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January 9, 2009

The albums I liked in 2008, and the ones everyone else liked. Now with more overlap.

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , , — Nate @ 4:11 pm

With the new year comes reflection, and how better to reflect than with an endless sea of top-10/20/50/83494 lists?  I don’t remember ever disagreeing with a batch of best-records-of-the-year lists as much as I have this year – I don’t know what it is, but I just thought a lot of the stuff that everyone seemed to love was pretty blah.  Vampire Weekend?  Overrated.  Fleet Foxes?  Boring.  She and Him?  Eh.  Nick Cave?  Go away.

There were an awful lot of people who seemed to make the list just because they managed to release an album between January 1 and December 31, regardless of quality, like Beck, R.E.M., and Cat Power.  There’s a lot of decent stuff, but not great.  Then again, a lot of what I thought was really good was probably just decent at best to others.  Ah well.

Reading material:

Magnet Magazine’s list:

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2008/12/23/magnets-top-25-albums-of-2008/

Q Magazine’s list:

http://www.qthemusic.com/cgi-bin/50bestalbums/month.pl?id=2

Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times/Sound Opinions/www.jimdero.com):

http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2008/12/the_best_albums_of_2008.html

Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune/Sound Opinions):

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2008/12/top-albums-of-2.html#more

My 10 favorite albums of the year:

  • 10 – Okkervil River – the Stand-Ins
  • 9 – the Walkmen – You & Me
  • 8 – the Standard – Swimmer
  • 7 – Darker My Love – 2
  • 6 – Vivian Girls – S/T
  • 5 – Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
  • 4 – the Rosebuds – Life Like
  • 3 – M83 – Saturdays = Youth
  • 2 – the Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  • 1 – Frightened Rabbit – the Midnight Organ Fight

February 28, 2008

Three things that I was reminded of yesterday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Nate @ 3:43 pm

So after last night’s highly uninspiring American Idol, I watched the Coachella DVD.  The performances were generally pretty good, but it was limited to one song per band (I didn’t bother watching the Chili Peppers to see if they were granted more) and there was really no documentary footage beyond one or two kids talking about playing hacky sack or scalping tickets between each band.  The best performances were Belle and Sebastian, the Arcade Fire and Radiohead.  The Mars Volta was pretty eh.  Everyone else was pretty eh. 

Oh, but what I was getting to – the Pixies were just phenomenal, and it seems like I forget every so often just how good they were.  When I listen to Nirvana now, it seems a bit dated and doesn’t get me going quite like it used to.  The Pixies, however, are just eternally awesome.

Also awesome:  Goo Goo Clusters.  I hadn’t had one in forever and found one in the snack bin in the breakroom.  So good.

Not awesome:  the Polyphonic Spree.  Stupid neckbearded permasmiling hippie crap.  This wasn’t good when it was called “Up With People”.

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