Requisition me a beat!

So, the Mrs. and I are teaming up this year for our Year in Music. We saw some things the same way, some differently, and some things, one of us convinced the other of. All comments after my ratings are mine, and comments after E’s ratings are written by her.

M.’s No. 1 of the year: White Stripes, Icky Thump. Is it perfect? No. But it’s loud, and has Jack White’s killer tone, and a bunch of fantastic songs, and months after it came out, it sounds just as good to me as ever.

E.’s No. 1: Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Equal partscatchy, quirky, rocking, and earnest. This was the most accessible of
Modest Mouse’s albums — and I mean that in the best way possible.


M2: Against Me!, New Wave. Somebody here at OYNAG recommended these guys way back, and I went out and bought the record. FANtastic. Big, loud songs. Punk? Not really, but who cares? Really a killer record that I listened to again and again and again.

E2: same as M2. This album made the band a sellout, but I loved every minute of it. It was intense and well written.

M3: Kanye West, Graduation. His songs get better and better. Musically a terrific record, and he’s managed to stay compelling lyrically.

E3: same as M3. A little bit over-produced for my taste, but even that couldn’t diminish the awesomeness of West’s rhymes.

M4: LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver. Wow, wow, wow. Another band I was exposed to for the first time this year. Everything from funny/fun/danceable to heartbreaking and beautiful. "All My Friends" and "Someone Great" are probably two of my five favorite songs of the year.

E4: Tegan and Sara, The Con. The songs on this album are hypnotic and intensely personal. It held my attention from start to finish.

M5: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Only listened a few times, because I didn’t get it till the end of the year. But I love it, from the loud stuff to the quiet stuff.

E5: Erin McKeown, Lafayette. Though it’s a live album, Lafyette showcases both McKeown’s original
songs and her interesting take on some old standards. McKeown’s voice
soars on each and every track.

M6: Modest Mouse, We Were Dead… I didn’t love it quite as much as E, but I did finally come to GET it after a bunch of listenings. Two months ago, it wouldn’t have cracked my top-10.

E6: Smashing Pumpkins, Zeitgeist. Lush and rich-sounding, this album is heavy and murky sometimes. Lyrical complexity keeps this album from feeling stale.

M7: Cinematics, A Strange Education. Not really anything new, but it sounded great.

E7: White Stripes, Icky Thump. Meg and Jack prove they can make music that is fresh and that crosses genres.

M8: Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero. It wasn’t as earth-shattering or mind-bending or whatever as I think Trent wanted it to be. But I dug it anyway.

E8: Blaqk Audio, CexCells. The kids from AFI prove that they’re the heirs to Depeche Mode’s fortune.

M9: Jay-Z, American Gangster. Jay still isn’t back to his lyrical form from The Black Album, but musically this was a killer disc. And Jay at 80 percent is still as good as pretty much any other MC on the planet.

M10: Kings of Leon, Because of the Times. Just love the sound these guys create.

Stuff E liked but don’t know well enough to include on the list:
The Bravery–The Sun and the Moon

The Cinematics–A Strange Education
LCD Soundsystem–Sound of Silver
Mandy Moore–Wild Hope
Kaiser Chiefs–Yours Truly, Angry Mob

M’s honorable mentions:
Blaqk Audio, CexCells
Dinosaur Jr., Beyond
Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Cold War Kids, Robbers and Cowards
Wilco, Sky Blue Sky
Buffalo Tom, Three Easy Pieces
Smashing Pumpkins, Zeitgeist
Maps, We Can Create

Stuff E hasn’t listened to enough to make an informed decision about:

Kings of Leon–Because of the Times
NIN–Year Zero
Wilco–Sky Blue Sky
Foo Fighters–Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace
Spoon–Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Jay-Z–American Gangster

-M, currently going WAY back with the all-time favorite album of a particular Post-Dispatch staffer — the Black Crowes Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.

15 Comments

True dat. Still remember the first time I heard it — a few days before it’s release on a Sunday night radio show. Remember those?

Once it elbowed Pearl Jam’s and Radiohead’s latests out the way, I can’t removed the Foo Fighters disc from the player long enough to rip it for the iPod.

It’s that good.

dg

Um, “its” not “it’s and “remove” not “removed”.

Yes, eye rites for a livin.

Grr.

I don’t listen to much music, but I wanted to say I loved the Futurama reference. Go Hermes!

I mentioned “New Wave” this summer, so I might be the “recommender.” I like the album less than when I first got it, but I’m more punk-inclined (read fickle).

If you haven’t already, do me (and yourself) a solid and listen to their back catalog, particularly “Searching For A Former Clarity.” That’s the good stuff.

Matthew —

Just wondering if you’re familiar with Angels & Airwaves and, if so, what you thought of I Empire …

What… no Arcade Fire?

No Singularity by Mae? Singularity was the best album released this year. If you haven’t heard it, you need to go download it now. It’s worth every single penny of the $10 it is on iTunes.

That is my favorite Futurama episode ever! But you knew that…

–Mrs. Dude

what?? No shins? Arcade Fire? Motion City Soundtrack?

I didn’t love the first Arcade Fire like everyone else did, so I never ended up getting the second one. Dunno, just didn’t resonate with me.

And the Shins, I liked the previous one OK but this one really didn’t do anything for me.

-M.

I’m not as much of an eclectic listener as you guys,
but I am trying to become more musically informed.I’ll use your suggestions in an attempt to do that.

On a side note, are the Cardinals really relying heavily on Cesar Izturis and Aaron Miles? I hope it works out, but it reminds me of the Junior Spivey signing for some reason.Let’s hope Izturis has better luck in STL…sorry,M. There’s no where else to post this comment.I’m not trying to hijack.

Given the new Queens of the Stone Age a listen? If so, what’d you think of it? I might nab it up on a whim.

Sad to say I’ve never owned a Modest Mouse album, so I need to correct that. Which one would the two of you recommend?

Gotta grab that Foo, too… Too bad I just clunked $1500 on a new Dell.

MM comes in a lot of flavors. I like the older, weirder stuff myself. The Lonesome Crowded West is probably my favorite.

As a starting point, though, I’d say Good News For People Who Love Bad News, or The Moon And Antarctica.

-M.

I fell in love with MM when I listened to Good News…

–E.

Me and Mrs. Dude tend to share music taste, so I’ll grab Good News. I’ve heard more from that album than any other, and what I’ve heard, I’ve enjoyed.

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