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This post is going to inspire a day-long TMBG marathon at my house.Which first: Puppet Head, Purple Toupee, or Meet the Elements? Hmmmm

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February 23, 2013 on They Might Be Giants – “You’re On Fire” (Stereogum Premiere)

11-6 are my top 6 of the year I think, though not in that order. So that’s nice. But an off-year for indiewhatever music as a whole, I think.

I like these lists primarily because I like to see what I HAVEN’T heard and might like, so ‘Gum’s is automatically the best because of the linked songs. Can’t wait to go through the list. Thanks, Gummos.

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December 5, 2012 on Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

I’m one of the biggest Cribs guys around. One of my fondest memories is hanging out with two of the Jarmans before a local show — incredibly good guys. I named one of my kids after one of them.

But 8th? For the year? I don’t think even Mans Needs did that well! Confirms my suspicions that it was a pretty weak year for music.

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November 27, 2012 on NME’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

I’ll go to my grave saying that Superchunk is the most criminally underrated band in rock history. Rating Chunk’s songs for a mixtape would be harder than rating the albums, I’d think.

I think Here’s Where The Strings Come In is almost a perfect record, so that’d be #1 for me. “Hyper Enough,” “Animated Airplanes,” “Detroit Has A Skyline, Too,” “Iron On” … just great, great songs.

#2 “On the Mouth,” if only for the Ultimate Superchunk Rockers, “Package Thief,” and “Precision Auto.”
#3 “No Pocky” is this low because the first half is so great I hardly ever listen to the rest except of course “Throwing Things,” which might be their most underrated song.
#4 “Foolish” for the Big Reasons named above
#5 “Tossing”. It’s a compilation, but “Cadmium,” “Shallow End,” “On The Mouth,” alternate “Throwing Things”…

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November 23, 2012 on Superchunk Albums From Worst To Best

I am insane. I haven’t expected that much from the AC Newman solo records, just a few nice tunes. Then at the end of the year, I’ve got “Miracle Drug” or “All My Days Off” or “Like a Hitman” on top of of my Best Of disk. Couple years on, the next record comes out, and I don’t expect that much, just a few nice tunes.

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October 2, 2012 on Stream A.C. Newman Shut Down The Streets

The school by my house is called Frank Black Middle School. The office lady looked at me like I was nuts when I went in to order 6 school t-shirts, Adult Large.

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September 23, 2012 on The 10 Best Pixies Songs

In my dream world, Darnielle adds one more verse to “Cubs in Five” and records it again — this time with real equipment, not the tin can and string above. That song’s always been a ten-out-of-ten for this big sports fan.

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July 24, 2012 on Six More Indie Songs Inspired By Baseball

1-3) All the REM records from when I was in college.
4-6) All the REM records from when I was in high school, if any.
7-10) All the REM records from before that time, if any.
11-infinity) All the REM records since I got a job and got old.

With a few tweaks, the same formula works for pretty much any long-term band.

(For me, it’s LRP, Doc, Murmur, Fables, (Dead Letter), Reck, (Chronic), OOT, Green, Automatic, and a bunch of shite.)

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July 22, 2012 on R.E.M. Albums From Worst To Best

I had forgotten how much the Brits love The Shipping Forecast! It sounds like a load of gibberish to us Yanks, but they somehow know what it means.

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June 22, 2012 on London 2012 Olympics Playlist Leaks

They should cover “Call Me Maybe.” That would be fresh!

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June 15, 2012 on Dirty Projectors – “Dance For You”

Good for Gareth. I grew up on the Housemartins, and Heaton doesn’t get name-checked enough.

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June 11, 2012 on Los Campesinos! – “I Love You (But You’re Boring)” (The Beautiful South Cover)

“Via Experimental Synaesthesia” means “when I was on acid.”

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June 8, 2012 on Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger” Video

Better without Marr. Don’t know why, just Cribs songs have always been about 3 brothers bashing it out, and Marr lent a bit too much sophistication, maybe? The Cribs remain proof that there is always room for big guitar chords and stadium-chant melodies. One of the most fun (and funniest) live bands out there. If you have a chance to go see them, you’re a fool not to.

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May 4, 2012 on Stream The Cribs In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

Nice, but I’m tempted to say I like it the first time I heard it… when it was call “Abducted” by Cults.

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May 2, 2012 on Santigold Brings “Disparate Youth” To Jimmy Fallon

Not Beatles for me because of the odd intervals in the melody, but very much like late-90s/early-00s Elvis Costello. Which was actually pretty Beatlish, if I’m honest. The bass is similar to a Bruce Thomas line or six.

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April 5, 2012 on Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”

YOUR grammer is a crim.

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March 7, 2012 on Time Out New York’s 100 Best NYC Songs

Too low — Pogues “Fairytale” (first NYC song I thought of)
Should be on — Elvis Costello “New Amsterdam”
Glad it’s not on there — Manhattan Transfer “Boy from NYC”

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March 7, 2012 on Time Out New York’s 100 Best NYC Songs

Chi-town… but it definitely sounds like Wakefield. Can’t wait for the record. Glad it’s back to a 3-piece.

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March 6, 2012 on The Cribs – “Chi-Town”

It’s exciting enough to have a new Cribs record (though the Marr record didn’t do much for me except for Cheat On Me and a couple others…and Housewife was great), but the ancillary benefit is watching Ryan Jarman do publicity for a new record. Dude is the funniest guy in the music business.

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March 6, 2012 on The Cribs – “Come On, Be A No One” (Stereogum Premiere)

Who ever told Rush he was funny? Seems like his “jokes” are the only thing that gets him in the news. Ahhhhh, perhaps that’s his plan to get pub. Anyway, with sponsors bailing, it seems like he made a slight miscalculation. If he wanted to slam her, he could’ve just called her a liar and a free-loader and been done with it.

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March 6, 2012 on Peter Gabriel Pulls Tune From Rush Limbaugh