Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Top 5 Artists That Made it Big This Decade

''Coheed and Cambria hit the decade like a storm with Second Stage Turbine Blade, the concept album of all concept albums,. With lyrics and story from a sci-fi novel, the band blended cosmic geekry with epic lyrics. But the meat and potatoes was the rocky riffs, brilliant lead work and a hard rock attitude that brought out the best of influences from Rush and 70s progressive rock.'' link: [ ]

Inspired by Threedonia, I'm gonna go John Cusack ala High Fidelity on this and make a top 5 list. Seeing as High Fidelity was filmed in 2000, it seems fitting this will be 'My Top 5 Artists That Made it Big This Decade'.

I think this decade will always hold a special place in my heart, even though great music was too few and far between. I came of age during the 2000's, I learned and loved and all that other stuff. I went through high school, through college, through loss, and through love. I hope to punctuate the end of my student years with this list, as I grow older I hope to never forget the music that got me through school and helped shape me.

Alright, enough shenanigans, on to the list:

Coheed and Cambria − The reason they top the list: The Second Stage Turbine Blade then In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 were both major hits, they appeared at Warped Tour, and have done numerous other headliners. While I favor the first two albums (as you may notice elsewhere on this website) I listen to all Coheed has to offer on a fairly regular basis. Both of the Good Apollo albums are amazing - just in completely different ways from SSTB and IKSSE3. While Coheed was formed prior to the beginning of this decade, as we all know, they really killed it starting in 2002-2003. With the original story of Coheed and Cambria drawing to a close, I doubt this is the last we will see of the lovable Claudio Sanchez.

The Format − They are an Arizona-local indie/punk band that blew up mostly by word of mouth and the internet through the thick of my high school years. This band punctuated my early high school life, and as such, I will always have a place in my heart for Interventions + Lullabies. Although they have been on hiatus for a little more than a year now, I remain hopeful that these guys will start it back up again and make some more great music. In the interim, I will enjoy the band 'Fun' as a pseudo-replacement.

Muse − A transcendent band formed prior to the beginning of the decade. So rarely in this decade did a band come around and, in my opinion, go above and beyond the current trends and style. Absolution was an amazing album, but Black Holes and Revelations was what really killed it for me. Both of these albums see regular rotation in my iPod, my car's disc changer, and my Songbird [link] playlists.

Rogue Wave − I actually just found out about these guys in late 2007/early 2008. I am a big fan of Asleep at Heaven's Gate. This is one band where I am not afraid to admit that I only really enjoy that album, the rest do not appeal to me nearly as much. Although admittedly, I probably just haven't given Descended Like Vultures or Out of the Shadow a chance. These guys recently blew up, so to speak, what with movie appearances and other features on soundtracks. To Pat Spurgeon: good luck and tidings waiting on that kidney transplant if you haven't already received one. Don't give up; all good things come to those who wait, right?

Authority Zero − These guys maybe blew up a bit too much. I remember Authority pre-MTV, these guys are from my high school town - Mesa, Arizona. A Passage in Time is a great punk album, and the follow-up Andiamo was amazing as well. Although with Authority Zero, it’s not so much about the recorded music as it is about the shows. These guys have KILLED IT at every venue I have seen them. They have played bars in Scottsdale, The Marquee in Tempe, the newer ZIA Records in Chandler, and countless others. I probably couldn't count the number of times I have seen them live, and I guess that's one of the few benefits to living in Arizona. If you haven't heard them perform ‘'Rattlin' Bog'' live, in a bar, with a beer tightly clasped in your hand -- I HIGHLY recommend it. Although, it seems they have faded out a bit in recent months.

Honorable Mention:
The Postal Service − This is a choice that I am sure to get a lot of shit for, but I couldn't care less. I was introduced to this band in 2005, by Laurels (also known as the love of my life: see also It's not that these guys have really struck gold *YET* seeing as the current band members are too busy with Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel. But I put The Postal Service a rider on this Top 5 as a mention, as I can see great things coming from these fellows in 2010 and beyond.

posted by Matt at 8:01 PM


Blogger Sir Mitchell of Cashmore said...

I always visit this site, despite my disdain for Muse and ignorance of Rouge Wave and The Format. I was pleasantly surprised to see Authority Zero! Brilliant band!

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.\\ Aha an update before the end of the month, INSANITY I TELL YOU! PURE SHENANIGANS! Anyways, not much to report, Im lazy and bored right now, although I SHOULD be studying for that calc Final on Saturday... Either way, meh! The car is doing well, except for the squealing noise when driving in the cold. Hellsing is out tomorrow! I can not wait! As of now I have watched more anime than I ever thought possible. 162 eps of Naruto (patiently awaiting the 163rd), 3 seasons of Initial D (plus one movie and one OAV), 6 eps of Samurai Champloo, and about 60 eps of Rurouni Kenshin. All of that in the past couple of months. I guess watching free fan subbed anime on my 19'' monitor is better than watching pathetic American tv on my television. :D - Well that is all for now, until next time, have a Merry X-mas, a KraZy KawanZa, a Happy Chanukah, and a solemn and dignified Ramadan; and say no to RICE. Also: Fuck ASU, Fuck their parking and transit Department, Fuck Discount Tire Co., and Fuck pronouncing AeonFlux right. (its actually 'E-on', rather than my preferred way of saying 'AY-on')


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Anyways, I'm willing to bet most people don't care about my little Pontiac shitbox, so onto some other news-y stuffs.

I have come to realize, just now, that people with one hand must really be pissed off. Why? Simply because one hand washes the other. If you think about it, that lame little cliche is quite correct; you rub your one hand with your other one, it is nearly impossible to wash one hand by itself.
I know that is horrendously random, but bare with me here, it gets better...

Have you ever wondered why Necrophilia is usually associated with having sex with the dead? Well, necrophilia actually means more broadly 'to have a fondness for corpses or the dead', but today it is always used in reference to raping a corpse.
But if you think about it, since there are necrophiliacs out there, they just LOVE the dead, they are fascinated with corpses for some sick reason. However, if you just chill with a dead person, it isn't that fun; they cant do much, since they are dead. (see where I'm going with this?) -- You can't play chess with a dead person, they cant play chess! They have a physical inability to play a game of chess due to their death.
The only thing a dead person can do is get raped... however, it isn't rape, since they cant say no. See? Its all good...

Now that you most likely think I'm one sick individual, I bid you ado. And don't forget, 12.19.05 the new Hellsing OVA is released in Japan, so expect those DVDrip torrents to follow close behind :D


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Anyways, I have been doing a bit of cleaning up around the site, the forums are dead, for some reason the MySQL database shit the bed... I may attempt to fix that in the near future. My blogs are left half finished since I'm extremely lazy, and b2evo sucks ass.
The car still has 2 different sets of rims on it, lol ricer lol
Uhmm... Also I should have the full tale of the dreaded camping trip up here soon, I just need to resize the pics so I don't get yelled at by slow DSL users or those few 56kers left out there. So many pics, nearly 100 from one digi cam, not to mention the other sources. So keep your fingers crossed for that.

That is all for now, happy halloween and don't do drugs. Unless its crack in a can XD

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