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

My life in music, Q2 2010

Last.fm stats - 2010 Q2
Artists:
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)

Albums:
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)

Tracks:
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.

Woodstock

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!