SLUG’s Top 5 of 2009

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Eagle Twin - The Unkindness of Crows

Jaleh Afshar – Graphic Designer
Top 5 Gallery Shows of 2009
1. Aniko Safran’s “Reflexions” at Art Access Gallery II
2. Travis Nikolai’s “Pan-Galactic Ghost Chapel: Temporary Infinitarium” at the Alvin Gittins Gallery
3. Poor Yorick Studios open house
4. AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” at the Marriott Library
5. BFA Senior Show at the Rio Grande Gallery

James Bennett – Writer
1. The Hold Steady – A Positive Rage
2. Pajo – Scream With Me
3. Booker T. – Potato Hole
4. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
5. Leonard Cohen – Live in London

Courtney Blair – Writer
1. The Antlers – Hospice
2. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
3. Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
4. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Self-Titled
5. Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do

Madelyn Boudreaux – Writer
1. New Model Army – Today is a Good Day
2. Clan of Xymox – In Love We Trust
3. a-ha – Foot of the Mountain
4. Apoptygma Berzerk – Rocket Science
5. Black Tape for a Blue Girl – 10 Neurotics

JR Boyce – Writer
1. Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague
2. Eels – Hombre Lobo
3. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
4. The Horrors – Primary Colours
5. David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

Angela Brown – Editor
1. Peaches – I Feel Cream
2. Eagle Twin – The Unkindness of Crows
3. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
4. Wavves – Wavvves
5. The Dead Weather – Horehound

Rio Connelly – Copy Editor/Writer
1. Nico Vega – Nico Vega
2. P.O.S. – Never Better
3. Passion Pit – Manners
4. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
5. Children Collide –  The Long Now

Jessica Davis – Writer/Intern
1. Sea Wolf – White Water, White Bloom
2. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
3. Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
4. Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
5. Fresh & Onlys – Self-Titled

Aaron Day ­– Writer
1. Subhumans – The Day the Country Died (reissue)
2. Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus (reissue)
3. The Quakes – Negative Charge
4. DOOM– Born Like This
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Barret Doran – Photographer
Top 5 Songs
1. Monsters of Folk – “Temazcal”
2. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros  – “Home”
3. Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne and Eminem – “Forever”
4. Thrice – “In Exile”
5. Brother Ali   – “The Preacher”

Adam Dorobiala – Action Sports Coordinator
1. DOOM – Born Like This
2. nonnon – The Entitlement Generation
3. Mulatu Astatke – New York – Addis – London – The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
4. The Cool Kids and Don Cannon – Gone Fishing (Mixtape)
5. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Conor Dow – Writer
1. Wodensthrone – Loss
2. Altar of Plagues – White Tomb
3. Giant Squid – The Ichthyologist
4. Panopticon – Collapse
5. Dark Castle – Spirited Migration

Nicole Dumas – Writer
1. Sonic Youth – The Eternal
2. Kylesa – Static Tensions
3. Skeletonwitch – Breathing The Fire
4. Neil Young – Fork In The Road
5. Mos Def – The Ecstatic

Mary Enge – Copy Editor
1. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
2. Iron and Wine – Around the Well
3. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. St. Vincent – Actor

Ryan Fedor – Writer
1. Palace of Buddies – s/t
2. Fever Ray – s/t
3. Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
4. The Field– Yesterday and Today 
5. Pissed Jeans – King of Jeans

Bethany Fischer – Writer
1. Mayer Hawthorne – Strange Arrangement
2. Raekwon – Only Built for Cuban Linx Part Two
3. Gossip – Music for Men
4. Blu – Her Favorite Colour
5. Afro Classics – Classic Rock

Peter Fryer – Writer
1. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
2. Future of the Left – Travels With Myself and Another
3. Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
4. Converge – Axe to Fall
5. Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts

Eric Granato – Distro Manager
1. Loom – Selva Molhada
2. Girls – Album
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
4. Children of Bodom – Skeletons in the Closet
5. GWAR – Lust in Space

Jesse Hawlish – Video Game Writer
Top 5 Video Games
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2. Borderlands
3. Red Faction: Guerilla
4. Infamous
5. Resident Evil 5

Greg Hebard – Photographer
1. Starfucker  – Jupiter
2. Röyksopp  – Junior
3. Grizzly Bear ­– Veckatimest
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Metric – Fantasies

Dean O. Hillis – Writer
1. Tori Amos – Abnormally Attracted To Sin
2. Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces
3. Pet Shop Boys – Yes
4. Morrissey – Years Of Refusal
5. Swing Out Sister – Beautiful Mess

Gavin Hoffman – Writer
1. Gnaw Their Tongues – All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity
2. Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul
3. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
4. Funeral Mist – Maranatha
5. Sunn O)))) – Monoliths and Dimensions

Joshua Joye – Graphic Artist
1. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
2. Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day
3. The Dead Weather – Horehound
4. The Heartless Bastards  – The Mountain
5. Scott H. Biram  – Something Wrong/Lost Forever

Brian Kubarycz – Writer
1. YOB – The Great Cessation
2. Wino – Punctuated Equilibrium
3. Kylesa – Static Tensions
4. Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
5. Om – God Is Good

Cléa Major – Writer
1. Manchester Orchestra ­– Mean Everything to Nothing
2. Brand New – Daisy
3. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
4. Passion Pit – Manners
5. P.O.S. – Never Better

Tyler Makmell – Beer Reviews
Top Five Craft Beers
1. Session Black – Full Sail Brewing Company
2. Gonzo Imperian Porter – Flying Dog Brewery
3. Ten FIDY – Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery
4. Organic Zwickel Bier – RedRock Brewing Company
5. O’Hara’s Celebration Stout – Carlow Brewing Company 

Mariah Mann-Mellus – Writer
1. S.L.F.M. – S.L.F.M.
2. Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
3. Dodo’s – Time to Die
4. Iron and Wine – Around the Wall
5. Fruit Bats – The Ruminant Band

Jimmy Martin – Writer
Top 5 Movies
1. The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow
2. Watchmen – Zack Snyder
3. Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
4. District 9 – Neill Blomkamp
5. The Cove – Louie Psihoyos

Bryan Mayrose – Photographer
1. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
2. The Dodos – Time to Die
3. Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care
4. Islands – Vapours
5. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms

Esther Meroño – Copy Editor/Writer
1.Yeah Yeah Yeahs ­– It’s Blitz!
2. Thrice – Beggars
3. Thursday – Common Existence
4. The Lonely Island – Incredibad
5. Metric – Fantasies

Sam Milianta – Writer/Photographer
Top 5 Skaters who grew up north of Salt Lake
1. Cameron Starke
2. Keaton McDonald
3. Matt Coles
4. Omar Budge
5. Ryan Coleman / Tony Washington (tie)

Jeanette Moses – Managing Editor
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
2. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. Gossip – Music for Men
4. N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo
5. Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

James Orme – Writer
1. Rancid – Let the Dominoes Fall
2. The Rocketz – We Are…
3. Wayne Hancock – Viper of Melody
4. Pine Hill Haints – To Win or Lose
5. Miss Derringer – Winter Hill

Katie Panzer – Photographer
1. Owl City – Ocean Eyes
2. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
3. Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence
4. Imogen Heap – Ellipse
5. DOOM – Born Like This

Nick Parker – Copy Editor/Writer
1. Mastodon – Crack The Skye
2. Arsonists Get All The Girls – Portals
3. He Is Legend – It Hates You
4. Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect
5. The Black Dahlia Murder – Deflorate

JP  – Writer
1. Sian Alice Group – Troubled, Shaken, Etc.
2. El Perro Del Mar – Love Is Not Pop
3. Miike Snow – s/t
4. Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health
5. Gaza – He Is Never Coming Back

Liz Phillips – Copy Editor
1. Röyksopp – Junior
2. Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be
3. Eyedea & Abilities – By The Throat
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Peaches – I Feel Cream

Todd Powelson – Graphic Designer
1. Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
2. Mike Doughty – Sad Man, Happy Man
3. White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
4. Leopold and His Fiction – Ain’t No Surprise
5. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Beware

Chris Proctor – Writer
Top 5 Snowboarders
1. Alex Andrews
2. Jeremy Jones
3. Jake Welsh
4. Stevie Bell
5. Jeremy Riley

Jon Robertson – Writer
1. Isis – Wavering Radiant
2. Candiria – Kiss the Lie
3. Thrice – Beggars
4. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day
5. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Ryan Sanford – Copy Editor
1. Real Estate – S/T
2. Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night
3. Almighty Defenders – S/T
4. The Strange Boys – And Girls Club
5. Lotus Plaza – The Floodlight Collective

Lance Saunders – Writer
1. Langhorne Slim – Be Set Free
2. White Rabbits – It’s Frightening
3. Iron & Wine – Around the Well
4. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
5. Various Artists – Dark Was The Night

Elliot Secrist – Writer
1. Cable – The Failed Convict
2. Eagle Twin – The Unkindness Of Crows
3. Behemoth – Evangelion
4. Dethklok – Dethalbum II

Ross Solomon – Writer
1.  The xx – XX
2.  The Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
3.  Lusine – A Certain Distance
4.  Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
5.  We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls

Jemie Sprankle – Writer
1. Bishop Allen – Grrrrr
2. Felt 3 – A Tribute to Rosie Perez
3. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
4. DOOM – Born Like This
5. Cage – Depart From Me

Chris Swainston ­– Writer
1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. DOOM – Born Like This
3. The Builders and The Butchers – Salvation is a Deep Dark Well
4. Dethklok – Dethalbum II
5. The Naked Eyes – Spell Talk EP

Kelli Tompkins – Graphic Designer
Top 5 Poetry Readings
1. Kathryn Cowles
2. Dawn Losinger
3. Decadent Dog Rapid Fire Reading
4. Scary Dog Rapid Fire Reading
5. Baxter’s Saturday Open Night

Ben Trentelman – Writer
Top 5 Horror Flicks
1. Zombieland – Ruben Fleischer
2. Thirst – Park Chan-wook
3. Drag Me To Hell – Sam Raimi
4. Blood: The Last Vampire – Chris Nahon
5. Friday The 13th – Marcus Nispel

Ricky Vigil – Editorial Assitant/Writer
1. Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
2. Eagle Twin – The Unkindness of Crows
3. P.O.S. – Never Better
4. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
5. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive

Bryer Wharton – Writer
1. Absu – Absu
2. Rammstein – Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
3. The Devin Townsend Project – Addicted
4. Burial Hordes – Devotion to the Unholy Creed
5. YOB – The Great Cessation

Kate Wheadon– Director of Sales and Marketing
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
2. Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night
3. The Horrors – Primary Colours
4. PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By
5. Karen O & The Kids – Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

Jessie Wood – Writer
1. Boys Noize – Power
2. MSTRKRFT – Fist of God
3. Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Sean Zimmerman-Wall– Writer
Top 5 Snowsport Movies
1. Everyday is a Saturday
(Poor Boyz Productions)
2. Refresh (Level 1)
3. Re: Session (TGR)
4. The Freeheel Life (Telemark)
5. In Deep: The Skiing Experience (MSP)
 

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