Cole Moore Odell
The complete lack of any mention of the Iceage album–not just in the list but the comments–is mystifying to me. Not to say it should have been everyone’s #1 favorite album of the year, but it was pretty well liked when it came out just two months ago.
Cry Baby Cry
Let’s see: Bob is dead, Chris is retired, and Slim had a stroke. If you prefer to call this band “Paul and Tommy Play Their Old Replacements Songs,” feel free. I see no reason to complain. Unless you’re mad that they didn’t get ’91 tour drummer Steve Foley to fill in on drums?
It’s Meriden, not Meridian.
I absolutely love these promotions for the new album–not least because I grew up about five miles down the road and across the Connecticut River from Sheff in Windsor, VT in the 1970s and 80s–so these feel like a tour of home for me. Plus all the songs so far have been stellar.
As someone who was there in ’92 I can attest that there’s no “apparently” about it; “Here” went onto the first mixtape I made for my new senior-year-of-college girlfriend…who subsequently became my wife. While I can’t credit Pavement entirely, they were in there somewhere.
This list is mostly interesting to me in the way it shows how younger (I’m assuming based on the “apparently” comment) fans regard the albums. For me it was a straight line from Slanted downward. Actually, for me Wowee marks the pivot point where the band’s tendency toward archness started to overwhelm its tendency toward obscurity, and where its burgeoning musicianship started to annoy me–all those on-a-dime start/stops and sing-songy vocal lines that mirrored exactly what the instruments were doing.
For my money, I agree with some of the commenters above–the band was at the peak of its powers during the “Watery, Domestic” recordings–especially if you include the b-sides to Trigger Cut, “Greenlander” and the amazing songs from their Peel Session highlighted by “Kentucky Cocktail.” Given that I like them best at their most oblique, I think it’s fitting that my favorite album would be one that doesn’t actually exist.
What’s Big Boi? What’s Outkast? What’s Dirty South? What’s hip hop? What’s popular music? What’s music? What’s this dark place where I seem to have wedged my head?
Contrary to this thread, M83 and Real Estate are not in a steel cage death match or the movie Highlander. There can be more than one good record out this week. It’s not a zero sum game. If you love M83, try not to worry so much about a single post on a single site.
I’d be curious to know when Kip thinks the House of Love went off the rails. For me it was somewhere in the middle of Babe Rainbow. Up through the “butterfly” album they were firing on all cylinders. I even love the Spy in the House of Love b-sides/throwaways collection.
Yeah, you’re right, I just think a music site ought to know better.