have will, will write. Now then, Joni Mitchell’s Blue is a Classic, any idiot reading NME will tell you that. What that idiot will not tell you is that unlike other hacks who simply attach classic to every second album out there, this one’s like a grand-daddy of classic. It’s this blog’s version of awesome. It’s from the left field, lefter than that point on the compass; it comes out of nowhere and sucker-punches your belly full of crap from all the love songs of the yore. Gotta stand up a different man, I tell ya!

Who Can This Replace In Your Playlist ™ = It’s pwn the fuck outta your Johnny Denvers’, Bryan Adams’, Boy Band-girl Band dynamic



And so, we are at yet another blog post™. Wow! 3 in three. We’ll call this ongoing effort the 10 for ’10 series. Onwards, young padawan!


+ I am going out on a limb here with a top 5 list. Am not sure if I can even name 5 new albums I heard this year at all. Unless you include Rock On! ~sindbad the sailor…yeah yeah yeah~

*Henceforth referred to as FCOL (pronounced fuck-all. Not that it means anything; I just love the rhyming on this one)

++ Don’t believe me, huh? Check out this monkey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUzLa_khi5s


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