Friday, August 01, 2008

A Dozen Five Faves for Friday

In an incredibly act of juggling, INOTBB will now perform two memes at the same time! Yes, I still need to finish the film list, but I thought I should get started on the "albums of your life" one, too, especially since I actually have Top 10s for the years 1996-2005 already. Here comes the list of the top 5 INOTBB picks to click from right now--minus 2008, as it's presumptuous to know what's best with 4 months left--to 1996, with apologies for the stuff about which I know better now.

2007
Shout Out Louds Our Ill Wills
Okkervil River The Stage Names
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
M.I.A. Kala
Allison Krauss & Robert Plant Raising Sand

2006
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, Bastards
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
Regina Spektor Begin to Hope
Howe Gelb Sno' Angel Like You

2005
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema (I didn't get into them until this album, which is why they don't appear in earlier years)
Sleater-Kinney The Woods
The Decemberists Picaresque
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Shout Out Louds Howl Howl Gaff

2004
Drive-by Truckers The Dirty South
Rilo Kiley More Adventurous
Neko Case The Tigers Have Spoken
Futureheads Futureheads
Magnetic Fields i

2003
Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers
Yo La Tengo Summer Sun
Johnny Cash Unearthed
Lucinda Williams World without Tears
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

2002
The Mekons Out of Our Heads
Bright Eyes Lifted, or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Sleater-Kinney One Beat
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Rhett Miller The Instigator

2001
Gillian Welch The Revelator
Old 97's Satellite Rides
The Strokes Is This It
Joe Henry Scar
Manu Chao Próxima Estación: Esperanza

2000
PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Sleater-Kinney All Hands on the Bad One
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos Muy Divertado!
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
Kasey Chambers The Captain

1999
Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Wilco Summerteeth
Guided by Voices Do the Collapse
Beck Midnight Vultures
(why, yes, I missed Moby Play and Old 97's Fight Songs--can't always be on top of things, I'm afraid, especially in such a great year)

1998
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue
Belle & Sebastian The Boy with the Arab Strap
Peter Case Full Service No Waiting
Elliott Smith XO

1997
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Pavement Brighten the Corners
Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out
Steve Earle El Corazon
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On

1996
Beck Odelay!
Los Lobos Colossal Head
Steve Earle I Feel Alright
Ani DiFranco Dilate
Amy Rigby Diary of a Mod Housewife

Bands many people with quite good taste like much more than I do: Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Arcade Fire.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Awesome, some love for M.I.A. ...

As expected our musical tastes overlap greatly. Good call on the Old 97s album, Rickey totally blanked on that one. Not including a B&S album was also a huge mistake on Rickey's part...

1:22 PM  
Blogger George said...

Naw, there's no mistakes with these as we'd probably come up with largely different lists if you asked us a year from now. You'll see when I get to my college radio years lists--as I actually did end of the year specials so I know exactly what I thought were the best 25 albums for each year, 1981-88, at the very end of each of those years. It won't all be pretty.

On the other hand, anyone who included the Grateful Dead can't be trusted.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

I've been advising anyone who digs M.I.A. to check out Santogold. If M.I.A. had a baby with The Pixies and Tegan and Sara were this child's nannies, the kid could be Santogold. Don't know if that description turned off more people than not, but I think she's quite talented.

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9:20 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

I sort of shared your opinion on The Flaming Lips until I recently gave their two discs I owned another spin and put them into my iTunes. They weren't my favorite band but they made the cut, I decided. Then I picked up At War with the Mystics, which has convinced me in short order that the Lips are at least the equal of My Morning Jacket. And probably better.

They're interesting guys, and they go way back.

5:18 AM  

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