Donovan Earl Herman
Happiness is a Warm Gun … probably
Read the emails, and yeah, he comes off as a hot head and pretty jerky, but the guy is in the middle of a custody batte/divorce where he is in danger of losing custody of his kids. A ton of people say and do stupid things in this kind of situation. Obviously I don’t know the history of their relationship, but based on the emails, I’m surprised that she went for a restraining order. Kind of seems like a way to publicly drag him through the mud before the custody hearings. The guy’s clearly not the most level-headed guy but keep in mind there are two sides to every story, and we are only seeing one side.
On another note, the Auerbach thing is laughably immature.
Queens of the Stone Age
“As a songwriter and frontman, he’s bland to the point of being invisible.”
The good of Evil Urges far outweighs the evil.
I’ll take “Abel” over “Mr. November” if only one shouty song makes the list.
Big fan of the resigned “Fuck” in the middle-eight.
Motor Ave BelAire
Ty Segall put out three albums that could easily make this list, and yet…
Toss up for me between Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse and Titus Andronicus’ Local Business. Going to go with Local Business.
Incredibly difficult to choose, but I gotta go “White Album”, if for nothing but the fact that it has Blackbird and Helter Skelter – which were both somehow written by the same person. Also, Happiness is a Warm Gun, which was somehow written by one person.
I Know What I Know
I don’t even think Paul McCartney would agree “Band on the Run” is a better song than “Imagine”.
Technology by the Whigs
Width of a Circle by David Bowie
Rise to the Sun by Alabama Shakes
Big muff and POG. Failing that, whatever the hell Jamie Hince uses to get the sound he gets.
It may be just me, but I’m actually starting to pull for Kings of Leon in this indie bands vs. Kings of Leon nonsense. When did rock and roll become so strangely serious?
Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
The Strange Boys put out a very good album that I’d put in my top 50.
Better the Brothers.