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Favorite tracks of the decade

December 27, 2009

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

I like to give musical gifts.

January 31, 2009

I recently got the opportunity to sit in my friend David’s movie and listening room. I got to experience a couple of tunes in this room, and it was way better than any listening experience I’ve ever had in my own home. I was sold instantly on the “5.1 channel super audio format.” During this enlightening listening experience, I discovered that my fellow music lover had never heard of the band Pavement. I of course was HORRIFIED. I decided to go out and purchase some gifts for him. I’ve included a picture of the 3 CDs I got for him below:


Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994): L.A.’s Desert Origins (2006)

This was the first album that I ran out and got him, especially since he didn’t know who they were. I decided to buy him the 2006 rerelease box set of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. It’s my favorite Pavement album. The original recording was #8 on Pitchfork Media’s top 100 albums of the 90s and was listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time. I only own the original; the rerelease has 37 extra songs on it. 25 of these songs were previously unreleased. The box also contains a 62 page booklet of Pavement fun. I’m sort of jealous that he is going to have this and not me, but what can I say, I’m nice

Townes Van Zandt’s Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (1977)

I learned about this album from a very special someone named Mike. It’s one of his favorite albums, and it has recently become one of mine. One of the reasons why I decided to purchase this particular double live album for David is all the little crowd noises and the chatting between Townes and his audience. I can just imagine how beautiful this will sound in his listening room. There are some really stunning tracks on here such as “Pancho and Letty”, “Rex’s Blues”, “Cocaine Blues”, and the cover of Bo Diddley’s “Who do you love?”. I think my favorite though is the cover of Merle Travis’s “Nine Pound Hammer”. On some of the tracks he tells a couple of jokes to keep the audience’s attention, which reminds me a lot of David, especially the joke on Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold. I’ve tried to write it out for you below:

There was this drunk walking down the street and he said to the cop “man someone stole my car.” The cop says, “Well where was it?” The guy says, “Well it was on the end of this key.” The cop says, “Well I don’t know, why don’t you go down to the precinct house and fill out the proper forms.” The guy says, “ok,” and he starts to walk off and the cop says, “Before you go down there you better zip up your fly” and the guy says, “Oh man they got my girl too.”

I knew David was a fan of Bob Dylan and Dire Straits, it will be interesting to see what he thinks of Townes Van Zandt.

The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates (2003); includes tracks from 1987 to 2003

I chose to get David this album, due to a nightmare I had. I had a dream that because he had never heard of Pavement that it was highly plausible that he never heard of Guided by Voices either. Now, if you have never bought a Guided by Voices album it is extremely intimidating to go out and buy one of the many albums that they made. Just to give you an idea of how prolific they were here’s some stats: 15/16 Studio Albums, 1 Live Album, 4 Compilation albums, 16 Extended plays, 15 Singles, 6 Video Albums, 7 Soundtracks, 4 Box sets, and 2 Books. I could do a blog just on GBV. So instead of worrying over which studio album to buy him, I bought him, in my opinion, one of the best compilations ever done. It contains some of my favorite Guided by Voices tracks including: “I am a Scientist” (which David is one too), “Hot Freaks”, “My Valuable Hunting Knife”, “the official ironman rally song”, “motor away”, and “Bulldog Skin”. If he doesn’t like this, I don’t know if we can still be friends.

It was also David’s birthday about two weeks ago, normally I would give a mixed tape, but I decided to change it up a bit. HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!

Mixed Tapes, they will always be cool.

January 25, 2009

My first post today is talking about the art of a mixed tape. This is my favorite gift to get from my friends. First, I don’t have to secretly peruse their music collection to figure out what I need to get them for Christmas. Second, it’s interesting to hear what they think I will enjoy. So, since I love receiving a perfect mixed tape, my favorite gift to give is a mixed tape.

Recently I made a “mixed tape” for a friend’s birthday. When I was a kid, making a mixed tape was difficult, but now a mixed tape is really a cd that can easily be made on itunes or some other sort of program.  The “old” mixed tapes had to be made from records (which I would grab from my parents collection), CDs (which I could never afford), or if you were really poor like me, you had to catch your favorite songs on the radio and hit record. However, times have changed itunes has come into my life along with a small income.  I can spend all my free money on cds, mp3’s and records, and make many mixed CDs for all of my friends if they want one or not.

Here is the HeidiHehnly-Gift-CD that I recently gave to my IC friend:screen-capture1

Reasons for tracks:
1. Everyone wants to be naked.
2. This is one of my all time favorite tracks
3. What a sweet track title? The friend is pretty witty, so I thought she might like this.
4. This band is awesome live.
5. Who doesn’t like Bob Mould?
6. This is the Breeders new album. They are “too cool for school”, just like the friend I gave the CD to.
7. She needs a new Car.
8. She’s going to move away soon for a real job, makes me sad.
9. This song was awesome in Donnie Darko.
10. Elliott Smith couldn’t have written a prettier song. It is lovely.
11. Holiday = Birthday
12. I think she secretly wants to be a Scientist.
13. She likes tracks that tell a story, and I want to have Lou Reed’s child.
14. I just like the song.
15. I like that Nick Cave is singing a love song.
16. She’s an ex-hair model.
17. This song united hipsters everywhere.
18. This is how I feel when people refuse to hang out with me.
19. An all time favorite band of mine. I like to force their music on people.
20. Who wouldn’t want to be a sunbeam?