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Barb’s Favorite Albums of the Decade

December 23, 2009

In no particular order:

  1. Confessions on a Dancefloor – Madonna
  2. Supernature – Goldfrapp
  3. The Reminder – Feist
  4. The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
  5. Lovers Rock – Sade
  6. FutureSex/LoveSounds – Justin Timberlake
  7. Kala – M.I.A.
  8. The Greatest – Cat Power
  9. 100th Window – Massive Attack
  10. A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay

Douglas’s Favorite Songs of the Decade

December 23, 2009

These are the top 25 from his carefully created list of 100 songs:

  1. “Idioteque” – Radiohead
  2. “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” – Arcade Fire
  3. “7/4 (Shoreline)” – Broken Social Scene
  4. “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
  5. “And I Was A Boy From School” – Hot Chip
  6. “King’s Crossing” – Elliott Smith
  7. “Y Control” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  8. “Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)” – !!!
  9. “The Crying of Lot G” – Yo la tengo
  10. “RIP Static” – Gentle Friendly
  11. “All Our Base Are Belong To Them” – The Books
  12. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk
  13. “Disco Sheets” – Wolf Parade
  14. “Electric Feel” – MGMT
  15. “I Want Wind to Blow” – The Microphones
  16. “Sister Savior” – The Rapture
  17. “Banquet” – Bloc Party
  18. “(Antichrist Television Blues)” – Arcade Fire
  19. “All My Friends” – LCD Soundsystem
  20. “Playhouses” – TV On the Radio
  21. “All I Need” – Radiohead
  22. “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
  23. “Obstacle 1” – Interpol
  24. “Black Rice” – Women
  25. “Persons & Machinery” – UNKLE featuring Autolux

Abbi’s Favorite Albums of the Decade

December 22, 2009
  1. Is This It – The Strokes (2001)
  2. Brushfire Fairytales – Jack Johnson (2001)
  3. The Lillywhite Sessions – Dave Matthews Band (2001)
  4. Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie (2003)
  5. American Idiot – Green Day (2004)
  6. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party (2005)
  7. I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Bright Eyes (2005)
  8. Illinois – Sufjan Stevens (2005)
  9. In Rainbows – Radiohead (2007)
  10. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)

*She really wishes she could include Rage Against the Machine’s Battle of Los Angeles, released in November 1999, but I wouldn’t let her.

My 10 Favorite Albums of the Decade

December 19, 2009

After abandoning this blog for more than four months, I decided it would be fun to get in on the “best of the decade” hoopla and post my own personal faves.

Here they are, roughly in the order that they were released:

  1. Figure 8 – Elliott Smith (2000) – This was the last album released before he died, but I didn’t really start listening until about 2002.
  2. BB Queen – Bahamadia (2000) – Why doesn’t this lady put out more albums?
  3. Amnesiac – Radiohead (2001) – It’s tough to pick a favorite Radiohead album, but “Pyramid Song” and “I Might Be Wrong” decided it for me.
  4. Blue Horse – The Be Good Tanyas (2001) – Not sure what it is about these gals that I like so much.
  5. The Listening – Little Brother (2003) – Amazing production by 9th Wonder, fascinating lyrics by Phonte and Big Pooh.
  6. Remember Who I Am – Girlyman (2003) – Some of the best times I’ve had with my best friends have been accompanied by these sweet harmonies.
  7. Grey Album – Danger Mouse (2004) – A bootleg mashup of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album. Enough said.
  8. Arular – M.I.A. (2005) – Sadly, I didn’t start listening to M.I.A. until a couple years after this was released.
  9. Illionois – Sufjan Stevens (2005) – Epic pop.
  10. Jeanius – Jean Grae & 9th Wonder (2008, kinda) – This was actually leaked on the internet in 2004, so most fans have been listening to it for years.

Hmm, I notice that no albums released past 2005 have wormed their way into my heart quite yet.

Color to the Music

August 9, 2009

Customizable Tracy Chapman website

I haven’t really been listening to Tracy Chapman for the past several years, but I just found something that will make me stay a while and enjoy the music.

Her website design is brilliant: You can select colors from a rainbow palette and color in the letters, trees, grass, houses, clouds, and even the birds as they fly by! All while listening to “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” and other tunes.

Best idea ever. Not only does it give fans a reason to stay and interact with the website; it shows off some gay pride too.

My Name Is Daichi and I Want to Be the Beatbox Battle Wildcard

May 14, 2009

My brother sent me this video. Just watch it! It speaks for itself.

Do not get complacent!

October 28, 2008

Inspiration from Jay Smooth:

(Thanks, Carmen!)

Palin and Biden battle rap!

October 3, 2008

I’m loving this battle rap between Palin and Biden. It’s more entertaining than last night’s debate was:

And while you’re at it, check out some of Jay Smooth‘s other brilliant videos: Hipster Rap and the Guide to “No Homo”.

Freebies

August 21, 2008

Interesting stuff today over at the Pretty Much Amazing! blog. I’m not ready to say that any of this is “pretty much amazing,” but did think it was worth pointing out:

  1. You can download “Golden Age,” a preview track from TV On the Radio’s Dear Science, which comes out on September 23. It took me a few listens to get to this point, but I do like it!
  2. Check out a Vampire Weekend cover of “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac. (You probably won’t particularly enjoy it unless you’re already a Vampire Weekend fan.)
  3. I’m not as crazy about this band, but there’s one song from Bloc Party’s new album too.

New record label in post-Katrina New Orleans

August 14, 2008

I was reading the latest issue of GOOD Magazine, and came across the story of Kim Roberts, a resident of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward who lived through Hurricane Katrina. She had happened to buy an old video camera off the street one week before the hurricane hit; so she recorded her experiences surviving the storm. Now, her footage is going to be part of a documentary called Trouble the Water, which opens next week in New York and L.A.

Before Katrina, Kim was an aspiring rap artist. Since, she has started her own record company called Born Hustler Records and put out an album under the name Black Kold Madina. Her music (and her developing rap career) are also included in the documentary. Click here to check out Born Hustler Records and Black Kold Madina.

As the anniversary of Katrina is coming up, I’ll be sure to post more soon about some of the musical linkages.