July 10, 2008

Top 100

I am emailed top 100 charts from indie music retailers around the country every week. (It's a work thing) and while I know most of the names on the chart it is fair to say that I have only actually listened to a mere 25% of the artists among these lists. I don't follow very much top 40 / mainstream rap / or country but there is so much music being released each week that it is nearly impossible to check out everything, no less the records I might be the least bit curious to hear.

Recently my company gave me a year subscription to both Napster as well as Rhapsody and I now have the opportunity to listen to all these records I would never actually bother to buy but am happy to finally give them a listen. The hope here was that I would find at least a few gems among the hot, happening and chart topping popular.

Here are the records I have recently listened to:

Coldplay - Viva la Vida

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

Fleet Foxes - S/T

Al Green - Lay it Down

Aimee Mann - Smilers

Motley Crue - Saints of Los Angeles

N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds

Alkaline Trio - Agony & Irony

Black Keys - Attack and Release

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Raconteurs - Consolor of the Lonely

Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean

Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple

Jamie Lidell - Jim

R.E.M. - Accelerate

Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum

Earlimart - Hymn and Her

Foals - Antidotes

Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

And here are the number of records I will ever listen to again / was able to sit through in one sitting / would be willing to purchase:

One - Sigur Ros...for the opening two tracks alone; Gobbledigook / Inni mer syngur vitleysingur.

Maybe I am having a bad month or my ears are being particularly picky. I won't say I hated everything because that isn't the case but if honesty is the game here, I wouldn't go back to one of these records on my own. I truly don't appreciate My Morning Jacket at all. I can't understand their popularity and they push all the wrong buttons for me. If I was on a first date with the record I would have excused myself for a trip to the bathroom and booked out the kitchen for good instead.

The records I thought were better than the rest : Wolf Parade, R.E.M., Black Keys


  1. Wow...I am sorry you had to listen to all that crap. Torche Tonight !

  2. wait. what? that jamie lidell is fantastic! come on now!

  3. That better be an ironic tone you are using with me Mr TQTE.

    The new Lidell is a mere shadow of the last last record. Great voice but the music? Eh.

  4. I would put it right next to Multiply. In fact i would make the bold statement that it is a far more consistant album. I LOVE multiply but there a few sticky wickets in there. JIM rolls from beginning to end. Embrace your inner Good Times theme!

  5. That Mr Gnome record has Mr Sunshine written all over it. Maybe he should review it!

  6. yes...i was in Richmond, VA...and that Denali reunion show was effing amazing...out of the records that you are recently listening to, Foals is one of my new favs...were you at the Deanli Reunion show?

    hit up my myspace


  7. oh..and that Jamie Lidell is pretty damn awesome...in my opinion