40. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown 12/28
First listen. Really like the previous two albums. Ride out the wave. I’m going back down south now. So far I like the previous two better than this one, but I have a feeling this album will get better with age. The album debuted at number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The album did reach #2 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on Rock Albums/Alternative Albums Billboard charts for whatever that’s worth. Looks like people like the Kings of Leon. Another quick fun listen that I’ll have to relisten to at some point.
41. Regina Spektor – Far 12/28
2009. First listen. Born and raised in Moscow, Regina and her family left the Soviet Union when she was 9. Originally interested in only learning classical piano, eventually Regina became interested in hip hop, rock, and punk. Eet. It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song. This is all there is. Blue lips. Blue veins. Blue. The color of our planet from far far away. Blue. The most human color. Hooked into machine. Two birds on a wire, one tries to fly away, and the other… I like her style and this album, I’ll have to go back and check out some of her earlier works. Good is better than perfect, scrub til your fingers are bleeding. Eat a small lump of sugar and smile at the moon like you know her.
42. Black Sabbath – War Pigs 12/28
1970. The second studio album by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. I read Ozzy’s autobiography this past year. I really enjoyed it. The book was very easy to read and contains so many crazy stories about detailing how Black Sabbath got extremely popular so quick and how Ozzy slipped further and further into madness until finally (spoiler alert) getting a grip on his life and surviving the madness. This album contains some of Black Sabbath’s most signature tracks with War Pigs, Iron Man, and Paranoid. Paranoid was written in the studio at the last minute at the record label’s request for a single. Good stuff.
43. Jimkata – Burn My Money 12/28
2009. From Ithaca NY. Been friends with Packy (drummer) since the summer of 2000 when I first met the Rezi guys. Rezi disbanded in 2005, Packy left the band in 2003, and years later Packy formed a new band in Ithaca with childhood friends Aaron and Evan. Dave Rossi was added on bass to round out the band, and I didn’t get a chance to see them live until March 2009. The rest is history, as I’ve made all efforts to catch them whenever they are somewhat close. This past year in 2010 I recorded 5 or so full shows on video and uploaded them to the youtube and I plan to get as many if not more next year. Good times. Burn My Money is their first full length album release and sounds great. We all feel stuck some times. We feel stuck up stuffed up sticky like we’ll never get out. We should not be afraid of Release. Pretty sure this was the first song I heard live by Jimkata. One to Ten is great. He’s a fighter. He sees fist to fist not eye to eye. Hoping for the best. Life seems longest when you think its short and the pressure is on. Call it what you call it. There’s something to be said about Jimkata’s lyric writing abilities. They’re good. Evan’s voice sounds good to me too. It says a lot to have the words of these songs on par with the music. But enough about how much I love Jimkata and how this past year I’ve spent A LOT OF TIME listening and seeing Jimkata. I usually groan mildly when I hear Baby, Put It On Me only cause i’m not a huge fan of the sampled loop but it usually has a nice breakdown jam type thing in it. It’s kinda like my Jimkata’s version Limb by Limb, not what I’m chasing but content when it’s playing. I think Greyhound is my least favorite track on this album. Ping Pong is a straight banger. Intermission. This album is broken into two parts. The first half is more songs that stand out on their own, while the second half is more for songs that flow together. All I need is a minute to chill. All I need is a minute. All I need. Trunkaphonic > Drums Won’t Guide is what I’m talking about here. Drums won’t guide you into the room. Aaron Gorsch, the father of the Chalice trilogy, is a mad scientist behind the sounds that make Jimkata what they are.
Update: Where are we at? So far, pretty close to being on pace….
43 Albums In 43 Days