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‘Purple Bottle’ as with most of the choices are not even close to favourites. Shocked to see a ‘Grass’ cut in there. I think that’s there most in-essential release. Well, that or any of the singles with remixes. Do they have a single decent remix?
Prospect Hummer is great from start to finish. I’d assume going in that ‘Kids on Holiday’ or ‘Winters Love’ would be near the top.
I’d rather see a silly list of ‘best’ to ‘worst’ albums. ‘Best’ Song choices, as somebody mentioned, especially with a band like this are all personal.
A band whose records don’t seem to play as long anymore for me. I’d rank ‘Life Pursuit’ and ‘Push Barman’ near the top. ‘Sinister’ used to be a fave, but it just doesn’t play like it used to for me. I hear it and just wanna listen to Nick Drake. I think they hit their stride after Isobel Campbell left the group. ‘Waitress’ had some great jams, but as an album it falls short. I feel like Tigermilk to Fold Your Hands era has some great songs, but none keep my fingers away from moving the needle around. And the democracy version 2.0 B&S is so annoying – good ridance Isobel. And that last LP ‘Write About Love’ was utterly disappointing to my ears. I’ve heard ppl remark that it’s worth a second look, but I was so completely underwhelmed on the first round that I’ve stayed clear. I’m sorta saddened to have lost interest in so much of what I thought once to be great. But there’s so definitely good jams. In my collection, and my interest in the band they’re a singles band.
He isn’t actually taking shots at the reference points. He’s paying homage. He was known to be a huge fan of the Strokes. Even having rumoured to have covered the entirety of their debut album. I always thought ‘So Alive’ was his U2 take. I don’t really hear the Interpol there.
Yeah, RNR certainly isn’t as bad as some will say, but it’s not as great as some might say either. It was a quickly conceived record and as good or bad as any of the other quickly conceived records he’d made around that time. If RA had a tasteful curator working alongside him editing down the best songs into one single 40 minute (at most) album (Love is Hell, RNR, Demos, etc.) he’d have a mid-period classic. Instead ppl argue over the greatness/weakness of these hit and miss patchy records.
But certainly one could argue everything he’s released up until Cardinology has redeeming moments. Moments. Songs. Albums-no.
Is it? Really? I mean yr not the first or last to say it. I always thought it was tailored for Prime Time Teen Dramas and Cameron Crowe films. And well it was.
A lot of ppl were unaware of Gold as a Double, and it’s a shame. Where Gold rewrites Classic Rock radio in a somewhat enjoyable yet mediocre way Side 4 recaptures the magic of Solo 1.
And Faithless Street above both of those. Strangers Almanac is great. Pneumonia is interesting, but I’ve never understood the adoration. Explain…
2. Gold Side 4 (Or Disc 2; Disc 1 or Sides 1-3 not included in this listing for it’s complete mediocrity.)
3. Jacksonville City Nights (inc. the magnificent cover of ‘Always on My Mind’)
4. Cold Roses (cliche yes, but didn’t need anywhere near 4 sides)
5. A Compilation of Songs from Everything else. I have no interest in any other ‘albums’, but there are certainly some great songs.
Cardinology marked the beginning of the end of any interest I have/had in Ryan Adams current work. ‘Ashes and Fire’ was a nice cut, but I found nothing else to get excited about. But, y’know, Whiskeytown forever! And the 4 records I mentioned will live on. Don’t believe the ppl pimping the bootlegs. Demolition was weak enough you don’t need anymore of the decadent living creative lull that was post-Heartbreaker pre-Cold Roses.
I do believe I heard Sister Nancy ‘Bam Bam’ in that last episode. Nothing better than that. This show started too strong. Series sorta lacked, though still entertaining, from about mid-point on. No?
I mean the Famines-Free Love is a Sales Technique
The Walkmen-In the New Year
Morrissey-You Have Killed Me
Cold Cave-Love Comes Close
Loretta Lynn-The Van Lear Rose
Cass McCombs-Aids in Africa
Sean Nicholas Savage-Heart Wish
Makeout Videotape-Only You
Ghostface ft. GZA and Killah Priest-Purified Thoughts
A.R.E. Weapons-Fuck What You Like
A.R.E. Weapons-What the Fuck Do You Want?
A.R.E. Weapons-Black Mercedes
A.R.E. Weapons-Street Gang
A.R.E. Weapons-Saigon Disco
Alan Vega/A.R.E. Weapons-See Tha Light
Grand Trine-Say It
Dirty Beaches-True Blue
Dirty Beaches-Lord Knows Best
Jom Comyn-Crying Just for the Show
The Famines-Free Love is Not a Sales Technique
Apollo Ghosts-Money Has No Heart
The Soupcans-I Don’t Wanna Be A Soupcan
Bloodshot Bill-I’ll Know
Eric Copeland-Fun Dink Death
Eric Copeland-UFOS Over Vamphire City
Jennifer Castle-Poor as Him
U.S. Girls-If These Walls Could Talk
Oman Ra II-Jimmy Melvin
Ty Segall-You Make the Sun Fry
The Group Sound-Moon
Brazilian Money-Party Til I’m Dead
Animal Collective-Kids on Holiday
Panda Bear-Comfy in Nautica
TV Baby-Do Me Like That
The Outdoorsmen-Tell Yr Folks
Man, I don’t get it? This sounded good to me. Who is watching this expecting some level of perfection? Are you ppl Idol fans? SNL is such an incredibly lame 90 minutes of television that I really cannot understand how this would be seen as anything less than a highlight on an otherwise terrible show. Are the same ppl pooping on Ms. Del Rey the same ppl that have made Sandberg a popular ‘comedian’? Cause that would make a little more sense to me.
Has SNL become a place to see great performances lately?
‘Lord Knows Best’
‘A Hundred Highways’
Sonic Boom on national television! I always thought Fallon was a terrible comedian, but seemed like a nice guy. Add to that presumption the fact that he obviously has some good taste in music.
This isn’t quite Rev and MIA on Letterman, but for some reason this makes me very pleased.
Now ‘Double Take’ either A.R.E. Weapons Self titled debut or follow-up ‘Free in the Streets’ and give either their proper due. Or can we yet face music with a sense of humour in 2011?
Boggles my mind how overlooked this band is.
It’s a good record. And it’ll have it’s chance to become as overrated as the Boxer as the lists keep coming. Somebody will rank it number 1.
Yeah, really odd seeing these ‘won’t be here in year’ bands hitting near the top while Gorillaz, the Walkmen, A.R.E. Weapons, and the Black Keys are excluded.
How is A.R.E. Weapons/TV Baby always so terribly overlooked? I don’t understand it. ‘Darker Blue’ by A.R.E. Weapons is better than at least the majority of that list.
No sense complaining I suppose. The Weapons are the perennial overlooked band. I encourage anyone reading this to check out A.R.E. Weapons ‘Darker Blue’. It’s their best album to date. (And check out their side project TV Baby and their 12″ with Alan Vega ‘See Tha Light’.)
I also highly recommend Sean Nicholas Savage’s ‘Spread Free Like a Butterfly’ from late 09 and ‘Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration’ released this past month. He’s from Montreal and he’s bound to be discussed for the year ends in the coming years. Brooklyn/Forkville just isn’t aware yet.
I’m sure this will keep me scratching my head throughout the similar listings of the season, but I don’t get the National record ranking so high, and the Walkmen’s Lisbon absent. I like the National, but they don’t hold a candle to the Walkmen.
And the Dirty Beaches True Blue 7″
I think Ariel Pink is my number 1.
Deakin needs to catch up on his sleep.
Where is the Walkmen? Are my eyes decieving me? Lisbon is better than pretty much everything on this list.
Why would anybody feel the need to stand-up for the new B&S placeholder record. I love that band, but it feels like tthis is the time for the post-Feeling Sinister down period all over again.
That said ‘Write About Love’ is a snazzy single.
Really, the Wolf Parade? I thought maybe we’d moved passed that crib-notes-post-Arcade Fire-Funeral Indie Rock soundalike nonsense.
Not a bad list.
I guess the UK hasn’t gotten wind of Sean Nicholas Savage yet. Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration was probably released too late for inclusion. I’d like to see ‘Spread Free Like a Butterfly’ find its way on to this years lists – considering it was probably too late for last year.
Whatever, who cares if it makes lists. If your reading this check out Sean Nicholas Savage’s myspace and tell me he isn’t the best singer-songwriter going today.
Thanksgiving weekend here north of the border and I’m thankful for Blue, Pinkerton, and (sorta) Green. I’m also thankful for thiz break-up campaign – it’s hilarious and… necessary.
I can believe Weezer is as terrible as they are. They’re businessmen or Rivers is a business man who knows how to make money – he isn’t concerned with creating ‘great music’. What I have a hard time believing is that Stereogum Session from a couple years ago. How is the same man shouting ‘everybody get dangerous’ doing a killer studio session with a tremendous accapella(sp?) version of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ and that (surprising if you’ve heard Raditude) incredible version of ‘Can’t Stop Partying’? If you haven’t seen it or heard it – Doobie Do!
Probably not worth commenting on, but how does ‘Pitchfork-Endorsed’ even matter at this point? Three to five to seven classic modern records in it’s not as if PB/AC are the new flavour of the month. Giving a pass to more experimental (or perhaps immediately weaker) material has everything to do with fan trust.