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Posted in art, inspiration, love by arcanedufresne on December 28, 2009
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Polo Dolo

Posted in clothing/fashion by arcanedufresne on December 28, 2009
Dear Josh,

Thanks in advance for any one of these polos:

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Cheers,
Lanny

Oh and here is the link.

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Top Ten Albums of 2009 Pt. II (Urban Assault Vehicle)

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on December 28, 2009

Similar to my other best of 2009 list, the hip-hop/mixtape game is so saturated it is impossible to keep up with everything. My theory is I acknowledge more “official” mixtapes and try to avoid any garbage, but it’s hard to keep a filter on some of this stuff. I feel like this list might be a lacking a little more than the other as far as exposure goes because I sometimes get to slacking on keeping up with all this nonsense. Oh well, here goes:

1) Mos Def – The Ecstatic – Back in full form, dressed to the nines, straight killing it all over the globe.

2) Brother Ali – Us / Truth is Here EP – The Street Preacher keeps preaching with a dope EP and LP. Keep reppin’ the Midwest Brotherman.

3) Drake – So Far Gone – Sure, by now it’s played out but when this was released in February, this was the best shit in the game for a long while.

4) Raekwon – Only Built for Cuban Linx II – Hopefully we don’t have to wait as long for OBFCLIII. Sporting the apron and cooking up another classic.

5) Lupe Fiasco – Enemy of the State: A Love Story – Best lyricist in the game, hands down and this tape will convince any non-believers.

6) Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse – Voltron. Enough said.

7) Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 – Not without its faults, but how can you deny Hova? Still on his A-game.

8 ) Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon – This was release was hurt by the hype on my end, and I still have to skip about half the tracks unless I am really feeling it. Luckily, the dope tracks make up for the disappointment tenfold.

9) Donnis – Diary of an ATL Brave – Don’t sleep on this tape, 10 Deep knows how to pick ’em and Underdog was one of the best hip-hop tracks of the year.

10) P.O.S. – Never Better – Avant garde extraordinaire comes correct one more time. One of the best live shows I’ve ever seen as well.

Honorable Mention:
Wale – Attention Deficit
Mike Posner – One Foot Out the Door
Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap
Blakroc – Blakroc
Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – How Fly

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Top Ten Albums of 2009

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on December 28, 2009

The onslaught of music is so overwhelming, compiling this year’s list was a daunting task that I have been contemplating for the last couple weeks, dreading the final product for fear of excluding something fantastic. Like last year, a top ten hip-hop/rap list will follow as well. And here it is:

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1) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Nothing capsulized my 2009 listening experience better than this album. The Frenchies finally got their much deserved respect this year.

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2) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz – One of the hardest things about best of lists is keeping early releases in perspective as the year drags on. I told myself from the beginning this would be a best of ’09 drop and it definitely withstood the test of time this year with this dancey. Additional kudos to Karen O and her score for the Where the Wild Things Are.

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3) Passion Pit – Manners – Possibly the most saccharine-laced offering this year, and definitely the most addictive because of this.

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4) The Xx – Xx – Smoky, subdued back-and-forth bedroom banter from this London entourage is irresistible.

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5) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest – I’ve always actually “seen” this Grizzly Bear as opposed to hearing it. It creates a dark Americana soundtrack, harmonious and haunting.

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6) Gallows – Grey Britain – Thirteen tracks of a London back-alley bludgeoning from brass knuckles and steel-toed boots.

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7) Girls – Album – Album made you feel like you were nursing a fantastic hangover (is that possible?) on a beach, in a sun-streaked simpler life.

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8 ) Neko Case – Middle Cyclone – This is “alt-country” at it’s finest and steeped in soul. Thank Mother Nature for being such a treacherous nurturer.

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9) Atlas Sound – Logos – Washed-out, ambiance from a leaky faucet delivered via the skinniest man on the planet.

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10) Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP – Justin Vernon makes the list again, this time with an equally beautiful EP made for this time of year. 20+ inches of snow in unforgiving cold on the longest night of the year.

Honorable Mention:
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Washed Out – High Times / Life of Leisure EP
Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
Baroness – The Blue Album
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the Movies

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