Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Top 100 Singles of the 1990s

So, over on a message board, we had a poll on what were the Top 100 Singles of the 1990s. Here is my list, there are some rather large oversights (Who knew Jawbreaker had two awesome singles in the 90s in "Fireman" and "Chesterfield King"? Not allmusic, that's for sure). Anyways, here's my list.

01. Bjork - Hyperballad
02. New Order - Regret
03. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
04. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
05. Phoenix - Too Young
06. Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
07. Badly Drawn Boy - Once Around the Block
08. The Get Up Kids - Action and Action
09. Underworld - Born Slippy [NUXX]
10. Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
11. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phonebooth With Money In My Hands
12. Pavement - Gold Soundz
13. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
14. Elastica - Stutter
15. Foo Fighters - Everlong
16. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get
17. Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
18. Ben Folds Five - Brick
19. Bjork - Possibly Maybe
20. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
21. Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better
22. The Afghan Whigs - What Jail Is Like
23. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
24. SIANspheric - I Like the Ride
25. Refused - New Noise
26. Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay
27. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Moya
28. Moby - Feeling So Real
29. The Cranberries - Linger
30. The Cranberries - Dreams
31. Bjork - Joga
32. Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube
33. Sleater-Kinney - One More Hour
34. Bjork - All Is Full of Love
35. The Roots featuring Erykah Badu - You Got Me
36. Underworld - Jumbo
37. Foo Fighters - My Hero
38. Tom Waits I Don't Want To Grow Up
39. Liz Phair - Supernova
40. The Jesus and Mary Chain featuring Hope Sandoval - Sometimes Always
41. The Flaming Lips - Race For the Prize
42. Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life
43. The Wedding Present - Montreal
44. U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close)
45. Beck - Jackass
46. Bjork - Hunter
47. Pavement - Range Life
48. Built To Spill - Carry the Zero
49. Everclear - Santa Monica
50. Weezer - The Good Life
51. Looper - Impossible Things
52. Underworld - Dark & Long
53. INXS - Beautiful Girl
54. Lauryn Hill - X-Factor
55. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
56. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
57. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
58. Smashing Pumpkins - Today
59. The Dismemberment Plan - The Ice of Boston
60. Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
61. Archers of Loaf - Web In Front
62. Cat Power - Nude As the News
63. Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
64. Radiohead - High and Dry
65. Pavement - Stereo
66. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
67. Underworld - Moaner
68. New Order - World
69. Superchunk - Driveway To Driveway
70. The Afghan Whigs - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
71. Radiohead - No Surprises
72. Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less
73. U2 - One
74. Sonic Youth - Superstar
75. Sloan - Coax Me
76. Radiohead - Karma Police
77. Pulp - Common People
78. DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World
79. U.N.K.L.E. featuring Thom Yorke - Rabbit In Your Headlights
80. Pavement - Shady Lane
81. Daft Punk - Around the World
82. Len - Steal My Sunshine
83. Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
84. Nada Surf - Popular
85. Forest For the Trees - Dream
86. Pavement - Cut Your Hair
87. Weezer - El Scorcho
88. Bush - Glycerine
89. Mogwai - Angels vs. Aliens
90. Portishead - Glory Box
91. Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply
92. The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
93. Bjork - Venus As A Boy
94. The Rentals - Waiting
95. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
96. Slowdive - Slowdive
97. Green Day - When I Come Around
98. REM - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
99. Nirvana - All Apologies
100. Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"Come on! Come on!"

Hey, I'm going to try and do some semi-daily (read: less than weekly) content on here. It's a simul-post from another message board, so if you're following me from there, my apolly-woggies, you've probably already seen this.

Giant Sand “Shiver”: Beginning with a whispered “Come on come on” this song has such a beautiful melody, and Howe Gelb’s vocals have never sounded better, all smoky and weary like he’s resting on his back porch, looking out over the desert landscape of his Arizona backyard. I’m completely puzzled why this hasn’t been the theme to some TV dramedy or hip indie film. I can honestly say I’ve never really enjoyed any other album by Giant Sand or Gelb’s solo projects (God, that one is almost unlistenable). But, this has such a sweetness, such a resignation to it. I love the sadness of the lapsteel when it comes in, the weird loopy sounds in the background, and for me it doesn’t get any better than when he says “Never mind, gonna find…” and a whispered female vocal echoes it back at him. That entire “Chore of Enchantment” album is really deserving of your (and my) attention.
As always, drop the "x"s.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

It's A New Year and I'm Back...Kinda

I love, love, loved 2005. It seems like every couple of minutes there was another amazing album being discovered (I'm head over heels in love with Rachel Stevens' album right now, I listen to it all the way through almost daily) with many of my current favourite bands releasing albums (Sigur Ros, Death Cab for Cutie, m83, The Jim Yoshii Pileup, Broken Social Scene, Decemberists, Daft Punk, Kanye West). I had low expectations for 2006, though, as the only bands off the top of my head releasing stuff that I had any interest in was Mogwai and (supposedly) Built To Spill. Yet January has already come with a bang, and there is some pretty great music already. Since Spin has already done a fine job hyping the upcoming Mogwai album, I thought I'd shed some light on some other corkers for 2006.

Beth Orton "The Comfort of Strangers" (Out February 2006): I've often been on the fence about Orton, sometimes loving songs of her's "Concrete Sky", other times being bored with her, and occasionally finding her collaborations even more interesting ("The State We're In" her vocal turn with The Chemical Brothers is pretty transcendant). But I'm not even 5 songs into this one and I'm in love. I'll include a YSI here of my favourite song, so far, "Conceived" which starts with a ridiculously catchy bass and high hat (hi-hat? I couldn't tell you which is right), and then a gentle acoustic strumming and her vocals, and finally some piano and I'm suddenly sitting outside on a June morning, looking up at the sky. The best description I can make is that this song makes me feel...warm?

{Yousendit guideline. Copy, change the two x's to t's, past and there you are}


Ester Drang "Rocinate" (Out January 24th): Hmm, I remember a few years back when I was pining for Jets To Brazil, so I was scouring their website for any news (still haven't hear any) and saw that they had mp3s by Ester Drang. At the time I was trying to keep up on any and everything emo and downloaded them, only to find out they were nothing like emo, but instead more of a lush, poppy indie band. Kind of like The Prom, if you've ever encountered them. Then, I forgot about them, until I came across this album and thought I'd give it a spin and...Wow! This is really good, full-on indie-pop music. I'm hearing soaring guitars, pianos, violins. It's really really lush and fun, and interesting. Here'a YSI of one of my favourite songs "Valencia's Dying Dream".


Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins "Rabbit Fur Coat": (Out January 24th) Jenny Lewis is the singer from Rilo Kiley. Still with me? Good, because this sounds nothing like Rilo Kiley. There seems to be a real backlash against Rilo Kiley, though I'm not sure why, I think they have some of the catchiest indie rock going. But, this doesn't sound like indie rock. This is Jenny Lewis releasing a solo album of solo country material. It's all really fun and great as she's really giving it and using her voice better than she ever has before. Picking a song off this album was harder than either of the previous two, because I really wanted to pick one that is catchy, but shows off the countryness of it, while also showcasing her voice, so I went with "Rise Up With Fists" which has all of those elements, it might not be my favourite (Or maybe it is...) but it's really good.


Hey, and if anyone has any problems with mp3s I'm offering up, feel free to hit me up at my email the_shrine(AT)hotmail.com and I'm cut it out promptly. My goal is to excited, not exploit. Pretty good, eh? I just came up with that now.