#1, #2 and #4 are obvious choices and I think most people would agree they are classics. But “Blood Money” and “The Heart of a Saturday Night” are actually two of my FAVORITE Tom Waits albums! I like the sentimental stuff you begrudgingly refer to as cocaine-Rogaine folk rock. For me, my favorite Tom Waits is forlorn, love lost and sitting at the end of a dank hole of a bar drinking by himself.
Maybe you kids were too young to remember a time when every other asshat in the crowd WASN’T taking photos and video with their phone, but having gone to plenty of shows before smartphones, I can recall it being much better without them. It’s not hard to turn off the goddamn thing for an hour or two. Put away the Twitter and the Instagram or Snapchat or whatever the fuck you’re wasting your time on and enjoy the show! Just let the music wash over you: dance, feel, have fun! I was at the She & Him show in Central Park last night and I must say this absence was refreshing. Given the celebrity of Ms. Deschanel, I’m sure there would have been even more amateur phone photography than usual. I must say I got some satisfaction from the security team going into the crowd and tapping people on the shoulder and demanding they put their phones away. Go figure that nearly everyone they approached was also being totally obnoxious and talking loudly through almost the entire set as well.
What I learned: those “eyebrows” of hers are still really frightening.
I love it! And that bassline sounds an awful lot like the Twin Peaks theme.
Ugh, their shtick is so tired now. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….
Considering picks from certain albums, I would have picked “Chelsea Hotel” > “Who By Fire” and “Take This Waltz” > “Tower of Song”. “Hallelujah” is a great song, but let’s face it, JB’s cover makes Cohen’s version pale in comparison.
I’m a little sad that you’ve grouped Diplo together with Tiesto and Skrillex, two of the cheesiest DJs in EDM.
This list is so wrong on so many levels.
“Girls & Boys”, “End of A Century”, “To The End”, “Coffee & TV”, “Beetlebum” and “Tender” might all be obvious choices, but they’re also the right choices. You just can’t fuck with classics.
Agreed. Dent May should be getting way more love. “Do Things” is a terrific summer album.
Grimes – “Oblivion”. I don’t care if it’s >6 months old now, it still rules.
Music for people that listen for lyrics
I was wondering the same thing. She’s definitely one of my biggest indie crushes of recent memory. Score one for the spank bank!
Having discerning taste in music and being a hipster are not at all the same thing. This is primarily an independent music blog, so when you see posts about DMB without any irony, it’s bound to raise a few eyebrows.
I hate your statement, your avatar, and probably wouldn’t like you either.
I’d get rid of Sleigh Bells and Chairlift and include Porcelain Raft, Mount Eerie, Lemonade and Pond
Chromatics should both be WAY higher on the list too. Definitely Top 5 IMO.
“Yeah, well that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”
Nope. She’s pretty abysmal. I’m simply saying there have been plenty of artists of mediocre talent that put out amazing music.
I think that’s giving Carles too much credit. I haven’t really read HRO since the “Great Electro Wars of 2007″ and I’m still perfectly capable of judging her. I took note when there was that long letter from Amy Klein of Titus Andronicus floating around that questioned LDR’s authenticity.
What does any of this have to do with HRO or being a city dweller? Hope all is well in Podunk, IA… Say hello to Auntie Mae for me!
Sorry if I offended your sensibilities, Judith Bulter. It just made me laugh.
Being a talented musician and being worth listening to are two very different things. If being a talented musician was all that mattered to people, then Dream Theater or some shit would be like the biggest band in the world. It’s not about complicated time signatures or minor keys or whatever else music students at Julliard jerk off to. What makes music resonate with people is completely subjective.
Actually, I would argue that she would fit right in with the kind of artists that perform on SNL: palatable pop for the mainstream and tremendously popular for no good reason
I felt compelled to copy this gem of a comment from a Brooklyn Vegan:
“I question the heterosexuality of any dude that didn’t enjoy her performance. Sorry frumpy chicks, Adele can’t be dragged away from the buffet to be on every week.”
Listen to Piper at the Gates of Dawn, their first album with Syd Barrett still in the band. Certainly made me a believer.
The exactly 10 year rule is kind of arbitrary here. However, I think a longer list (100?) of classic albums after 10+ years of an artist’s existence is a worthwhile exercise in itself.