50 Albums I Really Should Get Sometime

  1. This list has been in need of a major overhaul for quite some time. There was some point in time when I decided that if I downloaded an album but did not physically have a copy of the CD, I wouldn't cross it off this list. This was for two reasons: (1) I wanted to still consider buying the CD, for the purpose of having the full package without any quality issues regarding the bitrate, and (2) since I'm already keeping tabs on every movie I watch and every CD I buy on this site, I did not feel like keeping you posted on every single album I downloaded.
  2. Today, however, I changed my mind about this practice. There have certainly been times when I've bought a CD that I had already downloaded, but those aren't the albums I'm primarily focused on purchasing, so I'm not going to keep them on the list anymore. So I have crossed off the downloaded albums from this list and added a ton more that I don't have in any way, shape, or form. I will from now on keep you updated whenever I download or buy one of these albums.

  3. The 6ths - Wasps' Nests
  4. Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
  5. Bad Brains - self-titled
  6. The Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
  7. Bjork - Vespertine
  8. Black Sabbath - self-titled
  9. Black Uhuru - Red
  10. James Brown - Sex Machine
  11. The Chills - Submarine Bells
  12. Bruce Cockburn - You've Never Seen Everything
  13. The Congos - Heart of the Congos
  14. Daft Punk - Discovery
  15. Deep Purple - In Rock / Made in Japan
  16. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley / Go Bo Diddley
  17. Dave Edmunds - Get It / Tracks on Wax 4
  18. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
  19. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
  20. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
  21. Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
  22. Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
  23. P J Harvey - Dry
  24. Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual
  25. Little Feat - Sailin' Shoes
  26. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
  27. Bob Marley and the Wailers - Live!
  28. John Martyn - Solid Air
  29. The Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
  30. McLusky - McLusky Do Dallas
  31. Motorhead - No Sleep Til Hammersmith
  32. The Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon
  33. Palace Brothers - There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You
  34. Prince - Parade
  35. The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads
  36. Run-DMC - self-titled
  37. Todd Rundgren - Hermit of Mink Hollow
  38. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
  39. Sleater-Kinney - Call the Doctor
  40. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
  41. Sparks - Propaganda
  42. Alexander "Skip" Spence - Oar
  43. The Spinners - self-titled / Pick of the Litter
  44. Suede - self-titled
  45. Supergrass - In It For the Money
  46. Talking Heads - Talking Heads '77
  47. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
  48. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
  49. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
  50. Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  51. The Who - The Who Sings My Generation
  52. Neil Young - Ragged Glory
Author Comments: 

These albums will fill a void in my musical experience. I just started getting into many of these great musicians recently.

Artists are listed alphabetically. For multiple albums by a particular artist, albums are listed haphazardly.

4/26/03 - Bought Elvis Presley's The Sun Sessions, REM's Automatic for the People, Carole King's Tapestry, and Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico. To keep it at 50 albums, I replaced them with Carbon Leaf's Echo Echo, REM's Murmur, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood.

5/26/03 - Bought Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, the Eagles' Hotel California, and Billy Joel's The Stranger. To keep it at 50 albums, I replaced with the Counting Crows' Hard Candy, Nick Drake's Pink Moon, and Billy Joel's Innocent Man.

6/12/03 - Bought Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection. To keep it at 50, I replaced it with Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything. I also changed a few albums to a different album (but by the same artist).

6/14/03 - I think that Something / Anything? will hold the record for spending the least time on this list. I just bought it today. To keep it at 50, I have replaced it with Frank Zappa's We're Only In It For the Money. I have also removed Pink Floyd's The Wall because I don't like Pink Floyd enough to buy that ridiculously overpriced 2-disc set any time soon. I have replaced it with Oasis's Definitely Maybe.

6/17/03 - My mother bought me Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here (along with Prince's Purple Rain, which isn't on this list) for my London trip, under the stipulation that I can't listen to it until I go on the trip. So I have them but can't listen to them yet. I have replaced WYWH with Television's Marquee Moon.

6/19/03 - I ordered the Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed, which came in the mail today. I haven't gotten a chance to listen to it yet, but I have gotten a chance to replace it with the White Stripes' White Blood Cells.

7/2/03 - When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in London, buy plenty of British music. I picked up a nice array of British albums, from Oasis's Definitely Maybe to Elton John's Honky Chateau to Led Zeppelin's III to the Smiths' The Queen is Dead to the Sex Pistols' Nevermind the Bollocks. Sadly, only the first and last albums on this list were up here, so I replaced them with the Velvet Underground's self-titled album and Chuck Berry's Great Twenty-Eight. Furthermore, I also bought Guns n Roses' Appetite for Destruction and Love's Forever Changes, figuring they were probably British since most good bands are, but much to my dismay, I think both originated in L.A. Not sure about that though. Furthermore, neither are on this list. And finally, I ordered Led Zeppelin's IV, which came in while I was away, but I haven't listened to it yet. I have replaced it with the Stone Roses' self-titled album.

7/7/03 - I ordered Who's Next before I left for London. It came today. I have replaced it with James Brown's 40th Anniversary collection.

7/10/03 - I bought Remain in Light today. I have replaced it with Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, a True Star.

7/11/03 - I ordered James Brown's 40th Anniversary Collection a little while ago, and it arrived today. I actually ordered it before Who's Next came in and before I replaced it with the Brown, so I kinda cheated a bit. Clever, eh? In any case, I've replaced that with Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

7/13/03 - I picked up Let It Bleed and Transmissions of the Satellite Heart today. I replaced them with Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and the Kinks' Greatest Hits.

7/17/03 - I am on such a roll! I picked up Marvin Gaye's What's Going On last night. I have replaced it with Nirvana's Nevermind. I know most people around here prefer MTV Unplugged in New York, but for my first Nirvana CD... come on, it's gotta be Nevermind.

7/20/03 - Picked up Joni Mitchell's Blue and the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers today, along with The Who's Live at Leeds, which wasn't on this list. I also picked up some burned copies of Steely Dan's Can't Buy a Thrill and Grateful Dead's Europe '72 and In the Dark. I have replaced the 5 with the Rolling Stones' Some Girls, J. Geils Band's Freeze Frame, the Clash's London Calling, Frank Zappa's Freak Out!, and Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.

7/25/03 - The CD's I ordered came in! They're the Kinks' Greatest Hits and Frank Zappa's Threesome No. 1, which included We're Only In It For the Money, Absolutely Free, and Freak Out! All of these were on here except Absolutely Free, so I replaced them with Zappa's Hot Rats, Patti Smith's Horses, and Neil Young's After the Goldrush. I also changed a few albums to a different album (but by the same artist). Finally, I thought I should mention that I bought two great albums which never appeared on this list: Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the White Stripes' Elephant.

7/30/03 - Picked up Stevie Wonder's Talking Book today. Replaced it with John Lennon's John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.

8/3/03 - Picked up the Clash's London Calling and Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, a True Star. I have replaced them with the Clash's self-titled album and U2's Achtung, Baby.

8/4/03 - Bought the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Replaced it with Todd Rundgren's Nearly Human.

8/5/03 - Bought Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview. As a replacement, I finally caved and put Radiohead's OK Computer on this list. But I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

8/5/03 - Whaddya know, I got another CD today! I ordered Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and it came in today. I have replaced it with the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced?

8/9/03 - And now, to round out the acclaimedmusic.net top 10 albums list, I have ordered and received the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street and Nirvana's Nevermind. I have replaced these albums with David Bowie's Hunky Dory and the Strokes' Is This It?

8/16/03 - Jeez, I can't believe I went a whole week without buying any albums! :-) I picked up the Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms today (along with Van Halen's self-titled album, which was never on this list). I have replaced Brothers in Arms with Beck's Odelay.

8/18/03 - Today I bought Radiohead's OK Computer. I have replaced it with the Who's Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. Also, I have learned that the version of John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band that I want is rather hard to find. I'll keep looking for it, but for now I have replaced it with John Lennon's Imagine, which I can find easier.

8/23/03 - Today I finally picked up Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood, along with Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love and Jeff Buckley's Grace, neither of which was ever on this list. I replaced Texas Flood with the Smith's self-titled album.

8/25/03 - My copy of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot came in the mail today. I have replaced it with World Party's Goodbye Jumbo.

8/28/03 - On my trip to Chicago this past weekend, I picked up three CDs: Ben Folds Five's self-titled album, Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, and Neil Young's After the Goldrush. I have replaced them with Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, the Doors' self-titled album, and Derek and the Dominoes' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. I've also decided I'm probably never going to buy that damn Toad the Wet Sprocket album, so I replaced it by putting John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band back on there.

9/13/03 - Bought the Counting Crows' Hard Candy today, along with Van Morrison's Into the Music, which was never on this list. I replaced it with XTC's Apple Venus Volume 1.

9/21/03 - I bought Madonna's Immaculate Collection and the Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin, neither of which were ever on this list. Oh well.

10/25/03 - Picked up U2's Achtung, Baby and Barenaked Ladies' awesome new album, Everything to Everyone. I replaced the U2 album with Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On.

11/04/03 - Got Bowie's Hunky Dory and Hendrix's Are You Experienced?, plus, in honor of the man's death, Elliott Smith's Figure 8, which wasn't on this list. I have replaced the first two albums with Bowie's Low and the Ramones' self-titled album. Furthermore, I thought about replacing Pink Moon with a different album by Drake, but they are all relatively of the same acclaim, and I'll probably never shell out enough money to buy Fruit Tree. So I put all three as alternates. Perhaps cheating, but I don't care. In a similar vein, I replaced The Great Twenty-Eight with any great Chuck Berry hits compilation - I didn't want to limit myself to only that one, in case I found a better one. Finally, I'm probably not going to buy that damn Dave Matthews Band album anytime soon, so I replaced it with Aretha Franklin's 30 Greatest Hits.

11/26/03 - I picked up Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville. Which wasn't on this list. Oh well.

11/29/03 - I ordered the Who's Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, and it came in today.

12/11/03 - The Bob Dylan box set, a gift I got for my birthday, includes both of the Dylan CDs on the list - Highway 61 Revisited and Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. I have replaced them with Neil Young's After the Goldrush and Bob Marley's Natty Dread.

12/13/03 - Today I picked up Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and The Band's self-titled album, as well as Led Zeppelin's II, which was never on this list. I have replaced them with Blur's Parklife and, using the same cop-out I used with Chuck Berry, any great Buddy Holly hits compilation.

12/21/03 - Got the Clash's self-titled album and FINALLY picked up Jude's No One Is Really Beautiful. I have replaced them with the Kinks' Kink Kronikles and Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.

12/24/03 - Picked up the Ramones's self-titled album, the Velvet Underground's self-titled album, and REM's Murmur. I replaced them with Paul Simon's Graceland, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, and the Who's The Who Sell Out.

12/27/03 - Reaping in the rewards of the holiday season (as well as birthday presents), I used my Best Buy gift certificates to pick up Paul Simon's Graceland (man, that was fast), Oasis's (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, the Doors' self-titled album, and Nirvana's In Utero (which was never on here). I have replaced them with James Brown's Live at the Apollo, Joy Division's Closer, and Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells a Story. Also, much to my stupidity, I realized I forgot to cross off After the Goldrush for an OBSCENELY long time. So now I'll replace it with another Neil Young album - Tonight's the Night. Finally, I'm not sure which Bowie album I do want to get next, so I decided to pull the same cop-out I pulled with Nick Drake, and gave myself four options. P.S. I also did the same thing with the Rolling Stones. Only one more though!

12/30/03 - Last night I picked up Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow. I replaced it with Prince's Sign o' the Times. Also, today, I picked up Bruce Springsteen's The River. And I replaced it with Peter Gabriel's So.

1/1/04 - I went totally nuts with my Best Buy gift cards and really splurged. From this list, I bought:

(1) Nick Drake's Bryter Layter
(2) Stevie Wonder's Innervisions
(3) The Strokes' Is This It
(4) Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells a Story

I also decided to experiment and pick up albums that I didn't know much about - but which I remembered hearing good things about, either from acclaimedmusic.net, or on Listology, or both. So I also picked up:

(5) Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights
(6) Gram Parsons's GP / Grievous Angel
(7) The Verve's Urban Hymns
(8) The Pretenders Pretenders

Whew! So, I pretty much used up my gift cards for now. But I'm having a belated birthday party soon, so...

Anyway, I replaced the albums on this list with:

(1) The Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday
(2) The Pixies' Doolittle
(3) The Flying Burrito Bros.' Gilded Palace of Sin

1/12/04 - I ordered The Kink Kronikles and it came in today. I replaced it with Creedence Clearwater Revival's Green River.

1/20/04 - At first, when I saw I got an FYE gift certificate for my birthday, I was a bit disappointed. The last time I was in FYE, I was apalled with how inflated their prices were. I really think FYE makes Sam Goody look like half.com. Not really expecting to find anything good, I decided to at least try fye.com - and I was amazed! The DVD prices are still pretty high, but their CD prices are great - some even better than deepdiscountcd.com! And since I had a gift certificate, I was making a large purchase and could waive the shipping and handling. So, anyway, I picked up:

(1) Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Reduxe - Pavement (13 bucks)
(2) Horses - Patti Smith (13 bucks)
(3) Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominoes (12 bucks)
(4) Parklife - Blur (9 bucks)
(5) Her Wallpaper Reverie - The Apples in Stereo (8 bucks) - never on this list

I have replaced the top 4 with:

(1) Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island / In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (since I'm not sure which one I want first, I'll use the same cop-out)
(2) Lou Reed - Transformer
(3) The Band - Music From Big Pink
(4) The Stooges - Fun House

1/25/04 - Last night, I picked up Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water (not to mention Uncut's 2003 sampler). I've replaced them with Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends and Elvis Presley's 1956 self-titled album.

1/31/04 - I finally picked up the Stone Roses' self-titled album. I have replaced it with REM's Out of Time.

2/04/04 - On an impulse buy, I picked up Josh Rouse's 1972.

2/16/04 - I picked up the White Stripes' White Blood Cells. I replaced it with the Buzzcocks' Singles Going Steady. I also doubt I'll be getting the self-titled Santana album or Wavelength any time soon, so I replaced them with the Velvet Underground's Loaded and Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. Finally, my dad (who is a “Hey Ya” fan) picked up Speakerboxxx / The Love Below today, and I'm sure he will let me listen to it. Actually, I'm sure he will listen to it a few times and then give up on it, and a couple years from now, I will see it lying around and just start leaving it with my CDs.

3/5/04 - Marquee Moon came in the mail today! I have replaced it with Pearl Jam's Ten.

3/12/04 - I picked up the Pixies' Doolittle, as well as Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison (which was never here). I replaced Doolittle with Otis Redding's Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul.

3/14/04 - Picked up the Velvet Underground's Loaded, as well as Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic, which was never on this list. I replaced Loaded with Blondie's Parallel Lines.

3/16/04 - Picked up Pearl Jam's Ten, and on an impulse buy (based on my love of Parklife), I picked up Blur's self-titled album. I have replaced Ten with AC/DC's Back in Black.

3/19/04 - I went crazy again with my endless supply of Best Buy gift certificates, and picked up Otis Blue, Parallel Lines, The Who Sell Out, There's a Riot Goin' On!, and Transformer; also, Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man as Much as I Love You, which was never on here. I've replaced those five albums with Sly and the Family Stone's Stand!, Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps, the Pixies' Surfer Rosa, and the Specials' self-titled album. Finally, I also added some options to Bob Marley.

4/9/04 - I actually got James Brown's Live at the Apollo a few days ago, but I was too lazy to update until now. I picked up the remaster which the All Music Guide was just gushing over; good thing I waited just long enough to pick up this album (this version was released on March 23, 2004). In any case, I replaced the CD with the Modern Lovers' self-titled album.

4/10/04 - I picked up the Buzzcocks' Singles Going Steady (as well as the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which was never on here). I replaced it with Ray Charles's Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. I also changed my Pixies selection to the compilation including Surfer Rosa and Come on Pilgrim.

4/13/04 - I ordered Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, and it came in today. I replaced it with the Waterboys' This Is the Sea.

4/17/04 - More orders coming in. I got Beck's Odelay, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, and REM's Out of Time. Also, the super-awesome Amber sent me some burned CDs in the mail. So now I have burned copies of Cat Stevens's Tea for the Tillerman, the Apples in Stereo's Fun Trick Noisemaker, Wilco's Summerteeth, and Townes van Zandt's Rear View Mirror to add to my collection. I replaced the four albums above with: Pulp's Different Class, P J Harvey's To Bring You My Love, Queen's A Night at the Opera, and Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove.

4/23/04 - I ordered World Party's Goodbye Jumbo, and it came in today. I have replaced it with Prefab Sprout's Two Wheels Good.

4/24/04 - Today I picked up They Might Be Giants' new EP called Indestructible Object, and on an impulse buy, I picked up Crowded House's Woodface. Neither was ever on this list, however.

4/29/04 - A replacement copy of REM's Out of Time came in today. Yay!

5/3/04 - Today my order from secondspin.com came in: 5 CDs! Hooray! These 5 are Peter Gabriel's So, the Waterboys' This Is the Sea, XTC's Apple Venus Volume 1, Prefab Sprout's Two Wheels Good, and Buddy Holly's From the Original Master Tapes (i.e., a great Buddy Holly hits compilation). I have replaced these 5 with the Shins' Shutes Too Narrow, Primal Scream's Screamadelica, the Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East, Lou Reed's New York, and two options for the Jam (Sound Affects and All Mod Cons).

5/11/04 - Picked up John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band and Joy Division's Closer of late. I replaced them with Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica and Jimi Hendrix's Axis: Bold as Love. I also don't think I'm gonna pick up Help! any time soon, so I replaced it with a different British invasion album: Something Else by the Kinks.

5/30/04 - Today I picked up Nick Drake's Pink Moon and Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica. Nick Drake still has one option left, but I replaced the Modest Mouse with U2's War. Also added Lady Soul and From Elvis in Memphis as options, largely due to stooky's suggestion.

6/2/04 - Today I picked up AC/DC's Back in Black and Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove. I replaced them with the New York Dolls' self-titled album and Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On. Also, it occurred to me that I should combine my two Neil Young albums into one listing. So then I had space for Wire's Pink Flag.

6/3/04 - Long time no see. Today I traded in a DVD of "Anger Management" at Barnes and Noble and got David Bowie's Low in exchange.

6/5/04 - I ordered the Rough Trade version of the Pixies' Surfer Rosa which includes Come on Pilgrim at the end. It came in today. I replaced it with My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.

6/7/04 - Today I got John Lennon's Imagine (remixed version) as a graduation present, along with some sweet DVDs. I also had a half.com order come in today, so I picked up Neil Young's Rust Never Sleeps, New York Dolls' self-titled album, and the Smiths' self-titled album. I have replaced them with Franz Ferdinand's self-titled album, Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy, and the Velvet Underground's White Light / White Heat.

6/14/04 - Yesterday I picked up the Band's Music From Big Pink and the Shins' Chutes Too Narrow. I replaced them with XTC's Skylarking and Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

6/21/04 - Yesterday I picked up Beck's Sea Change. Which I thought was on here, but it isn't. Alas.

6/25/04 - I ordered Led Zeppelin's self-titled album, and it came in the mail today. I have replaced it with Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica - yes, I am ready to give him another try. After all, I do love We're Only In It For the Money, so I think if I listen to Trout Mask Replica in the same state of mind, I'll probably enjoy it. Oh, and I also added The Notorious Byrd Brothers as an option for the Byrds.

6/30/04 - Another CD order came in today, bearing Prince's Sign o' the Times, Primal Scream's Screamadelica, the Byrds' The Notorious Byrd Brothers (heh), and Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. I have replaced them with Gang of Four's Entertainment, Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, and Big Star's twofer #1 Record / Radio City.

7/10/04 - Today I FINALLY picked up REM's Document, which was on this list when I first started it, if I'm not mistaken. By contrast, I also picked up Graham Parker's Squeezing Out Sparks / Live Sparks on a rather impulse buy. Anyway, I replaced Document with They Might Be Giants' upcoming release The Spine. I've also decided that I'm not going to buy Stand! until they release a better mastering for Sly, so I'm taking that off this list for now. I have replaced it with Nirvana's Unplugged in New York.

7/14/04 - Yesterday I picked up XTC's Skylarking. I decided to get my foot in the Elvis Costello door again by replacing it with Imperial Bedroom.

7/15/04 - My order of They Might Be Giants' The Spine came in today! Huzzah! I have replaced it with the soundtrack to The Harder They Come, which was primarily by Jimmy Cliff.

7/20/04 - Today I picked up Big Star's twofer #1 Record / Radio City, and I FINALLY picked up the Rolling Stones' Aftermath (UK version), another album that was on this list when I started it. I replaced the Big Star with another soundtrack - Superfly, primarily by Curtis Mayfield.

7/21/04 - Hot diggety damn! I picked up Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, and also, my order from SecondSpin came in. It included Marley's Natty Dread, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York (heh heh), Elvis Costello's Imperial Bedroom (hahahaha), and the soundtrack to The Harder They Come (LOL). I have replaced them with Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King, Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills 'n' Bellyaches, and the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

7/23/04 - Taking advantage of Borders's Rock Essentials sale, I picked up some more CDs for my trip to Florida: Queen's A Night at the Opera, the Kinks' Something Else by the Kinks, and Wire's Pink Flag. I have replaced them with Steely Dan's Aja, Parliament's Mothership Connection, and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen.

7/24/04 - Can't... stop... buying... CDs... Picked up two more Borders Rock Essentials - U2's War and the Replacements' Let It Be (which I coulda sworn was on here, but it's not) - as well as Franz Ferdinand's self-titled album, which was curiously cheap. Me replace with the Doors' L.A. Woman and Modest Mouse's Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Me also add two other options for Stooges.

8/4/04 - Damn, I've been neglecting this list. On two separate occasions, I picked up CSNY's Deja Vu, Modest Mouse's GNFPWLBN, the Specials' self-titled album, Velvet Underground's White Light / White Heat, and Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends. I'll replace them with Cream's Disraeli Gears, Radiohead's The Bends, Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind, Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills.

8/9/04 - Sometime in the last 5 days, I picked up Sonic Youth's Sister (which was never here), and I FINALLY got Van Morrison's It's Too Late to Stop Now. I replaced the latter with Public Image Ltd.'s Metal Box / Second Edition.

8/12/04 - Yesterday I picked up Neil Young's Tonight's the Night, as well as Johnny Cash's At San Quentin. To replace TTN, I think I'm going to give Portishead's Dummy a try, though I might be a fool for doing so.

8/12/04 - ...and I also picked up two albums from a really huge Tower Records store that I don't think I've ever seen in a retail store before (maybe I just wasn't looking hard enough): My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and the Afghan Whigs' 1965 (which was never on here). I'll replace Loveless with ABC's Lexicon of Love.

8/17/04 - Picked up P J Harvey's To Bring You My Love of late. I guess I'll replace it with her Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea.

8/20/04 - They were never on here, but I ordered Adam Again's Dig and Perfecta in the mail, and both came in today. Yay!

8/26/04 - On two separate occasions, I picked up Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, Al Green's Call Me, the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and David Bowie's Station to Station. I replaced them with Aerosmith's Rocks and the Police's Synchronicity. I also added some other P. J. Harvey options.

9/3/04 - Today my order for Mark Heard's Satellite Sky came in. Yay! On a related note, this will probably be the last obscure "Christian" rock album that I will buy based on lbangs's recommendation for a little while.

9/10/04 - Picked up the Stooges' Fun House. Also reordered the list so that it was in alphabetical order based on last name rather than first.

9/19/04 - Picked up the Stooges' Raw Power, the Shins' Oh, Inverted World, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn the Torpedoes. Sadly, this doesn't allow me to add any albums. So instead I'll just add some options for CCR.

10/10/04 - I bought Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Frank Zappa's Hot Rats of late. I'll replace them with and Janis Joplin's Pearl and American Music Club's Everclear (which I listened to snippets of long ago and really liked, only to find that it was out of print and rare copies were very expensive - but now it's back in print! Yay!)

10/26/04 - Yesterday I headed to Best Buy and picked up Parliament's Mothership Connection, Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, and the Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat. I'll replace them with two choices for Roxy Music and Randy Newman's 12 Songs.

10/27/04 - My Amazon order finally came in today, for American Music Club's Everclear and CCR's Green River. I replaced Everclear with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. UPDATE: This order from Amazon took a really long time. I complained to Amazon, asking why it took so long, and they responded by giving me a $5 credit. So Amazon is cool again in my book.

11/10/04 - My order of the wily and elusive Gang of Four's Entertainment! came in today. I'll replace it with my stooky-recommended CD, the Palace Brothers' There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You.

11/13/04 - My order of Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy and The Jam's Sound Affects came in today. Woo-hoo! I replaced Psychocandy with Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose.

12/6/04 - Oops, forgot to update. A while back I bought Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn. I'll replace it with Arcade Fire's Funeral.

12/15/04 - In a moment of extreme bravery, or perhaps extreme stupidity, I picked up BOTH Portishead's Dummy and Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica. As replacement, I'm going to bite the bullet even further and put on Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Oh, and also, the Ramones' Rocket to Russia.

12/24/04 - When I got home from college, I had some sweet birthday gifts still waiting for me: Jimi Hendrix's Axis: Bold as Love and the tricked-out 30th anniversary edition of Aladdin Sane. I also picked up Pavement's Westing (by Musket and Sextant) at some point, though it was never on here. I replaced the Hendrix with Richard and Linda Thompson's I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.

12/27/04 - Yesterday I bought the Ramones' Rocket to Russia as well as Brian Wilson's SMiLE. I replaced Rocket to Russia with Road to Ruin.

1/1/05 - Happy new year! Of late I picked up Steely Dan's Aja. I'll just throw on Countdown to Ecstasy to replace it.

1/3/05 - I recently aquired the Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East. I'll replace it with the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society.

1/4/05 - I've been going music-buying crazy lately! Before I even listened to At Fillmore East, I picked up Second Edition, as well as Crosby, Stills, and Nash's first album. For Second Edition's replacement, I decided it was finally time to try a whole Smashing Pumpkins album, so I'll add Siamese Dream.

1/9/05 - Today I used a friend's computer to burn two CDs. One was Radiohead's The Bends, which I replaced with the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs. For the other, I decided to try the Streets' A Grand Don't Come for Free.

1/10/05 - Two separate orders from half.com came in today - Lou Reed's New York and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. I replaced them with Reed's Berlin and B.B. King's Live at the Regal.

1/12/05 - Yesterday I bought the Doors' L.A. Woman, and today two CDs I had ordered came in: Curtis Mayfield's Superfly and the Arcade Fire's Funeral. I henceforth replaced them with Hole's Live Through This, the Human League's Dare, and the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime.

1/19/05 - My order of Pulp's Different Class came in ages ago, but I've forgotten to update until now. I'm finally going to replace it with the Pogues' Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash

1/28/05 - The superlatively wonderful Amber sent me five burned CDs in the mail: Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the Modern Lovers' self-titled album, Tom Waits's Rain Dogs, the Raincoats' self-titled album, and her secret Santa CD I Ain't a Hitter Anymore. In addition, I have listened to Carbon Leaf and An Innocent Man via my college network of iTunes, and also downloaded the songs onto my computer, so I guess I'll take those off. I'll replace all these with Michael Jackson's Off the Wall, T. Rex's Electric Warrior, and MC5's Kick Out the Jams.

2/27/05 - Yesterday I picked up Janis Joplin's Pearl, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory, and Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (I figure if I can't like the most acclaimed rap album of all-time, there's no hope for me). I replaced them with Ian Dury and the Blockheads' New Boots and Panties! and Kate Bush's Hounds of Love.

3/11/05 - Of late I have picked up Elvis Presley's self-titled album and ordered the Fiery Furnaces' EP and King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King. I'll add Elvis Presley's other self-titled album (Elvis) and, keeping with the Elvis theme, add the Elvis Costello album Trust. In addition, I've downloaded 69 Love Songs to my computer, so I'll replace that with Deep Purple's Machine Head.

3/17/05 - Tower Records is clearly the best CD store ever. It's not quite as cheap as Best Buy, but it is cheaper than Borders and Barnes and Noble, and it has a better selection than all three of those stores combined. I recently picked up three CDs that I have never seen for sale in any retail store: Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs, Richard and Linda Thompson's I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, and ABC's Lexicon of Love. I also bought Bob Marley's Catch a Fire of late but forgot to mark it off. Anyway, replacements: Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and Donald Fagen's The Nightfly.

4/11/05 - My order of Black Sabbath's Paranoid came in, so I'll replace it with The Meters' The Very Best of the Meters.

4/18/05 - Lots of updates, mainly because I'm too lazy to do staggered updates when each new CD I ordered comes in with every new day. So I picked up the Decemberists' Her Majesty, the Decemberists; Dan Bern's self-titled album; the Jam's All Mod Cons; and I also got Elvis Costello's Trust in the mail, only to find it wasn't the copy I wanted, so I sent it back. I'll probably order the right copy soon though. Anyway, after all that, I can only knock off All Mod Cons, so I'll replace it with Suicide's self-titled album.

4/20/05 - Okay, I picked up the Human League's Dare! / Love and Dancing (I don't think I'll ever listen to the latter half of the album, though). So I'll knock off Dare! As a replacement, I'm tired of T. Rex being alphabetically last on this list, so I'm going to add the Zombies' Odessey and Oracle.

4/30/05 - You guessed it, I picked up Elvis Costello's Trust. So what say I replace that with the Fiery Furnaces' Gallowsbird's Bark?

5/20/05 - Loads of updates, since I keep forgetting. Picked up the Byrds' Younger Than Yesterday and Lou Reed's Berlin at Barnes and Noble; picked up Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left at Best Buy; ordered the Fiery Furnaces' Gallowsbird's Bark from deepdiscountcd.com; ordered Rundgren's Nearly Human from the Amazon Marketplace; and, thanks to Napster to Go and a brilliant program called Tunebite, I burned myself a copy of Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man. Replacements: Pere Ubu's The Modern Dance; Dexy's Midnight Runners' Searching for the Young Soul Rebels; James Taylor's Sweet Baby James; the Who Sings My Generation; and the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.

7/4/05 - Yes, I really haven't bought that many albums lately, but I did pick up Bob Marley's Exodus, the New Pornographers' Mass Romantic, the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, and the Uncut sampler called The Original Funk/Soul Brothers and Sisters (or something like that). Replacements forthcoming: Husker Du's Zen Arcade and Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom.

7/28/05 - Mmkay, lately I've picked up the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, T. Rex's Electric Warrior and P.J. Harvey's Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. I will replace them with the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique and Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

8/3/05 - I picked up the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan. This album was never on here, which is good because now I don't have to think of a replacement.

8/10/05 - Of late I picked up Cream's Disraeli Gears, Sufjan Stevens's Illinois, and Midnight Oil's Earth and Sun and Moon. Replacement = Moby Grape's self-titled album.

8/30/05 - At some point I ordered REM's Life's Rich Pageant, which came in. Last night I picked up the New Pornographers' Twin Cinema. No replacements.

10/6/05 - Lately I picked up Tom Waits's Swordfishtrombones and Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend. No replacements.

11/13/05 - Man, do I suck. To anyone who ever praised me for buying enough albums to keep this list steadily rolling, or to anyone who enjoyed my (somewhat) constant flow of reviews, I apologize. Luckily for the first group of people, I picked up the Ramones' Road to Ruin and the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. Unluckily for the second group, I'm not writing any reviews today. But I am replacing those two albums with Miles Davis's Bitches Brew and John Cale's Paris 1919.

12/25/05 - I continue to suck. I picked up some albums a while ago but never updated: Elvis Presley's Elvis, Ray Charles's Modern Sounds in Country/Western Music, and Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister. Modern Sounds shall be replaced with the Smiths' Singles compilation.

1/4/06 - Happy new year! Lately I've either received or bought: Rolling Stones' Some Girls, Elvis Presley's From Elvis in Memphis, Tom Waits's Closing Time, the Smiths' Singles, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, and Isaac Hayes's Hot Buttered Soul. Replacements will be X's Los Angeles, Bobby Bland's Two Steps From the Blues, Chic's Risque, and Johnny Cash's compilation The Complete Original Sun Singles. I also added Sketches of Spain for Miles Davis.

2/6/06 - Of late I picked up the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack; the Pogues' Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash; and Dexy's Midnight Runners' Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. Replacements are Elvis Costello's Get Happy!!, De La Soul's 3 Ft. High and Rising, and Frank Zappa's Uncle Meat.

3/7/06 - I recently picked up Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul and Randy Newman's Sail Away. No replacements.

4/22/06 - Sometime in the last five years I picked up Miles Davis's A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Tim Buckley's Happy Sad, The Cramps' Songs the Lord Taught Us, Captain Beefheart's Safe as Milk, and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen. Crossing off that last one, replacing it with Sleater-Kinney's Call the Doctor.

4/28/06 - Of late I picked up Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights, Built to Spill's Perfect From Now On, Aerosmith's Rocks, and Dogbowl's Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain. I'll replace Rocks with The English Beat's I Just Can't Stop It!

6/13/06 - So I kinda suck at keeping this list updated. Lessee, off the top of my head... got the Fiery Furnaces' Bitter Tea and the Flying Burrito Bros' Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe (a twofer) at Tower Records today; ordered Suicide's debut and Husker Du's Zen Arcade from Barnes and Noble a while ago; bought Steely Dan's Countdown to Ecstasy from Borders about a week ago; picked up Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and Elvis Costello's Get Happy!! from a used music store a while ago; and bought De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, Mates of State's Team Boo, and Radiohead's The Bends at various trips to Best Buy. Replacements:

1. Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers
2. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
3. Fugazi - Repeater
4. Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
5. Tim Buckley - Lorca
6. Gun Club - Fire of Love
7. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

7/3/06 - Recently I picked up Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On and replaced it with Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball.

7/6/06 - I picked up Dexy's Midnight Runners' Too-Rye-Ay and X's Los Angeles at Virgin Megastore's 80s sale. Replaced Los Angeles with the Faces' A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse.

8/7/06 - Sorry, guys, I don't remember when, but at some point in the last month I picked up the Police's Synchronicity and Pere Ubu's The Modern Dance. Replaced them with the O'Jays' Back Stabbers and Mercury Rev's Yerself Is Steam.

8/23/06 - I recently picked up Kate Bush's Hounds of Love and Miles Davis's Bitches Brew. I shall replace Hounds of Love with a jazz album - Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come.

9/26/06 - I picked up Weird Al Yankovic's new album Straight Outta Lynwood. No replacements.

10/20/06 - Yo, check it, today I picked up the Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden, the Faces' A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... to a Blind Horse, and the Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace With God. Replacements would be Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! and Warren Zevon's self-titled album.

11/19/06 - From secondspin.com I ordered Lisa Germano's Geek the Girl, Chic's Risqué, Mercury Rev's Yerself Is Steam, Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers, and the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Replacements for the middle three: Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die, the Soft Boys' Underwater Moonlight, and Massive Attack's Blue Lines.

11/24/06 - My Black Thursday purchase from Record and Tape Traders included John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Joseph Arthur's Come to Where I'm From, Sinéad O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, and Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Added Can's Tago Mago to replace Cheap Thrills.

12/22/06 - Today I picked up David Bowie's Heroes and B.B. King's Live at the Regal. Replacements: X-Ray Spex's Germ Free Adolescents and McLusky's McLusky Do Dallas.

1/1/07 - At Record and Tape Traders' New Years Day sale, I picked up (for very little money) Hole's Live Through This, The Cure's Disintegration, Deep Purple's Machine Head, and on an impulse buy, Blood Meridian's Kick Up the Dust. Replacements: John Prine's self-titled album and Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch.

1/4/07 - Today Roxy Music's self-titled album, which I ordered from Amazon, came in. No replacements since Avalon is still there.

4/10/07 - I picked up Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' Hearts of Oak and Built to Spill's There's Nothing Wrong With Love. No replacements.

5/5/07 - Recently I've picked up McLusky's The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire, The Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man, Elliott Smith's From a Basement on a Hill, and the Apples in Stereo's New Magnetic Wonder. Replaced the Byrds album with the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication.

5/12/07 - Issued the following message:

This list has been in need of a major overhaul for quite some time. There was some point in time when I decided that if I downloaded an album but did not physically have a copy of the CD, I wouldn't cross it off this list. This was for two reasons: (1) I wanted to still consider buying the CD, for the purpose of having the full package without any quality issues regarding the bitrate, and (2) since I'm already keeping tabs on every movie I watch and every CD I buy on this site, I did not feel like keeping you posted on every single album I downloaded.

Today, however, I changed my mind about this practice. There have certainly been times when I've bought a CD that I had already downloaded, but those aren't the albums I'm primarily focused on purchasing, so I'm not going to keep them on the list anymore. So I have crossed off the downloaded albums from this list and added a ton more that I don't have in any way, shape, or form. I will from now on keep you updated whenever I download or buy one of these albums.

I then crossed out the following albums that I have downloaded:
(1) The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
(2) Chuck Berry - The Anthology
(3) Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
(4) Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
(5) J. Geils Band - Monkey Island
(6) P J Harvey - Rid of Me
(7) Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
(8) Massive Attack - Blue Lines
(9) Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
(10) Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom

Also, I recently picked up the following albums, most of which were on a trip to Best Buy when I was eager to blow some gift cards (albums with asterisks are the ones that were on this list):
(1) John Prine - self-titled*
(2) Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
(3) The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle*
(4) X-Ray Spex - Germ-Free Adolescents*
(5) Can - Tago Mago*
(6) Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On! (new awesome remaster)
(7) Sly and the Family Stone - Stand! (new awesome remaster)*
(8) Sly and the Family Stone - Fresh (new awesome remaster)

And to replace the fourteen albums that are now gone, I picked:
(1) Average White Band - AWB
(2) Black Flag - Damaged
(3) Buena Vista Social Club - self-titled
(4) Nick Cave - The Boatman's Call
(5) The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
(6) Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation
(7) Husker Du - New Day Rising
(8) Nico - Desertshore
(9) Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour
(10) Pop Group - Y
(11) Paul Simon - self-titled
(12) Sparks - Kimono My House
(13) X - Wild Gift
(14) XTC - Drums and Wires / English Settlement

Finally, I added American Recording to the Johnny Cash listing, Siren to the Roxy Music listing, Check Your Head to the Beastie Boys listing, Amazing Grace to the Aretha Franklin listing, and Good Old Boys to the Randy Newman listing.

5/20/07 - I recently picked up Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus and MC5's Kick Out the Jams, and received Tom Waits's the Heart of Saturday Night as a gift. I replaced Kick out the Jams with Tricky's Maxinquaye.

5/22/07 - Today I picked up Traffic's Mr. Fantasy (mostly because Borders insisted I commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love) and Spirit's Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. No replacements.

5/24/07 - I ordered Throw the Beat in the Garbagecan's Cool EP, mostly because I liked the band name and it was one cent (plus shipping) on Amazon Marketplace, and it came in today. No replacements.

5/28/07 - Can't... stop... buying... albums... Today I picked up LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver and Elliott Smith's Either/Or. No replacements.

6/9/07 - I ordered Average White Band's AWB, Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must Go, and Sugar's Copper Blue. All came in today. I replaced AWB with the Magnetic Fields' The Charm of the Highway Strip.

6/13/07 - I got Moby Grape's self-titled album from the library and ripped it to my computer. Replaced it with the Undertones' self-titled album.

6/16/07 - I got the Pet Shop Boys' Behaviour from the library and ripped it to my computer. Replaced it with Laura Nyro's Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.

6/17/07 - I ordered Frank Zappa's Uncle Meat, the Soft Boys' Underwater Moonlight, and Cornershop's When I Was Born for the 7th Time. They all came in today. I replaced the first two albums with Nine Inch Nails' Downward Spiral and Muddy Waters' At Newport.

6/29/07 - I got the O'Jays' Back Stabbers from the library and ripped it to my computer. I replaced it with Bob Marley's Burnin'.

7/7/07 - Today I picked up Richard Hell and the Voidoids' Blank Generation and Guided by Voices' Bee Thousand. I also ripped Nine Inch Nails' Downward Spiral. Replaced Blank Generation and Downward Spiral with Funkadelic's Maggot Brain and Boogie Down Productions' Criminal Minded.

7/13/07 - Today I picked up They Might Be Giants' new album The Else. No replacements.

7/19/07 - Today I ripped Buena Vista Social Club's self-titled album, Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, and The Magnetic Fields' The Charm of the Highway Strip. For replacements, let's say Of Montreal's The Gay Parade, Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' Rattlesnakes, and Mott the Hoople's Mott.

8/25/07 - I recently picked up CCR's Willy and the Poorboys, Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Bloc Party's Silent Alarm, and Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The fact that I bought the Elton John album is especially momentous because that was the only album that was on the original incarnation of this list when I made it over four years ago. I replaced the CCR and the Elton John with Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes and Black Uhuru's Red. Oh, and I also ripped Roxy Music's Siren to my computer (no replacements).

12/19/07 - Semester-end roundup. At some points, I picked up Donald Fagen's The Nightfly, They Might Be Giants' The Spine Surfs Alone EP, and Barenaked Ladies' BNL Are Men. Today I picked up the awesome Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins edition as well as the Stooges' self-titled album. I replaced the Nightfly and the Stooges with The National's Boxer and The Fall's This Nation's Saving Grace. I also added Live! to Bob Marley.

2/6/08 - Sorry guys, I've been neglecting this list. Recently I've bought:

1) Kanye West's The College Dropout
2) Johnny Cash's The Complete Original Sun Singles
3) Todd Rundgren's Todd
4) The National's Boxer
5) Supergrass's I Should Coco
6) Elvis Costello's Armed Forces
7) Of Montreal's The Gay Parade
8) The Breeders' Last Splash
9) The Beta Band's The Three EP's
10) Counting Crows' August and Everything After
11) Gun Club - Fire of Love

I replaced Armed Forces, Fire of Love, Boxer, and The Gay Parade with:

1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Yeah Yeah Yeahs [EP]
2) Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse
3) The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3
4) The Mekons - Fear and Whiskey

6/2/08 - Sometime at some point I picked up the Undertones' self-titled album, the Kings of Leon's Youth and Young Manhood, and the Beta Band's The Three E.P.'s. Replacement: the Mountain Goats' Tallahassee.

6/9/08 - I recently bought Fig Dish's That's What Love Songs Often Do and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band's Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse. Replacement: The Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter.

6/10/08 - I got Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose and James Taylor's Sweet Baby James from the library and ripped them to my computer. Replacements: Joanna Newsom's Ys and John Coltrane's Giant Steps.

6/11/08 - I picked up Trash Can Sinatras' I've Seen Everything, which like the Fig Dish album is from this hilariously oxymoronic list. Eager for some obscure recommendations, I basically have been picking the albums and bands that have the best names and looking into them. In case you were wondering, I also downloaded LMNOP's Elemen Opee Elpee and the Sneetches' Sometimes That's All We Have, the former being one of my favorite album titles on there and the latter being one of my favorite band names. Both are probably inferior to Throw That Beat in the Garbagecan's Not Particularly Silly, but I have yet to nail that one down. Anyway, no replacements.

6/13/08 - I ordered Sparks' Kimono My House, which came in today. As a replacement, I think it might be finally time to give the Talking Heads another chance, so I'll put Fear of Music on here.

6/14/08 - I ordered John Cale's Paris 1919, Funkadelic's Maggot Brain, and the Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter using some Best Buy gift cards I got for graduation, which came in today. Replacements: Eric B & Rakim's Paid in Full, the Extra Glenns' Martial Arts Weekend, and Bad Brains' I Against I.

7/23/08 - I recently picked up Tricky's Maxinquaye. I also downloaded Joanna Newsom's Ys and Aretha Franklin's 30 Greatest Hits from the library. For replacements, I will select Bruce Cockburn's Humans and the Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.

8/19/08 - Around the end of July, I picked up Ween's Chocolate and Cheese and Nick Cave's The Boatman's Call. Yesterday I picked up Faith No More's The Real Thing on a random whim. Today I went to Best Buy and picked up Steely Dan's Gaucho and Rod Stewart's Never a Dull Moment because I wanted to try some of Stephen Thomas Erlewine's recommendations. To that effect, I'm replacing the Boatman's Call with Rockpile's Seconds of Pleasure.

10/22/08 - I recently picked up the Isley Brothers' 3+3, Rockpile's Seconds of Pleasure, and Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out. I replaced the first two with a couple albums each by Sparks and Ween.

12/10/08 - I recently picked up:

(1) The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
(2) Fugazi - Repeater + 3 Songs
(3) XTC - Drums and Wires
(4) Elastica - self-titled
(5) Urge Overkill - Saturation
(6) Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
(7) Muddy Waters - At Newport

I also picked up Ween's The Mollusk from the library and ripped it to my computer.

(1) The Smithereens - Green Thoughts
(2) The Spinners - self-titled
(3) Suede - self-titled / Dog Man Star
(4) Bob Seger - Night Moves

Tune in next time for artists that DON'T start with an S!

12/30/08 - The holiday spoils have been grand, ladies and gentlemen! Lately I have acquired:

(1) The English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It!
(2) Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes AND Mott
(3) Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves
(4) Roxy Music - Avalon
(5) Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool

I shall replace with:

(1) Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
(2) Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
(3) Olivia Tremor Control – Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle
(4) Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

I also added some more options for Husker Du and Talking Heads.

01/07/09 - I decided my purchases had been skewing too far towards classic rock lately, so I decided to splurge on some albums from this still-hysterically incongruous list, for some enjoyable but extremely obscure 90s rock. I picked up the Continental Drifters' Vermilion as well as Too Much Joy's Mutiny (which admittedly is not on the list, but Green Eggs and Crack was too hard-to-find and the All Music Guide thinks Mutiny is better anyway). And there's more coming.

1/10/09 - I told you there was more coming: the Smithereens' Green Thoughts, the Loud Family's Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, and Trampoline's I Want One of Everybody. For a somewhat less obscure cluster of albums, I recently picked up some albums from the library and ripped them to my computer: the Feelies' Crazy Rhythms, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' self-titled EP, Husker Du's New Day Rising, Talking Heads' More Songs About Buildings and Food, and Bob Marley's Burnin'.

For replacements, I went with three early Rolling Stones albums, three Dave Edmunds albums, and two Jane's Addiction albums. I'm thinking of changing the name of this list to 62 Albums I Really Should Get Sometime.

02/08/09 - Today I ripped The Move's Shazam!

02/16/09 - Today I ripped Kanye West's Late Registration to my computer. No replacements.

02/19/09 - So lately I've picked up (got tired of Arabic numerals):

(i) Olivia Tremor Control's Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle
(ii) the Cranberries' Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
(iii) the Descendents' Two Things At Once which includes Milo Goes to College as well as the EP Fat
(iv) Spiritualized's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
(v) Ween's Pure Guava
(vi) Johnny Cash's American Recordings
(vii) The Ladybug Transistor's Beverley Atonale

And ripped from the library:

(i) Eric B & Rakim's Paid in Full
(ii) Husker Du's Warehouse: Songs and Stories
(iii) Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking
(iv) Bob Marley's Burnin'

And replaced them with:

(i) Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
(ii) Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
(iii) Little Feat - Dixie Chicken / Sailin' Shoes
(iv) Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle
(v) John Martyn - Solid Air

And added as options:

(i) The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
(ii) Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
(iii) Bad Brains - self-titled

And then decided to:

(i) take a nap.

02/23/09 - Today I ripped George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... to my computer. No replacements.

02/24/09 - Picked up the Extra Glenns' Martial Arts Weekend and replaced it with Motorhead's No Sleep Til Hammersmith.

02/28/09 - I got Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and the Crickets' The Chirpin' Crickets and ripped them to my computer. Replacement: King Sunny Adé - Juju Music.

03/12/09 - Today I borrowed Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell from a friend and ripped it.

03/13/09 - I got the Mountain Goats' Tallahassee, Soft Machine's Third, and The The's Soul Mining from the library and ripped them to my computer. I replaced Tallahassee with two Fairport Convention albums (Liege and Lief and Unhalfbrickinng).

03/18/09 - I ordered Warren Zevon's self-titled album and Flight of the Conchords' EP The Distant Future off Amazon. Replaced the Zevon with Todd Rundgren's Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren.

03/21/09 - I ordered Barenaked Ladies' Pinch Me single and Adam Again's Homeboys off Amazon. No replacements.

03/25/09 - Today I ripped the Hold Steady's Almost Killed Me.

03/31/09 - I ordered The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators off Amazon. No replacements.

04/05/09 - Today in a used CD store they were having a three-for-$10 sale. On a whim I picked up two CDs by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Let's Face It and Question the Answers) as well as Heather Nova's Oyster. No replacements.

04/20/09 - Today I ripped Joe Jackson's Night and Day. No replacements.

04/29/09 - The Virgin Megastore in Union Square is closing up shop. I decided to take advantage of their sale and pick up Van Dyke Parks's Song Cycle, Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, Scott Walker's Scott 4, and Jenny Lewis's Acid Tongue. Replacements: Blue Nile's Hats and the Slits' Cut.

05/14/09 - Today I picked up Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, Dave Edmunds's Repeat When Necessary, Paul McCartney's Ram, and Joni Mitchell's Hejira. I also ripped Paul Simon's self-titled album and Van Halen's 1984 to my computer. For a replacement, I went with Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust.

05/15/09 - My friend was giving away some of her stuff before she moved to a new apartment, so I picked up some odds and ends - Too Much Joy's Cereal Killers, the Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free, and two CDs by Joseph Arthur: And the Thieves Are Gone and Our Shadows Will Remain. No replacements.

05/16/09 - I ordered Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief and Todd Rundgren's Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, and they came in today. Replacements: two Sinatra albums (In the Wee Small Hours and Watertown) and Augustus Pablo's King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.

05/19/09 - Today I picked up two Rolling Stones albums: Rolling Stones Now! and England's Newest Hitmakers. No replacements.

05/20/09 - Today I ripped the following albums: Ween's Quebec and Prince's Dirty Mind. No replacements.

06/22/09 - Today I ripped Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die and Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense. Let's replace Ready to Die with another rap album: Outkast's Aquemini.

06/23/09 - Today I picked up Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson. No replacements.

07/03/09 - Ripped Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns. No replacements.

07/13/09 - Still on that Mighty Mighty Bosstones kick, I saw More Noise and Other Disturbances for the right price at a used book sale and decided I had to pick it up. I also ripped Tom Waits's Bone Machine and Dr. John's Gris-Gris. No replacements.

07/29/09 - Ripped Billy Bragg's Talking with the Taxman About Poetry today. No replacements.

08/04/09 - Okay, so today I ripped Tom Waits's Alice; Sparks's Lil' Beethoven; The Black Keys' thickfreakness; Frank Zappa's Over-Nite Sensation; and two Gogol Bordello albums (Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony and Voi-La Intruder). No replacements.

08/07/09 - Aaaand today I ripped Air's Moon Safari, Lucinda Williams's self-titled album, Menomena's Friend and Foe, Robyn Hitchcocks' I Often Dream of Trains, and El-P's I'll Sleep When You're Dead. No replacements.

08/10/09 - Today was just one album after another. I realized I hadn't heard any 2009 albums so far, so I went right out and decided to buy Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, the Fiery Furnaces' I'm Going Away, and Todd Snider's The Excitement Plan. Then while I was at the CD store, I saw a Michael Jackson tribute section and remembered that I wanted to pick up Bad, so I did. Then since I was near the library, I stopped by and picked up Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign, which I ripped. It just so happened that the CD I had ordered - Blue Nile's Hats - also came in the mail today. I think I shall replace Hats with Galaxie 500's On Fire.

09/04/09 - Today I ripped Bad Brains' I Against I and The Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium. No replacements.

09/22/09 - Today I received Randy Newman's Good Old Boys, Ian Dury and the Blockheads' New Boots and Panties, Tim Buckley's Lorca, and Laura Nyro's Eli and the Thirteenth Confession in the mail. I replaced them with the Sonics' Here Are the Sonics, Run-DMC's self-titled album, and Bonnie Prince Billy's I See a Darkness.

10/09/09 - Today I ripped the Meters' The Very Best of the Meters. Replaced it with Quicksilver Messenger Service's Happy Trails.

11/01/09 - This weekend I picked up Uncut's compilation of selections from their 150 best albums of the decade, and Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain. No replacements.

11/04/09 - Today I picked up Primal Scream's XTRMNTR and the Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. No replacements.

11/08/09 - Today I picked up The Las' self-titled album. No replacements.

11/12/09 - Today I picked up the Flamin' Groovies' Teenage Head and the Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca. No replacements.

11/16/09 - Today I ripped Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, Wilco's Wilco (The Album), and Suede's Dog Man Star. No replacements.

11/19/09 - Today I picked up The Fugees' The Score. No replacements.

11/24/09 - Today I ripped the Slits' Cut, Pop Group's Y, Little Richard's Here's Little Richard, and PJ Harvey's Rid of Me. I replaced the first two with the Chills' Submarine Bells and two Thin Lizzy albums (Jailbreak and Live and Dangerous).

12/01/09 - Today I bought Ryan Adams's Heartbreaker. No replacements.

12/12/09 - Lately I've ripped Nick Cave's Tender Prey, Randy Newman's 12 Songs, and Boogie Down Productions' Criminal Minded. Replacements shall be Neil Young's Ragged Glory and Daft Punk's Homework.

12/18/09 - Today I ripped The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken and the Kinks' Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). No replacements.

12/30/09 - Today I picked up Etta James's At Last! I also ordered the Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and Talking Heads' Fear of Music, which came in today. I replaced the Small Faces album with Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon. I also added Discovery as an option for Daft Punk, Pick of the Litter as an option for the Spinners, and You've Never Seen Everything as an option for Bruce Cockburn.

01/03/10 - Today I ripped Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous. No replacements.

01/08/10 - Today I ripped the Rolling Stones' Between the Buttons, the Super Furry Animals' Fuzzy Logic, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz, and Kraftwerk's Die Mensch Machine. Unwilling to remove the Rolling Stones from this list quite yet as they've probably been here since its inception, I'm going to replace Between the Buttons with Out of Our Heads.

01/19/10 - Galaxie 500's On Fire came in today, and I ripped Bjork's Debut and Jarvis Cocker's Further Complications. I replaced On Fire with a few more Bjork albums (Vespertine and Post).

02/14/10 - Today I bought Vampire Weekend's Contra and Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. No replacements.

04/20/10 - Happy Yom Ha'atzmaut. This list is in need of an update. I recently bought Bobby Bland's Two Steps From the Blues, Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours, and Daft Punk's Homework. I also ripped a host of other albums including M.I.A.'s Kala, MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, Bjork's Homogenic, Howlin' Wolf's debut, etc. Anyway, I replaced the Bobby Bland album with Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963.

05/19/10 - Today I picked up Bruce Cockburn's Humans. No replacements.

06/01/10 - Today I picked up LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening and Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals. No replacements.

06/04/10 - Today I ripped XTC's English Settlement and Outkast's Aquemini and also bought Nico's Desertshore. I replaced these three with Todd Rundgren's Hermit of Mink Hollow, Brinsley Schwarz's Nervous on the Road, and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors.

07/20/10 - Bought Juju Music today. Replaced it with Alexander "Skip" Spence's Oar.

08/05/10 - I bought Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. No replacements.

08/08/10 - I bought Frank Sinatra's Watertown. Replaced with Tom Waits's Mule Variations.

08/18/10 - Ripped Honky Tonk Heroes to my computer, so let's replace it with the Neville Brothers' Yellow Moon.

08/21/10 - Lately I picked up Jonathan Coulton's Thing-a-Week One and Two, Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, and the Modern Lovers' self-titled album. No replacements.

09/04/10 - Of late I have purchased Jonathan Coulton's Thing-a-Week Three and the Lightning Seeds' Cloudcuckooland. No replacements.

09/21/10 - I ordered Ted Leo's Tyranny of Distance and Too Much Joy's Green Eggs and Crack, both of which came in today. No replacements.

09/23/10 - Today I acquired music files for Paul McCartney's Band on the Run, Quicksilver Messenger Service's Happy Trails, and Black Flag's Damaged. I also bought Jonathan Coulton's Thing-a-Week Four. Replaced Damaged and Happy Trails with the Congos' Heart of the Congos and Kate and Anna McGarrigle's self-titled album.

10/02/10 - I ordered Procession's Musique Magnifique, which came in today. No replacements.

10/21/10 - Today I ripped Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady and Beach House's Teen Dream. I will replace Black Saint with U2's The Unforgettable Fire.

11/06/10 - Today I bought Steven Page's new album, Page One. No replacements.

11/08/10 - Today I ripped John Coltrane's Giant Steps, Richard Thompson's Mock Tudor, and the Mountain Goats' Nine Black Poppies. I'll replace Giant Steps with two options for Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley and Go Bo Diddley.

12/05/10 - Today I received for Chanukah the following albums: Husker Du's Flip Your Wig, Sparks's Hello Young Lovers, Brinsley Schwarz's Nervous on the Road/The New Favorites of Brinsley Schwarz, and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run: The 30th Anniversary Edition. I also ripped Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Two replacements: The B-52s' self-titled album and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's Supa Dupa Fly.

12/08/10 - Today I ripped Panda Bear's Person Pitch and Sam Cooke's One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square Club. I also received Kate and Anna McGarrigle's self-titled album as a birthday present. I have replaced the Cooke and the McGarrigles with David Bowie's Scary Monsters and two options for the 6ths: Wasps' Nests and Hyacinths and Thistles.

12/19/10 - Today I ripped the XX's self-titled album. No replacements.

12/31/10 - I ordered Cardinal's self-titled album and it came in today. No replacements.

01/07/11 - Today I ripped Boogie Down Productions' By All Means Necessary, Count Basie's The Complete Atomic Basie, Bruce Springsteen's The Promise, and Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. I also ordered Electric Light Orchestra's A New World Record, which came in today. No replacements.

01/21/11 - Ripped Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. No replacements.

02/04/11 - Ripped Ween's La Cucaracha and Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool. No replacements.

02/14/11 - Ripped Little Feat's Dixie Chicken and Bob Dylan's Live 1966, Royal Albert Hall Concert bootleg. No replacements.

02/15/11 - Bought Witch Hazel's Landlocked. No replacements.

03/03/11 - Don't ask me why, but I bought Katrina and the Waves' twofer that includes their self-titled album as well as the album Waves. No replacements.

04/29/11 - Ripped X's Wild Gift, bought the Sonics' Here Are the Sonics!!!, the 6ths' Hyacinths and Thistles, and Augustus Pablo's King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown. Three replacements: Sigur Ros's Agaetis Byrjun, A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory, and TV on the Radio's Dear Science.

05/06/11 - Ripped Jay-Z's The Black Album and Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Replaced the latter with Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle.

05/28/11 - Ripped the Smiths' Hatful of Hollow, the Who's Quadrophenia, and Burial's Untrue. Bought Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust and P.J. Harvey's Let England Shake. Replaced the Lowe album with Black Sabbath's self-titled album.

06/08/11 - Ripped the Libertines' Up the Bracket and the Roots' Things Fall Apart. No replacements.

06/14/11 - Bought U2's The Unforgettable Fire. Replaced it with Supergrass's In It For the Money.

06/22/11 - Bought Weird Al Yankovic's Alpocalypse. No replacements.

07/08/11 - Ripped Janelle Monae's Metropolis: The Chase Suite. No replacements.

07/20/11 - Bought They Might Be Giants' Join Us and the tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l. No replacements.

07/21/11 - Received some CDs from a friend: Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom. No replacements.

08/16/11 - Ripped The National's High Violet, the Drive-By Truckers' Decoration Day, Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon, the Black Keys' Brothers, and P.J. Harvey's Dry, and bought the Wild Beasts' Smother. Replaced the Paul Simon album with the Archers of Loaf's Icky Mettle.

09/28/11 - Ripped Cee-Lo Green's The Lady Killer and M83's Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts. No replacements.

10/15/11 - Bought They Might Be Giants' Album Raises New and Troubling Questions. No Replacements.

11/18/11 - Bought the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication. No replacements.

11/23/11 - Ripped Bonnie Prince Billy's I See a Darkness, Ry Cooder's Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, St. Vincent's Strange Mercy, The Clash's Sandinista!, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell, and Bjork's Post. Replaced I See a Darkness with James Brown's Sex Machine.

12/15/11 - Ripped Destroyer's Kaputt. No replacements.

12/30/11 - Received Tom Waits's Bad as Me and David Bowie's Scary Monsters as gifts. Replaced the latter with some Deep Purple albums.

01/10/12 - Bought Rick James's Street Songs and the B-52s' self-titled album. Replaced the latter with Prince's Parade.

01/17/12 - Received Archers of Loaf's Icky Mettle as a gift. I also bought Jellyfish's Bellybutton. Replaced the former with Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets.

That's definitely the best place to go next, it's not as immediately awesome but it uses the same formula as Kimono, and probably has catchier songs too. After that I guess you could try the debut or Big Beat, if nothing else get ahold of the song "Dick Around", which may actually be the best Sparks song ever (and it was written 35 years into their career!!)

i strongly recommend you getting either Flip Your Wig or Between The Buttons Next. neither will shock your system, and both are fun (very good) rock albums.

I figured it was about time for my somewhat-annual album thought update. However, I haven’t updated this list with the albums I’ve actually heard in quite some time. So I’m going to do it in a few installments. Part one:

Maxinquaye – A hip-hop album in the style of Blue Lines. Very good, but unlike Blue Lines, it doesn’t seem to stick in my brain.

Ys – Well-made and unique, but I admire the craftsmanship (or craftswomanship) more than I actually feel like listening to it.

30 Greatest Hits – Good stuff, Aretha.

Chocolate and Cheese – The first Ween album I heard. Why didn’t anyone tell me I had to be listening to this band like five years ago? Come on guys, you knew I liked Weird Al and They Might Be Giants. This is a terrifically weird album, if a little uneven. There are some weak spots in the first half, but the second is incredibly strong. My favorite: “Buenas Tardes Amigo,” an Ennio Morricone send-up that toes the line between epic Western drama and hilariously overblown parody.

The Boatman's Call – I prefer Abbattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus, but this is an excellent, more low-key side of Mr. Cave. I think my favorite songs are the middle two (the ones with questions as titles) but it is also hard to argue with a song that has the lyric, “This useless old fucker with his twinkling cunt doesn’t care if he gets hurt.” Least favorite: “Black Hair.”

The Real Thing – Mind-blowing, thrilling punk-rap. I knew the transcendently weird “Epic” from Rock Band, but there’s a lot of other terrific songs here. Unfortunately, the one with the best title is probably the worst song (“Surprise! You’re Dead!”).

Gaucho – I feel gypped. This was on Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s list of favorite albums, but his review is actually pretty negative. While still good, it is probably the worst Steely Dan album I’ve heard, though I do really like the title track and “Time Out of Mind.”

Never a Dull Moment – I agree, Mr. Stewart. Although the end result still doesn’t add up to an album as good as Every Picture Tells a Story.

3+3 – Some of the best funk/soul out there.

Seconds of Pleasure – Innovative? Nah. Affecting? Nope. This album just. Fucking. Rocks. Seriously, you other rock bands should be taking notes.

Dig Me Out – Sneering girl punk for the modern age. Favorite: “Little Babies.”

This Nation's Saving Grace – Pitchfork has overrated this, but it’s still a great album. I’m impressed with its ability to seem bleak and nihilistic while also incredibly catchy.

Repeater + 3 Songs – Another good album that never really lingers with me.

Drums and Wires – I always like XTC. But I LOVE Skylarking and Apple Venus Vol. 1.

Elastica – Good, but Erlewine overrates this IMHO. The songs are hit-or-mess. For 90s girl punk, I’ll take Dig Me Out.

Saturation – As for this, Erlewine was right on the money. One ferocious rocker after another. Favorite: Probably “Positive Bleeding,” although “The Stalker” has been really stuck in my head lately.

Rattlesnakes – Clever, literate, catchy 80s pop.

At Newport – Like Live at the Regal, this is one of those albums that really engages me with the blues.

The Mollusk – Probably my favorite album of this chunk, I cannot tell you how much I love The Mollusk. Ween cranks out a nautical-themed CD where every song is of a different genre and yet it still holds together as a unified concept album. What’s more, the song quality is astonishingly consistent. Picking favorite songs would merely showcase my favorite genres, but rest assured that the whole album is awesome.

I Just Can't Stop It! – It’s skariffic!

All the Young Dudes/Mott – The former is a Britrock record that is great fun and showcases its excellent title track. The latter is more variegated, resulting in an album that is richer and still enjoyable. Favorite: Probably “Ballad of Mott the Hoople.”

Night Moves – Like Springsteen but a little funkier. I actually loved this album more than I’d care to admit. The title track is a masterpiece.

Avalon – Jeez, Bryan Ferry, put me to sleep why doncha? I’d rather do the strand.

Jesus of Cool – Like Rockpile but funnier. That Nick Lowe is a cheeky little bastard, isn’t he? Favorite: Probably “Nutted by Reality.”

Vermilion – Fantastic, incredibly catchy, underrated alt-country. More importantly, Continental Drifters is one of the best band names ever. On the other hand, “Heart, Home” is one of the worst song names ever. It’s also probably the weakest song here, though still decent. The epic “Daddy Just Wants It To Rain” is heart-wrenching, but it’s just one of many standouts here, including “I Want to Learn to Waltz With You” and, hell, the first three tracks.

Mutiny/Cereal Killers – These rockin’ power-pop albums are loads of fun, but Too Much Joy sound like they had even more fun recording it. Standouts: “Donna Everywhere” and “Sort of Haunted House” on the former, “King of Beers” on the latter.

Green Thoughts – I had high hopes for this album and was kinda disappointed. Bland 80s pop/rock. Still pretty good though.

Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things – These guys remind me of TMBG, they have a knack for hiding melancholy emotions in incredibly enjoyable, bouncy songs. Their sound also reminds me of Apples in Stereo. Anyway, a great album, probably the best of this particular wave of Scaruffi’s favorite pop albums.

I Want One of Everybody – Lo-fi and incredibly obscure. A little too murky for me but still pretty good.

Crazy Rhythms – Weird and meandering yet insanely fascinating. The songs kinda blend together for me but the overall impact is truly unique.

Okay, I updated the albums I've gotten and wrote another chunk. Here is part two:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – A more raw, sexual side of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs than I’ve previously heard. It works in a big way. Well, technically in a little way since this is an EP.

New Day Rising/Warehouse: Songs and Stories – Both of these take the Zen Arcade sound in more accessible directions while leaving the sound beneath a hazy fuzz. I personally find the latter album far more memorable, but both are very good.

More Songs About Buildings and Food/Stop Making Sense – I used to dislike the Talking Heads, but luckily I’ve come around.

Shazam – A fun little gem of an album. I rather dig these epic tunes. Nice Move.

Late Registration – This may be a pretty uncool opinion in many circles, but I think this and College Dropout may be my two favorite rap albums. Kanye’s background music and collaborators are always well-done, and his raps are intelligent and passionate. Just listen to “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” – what other rapper would write a song about the irony that African-American rappers love buying diamonds and thereby supporting an industry that in turn exploits Africans… all the while sampling “Diamonds Are Forever?”

Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle – A top-notch indie rock album, bisected by the weird bird “Green Typewriters,” which goes on a bit too long. Favorite: “Jumping Fences” or “NYC-25.”

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? – I’m actually a sucker for Celtic music, so I loved this album. “Dreams” is the hit and probably my favorite song here, but there are many worthy competitors, such as “Sunday” and “Linger.”

Two Things At Once – Short, charmingly immature bursts of punk, akin to being slapped in the face. Okay, some songs on Milo Goes to College have some more room to breathe, like “Hope,” but the hilarious “Weinerschnitzel” on Fat is only 12 seconds long! I’m a little late, but R.I.P. Frank Navetta.

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space – Sometimes these druggy albums really wear me out listening to them. This is actually one of the better ones, but I honestly prefer the less trippy moments, such as “Come Together.”

Pure Guava – Speaking of druggy albums… Ween album #3 is hit or miss. I actually liked this more than I was expecting, given how inaccessibly weird I had heard it was. Favorite: “The Goin’ Get Tough From the Getgo.”

American Recordings – It’s the 90s. You’re not playing to prisoners. Yet you’ve still got it, Mr. Cash.

Beverley Atonale – Jonathan Richman meets Belle and Sebastian, and Pavement kinda hangs out in the corner as well. Another solid lo-fi Scaruffi pop album.

Paid in Full – Classic, acclaimed rap album. I enjoyed it but that’s about it. Favorite: “My Melody.”

Nothing's Shocking – On the first listen I thought this album was incredibly screechy and irritating. I actually liked it a bit better on the second listen, but still, I don’t think Jane’s Addiction is for me.

Burnin' – I am totally down for declaring this a highly underrated Bob Marley album. Every song is just terrific! I just wish I knew what “duppy” meant.

All Things Must Pass – Spiritual yet incredibly catchy music. Nice work, George. I even think the jams are pretty good, even though everyone hates them.

Endtroducing – Sorry guys. I tried, but I really couldn’t get into this.

Martial Arts Weekend – Basically the Mountain Goats with one or two more instruments. I love the Mountain Goats and I love musical instruments, so... Actually, I really wanted to get this because the opening track is called “Baltimore.” I love that song but “The River Song” and “Going to Marrakesh” are just as good. I’m frustrated by “Memories”; I think I want it to be better than it actually is.

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Has some slow spots, but for the most part this is a really compelling rock opera with lots of haunting imagery. Too many standouts to list.

The Chirpin’ Crickets – I had already heard most of these songs on my Buddy Holly compilation. Which should probably tell you that this is a pretty top-notch Buddy Holly album.

Bat Out of Hell – I must admit I became mildly addicted to the title track, a blistering rock epic that could get anyone charged up. The rest of the album is still pretty good. Youthfully silly at times.

Tallahassee – “No Children” is up there with the best songs I’ve ever heard. The rest of the album is also fantastic, amounting to one of the Mountain Goats’ best albums. Darnielle’s always great, but he’s best with this and Sunset Tree – I guess I prefer his albums that have strong unifying concepts.

Third – Four overlong jams that admittedly do manage to hold my attention for the most part. Very good stuff.

Soul Mining – Damn fine 80s power pop.

Warren Zevon – Listening to this album, you’ll probably hear multiple songs mention Jesse James as well as multiple songs that satirize the mythos of Los Angeles. That should probably give you a good sense of the album: influenced by the sights and sounds of L.A. yet steeped in a certain folksy tradition.

The Distant Future – “If You’re Into It” is one of the Conchords’ best songs.

Pinch Me – “Powder Blue” is one of BNL’s best songs.

Homeboys – The two other Adam Again albums I’ve heard focus more on themes of relationships and, er, digging, whereas this one is all about the troubles of inner city life and the escape through music. The two other Adam Again albums I’ve heard are better and more varied, but Homeboys is still a great album.

Almost Killed Me – I’m getting the sense that all the Hold Steady’s albums are the same. They all talk about the same parties/bar scene, they all talk about someone named Charlemagne, and they all feature about two songs where Craig Finn decides to actually sing instead of speak-singing. I’m okay with that because I like their style, but I think here they haven’t really perfected it. I prefer Boys and Girls in America.

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators – Whoa. Psychedelic.

Question the Answers – I’m so glad I decided to pick up these Mighty Mighty Bosstones albums. They’re not the best albums I’ve heard this year, but the might be the most fun. I never get sick of listening to them, partially because I’m a sucker for horns. Favorite track: “Toxic Toast.”

Let's Face It – This is a little poppier than Question the Answers, but I’m totally okay with that. Most people only know “The Impression That I Get” but there are other better songs here. “Noise Brigade” and “Numbered Days” are great, but I’ve been totally obsessed with “Another Drinkin’ Song.” Just listen to the way it depicts the different sides of alcohol addiction. It repeats the chorus multiple times, yet the first time it sounds like a dirge (albeit a ska-dirge), and the last time the sadness has been replaced by a drunken joviality. Fantastic.

Oyster – Earthy and catchy. I picked this up on a total whim, and I’m glad I did.

Night and Day – I knew and loved “Steppin’ Out” before hearing this. It turns out that writing more songs with a similar sound as “Steppin’ Out” is not a stable strategy. This album is pretty uneven but I do really like the first and last track.

Part the third (and final):

Song Cycle - A chamber pop tour de force. Expansive and wonderfully engaging.

Scott 4 - Like Song Cycle, a 60s album that's on the obscure side, but really excellent and highly consistent. Love the Seventh Seal song.

Maiden Voyage - I won't pretend that I can intellectually evaluate jazz albums, but I know what I like, and this is great stuff.

Acid Tongue - Of the five mixes I received over the course of last year, three of them contained Acid Tongue songs. Now it's easy to see why. Jenny Lewis's voice is gorgeous and lilting, but the songs have meat to them. The epic "Next Messiah" is great, as is "Carpetbaggers," but my favorite might just be the title track.

Basement Tapes - Oftentimes I'm not a fan of recordings like this, of bands getting back to their folksy roots and saying pish-posh to studios. This particular album, however, represents a collaboration of two of the greatest artists of the 60s at the peak of their creative output, so of course it's awesome.

Repeat When Necessary - Rockpile fans could tell you how different Dave Edmunds's style was from Nick Lowe's and how much they clashed, but turns out they both create incredibly fun rock albums.

Ram - This album is an enigma to me. It was clearly very popular upon its release, selling very well in both the UK and US and generating enough of a splash to start a feud with John Lennon, who took exception with some of McCartney's lyrics. On the other hand, none of the songs are well-known today, and reviews of it are mixed, perhaps because it's not really the album that everyone expected from McCartney. As for the sound itself, it's incredibly infectious, despite the fact that its style is pretty far off from the big, bombastic rock he would later develop with Wings, but it sounds different from his Beatles output as well. Erlewine might be right on the money when he calls this "the first indie pop album, a record that celebrates small pleasures with big melodies"... but associating the former Beatle with anything indie is the most enigmatic thing of all. Standouts: "Monkberry Moon Delight," "The Back Seat of My Car."

Hejira - Pretty good but pales in comparison my favorite Joni Mitchell output (Blue and Court and Spark). I don't think this album is less original or less emotive, but the songs just aren't as good, and they're too long. She used to do more with less.

Paul Simon - Hey, turns out Paul Simon's great even when he's not influenced by African rhythms.

1984 - Van Halen rocks! And sometimes synths.

A Grand Don't Come For Free - I already knew I liked this, so this is cheating.

And the Thieves Are Gone/Our Shadows Will Remain - More accessible and less sparse than Come to Where I'm From, while still proving to be highly affecting and catchy.

Liege and Lief - Great British folk.

Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren - Finally after hearing some Todd Rundgren albums that are either far more weird or far less weird than his masterpiece Something/Anything?, I find an album that is equally weird. Love it.

Rolling Stones Now!/England's Newest Hitmakers - The Stones when they were just a bunch of hard-rockin' youths. Not as brilliant as their later work but still a blast to listen to.

Quebec - Ween album number 4. I actually found this pretty disappointing. It's just far more bland and uninvolving than the other Ween albums I've heard. The first half is pretty good, but then the soporific "Captain" brings the album to a crashing halt, from which it doesn't recover until the last song (which admittedly is probably my favorite song on the disc).

Dirty Mind - I've developed a better appreciation for Prince lately. This album is pretty good, though not as good as the other Prince albums I've heard.

Ready to Die - I'm not always big on rap, but I actually really enjoyed this album. The lyrics are clever throughout, and the songs are catchy. Up there with Blue Lines as one of my favorite rap albums of the 90s.

Histoire de Melody Nelson - Strangely captivating album that is at least half-classical. I have to read the translated lyrics though.


Okay, after this point, I really ought to listen to the albums more before I start commenting. Just so you know, I didn't always comment about the albums I heard without actually buying a physical CD, so let me go back and comment on a few.

The Meters' Look-Ka Py Py is too... instrumental. Decent but I prefer Rejuvenation.

The New Pornographers' Electric Version is just as awesome and infectious as their other albums I've heard. The New Pornographers might be the catchiest band of all-time. They have a knack for writing hooks that get permanently latched into my brain. Many standouts, but my favorite is probably "Chump Change."

Stiff Little Fingers' Inflammable Material is a fantastic, highly underrated punk album.

Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears' Flight of the Knife is mind-blowingly awesome. I once described this as: Queen meets Of Montreal and decides to come up with their own version of Ziggy Stardust. Every song is a multi-part suite layered with instrument over instrument, it's irresistibly catchy, and it all comes together for a ridiculously entertaining scifi epic.

Outkast's Stankonia I had already heard, but not until I ripped it did "I'll Call Before I Come" get stuck in my head for like a month.

Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson actually bored me a lot more than I was hoping. I thought this was album was supposed to be funny? "Coconut" is an inane novelty, "Without You" is classic of course, but the best song might be "Gotta Get Up."

Pavement's Brighten the Corners/Sonic Youth's Rather Ripped - It seems to me that these bands have a similar career trajectory. Both of them started off as wildly messy, noisy rockers and eventually polished up their act over the course of their career. The trick is to catch them when their albums are listenable yet still unique, i.e., the "Daydream Nation" acme. Sonic Youth's early career was, I understand, a bunch of noise; their late career is, well, this. Rather Ripped is a very good album, but it's scrubbed of most of what made Sonic Youth so original. It goes down smooth. Brighten the Corners is much the same way, although it also somehow puts the lyrics more front and center, and Malkmus could still write a killer song at this late stage of Pavement's existence. Favorites: "Shady Lane" and "Rats" respectively.

The Fratellis' Costello Music is highly recommended. Would I lie to you?

Sparks' A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing is a highly enjoyable precursor to Kimono My House. It's not as consistent as Kimono, but I certainly can't argue with a glam pop cover of "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music.

Madvillain's Madvillainy - Any rap album that references Pinky and the Brain has got a thumbs-up from me.

On this list there is one stone-cold masterpiece and that is On Fire by Galaxie 500. Probably one of my 10 or 20 favorite albums of all time. Damaged and the s/t Bad Brains album are pretty excellent as well.

Unfortunately out of print, though, On Fire is also one of the harder-to-find albums on this list. Still, it's available used on Amazon, so I think I'll bite the bullet and order it. Thanks!

Once in a while I write up some mini-reviews of the albums I've picked up, and I think it's about that time for some catch-up.

The Hissing of Summer Lawns - Not as great as Blue or Court and Spark, but much better than Hejira. "Shadows and Light" is a terrific experiment.

More Noise and Other Disturbances - Definitely not up to par with the other Bosstones albums I had heard. Seems like the work of a slighter, more immature band.

Talking with the Taxman About Poetry/I Often Dream of Trains - Really enjoyed these precursors to Britpop. Both of these are terrifically catchy albums with great lyrics. "Uncorrected Personality Traits" on the latter is hilarious pop madness.

Over-Nite Sensation - I hate to say it, but this is the Zappa I was always hoping for when I heard his earlier albums. Less abrasive experimentation, no instrumental jams, just straight-up bizarre comedy rock. "Camarillo Brillo" is brilliantly catchy surrealism; "Dinah-Moe Humm" is gloriously filthy. I still love We're Only In It For the Money best, I think, but give me this over Uncle Meat or Freak Out! any day.

Alice - I find Tom Waits remarkably consistent, and this brooding concept album is no exception.

Lil' Beethoven - A very uneven album. It basically takes hooks and repeats them ad finitum into a classical-music-esque motif. "The Rhythm Thief" is terrific and infectious, "Suburban Homeboy" is highly amusing, and "My Baby's Taking Me Home" has a certain charm, but then there is time-wasting filler like "I Married Myself" and "Your Call's Very Important To Us, Please Hold." The highs are high and the lows are low.

thickfreakness - Modern, grungy blues. Good stuff.

Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony/Voi-La Intruder - Listening to Gogol Bordello, you would think that Romanian folk music and punk rock were always meant to be fused together as one. Bravo, guys.

Moon Safari - I don't like this album nearly as much as some folks, but it's a pretty good meditative album. I think "All I Need" is the standout.

Lucinda Williams - I'm not always a big country music fan, but Lucinda is a big exception. I really dug this album. Every song is fantastic.

Friend and Foe - An undersung indie album that's great at building layers of orchestration into one fabulous wall of sound. Listen to the deliciously weird "Air Aid" (my fave) and tell me I'm wrong.

I'll Sleep When You're Dead - Great apocalyptic indie rap. Goes on a bit too long, in my opinion.

21st Century Breakdown - I liked this album quite a bit, but Green Day aren't really the prophets they think they are, and the whole thing has sort of a "so what?" feeling to it. It's less than the sum of its parts, but a lot of those individual songs are quite great. I love "21 Guns" and the opening track is actually kinda eerily infectious.

I'm Going Away - Fiery Furnaces chill out a little bit and make a less ambitious album, and it scores big. Each song may be self-contained (more or less), but it adds up to a really strong CD. The title track is fiery, "Keep Me in the Dark" is probably my favorite, but "Take Me Round Again" gets really, really stuck in my head.

The Excitement Plan - Given that I wasn't a big Todd Snider fan before I heard this, it blew me away how much I liked this album. Aching sadness at times, self-deprecating wit at others, this is a real breath of fresh air.

Bad - Funky, poppy, about what I expected. "Man in the Mirror" is one of my favorite MJ songs.

Born Under a Bad Sign - I'm not really the biggest blues fan... (aside from B.B. King)

Hats - Good but kinda dated.

I Against I - Fun, funky punk. (Or is that punky funk?)

De-Loused in the Comatorium - Utter insanity. If you had given The Who a shit-ton of heroin and meth, this might be what Tommy would look like. Too dense for me to fully wrap my head around it, but it's also got some killer hooks.

Good Old Boys - Not big on Randy Newman. Sorry. It's not too bad though.

New Boots and Panties - Blimey, he's a bloody cheeky bugger, eh? Er, I mean, fun times.

Lorca - I know he gives Scaruffi a huge boner, but I really do love Tim Buckley. Even in this, his least accessible album (that I've heard), I truly enjoy his music.

Eli and the Thirteenth Confession - I loved this album. Sweet, emotional, catchy, top-notch songwriting. "Luckie" is a ton of fun, but I also loved the more low-key moments on the record like "Poverty Train" and "December's Boudoir."

The Very Best of the Meters - Not too many great songs here that I hadn't already heard on Rejuvenation and Look-Ka Py Py, except "They All Ask'd For You" which is stupidly hilarious pop.

I'm afraid that's all I have time for right now. Check back later for more.

Let's keep plowing through these.

Uncut 150 - I don't really like these Uncut compilations as much as I used to... I feel like they used to have more month-to-month variation in the artists chosen, and they used to feature more songs too. This is a compilation inspired by their best-of-the-decade list, and as such, it really ought to be more inspired, but alas. It's pretty good. It introduced me to the wonderful "Let It Blow," which led me to look into that Richard Thompson album later on.

Sketches of Spain - You can't really go wrong with Miles Davis's most acclaimed albums.

XTRMNTR - Wow, I was not expecting this from the group that gave me the chill-out electronica masterpiece Screamadelica. Explosions of guitars with the volume turned up to 11. An absolutely thrilling album. The first "Swastika Eyes" and "Pills" are the standouts for me.

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out - Great live album featuring one of the greatest bands ever playing some of their greatest songs. Need I say more?

The La’s - I knew “There She Goes” already. I discovered 11 equally catchy songs. And I’m not complaining.

Teenage Head - Early pop/rock tunes with some punkish rough edges. I’m not in love with the Flamin’ Groovies, but this album is good.

Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective has always been a little too wacky for me, but this album definitely connects. It’s quite simply a great bunch of songs. The standout is “Summertime Clothes.”

Bitte Orca - To me, this is the album Animal Collective would’ve made if their sound was just as experimental and layered, but ten times catchier. I fell in love with this album’s weird brilliance and it has become one of my favorite albums of the last decade. “Stillness is the Move” seems like the populist standout, but I also love the gentle ballad “Two Doves,” the suite “Useful Chamber,” the blazing “Temecula Sunrise”… hell, it’s all great.

Wilco (The Album) - These guys will probably never make another album as brilliant as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but this album (more in the vein of Summerteeth) is quite a good one.

Dog Man Star - Glam alternative 90s Britpop that tries to tackle the epitome of late Gen-Xers. I’m not sure it gets there, but “The 2 Of Us” is a great song.

The Score - Rap that’s fun and goes down smooth.

Cut - Weird, off-putting punk music whose jarring hooks become oddly appealing if you listen to it enough. “Typical Girls” is probably the easiest to swallow, but who can resist a song that’s an ode to frequent mutilation?

Y - Hey, wait a minute, this isn’t a pop group at all! I’ve found this one of the toughest Scaruffi albums to get into.

Here’s Little Richard - Hey, wait a minute, Little Richard is of perfectly average height! Tons of fun. Richard taught us how to rock. Although he learned from Chuck Berry.

Rid of Me - I feel like this is a middle-ground between the raw power of To Bring You My Love and the glossier pop/rock of Stories From the City, Stories From the City. I often like middle-ground, but here I wished Ms. Harvey would pick one extreme and stick to it. This one didn’t really work for me.

Heartbreaker - Quite good.

Tender Prey - Man, this is awesome. Every Nick Cave album I hear makes me like him more and more. The blistering “Mercy Seat” and “City of Refuge” work just as well as the spiritual ballad “New Morning.”

12 Songs - Still not the biggest Randy Newman fan.

Criminal Minded - Old-school rap with a harsher tone than most (albeit with some humorous moments). Still works today.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Wow, this is a lot of country music. I enjoyed the grassroots spirit of it all, and most of the music is quite enjoyable, even if most of the songs are pretty straightforward versions of oft-covered standards.

Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - Wonderful social satire with nostalgic tinges, Arthur skewers the UK with gorgeous melodies. My favorite Kinks album so far, I think.

At Last! - Etta’s got some pipes. I’m kinda fickle about soul music sometimes, but I loved some of the songs on here (the title track is the standout).

Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake - The second half’s fairy tale is total insanity and doesn’t always work. Luckily there are some great rockers on the first half.

Fear of Music - I used to dislike the Talking Heads, but they’re definitely in my good graces these days. This album is unique and lots of fun.

Live and Dangerous - Not the kind of record I usually enjoy, but it’s really grown on me. A lot of fun songs here.

Between the Buttons - "Let’s Spend the Night Together” is an amazing song. The rest of the album is very good, but far from the best Stones album.

Fuzzy Logic - Another terrific Britpop album by one of the weirder, Welsher bands of the movement. “Something 4 the Weekend” is my favorite.

It’s Blitz - Yeah Yeah Yeahs electropop it up, to mixed success. Good, but I prefer Show Your Bones and the self-titled EP.

Die Mensch Machine - I tired of this quickly.

On Fire – Excellent shoegazer, great music for chilling out. Every song is very strong and coheres to form a great unified whole. Closing with an “Isn’t It a Pity” cover is somehow inspired.

Debut/Homogenic - I thought I hated Bjork, but I enjoyed this albums much more than I thought I would. Sure, it’s weird at first, but I soon warmed to her unique, funky sound.

Further Complications - A brashly funny, immensely catchy rock album, surely one of the best of last year. The guitars sound as dirty as they get on the terrific “Fuckingsong,” and Cocker manages some real pathos elsewhere on the record. Great stuff.

Contra - Sophomore release and not a bad song yet. There are times when I think this is a big change from the first album, and other times when I think it sounds just like the same sound I loved from the debut. I can’t really explain that. My fave is “Run.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - The hilariously self-important title belies the earnest, easygoing music that this album has to offer. It’s fun and breezy and totally enjoyable.

Bedtime for me. I'll keep carving away at these soon.

XTRMNTR has got to be the best band revamping since Achtung Baby. I bought it when it first came out and couldn't believe what the band did. I still love it.

We agree on an amazing amount here, from Merriweather Post Pavilion and Bitte Orca down to Further Complications, Contra, and Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

Have you chekced out The xx yet?

Great write-ups. I had a blast reading them!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Totally agreed on XTRMNTR, and I think the revamp is more drastic than on Achtung Baby, yet both sides to their sound work so well! And I'm very glad you heard Bitte Orca and dug it! I still need to check out The xx. You're a fan?

More write-ups coming soon!

I agree about Primal Scream. Both of those albums make my top ten for their respective years. Great albums, both!

I was a little late to Bitte Orca, only picking it up once it made several year-end lists. I didn't expect much. I was very surprised.

xx is almost like an extended mood piece. You either love it or want to shake the speakers for a little variety. It plays into that 80s/Joy Division/I-live-in-an-underground-cavern vibe I tend to enjoy, so let that be a warning. If you want to try out a tune, I'd give Heart Skipped a Beat a listen. It is one of my favorites from last year.

I read your earlier comments, and I agree with most except that I am a big ol' fan of Moon Safari. This may be because I'm an old man, but I hope not... :)

I did read a good critic not long ago claim chill/ambient electronica was the new smooth jazz. That hurt, but it may be somewhat true.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I like but don't love Joy Division, but I'm intrigued enough by "Heart Skipped a Beat" to give it a try. I'll seek it out.

That smooth jazz comment is clever and, I think, pretty appropriate for why I don't get too excited about the genre or Moon Safari. I'm glad you enjoy it though!

Two Steps From the Blues - Again, not the biggest blues fan, and there are far too many songs in a row about crying, but the title track is terrific.

In the Wee Small Hours - Sinatra is a lot more bummed here than he was on Songs for Young Lovers, and the melancholy really comes through in the devastatingly gorgeous music.

Homework - I find this sort of music fun to dance to, but tiring to listen to, especially when 74 minutes of it are crammed onto the CD.

Humans - Music that sounds like Bruce Cockburn exorcising his demons. Lucky for us, he can do so with such top-notch songwriting.

This Is Happening - Killer hooks with great beats that make me want to dance myself clean. Almost as good as Sound of Silver, which is high praise from me.

English Settlement - Swerves from love songs to activist-pop, breezily going from one catchy hook to the next. It feels a little bloated at 72 minutes, but hell, my favorite song is the longest: “Melt the Guns.”

Aquemini - Outkast has quickly become my favorite rap artist. There’s really no one else doing just what they’re doing here, which feels bizarre and unique yet also just feels like a popular rap group at the top of their game. Every song has great hooks, and they’re all strange.

Desertshore - Stick to the Velvets, honey.

Juju Music - Delightful Afro-pop.

The Suburbs - A terrific ode to the suburban dronery that many of us grew up in. Paints a full-scale three-dimensional portrait of this life through a whirlwind of layered instruments and fanciful lyrics. Might even rival Funeral as their best album.

Watertown - Late in his career, Frank Sinatra released this pop opera that tells a story of a man whose wife leaves him with his children. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by the All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine, this album was pretty damn hard to find until they remastered it a few months ago. It’s a heart-wrenching tale, full of the anguished emotion that Sinatra often has, with some of his best song-writing as well. The high point for me is “I Would Be In Love (Anyway),” when the singer admits that even if he had known the heartbreak that his marriage would end with, he still wouldn’t have been able to resist his lover’s charms. A beautiful album.

I think that's it for the albums on this list, but soon I'm planning on writing up some thoughts on a few other albums I've ripped but not mentioned here. Maybe right after lunch.

I still love Humans, but I perhaps like it a little less than I once did, while I find each passing year makes In the Wee Small Hours rise higher and higher on my charts...

Public Enemy remains my favorite rap outfit, but OutKast is a very close second.

Have you given Howlin' Wolf a try? I can't recall...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Both the Cockburn and the Sinatra are excellent albums. Do you like Watertown?

As for Howlin' Wolf, he'll be in the next update, coming shortly. :-)

I'm anxiously awaiting the next update, then!

I have both the vinyl and the original Watertown CD. I enjoy it when I listen to it, but for some reason, I rarely feel compelled to pop it on. I'm not sure whether it needs to grow on me a bit more or if it simply falls in to the "like, not love" category for me. I'll have to listen to it again over the next few weeks and see what I think...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Sure, lemme know what you think of it. Obviously there aren't as many great singles as some of his other albums, but I love hearing Sinatra tackle a longer story that also works very effectively as a mood piece.

Okay, here is the last batch. There are some albums I heard but didn't mention above.

Veckatimest - Starts incredibly strong, then gets sort of tedious as it wears on. Overall, pretty good.

Raising Sand - Strange that this is what Robert Plant is up to now, but hey, I ain’t complaining. Folksy, rewarding, and fun.

Front Parlour Ballads - I never would’ve discovered this album if not for the Uncut Best of the Decade list, and it really is a great one. The opening track is a wonderfully bittersweet tale of the rise and fall of a love affair, and it goes from there, each song brimming with simple pleasures.

Howlin’ Wolf/Moanin’ in the Moonlight - Two Howlin’ Wolf albums in one compilation, and his tortured growl is an interesting enough hook to make me really connect with these bluesy records. Great stuff.

Oracular Spectacular - A friend told me this album summed up my generation better than any other. I need to listen to this more to determine if that is true. At this point, I can only aver that I find it a deliciously good time.

For Emma, Forever Ago - Blah. I can’t get into this album. If I wanted to hear aching falsettos for forty minutes, I would just kick a guy in the balls.

The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists are such fanciful storytellers, it was only a matter of time before they made a full-length rock opera. Critical approval was mixed, but I think it’s great, a chilling tale filled with gorgeous music. I love the versatility of the theme song, and “The Wanting Comes in Waves” is another high point.

Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd - Rip-roaring Southern rock is rarely this good. “Free Bird” is the classic, of course, but there are a lot of great songs here.

All in Good Time - Barenaked Ladies’ newest album sans Steven Page is a great disappointment. It’s the closest they’ve ever come to flavorless adult contemporary pop, without the wit or enjoyment of their previous records. With the exception of the freewheelin’ “Four Seconds,” all the lyrics are bland and vague; I find myself gravitating towards the songs that tell stories like “Every Subway Car” and “Jerome” just because they actually contain specifics. “How Long” might be the worst song BNL has ever done, and it certainly has the worst lyrics. Listen to “Indecision,” the first single from Steven Page’s new solo album, and you’ll see the direction BNL ought to be going in. I hate to say it, but it’s true. I did see a great Page-less BNL concert recently, which I guess proves that Page’s greatest contribution to the band was the songwriting.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik - I feel about twenty years behind getting into this album now, but I am digging this aggressively funky record.

Everything All The Time (Band of Horses)/Bows + Arrow (Walkmen)/Down the River of Golden Dreams (Okkervil River) - I got all three of these sprawling indie rock albums around the same time, and right now I’m having trouble telling them apart. More listening is required.

Thompson's post-Linda albums are criminally neglected by most. I'm a fan.

I think our biggest disagreement of the day will likely be over For Emma, Forever Ago, but I'm not passionate enough about it at the moment to say much.

I would love Blood Sugar Sex Magic at about half its length...

I had a feeling if you were to like any blues artist, Howlin' Wolf had a good chance at being that one. I'm glad you enjoy. I find those two albums more addictive with each year. In fact, as I was typing the last sentence, one of his songs started up on my iPod's random shuffle! :)

Wolf obviously bit Captain Beefheart petty hard.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yeah, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Front Parlour Ballads! What other post-Linda album(s) would you recommend?

Sorry about the Bon Iver. That album just makes me sleepy. But it's true, Sex Magik is a tad long.

Refreshing my memory, I do really like Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King's Live at the Regal, and Muddy Waters's At Newport (and I think I'd like more by the last two artists if I heard some), and that's about it from what I've experienced. I've also heard some Robert Johnson recordings, and I wonder if I'd have enjoyed them more if the recording quality wasn't so terrible. The blues is probably just another one of a handful of genres that will never be one of my favorite styles, but which has produced a few albums/artists I do really get into.

I really, really love Mock Tudor and Rumor & Sign.

I'm no blues fanatic by any stretch, but I certainly love some of it. I love the albums you mentioned. Junior Wells might be another to check out if curiosity leads you...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

shit man, you need to get Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, NOW!, as well as
# Bad Brains - self-titled - if you know what they sound like
# John Coltrane - Giant Steps - if you like his jazz then this is a must have
# The Congos - Heart of the Congos - if you like reggae, this is as classic as it gets
# P J Harvey - Dry - if you like her other stuff, this is better, as an album
# Husker Du - Flip Your Wig - a poppier version of Zen Arcade and New Day Rising but still good
# John Martyn - Solid Air - if you like him
# The Sonics - Here Are the Sonics - just get the 3 originals: The Witch, Psycho, Strychnine
# Alexander "Skip" Spence - Oar - great forgotten psych album
# Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die - GREAT album, supper cool and interesting album

# Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain

Awesome! I'm working on all these. And I actually haven't heard any John Martyn, but I thought that album would be a good introduction.