Bangs aired about 15-20 minutes of it at a birthday bash in LA two years ago. The footage he has is incredible, and it also has Steve Albini telling the story of how the Jesus Lizard came up with the song Mouth Breather. It’s Slint-inspired and excellent.
Can I echo the disappointment from the peanut gallery at Figure 8 getting the top spot? Either/Or, S/T and XO are all superior to that great, worthy, fantastic, but slightly less amazing record.
HOT FUCKING DAMN
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This is incredible, and so very indicative of the earworm nature of this fantastic band. They can fit so well into a public space and, rather than blending into the background, work with it and have subtle parts stick out that you’ll never forget.
My first thought when I saw this posted was, “St. Stephen belongs at number 1.” Glad to see you agreed.
I would have put Dire Wolf on my list, but every song on this list is a great call.
I was hoping to see some love for Valdur’s new one here. The bits I’ve heard have been excellent.
I thumbs’down’d you for complacency regarding your wife/gf/sister’s boobs on the internet. Boy, Bey be knocking you for projectin’ that shit.
I like the thought here, but I had to downvote you for questioning Beyonce’s ability to reach the heights of those artists. She’s got some serious talent, and man, if she made an album of tracks like Haunted it’d be no question. A dark slithering monster of a track.
I just wet myself.
“Macca jams like “I’m Looking Through You” and “I’m Looking Through You” are highly advanced specimens…”
Someone must really love that song, eh Mr. DeVille?
Pretty much all of those albums are working a different type of psych though. They deal more in blues-based long-form guitar rock. Sgt. Peppers pulls more in the direction of pop structures with odd additions. I would never put Sgt. Peppers at the top of my Beatles list or at the top of any psychedelic albums list, but to say it wasn’t groundbreaking in its own right is just ignoring all the music that it spawned. And that doesn’t even touch on the thematic material behind the album, the idea that a band can just become a different one and create a conceptual theme to build an album around (even if it doesn’t hold for most of Sgt. Peppers.)
I like this order. It’s really hard to deny any of the albums though.
Hey Jude, the compilation, should have been included though, as none of those songs were on any of the albums, and it gathers some great material. And also Old Brown Shoe.
You’re right, this list is missing Fun.’s albums. I’d put them at 376 and 484, respectively.
LuLu was a fitting end to an insane career.
I’ve gotta say that, while these lists are almost per se meaningless, I always appreciate the fact that groups put them out there. I was a teenager when Rolling Stone put out their first version of their 500 greatest albums of all time, and it made me excited to find all the random stuff on there that I’d not heard. As a result, I discovered the joy of Richard and Linda Thompson, dove head first into 50s rockabilly, gained my first appreciation for jazz and realized that Rolling Stone was very conservative in their musical choices. Of course this stuff isn’t consensus and represents a bunch of pale nerds cloistered in their flats listening obsessively to brit pop, but if it inspires some goofy kid to go listen to Frank Sinatra and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, good on them.
How many of them are bland yet think they’re sexy and caustically brilliant?
Beach House is, to me, the apotheosis of this. For all the claims that Ramones wrote the same song over and over, there was quite a bit of variety throughout their catalog. I’ve listened to Beach House a ton, and I can’t tell most of their songs apart.
I can’t wait to see Miley’s response to this open letter: Who the F#(* are you, bruh?
When Olivia Tremor Control played Arthurfest in LA back in 2006 they had the sheep lamp on stage. I can’t for the life of me find my photo of it, but there are some things that, once you see, cannot be unseen.
Sudden Organ is the best song of all songs. I could listen to it every day (and probably have for the past decade) and not get tired of it. I love this band so much, but for me they never topped Painful. This album still puts a lump in my throat.
The last tour I remember being that stacked was Enslaved with Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom. More incredible bills, please!
What a hell of a triple bill. I’m REALLY hoping to be making that tour.
This is definitely the best week for loud music in a LONG time. Carcass, SubRosa, Windhand, Grave Miasma, Ulcerate and Pinkish Black in one week?! It’s almost a bummer that Gorguts put out their fantastic release the week prior, because they would have fit in perfectly with this loud and excellent party.
In a year for great metal, this is the best week of the year thus far.
I’m surprised more people haven’t jumped on here so far expressing surprise at The Fragile being as low as it is. It’s the one I listen to the most, the highs on it are probably higher (for me) than any other peaks Trent has reached and it has more variety than any other release. It’s my go-to album for driving in the middle of the desert late at night.