• My favorite albums of the 2000s

    Apr 16 2010, 21:43 di Wooooooooo

    At the behest of rootsreachdown and oldbrownshoe08, and without explanation, here are my ten favorite albums from the 2000s:

    1. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
    2. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
    3. Arcade Fire - Funeral
    4. The National - Alligator
    5. The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
    6. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    7. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
    8. The Strokes - Is This It
    9. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    10. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    5 or so songs that made an impact, I just really liked, etc:

    Josh Ritter - Right Moves
    Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
    Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
    Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
    Regina Spektor - Fidelity
    Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
  • Josh Ritter live (Belcourt Theatre, 5/6/08)

    Mag 8 2008, 7:20 di laura_mac

    So last night I saw Ingrid Michaelson and Josh Ritter on the first night of their two-night residency at the Belcourt Theatre. For those of you who have never been, the Belcourt is a historic venue/movie theatre with a long history. It started out as the Hillsboro Theatre, which was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1934 to 1936. Now it shows independent, classic, and foreign-language film as well as occasionally hosting musicians such as Ron Sexsmith and Tom Waits.

    I've seen shows at most of the venues in Nashville, but this was my first time at the Belcourt (not counting Rocky Horror Picture Show, or that time I saw Pan's Labyrinth...). Other than the gilded proscenium, it's nothing special. It looks like what it is, which is a somewhat run-down, old fashioned movie theatre. The establishment had set up metal folding chairs in the extra space between the front row of seats and the stage, and to our absolute delight, there were still seats in the front when we arrived. …
  • Top 10 Songs of 2007

    Gen 1 2008, 21:31 di chriszak31

    I just cut and paste this from my Phillyist post:

    Check out the songs here, playlist/countdown style:


    You know those songs that take over your headphones for weeks at a time? Well, the youngest alternative-rocker on the Phillyist staff decided to put all those infectious tunes into a list of 10 - and then 10 more, just because. And for your listening pleasure, yours truly linked to the album versions of those songs (thanks YouTube, for your comprehensiveness) - just click on the song names! (not true for this post. check out the link above, though) I think you'll enjoy this medley of happy, somber, honest, and beautiful songs. And if you don't find 3 songs that you like, well, you can tell me that I don't know anything about music.

    1. The HoursAli In The Jungle

    I first heard about this band when listening to Travis’ Fran Healy doing a radio takeover on Y-Rock on XPN. …
  • Top Songs of 2007

    Dic 18 2007, 19:33 di jonathanfisk

    In keeping with the year-end tradition of best-of lists, I hereby submit my (highly subjective) list of the Top 20 songs of 2007. I am astounded by how hard it was to narrow this list down to twenty tracks, but here they are. Top 10 albums to follow before the end of the year.

    Agree, disagree, but enjoy.

    And comment!

    20. None Shall Pass—Aesop Rock . . . hyper-literate, verbose master of relentless flow has finally made a song that not only makes you think, but makes you bob your head as well.

    19. Paper Planes—M.I.A . . . filling the song with inventive sounds, playfully grandiose lyrics and infectious beats, M.I.A has finally made a song that has made me stop hating her.

    18. Icky Thump—The White Stripes . . . this is exactly what straight-up blues rock should sound like in 2007. Robert Plant and Mick Jagger can only wish they could still make music as mad and raucous as this. One of the best lead-off tracks of the year.

  • Thoughts On My Charts, and the next installment of I Know What I Like

    Nov 8 2007, 23:14 di laura_mac

    Before I get to the album reviews, I just wanted to point out to all of you lovely people who bother to read my ramblings that there has been some major overhauling going on in my top ten over the past two weeks or so. Spoon has undergone the same kind of meteoric rise that Oasis went through around this time last year. As I write this, they are only seven plays away from usurping the number two spot in my charts. This is fine with me, but I have an irrational fear that they're going to overtake The Beatles as my number one. I don't know if I can handle that kind of change. I feel like it would require a massive reassessment of my self-image. The fact is that, as much as I love and adore them and consider them my favorite band, I just don't listen to them that much any more, and I listen to Spoon...well, practically constantly. Well, who knows what the future holds. If it happens, you can be assured that I will be posting my nervous breakdown on this journal for you to read and comment upon.