The website Coke Machine Glow gave us a gold medal first place prize in their year end "I Was Briefly Not Embarrassed to be From New Jersey While Watching MTV" category. Check it out here - http://tinyurl.com/ybjl9ot
Also I've encountered a few end of the year lists from major internet sources. The kinds of places that people with little confidence in their own abilities to analyze art look toward to tell them what to think and feel. It is pretty amazing to me that my end of the year list could be so completely different. I am dumbfounded and confused when I see these lists and realize that I couldn't care less about 49 of these people's top 50 albums of the year. Where does that divide come from? Why do these places continue their complete blackout on artists from a community I would loosely define as DIY/ punk? What is it that makes me look to these types of artists and see the most original and compelling music while many 'indie' media sources don't find them even worthy of mention? I'm not angry, just confused. I guess I'll go listen to the promo copy of Shellshag's soon-to-be released album 'Rumors in Disguise' for the 6th time in 2 days. I can already tell you that it is going to be in my 2010 year end list even though we're still sitting in 2009. It is that good!
Check out the first track off of 'Rumors in Disguise.' It is called 'Resilient Bastard.' I promise you won't be able to stop listening to it! http://riotactmedia.blogspot.com/2009/12/meet-your-new-favorite-jam-of-2010.html