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200X: best of



10. coliseum “house with a curse”

9. band of horses “infinite arms”

8. broken bells “broken bells”

7. new pornographers “together”

6. stars “the five ghosts”

5. murder by death “good morning, magpie”

4. the sword “warp riders”

3. superchunk “majesty shredding”

2. robyn “body talk”

1. apples in stereo “travelers in space and time”



5. fort worth “what’s that in your mouth”

4. next life “resurrection”

3. kid is qual “40”+”

2. forgetters “forgetters”

1. now, now “neighbors”


best of mix possibly coming soon.


all your dreams from 1989 come true

by now this has been posted pretty much everywhere, but just in case you missed it:

super mario bros crossover (click link to play)

(a flash game that allows you to play the original super mario bros with mega man, link, samus, simon belmont, and bill rizer. mind blowing-ly awesome.)

Jay Pavlina, thank you for making this!

Best of the Double-Aughts

blah blah blah end of a decade words words words.


Four Cornered Night, Jets to Brazil

jtb’s best album, ten years later i still listen to this all the time – almost as much as Dear You.

In The Valley Of Dying Stars, Superdrag

I’m glad he’s happy now, but Superdrag was at their best when John Davis was at his worst.

Know By Heart, American Analog Set

I only wish old iPod screens were a little bigger, so this band wouldn’t show up  as “American Anal…”

Control, Pedro The Lion

The fictional story of a dysfunctional marriage that ends in murder, this is by far David Bazaan’s best work.

Let Go, Nada Surf

If you’d told me in 1996 that Nada Surf would have an entry on this list, I’d have been horrified, as though you’d told me that in the next 15 years i’d develop a keen interest in watching televised golf. I now find High/Low mostly listenable, but nothing the band has done before or since comes close to this album.

Perfecting Loneliness, Jets To Brazil

jtb’s second best album is still good enough for this list; if only “rocket boy” was about five minutes shorter, this’d be as good as Four Cornered Night.

The Execution Of All Things, Rilo Kiley

My favorite Rilo Kiley songs are on More Adventurous, but so are some of my least favorite Rilo Kiley songs. Just keep your power gloves off her, man.

Wood/Water, The Promise Ring

I’ll always have a soft spot for Very Emergency, but this is the Promise Ring album I keep coming back to.

Deloused In The Comatorium, The Mars Volta

Runner up for Worst Album Title on this list, Deloused was the first “heavy” record I had listened to since my teenage obsession with Metallica. Sadly, the mars volta has never delivered anything else as good as this.

Promise Of Love, American Analog Set

Not many bands get more than one entry on this list, but I love the American Analog Set. A lot.

Reconstruction Site, The Weakerthans

(more on this one later)

The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, Explosions In The Sky

“Post Rock” is a terrible name for a musical genre, but due to its continued use, it brings to mind a specific style. Explosions are my favorite band in this style, and “First Breath After Coma” is easily the best 9 minutes of space-y guitar ever.

Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV volume one: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, Coheed And Cambria

1. The “story” is some of the worst science fiction nonsense in existence. I was much happier before I read the lyrics.

2. Track 8, “wake up,” is god-awful. At three and a half minutes (out of 71), that makes this album 95.1% awesome.

3. The Best Album With The Worst Name, ever.*

*similarly, The Connnie Dungs are The Best Band With The Worst Name, and The Tortillas You Wanted are The Worst Band With The Best Name.

Dead Mountain Mouth, Genghis Tron

Most people would hate this. I can see why. But the beauty is in the ugliness.

In Bocca Al Lupo, Murder By Death

I’m not generally a “lyrics person” (see Coheed and Cambria). But Murder By Death tell haunting stories over great music.

Peregrine, The Appleseed Cast

I like all the Appleseed Cast’s albums (from mare vitalis on), but peregrine is the best synthesis of their song driven work  and the more experimental stuff on the Low Level Owls.

The Red Album, Weezer Baroness

Who likes bands that sound like the soundtrack to the NES Contra? Me. Somebody’s gotta defeat the evil Red Falcon…

Get Better, Lemuria

The only full-length by my favorite active band, of course it’s on here.

(Inside) Waiting For The Time To Be Right, The Brother Kite

In 2006, The Brother Kite released Waiting For The Time To Be Right. In 2008, as a bonus for buying the vinyl edition, they included this: a remixed version of the album, stripped down to the minimal elements of the songs. The original is an above average indie rock album, but this is unbelievable. The closest thing to an indie rock Pet Sounds there’s ever likely to be.

Axe To Fall, Converge

Live, Converge is probably the best band I’ve ever seen. But before Axe To Fall, only a few songs on their albums held my attention the way the live show did. This hardly left my cd player the last months of 2009.



The Weakerthans

Though they only released 3 albums and a handful of miscellaneous tracks, everything the Weakerthans did from Left and Leaving to Reunion Tour was great. No other band active for the better part of the decade was that consistent.



The Blue Album and Pinkerton are two of my all-time favorite albums by any band, but Weezer should never have re-united without Matt Sharp. They started out reasonably well with The Green Album (and a handful of accompanying b-sides), but it was all downhill from there. Maladroit was mediocre, Make Believe had only one good song (“haunt you every day”) and one of the worst songs of the Ever (“the joker beverly hills”), and I couldn’t even get through The Red Album. One of my favorite bands spent an entire decade trying to make me regret ever liking them.


Futures, Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World started recording this album with Mark Tromino (he produced Clarity and Bleed American), but abandoned the sessions in favor of working with Gil Norton. The finished product was a big success for the band, with several hit singles, but the original version would have been so much better, albeit less radio friendly. The worst song on the official release (“night drive”) started out as one of the best Jimmy Eat World songs, and if wordpress didn’t want $20 for the privilege of uploading audio, i’d prove it to you. And if anyone has a copy of this where “Lying Dressed” doesn’t skip, i’d like to get ahold of it.

best of 20IX

keeping it short, to make room for a best of the decade post. ’cause, you know, they’re running outta room on the internet.

axe to fall, converge

runner up:
fantasies, metric
wilco the album, wilco
wavering radiant, isis
the knot, wye oak

return of the jedi

video game:
new super mario bros wii

eating the dinosaur, chuck klosterman

glade runner: less EJO making paper cranes, more giant robots.

glade runner mech

mechs are much cooler than patriotic speedboats.

it’s possible i’ve been watching too much anime lately… ’cause i used to love patriotic speedboats.

best of 2008!

2008 was a pretty great year in music – 3 of my 5 favorite bands released albums (4 if you count compilations), and i saw 4 of them play live. i got to see an old favorite that broke up almost 20 years ago play (sweet baby), and a live incarnation of a fictional band put on one of the best shows i’ve ever seen (dethklok). once again, i’ve got enough songs for my year end mix to fill 2 cds (though i will probably try to narrow it down to one disc’s worth – more on that later).


1. Genghis Tron “board up the house” (this will kill you!)

2. Lemuria “get better” (finally, a full length!)

3. Now Now Every Children “cars” (15 year olds that make better music than everyone you know!)

4. The Fatal Flaw “we are what we pretend to be” (new stuff from joel reader of the plus ones / mtx)

5. Spiraling “time travel made easy” (“victory kiss” is the jam of the year!)

6. Cruiserweight “big bold letters” (their best yet!)

7. Fizzgig “reset” (guitarmy!)

8. Death Cab For Cutie “narrow stairs” (a song i really like is up for a grammy. this is weird.)

9. Tokyo Police Club “elephant shell”

10. Chris Walla “field manual” (death cab’s guitarist says some silly things, but more of his songs should make it on to their albums!)

also of note:


Now Now Every Children “not one but two” and “in the city” (even better than their full length)

The Loblaws “won’t stop” (the first new mutant pop release in years!)

The Jealous Sound “got friends” (3 new songs and 2 remixes of the first song, one of which is god awful, and one sounds like the matt sharp tegan and sara remix.)


Mega Man 9 soundtrack (8 bit goodness!)

Dr Octoroc “8-bit jesus” (nintendo xmas carols. way more awesome than it sounds. get it for free here.)

The Brother Kite “(inside) waiting for the time to be right” (incredible remixes of their 2006 album!)

The Anniversary “devil on our sides: b-sides and rarities” (almost everything they did that wasn’t on the 2 lps or the superdrag split. lots of gems here)

Lemuria “the first collection” (all of their early stuff, most of which is out of print, now available on vinyl!)

The Ergs! “hindsight is 20/20, my friend” (another collection of mostly out of print tracks by one of my favorite bands)

Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog (the only musical i’ve ever loved!)


The Mars Volta “the bedlam in goliath” (they made a new record, and it’s not awful! i’d even go so far as to say that the first five songs are very good!)

runner up: metallica made an album that’s almost listenable! (see below)


I didn’t get a free dr. pepper. jerks. (no one expected “chinese democracy” to be any good, so the actual album’s not really a disappointment, no matter how long it took to come out.)

the ergs! breaking up.

Alkaline Trio “agony and irony” (i’ve liked each album better than the last, but i can’t even listen to this all the way through.)

the mix on “death magnetic” (the best songs metallica’s written since the black album – i know, that’s not saying much – but the mix makes it sound like your speakers are blown, or like you need to adjust the tuning on your radio.)

also, new albums by weezer (not surprising), sigur ros (unfortunate), and keane (meh) were not very good.


listening: a growling cat
watching:battlestar, again
reading: asimov, lovecraft
playing: a lot of GBA
consuming: apple crumb bread
June 2018
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