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Don’t hate me for this, but I’m having an “Everybody Hurts” type reaction. A track that not only requires me to disable my cynical filter from attacking the overtly feel-good message and major chords in order to appreciate its emotional directness–but gets half of its charm from that liberation. Like when you figure out how to stop feeling guilty for your “guilty pleasure” song. On par with Kindred, amazing.
Finding out his dog is named Cupid makes it that much sadder. :(
Call me not jaded enough, but I came here to read the comment section top 10′s. Here’s mine.
1 My Bloody Valentine ■ MBV
2 Machinedrum ■ Vapor City
3 Burial ■ Rival Dealer
4 Jai Paul ■ Untitled
5 James Holden ■ The Inheritors
6 The Knife ■ Shaking the Habitual
7 Jon Hopkins ■ Immunity
8 Kurt Vile ■ Walking on a Pretty Daze
9 The National ■ Trouble Will Find Me
10 Laurel Halo ■ Chance of Rain
Wow, this whole article is pure gold–thanks, ‘gum!
I’ve loved The Meadowlands since it came out–but I knew nothing about its (or the band’s) back story.
I don’t know about liking it more, but I’ve probably listened to it more. It was definitely what got me into MBV. While less hypnotic and polished than Loveless, I initially found it more melodic, aggressive, emotive, and (charmingly) messy. In my mind, it’s a Kid A/OKC type thing…leaving one out as “the definitive MBV album” misrepresents the band.
seems to have been taken down :(
Say Yes! But I like this list.
R.A.P. Music: The Song
For me, at least, it’s because of this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oz47aLDTBc
Another +1 for the Zoo Station cover…love when it locks into the rhythm for the last few minutes.
Agreed–Chronic Town, Dead Letter Office, Eponymous, Monster, Up, Reveal, and half a dozen live bootlegs from the IRS years all get heavy, heavy rotation from me. Accelerate & Collapse Into Now, a slightly lesser extent.
I just think of them more as “fan” albums. The ones listed above (sans Out of Time) I’d all consider decade-defining records.
Fables of the Reconstruction
Lifes Rich Pageant
Out of Time
Automatic for the People
New Adventure in Hi-Fi
+A handful of other albums I’ve come to love
Holy Jesus Christ.
Sounds like a plastic straw sliding against a soda lid to me. Justin bringing the middle-American authenticity.
Excellent, as always. Reminds me more of Rounds in its smoothness.
Now, if only I can get that cover out of my future nightmares.
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (later this month)
AchtungBaby/ZooTV/Zooropa is my favorite thing to happen to music, but I can understand how it’s been more or less forgotten. As you mentioned, nearly all the press it receives focuses exclusively on the band’s reinvention, implying that it exists solely to contrast The Joshua Tree.
Critical perception aside, I would have guessed mid-90′s U2 to resonate more with the irony-addled indie music scene of today. Instead, glibly sporting tie-dye wolf shirts & trucker hats is “challenging” while streaming live feeds from Sarajevo in the middle of a television-themed rock show is not.
Didn’t know it came out the same day as Laughing Stock, what a day.
Anyone notice the “It’s Us V Them” banner. The ads have become self-aware.
Primarily, the music.
7 more videos to go!!! I love this!
I remember checking out the Summerteeth cassette from my library (they didn’t have the CD) and listening to it every Sunday one Florida summer. I had to go into my sister’s room for the only cassette player in the house, so it was sort of a ritual. I could never figure out which side I was one because of the “hidden” Shot In the Arm reprise. Anyway, sorry if you were expecting a story. Summerteeth was a huge part of my childhood, and probably a lot of others’ too. Thanks for the tunes Jay!
Srsly man i know…I wish Revolver didn’t leak so soon.
This is a nice reminder of how much I enjoyed Up.