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Albums of the Year: 2009-2014

by Zack Zarrillo

Music is usually pretty awful, but not always. I’ve been keeping a (not quite complete) running list of all releases that have had relevance to me since 2009 on a separate Tumblr account aptly titled Records ’XX of Zack. Using that and our PropertyOfZack Album of the Year posts, I’ve compiled a list with my favorite album at the end of each of the past five years, and also what my favorite album of that year is in the present day. I’d be curious to hear about your favorite releases for each of our past five, going on six, years as well.

2009 at the time: Say Anything - Say Anything
2009 revisited: Brand New - Daisy

2010 at the time: Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
2010 revisited: Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life

2011 at the time: Mansions - Dig Up The Dead
2011 revisited: blink–182 - Neighborhoods

2012 at the time: The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
2012 revisited: The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past

2013 at the time: Touché Amoré - Is Survived By
2013 revisited: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

2014 at the time: Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All
2014 revisited: Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All

2015 so far: Death Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi vs The Early November - Imbue vs Sorority Noise - Joy, Departed

anonymous asked:

any lexa soccer anything pls & thank you

you’re wearing your jersey with woods on the back, a replica of lexa’s she’d sent you at the beginning of the season. it’s almost getting a little too short and you think she’ll probably tease you a bit, but you’re sure you’re taller than her now, so there’s that.

she’d gotten placed in your parents’ house when you were nine and she was almost fourteen; you remember when she got there, because your parents had picked her up from the hospital and brought her home. one of her eyes was swollen shut, her nose was broken, she was limping and she had a cast on her left wrist inside a sling. you hadn’t entirely understood at the time, that her old foster father had hurt her, but she was quiet and hurt and not all that much bigger than you, really, and after your dad took her one suitcase of stuff up to her room and she unpacked a little, you took her by the hand—gently, kind of slowly, because she winced a lot—to your favorite spot by the creek that runs along your backyard, took out your new swiss army knife with a grin and carved her initials next to yours in the maple. she had smiled and thanked you quietly and with an almost disarming seriousness, and you were little—you didn’t know how to tell her that your parents were good people and your house was a really nice, big safe place—but you thought that was a good start.

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Ants in My Pants
Say Anything
Ants in My Pants

“Ants in My Pants” by Say Anything

Stress can breed a psychopath
You’re all that calms me down
I forget that I’m a mess when you’re around

Please, can you be home tonight

Say it’s not over yet
My human tranquilizer
My pretty percocet

I just want to chill with you tonight, girl
I wish that I could chill with you tonight
Stop the worries that keep forming in my head
I’ve got ants in my pants unless it’s you in them instead
Oh baby, I was a faker before you

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Sam’s Best of 2014 List

Top 10 Albums:

  1. Home, Like No Place Is There - The Hotelier
  2. We Don’t Have Each Other - Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties
  3. Maybe This Place Is The Same… - Real Friends
  4. Pleasant Living - Tiny Moving Parts
  5. Oh, Common Life - Fireworks
  6. Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only - Seahaven
  7. You’re Gonna Miss It All - Modern Baseball
  8. A Place Of Our Own - Have Mercy
  9. Absent Sounds - From Indian Lakes
  10. Die On Stage - Hostage Calm

Honorable Mention: 

  • More Than You Know - For The Win 
  • Hebrews - Say Anything
  • Never Hungover Again - Joyce Manor
  • Temple Of Plenty - Somos
  • Charmer - Tigers Jaw
  • Rented World - The Menzingers

Top 10 EPs:

  1. Self-titled - It Looks Sad.
  2. While I Stay Secluded - Knuckle Puck
  3. Songs Of - The Story So Far
  4. Rose - The Front Bottoms
  5. Cold In The Morning - The Hundred Acre Woods
  6. Go Down In History - Four Year Strong
  7. Split 7” - A Will Away/Head North
  8. How Tough Are Yah? - xSPONGEXCOREx
  9. Blue Dream - Turnover
  10. All In My Head - Seaway

Best Tracks From Albums That Didn’t Make The Cut:

  • “I Wanna Get Better” - Bleachers
  • “Linda Ronstadt” - Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • “Two Beers In” - Free Throw
  • “Sweet Nothings” - Neck Deep
  • “Dirty Ickes” - Sorority Noise
  • “Warm Foothills” - Alt-J
  • “Stand So Tall” - Driver Friendly
  • “Rittenhouse” - Major League
  • “Over It” - This Wild Life
  • “Sleep Deprived” - Handguns
  • “Toy Guns” - Tokyo Police Club
  • “Rest To Get Better” - Transit
  • “Bad Habits” - Heart To Heart
  • “Paralyzed” - Angels & Airwaves
  • “Cecilia & The Satellite” - Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

2014 was a BEYOND incredible year for music, by far one of the best I’ve ever lived through. Making this list took a lot of time to think out everything because each of these albums, EPs, and tracks mean so much to me and deciding which one to put above the other is tough. However, I knew from the first full listen of Home, Like No Place Is There that it would be The Album Of The Year and it has held its ground since February. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

songscloset  asked:

Hi! I hope you're not too distressed by the election. I'm hiding under my bed. In other news, this has been a big year for me personally, and I'm thinking of doing a Year in Pictures book to help me remember the good bits. I know you have done this and I was wondering if you could talk about your process. You use Lulu for this, if I remember correctly?

I am quite distressed but questions like this are a good distraction! :D 

I actually don’t use Lulu for photo books – Lulu is great for self-publishing novels but I’ve never used them for anything requiring color images. It used to be they were extremely expensive for color printing but that may have changed.

When I make my Year in Pictures books, I usually use either Walgreens photobook processing or Shutterfly. Doing a full tutorial would take…a long time, but essentially you can go into either one, pick out the size of book you want, choose hardcover or softcover (plus a lot of other options), and you automatically get 20 pages for something like $20. 

Side note: don’t ever pay full price for Shutterfly, they’re always sending coupons. I actually just checked and I think if you google “refer friend shutterfly” you can get a free photobook (if you need someone to be logged in to refer you, let me know, I can help). 

If you fill up those 20 pages, you can usually add pages for about $2 each, I think. For what it’s worth, my photobooks are usually 30-40 pages for a full year. 

The way you lay out the book is that you use an app within the website – you don’t have to download anything. You upload all the photos you want to add, then on each page you choose the layout of the page and drag and drop the photos into the boxes on the page. This can be a little tricky so I would recommend spending a lot of time fucking around in it before you start doing the layout so that you can work out how to do stuff. There are ways to move the photos around and add or remove text and such, but like I said that’d be a huge ass tutorial, so it’s best just to learn by doing. There are both free layouts and paid layouts; I’ve never felt the need to pay for any of the fancy schmantsy layouts or images, there’s plenty available free. 

I have a post up about it here that’s about five years old now, but you can see how I laid out the book. 

I find the photobooks really helpful for a number of reasons. First, they are a physical book I can take down and flip through, but without having to glue photos to pages or worrying about them degrading or anything like that. I love them and they have a special place on my shelf that takes up way less space than say, a photo album would. 

Second, they require me to organize my photos ahead of time – I usually have a folder for each month and then special folders for events, like going to a con or a baseball game or holidays with family. Usually once I’m done organizing my photos, one copy of that folder gets archived in my photography folder so I always have a record, and then I go through a second copy, delete anything I don’t want in the book, and upload them to the photo book. (You can upload multiple times, so usually I upload one sub-folder, lay out the photos, then upload the next one). I mean theoretically you don’t HAVE TO do this but it does help. 

Third, it gives me a chance to look at each photo and decide if I want to keep it or throw it out. Like…I take a lot of photos of food to share on this tumblr. I do download most of them to my hard drive, usually. And then at year’s end I delete them because I don’t need photos of the ten thousandth loaf of bread I’ve cooked. 

Fourth, my parents fucking love these books. I don’t usually give them copies of my yearbooks, but I’ll often take one folder of photos and make a separate, smaller book about a family vacation or event to give to them as a gift. This year Mum has requested a book “Of all your running exploits and all those selfies you take at races.” The time I gave her the book about our family trip to the Minnesota State Fair she burst into tears. My stepdad cried when we gave him the book (volume ONE OF TWO, volume two pending) of photos of their land and of the process of building their new house out on the land.

Anyway, the photobook takes a bit of work, but not too much depending on how insane you are about it (me: very insane), and they’re a wonderful memento and make fun gifts too.