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Ten Years of Devolution: Facebook and “Celebrities”

Think about where you were ten years ago. A lot of shit has happened, some for the good, but mostly for the inconvenient. The iPod and HD TV and LeBron James are awesome, but terrorism, economic greed and TMZ suck. When I think about this decade the two things that stand out the most are the rise of Facebook and cult of celebrity. Unfortunately, the two have become linked in the psyche of today’s youth.

People have always been enamored with celebrities. There will always be a demand for gossip and a glimpse into a lifestyle that 99% of Americans will never experience. The problem in the last part of the decade was that the word “celebrity” got totally fucked. Anyone with a YouTube video or a spot on a reality TV show or a song on MySpace thought they were entitled to their 15 minutes of fame. And, the public and TMZ gladly obliged, creating disposable personalities for consumers to chew up and shit out. No longer are Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts the big fish in a small pond. We have created a culture of retards so obsessed with fame and its trappings that in their pursuit of selfish goals, they have in turn made this nation dumber. This is why the terrorists hate us. Continue reading

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Early Alzheimer’s: Things I Forgot and Other Lists From the Past Decade

Other Albums From The Past 10 Years You Should Have In Your Collection
Brian Wilson – That Lucky Old Sun
Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Protest the Hero – Kezia
Rammstein – Mutter
Relient K – Mmhmm
Vanessa Carlton – Heroes & Thieves

Essential Pop-Punk Records
New Found Glory – Sticks and Stones
Midtown – Save The Girl, Lose The World
Mest – Destination Unknown
Goldfinger – Stomping Ground
Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High
Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
Yellowcard – Paper Walls & Ocean Avenue
Blink-182 – Enema of the State & Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
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Songs of the Decade

10. “Heretic Anthem” – Slipknot
I was introduced to Slipknot when they absolutely killed it on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The performance was intense, insane and hilarious. Slipknot continues to be the only heavy metal band that fuses melody and crushing music successfully.

9. “Up to You” – Damone
A great quiet/loud song that erupts into my favorite guitar solo of the decade from Dave Pino. Solo at 2:24.

8. “99 Problems” – Jay-Z
Old-school storyteller rhymes over Rick Rubin’s industrial hip-rock beat. You need to watch the “Fade to Black” documentary to see Jigga Man laying down this song in the studio (below).

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Movies of the Decade

10. Almost Famous (2000)
Probably the best semi-fictional movie about a seventies band. Everyone loves the “Tiny Dancer” sequence or the “Golden God” scene but they’re way overrated. Best Scene: Anything with Lester Bangs.

9. No Country For Old Men (2008)
Would have been higher but I hated the ending. DON’T MAKE ME THINK! Best scene:
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Albums of the Decade

Everyone has a list. Rather than try to be cool and earn scene points by name dropping Radiohead and The Strokes, I’ve put together my personal favorite albums of the past ten years.

10. Thrice – The Artist in the Ambulance (2003)
Hands down, my all-time favorite sounding drums on a record. Riley Breckenridge recorded his parts at Bearsville Studio in upstate New York and the team of Matt Squire (Engineer), Andy Wallace (Mixer) and Brian McTernan (Producer) made the drums full, heavy and the crushing backbone to support Thrice’s major label debut. The rest of the band is pretty good too.

9. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2007)
It’s hard not to think of this album and the current state of Amy Winehouse. Back to Black, with it’s songs of heartbreak and internal struggle, brought Winehouse to the top, and ultimately sent her to rock bottom. Forgetting all of the personal issues, the album was a true breakthrough, reviving the Motown sound and updating it with hip-hop beats and vocal swagger. Much credit should go to producer Mark Ronson and backing band The Dap Kings, but without Winehouse’s pain, the album would have no integrity or soul.

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