I’d add in the Boy least Likely To’s Christmas repertoire. I mean, “Jingle My Bells”? Cheeky. :)
Cheers, Claire. Looking forward to reading your stuff!
Such a lovely and surprising record. Tracey seems like just the kind of musician I’d love to chat with over a cuppa tea.
Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love,” anyone?
And OK, I’ll be the one to make the case for “The Black Parade.” Two words: Liza Minelli.
Also, let’s throw Smashing Pumpkins’ “Machina” and Princess Superstar’s “My Machine” in there, too.
I feel really wrong and dirty for actually liking this. Like I need a shower. With James Franco. :)
*salivates* So ace!
“Unconventional doesn’t mean dysfunctional.”
I want a shirt that says this! God, I freaking love this band.
Aw, man, “Experimental Jet Set” is the album that got me into Sonic Youth. Wish it were higher. But I realize with such an immense discography, this list wasn’t going to please everyone.
- waiting breathlessly for the SY catalog to get even bigger, but that’s probably not gonna happen. Sigh.
Megan – for the record, the dance tent was a wonky experience. The comedy was hit or miss (I really did not need to hear David Cross vividly describe a colonic), and the DJs in general were playing for the wrong crowd. Tanlines knocked it outta the park, though!
Aaron, my condolences to you and yours. For some reason, folks tend to forget that rock journalists are people, too, and sometimes speaking of your own experience is called for, even necessary. May peace find you.
Billie Joe has never looked better. :D
Thanks for the awesome, witty coverage! Makes me feel like I’m there. :)
First brush with SY was the Lollapalooza ep of “The Simpsons” in 1996. I thought Sonic Youth was a ripoff of my favorite band, Smashing Pumpkins (they both had a female bassist!) Little did I know SY preceded the Pumpkins by about a decade. So I got “Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” from a used CD bin soon thereafter and fell in love with Thurston and Kim.
“Dirty” is now my go-to SY record. That dissonant crunch! Yum!
Goodbye to one of the most awesomely underdog inventions of the aughts. I will rock my Zune proudly today. Even if it is a bulky mofo, I love it like one loves the pudgy, disheveled family cat.
Guh, why is Anthony almost 50 and still better looking than most guys my age?! :D
Cheers to this, mate! Stars’ album required multiple listens before I fell in love with it, but now the love is immense! The problems are that 1) nobody is patient enough for multiple listens anymore and 2) “Five Ghosts” isn’t “Set Yourself on Fire” – and nobody realises that’s actually a good thing. *sigh* Also, I’m guessing most critics haven’t seen Stars in concert. I’ve seen them six times now, including the recent tour where they played “Five Ghosts” in their entirety, and they are just a standout batch of amazing musicians. Wish they’d get more kudos.
Unrelated to this comment, but pertinent to the original post – M.I.A.’s “Maya” was my favorite album of 2010. Maybe I’m biased (I’m a hug fan of hers), but I think the media and the fans unduly shat on her. Maybe she was getting too popular? Were they punishing her for “Paper Planes?” Whatever it was, people need to give “Maya” another chance.