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One of my favorite graffitis I saw from last year was “‘FORGIVE KANYE.” I like to think there are enough happy vibes at Bonnaroo that people will have moved on.
At least I hope so.
I know. I don’t know how I feel about that.
I think Editor’s Choice is a real honor. Top rated is comment is like commercial success; Editor’s Choice is like critical praise.
I know a lot of people hate on the Eagles, and I’m not saying that I’m a fan (I’m not), but isn’t Hotel California a good song, at least? I’ve always really liked it.
This is more like deli meat. Like a thinly sliced pastrami. Maybe even just a chicken salad.
Thank you, Ben. I was starting to get worried that I was going to have to type something lengthy.
Also, Eddie is definitely doing his part to keep our nation’s tambourine manufacturers in business.
I’ve been a huge Pearl Jam fan for going on almost 20 years now. St. Vincent’s one of the coolest act’s I’ve seen in the past 5 years or so.
That being said, I think this is so cool.
Because of the depth of their catalogue, and because — as you point out in your intro, Ryan — they have so many diehard fans with so many divergent opinions, I think this has got to be one of the most difficult Top 10′s around.
That being said, I’m pretty impressed with this list. Not the same list I would have put together, but closer than I would have expected.
RVA! That was a great show. I wasn’t prepared for Jeff’s beard.
Stereogum has a Facebook link? I thought this was the only place there were comments.
I expected The Bleeding Hearts Show to be #1. I would have raised an eyebrow if it wasn’t in the top 5. But I’m truly shocked that it missed the list.
*For me, the best is Irons. Proofread before you post from now on, Pete.
Yes to the drummer commentary. Cameron seems like a great guy, but I personally didn’t appreciate the style or sound he brought to the band. For the best is Irons. There was something raw, something soulful to his drumming.
That being said, I still stand behind Binaural and Riot Act. I think they’re lesser albums than No Code and Yield, but I still enjoyed the early 2000′s period.
Good article, Ryan. Paragraph 8 is probably as closely aligned with my personal feelings as you possibly could have written it.
Also, I’ve been reading Stereogum for about 6 years now, and more and more the content and the discussions here just make me feel old. I’m just having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that now there’s essentially an entire generation of tastemakers younger than me.
God damn, I’m going to miss it (the guitar, that is).
True, but to do one of these best songs or best albums lists, almost by definition you have to write about music that is old, just so that you’re talking about an artist/band/group that’s been around long enough to accumulate enough music to rank.
I think what it comes down to is, I’m always just slow to pick up on new trends or to let current/old trends go. Also, I’m getting old, you guys.
This was a fine piece though, Philip. I didn’t mean to knock your writing.
I got the impression Philip was bending over backwards to explain / apologize for writing a piece about the Decemberists. I’m not ashamed — I love these guys, all the way up to their most recent output.
Okay, I re-read this article, this time paying a bit closer attention. I guess this wasn’t your typical pay-to-attend Fiona Apple headlining concert. But that doesn’t altogether change the point of my post, I don’t think.
I’m kind of surprised Joshua is getting so many downvotes. I think his point is just that sometimes audiences suck, and that as a performing musician, that is a reality of life and something you need to put up with occasionally. It doesn’t excuse the actions of the disrespectful audience in the least. But that’s a separate issue. The issue here is the performer overcoming / ignoring / persevering through the disrespectful audience. Because, as Joshua pointed out, we can only assume there were Fiona Apple fans in that audience who did want to hear her play.
I mean, I’ve attended some shows with some shitty people in the audience. It can be highly annoying. But I’m thankful that whatever act I was seeing didn’t storm off the stage each time as a result.
The Cliff’s Notes: sing only low one.
This album cover reminds me a sepia-toned version of Michael Jackson’s Dangerous.
Joking about Corgan’s lyrics? What’s funny about “the world is a vampire / sent to drain”?
I got 99 problems, but a fish ain’t one.