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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
For whatever reason, the British mags all LOVE him while the stateside music press ignores him. Strange given that his music seems so deeply rooted in strictly-American musical traditions (and he’s from Texas).
Hey, at least they didn’t include Beady Eye. For a British rock mag, that’s something like progress.
Pretty good for the first big list of the year. More surprises than I would have expected from one of the more prominent publications. Wonder if Spin or Rolling Stone will throw any such curveballs (doubtful).
“an actual Michael Jackson impersonator”
As opposed to what, a FAKE Michael Jackson impersonator?
These ads have been up in the subway platforms for months. Wonder why they’re just rolling out the press push now.
Love that. Catchy tune and attitude to spare.
Really, THREE songs from the new album? I like Collapse Into Now, but come on. These are not, nor ever will be, greatest hits by any stretch of the term. Especially when, as you point out, an album like Monster only gets on track.
Yep, this feature makes about as much sense as expected.
Yes times 1000
Does this mean the end of the Best Videos of the Week series? Sure hope not! Best feature Stereogum has.
“U Should Know Better.” Snoop’s best performance in years.
Yeah, I kept waiting for it to get hilariously homoerotic. But then it ended, and all I’d seen was two fans acting a little goofy singing along to a song they liked. I feel misled.
My favorite feature every single week. The Augustana video didn’t do it for me (seemed to be mostly a generic Killers-esq desert performance clip with only minor tweaks), but that Wiley is fantastic!
1. soundgarden * green day * lady gaga * arcade fire * the strokes * phoenix
2. _ O _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ O _ _ _ O _ * mgmt * _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ * hot chip * the black keys
3. the national * spoon * devo * _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ * cut copy * the new pornographers
4. gogol bordello * chromeo
5. yeasayer * x japan
6. matt & kim
11. the dodos * hockey
13. company of thieves