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...And I realize I haven't been around for months and months, partly because I'm not sure anyone actually bothers reading this anymore, partly because real life got in the way. But I haven't really properly written about music in a very long time so what better way to jump back into it than with my top twenty for the year? However, as usual, I'm terrible at motivating myself when I don't set a strict deadline so here it is: twenty albums in twenty days. I figure sticking to that schedule will a. force me to stop obsessing over albums I have not heard that I may or may not fall in love with before January, b. keep me from procrastinating until halfway through next year and c. make my verbosity less overwhelming for anyone who might still check in here. The best part is that since I've been so absent, I've really only talked about one of these albums in depth - so almost everything is completely new, yay!

Anyway, before I get to that list, let's get the albums that didn't make it out of the way. Here are thirteen songs from albums that were just okay, albums that kind of sucked apart from a song or two and EP/single releases that stuck with me throughout the course of the year. Tomorrow, I will start the countdown. (Also, if you like these posts and want to leave me a quick comment that would be fantastic as I really do appreciate even the smallest thanks.)

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I've actually heard a few of these albums since writing this up. Oh well. I guess that's what I get for being lazy about posting.

I close my eyes to conjure up something but it's just a faint taste in my mouth. )
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I know I said I might not be posting for awhile but I saw this prompt on the front page of Livejournal when I signed in and it inspired me: Is there any song you could listen to 20 times in a day without ever losing interest? I mean, it's perfectly suited to this blog, no? So I thought for awhile about whether I should go with the old standards, aka the songs I've loved forever and already gushed about and will never grow tired of, or newer obsessions that I haven't yet posted. I decided to go with the latter since I basically just posted a week's worth of entries containing songs I've already mentioned. Maybe that means I'll look back on this entry in a year and think, "Seriously? I could have listened to that 20 times in a day?" but at the moment they all seem like good choices. They're also a rather odd combination of artists I'm just getting into and ones I've loved for awhile but I'm 99.9% certain that every song here can be found in no other entry. So, enjoy!

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Yeah, can you tell I quickly gave up on trying to describe most of these songs eloquently? Sigh.
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Alright, so, about that 2010 list of mine. I've only got about half the reviews written at this point and at the moment all of my creative energy is being harnessed by other things so I'm not sure when I will have the rest ready. I know I could just copy and paste my first reviews, since I've already posted about most of them before, but even though it is illogical to write the same things in different words all over again, I can't help it. So you'll have to wait for that awhile longer. But here is something to hold you over until then. I've also mentioned a lot of these albums before but some of them are here for the first time so it's not entirely a waste of a post. Also, I can't really call this entire list honorable mentions because, well, some of the albums I don't like much as a whole but they happen to have a couple really amazing songs. So it's just a list of... everything I felt I needed to mention that isn't in the top twenty for whatever reason.

I'm begging with my fingers and it's starting to burn. )
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November is National Novel Writing Month. I don’t know if many of you are writers but I personally couldn’t live without writing. My head is constantly filling up with all these random ideas and if I don’t get them down on paper as soon as possible, they begin to invade my real life. Well, if I really care about a certain character, they end up invading my real life regardless but writing it down at least keeps me relatively sane. Now, I’m not going to build myself up as this excellent writer because I don’t really know how my own writing stands up to the rest of the world’s but I have written a fair few things that I think I can be safe in saying I’m very proud of. (If anyone is honestly interested, I post my stuff here. Two warnings: I write mostly about love and depressed people and, usually, both of those things together; I am also not really a plot person. If that already sounds unappealing to you, please don’t read it and then tell me how much I suck, mmkay?)

Now, back to NaNoWriMo, this is my first year attempting it and I didn’t decide to do so until the last minute so it’s all rather hectic and exciting. So far, I’ve been doing well but I imagine when the things I’ve already decided will happen have been committed to computer screen (that sounds so much less eloquent than paper) I will start having a much rougher time of it. It doesn’t help that I am a notorious procrastinator and a frequent victim of severe writer’s block either. But I am determined to trudge through even if it means wanting to pull my hair out some days. If anyone reading this now is going through the same thing, here are some lovely songs related to reading and writing to help you through. Even if you’re not an author – or at least not an author insane enough to attempt this – I’m sure you’ll find plenty to love in these songs too.

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And if the music isn’t enough and you aren’t spending the month trying to write your own novel, here are my reading recommendations for you! Now get to your local libraries, people, (or direct yourself to Amazon using these handy links) and read until you drop!


Yeah, I like to read. A lot. Unfortunately, it’s on the backburner this month as I can only focus on so much at once! Plus, I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently steal from whatever book I’m reading and I do that enough as it is with the books I’ve already read.
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Well, I'm not sure quite how long it will take me to get through everything but I guess I can get started anyway. Before we get onto my top twenty of the year, here are a bunch of other songs I've loved that were released in 2009. A lot of them are from otherwise lackluster albums. Some of them are from compilations, live albums, EPs, singles, etc. They're all quite lovely and I highly recommend every single one. Here are the first ten of... however many I end up with. Enjoy! (Because I actually haven't posted any of them before... which is only due to the fact that I've been terribly lazy all year.) Oh right: album titles are purchase links and song titles are, naturally, download links.

Click me! )
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Song of the Day



Sarah Slean - Modern Man I & II


LYRICS )
 
I didn't realize how completely gorgeous the lyrics to this song were until I read them on their own; I was pleasantly surprised how lovely they are. I think they were actually a poem before they were a song since they appear in Sarah's newest book of poetry so that's probably why they work so well apart from the music. The music is, of course, beautiful as well; that stunning string arrangement and Sarah's rich, sensual vocals. It's just a really amazing piece of work.

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Before we get to the actual ranked list, here are a few albums that are good but not quite good enough to make it. I felt like they deserved a mention, too, so make sure to check these out if you haven't.

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Okay, I tried to make this post look all pretty with the words next to the pictures and it didn't work out as well as I thought it would and I'm too lazy to attempt to fix it. But it's still readable, I think, so I hope it doesn't look too bad.
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I've been kind of non-existent here lately, I know, at least compared to the rate that I used to post, but here's a little something to make up for that. I've been wanting to make a new mix lately but had absolutely no ideas for it. Between that and trying to think of something - anything! - to post about, this one was born. The seed was planted last night when my Zune decided to play me "Get Big" and "Warrior" back-to-back and I thought it sounded quite nice, so then I kept thinking about other songs that would work with those two. There is really no hugely obvious theme this time... I guess just that all of the songs are kind of dark and moody and sad, different aspects of depressing, I suppose. And basically I just think they all sound good together and they're mostly songs that I've been obsessed with lately. I think there are only two that I've posted previously, so that's a plus. And I just have to say, I'm the kind of person who feels like it's wasteful to not use the entire 80 minutes of a blank CD, so it was extremely hard for me not to try and fill up the last twenty or so that remain with this. But there are really no other songs I felt the need to add and I was afraid that any half-hearted inclusions would disrupt the entire thing, so I left it be. Also, there is really no reason for the two parts, just me being pretentious, I guess. (And yes, I realize that Orenda Fink is technically on the CD three times which I generally try not to do but whatever...)

I'm landing now, forgetting how. Your gravity ruins everything. )

Download entire mix (87 MB)
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Sarah Slean



The Baroness

Sarah Slean has been making music for a decade now, but despite her overwhelming amount of talent there and in other areas, she still has yet to truly receive the recognition she deserves. She remains a virtual unknown beyond her native Canada, and even there, she hasn't garnered nearly enough attention yet. To any fan of hers, it's almost incomprehensible how so many people have yet to catch on to her smart, literate, and dramatic brand of pop. Unfortunately, with her fifth studio album, The Baroness, it looks like that barrier will not be broken through. It is neither her best effort or her most radio-friendly one. Despite any disappointments it presents and the fact that it probably will not grab her many new fans, though, The Baroness is still well worth the time. After all, a handful of brilliant songs almost always easily outweighs a handful of not-so-brilliant ones.

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The Baroness is out now in Canada, but can be purchased internationally through Sarah's official website.

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