November 19

my DONT TREAD ON ME playlist

in honor of getting pulled over tonight by a power-tripping cop, and the ridiculity that ensued, here are my favorite: down with the Man – death to the New World Order – Liberty or death – songs.

  1. Wyclef Jean – Fortunate Son
  2. Metallica – Don’t Tread on Me
  3. Sage Francis – Makeshift Patriot
  4. The Civilians Military – Masked Militant
  5. N.W.A – F _ _ _ tha Police
  6. The Flobots – We Are Winning
  7. Scor-Zay-Zee – Great Britain
  8. 2Pac/Outlawz – Killuminati
  9. Immortal Technique – The Cause of Death
  10. Immortal Technique ft Chuck D, KRS-1, Eminem – Bin Laden
  11. KRS-One – Sound of da Police
  12. Megadeth – Endgame
  13. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
  14. Third Eye Blind – Can You Take Me
  15. 311 – Don’t Tread on Me
  16. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
September 28

the future of radio

on my way home from Athens tonight, I saw the future of radio – and it was beautiful.

first of all, let me just say that the iPhone is one amazing piece of equipment (when it works!), and everyone should have one. at some point here, I will do a “Top 10 iPhone Apps” post.. but the apps that I enjoyed the most tonight were those by Last.fm and Pandora.

both of these apps allow you to listen to streaming internet radio straight from your iPhone. since with an iPhone you can access the internet anywhere, I was able to listen from my iPhone while cruising down the highway. and, since I installed an iPod jack into my car stereo, I can listen to streaming internet radio through my car speakers.

the Last.fm app was cool because it recorded all my listens on my cfretts Last.fm account, but the quality was a bit lacking, although completely listenable (similar to normal radio quality). then I checked out the Pandora app, on my frettsy Pandora account, and was blown away by the sound quality. beautiful!

the awesome thing about these apps is that you can uber-target them. you can listen to artists in a certain genre, or that sound like a particular band – no more searching the radio stations in the hopes of finding something even decent! you can skip songs you don’t like, and “like” or “dislike” them to give the app a better idea of what to play. you can even bookmark songs to go back and download when you get home!

this is the future of radio, and although it’s long overdue, it’s coming soon. traditional stations… start preparing.

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March 2

Audio Showcase

so I realize I probably should have posted about this earlier, but February completed the first full month of AudShow. I created AudShow “to bring obscure bands into the light”, and it’s been keeping me so busy, I haven’t had a chance to even post about it over here. so go check it out, enjoy, suggest, comment, etc. viva music!

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January 17

the top 10 albums of 2008

10. Search the City – A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It Search the City - A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It

good, uppity, pop punk album. one of the best bands you’ve never heard of – Christian, too.

09. Quietdrive – Deliverance Quietdrive - Deliverance

this album doesn’t really approach their last, but they’re a great band and it’s still one of the best of the year.

08. Secondhand Serenade – A Twist in My Story

one of the most emo artists I listen to, similar to Dashboard Confessional. apparently this guy is getting pretty good, and I’m glad to hear it.

07. Ivoryline – There Came a Lion Ivoryline - There Came a Lion

another solid pop punk record, by another solid group. this band came out of nowhere and I can’t remember how I found them, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that a friend of mine likes them too. oh hey, the band members are all Christians too (but they’re not a “Christian” band).

06. Anberlin – New Surrender Anberlin - New Surrender

this album rounds out the trio of solid Christian music for the year. Anberlin is just a good band, I don’t have to explain anything here.

05. Empires – Howl Empires - Howl

this band was recommended to me and boy are they great. another awesome artist that came out of nowhere. they also offer the album for free here. I expect their next release to hit the charts.

04. Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight

another band that was recommended to me. I’ve only started listening to this album in the past week but it is clearly a best-of-2008 favorite. listen to it.

03. Augustana – Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt Augustana - Can't Love, Can't Hurt

I checked out this album figuring it would be another easily forgotten pop record, but wow was I surprised. I listened to this, basically on repeat, for weeks. Augustana has cemented their place as a favorite band for me.

02. Jack’s Mannequin – The Glass Passenger Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger

the old Something Corporate leader did it again. this is Andrew McMahon’s second solid solo side-project sing-along. if you haven’t heard of it yet you’ve been hiding under a rock.

01. Third Eye Blind – Red Star Third Eye Blind - Red Star - EP

any year that my favorite band releases something proper, they will probably win the top spot by default. however, this really is a good release (even though it’s a 3-song EP) so you should check it out.

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and 10 honorable mentions:

  • Punk Goes Crunk
  • Alesana – Where Myth Fades to Legend
  • Allison Crowe – Little Light
  • Archie Star – Carry Me Home
  • Bayside – Shudder
  • The Flobots – Fight with Tools
  • Jack Johnson – Sleep Through the Static
  • Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s – Not Animal
  • Rise Against – Appeal to Reason
  • Senses Fail – Life Is Not a Waiting Room

I would love to include the new Funeral for a Friend album, Memory and Humanity, but it really wasn’t up to par. same for Copeland’s newest, You Are My Sunshine. and to be fair, I haven’t given Death Cab For Cutie’s new album Narrow Stairs a proper listen yet (in fact, I just realized I didn’t have it, so I’m in the midst of fixing that).

I’ve heard a lot of “2008 was a bad year for music”, but I would have to disagree. either way, hopefully 2009 will be full of fantastic auditory surprises!