I even found room for a few of the better 2009 albums I've heard so far: Scottish SXSW heroes Glasvegas's self-titled debut, Neil Young's hardscrabble Fork in the Road, Heartless Bastards' soul-searing The Mountain and U2's No Line on the Horizon, which is growing on me at such a clip that I expect to love it as much as Achtung Baby (which is also on there, of course) by the time the band supposedly plays Reliant Stadium in October.
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "Silence is the universal refuge...a balm to our every chagrin." I don't know what the hell he was talking about, but I doubt he would have written that if he had an iPod, which makes a fine refuge its own self. In fact, as soon as I can muster the resources, I'm going to Best Buy and picking up two or three more. CHRIS GRAY