Top 25 Absolute Favorite Albums

If you are a die hard music fan like me and if you are reading this, then you probably are, naming your top 25 favorite albums of all time is no easy task. Hell, it’s hard enough to narrow it down to 100 or 50, but 25 is a whole other beast. Now, I use the term “absolute” because there are numerous LPs that I consider favorites and I love them, but these ditties are really special to me; I’m talking heavy rotation, play track by track, till you wear em’ out. THIS IS NOT A LIST OF THE ‘GREATEST’ ALBUMS OF ALL TIME, SO DON’T COMMENT, THAT THIS IS BS, MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN POST! BUT, BY ALL MEANS SHARE YOUR FAVES IF YOU LIKE. Here they are from 25 to 1.

25) Tender Prey (1988)- Nick Cave- Mute (“Watching Alice”)
– Cave and his Bad Seeds unleash some of the darkest, deepest, and sometimes creepiest ballads and Rock jams to come out of the 80s by far.

24) Either/Or (1997)- Elliott Smith- Kill Rock Stars (“Between the Bars”)
– Smith delivers a truly unique and highly distinctive sound for himself on this record, perfecting all of his previous efforts and never matching the same quality on future offerings (at least in my opinion). His vocals are soothing to the ears and I really dig the simple percussion and oft acoustic guitar strumming.

23) Neon Bible (2007)- Arcade Fire- Merge (“Intervention”)
– Epic, gigantic, orchestral number after number, few popular “indie” groups can boast such quality recordings.

22) Microcastle (2008)- Deerhunter- Kranky (“Twilight At Carbon Lake”)
– Deerhunter take their ambiance and chill it down a couple of notches, instead, strengthening their pop elements and ultimately creating a mind blowing experience from start to finish.

21) Strawberry Jam (2007)- Animal Collective- Domino (“Peacebone”)
– Bonefish! This is the first AC LP I really got into. The pop hooks are stronger than ever (well up until this point) and yet the group still retains their experimental and certianly bizarre mystique.

20) Songs About Fucking (1987)- Big Black- Touch and Go (“Fish Fry”)
– Sure, the songs may be about fucking and chucking and killing and what have you, but clearly, there’s no fucking around here. The album showcases the band’s knack for producing walls of in your face, relentless noise that sounds soothing to my ears. Definitely Albini’s best work to date.

19) Psychocandy (1985)- Jesus and Mary Chain- Reprise- (“The Hardest Walk”)
– Insane noise pop- probably the definition of noise pop. Beach Boys harmonies drenched in “unbearable” noise- a modern masterpiece.

18) The Village Green Preservation Society (1968)- The Kinks- Reprise (“Do You Remember Walter?”)
– You think you know The Kinks? If you haven’t heard VG then you know nothing. Here, we have an extremely “British” record, featuring some of these bad boys’ greatest, catchiest numbers. In many ways, this LP is proof that The Kinks were one of the most mature groups to originiate out of the British Invasion-with themes of adolescence lost and dreams of happiness shattered by the weight of the world.

17) Revolver (1966)- The Beatles- Capital (“Here, There, and Everywhere”)
– What else can be said?! That’s what I thought………. perhaps first album that truly abandoned the “Yeah Yeah Yeah” era for good.

16) Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)- Velvet Underground- Polydor (“Sunday Morning”)
– I first heard this when I was thirteen and within just a few seconds of “Sunday Morning” I knew I was listening to something special. This was before I had seen all the Greatest Albums lists it vastly appears on. For an album that deals with S & M, Heroin, and unrequited love, there’s an affectionate side to the Velvets that makes this old favorite timeless.

15) Rage Against the Machine (1992)- Rage Against the Machine- Epic (“Know Your Enemy”)
– I have pretty much ruined my CD from playing it over and over and over again. I’d say each Rage album has lasting playable quality to it, but not nearly as much as this first LP. The opener, “Bombtrack” should be studied as easily one of the greatest examples of a band displaying all of their distinctive attributes (guerrila politics, quick rhymes, and flawless guitar riffs) in a matter of seconds. Rage’s debut stands as one of the greatest manifestos of the 20th Century.

14) Darkside of the Moon (1973)- Pink Floyd- Capital (“Time”)
– This album evokes various memories for me and like a good friend is always there when I need it. Just a great record to throw in and just chill out for about an hour. No matter how big this LP or Floyd has become, it still holds a very personal feel to it for I’m sure not just me, but all Floyd fans. For a while, this was my favorite album, for about ahhh let’s say- 6.5 years… Admittedly, I don’t like this as much as I used to, well obviously. But still, this is probably the first album to truly change my life- musically, philisophically, spiritually, and in every other way. The simplicity and timing of the music is key- you don’t have to sync it with OZ to be mesmerized by it’s magic.

13) Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994)- Weezer- Geffen/DGC (“Only In Dreams”)
– If you have not heard this album because you think Weezer sucks, there’s a good chance you have only heard post Blue Album/Pinkerton Weezer (or you simply don’t like them!). Well, do yourself a favor and let go of the prejudice- I am not a big fan of any of their later recordings, but I love this album and distinugish from the rest of the group’s discography. Every track here is a hit (not in the charting sense of the word)- a blow to my catchy-surf poppy- jangly guitar desiring bones. Is it mainstream? Of course. Is it commmercial? You bet. Is it passionate songwriting? Without a doubt. So, isn’t that the most important ingrediant? I feel like Weezer is being Weezer naturally here, a naturally popular band. Alas, it seems we never ever heard that same band again, instead, from here on, it is like Weezer trying to be Weezer.

12) The Mollusk (1997)- Ween- Elektra (“It’s Gonna Be (Alright)
– Before hearing this ditty, I was already a big fan of the humorously bizarre, Experimental Rock duo. However, it is on this record that they became one of my favorite bands. This is Ween at their finest; perhaps their only great, great album? (at least in their opinion). As always, we hear adventerous, psychedlic tunes from all sorts of genres/styles, and yet this time around there is a real unifiedalbum feel to it, rather than a collection of cool, wacky songs. “It’s Gonna Be (Alright)” stradles the line between silly Ween number and serious, sentimental AM Pop single; some folks may prefer a clear artistic intention, but the group’s ambiguity is what makes the music brilliant.

11) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (2009)- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- Slumberland- (“Come Saturday)
– One of my first impressions of this band/album was damn, I feel like I’m at a Junior High dance in the mid 80s, I’m standing in the dark corner and these guys are playing on stage, playing the same kind of song over and over again. Only difference? It’s fucking amazing. Now, with most bands that have similar sounding songs, it doesn’t quite work. With the Pains, this is totally not the case. You hear one of their ballads and you immediately think, “this is my new favorite band!” The pop hooks are that powerful. With Summery pop melodies and 60s vocals being smashed together with unflinching noise, I second several music critics’ comparison to the seminal Jesus and Mary Chain, except one thing, they are much better.

10) Alice and Friends (2009)- Box Elders- Goner (“Atlantis”)
– I saw the Box Elders live opening for Jay Reatard quite some time ago and experienced something that has never been duplicated: Without ever hearing them before or even having knowledge of their existence, just mere notes into their performance I was hooked. Who were these guys? Well, not too long after that show I picked up this record and discovered a unique and entertaining “Cave Pop/Hippie Punk” trio with superb energy and affection for their incredibly catchy and endearing songs. What really stands out about the BE is their knack for intriguing subject matter i.e. songs about walking “One Foot in Front of the Other,” the apocalypse “2012,” ” loving dead people “Necro,” and so on. They may fall under the “Garage” label, but they stand out far more than most bands of that variety. On this album the band approaches the material in a delicately innocent manner, without losing their badass Rock and Roll edge.

9) I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning (2005)- Bright Eyes- Saddle Creek (“Road to Joy”)
– For me, this is the only Bright Eyes record that hits home, perhaps too close to home. I hate being that guy that only digs their biggest release, but for whatever reason, no other BE album has hit me as hard. This is definitely a work that strikes an emotional chord for me. You can enjoy it when you’re really down, cause clearly Conor is in most of the songs, and it will bring you right up. Or you can toss it on when you’re a happy camper and shout along to the triumphant anti-war declarations such as, “So when you’re asked to fight a war thats over nothin’ its best to join the side thats gonna win. No one’s sure how all of this got started but we’re gonna make ’em God damn certain how its gonna end.”

8) Doolittle (1989)- Pixies- 4AD/Elektra (“Wave of Mutilation”)
– The Pixies take their raw Husker Du like sound and inject more traditional pop songwriting creating a beautifully sounding, but horrifying mess. Lyrically the album is pretty ugly with tunes about the spinning and slicing of eyeballs “Debaser,” suicide “Wave of Mutilation,” and bizarre bibical imagery “Gouge Away.” “Hits” like “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” prove the band can reach a wider audience without compromising their sound. I’ve seen this album live in it’s entirety and that was one of the best concerts I have ever experienced. This album exemplifies the “loud quiet loud” dynamic better than any Pixies recording. If you haven’t given this some ear time, than you have some serious homework to attend to.

7) You Turn Me On (1992)- Beat Happening- K/Sub Pop (“Teenage Caveman”)
– Beat Happening retain their passion over musicianship attitude and use quality studio production to strengthen this fine aesthetic. The songs sound better than ever and there is very little to no dead areas. Both Calvin and Heather perfect their vocals here; deep baritone, but not exhausting to the ears and light, almost innocent-girl group singing, respectively. This offering is BH’s strongest work as an all together album experience.

6) King of the Beach (2010)- Wavves- Fat Possum (“Post-Acid”)
– Before hearing this fantastic Summer Twenty Ten companion, I liked and admired Wavves, but they weren’t a favorite of mine particularly. Often when a lo-fi/noise band makes the leap to a cleaner production sounding record I start to cringe. As with Beat Happening, this is not the case with King. The production brings out the best in Wavves and only makes the songs that much catchier and more intriuging. I really dig the various, sometimes experimental, styles Wavves throw in: fast surf pop- “King of the Beach,” psychedelic- “Linus Spacehead,” the neo psychedelia a la Animal Collective- “Mickey Mouse,” 90s pop punk- “Post-Acid,” and dance pop/electronica- “Convertible Balloon.” The variety on this record really makes it stand out from similar artists like say Best Coast, whom I am a fan of, but have songs that all sound alike, it seems. And at the same time, Wavves has their own distinctive side to them. Two factors really make this LP exceptional and a rarity. 1) There are few songs that aren’t totally kick ass! and the ones that are “ok” are actually quite good and worthy of numerous listens, just not in the same league as their counterparts. Most albums have at leas their fair share of truly weak songs. 2) This major change in sound is such a surprising treat to Wavves fans and makes this release all the more memorable and notable.

5) Gay Singles (2010)- Hunx and His Punx- True Panther Sounds (“Cruisin”)
– Not too many days go by without me hoppin and boppin around to my favorite Gay Singles! No, you don’t have to actually be of the peter puffing persuasion to enjoy this compilation, you just have to be open minded and willing to hear the most flaming music in the world! If you’re a fan of 60s girl groups, Old School Rock and Roll, The Ramones, Nobunny, etc I think you will really dig this shit. Here, we have some of the catchiest love songs my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Hunx aka Seth Bogart is a fabulous student of Malt Shop Memories and that’s all it really is. Classic Rock and Roll, youthful, love numbers, but with a queer touch to it and the ocassional sweaty, vulgar comment or two. Not to mention a real bad ass garage sounding percussion; overall the production is extremely pleasing to 60s audio freaks, such as myself. Hunx has more balls than all the pussy mainstreamers combined and in many ways he is one of most charismatic frontmen in all of modern music. So GET BENT!

4) Invisible Girl (2009)- King Khan & BBQ Show- In the Red (“Anala”)
– Doooo ba ba ba dooo aahhh yeah! Doo Wop till ya drop! Throw in some songs about being a lonely boy and loving your baby round the clock and you’ve got a masterpiece. Being a huge fan of the KK BBQ before hearing this, I was initially not as enthusiastic as I thought it would be. But not too long after it grew heavily on me and has since become my favorite KK BBQ album and one of my favorite albums of all time. Their first two LPs were good and fun, but had too much disparity in amazing tunes and average suckers. With this record there is never a dull moment and plenty of variety. From the unsavory “Tastebuds” to the sensitive “Third Ave,” KK BBQ are the masters of reinterpreting old genres/eras of music and then some.

3) Blood Visions (2006)- Jay Reatard- In the Red (“My Shadow”)
– What haven’t I said about this man and his great musical contributions. You know how I feel. Look it up! Definitely Jay’s best studio album. His Let It Bloom (2005)if you will.

2) Matador Singles ’08 (2008)- Jay Reatard- Matador (“See/Saw”)
– Like we don’t talk about this fucking guy enough on this blog and this (not so) boring fuck gets two albums on the list! Absolutely, Jay, the pop master, as I have called him, unleashes thirteen killer singles with better production than ever before. The pop hooks are stronger here than anywhere else and his Garage Punk Rockin style is not totally obliterated either. This is vintage Reatard, still too good for the naysayers. For most that do hear this, they acknowledge how simple, yet astonishing Jay’s songwriting is. I bet Angry Angels Singles ’10 sounds sweet in Heaven.

1) Los Valientes Del Mundo Neuvo (2007)- Black Lips- Vice (“Sea of Blasphemy”)
– “This is going to be the best live record of all time,” announces Jared Swilley in “Stranger.” Funny thing is, Mr. Swilley probably didn’t realize how accurate his declaration was. Most of y’all will disagree with me here, but I’m sure we can all agree this is the best Black Lips record (probably of all time, but who knows?). This guerrila pop classic captures everything essential to the Black Lips chaotic craft: Drunkem sing alongs, amateur caterwoul hollers, fast and noisy Rockers, and all the jostling craziness of a Black Lips show. This set includes most of the Lips pre-Vice, classic material. Live albums should make you feel like you are sonically at the scene of the crime or at least want to be within the musical tornado; I would give my left nut to shake dirty hands with the Mexican, finger poppin prostitute and be amidst the bedlam in Tiajauna with the baddest Rock and Roll band of our time.

Favorite Songs of 2010 (So Far)

Limit One Song Per Band

– “Brian Eno” by MGMT
– “Walk in the Park” by Beach House
– “Tiny Sioux” by Box Elders
– “Fresh” by Devo
– “Jail La La” by Dum Dum Girls
– “Gay Human Bones” by Harlem
– “Go Berserk” by Mark Sultan
– “1000 Years” by Portugal. The Man
– “Be Brave” by The Strange Boys
– “Take On the World” by Wavves
– “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain” by Wolf Parade

I’m leaving out a lot; these are just ones that I found on a quick run through of my media player.

Why Top 5?

1) Black Lips- Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo (2007, Vice)-
“This is going to be the best live record of all time!” I couldn’t agree more with you Jared. The album begins with the perennial shouting “ohhhh,” then we are held in suspicion as some Mexican dude is rapidly shouting something in Spanish, which culminates to him shrieking “THE BLACK LIPS!” Then we get strapped in for the roller coaster that is “MIA.” Next we float around like Boomerangs until we slide down the “Sea of Blasphemy.” More classics follow, including “Stranger,” “Not A Problem,” “Hippie, Hippie Hoorah,” and others. Particularly, for me the tracks “Fairy Stories” and “Dirty Hands” always get me going. FS is a great dancing number and is the closest the Lips get to a Beatles song. I love how lyrically this song is sooo menacing: “My daddy has a gun, it’s not a toy, but it’s loads of fun!” and yet musically, it’s completely joyous. DH is one of the best sing a longs ever, perfect for campfires. Lastly, the group finishes with their signature song (if they have one) “Juvenile.” Every track is a classic and this is the closest you get to the live experience on a Black Lips album. As with their shows, on this record there is never a dull moment.

2) Jay Reatard- Matador Singles ’08 (2008, Matador)-
This was the first Jay Reatard album I ever heard; prior to hearing this record, I knew very little of Jay’s music. I had seen some youtube videos, but that wasn’t enough. Even seeing him live, didn’t shake me. So, I tossed on this compilation and I was blown away at how catchy these songs were. I know most people will disagree with me, but this is seriously one of the greatest pop records of all times. These motherfuckers stick to your brain! The repetitious vocals, the simple guitars, memorable lyrics. it’s all here. Favorites include “See/ Saw,” “Screaming Hand,” “An Ugly Death,” “Always Wanting More,” “Trapped Here,” “I’m Watching You,” amongst others. Two tracks in particular should be noted: “No Time” and “You Were Sleeping.” These softies are incredible. Sure, they are probably the wimpiest diddies Reatard has ever had the courage to release to his garage punk aficionado fans, but that’s what makes this LP a classic.

3) The King Khan & BBQ Show- What’s For Dinner? (2006, In the Red)-
Baayyyy Beee Why Don’t You Lie like Rolling Stone magazine when they didn’t include this masterpiece amongst their bests of the decade lol. Seriously though, if you are looking for fun filled old school rock n roll, doo wop, garage punk numbers, this is your album. Unlike their garage rock revival counterparts, the Black Lips and Jay Reatard, the KKBBQS, both lyrically and musically is all about the good old times when kids were kids and danced their ass off with the Zombies at the hop. This LP includes numerous classics: you have the great doo woppy sensitive pop numbers in “I’ll Never Belong,” “Into the Snow,” and “Why Don’t You Lie?” Then you have your fast rockers with “Treat Me Like a Dog,” “Zombies,” and “Dock It#8.” And then there’s the in-betweens. Specifically, “Too Much In Love” is my favorite tune and is soo damn catchy. I could complain more about the severe lack of recognition this LP and this band in general does not receive, but then again , I DON’T GIVE A FUCK!

4) Jay Reatard- Blood Visions (2006, In the Red)-
So, you name your debut Blood Visions and the cover is you naked covered in (real) blood; does it get more badass than that? I hope not! You don’t even need to listen to this album to know what it is about. Just look at the cover. It’s a portrait of a man, who is giving you his internal emotions in his music, he’s not hiding anything from we, creeps. In this sense, there’s plenty of vulnerability in his music, but it never gets the best of him. To this day, his set lists comprise mostly (or at least a good chunk) of BV songs and it’s not hard to see why with such essential, vintage Reatard: “Blood Visions,” “It’s So Easy,” “My Shadow,” “Nightmares,” “Fading All Away,” “Waiting For Something,” and others. It’s a pop classic, it’s a punk classic, but it’s not pop punk lol. Great, unpolished, garagey production. Just the way I like it.

5) Jay Reatard- Singles ’06-’07 (2008, In the Red)-
Ok, I’ve sucked enough Reatard and Garage Rock dick like Rolling Stone gives Radio head. So, I’m going to make this short and sweet. More classic, essential singles and new acoustic, low fi versions of old favorites, as well as some of Jay’s best love/pop songs: “I Know A Place,” “Don’t Let Him Come Back,” “It’s So Useless,” “Let It All Go.”


My Top Albums of the Decade

Just flipping through the latest issue of Rolling Stone (I rarely read the mag) and taking a gander at their bests of the decade lists, I can’t get over the massive discrepancies in our’s and their’s. RS overwhelmingly favors mostly mainstream/major label acts and a few independent acts with some degree of commercials success. So of course, our homeboys (Black Lips, Jay, King Khan, No Age, etc.) are virtually nonexistent because they’re not big enough! Wow, what a terrifically horrendous way to evaluate music… Anyway, case in point, their top 50 albums of the decade barely included 1/5 of independent music, whereas our lists are the complete opposite. Anyway, here’s their list: and here’s mine, the better one :)

1) Black Lips- Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo (2007, Vice)

2) Jay Reatard- Matador Singles ’08 (2008, Matador)

3) The King Khan & BBQ Show- What’s For Dinner? (2006, In the Red)

4) Jay Reatard- Blood Visions (2006, In The Red)

5) Jay Reatard- Singles ’06-’07 (2008, In the Red)

6) Bright Eyes- I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005, Saddle Creek)

7) The King Khan & BBQ Show- The King Khan & BBQ Show (2004, Goner)

8) Animal Collective- Strawberry Jam (2007, Domino)

9) No Age- Nouns (2008, Sub Pop)

10) King Khan & The Shrines- The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines (2008, Vice)

11) Arcade Fire- Neon Bible (2007, Merge)

12) Black Lips- 200 Million Thousand (2009, Vice)

13) Page France- Hello, Dear Wind (2005, Suicide Squeeze)

14) Box Elders- Alice and Friends (2009, Goner)

15) The Pains of Being Pure At Heart- The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland Records, 2009)

16) Against Me!- Reinventing Axl Rose (2002, No Idea)

17) Girls- Album (2009, True Panther Sounds)

18) The Nightwatchman- One Man Revolution (2007, Epic)

19) Glassjaw- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence (Roadrunner, 2000)

20) Mark Sultan- The Sultanic Verses (2007, In the Red)

21) Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006, Domino)

22) Kimya Dawson- Remember That I love You (2006, K)

23) Black Lips- Good, Bad, Not Evil (2007, Vice)

24) The Almighty Defenders- The Almighty Defenders (2009, Vice)

25) The King Khan & BBQ Show- Invisible Girl (2009, In the Red)

26) System of A Down- Mesmerize/ Hypnotize ( 2005, American)

27) Deerhunter- Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP (2009, Kranky)

28) Head Automatica- Decadence (2004, Warner Brothers)

29) Deftones- White Pony (2000, Maverick)

30) System of A Down- Toxicity (2001, American)

31) Mabuses- Mabused (2007, Magpie)

32) Glassjaw- Worship and Tribute (2002, Warner Brothers)

33) Against Me!- As the Eternal Cowboy (2003, Fat Wreck Cords)

34) Black Lips- Black Lips (2003, Bomp!)

35) Black Lips- We Did Not Know the Spirit Made the Flowers Grow (2004, Bomp!)

36) Animal Collective- Feels (2005, Fat Cat)

37) Sonic Youth- The Eternal (2009, Matador)

38) Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009, Domino)

39) Fugazi- The Argument (2001, Dischord)

40) Those Darlins- Those Darlins (2009, Oh Wow Dang)

41) The Strange Boys and Girls Club (2009, In the Red)

42) The Used- The Used (2001, Reprise)

43) Arctic Monkeys- Humbug (2009, Domino, Warner Brothers, EMI)

44) Editors- The Back Room (2005, Kitchenware, Fader)

45) Shellac- 1000 Hurts (2000, Touch And Go)

I’m leaving 5 slots open for possible last minute acceptances.


MY Top Ten Concerts of 2009!

For specific information like dates, go to Glen’s post, as I feel it is unnecessary to rewrite the same information. Also, in some of these shows I am not naming every performer for the evening, but rather those I found to be memorable. Note: I attended twenty solid concerts total this year, so this list is exactly half of them.

1) Black Lips w/ Mean Creek at the Middle East- A+: Best concert I’ve ever seen simply because they are my favorite band and I knew all of the songs. But, beyond that, the show was constantly exciting and I really appreciated the chat with Cole as Glen noted. Mean Creek were a chill band with a great anti-capitalist message.

2) King Khan & The Shrines w/ Mark Sultan at the Paradise Rock Club- A+: What else can you say about King and gang that hasn’t already been said?! The show is a spectacle from start to finish. Pure energy, excitement, and really happiness. If the Black Lips were not my favorite band, without a doubt, I would say the Shrines were the most entertaining performers I have ever seen. Like Glen, I’m positive I would appreciate Marky Sultan’s performance infinitely more, if I saw him now, but even without being familiar to his music, I still appreciated it; something extremely rare for me. Supreme Genius indeed!

3) Jay Reatard w/ Box Elders, Nobunny, and Hunx and His Punx at Harpers Fery- A+: Fun, Fun, Fun till Harpers Ferry security took Nobunny pyro techniques away! Then more fun with Jay! I second Glen, as I seem to do a lot in these lists (great minds think alike!) best opening experience ever! I heard one of my new favorites for the first time: Box Elders. Instantly I fell in love with their catchy, pop songs, another rare feature. Hunx was queer as fuck, but in a great way! They really got the crowd moving, perhaps moving away for some (and oddly moving closer for others haha); once again rare for an opening band. This continued with Nobunny, who also shared tremendous showmanship and over all joy in their craft. Of course Jay belted out his hits and it was great. The moshing and crowd interaction made it a memorable concert for sure.

4) King Khan & BBQ Show at the Middle East- A+: Supreme Genius continues! Well, I was waddlin around right into the snow with some zombies, which transformed into a fish fight. Soon I said I’ll never belong here and so I docked at number eight. Unfortunately, the hunnies treat me like dog because I’m too much in love with them, so I just sat and watched them shake real low. I’d much rather they hold me tight, but I guess not tonight. I guess I’ll be a lonely boy for one more night.

5) Pixies w/ Jay Reatard at Wang Theater- A+: One of my favorite bands playing one of my favorite albums and my second favorite artist opening for them with amazing seats, what else can I ask for?!

6) Sonic Youth w/ The Feelies at Wilbur Theatre- A+
7) No Age w/ Lemonade at Wellsley College- A+
8) Animal Collective at the House of Blues- A
9) Head Automatica at the Great Scott- A
10) Arctic Monkeys at the House of Blues- B+/A-


MY Top Songs of 2009

1) Animal Collective- Summertime Clothes

2) The Almighty Defenders- Cone of Light

3) Deerhunter- Disappearing Ink

4) Jay Reatard- Rotten Mind

5) King Khan & BBQ Show- Anala

6) Girls- Lust For Life

7) Uninhabitable Mansions- Speed Is Deceiving

8) Box Elders- Atlantis

9) Black Lips- I’ll Be With You

10) Strange Boys- Woe Is You and Me

11) Waaves- So Bored

12) Mika Miko- I Got A Lot (New New New)

13) No Age- You’re A Target

14) The Pains of Being Pure At Heart- Come Saturday

15) Bobby Ubangi- Greasers’ Lament

16) Arctic Monkeys- Secret Door

17) Those Darlins- Red Light Love

18) Sunset Rubdown- Idiot Heart

19) Sonic Youth- What We Know

20) Vivian Girls- Before I Start to Cry


MY Top Songs of the 2000s

I agree with Glen in maitaining a 3 song limit for each artist.
Against Me!:
1) Baby, I’m An Anarchist (2002)
2) Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious (2002)
3) Pints of Guiness Make You Strong (2002)

The Almighty Defenders:
1) Cone of Light (2009)
2) The Ghost With the Most (2009)
3) Bow Down and Die (2009)

Andrew W.K.:
1) We Want Fun (2002)
2) Party Hard (2001)
3) It’s Time to Party (2001)

Animal Collective
1) Summertime Clothes (2009)
2) Peacebone (2007)
3) Who Could Win a Rabbit (2004)

1) Turncoat (2003)
2) This Is the End (2006)

Arcade Fire:
1) Rebellion (Lies) (2005)
2) My Body Is a Cage (2007)
3) Intervention (2007)

Arctic Monkeys:
1) Riot Van (2006)
2) Fluorescent Adolescent (2007)
3) I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor (2006)

1) Like A Stone (2002)


1) Lust of the Libertines (2007)

Beat Happening:
1) Angel Gone (2000)

1) E-Pro (2005)

Black Lips:
1) Bad Kids (2007)!!!!!!
2) Sea of Blasphemy (2005)
3) Fairy Stories (2005)

Bo Burnham:
1) Klan Kookout (2007)

Bobby Ubangi:
1) Greaser’s Lament (2009)
2) Back To You (2009)
3) Another Girl Like You (2009)

Bon Iver:
1) For Emma (2008)

Box Elders:
1) Atlantis (2009)
2) Ronald Dean (2009)
3) Death of Me (2009)

Brand New:
1) Degausser (2007)

Bright Eyes:
1) Road to Joy (2005)
2) Lua (2005)
3) We Are Nowhere and It’s Now (2005)


1) The Impossibility of Reason (2003)
2) Pure Hatred (2003)

1) Flesh Into Gear (2002)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!:
1) In This Home On Ice (2005)
2) Clap Your Hands! (2005)
3) Satan Said Dance (2007)

Cold War Kids:
1) Passing the Hat (2006)

Cyrpess Hill:
1) (Rock) Superstar (2000)


Daphne Loves Derby:
1) How’s It Going to End? (2007)
2) You Versus the Sea (2005)
3) Pollen and Salt (2005)
Dead Prez:
1) Hip-Hop (2000)

Death From Above 1979:
1) Little Girl (2004)

1) Disappearing Ink (2009)
2) Game of Diamonds (2009)
3) Famous Last Words (2009)

1) Change (In the House of Flies) (2000)
2) Knife Party (2000)
3) Feiticeria (2000)

Dinosaur Jr:
1) I Want You to Know (2009)
2) Over It (2009)
3) Pieces (2009)

Dresden Dolls:
1) Girl Anacrhonism (2003)
2) Coin-Operated Boy (2003)
3) First Orgasm (2006)


The Early November:
1) Never Coming Back (2006)

1) Distance (2005)
2) Dust In the Sunlight (2005)
3) Munich (2005)

Elliott Smith:
1) I Better Be Quiet Now (2000)
2) Son of Sam (2000)
3) L.A. (2000)

1) Stan (2000)
2) Kill You (2000)
3) Lose Yourself (2002)


Fall Of Troy:
1) Oh the Casino! (2007)
2) Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man’s Bones (2005)
3) The Dark Trail (2007)

1) What’s Up Fatlip? (2000)

Finger Eleven:
1) First Time (2001)
2) Sick Of It All (2001)

1) Rise (2007)
2) Handlebars (2007)

Foo Fighters:
1) Best of You (2005)
2) All My Life (2002)
3) Times Like These (2002)

Frou Frou:
1) Let Go (2002)

Fucked Up:
1) Twice Born (2008)

1) Epic Problem (2001)
2) Cashout (2001)
3) Argument (2001)


Gary Jules and Michael Andrews:
1) Mad World

Gaye Blades:
1) Bobby Is A Lover (2008)
2) Treat Me Like A Man (2008)

1) Lust For Life (2009)

1) Lovebites and Razorlines (2000)
2) Pretty Lush (2000)
3) Siberian Kiss (2000)


Handsome Furs:
1) All We Want Baby Is Everything (2009)
2) Legal Tender (2009)
3) Evangeline (2009)

Head Automatica:
1) Beating Heart Baby (2004)
2) I Shot William H. Macy (2004)
3) The Razor (2004)


Immortal Technique:
1) Freedom of Speech (2003)
2) Dance With the Devil (2001)
3) Bin Laden (2005)

1) Talk Shows on Mute (2003)
2) Megalomaniac (2003)
3) Nice to Know You (2001)

1) NYC (2005)

Iron and Wine:
1) Such Great Heights (2003)


Jay Reatard:
1) See/Saw (2008)
2) No Time (2008)
3) Rotten Mind (2009)

Jens Lekman:
1) Maple Leaves (2004)

Johnny Cash:
1) Hurt (2003)


Kimya Dawson:
1) So Nice, So Smart (2004)
2) Tire Swing (2006)
3) My Mom (2006)

King Khan & BBQ Show:
1) Too Much In Love (2006)
2) Anala (2009)
3) Invisible Girl (2009)

King Khan & The Shrines:
1) Land Of the Freak (2007)
2) Crackin’ Up (2001)
3) Took My Lady to Dinner (2007)

Kings of Leon
1) Use Somebody (2009)


The Libertines:
1) Time For Heroes (2003)
2) Narcissist (2004)
3) Up the Bracket (2003)

Louis XIV
1) Finding Out True Love Is Blind (2005)

Lovely Feathers:
1) Pope John Paul (2006)
2) Rod Stewart (2006)


The Mabuses:
1) Dark Star (2007)
2) I’m the Greatest (2007)
3) Seasider (2007)

Mando Diao:
1) The Band (2002)

Mark Sultan:
1) Something Wrong (2007)
2) Mortal Man (2007)
3) Unicorn Rainbow Odyssey (2007)

1) In A Sweater Poorly Knit (2006)
2) Orange Spider (2006)
3) Messes of Men (2006)

Mika Miko:
1) I Got A Lot (New New New) (2009)
2) On the Rise (2009)
3) Beat the Rush (2009)

Miracle Johan:
1) Gets Me Thinking (2005)
2) How I Awoke (2005)

Modest Mouse:
1) Float On (2004)

The Moldy Peaches
1) Anyone Else But You (2001)


1) Your Fucking Head Split (2000)
2) I Need Drugs (2000)

The Nightwatchman:
1) Battle Hymns (2007)
2) No One Left (2007)
3) California’s Dark (2007)

Nine Inch Nails:
1) The Hand That Feeds You (2005)
2) Only (2005)

No Age:
1) Everybody’s Down (2007)
2) Eraser (2008)
3) You’re A Target (2009)

No One’s Kind:
1) Unwelcome (2003)
2) Drama (2003)
3) The Art of Breathing Underwater (2003)

1) Chuck Berry Holiday (2009)


Ok Go:
1) Here It Goes Again (2006)


Page France :
1) Chariot (2005)
2) Feather (2005)
3) Spine (2004)

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart:
1) Hey Paul (2009)
2) Come Saturday (2009)
3) A Teenager In Love (2009)

Panda Bear:
1) Bro’s (2008)

A Perfect Circle :
1) 3 Libras (2000)

Peter Bjorn and John:
1) Amsterdam (2006)
2) Young Folks (2006)
3) Tailormaide (2006)

The Polyphonic Spree:
1) Light and Day (2003)

Postal Service:
1) Such Great Heights (2003)

1) Cuntry Boner (2007)


1) You and Whose Army? (2001)
2) Nude (2007)
3) Videotape (2003)

Rage Against the Machine:
1) Beautiful World (2000)
2) How I Could Just Kill A Man (2000)
3) The Ghost of Tom Joad (2000)

Richard Cheese:
1) Gin and Juice (2004)

The Rifles:
1) Peace and Quiet (2006)

Rogue Wave:
1) Kicking the Heart Out (2003)

The Roots:
1) Somebody’s Gotta Do It (2004)
2) Boom! (2004)
3) Don’t Say Nuthin’ (2004)


Sam Roberts:
1) Bridge To Nowhere (2006)

1) Prayer to God (2000)
2) Squirrel Song (2000)
3) Mama Gina (2000)

The Shins:
1) New Slang (2001)
2) Caring Is Creepy (2001)

Sigur Ros:
1) Heysatan (2005)

Silhouette Rising:
1) Riverside (2009)
2) Behind Closed Doors (2009)
3) Perserverence (2009)

The Soggy Bottom Boys:
1) The Man Of Constant Sorrow (2000)

Sonic Youth:
1) Incinerate (2006)
2) What We Know (2009)
3) Anti-Orgasm (2009)

Spinto Band:
1) Oh Mandy (2005)

The Spooks:
1) Steal Your Soul (2008)

The Strange Boys:
1) Woe Is You and Me (2009)
2) No Way For A Slave to Behave (2009)
3) Then (2009)

Street Sweeper Social Club :
1) 100 Little Curses (2009)

The Strokes:
1) Is This It? (2001)
2) You Only Live Once (2006)
3) Reptilia (2004)

Sufjan Stevens:
1) Chicago (2005)

Sunset Rubdown:
1) Idiot Heart (2009)
2) They Took A Vote and Said No (2006)
3) Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh! (2009)

System Of A Down:
1) Prison Song (2001)
2) Boom! (2002)
3) Radio/Video (2005)


Tapes ‘n Tapes:
1) Manitoba (2005)
2) Insistor (2005)

Tokyo Police Club:
1) Cheer It On (2006)

1) Schism (2001)
2) Right In Two (2006
3) Vicarius (2006)

Trevor Hall
1) Lime Tree (2006)

Two Gallants:
1) Las Cruces Jail (2006)


Uninhabitable Mansions:
1) Speed Is Deceiving (2009)

The Used:
1) A Poetic Tragedy (2002)
2) Buried Myself Alive (2002)
3) Maybe Memories (2002)


Vampire Weekend:
1) I Stand Corrected (2008)

The Veils:
1) The Leavers Dance (2004)

Vivian Girls:
1) Before I Start to Cry (2009)
2) When I’m Gone (2009)
3) Double Vision (2009)


The Walkmen:
1) Passing Through (2008)
2) In the New Year (2008)
3) Louisiana (2006)

The Warlocks:
1) Shake the Dope Out (2002)

1) So Bored (2009)
2) No Hope Kids (2009)
3) Summer Goths (2008)

1) Keep Fishin (2002)
2) Hash Pipe(2001)
3) Island In the Sun (2001)

Wolf Parade:
1) Modern World (2005)

1) Steps (2007)

Wu-Tang Clan:
1) In Tha Hood (2001)

40 Below Summer:
1) We the People (2001)
2) Rope (2001)
3) Step Into the Sideshow (2001)


Glen’s Best LPs of 2000s

The Top 10 will be named on December 31, 2009. These LPs all are 9.7+ caliber, to give you a rough outline.

Animal Collective
– Strawberry Jam
– Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)

Arcade Fire
Funeral (2004)

Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not (2006)
Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
–  Humbug (2009)

Gulag Orkestar (2006)

Black Lips
Good Bad Not Evil (2007)
Los Valienteles Del Mundo Nuevo (2007)

Bright  Eyes
– I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)

Death From Above 1979
You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (2004)

Grizzly Bear
Yellow House (2006)

Jay Reatard
Blood Visions (2006)

The King  Khan & BBQ Show
The King Khan & BBQ Show LP (2004)
What’s For Dinner? (2006)
Invisible Girl (2009)

King Khan & The Shrines
The Supreme Genius of King Khan & His Shrines (2008)

The Libertines
Up the Bracket (2002)

The Lovely Feathers
Hind Hind Legs (2006)

No Age
Weirdo Rippers (2006)
Nouns (2008)

Panda Bear
Person Pitch (2007)

Peter Bjorn and John
Writer’s  Block (2006)

Kid A (2000)
In Rainbows (2007)

The Raveonettes
Lust Lust Lust (2007)

Rogue Wave
Out of the Shadow (2003)

The Strokes
– Is This It? (2001)

Tapes ‘n Tapes
The Loon (2005)

Uninhabitable Mansions
Nature Is A Taker (2009)

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend (2008)

The Walkmen
Bows and Arrows (2004)
A Hundred Miles Off (2006)
You and Me (2008)

Wolf Parade
– Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)