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 +1Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013 | re: They Might Be Giants - "You're On Fire" (Stereogum Premiere) (12 comments)

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

 +2Posted on Dec 5th, 2012 | re: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012 (430 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 | re: NME's 50 Best Albums Of 2012 (212 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Nov 23rd, 2012 | re: Superchunk Albums From Worst To Best (17 comments)

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”…

 0Posted on Oct 2nd, 2012 | re: Stream A.C. Newman Shut Down The Streets (1 comments)

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.

 +1Posted on Sep 23rd, 2012 | re: The 10 Best Pixies Songs (146 comments)

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.

 0Posted on Jul 24th, 2012 | re: Six More Indie Songs Inspired By Baseball (18 comments)

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.

 +2Posted on Jul 22nd, 2012 | re: R.E.M. Albums From Worst To Best (104 comments)

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.)

 +1Posted on Jun 22nd, 2012 | re: London 2012 Olympics Playlist Leaks (23 comments)

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.

 +3Posted on Jun 15th, 2012 | re: Dirty Projectors - "Dance For You" (16 comments)

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