Best of 2009/Our 2,000th Post!

What you’re looking at right now is the 2000th post in the history of Under The Gun Review. We’ve been waiting all day to bring this to you along with the two exclusives to UTG that will follow shortly, but first:

The UTG Staff’s “Best of 2009” Lists

James Shotwell – Owner/Founder/Editor

1. Say Anything – Say Anything
-This album came out at the perfect moment in time and linked up flawlessly with my life. It was what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. Max Bemis has grown into one of the most profound minds in music and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

2. A Fine Frenzy – Bomb in a Birdcage
-A lot of femal singer/songwriters tend to fall off after their first record. However, even with stylistic change, A Fine Frenzy only got better in 2009

3. Fun. – Aim and Ignite
-The band’s name explains why this album is so great.

4. Eye Alaska – Genesis Underground
-The sexiest album I’ve ever heard.

5. Jonny Lang – Live at the Ryman
-Much like Kiss, Lang works best with a live crowd and its perfectly captured on this record

6. Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down
7. The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death
8. Fireworks – All I Have To Offer is My Own Confusion
9. MewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright!
10. A Day To Remember – Homesick
11. Thrice – Beggars
12. 1997 – Notes from the Underground
13. School Boy Humor – School Boy Humor
14. Monsters of Folk – S/T
15. Silverstein – A Shipwreck in the Sand
16. In Fear and Faith – Your World on Fire
17. Dance Gavin Dance – Happiness
18. Jonny Craig – A Dream is a Question You Don’t Know How to Answer
19. I See Stars – 3D
20. MC Lars – This Gigantic Robot Kills
21. John Mayer – Battle Studies
22. Showbread – The Fear of God
23. Evergreen Terrace – Almost Home
24. Lady Gaga – The Fame
25. Emery – In Shallow Seas We Sail

EPs of the Year:

1. The Wonder Years/All or Nothing – Distances [Split]
2. Jack’s Mannequin – Dear Jack
3. Mark Rose – The Greatest Lakes
4. Their Teeth Will be of Lions – The Death…The Reincarnation…And The Unfamiliar Tales of…
5. Hit The Lights – Coast to Coast

Worst Of The Year:

1. Dot Dot Curve – Til The Wheels Fall Off & Your Ears Will BLEEPING Bleed
2. Brokencyde – I’m Not a Fan, But The Kids Like It
3. Jeffree Star – Beauty Killer
4. ICP – Bang Pow Boom

Best Reissue:
1. The Blood Brothers – March on Electric Children, Burn Piano Island Burn, Crimes, and Young Machetes

Best Compilation:
1. Iron & Wine – Around The Well

Biggest Letdown:
1. Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band – Outer South
2. Brand New – Daisy

Best News:
Blink 182 reunion

Worst News:
Copeland break up

Best Tour:
Blink 182/Fall Out Boy/Panic at The Disco
Jonny Lang

Most Anticipated:
The Wonder Years
Secret Secret Dino Club.
La Dispute?


Grant Trimboli – Co-owner/Chief Operations Manager

1. I See Stars – 3D
2. Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down
3. Thrice – Beggars
4. Set Your Goals – This Will Be The Death Of Us
5. The Almost – Monster Monster
6. Freshman 15 – Throw Up Your Hands For One Night Stands
7. The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death
8. In Fear and Faith – Your World on Fire
9. Jonny Craig – A Dream is a Question…
10. Fun. – Aim and Ignite
11. Fireworks – All I Have To Offer is My Own Confusion
12. A Day To Remember – Homesick
13. Mike Posner – One Foot Out the Door
14. Say Anything – S/T
15. Monsters of Folk – S/T
16. Silverstein – A Shipwreck in The Sand
17. Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
18. Iwrestledabearonce – It’s All Happening
19. Drake – So Far Gone EP
20. Blessthefall – Witness

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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