Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Greatest Living Directors

Did you see this? If not, read it. Then discuss.


Friday, February 13, 2009

50 Fave Albums

What Azimuth said...plus, a pretty accurate list of the albums I've listened to the most all time. I may actually think another album by the artist is BETTER, but I like more songs on this one or have spent much more time listening to another.

Allman Brothers / Allman Bros.
The Beatles / Revolver
The Beatles / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Beach Boys / Pet Sounds
Andrew Bird / Mysterious Production of Eggs
Jeff Buckley / Grace
Neko Case / Furnace Room Lullabye
John Coltrane / Africa Brass Sessions
John Coltrane / The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard
Miles Davis / Kind of Blue
Death Cab for Cutie / We Have the Facts, and We’re Voting Yes
Nick Drake / Pink Moon
Bob Dylan / Bringing it All Back Home
Hedwig and the Angry Inch / Film Soundtrack
Jimi Hendrix / Live at the Fillmore East
Jefferson Airplane / Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Michael Jackson / Off the Wall
LCD Soundsystem /Sound of Silver
Led Zeppelin / I
Model Engine / Lean Years Tradition
My Brightest Diamond /Bring Me the Workhorse
Neutral Milk Hotel / Aeroplane Flies Over the Sea
Nirvana / Nevermind
Oasis /What’s the Story, Morning Glory
Pavement / Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pearl Jam / Vs.
Pink Floyd /Dark Side of the Moon
The Posies / Frosting on the Beater
Radiohead / OK Computer
Red House Painters / Rollercoaster
Rogue Wave /Descended Like Vultures
Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones / Exile on Main St.
Ryan Adams / Jacksonville City Nights
Sigur Ros / Aegytus Byrjun
Smashing Pumpkins / Siamese Dream
Elliott Smith / Self-titled
The Smiths / Hatful of Hollow
Son Volt / Trace
Soundgarden / Superunknown
Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run
Starflyer 59 / Americana
Sufjan Stevens / Greetings From Michigan!
The Sundays / Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Sunny Day Real Estate / How it Feels to be Something On…
Supergrass / I Should Coco
Uncle Tupelo / Still Feel Gone
The Who / Who’s Next
Weezer / Pinkerton
Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Top 50 Favorite Albums

So, this is a pretty big shift from our last few topics. I'm not going for "Top 50 Albums Ever"...I'm not even going for the "Top 50" I own. Instead, this is a list of my "Top 50 Favorite Albums," defined here as the albums I couldn't live without. Now sure, some of these are indispensable to me because I think they're great--hence, Beatles, Who, etc.--but what's motivating my selections is not objective quality but rather totally, irresponsibly subjective love. To that end, this is my list. If anyone else wants to post a list as a separate entry, go for it: we can use the comments on this entry as a place to discuss these albums. But if you want to add a list here under the comments section, that's fine, too. The goal here--in addition to simply sharing--is to try and open a dia(b)logue about music we love and why it is we love it. I'll begin, in alphabetical order:

1. Aesop Rock / Labor Days
2. The Beatles / Revolver
3. Beck / Odelay
4. Beirut / Gulag Orkestar
5. The Black Keys / Rubber Factory
6. Blind Willie McTell / Atlanta Twelve String
7. Bob Dylan / The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
8. Bob Dylan / Highway 61 Revisited
9. Bruce Springsteen / Nebraska
10. Built to Spill / Keep It Like A Secret
11. The Clash / London Calling
12. Dead Kennedys / Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
13. Destroyer / Rubies
14. Elliott Smith / XO
15. Explosions in the Sky / The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
16. The Flaming Lips / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
17. Fugazi / 13 Songs
18. Godspeed You! Black Emperor / F#A#[infinity]
19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
20. Jeff Buckley / Grace
21. Joanna Newsom / Ys
22. Joni Mitchell / Blue
23. Lauryn Hill / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
24. The Magnetic Fields / 69 Love Songs
25. Modest Mouse / The Moon & Antarctica
26. Mogwai / Young Team
27. The Mountain Goats / Tallahassee
28. Neutral Milk Hotel / In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
29. Nick Drake / Bryter Layter
30. Nirvana / MTV Unplugged in New York
31. Pavement / Slanted and Enchanted
32. Pedro the Lion / It's Hard to Find a Friend
33. Pixies / Surfer Rosa
34. Pixies / Doolittle
35. Radiohead / The Bends
36. Radiohead / OK Computer
37. Rage Against the Machine / Rage Against the Machine
38. Ramones / Ramones
39. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals / Jacksonville City Nights
40. Sex Pistols / Never Mind the Bollocks
41. Sigur Ros / Agaetis Byrjun
42. Silverchair / Frogstomp
43. Slint / Spiderland
44. Smashing Pumpkins / Siamese Dream
45. Stone Temple Pilots / Core
46. Sufjan Stevens / Greetings from Michigan!
47. The Velvet Undergrond / The Velvet Underground & Nico
48. Weezer / Pinkerton
49. The Who / Who's Next
50. Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Desert Island Mixtape

You've got one 80 minute CD-R to take with you to a desert island. Cram it full of songs and post your list.