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WFOEOTYL #1: Nine Music Sets of ’09

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Written by Nathan Mattise

It’s tough to come up with a fresh take on year-end music lists. Top Albums gets done by everyone under the sun and the same can be said for Top Songs (we’ve done it before, we’ll likely do it again). I’m in the fortunate position of limited real responsibilities and enough discretionary income to make at least 1-2 shows per month. Central New York might not be a hotbed, but if you expand your territory by a few hours in each direction it’s possible to make a concert calendar that includes many of the must-see acts in a given year. Hence…why not a top individual sets of ’09 recap?

Maybe this list won’t be showing up on hip blogs (i.e. largehearted boy or Fimoculous) but it’s mandatory for any aspiring music/culture writer to offer their take on things. As a quick reminder, I’ve reviewed music in Albuquerque, Stroudsburg and Syracuse and throughout college. While it’s not quite SPIN Magazine, I do listen to/see a lot of music.

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All Tomorrow’s Parties (All Twittered Properly)

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Written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

My close friends still find it extremely hard to believe. I’ve attended countless concerts in my lifetime (seeing some bands literally more than a dozen times), yet this weekend marked a personal musical landmark.

I attended my very first music festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties New York.

I’d been salivating over this day since I got my driver’s license. One entire day filled with bands I wanted to see, surrounded by people who shared my passion, spent entirely in some uber-trendy locale. All those powers combined would create the perfect storm of music experience that you had to be there to appreciate.

In hope of this happening, I had to immediately document my every move via Twitter. Thankfully, Saturday at Kutsher’s didn’t disappoint. Check out the tweets for proof.

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