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Top 25 Albums of 2009

Top 25 Albums of 2009

Pinpoint Music’s Top 25 Albums of 2009 You know where this conversation is going. You sit at a table of friends and strangers making friendly, inoffensive observations to perhaps increase your chances of approval, and amongst the friends and strangers you meet someone who seems like a decent person. After...

By Big Ben
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Live at the El Mocambo

Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Live at the El Mocambo

I never understood how people unhesitatingly lump Elvis Costello with the first punk movement. Sure he’s got the attitude and maybe even some of the politics, but the music? I mean, the guy only has one album that’s even close to punk (1978’s This Year’s Model), and that one’s hyper-kinetic...

By Squeri
empire! empire! – (i was a lonely estate) What It Takes to Move Forward

empire! empire! – (i was a lonely estate) What It Takes to Move Forward

I blame the new century masturbation scene squarely on Sunny Day Real Estate. Fucking Diary. That record meant so goddamn much to me it’s a wonder I ever got laid. “48”. That was a gift straight from Jeremy Enigk to me and my lonely, relevant evenings. Jesus. I think I...

By Charles
Shackleton – Three EPs

Shackleton – Three EPs

After a run of awesome releases on his own Skull Disco label and several Earth shattering remixes of tracks from the likes of Villalobos and Moderat, Shackleton finally unleashes his first full-length “album” entitled Three EPs. The long awaited debut “album” (which plays like more of a collection of quality...

By Heard
Clipse – Til the Casket Drops

Clipse – Til the Casket Drops

I can’t stop thinking about “The Wire” when I listen to this album. For fans of the HBO series, that statement should make you pretty horny. For those of you who are clearly living a less-than-fulfilled existence, I won’t go into any parallels as I’m sure this type of shit’s...

By Delicious
Lissie – Why You Runnin’

Lissie – Why You Runnin’

A stereotypical small town girl has an air of innocence about her. She is candy sweet, unknowingly ignorant, and full of simplistic dreams. It’s hard to escape the reputation that builds in someone’s mind about a townie girl from the country. As an artist you can take this character and...

By Bootsie
Orphans & Vandals – I am Alive and You are Dead

Orphans & Vandals – I am Alive and You are Dead

(Scruffy-haired wiry English twenty-something stumbles out onto a busy sidewalk. Pulls coat tighter around himself upon seeing falling snow for the first time that day.) “Well did I come out to buy a packet of cigarettes? Oh no wait, I quit years ago.” (Strings start to swell. Kick drum becomes...

By Squeri
Hellbent Hooker – Rock Star Bar – Brooklyn, NY

Hellbent Hooker – Rock Star Bar – Brooklyn, NY

The blood is real, the dick is not. The songs are sordid glam trash any GG devotee would fucking love if he weren’t so distracted by the skinhead drinking piss. The singer eating pussy. The surly bitch kicking him in the back of his head for objectifying the half-naked makeout...

By Charles
John Walsh – Home EP

John Walsh – Home EP

This EP is exhausting, and it’s only about eight minutes long. Meant to fit on a 7” single, twenty songs pummel by with purpose and precision, averaging only twenty-five ticks before they move on to the next one. I suppose it’s a bit of a shtick, except John Walsh just...

By Squeri
Felt 3 – A Tribute to Rosie Perez

Felt 3 – A Tribute to Rosie Perez

The holiday season is a total boner shrinker. The obligations, expectations and shitty music are almost inescapable. The full-penetration advertising raw-dog’s your senses into spending money here, charging it there; and has somehow convinces us that we’re supposed to give a fuck about “Black Friday”. Fuck the holidays. The only...

By Delicious
Mike Slott – Lucky 9Teen

Mike Slott – Lucky 9Teen

Hot off the press from Scottish based co-op imprint Lucky Me comes one of the most exciting future Hip-Hop and electronic dance music releases of the year! Mike Slott’s debut album Lucky 9Teen is one of the most anticipated 12″s to come out in 2009, being heralded by forward thinking...

By Heard
The Underground is Alive and Well and Living in Ohio, Part 3

The Underground is Alive and Well and Living in Ohio, Part 3

Here’s the third installment in my awkward stumblings into these things called “music” and “being in a band.” The last time we were at the Bunk warehouse space in Cincinnati, there wasn’t anything in it. It was a massive, decaying, blank box of a room. You know, an empty warehouse....

By Squeri