The Anniversary

Sixteen Stone Turns 20

By Carl Williott / December 5, 2014 - 10:51 am

Over the past 12 months, this site has commemorated numerous albums from 1994, partly because that’s what you do now when a pop culture work turns 20, but mainly because 1994 was an astounding year for music. And as an odd capper to that remarkable stretch, here we have reached the 20th anniversary of Bush’… More »

Vitalogy Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / November 21, 2014 - 10:52 am

Vitalogy was the dividing line between one understanding of Pearl Jam, the version that made them famous, and a different one. There are lots of schisms and permutations within the Pearl Jam fanbase. There are those fans that like everything, of course. There are those who were teens when Ten and Vs. became huge, and… More »

Wildflowers Turns 20

By Shawn Macomber / October 31, 2014 - 4:27 pm

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

The opening verse of the title track from Tom Petty’s 1994 mid-career high-water mark Wildflowers at first blush seems like little more than tattoo bait… More »

MTV Unplugged In New York Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014 - 9:32 am

Funny thing about suicide: It’s not a mystery to be solved. When someone you know, or someone you admire, takes her own life, there’s always a temptation to rifle through your memories of that person, looking for some clue of what might happen. It’s not there — or, if it is, there’s usually no reaso… More »

Pisces Iscariot Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Every now and then, a band releases a collection of B-sides and outtakes and otherwise semi-available material that transcends the notion of an artist emptying the vaults to buy a bit of time between full-fledged albums, or simply trying to cash in a bit. (We’re going to be talking about a period of time here… More »

No Need To Argue Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2014 - 10:33 am

The Cranberries and I go way back. All the way, in fact, to those kinds of memories that linger (yeah, I know) with no distinct images, but more so just some kind of visceral, unknown connection. I think of the Cranberries and I think of the stuff from their debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It,More »

Chocolate And Cheese Turns 20

By Hank Shteamer / September 26, 2014 - 2:06 pm

“A good part of Ween’s philosophy is ‘Fuck you,’ you know? Any good band, that should comprise a bit of the message.”

— Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween)

When opening the jewel case of the original Chocolate And Cheese disc, you were greeted by a sketch on the CD face: a… More »

Monster Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / September 26, 2014 - 10:32 am

There aren’t a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.’s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of ’80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they found breakthrough commercial success as that decade waned, with singles like “The One I Love,” “Stand,” and “Orange Crush,” and then serious mainstream… More »

Whip-Smart Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 9:05 am

When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne’s songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with absolute abject horror. Today, the album plays as a piece of top-shelf MOR pop music; it’s a whole hell of a lot better tha… More »

Funeral Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / September 12, 2014 - 11:03 am

What I remember most is two deranged geekboys drumming on each other’s helmets. There was so much to love about Arcade Fire in 2004, but the image of Richard Peed Parry and Will Butler frantically pounding each other’s skulls during performances of “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” is the one that sticks with me above all else. More »

Ready To Die Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 9:35 am

Word around the campfire is that Biggie Smalls, when he was recording Ready To Die, wanted to record a track with DJ Premier and M.O.P. and Jeru The Damaja. Can you even imagine what that would sound like? How fucking incredible that would’ve been? There are precious few Biggie/Premier collabs, but every last one of… More »

Definitely Maybe Turns 20

By Ryan Leas / August 29, 2014 - 9:16 am

Back in April, we marked the 20th anniversary of Britpop with Stereogum’s Britpop Week. We chose the date for a few reasons — the week marked the anniversaries of both Pulp’s His ‘N’ Hers and Blur’s Parklife, Damon Albarn was conveniently releasing his first solo album almost to the day of Parklife’s 20th birthday, and… More »

Bakesale Turns 20

By John Everhart / August 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm

“Dinosaur have this weird Teflon thing,” Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow told me in a 2013 interview for Under The Radar. “Sebadoh’s more vulnerable. There are more faces to the band. You have the strength of [co-frontman] Jason [Lowenstein]’s material, which is stunning. It creates something complicated. And fans kind of want things simple. But Sebadoh… More »

Grace Turns 20

By Chris DeVille / August 22, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Jeff Buckley would have slayed on American Idol. We know this because Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has become such a mainstay among TV singing contestants hoping to show off their virtuosic powers, and because nobody sang it better than Buckley. The song, originally released by Cohen in 1984, made its way to Buckley via John Cale’… More »

Dummy Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

There’s a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to be OK. It’s the kind of drum programming you hear on three of the great bleak, depressive masterpieces of the mid-’90s: Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 CubanMore »

More Adventurous Turns 10

By Liz Pelly / August 18, 2014 - 10:58 am

I can remember with clarity the first time I heard Jenny Lewis’ voice — the place, the time of day, what I was wearing. It was during ninth grade, one weekday after school, in my friend Lauren’s basement, when her cool older brother’s cool girlfriend pulled up a Postal Service song and played it through… More »

Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20

By Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Self-indulgent storytime: The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend’s house even though I had a basketball game the next day. Everything was going pretty well until we threw on Marilyn Manson’s debut album Portrait Of An American Family, which… More »

Blueberry Boat Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / July 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an exceptionally sleepy place in the summer, a tiny rural college town 90 minutes southeast of Columbus. Ostensibly I was helping to run the weekly summer edition of our campus newspaper,… More »

Roman Candle Turns 20

By Sameer Rao / July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Talking about the dead — especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies — is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists often get trapped in discussions about their legend — how they died, why they died, what their trajectory means in a broader context, what death does to fans — making… More »

A Ghost Is Born Turns 10

By Chris DeVille / June 23, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Following up a career-making, universally acclaimed opus is enough to fray the edges of a human being’s sanity. We saw this in Meeting People Is Easy, the impossibly morbid documentary about Radiohead’s tour in support of OK Computer, and we heard it in Kid A, Radiohead’s even more insular and paranoid follow-up album. Wilco’s 2002… More »

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