2020 Music Log


Here we go again! All songs from my beloved public library unless noted.

January:

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1. And the Anonymous Nobody.., De La Soul-8.5
2. 13 Songs, Fugazi-9.5
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists-10.0
4. Tijuana Moods, Charles Mingus-9.0
5. Ready To Die, Notorious BIG-9.5

February:

6. Lotta Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile-9.0
7. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, The Mamas & the Papas-10.0
8. Singles, New Order-9.5
9. Chelsea Girl, Nico-9.0
10. Aerosmith, Aerosmith-8.5
11. Speak Like a Child, Herbie Hancock-10.0
12. Nothing Fragile, Bachman Turner Overdrive-9.0
13. Thank Your Lucky Stars, Beach House-9.5
14. On The Third Day, Electric Light Orchestra-9.5
15. Soul Station, Hank Mobley-8.5

March:

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16. Eye In The Sky, The Alan Parsons Project-8.0
17. Cosmic Thing, The B52’s-10.0
18. Blue Train, John Coltrane-9.0
19. Time Out Of Mind, Bob Dylan-8.0
20. Out of the Blue, Electric Light Orchestra-10.0
21. Pony, Orville Peck-9.5 *YouTube*

April

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22. Mask, Bauhaus-9.5 *YouTube*
23. Miles In The Sky, Miles Davis-8.5 *YouTube*
24. Turbulence, Miami Nights 1984-9.5 *YouTube*
25. Redline, Lazerhawk-8.5 *YouTube*

May:

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26. Total Devo, Devo-7.0 *YouTube*
27. Viet Cong, Viet Cong-9.0 *YouTube*
28. Hounds of Love, Kate Bush-9.5 *YouTube*
29. Sonic Youth EP, Sonic Youth-7.5 *YouTube*
30. American Water, Silver Jews-9.5 *YouTube*
31. Strange Trails, Lord Huron-8.5 *YouTube*
32. Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Duran Duran-8.5 *YouTube*
33. This Old Dog, Mac Demarco-9.0 *YouTube*
34. 2, Mac Demarco-9.0 *YouTube*

June:

35. They Call Me Country, Sanford Clark-10.0 *YouTube*
36. Animals, Pink Floyd-9.5 *YouTube*
37. Script of the Bridge, The Chameleons-10.0 *YouTube*
38. Marquee Moon, Television-10.0 *YouTube*
39. Pink Flag, Wire-9.0 *YouTube*
40. Chairs Missing, Wire-9.5 *YouTube*
41. Worlds Apart, Saga-8.0 *YouTube*
42. The Dreaming, Kate Bush-8.5 *YouTube*
43. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses-9.0 *YouTube*
44. Offering, Cults-8.5 *YouTube*
45. Man-Machine, Kraftwerk-9.5 *YouTube*
46. Warsaw, Joy Division-10.0 *YouTube*
47. Bad Brains, Bad Brains-9.5 *YouTube*

July:

48. Starlite Walker, Silver Jews-8.5 *YouTube*
49. The Natural Bridge, Silver Jews-9.5 *YouTube*
50. 154, Wire-9.5 *YouTube*
51. Spirit of Eden, Talk Talk-9.0 *YouTube
52. Borderline, Asylum Party-9.5 *YouTube*
53. The Colour of Spring, Talk Talk-9.5 *YouTube*
54. Mere, Asylum Party-9.5 *YouTube*
55. Author! Author!, Scars-8.0 *YouTube*
56. Picture One, Asylum Party-10.0 *YouTube*
57. Haywire OST, David Holmes-9.0 *YouTube*

August:

58. Nocturnal, The Midnight-9.5 *YouTube*
59. Love Panic, The Echo-Friendly-9.0 *YouTube*
60. Homeland, Middle Class-8.0 *YouTube*
61. Just Another Diamond Day, Vashti Bunyan-9.0 *YouTube*
62. Melted, Ty Segall-5.0 *YouTube*
63. Vaults of Eternity: Japan, The Mattson 2-9.5 *YouTube*
64. Lonely Generation, Echosmith-8.0 *Barnes & Noble*
65. Pyromania, Def Leppard-8.5 *Wal-Mart*

September:

66. Planet Waves, Bob Dylan & The Band-9.0 *Barnes & Noble*
67. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John-9.5 *Wal-Mart*
68. The Information, Beck-9.0
69 Women in Music Pt. III, Haim-8.5
70. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey-9.0
71. Eight Miles High/Makes No Sense At All (4-Track Maxi-Single), Hüsker Dü-9.5
72. Wolf’s Law, The Joy Formidable-5.5

October:

73. The Nylon Curtain, Billy Joel-9.5
74. Mirage, Fleetwood Mac-9.0
75. Minor Threat, Minor Threat-9.0
76. The Monkees, The Monkees-9.0
77. Everything All The Time, Band of Horses-9.0 *YouTube*
78. Foreplay, Mild Orange-9.5 *YouTube*
79. Nothing to Fear, Oingo Boingo-8.5
80. Flash Gordon OST, Queen-9.5
81. Cease to Begin, Band of Horses-9.0 *YouTube*

November:

82. Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago-9.5
83. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits-9.0
84. After Hours, The Weeknd-9.5
85. Popular Songs, Yo La Tengo-4.5
86. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young and Crazy Horse-9.5
87. Blood Loss, Puma Blue-8.5 *YouTube*
88. Spell #6, Part Time-9.0 *YouTube*
89. Etazhi, Molchat Doma-9.5 *YouTube*
90. Floating, Sleep Party People-9.0 *YouTube*
91. One Way Ticket, The Nerves-8.0 *YouTube*
92. 80s Underground SynthWave & Minimal Wave Hits, Hot Nights Vol. 1, The Robot Scientists-9.5 *YouTube*
93. Night Lights, Gary Mulligan-9.0 *YouTube*

December:

94. Roots, Ian Carr’s Nucleus-9.5 *YouTube*
95. Introduction, Witch-9.5 *YouTube*
96. Big Fun, Miles Davis-9.0 *YouTube*
97. Dreamlab9.0, Mythos *YouTube*
98. Bundles, Soft Machine-9.5 *YouTube*
99. Tim, The Replacements-10.0 *YouTube*
100. Avalon, Roxy Music-9.5 *YouTube*

2017 Music Log


Best Of The Year:

1. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis-10.0
2. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen-10.0
3. Crash, Dave Matthews Band-10.0
4. Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel-10.0
5. Neferateri, Miles Davis-10.0, *Barnes and Noble
6. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green-10.0
7. Demon Days, Gorillaz-10.0

It’s groovy time again. Also I’m currently doing a Public Library challenge where I check out what I want to listen to in alphabetical order. Nothing in A interested me I guess:

January

1. Why Are You Okay?, Band of Horses-8.0
2. The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes-9.0
3. Radio City, Big Star-9.0
4. California, blink 182-9.5
5. Buffalo Springfield Again , Buffalo Springfield-9.5
6. Yellow Submarine, The Beatles-9.0
7. Third/Sister Lovers, Big Star-8.0
8. Crash, Dave Matthews Band-10.0
9. Going Out In Style, Dropkick Murphys-8.0
10. John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan-8.5

February

11. Embryonic, The Flaming Lips-7.5
12. Major Lodge Victory, Gin Blossoms-5.0
13. Like Drawing Blood, Gotye-9.0
14. Strangeland, Keane-8.0
15. Only By The Night, Kings of Leon-9.5
16. Aim and Ignite, Fun.-9.5
17. Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel-10.0

March

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18. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green-10.0
19. Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses-8.5
20. Rid of Me, PJ Harvey-9.5
21. Lex Hives, The Hives-8.0
22. Hozier, Hozier-9.0
23. Mezzanine, Massive Attack-8.5
24. Battle Studies, John Mayer-8.0

April


25. Misfits, The Misfits-9.0
26. Road To Ruin, The Ramones-9.5
27. Art Official Age, Prince-8.0
28. Life’s Rich Pageant, R.E.M.-9.5
29. Out Of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones-9.5
30. Off!7.5, Off!
31. Beard, Wives, Denim, Pond-8.0
32. Actually, Pet Shop Boys-9.0 *Half-Priced Books

May

33. The Body, the Blood, the Machine, The Thermals-9.0 *YouTube
34. Coral Fang, The Distillers-8.5 *YouTube
35. The Distillers, The Distillers-9.0  *YouTube
36. Sing Sing Death House, The Distillers-8.0 *YouTube
37. Happy Trails, Quicksilver Messenger Service-6.5
38. Milo Goes To College, The Descendents-9.5 *YouTube
39. Give It Back To You, The Record Company-8.0
40. Mother’s Milk, The Red Hot Chili Peppers-8.5
41.  Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions but Were Afraid to Ask, Sea Lions-7.0
42. Heartworms, The Shins-8.5
43. Valtari, Sigur Rós-9.0
44. Surburban Lawns, Surburban Lawns-9.0 *YouTube
45. The Stooges, The Stooges-9.5
46. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen-10.0

June

47. Black Celebration, Depeche Mode-8.5 *Half-Priced Books
48. Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks, Modest Mouse-9.0 *Barnes & Noble
49. Suburban Lawns, Suburban Lawns-9.0 *YouTube
50. Manhunter OST, Various Artists-9.5 *YouTube
51. Bauhaus 1979–1983 Vol. 1, Bauhaus-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
52. Hot Thoughts, Spoon-8.0
53. Baby (EP), Suburban Lawns-9.5 *YouTube
54. Strange Mercy, St. Vincent-8.5
55. Lonerism, Tame Impala-9.0
56. Love You To Death, Tegan and Sara-9.0
57. The Doors, The Doors-9.5 *Google Play

July:

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58. Dire Straits, Dire Straits-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
59. Walking On a Pretty Daze, Kurt Ville-9.5
60. Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes-8.0
61. Blackstar, David Bowie-9.5
62. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis-10.0
63. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five-9.0
64. For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver-9.5
65. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, Cold War Kids-8.5
66. Clouds Taste Metallic, The Flaming Lips-9.0
67. Making Mirrors, Gotye-8.5

August:

68. Starr Stuff, Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2-9.5 *YouTube
69. Starfish, The Church-9.0 *Half-Priced Books
70. The Heart of Saturday Night
, Tom Waits-9.5
71. Hesitant Alien, Gerard Way-5.0
72. Close To The Edge, Yes-9.5
73. Neil Young, Neil Young-9.0
74. Hunting High and Low, A-ha-8.0 *Half Priced Books
75. People Are People, Depeche Mode-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
76. Music For The Masses, Depeche Mode-9.5 *Half-Priced Books

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September

77. English Oceans, Drive By Truckers-9.0
78. Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey-8.5
79. High Violet, The National-9.5
80. Painted Ruins, Grizzly Bear-9.0 *Barnes and Noble

Rest of the Year:

81. Evil Empire, Rage Against The Machine-9.5 *Barnes and Noble
82. Neferateri, Miles Davis-10.0, *Barnes and Noble
83. Tenacious D, Tenacious D-9.5, *Barnes and Noble
84. Demon Days, Gorillaz-10.0
85. Noctune, Wild Nothing-9.0
86. Sister, Sonic Youth-9.5
87. Graduation, Kayne West-9.5
88. How Big How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine-9.0
89. Everything Now, Arcade Fire-8.5
90. Kick Out The Jams, MC5-9.0
91. Lust For Life, Iggy Pop-9.5
92. II, Unknown Mortal Orchestra-7.0
93. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Lucida Williams-9.0
94. Home Of The Strange, Young The Giant-9.0
95. Little Creatures, The Talking Heads-9.0
96. The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, The Traveling Wilburys-9.5
97. The River, Bruce Springsteen-9.5
98. Songs From The Big Chair, Tears For Fears-9.5 *YouTube
99. A Deeper Understanding, War On Drugs-9.0
100. Tonight’s The Night, Neil Young-9.0

Musical Madness: A Favorites Albums List


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Favorite Albums in Some Order (list artists only once, no soundtracks or bests of allowed)

  1. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (70s, prog rock)
  2. Blood On The Tracks, Bob Dylan (70s, folk rock)
  3. Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division (70s, post punk)
  4. Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin (70s, metal/hard rock)
  5. In Utero, Nirvana (90s, grunge)
  6. Straight Out of Compton, NWA (80s, rap)
  7. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash (60s, country)
  8. War, U2 (80s, alternative rock)
  9. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse (2000s, alternative rock)
  10. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones (70s, hard rock)Image result for Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd gif
  11. Making Movies, Dire Straits (80s, country rock)
  12. Parachutes, Coldplay (2000s, alternative rock)
  13. Born To Die, Lana Del Rey (2000s, pop rock)
  14. We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, Death Cab For Cutie (2000s, alternative rock)
  15. In Rainbows, Radiohead (2000s, alternative rock)
  16. My Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kayne West (2000s, rap)
  17. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine (90s, alternative rock)
  18. Autoamerican, Blondie (80s, pop rock)
  19. Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (60s, psychedelic rock)
  20. The Woods, Sleater-Kinney (2000s, alternative rock)
  21. Axis: Bold As Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (60s, psychedelic rock)Image result for Making Movies Dire Straits gif
  22. Hunky Dory, David Bowie (70s, glam rock)
  23. Invisible Touch, Genesis (80s, alternative rock)
  24. Murmur, R.E.M. (80s, alternative rock)
  25. Turn On the Bright Lights, Interpol (2000s, alternative rock)
  26. Ghost in the Machine, The Police (80s, pop rock)
  27. Saturdays=Youth, M83 (2000s, electronica)
  28. Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon (70s, pop rock)
  29. Damn The Torpedoes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (70s, hard rock)
  30. No More Stories Are Told Today, I’m Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories, The World Is Grey, I’m Tired, Let’s Wash Away, Mew (2000s, pop electronica rock)
  31. Who’s Next, The Who (70s, hard rock)Image result for Hunky Dory David Bowie gif
  32. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, Oasis (90s, alternative rock)
  33. In Pieces, Garth Brooks (90s, country)
  34. Rumors, Fleetwood Mac (70s, pop rock)
  35. The Chronic, Dr. Dre (90s, rap)
  36. Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen (80s, folk rock)
  37. License to Ill, The Beastie Boys (80s, rap rock)
  38. The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine (90s, rap rock)
  39. Pure Heroine, Lorde (2000s, pop)
  40. This Time, Dwight Yoakam (90s, country)
  41. More Songs About Buildings and Food, The Talking Heads (70s, pop rock)Image result for What's The Story Morning Glory Oasis Gif
  42. The Surbubs, Arcade Fire (2000s, alternative rock)
  43. Sandinista, The Clash (70s, punk)
  44. Moving Pictures, Rush (80s, prog rock)
  45. Welcome Interstate Managers, Fountains of Wayne (2000s, pop rock)
  46. The Hurting, Tears For Fear (80s, New Wave)
  47. Magic Potion, The Black Keys (2000s, blues rock)
  48. The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, Ben Folds Five (2000s, pop rock)
  49. Plastic Beach, Gorillaz (2000s, rap rock)
  50. Sports, Huey Lewis and the News (80s, pop rock)
  51. Sam’s Town, The Killers (2000s, alternative rock)Image result for The Suburbs Arcade Fire Gif
  52. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, Sex Pistols (70s, punk)
  53. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips (2000s, electronica rock)
  54. Zuma, Neil Young and Crazy Horse (70s, folk rock)
  55. Thriller, Michael Jackson (80s, pop rock)
  56. Violator, Depeche Mode (80s, alternative rock)
  57. Omni, Minus The Bear (2000s, alternative rock)
  58. Chutes Too Narrow, The Shins (2000s, pop rock)
  59. Shields, Grizzly Bear (2000s, alternative rock)
  60. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis (50s, jazz)
  61. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth (80s, alternative rock)Image result for Never Mind The Bollocks Here Comes The Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Gif
  62. Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew Bird (2000s, folk rock)
  63. Loaded, The Velvet Underground (70s, hard rock)
  64. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Smashing Pumpkins (90s, alternative rock)
  65. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco (2000s, folk rock)
  66. Secret Diary, College (2000s, electronica)
  67. Boxer, The National (2000s, pop rock)
  68. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (90s, pop rock)
  69. Oracular Spectacular, MGMT (2000s, electronica rock)
  70. Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem (2000s, electronica rock)
  71. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo (70s, post punk)Image result for Armchair Apocrypha Andrew Bird Gif
  72. Power, Corruption & Lies, New Order (80s, New Wave)
  73. 4 X 4=12, deadmau5 (2000s, electronica)
  74. Discovery, Daft Punk (2000s, electronica)
  75. Moondance, Van Morrison (70s, rock)
  76. 18, Moby (2000s, electronica)
  77. Toys in the Attic, Aerosmith (70s, hard rock)
  78. Manners, Passion Pit (2000s, electronica pop)
  79. Blink-182, Blink-182 (2000s, alternative rock)
  80. Under The Iron Sea, Keane (2000s, rock)
  81. Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance (80s, post punk)Image result for Power Corruption and Lies New Order gif
  82. Paranoid, Black Sabbath (70s, heavy metal)
  83. Night Moves, Bob Seager and the Silver Bullet Band (70s, hard rock)
  84. For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver (2000s, folk)
  85. Fragile, Yes (70s, prog rock)
  86. Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls (90s, alternative rock)
  87. Broken Bells, Broken Bells (2000s, electronica pop rock)
  88. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (2000s, alternative rock)
  89. Give Up, The Postal Service (2000s, electronica rock pop)
  90. Odelay, Beck (90s, alternative rock)
  91. Songs For the Deaf, Queens of the Stone Age (2000s, heavy metal)Image result for Paranoid Black Sabbath gif
  92. Illinois, Surjan Stevens (2000s, pop folk)
  93. A Blessing and a Curse, Drive By Truckers (2000s, country rock)
  94. Kill ‘Em All, Metallica (80s, heavy metal)
  95. Days of Future Passed, The Moody Blues (60s, psychedelic rock)
  96. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (2000s, folk)
  97. Z, My Morning Jacket (2000s, alternative rock)
  98. To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey (90s, alternative rock)
  99. You Forgot It in People, Broken Social Scene (2000s, alternative rock)
  100. Transference, Spoon (2000s, alternative rock

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Music Log 2016


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Okay let’s try this again. And I’m not bothering with months or anything. Just a straight list. Out of 10 score for all discs.

Top 10 Albums Of The Year:

1. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel-10.0
2. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac-10.0
3. Moondance, Van Morrison-10.0
4. Horses, Patti Smith-10.0
5. Fear Of A Black Planet, Public Enemy-10.0
6. Sandinista!, The Clash-10.0
7. The Wall, Pink Floyd-10.0
8. Quadrophenia, The Who-10.0
9. “Heroes”, David Bowie-9.5
10. Secret Diary, College-9.5

1. The Hurting, Tears For Fears-9.0
2. Secret Diary, College-9.5
3. The Cars, The Cars-9.0
4. Elvis Costello: The First Ten Years, Elvis Costello-9.5
5. Four, Bloc Party-5.5
6. El Pintor, Interpol-8.5
7. Vitalogy, Pearl Jam-8.0
8.  Emotional Rescue , The Rolling Stones-7.0
9. Neck of the Woods, Silversun Pickups-8.0
10. Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band-9.0
11. Next Day, David Bowie-8.5
12. Boxer, The National-9.5
13. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel-10.0
14. The Voyager, Jenny Lewis-9.0
15. Sandinista!, The Clash-10.0

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16. Beggar’s Banquet, The Rolling Stones-9.0
17. Aladdin Sane, David Bowie-9.0
18. Young Americans, David Bowie-7.5
19. “Heroes”, David Bowie-9.5
20. Lodger, David Bowie-9.0
21. Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie-7.5
22. Centipede Hz, Animal Collective-4.0
23. Underneath the Rainbow, Black Lips-7.5
24. Low, David Bowie-9.0
25. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac-10.0
26. Especially For You, The Smithereens-9.5
27. Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage The Elephant-7.5
28. Lungs, Florence + The Machine-8.0
29. Pablo Honey, Radiohead –7.0
30. Apartment Life, Ivy –9.0

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31. Young & Old, Tennis –7.5
32. Human Performance, Parquet Courts –9.0
33. Abacab, Genesis –8.5
34. Brothers In Arms, Dire Straights –9.0
35. Yours, Dreamily,, The Arcs –8.0
36. Pioneers Who Got Scalped , Devo –9.5
37. Yeezus, Kayne West-9.0
38. Outlandos d’Amour, The Police-9.5
39. The Sound of The Smiths, The Smiths-9.0
40. The Mouse and the Mask, Danger Doom-9.5
41. Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara-8.0
42. Thank Your Lucky Stars , Beach House-9.0
43. Quadrophenia, The Who-10.0
44. This Is All Yours, Alt-J-8.5
45. Nashville Skyline, Bob Dylan-9.5

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46. Human After All, Daft Punk-9.0
47. Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar-9.0
48. Fear Of A Black Planet, Public Enemy-10.0
49. Education, Education, Education & War, Kaiser Chiefs-6.5
50. Let England Shake, PJ Harvey-7.0
51. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk-8.0
52. Gossamer, Passion Pit-8.0
53. Midnight Sun, Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger-8.0
54. Sunbathing Animal, Parquet Courts-8.5
55. Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins-9.5
56. Toys In The Attic, Aerosmith-9.5
57. Violator, Depeche Mode-9.5
58. New Morning, Bob Dylan-9.0
59. Vacation, The Go-Gos-8.0
60. Paul’s Boutique, The Beastie Boys-9.0

61. Pretty Hate Machine, Nine Inch Nails-9.0
62. Moondance, Van Morrison-10.0
63. The 1975, The 1975-9.0
64. I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, The 1975-7.5
65. Between The Buttons, The Rolling Stones-8.0
66. Marry Me, St. Vincent-8.5
67. A Quick One, The Who-8.5
68. White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground-9.5
69. Controversy, Prince-9.5
70. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers-8.0
71. Hands of Glory, Andrew Bird-7.0
72. The Pretender, Jackson Browne-9.0
73. Destroyed, Moby-9.0
74. The River, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band-9.0
75. Lazaretto, Jack White-8.5

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76. Ocean Rain, Echo & the Bunnymen-9.0
77. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac-9.5
78. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane-9.0
79. Heart Shaped World, Chris Isaak-9.5
80. So, Peter Gabriel-9.0
81. Hello Nasty, Beastie Boys-8.0
82. Horses, Patti Smith-10.0
83. Comedown Machine, The Strokes-6.5
84. L.A. Woman, The Doors-9.0
85. Speaking In Tongues, The Talking Heads-8.5
86. To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar-9.5
87. Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble-9.0
88. My Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kayne West-9.5
89. Takk, Sigur Ros-9.0
90. Strange Days, The Doors-9.0

91. A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead-9.5
92. Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992-2002, The Cranberries-9.0
93. Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance-8.5
94. Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt-7.5
95. Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse-7.0
96. Room For Squares, John Mayer-8.5
97. Sunflower, The Beach Boys-6.0
98. Motion, Calvin Harris-8.5
99. Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers-9.5
100. Dirty Mind, Prince-9.0
101. The Wall, Pink Floyd-10.0

Selling Out Is Too Easy To Do….Possibly


“The saddest thing about selling out is just how cheaply most of us do it for.”

― James Bernard Frost

In some ways that is rather true. A good friend of mine and I were discussing bands and how some of them say they haven’t sold out when they clearly have. Selling out is the main fear of all artists, and yet all of them do it in the end save for those who never made it in the first place.

There hasn’t been an opportunity for me to sell out because I’ve never made money off of writing, although I did get paid for being an editor at my local community college’s newspaper once, so I guess that counts. One of my favorite moments in mocking selling out history is when The Who released a great double LP The Who Sells Out, which had joking commercials included and was the band admitting to a degree that even they had become capitalist slaves, too.

Sure there are people who have never given in, yet those folks were either lucky, incredibly talented or rich. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, even Bob Dylan and Nirvana arguably all gave in, and Metallica was bashed by their fans for daring to make music videos, not to mention The Black Album, the point where the band reportedly “Sold out.”  I love REM but there is simply before and after Losing My Religion, where the band went from being indie darlings to breaking into the mainstream. How does one contrast making art with the need to pay the bills, all without selling one’s soul in the process?

Its a rather difficult balancing act. Yet there is a difference between someone like Quentin Tarentino, who has become a famous success while still making great or good movies, and Brett Ratner, who has no talent and only makes films for money. I think that’s the difference. Maybe.

Mixtures Playlist 2014


1.    A Comet Appears (3:49), The ShinsWincing The Night Away
2.    War On War (3:49), WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
3.    I Don’t Even Know Myself (4:56), The WhoWho’s Next
4.    Hung Up On You (3:58), Fountains Of WayneWelcome Interstate Managers
5.    My Name Is Jonas (3:24), WeezerWeezer
6.    On (4:46), Bloc PartyA Weekend In The City
7.    Little Motel (4:44), Modest MouseWe Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
8.    Flynn Lives (3:22), Daft PunkTron: Legacy
9.    With God On Our Side (7:08), Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’
10.    The Girl Is Mine (3:42), Michael Jackson/Paul McCartneyThriller
11.    Scientist Studies (5:56), Death Cab For CutieWe Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes
12.    King Of Fools (4:07), Dwight YoakamThis Time
13.    Song For The Deaf (6:42), Queens Of The Stone AgeSongs For The Deaf
14.    Lucky Star (3:31), MadonnaSnatch
15.    Four Corners (5:44), The Sea and the CakeOne Bedroom
16.    This Is The Place (Naive Melody) (4:58), Talking HeadsSand In The Vaseline

16 Songs, 1:14:36 total time, 316.6 MB

Favorite Albums Presents: Blood On The Tracks


Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks is a masterwork, a 70s classic perfectly made by a poet at the height of his creative powers. Few albums have captivated my attention as much as this one, which is easily among Dylan’s best works and was also the first disc I ever heard from him. I remember being a young college freshman using my CD player to hear every track numerous times, as I’ve lost count over the years. Moving on from his legendary 1960s works and responding bitterly to a divorce, “Blood” has themes of love and loss, loneliness and anger. Yet it never becomes trite or ugly, and Dylan fashions songs that have stood the test of time.

Most notably the famous piece “Idiot Wind,” an almost eight minute song that is both funny and furious with Dylan responding to his critics and also commenting on his own career itself. The opening track “Tangled Up In Blue” and its followup “Simple Twist of Fate” are lyrical and beautiful. “Tangled” is lighter and witty but also a musing on love gained and lost, while “Simple” is a tragic one night stand between two people unable to connect with one another. “You’re A Big Girl Now” is rather wistful, simplistic and a little bit funny even, giving way to not only “Idiot” but also the gloriously sharp “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” Which happens to be one of my favorite pieces on the album because of the amazing lyrics and because its sad without making me sad as Dylan longs for a once alive relationship now dead.

PS: It seems that too many of these songs are not on YouTube in their original form. Weak.

The second half of the album is very similar to the first, although the ending is quite different from the beginning. “Meet Me In The Morning” is a bluesy song-its Dylan as troubadour, a wander quietly strumming on his guitar about where he’s been and what he’s seen. “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” is the most lively song on the album and also the longest, a pure epic that features one of Dylan’s finest qualities: his ability to spin a tale musically. Its a piece that is humorous, gloomy, poetic and also quietly fitting in terms of fate and destiny happening to a group of people-some who expected it, others who are caught by surprise. “If You See Her, Say Hello” is probably the saddest song, tender while reflecting on past love and what ruined something special that two people had.

Oddly this gives way to my favorite song on the entire album, a piece that was used in Jerry Maguire: “Shelter From The Storm.” Dylan not only serves up lyrics that blow my mind, but he also showcases his raspy singing voice, a talent of his that catches flake. I never understood why people think that Dylan’s singing is terrible, as it fits his music incredibly well; if you want perfect singers go to the opera or watch American Idol. My favorite part of the song is this:

I was burned out from exhaustion buried in the hail
Poisoned in the bushes and blown out on the trail
Hunted like a crocodile ravaged in the corn “
Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

After this tour-de-force Dylan concludes the album with “Buckets of Rain,” a song that over the years I have become a fan of after realizing its proper use in the context of the album. After the noise and fury, sadness and regret, Dylan closes out the proceedings with a whimper instead of a bang. Maybe that’s how the too many relationships end, or perhaps that is how the human race will finally end. There is no way of telling, although at one point we could look to Bob Dylan and ask him how he thought it would all shake out. Dylan is no longer a young man or a prophet, but a wary ancient poet that we should all treasure before he shifts off his mortal coil.

New iTunes Playlist


Maddog Abides Playlist:

1. Mysterious Ways-U2, from Achtung Baby
2. Pyramid Song-Radiohead, from Amnesiac
3. Gravity’s Gone-Drive By Truckers, from A Blessing And A Curse
4. What’s In It For Me-The Walkmen, from Bows + Arrows
5. She Belongs To Me-Bob Dylan, from Bringing It All Back Home
6. My Baby Left Me-Creedence Clearwater Revival, from Chronicle, Vol. 2
7. Atom Tan-The Clash, from Combat Rock
8. Cold Cold Heart-Norah Jones, from Come Away With Me
9. Daylight Katy-Gordon Lightfoot, from Complete Greatest Hits
10. Near Death Experience Experience-Andrew Bird, from Break It Yourself
11. Darkness On The Edge of Town-Bruce Springsteen, from Darkness On The Edge of Town
12. Lights-Journey, from Greatest Hits
13. If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave)-George Thorogood, from Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock
14. It Won’t Hurt-Dwight Yoakam, from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
15. Blood On The Ground-Incubus, from Morning View
16. (Antichrist Television Blues)-Arcade Fire, from Neon Bible
17. On A Plain-Nirvana, from Nevermind
18. New Slang-The Shins, from Oh, Inverted World
19. Deathwish-The Police, from Regatta De Blanc
20. For What Reason-Death Cab For Cutie, from We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes
21. Tears In Rain-Vangelis, from Blade Runner
22. We Are Young-fun. Feat. Janelle Monae, from Some Nights

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