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So that’s why they call this Black Friday. This really sucks. I’d be willing to live without more albums, because recording is a bit of a chore I’m sure, but I’m really, really gonna miss their live shows.
Or rather #276.
I love lists like this. I mean, I can understand doing a top 10, or 20, or even 50. But 500? Like they sit around going “Ya know, I think the new National album is really good, but c’mon, it’s clealry not one of the top 477 albums of all time.” This is basically a “Top 50, plus 450 other records that are pretty good and in no particular order, but we’re gonna put numbers next to them anyway”.
That said, Ocean Rain at #277 is a disgrace.
I’ve seen them like 10 times and they NEVER play that song! It kills me! I love that song.
Good Bejar representation here. His stuff always tends to be my favorite on NP records. I think he’s a really great writer of straightforward pop songs, even though that’s not usually what he writes for Destroyer, except for a lot of the stuff on Streethawk (which is my favorite Destroyer album). Probably would have found a place for Spirit of Giving, but I can’t quibble too much with this list. Ballad is my favorite NP song.
Also, might have slotted in Graceland from the Matador compilation. I think that’s as good as anything Newman has done.
You should totally demand your money back.
For what it’s worth, we ran into Sam France near the blue stage on Sunday, and he stopped and chatted for a bit and was a really nice guy. Kind of expected him to be a dick, but he was actually pretty cool. I get the backlash, because they’re so over the top as to be pretty douchey if you’re the least bit cynical. But I still think the music is pretty good.
Not sure I’m buying this. This girl made a big deal on Youtube about how that’s her in the San Francisco video, really trying to sell herself, so I’m guessing there’s some serious self promotion going on here, but that’s just a guess. I didn’t notice any tension at Pitchfork or at their aftershow Friday night.
Also, thumbs up to Goose Island’s Sofie Paradisi and Run the Jewels (the beer version). The beer was much better than the last couple of years.
Needs more Parquet Courts. Best set of the weekend.
I suppose it’s not all that different than Ride a White Swan, which is already on here, but I’ve always love Beltane Walk. Other than that, great list, especially the inclusion of Raw Ramp, which really stands out on the 20th Century Boy collection. But yeah, Mambo Sun.
Pretty long for a Pixies song. That’s not a complaint, mind you.
Whoa, I’ve been gone a few days, but thanks, Scott!
There are other songs by the Knack?
Yeah, it’s not on the Recover EP, but I was listening to a lot of satellite radio back in October/November, and it seemed like this song was on just about every hour on XMU.
Meh. Wake me when they do an hour long version of My Sharona.
They played a somewhat hastily arranged show in Chicago last month at Schuba’s, and they sounded really good. Even better, they just came off as more mature and seasoned. They had a habit of being a little dickish on stage during that last tour (or at least Cullen did). Not so much this time.
Sorry folks. Drowners fan here.
Really digging this EP. I think I like it better than the album. Looking forward to their show with Eleanor in a week.
You left out Mwng! That’s a pretty good list, though, and probably pretty close to mine, though I’d probably have Geurilla #1.
I mentioned it below, but he was doing Shine A Light on the heels of You Lie You Cheat on the 2009 tour, which included their show at the Pitchfork Festival. I have a stream of that show that I downloaded if you want it. Email me at wseitz at gmail. At the time, it was pretty mind-blowing.
I feel bad for the albums I’d have at the bottom, but they’re only there because the rest of the albums are so good. My list:
7. Amazing Grace
6. Songs in A&E
5. Let It Come Down
4. Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
3. Pure Phase
2. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
1. Laser Guided Melodies
LGM is the one I go back to listen to more than any of the rest. The live version Shine A Light is much different from the album version, but is absolutely amazing, especially when they segue into it from the maelstrom at the end of You Lie, You Cheat. I wish I could put Let It Come Down higher, since that was what really got me into Spiritualized.
I’d love to see Stereogum’s worst to first rankings of Super Furry Animals albums, btw.
Note to self: My tastes are apparently much more in line with Harley Brown than with John Everhart (who did the Deerhunter list). I half expected to read this list and see maybe one or two of these songs actually on the list. My order might be different, but otherwise this list matches up with what I’d have on it.
This album is really, really good. Crystalised may have been my favorite song from last year. I love the intro guitar on this song.