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  1. Bob Dylan has become Wesley Willis. By which I mean, Modern Times sounds like Dylan rambling aimlessly and amelodically over laughably canned and generic "ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC"
  2. Here's my take along those lines: http://www.richbradley.org/blog/?p=55
  3. I had to see it to believe it, but lo, at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/char...0&g=Singles There it is: Radiohead - Nude, a few positions below the Jonas Brothers and a few above Taylor Swift. Good for the band, I guess, as this is only their second Top 40 US hit, and their first since Creep back in '93. But...WTF is this about?
  4. I guess I'm another one of these ill-informed Americans who hasn't been exposed to much of the BeeGees' early stuff... very open to hearing more though. I'm intrigued now. Kinks: Victoria (as perfect a pop song as any ever written) Beach Boys: Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
  5. The last time I saw Radiohead, in 2006, FPT was the one big song I was really hoping for, having been lucky enough to see just about all of my other favorites performed on different occasions. It was kind of an off night for the band, sound wasn't great and they seemed to not be hearing themselves (Thom sang "No Surprises" in a completely different key than what the band was playing)... then FPT started and it was MAGIC. Brilliantly played, and the moment I heard everyone talking about after the show. IMHO Radiohead is the best band in the world today on record, and Wilco is the best live ac
  6. So all the fuss over R.E.M. learning to "rock" again and writing songs under 3 minutes, and it turns out the best song is "Sing for the Submarine," a midtempo waltz that clocks in at 5 minutes. Ha. I generally agree that this is a solid album, no more, no less (after two listens anyway). Certainly nowhere near as actively awful as Around the Sun, but still very slight compared to the IRS years.
  7. Good call here, should definitely have made my list
  8. Nah we can't count EPs, that would make this whole thing impossible. And yeah, Come On Pilgrim is an EP. Surfer Rosa was Pixies' first full length LP, then Doolittle.
  9. http://www.elfboyz.com/polu.html Googled it and it looks like the whole album's still on the band's site. I stumbled across this once a few years ago, I don't even remember how. I know absolutely nothing about the band, and I think it's probably better that way. Don't know if I can explain the appeal really -- it isn't really "good," but I still listen to it every once in a while and continue to find it oddly captivating.
  10. The Elfboyz - Pat Often Left Us VERY obscure, VERY lo-fi, VERY awesome
  11. Don't forget about the Velvet Underground's SQUEEZE -- technically it's their last album, much as everyone would love to forget that. 1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea 2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless 3. The Beatles - Abbey Road (should probably be Let It Be, but there's at least an argument for it) 4. Nirvana - In Utero 5. Joy Division - Closer 6. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on a Hill 7. The Police - Synchronicity 8. The Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks 9. Nick Drake - Pink Moon 10. Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne 11. H
  12. I took some liberties with the Beck one, since One Foot in the Grave and Stereopathetic Soulmanure are often considered "unofficial releases" But as far as Nirvana goes, a) Inscesticide isn't an album it's a rarities compilation and it came out after Nevermind anyway
  13. 1. Radiohead - The Bends 2. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea 3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless 4. Nirvana Nevermind 5. The Beatles - With the Beatles 6. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight 7. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 8. Pixies - Doolittle 9. Eels - Electro-Shock Blues 10. Beck - Odelay 11. Wilco - Being There 12. Elvis Costello - This Year's Model 13. Super Furry Animals - Radiator 14. Joy Division - Closer 15. Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust 16. Fiona Apple - When the Pawn... 17. Squeeze - Cool for Cats 18. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
  14. The new Tapes 'n Tapes is streaming for a very limited time on the band's official website: http://www.tapesntapes.com/preview/index.php After one listen I think I'm really into this. It's nice to hear Dave Fridmann's production complement a record so well again (it had been a while, IMO). I wasn't even all that fond of the first TnT record, but this could be a great one here.
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