Bill's Favorite Album of the Year 2009

The criteria I use for this tradition is simple: When I think back to 2009, what is the album that I will remember listening to and liking the most. This “award” is not an endorsement of superiority per se but a snapshot of what I enjoyed at this point in time.

This year’s winner is:
Flyleaf - Memento Mori

And the runner up is:
Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major

Picking my favorite album of the year on my birthday is a tradition I started last year. I noticed that I’d selected a favorite album around my birthday a few non-consecutive years in the past.

Continuation of my catalog of favorite albums

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the third installment of that tradition, taken from April 2009 when I was still using LiveJournal as my main blogging platform.

More than 5 years ago, in March 2004, I came upon the idea of cataloging a favorite album from each year. I started as far back as I could remember listening to music and listed an album for each year.

Last year I updated the list with favorite albums from 2005-07. Now I’d like to add my album for 2008. I plan on updating this every year around my birthday, so I’ve set a to-do list reminder for a year from now.

coldplay / viva la vida
2008 - third year in chicago, second year at depaul - 25 years old

A note on the completely subject selection criteria: The album listed as my favorite of that year is the one that I feel I spent the most time listening to during that year. It’s the album that when I think of, it takes me back to that time.

2016 Update: I find it tremendously funny that even at 25 years old, the year I made this pick, I knew this was a terrible one. So bad that I had to add that caveat at the end. Eight years later, I still listen to a lot of my annual favorite album picks, but not this one.

Favorite Albums, Part Deux

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the third installment of that tradition, taken from February 2008 when I was still using LiveJournal as my main blogging platform.

A few years ago, I made an entry titled “Favorite Albums”. I happened to stumble upon this list just now and decided to update it for the three years since it was created. Scroll to the bottom for the new additions.

  • aerosmith / big ones 1994 - 5th grade - 11 years old
  • smashing pumpkins / mellon collie and the infinite saddness 1995 - 6th grade - 12 years old
  • foo fighters / the colour and the shape 1996 - 7th grade - 13 years old 
  • weezer / pinkerton 1997 - high school freshman - 14 years old (…I skipped 8th grade…)
  • unwritten law / self-titled black album 1998 - high school sophomore - 15 years old
  • deftones / around the fur 1999 - high school junior - 16 years old
  • a perfect circle / mer de noms 2000 - high school senior - 17 years old
  • black eyed peas / bridging the gap 2001 - college freshman - 18 years old
  • our lady peace / gravity 2002 - college sophomore - 19 years old
  • foo fighters / one by one 2003 - college junior - 20 years old
  • thrice / the artist in the ambulance 2004 - college senior - 21 years old
  • yellow card / ocean avenue 2005 - post-college year in saginaw - 22 years old
  • our lady peace / healthy in paranoid times 2006 - first year in chicago - 23 years old
  • third eye blind / out of the vein 2007 - second year in chicago, first at depaul - 24 years old

One of my favorite parts of having a LiveJournal for nearly 5 years now is this ability to look back, learn, and then add new things. I’m glad that my opinion of good music really hasn’t changed all that much.

P.S. Yes, the original post did have pictures. However, I’ve since let www.evasic.net lapse and never renewed it, since we now own www.evasic.com again. If I find the time, I’ll re-download the album artwork and post it back up on here.

Update 2016: I never did get around to downloading and re-posting those pictures...

Favorite Albums - The original post

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the original installment of what became a tradition. I did not explicitly select a favorite album each year between 2004 and 2008, but I did think about what it would be from time to time. It wasn’t until 2008 that I decided to formalize this as an annual tradition. 

This is that first installment of this tradition, taken from March 2004. 

Below are the albums that I listened to the most frequently each year for every year since I started listening to music.

  • aerosmith / big ones 1994 - 5th grade - 11 years old
  • smashing pumpkins / mellon collie and the infinite saddness 1995 - 6th grade - 12 years old
  • foo fighters / the colour and the shape 1996 - 7th grade - 13 years old
  • I skipped 8th grade, it’s a long story, you probably know that :-)
  • weezer / pinkerton 1997 - high school freshman - 14 years old
  • unwritten law / self-titled black album 1998 - high school sophomore - 15 years old
  • deftones / around the fur 1999 - high school junior - 16 years old
  • a perfect circle / mer de noms 2000 - high school senior - 17 years old
  • black eyed peas / bridging the gap 2001 - college freshman - 18 years old
  • our lady peace / gravity 2002 - college sophomore - 19 years old
  • foo fighters / one by one 2003 - college junior - 20 years old

(FYI, the years and progress in school refer to the year that that school year started.)

In other news, I got Logitech MX-700 wireless mouse and keyboard package today. :-) Let me tell you they rule! I can’t imagine living without a wireless mouse anymore now.

Update 2016: I still can't imagine life without a wireless mouse.