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One of Bruce Springsteen’s early bands used to have two guys who just sat at onstage playing checkers at every show.
First song “Beth,” second song “Rest.”
Pretty good list, considering. I thought St. Vincent would make top 5, if not #1. Not that #11 is bad by any means, but they LOVED that record.
“download that entire four-song Daytrotter session for free” – nope, they charge $2/month now.
I would guess PJ Harvey? Not by much though.
Honestly, I think the fact that SuperHeavy made this list at all tops even that. Weird for anyone to take the position that Mick Jagger can do no wrong when there are MOUNTAINS of evidence refuting that.
That’s actually a pretty solid singles list.
I was surprised to see St. Vincent so far down too. I agree though – good album, not great. Overall an excellent list (even if I still don’t quite understand the Drake hype).
Is it too soon to assume Best Album of 2012 lists will be a Lana Del Rey sweep?
I used to drive 1.5 hours in college to go to shows at Higher Ground. A really great venue, by any city’s standards. Saw the Roots there, Junior Brown, State Radio (ugh), Grace Potter, and a few others. In NY I can see a zillion bands any night of the week, but there was still something special about that Burlington venue behind the Quiznnos.
I disagree with a lot of this stuff, but I always support a list that has actual character. A lot of these lists end up feeling like a generic aggregate of every music writer in the world’s opinion. I doubt we’ll see such an eclectic Top 5 from Rolling Stone or P4k…
05 Josh T. Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
04 White Denim – D
03 Metronomy – The English Riviera
02 Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
01 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake