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Perhaps it may be due to its memorable use in My Name is Earl, but I’ve always interpreted “The Weight” as being about karma, in a way. If you do good things, good things will happen to you. The speaker goes into town to do some favor for Ms. Fanny/Annie and in return he gets a girlfriend and a dog. Dunno how the verse about Carmen and the devil play into that, though.
Not really a fan of Kitty’s music and I dunno if I’d call this piece “breathtaking” but it was a seriously good read. Really gets you thinking about all the machismo bullshit that even rappers as out there as Danny need to play into.
Uh maybe you should read that again
“Spent on Rainy Days” still the ultimate in under appreciated Oberst tunes I guess.
I don’t think I’d say this tops Microcastle, let alone Halcyon Digest, but it’s still an insanely strong album and a welcome addition to the consistently-stellar Deerhunter canon.
Not bad, but top 5′s gotta be
1. Remain in Light
2. Fear of Music
3. Speaking in Tongues
4. More Songs
Guess after that clusterfuck of a National list you guys just wanted to publish a no-brainer, huh?
I just don’t understand the lack of love in this article. The author literally writes off everything recorded prior to Alligator before saying that the band’s “best album” isn’t even good all the way through. Is this the most passionate National fan Stereogum has to offer?
Just realized that Alligator accounts for more than half of my top 10:
10. Secret Meeting
08. Cherry Tree
07. Bloodbuzz Ohio
06. All the Wine
05. The Geese of Beverly Road
03. Patterns of Fairytales
02. Apartment Story
01. Fake Empire
Wow I think this might just be the worst list you guys have done? Not saying that the band has any bad songs but, come on, No “Apartment Story”? One song from Alligator? Nothing from Sad Songs? After reading entries 10 and 9 I was half-convinced that the band’s rendition of “The Rains of Castamere” was going to end up being #1.
Not a bad list, but “Goodnight Ladies” will always be my favorite Lou track.
“The Kids” is even worse when you know the story behind it.
Airplanes > Trans > Plans > Photo > Facts > Stairs > Codes
They sound like a demonic version of the Strokes now, very cool.
Did you guys seriously just not put “Last Nite” on a list of the 10 best Strokes songs
I’d probably put Gimme Fiction at third but otherwise this list is decent, if a bit more of a no-brainer than usual. Moonlight and Ga Ga are pretty interchangeable for first as far as I’m concerned.
I can’t shake the feeling that “Blue Ocean Floor” is about Timberlake drowning himself
“I’m Not Okay” is still the best music video of all time.
They’re great, consistent songwriters and they put on a hell of a show. Fuckin sucks that that registers as “bland” nowadays. Also Matt Berninger is pretty much the best frontman in the game atm.
Fantastic. There’s a lot of nice things to be said about how well this list was put together but I’ll just that it’s clear that a lot of love went into it. I don’t necessarily agree with where everything is ranked but it looks pretty decent and you even managed to get the top five right, if not necessarily in the right order.
Yo, quick question? Does JT drown himself at the end of this album?? It sure sounds like it but I can’t be sure.
What album did you listen to? T. Rex, Ziggy Stardust and Mott the Hoople were all over that thing.
Lodger predates Scary Monsters though………
Sooooooo am I the only one who thinks Between the Buttons manages to edge Aftermath and Some Girls out of the top five?
I’d say it’d be much easier to argue that Let It Bleed belongs at #1…