Listing It Up: Best / Worst Of 2009 According To BHP

Nothing like waiting until the last minute…  With less than 10 hours to go I give you my Best / Worst list of 2009.  Mind you none of these are in order/ranked, they are just the best / worst I have been pondering over all year long… Enjoy.

Best Albums:

  • The Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
  • Mastodon – Crack The Skye
  • Frank Turner – Poetry Of The Deed
  • Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus
  • Converge – Axe To Fall
  • Those Darlins – Those Darlins
  • Gallows – Grey Britain
  • Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
  • P.O.S. – Never Better
  • BlakRoc – BlakRoc
  • The Sidekicks – Weight Of Air

Best Unreleased Album:

  • Dangermouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Song

Worst Albums:

  • Brokencyde – I’m Not A Fan But The Kids Like It
  • Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
  • Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major
  • Sugar Ray – Music For Cougars

On The Fence About Albums:

  • Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
  • Drummer – Feel Good Together

Guilty Pleasure Albums:

  • Owl City –Ocean Eyes
  • Brokencyde – I’m Not A Fan But The Kids Like It

Best Box Set Released:

  • Coheed & Cambia – Neverender

Best Anthology Released:

  • Fat Wreck Chords – Wrecktrospective

Best Festival I Attended:

  • Bonnaroo – Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Public Enemy, NIN, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Beastie Boys, Al Green, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix and many more.

Best Shows I Attended:

  • The Avett Brothers @ Akron Civic Center – Akron, OH
  • Dan Auerbach / Those Darlins @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
  • Converge / High On Fire @ The Grog Shop – Cleveland Hts., OH

Loudest Show I Attended (EVER):

  • Mastodon @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Most Unsuspecting Show I Attended (with good reason):

  • Britney Spears / Pussycat Dolls @ The Value City Area – Columbus, OH

Worst Show I Attended:

  • Gin Blossoms @ Cain Park – Cleveland Hts., OH

Best Local Acts I Saw Live:

  • Nicholas Megalis
  • Unsparing Sea

Best Movies:

  • Zombieland
  • The Hangover
  • District 9
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Up
  • Star Trek

Worst Movies:

  • G.I. Joe
  • Transformers 2

Movie That You Should Not Watch When Your Heart Aches:

  • 500 Days Of Summer

Best TV Show:

  • Community

The Awesome:

  • Bouncing Souls celebrating 20 years as a punk band and releasing a song a month all year.
  • Greg Ginn (of Black Flag) agreeing to play a couple of songs for free at Blue Arrow Records courtesy of myself and Addicted To Vinyl.
  • Going to Bonnaroo with two of my favorite people and then coming home and immediate going to see Rancid / Rise Against from backstage.
  • Seeing Those Darlins 4 times live.
  • Matt’s wonderful girlfriend scoring me an autographed personalized CD from Frank Turner as well as a hi-five.
  • Meeting the fine folk at Thirty Tiger Records followed by shopping at Grimey’s while pit-stopping in Nashville.
  • Getting my Melt Bar & Grilled tattoo (I’m #47).
  • Having friends from all around come up to visit and see the magic that is called Cleveland.

The Suck:

  • November 5th, 2009
  • My laptop crashing
  • My external hard drive crashing
  • Changing for the better.

RIP (there were plenty more but these are ones that stuck with me):

  • Michael Jackson
  • James “The Rev” Sullivan
  • DJ-AM
  • Taylor Mitchell
  • Vic Chesnutt
  • Les Paul
  • Jay Bennett
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Captain Lou Albano
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Jim Carroll
  • John Hughes
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Billy Mays
  • David Carridine
  • Dom DeLuise
  • Bea Arthur
  • Jeremy Lusk
  • Heath Ledger

So with just a few hours left I would like to say goodbye to 2009.  It was a fun and incredibly rough year for me.  I see big things happening in 2010 for me.

Resolutions?  A couple I suppose…

  • Portion Control – I can eat and now I need to watch how much of it I do
  • Personal Conquest – I have ideas and will follow through
  • Sugar – I am limiting my intake
  • Live – I plan on attending more shows this year than previous years
  • Blog On – I will continue making BHP bigger and better so that people actually will COMMENT on here…

Do you have a best of you wish to share or do you think I overlooked someone?  Let me know.  Email me at broken@brokenheadphones.com or comment below.  I want to hear from you!

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