Articles Tagged ‘records’

Sonic Boom: The 10 Best Albums of 2009

I’ll make this quick—these are my favorite albums of the year. Needless to say, I also think they are the best albums of the year, but I recognize that I only heard a microfraction of the music released this year, and I missed out on a lot. And probably forgot a few more. But this is 2009, as I heard it—and as I heard it, 2009 was a very good year.

The (Second) Best Albums of 2009, Pt. 2

As I finalize my list of the 10 best albums of 2009—as well as what you have here, some of the best albums of 2009 that didn’t make my list—I recognize two things: (1) anything here could be in my actual Top 10, and anything in my Top 10 could be here, and I’d still like both lists just as much as I do now; and (2) these lists serve absolutely no purpose to anyone except (maybe) me. Next week is my Top 10 itself—which will be counted down with actual numbers and everything. Will you care about that, then? I imagine not. But just the same, I can’t help recommending this music, all of which made my 2009 a lot better.

Sonic Boom: Pirate Guide, November 2009

Now, dear reader, “Sonic Boom” introduces a new monthly feature, one wherein I, your narrator, will do nothing more—and nothing less—than critique a selection of new records. With “number” grades and everything. Because why? Because sometimes, you don’t need a 900-word dissertation on the new Julian Casablancas record—not when 105 words and an easy 7/10 will do.

Sonic Boom: Fifteen Albums: A Digression

The other day, after my fifth music-related Facebook status update of the afternoon, I got a message from an old classmate, a person to whom I hadn’t spoken since graduation, a friend with whom I’d long since lost touch, a man called Ed. Anyway, the message read as follows…

Sonic Boom: Fifteen Albums: Part 10

When Oasis arrived in my life, I had no way of identifying them as anything especially important. I understood, in some abstract way, that the British media had given them a lot of coverage, but I didn’t follow the British media. And at that point, in the earliest days of Oasis’ career, the American media I did follow had almost entirely ignored the band.