Dreaming of Monday
+1 for Unbroken Chain
Concur with Heroin. Also, Oh Sweet Nuthin
I saw Soul Asylum with Spin Doctors and Screaming Trees in the early ’90s. In retrospect that was a pretty random show, but it made complete sense at the time.
This album is decent, but I haven’t listened to it since the ’90s. The Screaming Trees still rule though.
Was anyone else thrown for a loop by the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” snippet at the end of “Don’t Look Back”?
“Adorn” is pretty great but with “How Many Drinks,” “Do You” and “Pussy Is Mine,” this guy could stand to be a little more subtle.
The most distressing part of this debate is Moore’s statement that “Appealing to their moral sensibilities won’t stop [piracy].” Maybe I’m an optimist but if the message came from the musicians themselves rather than groups like the RIAA, maybe it would actually resonate? On the flip side, if people think Grizzly Bear and other bands of their stature are raking in the dough when they’re actually not, then it won’t have much of an effect.
I realize I’m arguing both sides, but it’s such a polarizing and seemingly unanswerable issue. I’m 36 and remember using Napster and Limewire, but I always bought anything that I tried and liked. If I were 26 and this free stuff was always available and easier to get, I’d like to think I’d still buy music because I’d want to support the artists…but maybe not.
As Ed intimates, when you think about how easily we’ll drop 10 bucks to see a movie once, or buy a few cups of coffee, you’d think it would be easy to spend 10 bucks for an album you’re going to listen to a shitload. Why people would have a harder time sneaking into a theater or running out on a restaurant bill than they do downloading an album for free is beyond me. I guess it’s easier knowing you won’t get caught.
Excellent call – Watch the Sunrise and YGWYD would definitely be on my list
This is also my favorite S-K album. Especially love this lyric:
Show you love your country go out and spend some cash
Red white blue hot pants doing it for Uncle Sam
And damn they were good live – I saw them in a small club and opening for Pearl Jam in an amphitheater, and they killed regardless of venue
I saw them at the Cat’s Cradle in NC in December 2002, and I remember my friend and I leaving the show thinking it was one of the best concerts we’d ever seen. They were so tight for a young band, and of course TOTBL being their only material, they just killed. Can’t believe this was 10 years ago.
Document is probably my least favorite of the IRS years, but I think the most offensive thing about this article was the diss of “Get Up” on Green. That’s a bad song?!?!? I truly don’t understand that statement in the least.
I also first discovered them through Dirty, and probably because of the Nirvana connection. I went out and bought Sister and Daydream Nation, but it took me a while to get into those (particularly the latter).
It’s pretty difficult to pick a favorite between Dirty, Sister and Daydream Nation, but Dirty would probably win out – nine times out of ten, the album I hear first by a band ends up being my favorite (see Green, REM). Plus I went to school in Chapel Hill and worked at the Cat’s Cradle, so Dirty has that going for it as well.
Last year I discovered some of the Bob Welch stuff – Mystery to Me is a really good album, and “Hypnotized” is a fucking amazing song. Here’s a link:
Also, I was obsessed with Tusk a few years ago (and still am). There are a few clunkers but the Nicks and Buckingham songs are ridiculously good.
My dad bought me a copy of the cassette at a flea market (I was 11 years old), and we later realized it was a bootleg copy – the print on the actual cassette rubbed right off. But I remember my parents must have listened to it at some point, because they told me they didn’t like it and I shouldn’t listen to it. But they didn’t stop me from doing so.
And now Appetite is in my top 10 of all time. I really don’t think I’ll ever tire of this album – like Tom intimated, every little detail is perfect, and I hear new things with every listen.
By the way, Duff’s autobiography is a highly entertaining read if you’re a fan. As are his articles in the Seattle Weekly.
Good list – I’d probably have Yield higher – MFC and Do the Evolution are too good (though I dislike Given to Fly). And I don’t know if it’s a sign of popularity or scarcity, but Binaural on vinyl tends to be the Pearl Jam record that goes for the most on eBay, from what I’ve seen.
I love the movie – yeah, it’s kind of cheesy, but if you compare it to any romantic comedy of the last 10 years or so, it’s pretty much Citizen Dick. I mean, Kane. And since I was 16 when the soundtrack came out, this was a huge album for me. I already liked Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but it converted me to a fan of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Screaming Trees. And I still love all those bands.
If you think Ten hasn’t aged well, you may want to check out the Ten “redux” (assuming you haven’t already) that was part of the recent box set. The songs are a little edgier, and if you know Ten inside and out, you might appreciate the differences.
I had a poster of this album cover on my wall in high school (when it came out). I seem to remember the album cover actually had pictures of raw meat around the edges (see the back cover of the album). In retrospect my parents were pretty understanding.
I love this album because it really defies categorization. I love the Real Thing too, but it’s relatively a hard rock/metal album. Angel Dust is just weird.
Eddie Van Halen is overrated. He’s technically good but has about as much soul in his playing as Steve Vai and all those other wankers – he only gets more credit because he plays pop songs. Give me J Mascis or Dave Navarro’s early Jane’s stuff any day.
I went to this, but I’m still kind of a jerk
This show was fantastic. Ryan also played “Black Sheets of Rain,” which was great. And Jon Wurster absolutely killed on drums on every other song. Plus, Bob did more than hint at touring – he said they would be playing a very small number of shows in which they’d play Copper Blue (they being Wurster and Jason from Telekinesis). Don’t miss that show, bitter east coasters.
this, Yeasayer and Midlake all before mid-February. What a start to 2010
agreed – though if this is half as good as Van Occupanther, it will still be pretty damn good
This almost makes me forgive Chris Cornell for his last album. Almost
This was a pretty incredible show. Flea and Thom are two of the most spastic mofos I’ve ever seen – they definitely work well together. The entire band was tight as hell considering they apparently have only been playing together for 3 weeks
and if you live in LA and haven’t been to the Orpheum…wow. Amazing venue
like Panda Bear?
What if the most awesomest album of the decade comes out in the next 3 months?
Agreed. I had no idea Flea was a stock exchange operator