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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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The best show I’ve ever seen… seriously.

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Can you ever definitively say any single concert is the best you’ve seen?

Musicians unfortunately aren’t like athletes. There are no standardized statistics to judge by; no prizes at stake to raise the importance of a performance. Beyond that there is the genre predicament that feels a bit  like comparing athletes across sports.  A country artist can be incredibly technically advanced and play the cleanest concert of his/her life. If you don’t like country though, some polka band at the town picnic can be a “better” concert.  

Call it a purely subjective sentiment then, but on August 2, 2009 in Clifton Park, N.Y. (at this strip mall no less)… I had my “best” concert experience. Allow me to defend the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Continue reading

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