Favorite Pop Punk Albums in the Double Digits

Pop Punk -- Deja Entendu

‘Deja Entendu’ was released on June 17, 2003 by Razor & Tie/Triple Crown Records.

Yesterday, Brand New’s Deja Entendu turned ten-years-old. The band’s sophomore studio album is just one of many pop punk albums from my formative teen years to turn 10 recently. Additionally, with the release of Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll, right now seems like as good a time as any to revisit those feelings of high school nostalgia. Of course, there’s the dark side to being an aged pop punk fan: My Chemical Romance announced their breakup in March; New Found Glory put out a Ramones cover album in April; the Punk Goes… album series still exists (it’s like Kidz Bop–it’ll never end.)

The biggest drag to still liking the same music as I did in high school though, is hearing that my favorite albums are getting old enough that they’re reaching double digits. As far as I’m concerned, Deja Entendu just came out and Jesse Lacey still understands me better than any of my friends. I suppose that’s the great part of all these albums, though: despite bringing up nostalgia for high school and those feelings of being misunderstood, they’re also a reminder that we’ve all changed in the past ten years (well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m certainly different than I was at 13.) These albums hold a timelessness so that we can listen to them ten, twenty, even thirty years down the line and we can still relate to Jesse Lacey as he sings the chorus to “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot:”

“Call me a safe bet, I’m betting I’m not / I’m glad that you can forgive, only hoping as time goes, you can forget”

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The 5 Ultimate Superhero Movies

(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

With the 75th Anniversary of Superman occurring this month as well as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel hitting theaters tomorrow, it seems only appropriate to pay homage to the genre of superhero movies with a list of my personal favorites. Now I’m not going to pretend I’m a superhero movie aficionado and I don’t read the comics on which most of these movies are based. But I still love superhero movies. Personally, I’m a Batman girl. I had all the late 80s/90s Batman movies on VHS when I was a kid, and I now own them all on DVD. In all seriousness though, I will watch any Superhero movie and I’ve seen many of the films listed on Wikipedia’s comprehensive list. Right now in particular is a great time to be a superhero fan. Since Marvel’s The Avengers became the third highest grossing movie of all time and now Iron Man 3 holds the fifth spot in the ranking, it seems Hollywood is churning out more and more super-flicks.

Additionally, you can also find some superheros on television. The CW’s Arrow recently finished its first season and ABC announced during the network’s spring upfronts that they had picked up the Avengers offshoot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will premiere in the fall season. Then of course, there’s everything still to come from Marvel including Thor: the Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. But those are still a little ways off (The Dark World hits theaters on Nov. 8th) and since Man of Steel doesn’t come out until tomorrow–or rather, tonight at midnight–I’ll be watching my favorite superhero flicks to gear up.

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