Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kiss With a Fist


My friend Paul is in the Austin Chronicle this week!


This is a little offensive!




Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Wrong Hands


Both of my ears are bleeding right now. This seems to be a new development, but I'm not happy about it.

UPDATE

Re-reading this, I now realize that it sounds like there is blood coming out of my ear canals. This is not the case. Although that may actaully be less gross than having ears that are so dry the skin cracks and bleeds. Also - they both seem to have stopped.

I remain at least 20% grosser than most everyone I know.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I don't know how to love in this way

I am torn up by the superbowl. Here are the ways of dealing with it that I am considering:
1. not watch the game at all, eat lots of chips and dip
2. root for the saints, eat lots of chips and dip
3. root for the colts by myself in a hermetically sealed room- note to self: place chips and dip in room before sealing
4. bite the bullet and watch the game with brent and others, eat sedatives

Why can't it be all about me for once?

I realize that your teams are going to the Super Bowl. I realize that you are stuck in the muck that is the Grandma's health crisis situation. But no one cares that I met Eddie Izzard? Backstage? That he's nicer than David Sedaris by a lot?

I guess you people have a thing against transvestites. Jerks.

You see, I don't get out much, so this may be as big as it gets for me for quite a while.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Here's an email from my friend Kent. He is a monster.

yesterday, i'm wiring leslie's office for internet, and i have to goto home depot to get some supplies.
i get my stuff and head to the line. there's a guy who is obviouslyall flustered, and cant seem to pick which line he wants to get in.he's a couple steps ahead of me. i go towards the line i think isshortest, and he almost goes in that one too, but instead he walks alittle further to see what the other lines are like. he doesn't likethem and turns around to get in the original line.
except, now i am in the line already in front of me. had he justgotten in line, he would have been first. instead, now i am.
he proceeds to stand about 1 foot from me and sighs really loudly. iturn to look at him, and he says "can i get in front of you, i have aworkman waiting for me?"
i say "sure, go ahead." and i take a step back.
then, totally unable to stop myself, i say, "if your time is morevaluable then mine, go right ahead."
he says he doesnt' want any trouble, which made me feel prettyawesome, as i dont ever feel like a person that could be seen as thetype to give a stranger trouble.
i say " no, go on ahead" but he refuses and goes to another lane.
then i felt bad. i wasn't in a rush, i didn't have to go anywhere, iwas just being an asshole. so i figured some bad karma was due myway. i think it evened out when the security patrol guy was idling inthe empty spot in front of the house that i usually park in, and i hadto park down the block, and then again when i had to go back to homedepot to get more wire, because i fucked up measuring.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Possible Career Moves for Brent


  1. Jesus

  2. Teacher

  3. Sink

  4. Gold Miner

  5. Professional Cusser

  6. Professional Cotillion Emcee

  7. Hot Dog Vender

  8. Old Person Hater

  9. Goat Rancher

  10. Slow/Bad Basketball Player

Saturday, January 16, 2010

FML - Why Golf is the Worst Thing Ever

Two years ago, I played my final round of golf ever with my brother for his birthday. It maybe was not going to be my last round, but on my final stroke of the day, I put a ball through the sunroof of a young man who happened to be standing right next to his fucking car. Fuck me. So after an akward exchange and a few phone calls, we arranged for me to pay his deductible, and he would file it with his insurance. I gave his $250.00, he paid his insurance. Everyone was happy.

Until this morning, when I got a call from a place called Credit Counseling Services, who informed me that Allstate (his insurance company) was trying to recoup the entire anoumt of the repairs from me. about $900. So after many phone calls to Allstate and CCS, it was determined that he most likely just put my name on the accident report, and since I was dumb enough to pay him in cash, I have no record of paying his deductible. Thus, Allstate is coming after me for the whole enchilada. Again, fuck me. I talked them down to $500, but then decided I should probably talk to Wendy and Dave about this. So I got off the phone.

Then it occurred to me: all they have is my name and phone number. And the case is sitting in the tort system. What are the odds they are going to pursue this over $900.00? I don't want to fuck up my credit, but do they actually have a case against me? I'm not trying to be sneaky here. And I wasn't trying to be sneaky when I paid his deudctible. It seemed like a legit thing to do. I feel like I have fulfilled my obligation to this issue. I paid $250.00 or $300.00 or whatever it was. That was supposed to resolve the issue. And even if I had a receipt, wouldn't that only settle the matter bewteen me and the guy I hit? The insurance company would probably still come after me. This seems very wrong. I could have settled it through my own insurance company for $500, if I have know this was going to haoppen. Curses!

Wendy, what do you think?

Friday, January 15, 2010

BRENT'S GREATEST ALBUMS OF 2009

15) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Every year I fall in love with some band that has a jangle-pop sound. This year that band is Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They are noisier than my usual choice in this category. I must be growing up.

14) Girls – Album. Girls started out as annoying garage music. Then it got a little charming. Then it just ended up being charming. Then it was 14.

13) Camera Obscura – This band can do no wrong in my ears, but they will probably never crack the top 5 in any countdown of mine because their style can only go so far. But they do it very well, and I want to live in their songs.

12) Handsome Furs – This was an album of nearly great songs that got by on the fact that all the songs were nearly great. This is a man/woman band, and they take really sexy pictures together, which (along with their connection to Wolf Parade) may have something to do with their spot on this list.

11) It’s True – Chelsey’s friend Hayden put this on our computer when she was staying with us. Further proof that once can listen to heaps of music from all over and be clueless about good things that are playing down the road from him. If you love heart-on-sleeve music, this is for you. If you don’t, this entire list may not be for you.

10) Yacht – Electronic pop music done in such a way that I like it. This is a tall feat. Chelsey doesn’t like it that much, which is puzzling to me.

09) The XX – Even though this only hit third, I think it is the album that I would most widely recommend. There’s something going on here that is just…sexy. And I don’t throw that word around. I promise. I wish I had a better word already.

08) Cass McCombs – A nice part of listening to 8000 albums a year is that some stick for no good reason. I like this album. I don’t expect you to. It’s slow and pretty with nice harmonies. And it has a song that has “See You Next Tuesday” in the refrain. Which is the name of my Tuesday drinking club.

07) The Flaming Lips – I’m so happy the Flaming Lips made a good album again. They were certainly due. Gets back to what they do well. Gets away from why they have sucked for the last 5 years.

06) Generationals – Ok here we go. Phil Spector meets Paul Simon meets Vampire Weekend meets Pet Shop Boys. From New Orleans. Good stuff.

05) Neko Case – Neko Case is my girlfriend. We met this year, and now we are going out. It’s serious. This album is about nature kicking human ass. Possibly out of love.

04) Rural Alberta Advantage – Kent calls this second-rate Neutral Milk Hotel. He may be right. But I like it better than most of what came out in 2008. And I think it was just re-released in 2009, but I am counting it as a 2009.

03) Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – This album is a poor man’s version of my number one. It’s got one badass song on it, and bunch of other songs that are badass to a lesser extent.

02) Antlers – Hospice – This is a poorly recorded album about a person caring for another person in Hospice care. Despite the sound quality, it wins you over. More than once I have caught myself craning my neck trying to make out lyrics because I am just that emotionally involved. This is a little pathetic. But there’s nothing I can do about it.

01) Elvis Perkins in Dearland – This was the best album of the year, hands down. Doomsday is the best song of the year, and the rest of the album isn’t too far behind. Note to everyone: if you want to make an album, hire a brass band to play on it. Boom! Great album. It makes all music 20% better.

For further muscial enjoyment, I would like to inviet everyone to view the yearly music posts on my friend kent's website - elbuzzard.com. here you go. I even gave you a link: http://www.elbuzzard.com/archives/2009/12/best-music-of-2009

Kent has better taste in music than me. So you will like that.

CHELSEY'S GREATEST ALBUMS OF 2009

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
2. The XX The XX
3. It's True There, There, Now...
4. Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
5. Generationals Con Law
6. Lady GaGa The Fame Monster
7. Neko Case Middle Cyclone
8. Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack
9. Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted
10. Flight of the Conchords I Told You I Was Freaky
11. Dead Man's Bones Dead Man's Bones
12. Micachu & the Shapes Jewellery
13. Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
14. Passion Pit Manners
15. Discovery LP

BRENT'S GREATEST SONGS OF 2009

  1. Doomsday Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  2. Zero Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
  3. Watching The Planets The Flaming Lips Embryonic
  4. The Afterlife YACHT See Mystery Lights
  5. Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (song for New Orleans Alec Ounsworth Mo Beauty
  6. When They Fight They Fight Generationals Con Law
  7. VCR The xx The xx
  8. Dominos The Big Pink A Brief History Of Love
  9. The Reeling Passion Pit Manners
  10. Don't Forget Me Neko Case Middle Cyclone
  11. This Love Is Fucking Right The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  12. Two The Antlers Hospice [Remastered]
  13. Psychic City YACHT See Mystery Lights
  14. Edmonton The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
  15. Sleep All Summer - St. Vincent and The National St. Vincent and The National SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: THE COVERS!
  16. Honestly It's True There, There, Now...
  17. I Heard Your Voice In Dresden Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  18. There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve A.C. Newman Get Guilty
  19. Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  20. Calculator Micachu & the Shapes Jewellery
  21. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! - Tracey Thorn Tracey Thorn SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: THE COVERS!
  22. Shelter The xx The xx
  23. Bad Romance Lady GaGa The Fame Monster
  24. Genius Next Door Regina Spektor Far
  25. Drain the Blood The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
  26. Middle Cyclone Neko Case Middle Cyclone
  27. Hey Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  28. Harmonia Cass McCombs Catacombs
  29. French Navy Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
  30. Fuck You Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
  31. 123 Goodbye Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  32. Bear The Antlers Hospice
  33. Lose Your Soul Dead Man's Bones Dead Man's Bones
  34. Carol Brown Flight of the Conchords I Told You I Was Freaky
  35. Waving At The Shore Throw Me The Statue Creaturesque
  36. With All My Heart Clem Snide Hungry Bird
  37. Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland
  38. Orange Shirt Discovery LP
  39. In the Summertime The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
  40. Lionkiller Got Married Cass McCombs Catacombs
  41. Nobody Could Change Your Mind Generationals Con Law
  42. In the Room Where You Sleep Dead Man's Bones Dead Man's Bones
  43. Laura Girls Album
  44. Oh No Andrew Bird Noble Beast
  45. James Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
  46. Epistemology M. Ward Hold Time
  47. Goddamn Girls Album
  48. You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II) Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer
  49. Don't Haunt This Place The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns
  50. Never Had Nobody Like You (Featuring Zooey Deschanel) M. Ward Hold Time

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I am open to learning your favorite music of 2009.

I know everyone is hung up on bests of the decade, but, really, I just want to know what you thought of 2009. I am hoping that satellite radio helped familiarize me with some of the music you liked this year. Did you make a best of 2009 CD? I'd like a copy of that, please.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hospitals and Sledding

So this week my grandma ended up in the hospital after falling for like the 3rd time in 3 months. It's fairly clear that at some point she's going to fall and do some real damage to herself. Break a hip. Bust her head all up. Possibly buy the farm. We now all see this as an inevitability. It's a matter of when it will happen, instead of if it will happen. This may be a good thing for everyone involved. She has been in the hospital twice in the last three months, and both times those of us who care for her have expressed a certain desire for this to be the end. Grandma's life satisfaction can't be very high. She can no longer do the things she really likes to do, because she has so much trouble getting around, things like travel and social functions present more problems than fun at this point. But even though she knows this to be the case, she cannot shake the desire to do all those things still. It's sad. And while we all enjoy the fact that grandma is so "with it", it's clear that lucidity makes her circumstances harder on her. The mind is still very willing. The body is done.

Which moves the onus over to her caregivers to bridge that gap. And I for one am sick of it. I think everyone else is too. It's too hard to continue to maintain her current expectations of life, without inconveniencing your own to some degree. It builds resentment up and down the chain of relationships in my life. It strains my relationship with her, with my mom, with my wife, and with my brother from time to time. I know she wouldn't want this. But not so much that she wouldn't want her current level of life-catering to quit. We're all just stuck.

I know I have said that grandma's level of satisfaction must be low, but I also know that she has no interest in dying. She has said more than once that she wants to see "how it will all turn out." I think this is a funny concept. Like there is an ending to this story where Chelsey and I have a kid, Jude and Zoe graduate college, and Chuck gets married. That's a romantic notion. You have to like that. But it's also a little nutso.

So we continue to hope for the best. And prepare for the worst. At some point I wont have grandma to write about. And I'm sure I will miss her. But this past Sunday, because she was in the hospital, and because mom was in town to stay with her, we went sledding. For one week, we had a Sunday afternoon that was congruent with most people's Sundays. We did exactly what we wanted to do. It was fun and carefree and not hard.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wendy's New Year's Resolution

1. Lose 5 pounds.

I mean, really. Not kidding. Lose a damn 5 pounds. You did it last year. You can do at least that much this year. And quit gaining, Wendy. Do you think that's helping anything??

For the month of December I had almost no appetite. I don't know if it was because I had to spend Thanksgiving with the Pryors or Mom was coming or Dave hates Xmas or Jude was being labled ADD-boy or what. But I wasn't even hungry for food or sweets or whatever during Xmas. And I want that feeling back.

Monday, January 4, 2010

BRENT'S GREATEST ALBUMS OF THE 2000s

A little background information here. There are 35 albums on this list. I set out to write up a little something about each. As I began the process, I realised two things. 1) This was going to take forever. 2) I should have started at the bottom of the list. I can't do anything about that now. Instead. I am going to post the entire list, with the top 20 albums done. Then I will fill in the last 15 over time. This will no-doubt keep you all coming back to learn more about my likes a dislikes.


1. Black Sheep Boy Definitive Edition- Okkervil River (2005) - I liked this album when I first heard it in 2005, and I still like it now. Ever since Neutral Milk Hotel made Aeroplane Over the Sea, I have been looking for someone to make an album that wasn't that album, but got the same qualities right. This album came the closest. And then they put out an appendix which had songs that were just as good as the original album. I think we can all agree that never happens. One thing I like about a concept album is for it to not quite add up. Soft Bulletin by the Flaming Lips certainly has some themes running throughout, but it's more just a collective impression that the songs create. BSB does the same stuff. It's a concept album about being a monster in love. It creates an impression of mud and black and woods.




Favorite songs: Black, Latest Tough, Song of Our So-Called Friend, Another Radio Song, No Key, No Plan






2. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco (2002) - Wilco made a great great album. Then they spent the rest of decade being lousy. At least we have this. Songs about 9/11, American guilt, lost youth, ick of getting old.




Favorite songs: Jesus, Etc, Ashes of American Flags, I'm the Man Who Loves You





3. Funeral - Arcade Fire (2003) - Every year an album shows up with all this press about how it's the next great thing. They compare it to some album you really love and tell you how its just as good. Then you hear it, and you realize that while well-intentioned, those reviews were written by someone who doesn't love those albums like you do. This album was supposed to be badass, and it was badass. Songs about growing up and watching your soul die. From the beginning to the end. Chuck and I saw this band in concert, and I firmly agreed that the whole crowd would have taken to the streets if the band had told us to do so.




Favorite songs: Neighborhood #1, Neaghborhood #2, Wake Up






4. Alligator - The National (2005) - This segues nicely into Funeral actaully. I learned about The National when they went out on tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - who were one of the aforementioned next big thing band. CYHSY did put out a fine album that year, but Alligator got played by me over and over. Unlike most of the albums on this list, Alligator kind of runs the gammut in its subject matter. The National usually sing about relationships and growing old, but this mixes in just enough neurosis to come off a little Modest Mouse crazy too.




Favorite songs: Mr. November, Daughters of the Soho Riots, Karen





5. Sharpen Your Teeth (2002) - Ugly Casanova - At first it bothered me that I didn't have any Modest Mouse or White Stripes. Then I realised that Ugly Casanova is Isaac Brock's best work of the decade, and I never cared that much for any White Stripes album. This is a side project for Brock and this guy from a band called Hollowpaw. Also I just looked it up on wikipedia and it turns out there were two other guys in the group too. Go figure. Anyways it takes all the desperate nasty stuff from Modest Mouse, and adds horns. I like horns. "Sharpen your teeth or lay flat." Most of the lines are some version of that.



Favorite songs: Hotcha Girls, Cat Faces



6. Apologies to Queen Mary (2005) - Wolf Parade - This album starts out like a ball of fire. Then it kind of goes to sleep. Then it comes back around again. But I would put its high points up against any other album. I don't understand why my own brother doesn't like it more. Wolf Parade also serves as a nice analogy for my relationsip with Kent. The band is composed of two singers. They each have their own band as well as Wolf Parade. One looks like he has a heroin problem and is in a band that makes sexy urgent songs with his big breasted girlfriend (me), and the other makes really difficult music on his keyboard with his nerdlinger friends (Kent).





Best Songs: Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts, We built Another World, I'll Believe in Anything.





7. Give Up - The Postal service (2003) - I still remember the first time I heard this album. I was painting my mom and dad's back patio, and I had just downloaded it from Napster. I was completely unimpressed. I no longer base my opinions of albums off one listen. I don't know what was wrong with me that day, but I cannot imagine not enjoying this album. Dumb me. This album also claims to have Jenny Lewis on it, though I have never been able to tell where she is.

Best Songs: Such Great Heights, Nothing Better, The District Sleeps Alone Tonight





8. I'm wide Awake, It's Morning - Bright Eyes (2005) - There is nothing more embarrassing than living in Omaha admitting that you like Bright Eyes. Everyone here used to hang out with Conner Oberst at one time or another, and as such, think they are too cool to be a fan of him. I wash my hands of this. This is a great album. It's a crying shame that nothing else by Bright Eyes or Oberst has come anywhere this album the rest of the decade. One thing I know for sure: Making art is often like this. You dabble in it. Then it gushes out of you like a geyzer. Then it turns into a trickle. This was made during the geyzer period for this band. Songs about being young and everything/nothing mattering.





Best Songs: Lua, Landlocked Blues, We Are Nowhere, and It's Now.






9. Volume One - She & Him (2008) - "Cried all night 'til there was nothing more. What use am I as a heap on the floor." Zooey Deschanel made a beautiful record with M. Ward. From beginning to end this is a pitch perfect rehash of the sound of people like The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, Loretta Lynn, and Phil Spector. Recommendable to just about anyone. The only weak spot are some of the covers. Particularly "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."




Best Songs: Sentimental Heart, Sweet Darlin', Why Do You Let Me Stay Here, This Is Not a Test.






10. Bright Flight - The Silver Jews (2001) - This is my favorite band, and this album has one of my songs of all time on it. The more I think about it, the more I think this should be higher. I think it suffers from the fact that its predecessors were so good, it didn't stick out that much. But both American Water and The Natural Bridge came out in the 1990s, so by the time this one came out, it just seemed like more of the same. But the song Tennessee is a masterpiece in my opinion, and I Remember You is my favorite song about falling asleep on a relationship.




Best Songs: Tennessee, I Remember You, Let's Not and Say We Did, Death of an Heir of Sorrows







11. Separation Sunday - The Hold Steady (2005) - I didn't care for this album until I heard Your Little Hoodrat Friend on KEXP one day. Then I started mowing the lawn to Seperation Sunday. Each song is a little narrative from the point of view of someone in a particular druggy scene. And there's a lot of bible in there too. My firend Kent's grandpa told him that the early twenties should be about romance and adventure. If he had taken out romance, and inserted drugs, he would be describing Seperation Sunday.




Best Songs: Little Hoodrat Friend, Cattle and the Creepy Things, How a Resurrection Really Feels






12. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2008) - I completely missed this album in 2008. It was described as electronica, and I have learned through the years that I usually hate electronica. But this is just song after song of loud clangy catchy music set to heavy beats. Lots of screaming. Actually I think it's all screaming. It's both offensive and interesting to the ear. Everything I have written thus far makes it sound lousy. But it's not.



Best Soungs: Untrust Us, Love and caring.





13. Oh, Inverted World - The Shins (2001) - I remember thinking how weird this album sounded when I first got it. At that time, weird was mostly done by singing about weird stuff (Flaming Lips), screaming about normal stuff (Modest Mouse), or singing about weird stuff over weird music (Radiohead). The Shins were weird because of how they layered their harmonies and how they recorded their very conventional set of instruments. Caring is Creepy starts the album with these bizarre piano flourishes. I had no idea what they were when I first listened. And the rest of the album followed suit. Weird layering of voices and instruments. I feel like this album did everything that Grizzley Bear and Animal Collective continue to do. Which perhaps is why I don't see the point of those bands.




Favorite Songs: New Slang, Caring is Creepy, Girl Inform Me







14. Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Elvis Perkins in Dearland (2009) - This Album could very well end up higher as I get further away from 2009. Elvis Perkins ended the decade by writing a collection of really solid songs, and then he recorded them with a brass band, which made them all awesome songs. This album didn't show up on anyones Best of the Year list. Which shows that everyone is stupid.




Favorite Songs: Doomsday, 123 Goodbye, Hey, Heard Your Voice in Dresden







15. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - Spoon (2008) - At first I didn't like Spoon, but I mantain that is because Spoon was lousy in the early 2000's. Then they made Gimmie Fiction in 2005, and I was finally able to make some sense of them. I go back to earlier albums still, and can't see the overall appeal. Good songs, but mostly whatever albums. So they followed Gimmie Fiction with this one, and it refined all the good stuff, and mostly eliminated everything I didn't like so well.





Favorite Songs: The Underdog, Black Like Me






16. Songs About Leaving - Carissa's Weird (2002) - This is quiet sad sad music. It's about breaking up. I listen to it when I am having relationship troubles and it always strikes a nerve somewhere. It does a very nice job of capturing the sliver of a relationship that is built around phoniness. Knowing you aren't quite what the other person is counting on you to be.





Favorite Songs: So You Want to Be a Superhero, Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song for the Leaving Scene, Sofisticated Fuck Princess Please Leave Me Alone (I never realized how long the song titles were. Thank god this came out after my writing song titles on mixtape covers era)







17. Z - My Morning Jacket (2005) - If their most recent album is any indication, this may be as good as My Morning Jacket is going to get. They have always tetered between spacy and folksie. Usually their folksie stuff is good, but they get into some painful jam sessions along the way. On this album they put all that aside, and just made an album with a ton of echos and reverb.





Favorite Songs: Wordless Chorus, Off the Record, Into the Woods







18. Oh, You're So Silent Jens - Jens Lekman (2005) - This is actaully a compilation, but as it was my first exposure to Jens Lekman, I picked it over Night Falls Over Kortedala. Jens Lekman seems to be continually caught between falling in love and tearing his heart out. There are no boring spots in there.





Favorite Songs: Maple Leaves, Sweet Summer Night on Hammer Hill, F Word







19. Her Majesty The Decemberists - The Decemberists (2003) - The Decemberists have broken my heart. They came along as this cutesy story telling band, and they made three really good albums that were both dark and fun, and reminded me of the type of folk music my parents listened to when they were my age. But that concept could only go so far. So they decided to be a prog rock band. This concept doesn't go anywhere at all. But this album is smack dab in the middle of their best time.





Favorite Songs: Los Angeles, I'm Yours, Red Right Ankle, The Bachelor and the Bride







20. So Jealous - Tegan and Sara (2004)- I remember listening to this album at my now wife Chelsey's apartment in 2004, waiting for her to get ready to go out. At that time I thought of Tegan and Sara as kind of a novelty act. Twin lesbian sisters who Neil Young champions. It sounds like a novelty act. Obviously I was wrong. This album has no bad songs on it. It has that shiny production that seems to serve guitar pop really well. A little like Smashing Pumpkins used to use. It suits their voices which already sound like metal.

Favorite Songs: You Wouldn't Like Me, I Won't Be Left, Walking With a Ghost

AND MORE TO COME!









21. Fate - Dr. Dog









22. The XX - The XX









23. Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant - Belle and sebastian









24. The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley









25. The Meadowlands - The Wrens









26. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene









27. Eagle*Seagull - Eagle*Seagull









28. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse









29. And Then Nothing Turned Inside Out - Yo La Tengo









30. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem









31. Boxer - The National









32. The Midnight Organ Fight - Frightened Rabbits









33. Oracular Spectacular - MGMT









34. Alopecia - Why?









35. Chutes Too Narrow - The Shins