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Wed, Oct. 27th, 2010, 11:12 am
Music Q3 2010

Last.fm stats - 2010 Q3
1. Best Coast (79)
2. Big Boi (73)
3. Outkast (72)
4. Can (65)
5. The Kinks (64)
6. Brian Eno (60)
7. Arcade Fire (57)
8. Burial (56)
8. De La Soul (56)
9. Darwin Deez (50)
10. Soundgarden (48)
11. Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg (45)
12. The Who (42)
13. Death Cab For Cutie (39)
14. Crystal Castles (38)
15. Beach House (36)
16. London Philharmonic Orchestra (35)
17. Owen Pallett (34)
18. Ariel Pikl's Haunted Graffiti
19. The Beatles (33)

1. Best Coast - Crazy For You (79)
2. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (73)
3. Brian Eno - Another Green World (56)
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (56)
4. Burial - Untrue (56)
5. Darwin Deez (50)
6. Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie and Clyde(45)
7. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2010) (38)
8. The Kinks - The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (36)
8. Beach House - Teen Dream (36)
9. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (34)
10. De La Soul - De La Soul is Dead (32)
11. The Specials - Specials (30)
11. Wavves - King of the Beach (30)
12. Owen Pallett - He Poos Clouds (29)
13. The Who - The Who Sell Out (27)
14. Ricardo Villalobos - Alcachofa (26)
15. Public Image Ltd. - Compact Disc (25)
16. Can - Ege Bemyasi (24)
16. London Philharmonic Orchestra - Symphonic Suite "Dragon Quest" (24)
16. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising (24)
16. The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman And the Moneygoround Part One (24)

1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round (11)
2. Best Coast - Crazy For You (9)
3. Darwin Deez - Constellations (8)
3. Can - Oh Yeah (8)
3. Beach House - Walk In The Park (8)
4. Big Boi - Shutterbugg (7)
4. Sigur Rós - Untitled #1 (Vaka) (7)
4. Best Coast - Boyfriend (7)
4. Darwin Deez - Deep Sea Divers (7)
4. Soundgarden - Rusty Cage (7)
5. Buriel - Archangel (6)
5. Best Coast - I Want To (6)
5. Best Coast - Happy (6)
5. Best Coast - Bratty B (6)
5. Best Coast - The End (6)
5. Best Coast - Honey (6)
5. Public Image Ltd. - FFF (6)
5. Best Coast - When I'm With You (6)
5. Can - Spray (6)
5. Can - Moonshake (6)
5. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism (6)
5. Best Coast - When The Sun Don't Shine (6)
5. Best Coast - Each & Everyday (6)
5. Public Image Ltd. - Rise (6)
5. Can - Future Days (6)
5. Owen Pallett - Many Lives -> 49 MP (6)

New Discoveries

Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie and Clyde (1968)
Bonnie and Clyde
1960s Discovery of Q3 2010

I heard this at Revolver Records on my birthday and was immediately impressed and intrigued. It's all in French, except for a few key words, and it's great. It really makes me want to find more music from the 60's that isn't on, say, Rolling Stone's top 500 album list.

Really though, listen to this track, it's awesome

♫: Bonnie and Clyde

Brian Eno - Another Green World (1975)
Another Green World
1970s Discovery of Q3 2010

Brian Eno's a legendary producer who has worked with Bowie, David Byrne, Devo, and Coldplay, and I've always been impressed with his work. It took me a while to finally get around to listening to his solo stuff, and it really is amazing. Another Green World feels so ahead of its time...certainly not like anything else in 1975. Its eclectic mix of guitar and electronic noises would honestly sound much more at home in the last 10 years.

♫: Sombre Reptiles

Public Image Ltd. - Album/Compact Disc/Casette (1986)
Album Compact Disc Casette
1980s Discovery of Q3 2010

PiL's performance at Coachella has stuck with me quite strongly, so naturally I've spent more time listening to them. They played several songs off of this cleverly named album that may or may not have ripped off a Flipper album (I'm leaning towards no, but who knows). PiL has always been in my life thanks to my dad, but they have taken a very long to really grow on me, I think because Rotten's voice is such an odd sound to hear over highly produced music. To be totally honest, I think they'd sound better with a producer like Steve Albini, who does a great job at capturing the natural live sound of a band.

Of course PiL was pretty much the first band that I know of to attempt to take punk music into a different direction, which is awesome.

♫: Rise

Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (1991)
1990s Discovery of Q3 2010

No, I wasn't living under a rock in the 90's - I'm pretty sure I'd heard Badmotorfinger at some point growing up, but I really was more of a Superunknown kind of dude. It wasn't until recently that I was watching every single episode of Beavis & Butthead (with videos!) and some older Soundgarden caught my ear - particularly Rusty Cage, which is a great song. As much hate as early to mid 90's grunge gets, Soundgarden seems to be universally respected, and it's pretty clear why on this one.

♫: Rusty Cage

Ricardo Villalobos - Alcachofa (2003)
2000s Discovery of Q3 2010

The 00's have a lot of electronic that I love, and this one has been added to that list.


Burial - Untrue (2010)

More great electronic shit. I love this album's feel.

♫: Archangel

Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez (2010)
Darwin Deez
2010s Discovery of Q3 2010

Love this. Might be my favorite of the year so far. Sounds a bit like the Strokes.

♫: Radar Detector

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot (2010)
Sir Luscious Left Foot

Got to show love for Big Boi. I only hope Andre retaliates.

♫: Shutterbug

Best Coat - Crazy For You (2010)
Crazy For You

I was pretty underwhelmed when I first heard this one, which seems to be one of the leading albums in indie's recent obsession with California's beaches. It's obviously become very addictive for me. Sounds like the Vivian Girls, but more in tune.

♫: When I'm With You

Also real quick because this entry is taking me forever - Ariel Pink's Round and Round is an amazing song; I've recently become re-obsessed with The Who's Sell Out, probably my favorite Who album; LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire's recent albums are growing on me, but still just don't hold a candle to their greater albums.

That's it!

Thu, Sep. 30th, 2010, 11:29 am
Top Albums of the 90's - 1995 (part 1)

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1995 (part 1)

Love Battery - Straight Freak Ticket (February 28)
Straight Freak Ticket
First heard in 1996

Love Battery's major label breakthrough. Or at least it should have been.
♫: Harold's Pink Room

Mike Watt - Ball-Hog or Tugboat? (February 28)
Ball-Hog or Tugboat?
First heard in 2006

I was probably the only person in the world to get into Mike Watt before hearing the Minutemen. I actually remember wondering how this guy that I'd never heard of got all these awesome guests on his album. Not for long though, Watt quickly became my favorite bass player and solo artist.
♫: Piss-Bottle Man

Radiohead - The Bends (March 13)
The Bends
First heard in 1995

Radiohead? Yeah I've heard they're good.
♫: Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Thurston Moore - Psychic Hearts (May)
Psychic Hearts
First heard in 1997

Thurston Moore is angry and hilarious.
♫: Psychic Hearts


Tue, Sep. 7th, 2010, 05:02 pm
Top Albums of the 90's - 1994 (part 2)

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1994 (part 2)

Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand (June 21)
Bee Thousand
First heard in 1997

The first time I heard GBV I pretty much thought it was horrible, and then I quickly grew to love it. Then I forgot about it for a good ten years or so, checked it out and pretty much went through the same process.
♫: Tractor Rape Chain

Jeff Buckley - Grace (August 23)
First heard in 2006

My step mom was pretty big into Buckley in the early 2000's, and she eventually convinced me to check him out. He only released one album before kicking the bucket and it's awesome.
♫: Last Goodbye

Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die (September 13)
Ready To Die
First heard in 2010

If you had told me in the mid-nineties that I would have loved this guy's music in 15 years, I would have laughed my ass off.
♫: Juicy

Nirvana - Unplugged In New York (November 1)
Unplugged In New York
First heard in 1994

Unplugged In New York is Nirvana's best album.
♫: Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Ramones - Acid Eaters (December)
Acid Eaters
First heard in 1996

The Ramones never really took a break from making music until they retired, but they did take a break from writing original songs for this one. It's a collection of covers to 60's songs, and I've grown to appreciate it over the years as I've heard the original versions and recognized them from this. It also doesn't seem to be just a cover album, but a glimpse of the less-obvious influences to the original Punk band.
♫: Journey To The Center Of The Mind


Tue, Aug. 10th, 2010, 04:39 pm
Top Albums of the 90's - 1994 (part 1)

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1994 (part 1)

Green Day - Dookie (February 1)
First heard in 1994

1994 was THE YEAR that I was absolutely on top of popular music. Nearly every album that I love from 1994 I actually listened to in '94/'95 when they were fresh. Green Day's breakthrough Dookie was a definite favorite for me, and also pretty much the first time punk broke through to the mainstream since the Sex Pistols (even if it was of the pop variety). It's a damn fine album, and the only real low points for me are the singles, thanks to the constant airplay. Also, Welcome To Paradise is one of my favorite songs ever.
♫: Welcome To Paradise

Beck - Mellow Gold (March 1)
Mellow Gold
First heard in 1995

Odelay is the Beck album that 90's fans are supposed to love, but I'll take Mellow Gold any day. Obviously it has Loser, but it's also just got a great twisted folk sound that I still love today.
♫: Beercan

Soundgarden - Superunknown (March 8)
First heard in 1994

This and Automatic For The People were my first CD's, that I most likely received on my birthday. Superunknown was so good that it was pretty much in my regular play rotation for about as long as I listened to the format.
♫: Black Hole Sun

Offspring - Smash (April 8)
First heard in 1994

Smash was pretty much the same as Dookie - exactly what my Ramones grown ears needed to hear when I was 12.
♫: Smash

Hole - Live Through This (April 12)
Live Through This
First heard in 1994

The power of Live Through This is pretty much amazing. As a young teen, my friends and I hated Courtney Love and were pretty much convinced that he was responsible for Cobain's death...and yet we still all loved Hole. Even in recent years, I relistened to it expecting it to just be nostalgia, but it's actually pretty damn good.
♫: Violet

Weezer - Weezer (Blue) (May 10)
Weezer Blue
First heard in 1995

I fucking love this album, it's so great and replayable. One of my favorites of the decade, easily.
♫: Only In Dreams


Tue, Jul. 20th, 2010, 10:08 pm
Top Albums of the 90's - 1993

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1993

Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon (March 23)
Independent Worm Saloon
First heard in 1996

Aside from a greatest hits Sabbath tape I'd had previously, Butthole Surfers were probably the heaviest thing I'd listened to when I found this. It's also catchy and fun. I'd definitely recommend this to any 13 year old.
♫: Goofy's Concern, The Ballad Of Naked Man

Sebadoh - Bubble & Scrape (April 26)
Bubble & Scrape
First heard in 1997

I guess I'd define Sebadoh as early lo-fi. It's a bit like Beat Happening - the first listen or two it sounds like shit, and then it grows and grows.
♫: Sacred Attention

Orbital - Orbital 2 (May)
Orbital 2
First heard in 2010

This is a recent one for me and I think it's freaking brilliant and I feel like my life is better having listened to it.
♫: Impact (The Earth Is Burning)

Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville (June 22)
Exile In Guyville
First heard in 2007

I really fucking wish I'd heard this when I was younger. I think I would have really loved it then. I didn't however...I think I might have been a bit sexist in my music taste, thanks to an abundance of yawner Lillith Fair material around back then. Liz Phair is (was) better and just great.
♫: Liz Phair

Nirvana - In Utero (September 13)
In Utero
First heard in 1993

In Utero is an interesting album because it set out on a very specific mission - to thin out Nirvana fans, while also being an album that the band really wanted to make. It absolutely did just that - I can't tell you how many times I've heard people tell me that Nirvana was on their way to burning out, as proven by the sales of this album. I'm pretty sure this was kind of the idea, however.

Ha I really didn't want this whole 90's list to be about Nirvana but I suppose I can't escape my childhood. There's just one more!
♫: Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Yo La Tengo - Painful (October 5)
First heard in 1995

My slow pace in posting this list can probably be at least partially blamed on my love for Painful, and my reluctance to properly describe how good it is. Basically, when I was young and foolish, if you had asked me what the best shit I'd ever heard was, there's a good chance I would have told you it was Painful. But now that I'm older...my opinion hasn't really changed much. Loveless, The Soft Bulletin, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea...all amazing albums. And yet in my eyes they don't even begin to compare to Painful. This is perfection right here.
♫: I Was The Fool Beside You For Too Long

Pearl Jam - Vs (October 19)
First heard in 1996

There's a few popular bands from that period of the mid 90's that I liked, but not to the obsessive degree of some of my more obscure tastes. Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains - bands that I kind of just see as decent, or at the very least just don't have any real desire to listen to again. I would pretty much put Pearl Jam on that list, but this album of theirs was a favorite of mine for years, and just seems to rise above for some reason. Maybe it's because they interestingly decided not to make any music videos for it, which was actually a huge deal back then. Or maybe just because it's actually pretty good.
♫: W.M.A.

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (October 19)
Midnight Marauders
First heard in 2010

It's amazing how much I loved Tribe when I finally checked them out earlier this year. I didn't think I'd be too into them, since they seem to be more lyrical and less sample heavy than De La Soul, who I really like. Midnight Marauders is head bobbingly good though, and I feel like it's the most impact a hip hop album has had on me since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
♫: Electric Relaxation


Tue, Jul. 6th, 2010, 05:56 pm
My life in music, Q2 2010

My life in music, Q2 2010

Last.fm stats - 2010 Q2
1. Pixies (115)
2. Ramones (91)
3. The Magnetic Fields (50)
4. The Notorious B.I.G. (44)
5. Devo (36)
6. The Breeders
7. Nirvana (34)
7. Crystal Castles
9. Beach House (30)
10. A Tribe Called Quest (29)
11. Justice (27)
12. Black Sabbath (26)
13. Less Than Jake (26)
14. Sonic Youth (25)
15. Nas (24)
16. Lady Gaga (24)
17. Owen Pallet (23)
17. Creedence Clearwater Revival (23)
17. The Monkees (23)
20. Can (22)

1. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs (50)
2. Pixies - Bossanova (43)
3. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die (40)
4. The Breeders - Pod (33)
5. Beach House - Teen Dream (30)
6. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (29)
7. Pixies - Trompe le Monde (28)
8. Justice - Cross (27)
9. Lady GaGa - The Fame (24)
10. Nas - Illmatic (24)
11. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2010) (23)
12. Devo - Something For Everybody (23)
13. The Monkees - Greatest Hits (23)
14. Less Than Jake - Losing Streak (22)
15. Ramones - Leave Home (20)
16. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (20)
17. Ace of Base - Greatest Hits (20)
18. The Microphones - The Glow, Part 2 (20)
19. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (20)
20. Ramones - Rocket to Russia (19)

1. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (7)
2. Owen Pallett - Many Lives -> 49 MP (7)
3. Beach House - Zebra (6)
4. Beach House - Silver Soul (6
5. Joni Mitchell - Woodstock (6)
6. Pat Benatar - Love Is a Battlefield (6)
7. Erasure - Drama (5)
8. Duran Duran - Rio (5)
9. The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy (5)
10. Pixies - Rock Music (5)
11. Ramones - Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (5)
12. Lady GaGa - Poker Face (5)
13. Pixies - Velouria (5)
14. Pixies - Allison (5)
15. The Breeders - Only in 3's (5)
16. Ramones - Don't Come Close (4)
17. Social Distortion - Ring Of Fire (4)
18. Nico - These Days (4)
19. The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday (4)
20. Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (4)

New Discoveries

Joni Mitchell - Woodstock (1970, song)
Ladies Of The Canyon

The song Woodstock was heavily showcased on an episode of 6 Feet Under, which I am re-watching. It's a great song about the festival by someone who didn't even go to it. Which reinforces my thoery that much of 70's music was obsessed with being like the 60's.


Can - Tago Mago (1971)
Tago Mago
1970s Discovery of Q2 2010

Okay so I've been talking shit about the 70's lately, and much like when I made similar statements about the 80's, I naturally took an interest in finding the good stuff. I've been listening to lots of Can, Kraftwerk, Steely Dan, Neu!, Led Zeppelin...but only Can cracked the top 20. That's fitting though, because Can is the band I'm most impressed with - these guys just jammed like no one before them. Hell, they're kind of what I want to hear out of "actual" jam bands like the Grateful Dead. Can not only rock, but they've given me faith in the 70's.

Choice Track: Oh Yeah

Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
Ready To Die
1990s Discovery of Q2 2010

Ready To Die was probably sitting on my ipod for a year or so before I finally really listened to it one day weeding the yard. I was treated to the best rap lyrics I've ever heard. He takes you on the journey of his life that really does feel like a ride. I love this shit.

Choice Track: Juicy

Belle And Sebatian (1996)
If You're Feeling Sinister

I got into this one while compiling my 90's list - I had this but I had yet to give it a real chance. It's really grown on me, and I'd consider it one of the great accoustic albums of the 90's.

Choice Track: If You're Feeling Sinister

Owen Pallett - Many Lives -> 49 MP (2006, song)
He Poos Clouds
2000s Discovery of Q2 2010

Pallett's previous album before Heartland has this song that I've become obsessed with. It's great, and was one of the more interesting parts of his already amazing show.

Many Lives -> 49 MP

Beach House - Teen Dream (2010)
Teen Dream
2010 Discovery of Q2 2010

This has gone from "one of those new albums that's supposed to be good" to one of my favorite albums ever. I love the mood, the sound, everything about it. It's just good happy chill out music that's a gift to humanity. January brought this and Heartland, which was a hell of a way to start the decade.

Choice Track: Walk In The Park

Devo - Something For Everybody (2010)
Something For Everybody

Devo's new album is a lot like their live show - catchy, upbeat, and a lot of fun. They said it was as good as their old shit and they were right.

Choice Track: Don't Shoot (I'm A Man)

It's worth mentioning that this year has brought lots of follow ups to many of my favorite albums of the decade - Joanna Newsom, Depreciation Guild, Dr. Dog, Crystal Castles, Broken Social Scene, The National, Foals, LCD Soundsystem have all had new releases that I haven't really been too into. Maybe I just haven't given it all a real chance, or maybe it's a sign of change, which is really what it's all about. Either way I'm optimistic!

Tue, Jun. 29th, 2010, 05:15 pm
Top Albums of the 90's - 1992

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1992

Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted (April 20)
Slanted & Enchanted
First heard in 1996

Every song on Pavement's debut is really great. I only wish I'd somehow heard it earlier.
♫: In the Mouth A Desert, Trigger Cut / Wounded Kite at :17

B-52's - Good Stuff (June 23)
Good Stuff
First heard in 1993

I got this tape when I got my first walkman. I remember walking down my neighborhood in north Phoenix blasting this and my other 52's tape of their first album. One time I was listening to my favorite track "The World's Green Laughter", an odd track with all sorts of nature sounds behind a loud synthesizer, when one of my not so great friends snagged my headphones from me, asking WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO, IT'S PROBABLY RETARDED. It was pretty much the perfect timing in the song to get his WHAT THE FUCK?! reaction. Sometimes I wonder why I remember the most random events.

I probably didn't hear this for a good 15 years until I revisited it for this list, and it's still not too bad.
♫: Good Stuff

Sonic Youth - Dirty (July 21)
First heard in 1995

Ah, Dirty. This is the one that should have/could have made Sonic Youth a little more famous - the songs were a little shorter, a little catchier, and the musical climate was a little friendlier. This didn't happen of course, so instead today it's just a great starting point for someone who wants to hear what Sonic Youth sounded like in the early 90's.
♫: Chapel Hill, Theresa's Sound World

R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (October 5)
Automatic For The People
First heard in 1993

This was my first CD. Need I say more?

Okay I will. Seriously it's a great album. It seems to be a clear attempt at making something of a little more substance, in a different direction than they were heading with Green and Out Of Time. It actually might be the ultimate career saving album after the not so happy reception of Shiny Happy People.
♫: Nightswimming, Drive

Nirvana - Incesticide (December 14)
First heard in 1995

A good collection of Nirvana's unreleased early material.
♫: Been A Son


Tue, Jun. 8th, 2010, 09:08 pm
Top Albums of the 90's - 1991

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1991

Love Battery - Between The Eyes (February 7)
Between The Eyes
First heard in 1997

One of the best acts to come out of the "grunge" scene is Love Battery - it's a little bit pop, a little bit grunge, and a little bit psychedelic.
♫: 67

R.E.M. - Out Of Time (March 8)
Out Of Time
First heard in 1991

When I was second grade my mom gave me a tape with this and Violent Femme's Why Do Birds Sing? on it. The only thing I had personally prior to this was an Elvis tape, and a Beach Boys/Jan and Dean tape...so yeah, it was pretty influencial to me. Much like Goo, Out Of Time is a major label jump that hardcore fans may or may not have liked, but this exposure to the masses is what led me hear R.E.M., which I was proud to call my first real favorite band for a number of years.
♫: Texarkana...ok who am I kidding, I fucking loved Shiny Happy People

Slint - Spiderland (March 27)
First heard in 1997

My friend Barry gave me a tape of this one. Spiderland is definitely a one of a kind album. The vocals are so quiet that it's associated with Post-rock, a genre that's normally only instrumental music. Despite this, most songs feature a fair amount of screaming in it. I love this one, and I'd say it's worth at least one listen just to hear what it's all about.
♫: Washer

Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing? (April 30)
Why Do Birds Sing?
First heard in 1991

The reverse side of aforementioned cassette. I think I actually listened to this one more than Out Of Time. I remember putting this on and dancing around the room with the neighbor kid. He had been raised soley on country music, so Violent Femmes' folky sound was right up his alley - I remember one time his parents came to pick him up and he excitedly told them "THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC!!" during the song...American Music.
♫: Hey Nonny Nonny, You Fucked Up, I'm In The Mood

Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (July 26)
First heard in 1995

One of my favorite bands during my scrub years. The only true "grunge" in the 90s.
♫: Let It Slide

Nirvana - Nevermind (September 24)
First heard in 1991

Nevermind is certainly one of the most influential bands/albums of my life - after all, my friends and I liked them so much that we had to find out what these guys were into - which led to my less mainstream taste in music.

It all started in 1991 of course - I was living in Idaho wiith my dad. He had gotten a job there and was setting up camp there before my step mom and brother would move in. It was winter and cold, but it was a great time for me. My dad and I watched MTV and played Zelda. I'm not exactly sure why he sprang for cable tv, we'd never had it before, but I'm glad that he did, because I did get to witness MTV's nonstop showing of Smells Like Teen Spirit. 25 years apart, both me and my dad were amazed with what we were seeing.

Later, presumably on a trip to her house in the summer of '92, my mom burned me a tape that had the first five songs off Nevermind (ie the five singles) followed by a random sampling of the alternative station in Phoenix. It was a tape that I of course wore out.

I probably didn't even properly listen to the rest of it until I moved in with her 3 years later, only to find out that the rest of it was even better.

All this overplay in my life led to me going a solid 10 or so years without touching it...it's almost like there's no point to listen to something I know so god damned well. I almost didn't include it on my list here, but I went back to it again only to discover that yes, it is some amazing music, and the entire insanity that went on upon its release really did make sense.

Of course what's even more interesting is that the younger generation (hell, even mine) seems to not like Nirvana - my 21 year old brother fucking HATES Nirvana. But that's another subject entirely.
♫: Drain You

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (September 24)
Blood Sugar Sex Magic
First heard in 1992

Wow it's hard to believe that this came out the same day as Nevermind. The singles off BSSM is what I think of when I think of popular music when I was a kid. I must have heard Give It Away and Under The Bridge a thousand times in those early years. Looking back, I still think these are some amazing songs, and it was a great time for popular music.
♫: Under The Bridge, Breaking The Girl, Give It Away

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque (November)
First heard in 1996

Probably the slowest "grower" I've ever had. I probably got this (and their followup Thirteen) for 7 bucks used when I was in middle school, because it was one that my friends had and shit. I'd listen to it occasionally, but ultimately brushed them off as overrated. A couple years ago I watched About A Son, which showcased the song Star Sign. I thought it was amazing and gave Bandwagonesque a re-listen. It really is a great album, particularly the first half.
♫: Star Sign, December

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (November 4)
First heard in 2006

2006 was the year I started really making an attempt at finding music online, so of course I quickly ran into this acclaimed album. I loved this one immediately - its beautiful noise is right up my alley. It's a one of a kind record. I only wish I'd discovered it earlier, but I suppose that's part of the fun.
♫: Soon

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (November 19)
Laughing Stock
First heard in 2008

Talk Talk went from being one of the many bands in the 80's that made some catchy new wave tunes to making a couple amazing jazz influenced post-rock albums. Their reluctancy to do what everyone else does and become a shittier version of their early selves is admirable and inspiring. I have fond memories of throwing this on while playing World of Warcraft.
♫: Ascension Day


Sat, May. 29th, 2010, 02:01 am
Top Albums of the 90's - 1990

Ultimos' Top 69 Albums of the 1990's - 1990
Okay! So I've painstakingly put together my favorite albums of the 90's. It's something I've been putting off a long time because I've been afraid that the glasses of nostalgia would affect my choices, which would mean I'd have to try to decide if the list would represent shit that left an impression on me or stuff that I actually enjoy today. After lots of re-listening to some childhood favorites, I've realized that the shit I liked as a kid is still as good as it ever was, so it doesn't matter anyway.

Also, why 69? I'd much rather go for the big 100, or maybe 90 to fit the theme, but I (amazingly) couldn't get enough albums to confidently reach these numbers. Or at least a round number, which is what I did originally when I made my list of 70 albums of the 1990's...which was lowered to 69 when I realized that Beat Happening's Jamboree was mistagged as 1990 instead of 1988 for some reason. So it's 69 albums instead.

Also just 69 lol

Social Distortion - Social Distortion (March 27)
Social Distortion
First heard in 1990

Social D's self-titled album is a fitting start to the 90's - it's radio friendly punk music, which is exactly the direction popular music would be going in a few years. This one sounds like a greatest hits album to my ears, most likely because these tunes would be on the "alternative" radio I listened to all throughout the decade.
♫: Story Of My Life

The Breeders - Pod (May 28)
First heard in 1998

I had The Breeder's 1993's Last Splash CD for years and years, just because it was a common one to find used, plus Canonball is a great song. It was just one of those albums my friends and I had...I was never too into it though. In 1998 or so I saw this one on tape at a thrift store for dirt cheap and got it, not expecting much. I was pretty quickly blown away by this amazing album. You can really feel the Pixies influence in it, but Kim Deal puts her own touch on it and yeah it's awesome. Plus it has a great cover of Happiness Is A Warm Gun, which was perfect for me because I was chin deep in Beatlemania when I first heard it.
♫: Opened, Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Sonic Youth - Goo (June 26)
First heard in 1995

I will forever remember the first time I heard Goo. I remember the room I was currently calling my own (somewhat impressive considering how much moving around I did as a kid). My friend Barry told me I needed to listen to something better than the Smashing Pumpkins and told me to check out Sonic Youth. I bought Goo because that's the one that Wherehouse Records happened to have used that day. I bought it based on a reccomendation without knowing any of the songs, something I'd never done before (interestingly enough, this is exactly how I find music now). I listened to that cd over and over again that night. Me alone in my room, staring at the CD booklet that folded out. That was the night that I realized music could be great even if you hadn't heard it on the radio. Not that Goo would fit comftorably on the radio anyway - Sonic Youth's distorted alternate tunings was a sound I'd never heard before but it was exactly what my ears were waiting for. Goo literally changed my life, for better or for worse.
♫: Titanium Exposé

Pixies - Bossanova (August 13)
First heard in 2005

This one took me a while to get to - 80's Pixies are undeniable, but I wasn't that impressed with their final album, 1991's Trompe le Monde, so I avoided their other 90's contribution for quite a while.

It's good - it's definitely doesn't have that sound that Steve Albini could capture so perfectly on their older albums, but The Pixies were still writing amazing songs.
♫: The Happening

Ween - GodWeenSatan - The Oneness (??)
First heard in 1997

Every song on Ween's debut album is a new wacky adventure and I love it. Ween's probably the weirdest band that I actually like (sorry Zappa, but I just don't get you).
♫: Up On The Hill, You Fucked Up, I'm In The Mood


Thu, May. 6th, 2010, 01:11 am
My life in music, Q1 2010

My life in music, Q1 2010

Last.fm stats - 2010 Q1
1. A Tribe Called Quest (140)
2. Gorillaz (131)
3. Vampire Weekend (124)
4. De La Soul (111)
5. Meat Puppets (105)
6. Jay Reatard (98)
7. Owen Pallett (97)
8. Public Image Ltd. (80)
9. Boards Of Canada (75)
10. Orbital (67)
11. Madvillian (63)
12. The Flaming Lips (52)
13. The Beatles (50)
14. The Depreciation Guild (49)
15. Mission Of Burma
16. Outkast (38)
17. Air (36)
17. Animal Collective (36)
17. Fever Ray (36)
17. Jon Lajoie (36)

1. Jay Reatard - Blood Visions (98)
2. Owen Pallett - Heartland (97)
3. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (94)
4. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (91)
5. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (82)
6. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (73)
7. Orbital - Orbital 2 (67)
8. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II (60)
9. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (58)
10. De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate (55)
11. The Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws (49)
12. Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box (43)
13. Mission of Burma - Vs. (38)
13. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic (38)
15. Public Image Ltd. - The Flowers of Romance (37)
16. Jon Lajoie - You Want Some of This? (36)
16. Fever Ray - Fever Ray (36)
18. Madvillainy - Madvillainy (35)
18. Minor Threat - Minor Threat: Complete Discography (35)
20. Surfer blood - Astrocoast (33)

1. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk (13)
2. Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Action (10)
3. A Tribe Called Quest - Steve Biko (Stir It Up) (9)
3. Owen Pallett - Keep the Dog Quiet (9)
3. Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma (9)
3. Vampire Weekend - One (Blake's Got a New Face) (9)
3. Orbital - Time Becomes (9)
3. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (9)
3. Vampire Weekend - M79 (9)
3. De La Soul - Intro (9)
11. Meat Puppets - Plateau (8)
11. Owen Pallett - Mount Alpentine (8)
11. A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour (8)
11. Owen Pallett - Red Sun No. 5 (8)
11. Owen Pallett - The Great Elsewhere (8)
11. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders Tour Guide (8)
11. Meat Puppets - We're Here (8)
11. Vampire Weekend - Campus (8)
11. Gorillaz - Rhinestone Eyes (8)
11. Vampire Weekend - Bryn (8)
11. Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (8)
11. Vampire Weekend - I Stand Corrected (8)
11. Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (8)
11. Owen Pallett - Midnight Directives (8)

New Discoveries

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (1993)
Midnight Marauders
1990s Discovery of Q1 2010

Yeah wow holy shit. I've always heard of Quest but never checked them out till this year. These guys are just awesome and are my new favorite hip hop act. I'm getting a huge new love for hip hop now that I listen to the words instead of just the producing.

Choice Track: Electric Relaxation

Orbital - Orbital 2 (1993)
Orbital 2

I checked these guys out because there name was pretty high up on the Coachella lineup and they've been around a while. This is a really great electronic album, I enjoy it a lot.

Choice Track: Monday

Jay Reatard - Blood Visions (2006)
Blood Visions
2000s Discovery of Q1 2010

So when Jay Reatard died in January I did the bandwagon thing to do and finally checked him out...and he's definitely not what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting something indie/accoustic/boring and it was the complete opposite - it's punk music and it's fucking awesome. I really love this one.

Choice Track: Oh! It's Such A Shame

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (2008)
Vampire Weekend

Yeah this is pretty good. I prefer this to Contra, which is also good.

Choice Track: Walcott

Owen Pallett - Heartland (2010)
2010 Discovery of Q1 2010

I went into pretty good detail on this dude recently but yeah, I fucking love this album.

Choice Track: Lewis Takes Action

Jon Lajoie - You Want Some Of This (2010)
You Want Some Of This

I found this guy through youtube. He's pretty hilarious. He parodies and celebrates rap, real life, sex, and other shit. Good stuff. Also I think this is now the worst album cover that I have.

Choice Track: Everyday Normal Guy 2

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (2010)
Plastic Beach

I've always been semi-interested in the Gorillaz - I happen to think that Feel Good Inc is one of the best songs of the decade. Their two previous albums just didn't WOW me from start to finish like this one did though.

Choice Track: Empire Ants

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