Thank you for reminding me. It must mean something that I didn’t think of them once while I was reading this list, but I thought there were a few gems on that album. I still listen to it a bit. A bit of a disappointment, but a top fifteen for me.
I loved the album. It’s top ten for me, even though it was a bit uneven. I thought the top few songs stack up against their best.
Holy shit I forgot the new Arctic Monkeys record. That has gotten more playtime than any other record in my house. Nothing groundbreaking there, but damn it’s an infectious and fun album. Catchy, danceable, interesting, and great vocal performances. So it’s a relic from another time: who cares? It knows what it is and it’s good at it.
Agreed on all counts. I though Like Clockwork was flawed and uneven, but a few of the songs seemed like instant classics to me. The highs were very high. MBV is also a top three for me. I listened to it consistently all year. And I think Government Plates is too new for them to process enough, which means this list is coming out way too early.
Can’t believe Dirty Beaches didn’t make the list. I know I loved the Queens of the Stone Age album more than most, so I’m not so surprised it’s not here, though it’s top ten for me. It’s weird not to see Government Plates on the list. Maybe it’s too new. But if that is the case, maybe a list like this should wait til January. Also, what about My Name is My Name? And I am kinda shocked to see Reflektor so high. I thought it was a bit more divisive than that. And what about Nick Cave’s album? I thought it was pretty damn good. As you can see, I am a bit biased towards older artists. But that said, I would have liked Lorde’s album to crack the top 50. I think she’s great and has a bright future.
Fuck yes. I might have listened to this album more than any of the others. Glad I’m not the only one. It’s a top five for me.
I might have missed it in the comments, but is anyone surprised that Psychic by Darkside didn’t make the list? I’ve listened to it almost daily since it came out.
Let’s hear everybody’s favorites! I’m a GZA guy myself.
The samples and beats on this album are something special. I would gladly listen to an instrumental version of this album over and over. And that’s saying something, given some of the incredible performances packed into this album.
Same thing for me. I grew up in an extremely religious household and there wasn’t much secular music allowed. I got my hands on Siamese Dream pretty much by accident and it was my “aha” moment. It opened me up to rock and alternative music. I am who I am today because this record broadened my horizons so much.
This is news to me. Where are you getting your information? Touring what? He didn’t tour in support of Bad As Me.
Sad, sad news. I was at the Bridge School Benefit Concert and the news was spreading like wildfire. There was so much anguish from all of the old hippies and rockers at the show. It was clear what sort of impact he has had on people’s lives. My Morning Jacket and Neil Young and the other artists singing “Oh Sweet Nuthin” was crushingly poignant, and I’ll never forget it.
This was an amazing moment. A lot of people were hearing the news of Lou Reed’s death for the first time from the My Morning Jacket guy, and there was an audible gasp from the crowd. It was a very poignant tribute. It was definitely the main highlight besides Tom Waits’ performance. (Queens of the Stone Age had a great set too. Very slinky and seductive. Josh Homme is really growing into his crooner persona)
This concert had the atmosphere of a church cookout until Tom stepped on the stage. It was an absolutely spellbinding performance. Stoned teenagers and stuffy old CSNY fans alike were captivated. I’m sure he made a lot of new fans last night. When his set was over, thousands of people started leaving. Clearly a ton of people were there just for him. That crowd was bonkers for him.
Sufjan is the fucking best. All I want for Christmas is another super-freaky Sufjan EP.
Great remix. The Knife have been the soundtrack to my life for the last year or so.
Yup. Just dropped in to see if Letter from an Occupant was number one. Maybe my favorite overall Neko Case song.
The Road to El Dorado! Not a disney. Picture the blonde guy from that movie dramatically and intensely strumming a mandolin-ish instrument. My work here is done.
Where is that GIF of the guy with the mandolin from that disney movie when you need it? Is that a disney movie? What am I thinking of?
Wasn’t he their maniac of a rhythm guitarist? This guy could play. I always thought he was key to the Pogues’ intensity and energy.
Life changing album for me. Discovering this early in high school really pushed me in an alternative direction and away from radio rock. Probably responsible for me discovering and loving the late 80′s early 90′s alt bands like My Bloody Valentine, the Pixies, Sonic Youth, the Meat Puppets, the Breeders, Hum, Pavement, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jesus Lizard, Dinosaur Jr., Modest Mouse, and Guided by Voices. Falling in love with Nevermind in jr. high made look up the other “Seattle grunge bands”. In Utero made me realize that Nirvana didn’t really belong to that group.
I have so much to say that I don’t know where to start. Here comes a rant. Tom Waits is my favorite artist of any sort. I had been hoping you guys would do this list for a while, though I’m not sure what’s in it for me other than to read some more people’s thoughts on Tom Waits. Is there a more interesting songwriter/poet/actor/storyteller/cultural-curator/producer/playwright around? He’s an American original and I wouldn’t be who I was today without his music. You clearly did your homework and I enjoyed your biography and analysis of Waits and his output, but I am a little puzzled by the exclusion of Orphans. Orphans is mostly original songs that don’t exist in any other form, and quite a few people would count it as one of their favorite Waits albums. It’s hardly an afterthought compilation and I think it should stand alongside the rest of his work. Still, I enjoyed the list, and as you said there is no wrong way to rank Tom’s albums.
You know what I really want to be pissed off about? A Tom Waits list. Go ahead, leave Swordfishtrombones out of the top three. I dare you.
Ditto on Le Noise and Time Fades Away. I could probably stand to see Trans a tad higher too.
I would love to see Wu-Tang solo albums worst to best.