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  • Top 25 Songs of 2007

    23 Dic 2007, 0:36

    1. Kanye West: Stronger
    2. Menomena: Muscle 'n Flo
    3. Spoon: You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
    4. Wu-Tang Clan: The Heart Gently Weeps
    5. LCD Soundsystem: Someone Great
    6. Jay-Z: Roc Boys (And The Winner Is...)
    7. Radiohead: Bodysnatchers
    8. Wilco: On and On and On
    9. Lupe Fiasco: Go Go Gadget Flow
    10. M.I.A.: Bird Flu
    11. Liars: Plaster Casts of Everything
    12. Angels and Airwaves: Secret Crowds
    13. UGK: Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
    14. Jens Lekman: A Postcard to Nina
    15. Kanye West: Good Morning (Intro)
    16. Ghostface: We Celebrate
    17. Justice: D.A.N.C.E.
    18. Marissa Nadler: Famous Blue Raincoat
    19. A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Best Summer Ever
    20. Dizzee Rascal: Pussy'ole (Old Skool)
    21. Lil Wayne: We Takin Over (Remix)
    22. Black Kids: I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
    23. A-Track: Stronger (A-Track Remix)
    24. Bright Eyes: Four Winds
    25. Arcade Fire: No Cars Go
  • Top 10 Albums 2007

    23 Dic 2007, 0:12

    Marissa Nadler -- Songs III: Birds on the Water
    Kanye West -- Graduation
    Arcade Fire -- Neon Bible
    The Besnard Lakes -- The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow -- Scribble Mural Comic Journal
    Menomena -- Friend and Foe
    Modest Mouse -- We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
    Okkervil River -- The Stage Names
    The Avett Brothers -- Emotionalism
    Spoon -- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

    With some honorable mentions going to:
    A Place to Bury Strangers -- A Place To Bury Strangers
    Black Kids -- Wizard of Ahhs
    Pharoe Monch -- Desire
    Jesu -- Conquerer
    Dinosaur Jr. -- Beyond

    Looking forward to some great releases next year!
  • Quintessential Pop-Punk Albums

    31 Oct 2006, 9:28


    Milo Goes to College
    Possibly the very first pop-punk band, or even album, this is a classic early '80s SST release that mixes an honest hardcore sound with a less aggressive approach. It's an amazingly fun record, and is catchy as hell. Key tracks: "I'm Not a Punk", "Myage", "Suburban Home", "Marriage"


    Insomniac
    I chose this album over Dookie for a lot of different reasons, mostly for it's harder sound and darker lyrical content. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, and a truly under appreciated LP in general. For me, it's Green Day's shining moment. I'll never get tired of it. Key tracks: "Brain Stew", "Stuart and the Ave.", "Panic Song", "Brat", "Walking Contradiction"



    The Undertones
    The Undertones are amazing. Simple as that. This album is a great precursor to what would become pop-punk. Simple tunes that pack a good punch -- you can't go wrong. Key tracks: "Teenage Kicks", "Jimmy Jimmy", "Here Comes The Summer", "Male Model"


    Another Music In A Different Kitchen
    This was the second line-up of the Buzzcocks, with Pete Shelley singing, following the departure of original leader Howard Devoto. One of the classic pop-punk bands, it was hard for me to pick an album since they're all so amazing. But since this has "Orgasm Addict", I figure it's the one. Amazing band, and they're still doing it today. Key tracks: "Orgasm Addict", "Sixteen", "I Don't Mind", "Oh, Shit", "Whatever Happened To...?"


    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this album. Like Insomniac, it's just pure pop-punk: driving rhythms, snotty vocals, and sugary melodies to boot. Each Saves The Day release stands on its own, but this is the one that sticks out the most for me. Amazing. Key tracks "You Vandal", "All-Star Me", "Through Being Cool", "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic" "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots"


    Take off Your Pants and Jacket
    One of two blink albums I've picked, this one really does show a maturation in their songwriting, even though there are songs about fucking dogs, pirates, mexican pirates and even your grandpa (depending on which version you purchased). Songs like "Stay Together For The Kids" and "Story of a Lonely Guy" show a genuine sincerity, while "Give Me One good Reason" and "Happy Holidays, You Bastard" keep it rooted deep in it's punk rock foundation. I'm sure people will be shocked I gave it the nod over "Dude Ranch" or "Enema of the State", but this is the pop-punk record by which I measure all others. Key Tracks: "Anthem Part II", "Roller Coaster", "Reckless Abandon", The Rock Show", "Every Time I Look For You", "Please Take Me Home"


    Pinkerton
    Has all the elements of a pop-punk record, but ultimately to personal to go all the way. I included it, though, because I don't think there's a single alternative band that hasn't been influenced by Pinkerton. Every band has been trying to beat it since (including Weezer themselves), and you can hear an honest try in groups like Motion City Soundtrack, hellogoodbye, Reggie and the Full Effect, and The Plain White T's. Key Tracks: "Tired of Sex", "Why Bother?", "El Scorcho", "Pink Triangle"


    The Presidents of the United States of America
    Everyone loves this record, and with good reason. It's a throw back to older-style pop-punk, but it's still a lot more fun than anything else you'd hear. A great example of a band just making music that they love. Truly a classic. Key Tracks "Lump", "Kitty", "Peaches", "Naked and Famous", "Dune Buggy"


    Can't Stand the Rezillos
    One of the first punk bands to show a real pop inclination. It's a brave start to the genre, and a good example of how diverse the genre was during it's earliest origins. Sounds exactly like some of the shit I hear today, which is crazy, seeing as it came out in '78. Key Tracks: "Top of the Pops", "2000 A.D.", "Cold Wars", "I Like It", "No"


    blink-182
    blink's best album, and the most artistic, deep pop-punk record ever made. The direction Mark, Tom and Travis were headed was something special. I'd give anything to see and hear the follow up to this album -- given each members newfound inspiration, I am sure it would have been nothing short of spectacular. But alas, we shall never know. Couldn't have ended it any better, though. Key Tracks: Every song.
  • Top 50 Albums of the 1980s

    5 Sep 2006, 7:13

    I had so much fun doing a top 50 of the 90s I figured I'd just move right on to the good old 80s. Enjoy. Feedback is appreciated!

    50. Men at Work-Business As Usual
    49. The Feelies-Crazy Rhythms
    48. Bob Dylan-Oh, Mercy
    47. Leonard Cohen-I'm Your Man
    46. U2-War
    45. Dinosaur Jr.-You're Living All Over Me
    44. Guns N Roses-Appetite For Destruction
    43. The Police-Synchronicity
    42. Cowboy Junkies-The Trinity Session
    41. The Replacements-Tim
    40. Talking Heads-Speaking in Tongues
    39. The Police-Ghost in the Machine
    37. X-Los Angeles
    36. NWA[/artist[-Straight Outta Compton
    35.
    Husker Du-New Day Rising
    34. The Cure-Disintegration
    33. Erik B. and Rakim-Paid In Full
    32. Pete Townshend-Empty Glass
    31. Sonic Youth-EVOL
    30. John Lennon And Yoko Ono-Double Fantasy
    29. The Replacements-Let It Be
    28. Elvis Costello-Get Happy!!
    27. The Smiths-The Smiths
    26. Lou Reed-New York
    25. [artist]Run-DMC[/aritst]-Raising Hell
    24. Paul Simon-Graceland
    23. Dinosaur Jr.-Bug
    22. Brian Eno and David Byrne-My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    21. De La Soul-3 Feet High and Rising
    20. Violent Femmes-Violent Femmes
    19. Joy Division-Closer
    18. Prince-1999
    17. U2-Joshua Tree
    16. Sonic Youth-Sister
    15. [artist]Beastie Boys[artist]-Licencsed to Ill
    14. Prince And The Revolution-Purple Rain
    13. Tom Waits-Swordfishtrombones
    12. The Police-Zenyatta Mondatta
    11. Elvis Costello and the Attractions-Imperial Bedroom
    10. R.E.M.-Murmur
    9. Public Enemy- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    8. Tom Waits-Rain Dogs
    7. Michael Jackson-Thriller
    6. Pixies-Surfer Rosa
    5. Bruce Springsteen-Born In The USA
    4. Sonic Youth-Daydream Nation
    3. Pixies-Doolittle
    2. Talking Heads-Remain In Light
    1. Beastie Boys-Paul's Boutique
  • Top 50 Albums of the 1990s

    29 Ago 2006, 9:14

    This is a list of the albums I thought were the best and most influential, or just some personal favorites, of the '90s.

    50.[album]Repeater[/album]-Fugazi
    49.[album]Californication[/album]-Red Hot Chili Peppers
    48.[album]Harvest Moon[/album]-Neil Young
    47.[album]Sublime[/album]-Sublime
    46.[album]Rage Against the Machine[/album]-Rage Against the Machine
    45.[album]Vitalogy[/album]-Pearl Jam
    44.[album]Ill Communication[/album]-Beastie Boys
    43.[album]Amerikkka's Most Wanted[/album]-Ice Cube
    42.[album]Dummy[/album]-Portishead
    41.[album]Either/Or[/album]-Elliott Smith
    40.[album]Automatic for the People[/album]-R.E.M.
    39.[album]Aquemini[/album]-OutKast
    38.[album]The Low End Theory[/album]-A Tribe Called Quest
    37.[album]In The Aeroplane Over The Sea[/album]-Neutral Milk Hotel
    36.[album]Hello Nasty[/album]-Beastie Boys
    35.[album]Time Out of Mind[/album]-Bob Dylan
    34.[album]Urban Hymns[/album]-The Verve
    33.[album](What's The Story) Morning Glory[/album]-Oasis
    32.[album]Enema of the State[/album]-blink-182
    31.[album]Siamese Dream[/album]-Smashing Pumpkins
    30.[album]Midnite Vultures[/album]-Beck
    29.[album]The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill[/album]-Lauryn Hill
    28.[album]The Bends[/album]-Radiohead
    27.[album]All Eyez on Me[/album]-2Pac
    26.[album]Reasonable Doubt[/album]-Jay-Z
    25.[album]Achtung Baby[/album]-U2
    24.[album]Dookie[/album]-Green Day
    23.[album]The Downward Spiral[/album]-Nine Inch Nails
    22.[album]Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers[/album]-Wu-Tang Clan
    21.[album]In Utero[/album]-Nirvana
    20.[album]Weezer[/album]-Weezer
    19.[album]The Score[/album]-The Fugees
    18.[album]Ready to Die[/album]-artist]Notorious B.I.G.
    17.[album]Blood Sugar Sex Magik[/album]-Red Hot Chili Peppers
    16.[album]Loveless[/album]-My Bloody Valentine
    15.[album]Illmatic[/album]-Nas
    14.[album]Entroducing...[/album]-[arist]DJ Shadow
    13.[album]Post[/album]-Bjork
    12.[album]Definitley Maybe[/album]-Oasis
    11.[album]Play[/album]-Moby
    10.[album]Check Your Head[/album]-Beastie Boys
    9.[album]Pinkerton[/album]-Weezer
    8.[album]Ten[/album]-Pearl Jam
    7.[album]The Chronic[/album]-Dr.Dre
    6.[album]Odelay[/album]-Beck
    5.[album]To Bring You My Love[/album]-PJ Harvey
    4.[album]Slanted and Enchanted[/album]-Pavement
    3.[album]Fear of a Black Planet[/album]-Public Enemy
    2.[album]OK Computer[/album]-Radiohead
    1.[album]Nevermind[/album]-Nirvana
  • Thrice

    2 Dic 2005, 23:04

    It bought the new Thrice album, "Vheissu" quite some time ago, but haven't gotten around to prfoessing my undying love for it until now. thrice has been a favorite band of mine for a while. I've always found their music, especially Dustin Kensrue's lyrics, very intruiging. As far as aggresive, metal, or "hardcore" bands go, I think Thrice is hands down the the best one. "Vheissu" is mind blowing. Some songs sound like Radiohead made a hard rock album. "Red Sky" and "Music Box" are perfect examples: they're just so intricate and creative. I'm not the biggest fan of hardcore music, (though I do dabble in the likes of Underoath, The Kinison,Senses Fail and Comeback Kid)but Thrice is something much much more than a hardcore band. They're the only aggresive band who's music I would consider beautiful. Long story short, I'm in awe of Thrice.
  • ten albums that changed my life

    9 Oct 2005, 1:57

    10) Thrice- The Artist In The Ambulance (showed me the beauty in aggresive music)
    D/L: The Abolition of Man

    9) Everclear- So Much For The Afterglow (first rock album I ever purchased. 5th grade, bitches!)
    D/L: So Much For The Afterglow

    8) The Beatles- White Album (pop music pushed to the absoloute limits)
    D/L: Blackbird

    7) blink-182- Enema Of The State (my favorite band ever. their worst album...but it started it all)
    D/L: Dysentary Gary

    6) The Who- Tommy (musical story telling at it's finest. some of the most memorable songs ever.)
    D/L: Pinball Wizard

    5) Rancid- ...And Out Come The Wolves (showed me that pop sensibility has a place in rock music)
    D/L: Avenues and Alleyways

    4) Green Day- Insomniac. (the first album i ever obsessed over. i know it from front to back. pure pop-punk)
    D/L: Walking Contradiction

    3) Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (the album that was never supposed to be heard. as close to perefect as anything)
    D/L: Ashes Of American Flag

    2) Weezer- Pinkerton (pop-punk melodies mixed with soulful songwriting. catchy, but sad. one of a kind)
    D/L: Across The Sea

    1) Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique (not only changed what rap could sound like, but quitely changed music forever)
    D/L: B-Boy Bouillabaisse