• More accurate lists, easier questions.

    11. Feb. 2011, 19:58

    Top 10 Artists

    1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    2. Bob Dylan
    3. Fugazi
    4. The Velvet Underground
    5. Neil Young
    6. The Who
    7. The Byrds
    8. Simon & Garfunkel
    9. Love
    10. Johnathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

    11 is actually listed as "Jimi Hendrix," but I thought that wasn't fair, so I gave it to my boy Jonathan.

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    This is difficult to remember, but probably something well-known, like Squeeze Box or Baba O'Riley. Probably Baba O'Riley.

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    It's hard to say. I don't listen to him much anymore, and I definitely had a cycling movement of favorites between so many of his albums. Blonde On Blonde seems easy to say, but I loved Another Side of Bob Dylan tremendously.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    The phrase "Sugar Mountain" is my favorite thing to hear Neil Young sing.

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    I hate when this type of question arises regarding a band I couldn't have seen live.

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    They sing what I can confidently say is one of my favorite songs of all time, by anyone (Wasn't Born To Follow). But that cycling I mentioned above applies here too, so at the moment, I would say Old Blue.

    What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
    It hasn't happened yet, I get to see him on the 10th of next month! But Jonathan Richman in various forms reminds me of so many things I love.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    Goodness. It's hard to say. Lots of songs make me sad, but I don't know if I ever thought of Fugazi as making me sad. But I guess it does, in a way. Although I still can't name a song in particular.

    What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    Oh, I couldn't say. There's far too much to parse here.

    What is your favorite song by 9?
    Laughing Stock.

    How did you get into 3?
    This is the band that I have liked consistently for the longest period of time (early high school). I remember finding them after having found out about Minor Threat. I remember being blown away, but nobody else I knew thought it was any good.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    I would hazard the guess of Purple Haze, especially as a common one, but it could've been Foxy Lady. I think I can say for a fact that it was off Are You Experienced? In fact, I think it might have been that song particularly, as I know that was on a mix someone gave me a long time ago.

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    Oh, it's hard to say. Probably one of my more recent resurgences of a favorite has been Candy Says.

    How many times have you seen 9 live?
    In my dreams!

    What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    The song "I Want You" being about Liz & I.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Bye Bye Love, honestly, which isn't even their song, makes me the most sad. But also Homeward Bound, in a different way. Actually, it's hard to say. Aren't many of their songs built on a kind of sadness?

    What is your favorite album of 5?
    This is also hard as to say, as it is a more current manifestation of the cycling movement. Right now I just got really into Tonight's The Night and Ragged Glory, but I love the Neil Young songs that were written for Buffalo Springfield, and I feel compelled to acknowledge After The Gold Rush, too.

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    "It's time to harvest the crust from your eyes," all of Furniture, and all of Strangelight.

    What is your favorite song of 1?
    Earth Blues & One Rainy Wish.

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    Never! I still have a chance, though. I think.

    What is your favorite album of 1?
    This is harder to say, but Axis: Bold As Love if you pressed me.

    What was the first song you heard by 8?
    It had to have been Mrs. Robinson.
  • inaccurate lists, unanswerable questions.

    18. Feb. 2010, 16:48

    Top 10 Artists on
    1) Radiohead
    2) The Beatles
    3) Weezer
    4) Of Montreal
    5) Okkervil River
    6) Elliott Smith
    7) Sufjan Stevens
    8) Against Me!
    9) The Hold Steady
    10) The Weakerthans

    This is a real fucked up list because of these ten, I listen to maybe one still on a somewhat regular basis, and that would be the Beatles, so it doesn't even count. But I'll answer the questions anyway, because I'm bored and what else is there to do, really?

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    "Waltz #2 (XO)."

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    The White Album.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    "You float up high and it isn't a sin/And there isn't a hell where we'll be sent/There's only now, and there isn't then. So just breathe it in." I don't know what this is about, but I always imagined it to be about smoking weed, ha HAH!

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Fuck, man. Too many times, more times than I care to remember. Four? Five? I lost track, but I'm sure I won't see them again.

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    I really couldn't tell you, I overdid it with him and will probably never listen to him and enjoy it ever again.

    What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
    Probably the show that I went to with Jessica, although I also have a bad memory involving the music of 10; actually, I have many, because they write sad songs that have made me cry, but I'm actually referring to when they CANCELED THEIR LOLLLAPALOOZA SHOW AND I WAS REAL PISSED OFF ABOUT IT.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    Eh, not really... "Only In Dreams" stands a chance, I suppose.

    What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    The entirety of Octopus' Garden.

    What is your favorite song by 9?
    "Hot Fries," maybe.

    How did you get into 3?
    I actually used to hate them because they were popular. Somewhere along the way I changed my mind about caring about that.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    "Knives Out." I inadvertently watched the video on MTV as a youngster and it haunted me until the day I figured out what it was.

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    Eh. No longer applicable, really. I couldn't even tell you a favorite.

    How many times have you seen 9 live?
    Zero times. I was going to once, but then I didn't. True story.

    What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    Sitting in Jack's basement listening to them and everyone singing along in their own ways.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Many of them do, as they remind me of a time in my life when everything I felt was heartbreakingly genuine.

    What is your favorite album of 5?
    Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You Know.

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    I don't know, man. A lot of their lyrics are real bad, especially when you get to the more current releases. Let's go with the Sweater Song, because that shit is kind of bizarre.

    What is your favorite song of 1?
    Eh. Can't really give you a favorite anymore. I don't listen to them enough to still have distinctions like that.

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    At least five, possibly six. They were my true blue favorite for years, I didn't miss a show until whatever came after the one with Cursive & Mastodon, except for the one at Alvin's when I was grounded because I got arrested for shoplifting, HAH!

    What is your favorite album of 1?
    I don't really have a favorite album anymore, as I already mentioned they no longer merit the kinds of distinctions this requires, but if you pressed me to name one, I suppose I'd say... Hail to the Thief? I don't know, that doesn't sound right. I guess I can't answer this question.

    What was the first song you heard by 8?
    Reinventing Axl Rose, I do believe.
  • virtute the cat.

    3. Jun. 2008, 23:40

    My favorite thing about The Weakerthans is Virtute the Cat. (Which, by the way, I have thought for years was actually Virtue. I just found out that I was wrong that whole time. Apparently it is pronounced "Vir-too-tay." I had no goddamn idea!)

    On Reconstruction Site, their 2003 album, the fifth track is called Plea From a Cat Named Virtute I would post the lyrics, but if you're that interested, a Google search should bring them up immediately. The narrative is told from a cat's perspective. The cat is talking to her owner, who is evidently a lonely alcoholic, and she is fed up with his sad sack behavior. She sees that he can get out of the mess he's put himself in if only he tries. As the title suggests, Virtute is practically begging her owner to just get over it and enjoy life again. The very last few lines, which I will post, are perched on the edge of heart-breaking when you hear them sung: ("All you ever want to do is drink and watch TV, and frankly that thing doesn't really interest me. I swear I'm going to bite you hard and taste your tinny blood if you don't stop the self-defeating lies you've been repeating since the day you brought me home. I know you're strong.")

    Now, as if that wasn't clever enough, John K. Samson and friends returned to Virtute on the album they released last year, Reunion Tour. Again featured as the fifth track, Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure expands on the first song's sorrow, and brings it to a deafening conclusion. You already know what happens at the end, because they spell it out for you right there in the title, but hearing Samson's carefully chosen "But I can't remember the sound that you found for me" breaks your heart right in half, and it's absolutely gorgeous.
  • my top 10 bands/musicians

    7. Dez. 2006, 23:17

    My top 10 on here is slightly off, so here is a list of my real top 10 favorites. Apart from the first two, they are not in any specific order because I find that assigning them an order is far too difficult and not worth the amount of effort I'm sure I'd want to put forth.

    Against Me!
    Okkervil River
    The Velvet Underground
    Sufjan Stevens
    of Montreal
    The Replacements
    Bob Dylan
    The Exploding Hearts
  • jeff mangum is back!

    28. Jun. 2006, 18:55

  • songs that mean a lot to me/songs I really, really like

    13. Jun. 2006, 4:04

    I don't have a CD burner.

    But that didn't stop me from making a list of songs that I would put on a CD right now if I had the chance.

    1. Okkervil River - Song of Our So-Called Friend
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2
    3. Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
    4. Iron & Wine - Passing Afternoon
    5. Pavement - Spit on a Stranger
    6. Bob Dylan - It Ain't Me Babe
    7. T. Rex - Lean Woman Blues
    8. Jawbreaker - Boxcar
    9. Ben Kweller - Wasted and Ready
    10. Metric - Rock Me Now
    11. The Boy Least Likely To - I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes
    12. Saturday Looks Good To Me - When The Party Ends
    13. Beulah - Popular Mechanics For Lovers
    14. The Raconteurs - Hands
    15. Whirlwind Heat - Silver
    16. Xiu Xiu - I Luv The Valley OH!
    17. M83 - Don't Save Us From The Flames
  • pavement.

    13. Jun. 2006, 2:41

    Do you ever just stop listening to a band for no reason and then five months later rediscover them and fall in complete and total love? I'm sure you do. That just happened to me with Pavement.

    What a great band. Over the past three days I've been watching the Slow Century DVD. There is some great footage. It's too bad they broke up. Stephen Malkmus has said, however, that there is a possibility they will get back together. Then again, I have also read that him and Spiral Stairs don't have a good relationship, so it's not very likely that they would ever play together again.

    I read about this show that Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played in Milwaukee in which they treated the crowd to an entire set of Pavement songs in chronological order. Man, what a lucky crowd.

    I'm seeing Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in a few days at Bonnaroo. I've been listening to the three albums he has put out with them (well, the latest one is mostly just him), and I like them all. Just not as much as anything Pavement ever released.

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  • misleading.

    1. Mär. 2006, 11:22

    my top band chart is so misleading. I don't like Architecture in Helsinki very much. I have no idea why they are so high up on the list. I think I accidentally left the album playing on repeat all through the night once.