Great article, Ryan. Thanks!
Ohhh yeah! I thought The Terror was great.
I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Strokes yet. I thought Stereogum readers liked Comedown Machine?
I only just got into the Walkmen in the past year or so. Maybe it’s because it was my introduction to the band, but Heaven is one of my favorites in their catalog. I saw them a few months ago at the Northside festival in Brooklyn and it was an absolutely amazing time. This news is reasonably devastating to me – I was so looking forward to more albums and seeing more shows.
I love Cherry Peel, personally. It’s maybe the band’s most normal album – just kind of catchy, lo-fi rock.
The Gay Parade possibly has better, more consistent songwriting, but it’s also a lot stranger. It’s very whimsical and almost Vaudeville-esque.
Petite Tragedy just sounds like the album in between Cherry Peel and Gay Parade, but it has mostly jazzy, acoustic instrumentation.
Coquelicot is like the Gay Parade on steroids. It’s all over the place in a Skeletal Lamping sort of way.
They’re all great, really.
I like this game! My list (which is subject to change on any given day):
1) Satanic Panic
2) Hissing Fauna
3) Cherry Peel
4) The Gay Parade
5) Skeletal Lamping
6) Sunlandic Twins
7) Petite Tragedy
8) Lousy with Sylvianbriar
9) False Priest
11) Paralytic Stalks
The early 4-track recordings album is one of their best!
Agreed. I don’t think Stereogum’s list is bad, but it’s entirely different from mine. I guess that’s a testament to the band’s evolution over time.
Great writeup. I like that you detail your thought process for including Pisces Iscariot and combining the Machina albums, though I also would have included Aeroplane Flies High. It blows my mind that there are enough leftovers from the Mellon Collie era to release an entire other double album’s worth of material. And it’s mostly excellent. Mellon Collie should have been a triple album.
I don’t have any major qualms with your list, but I’d definitely bump Adore up and maybe even Oceania.
My List (1-6 are all essential, in my opinion):
1. Siamese Dream
2. Mellon Collie
4. Aeroplane Flies High
6. Pisces Iscariot
9. Machina 1 & 2
There Is No Enemy is a wonderful album, mmm.
Jad7845 never said that he/she discovered new, low-level struggling musicians through Spotify.
The truth is that low-level, non-famous bands CAN get their music up on Spotify, which is a mainstream service that many people have access to. The value for the low-level band is not so much in the marketing potential of Spotify, but in convenience to the band’s fans. It makes it easy for the fans to find and access the music in the same place as a bunch of other, better-known music.
I’ve been listening to the album for about a week now. If you pay for the pre-order from Polyvinyl’s website, it gives you an instant mp3 download of the album.
I also think it’s their best, most consistent effort in some time. Definitely the least “messy” since Hissing Fauna. I kind of love it.
I think ‘Parachutes’ is without a doubt their best album, but I’m surprised there’s not more love here for the EPs. To be honest, I’ve only listened to ‘Brothers & Sisters’ but those songs are as intimate, inspired, and catchy as anything on ‘Parachutes’.
I dig it. Looking forward to this album!
Pitchfork says October 8th! I also enjoyed Paralytic Stalks, but I love that their sound is constantly evolving. I dig the style of this new song. It was time for a change.
I’m all about “Torn Green Velvet Eyes” from Holiday. “Absolutely Cuckoo” is top-notch too.
I was surprised by a few rankings here, like Bubble and Scrape at the top spot, or Harmacy above Bakesale, but when I think about it… I have no idea what order I’d put those top 4 in. There’s a case to be made for all of them.
Yep, I agree with everything you said.
Not a bad list, but I’d swap #1 and #2. ‘Perfect From Now On’ may be my favorite album of all time. It’s kind of perfect.
Any other Circuital fans here? I love that album and it may actually be my most listened to of the bunch. I’m not quite sure why other people don’t regard it as highly as I do. I don’t think the last few songs are boring – they’re beautiful in a way that sounds distinctively MMJ.
Anyhow, my list:
1. It Still Moves
2. At Dawn
5. Tennessee Fire
6. Evil Urges
This song has grown on me. I don’t think it would sound out of place on Room on Fire.
There are more good songs on Do the Collapse than those three. “Optical Hopscotch,” “Much Better Mr. Buckles,” “Liquid Indian” and “Picture Me Big Time” are all excellent.
Also, ‘King Shit and the Golden Boys’ should have been included. It’s one of my most listened GBV albums.