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What Everyone Else Thought About 2009: The Year in Review

By Ben Larson

Fort Wayne Reader

2009-12-19


So, for my last article of the year, I thought I’d give you the favorite bits of 2009 from some of the other people around town who are involved in the scene. So here they are:

C. Ray Harvey: Wooden Satellites, Lee Miles & the Illegitimate Sons
Favorite Local Album: Thunderhawk - Black Label Summer
Favorite National Album: Dirty Projectors — Bitte Orca
Favorite Local Show: BLK JKS at The Rail (occurred here, right? non-local artist? if it has to be local artist then I pick the Thunderhawk VI release show with New Pale Swimmers and Wooden Satellites. I played both shows, so I'm biased.)
Favorite National Show: Bon Iver final homecoming show in Milwaukee (with backstage tix and afterparty passes)
Favorite Musical Moment of '09: having my longtime songwriting hero, David Bazan, play two shows in my hometown in the same day.

Omar Afzaal: Castles, House of Bread
Favorite local album: Metavari - Be One of Us, Hear No Noise
Favorite national album: Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years
Favorite local show: Metvari/Castles/Sonoro(us)/Maserati
Favorite national show: Bonnie "Prince" Billy @ The Vogue
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Selfish picks: Playing the Castles CD Release @ The Dash-In & Playing the All Nite Skate Reunion Show w/ Graves of The Endless Fall @ The Brass Rail

Rich Lee: Host of "Little Brother Radio" on WBOI
Favorite Local Album: The B-Sharps Play Cherchez Kahuna
Favorite National Album: Stadtaffe by Peter Fox
Favorite Local Show: Metavari CD release show at Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech
Favorite National Show: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers - LBR 2nd Anniversary Show
Favorite Musical Moment of 2009: Taste of the Arts: Dessert

Justin Zych: Zephaniah
Favorite local album: I don’t have any favorites of this year.
Favorite national album: Dream Theatre — Black Cloud & Silver Linings
Favorite local show: Blk Jks at the Brass Rail
Favorite national show: Faster Pussycat, Bullet Boys and Bang Tango!!
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Getting into all these old school 80s metal hair band shows for free!

Andrea Harvey: Wooden Satellites, Lee Miles & the Illegitimate Sons
Favorite Local Album: Thunderhawk - Black Label Summer
Favorite National Album: The one I'll admit to : Bowerbirds — Upper Air
The one I pretend to be kidding about : Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Favorite Local Show: BLK JKS at the Brass Rail
Favorite National Show: Bon Iver final homecoming show in Milwaukee
Favorite Musical Moment of '09: Lady Gaga's AMA performance ... ?

John Cheesebrew: Castles, Graves of the Endless Fall
Favorite Local Album: Nak'ay - 260 RAW GRINDING BESTIAL BLACK METAL PUNK NOISE DEVASTATION (actual name, cassette EP)
Favorite National Album: Converge — Axe to Fall
Favorite Local Show: Splitter (amazing Swedish grind, and actually from Sweden, go figure) @ the Harrison House
Favorite National Show: Keelhaul, Beat in the Field, Yakuza, Graves @ the Brass Rail
Favorite Musical Moment of '09: Shreddin' with my dudes, duh!

Lyndsy Patterson: The End Times Spasm Band
Favorite local album: Metavari - Be One of Us, Hear No Noise oh that little french girl.
Favorite national album: Christabel and the Jons — Self Made
Favorite local show: Two Man Gentlemen Band @ the Brass Rail
Favorite national show: John the Savage-oh man was that real or was I on a pirate ship??
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Raising $2,226 for orphans in West Africa thanks to local music from House of Bread/ End Times Spasm Band/and The Bergomot @ Pint n Slice Nov 14th WOW!

Anthony Fanger: Owner - Chain Smoking Records
Favorite local album: The B-Sharps - Play Cherchez Kahuna
Favorite national album: The Voyeurs - Well Known Drag
Favorite local show: Christabel & The Jons with End Times Spasm Band & "surprise guests" Two Man Gentlemen Band @ The Brass Rail
Favorite national show: They Might Be Giants @ The Vogue
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Getting to see my favorite bands at The Brass Rail.

Adam Lewis: The Lurking Corpses, Graves of the Endless Fall
Favorite local album: Nak’ay- 260 RAW GRINDING BESTIAL BLACK METAL PUNK NOISE DEVASTATION (((CASSETTE EP)))
Favorite national album: Keelhaul- Triumphant Return to Obscurity & Municipal Waste- "Massive Aggressive" (tie between the two)
Favorite local show: Keelhaul, Beast In The Field, Yakuza, GOTEF @ The Brass Rail
Favorite national show: Carcass & The Black Dahlia Murder in Chicago
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Fat Ass and Destination Detox reunion show and anytime I got to see Daisycutter in the past year.

Bob Haddad: Castles, House of Bread
Favorite local album: Metavari — Be One of Us, Hear No Noise
Favorite national album: Animal Collective — MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION and The Flaming Lips — Embryonic
Favorite local show: Castles CD release HAlloween @ Dash IN (ain't no shame)
Favorite national show: Pitchfork/Booty Church/ Chicago
Favorite musical moment of 2009: The Happiness Project at Shuba's and the Finale at the Metavari show.

Bjart Helms: The End Times Spasm Band
Favorite local album: I have to say The B-Sharps' Cherchez Kahuna because we waited so many damn years for it.
Favorite national album: Neko Case — Middle Cyclone
Favorite local show: Tie between two double reunions: Fat Ass /
Destination Detox and Graves of the Endless Fall / All Nite Skate.
Favorite national show: They Might Be Giants at the Vogue.
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Two Man Gentleman Band's surprise appearance at the Rail, and getting to jam to "Two Bass Blues" after hours with them and Christabel & the Jons.

Stephen Bryden: Sankofa
Favorite local album: Left Lane Cruiser's All You Can Eat
Favorite national album: the one with autotune in it
Favorite local show: Little Brother Radio
Favorite national show: David Bazan at OLG
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Watching Black Dynamite at Cinema Tech and wanting to rap over the half of the movie that didn't have me laughing. The scoring was pitch-perfect.

Jon Keller: Lee Miles & the Illegitimate Sons
Favorite local album: Thunderhawk - Black Label Summer
Favorite national album: Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Favorite local show: Thee Oh Sees — Brass Rail
Favorite national show: The Tallest Man on Earth & John Vanderslice — Exit/In Nashville, Tennessee
Favorite musical moment of 2009: Playing on HalloWEEN with Jon Ross and friends

Bob Roets: Owner - Wooden Nickel Music
Favorite local album: The Orange Opera — Year Of The Beard
Favorite national album: Them Crooked Vultures-Them Crooked Vultures
Favorite local show: The Orange Opera/Wailhounds perform the music of the Beatles on 090909 at Wooden Nickel Music
Favorite national show: Steely Dan — Aja (plus) Chicago Theatre
Favorite musical moment of 2009:The Orange Opera jamming to Sgt. Pepper on 090909!

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