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Old 01-23-2009, 12:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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97. Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire - The Kinks



This is not the album people usually cite as their favorite Kinks album. Though I think I know the reason. Ah the concept album, so many people hate them, but as a lover of all things pomp, I can't get enough of them. Concept albums were the norm in the 60s and 70s for psychedelic and prog bands, and like their british invasion peers The Who, The Kinks also took a whack at this rock opera thing, though in a much less obvious way. Arthur is about broken dreams in post war England. But unlike most concept albums, this is still very much a song album, everything's in good form here, from the quirky pop of Australia to the bleak lonliness of Shangri-La.
Favorite tracks: Victoria, Drivin', Australia, Shangri-la.

96. The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman



My interest in jazz is something I rarely bring up, for the sake of not seeming like a pretentious c*nt of course. Free jazz is considered the most inaccessible of jazz, but personally I think that's not the case. There's more to jazz than just chops, and what makes this album great is that feel of decadence and appocalypse, it's the same kind of recklessness you'd get from punk rock, there's a bit of sleaze and a lot of adrenaline. And personally, I think this is more punk than anything The Sex Pistols ever did.
Favorite tracks: Lonely Woman, Peace, Focus on Sanity, Chronology.
double whammy of cool, Arthur is so underrated. Apparently it was originally written for a musical to be broadcast on ITV that got canned. My fave track is 'Mr Churchill Says'
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:50 PM   #22 (permalink)
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94. De-Loused In The Comatorium - The Mars Volta[/B]



Ok hipster kids, don't get too comfortable now just because I already name dropped Wilco and Neutral Milk Hotel, of course I like The Mars Volta. I mean sure their music is nearly structureless, is full of plain random weirdness and their lyrics make little to no sense, oh wait, that's obviously right up my alley. De-Loused is their only album where I actually understand the theme, which makes me enjoy the music more as well. I'm a big fan of surrealism and that's pretty much what I get out of this music, it's so deliciously disorienting, intoxicating and inorganic.
Favorite tracks: Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of), Drunkship Of Lanterns, Eria Tarka, This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed.

I got this about a week ago. I thought it was rubbish at first, but I gave it a few more listens, then suddenly, it clicked with me. I love TMV now. Especially in De-loused.
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96. The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman



My interest in jazz is something I rarely bring up, for the sake of not seeming like a pretentious c*nt of course. Free jazz is considered the most inaccessible of jazz, but personally I think that's not the case. There's more to jazz than just chops, and what makes this album great is that feel of decadence and appocalypse, it's the same kind of recklessness you'd get from punk rock, there's a bit of sleaze and a lot of adrenaline. And personally, I think this is more punk than anything The Sex Pistols ever did.
Favorite tracks: Lonely Woman, Peace, Focus on Sanity, Chronology.
Ironic that a so-called punk rock band, Refused, were inspired by this album title to create one acclaimed gem, "The Shape of Punk To Come"

But I guess everyone got the irony pages before I did since no-one cared to point out how obvious it is.
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:59 AM   #24 (permalink)
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That's not really ironic.

93. Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground & Nico



Not really a fan of VU or their later exploits, and it took a while for me to really enjoy this record, but now that I do, I can easly understand why it was so revolutionary and influencial, even though I don't consider it to be as great as a lot of people think it is. VU had the right strategy in mixing up straight up pop ballads with the more experimental sides of Lou Reed and John Cale. It all works, and I find that it works in a way that anybody could pick up this album and like at least one song. I don't know how anyone could not love Sunday Morning.
Favorite tracks: Sunday Morning, Femme Fatale, Venus in Furs, Herion.

92. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones



Yes, The Rolling Stones are the most hideously overrated band on the planet, that of course is not my opinion, but merely scientific fact. But I have to be honest, if they weren't so damn overrated, and if they had the good sense to retire after this album, which IMO was clearly their peak before they dropped the ball with the massive snorefest that is Exile on Main Street, then my outlook on the band would be more positive. This is undeniably a great album, the Stones really show some range here, mixing up their brand of no thrills rock n roll with folksy ballads and pure blues. Can't You Hear Me Knocking is the song where they really push their musicianship to the limit, and Wild Horses and Moonlight Mile show that Jagger and Richards are indeed a very talented songwriting team.
Favorite Tracks: Bitch, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Wild Horses, Moonlight Mile.

91. Third/Sister Lovers - Big Star



I can tell you right now, the amount of sh*tty music the state of Tennessee produces today is rivaled by few, what with country pop, crunk and post grunge bands like Saliva to lay claim to, of course we have a great back catalog, I can easly say that next to Beale Street, Stax and Sun records, Big Star was the best thing to ever come out of my state. It's weird how this band evolved from a happy power pop band into the band that made this odd, disturbing record. Chilton's voice sounds so broken yet haunting, making his songs about his depression and loneliness all the more effective.
Favorite tracks: Kizza Me, Thank You Friends, Big Black Car, Holocaust, Blue Moon.

90. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers



This band sure takes a beating here, even as a fan of their later work like Californication, I can understand the dislike for it, but anyone who says they like P-Funk and Bow Wow Wow and then says they don't like this album is just being pretentious for hipsters sake or is just incredibly inconsistant. This was the swan song for funk era RHCP, their musicianship had improved (Flea and Frusciante are both top notch here) and Rubin did a fine job of polishing their sound, but it's just as silly, raunchy, funky and fun as ever. I know there's a term out there called desert rock and while RHCP aren't considered such, that's the imagery I get from this album and I love it.
Favorite tracks: Power of Equality, Under the Bridge, Apache Rose Peac*ck, Sir Psycho Sexy.
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93. Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground & Nico



Not really a fan of VU or their later exploits, and it took a while for me to really enjoy this record, but now that I do, I can easly understand why it was so revolutionary and influencial, even though I don't consider it to be as great as a lot of people think it is. VU had the right strategy in mixing up straight up pop ballads with the more experimental sides of Lou Reed and John Cale. It all works, and I find that it works in a way that anybody could pick up this album and like at least one song. I don't know how anyone could not love Sunday Morning.
Favorite tracks: Sunday Morning, Femme Fatale, Venus in Furs, Herion
Venus in Furs = Ear Sex
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90. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers



This band sure takes a beating here, even as a fan of their later work like Californication, I can understand the dislike for it, but anyone who says they like P-Funk and Bow Wow Wow and then says they don't like this album is just being pretentious for hipsters sake or is just incredibly inconsistant. This was the swan song for funk era RHCP, their musicianship had improved (Flea and Frusciante are both top notch here) and Rubin did a fine job of polishing their sound, but it's just as silly, raunchy, funky and fun as ever. I know there's a term out there called desert rock and while RHCP aren't considered such, that's the imagery I get from this album and I love it.
Favorite tracks: Power of Equality, Under the Bridge, Apache Rose Peac*ck, Sir Psycho Sexy.
In all honesty, desert rock wasn't about the desert. It was a nascent reaction to Los Angeles' heavily commercialized drug scene (and I say heavily commercialized because desert rockers definitely took drugs). If that's what you take away from this album, fine, but it was exactly this overcommercialized pap that Kyuss & company f*cking hated.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:21 AM   #27 (permalink)
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well we can't all be glenn branca can we, that would get boring pretty quickly

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Man i haven't heard that album in years. I'm going to have to find it for a nostalgia play.
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I'm going to start a sweepstake on how many time Boo Boo mentions the word 'Hipsters' over the course of these 101 albums.

I'm going with 47 times
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I can keep count for you, so far I've only said it twice.

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In all honesty, desert rock wasn't about the desert. It was a nascent reaction to Los Angeles' heavily commercialized drug scene (and I say heavily commercialized because desert rockers definitely took drugs). If that's what you take away from this album, fine, but it was exactly this overcommercialized pap that Kyuss & company f*cking hated.
Funny then that I consider Songs for the Deaf to be just as commercial as BSSM was if not more so. I don't know about the rest of Kyuss, but Josh Homme clearly dosen't have a problem with commercialism, especially when he's buddies with Dave goddamn Grohl.
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