breakfast, lunch -n- dinner

Serving up whatever I want.

Oct 29, 2009

Hip Werewolves Prep For Halloween

You're Not Awake Yet Radio - October 29, 2009

You can download it here.

You guys know all about the rap crew that I'm in with Anna.
So here is a video of our talent show performance followed by some amazing hip hop "crumbs."

This is one of the most original and poppy hip hop songs I've heard in a long time. I. LOVE. IT.
Shwayze [ft. Snoop Dogg] - Livin' It Up

Learned about these guys on the radio show today. Can you dig it?
Superunfrontable - Antipop Consortium
Volcano (Four Tet Remix) - Antipop Consortium


It's almost Halloween. In preparation for my holiday post, let's watch a trailer for a movie I can only hope will be made.

...followed by one of the funniest videos I've ever seen.


Thanks to DJ Kimmy Gibler for reminding me of these guys.
All The Arms Around You - Halloween, Alaska

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Oct 26, 2009

European Bikers Share A Common Passion

I know The Knife has been around a while but I still can't decide if I like them.
We Share Our Mother's Health
What are your thoughts?


Crazy bike skills.


Passion Pit covers? Don't mind if I do.

You like?
Sleepyhead (ft. Starsmith) (Passion Pit Cover) - Ellie Goulding
You like?

This is adorable.
Sleepyhead (Passion Pit Cover) - Run Toto Run

Wait. Passion Pit has a song other than Sleepyhead?
I've Got Your Number (Passion Pit Cover) - Phone Tag


View more album covers of 70's European pop stars.


Sometimes I forget why I love Common. Then Dylan and I rediscover our song.

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Oct 22, 2009

Radio Raps

I'll told y'all I was on the radio.
You're Not Awake Yet Radio - October 22, 2009

or download it for on the go. Just beware - 100mb file.



I can't tell which rhyme is better.


or Anna's?

Successful (Remix [ft. Nas & Jay-Z] - Drake

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Oct 19, 2009

Austin Crane. Enough Said.

Attention everyone:

Austin Crane, An Awful Light from Jeremy Lethco.

New CD this Friday.
That is all.

Austin Crane Myspace

Austin Crane - I Know My HandsAustin Crane on iTunes

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Oct 16, 2009

Talk Of Magic Stones In Balloons

I just want to make sure we all know about this version:

Knife (Girl Talk Remix) - Grizzly Bear


So we've all heard about this story, now it's time to see the vomit.


I've posted about Mayer Hawthorne a couple of times about how he's bringing back motown.
The Magic Kids are channeling The Beach Boys for this one.
Surf Rock lives. Why is it not summer?

Hey Boy - The Magic Kids

And Joss Stone is back? WITH NAS!?!
Governmentalist [ft. Nas] - Joss Stone

Also, does anyone know if Immortal is a real band or a joke?

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Oct 13, 2009

Extreme Zombies Awake With Sunflowers

"The most revolutionary instrument of the past 60 years" is revealed after 8 years in the making.
Watch the amazing footage here.
Pretty nifty.
Here is the song they play.
Extreme Ways - Moby


Yellow Taxi - Matt Costa
Every other week you can buy sunflowers at the USC Farmers Market. I like listening to this song when I do it.


Here are some of the coolest flags ever.


Bush was anti-zombies.


I'm on the radio now.
There is usually always someone on playing great tunes but you can stream me live every Thursday morning from 6-8 in the morning EST.

Here is a sample of what I've been playing the past couple of shows.
Crystalised - The XX
A little indie pop/rock for ya.
French Navy - Camera Obscura
Learned about these guys from the studio.
Escaping Arkham - Common Market
Sometimes I do hip hop sets.
I always do hip hop sets.
Roslyn - Bon Iver & St. Vincent
I'll see New Moon just to see how they integrate this musik.

Just a little taste of what it going down on "You're Not Awake Yet Radio (with Kimmy and Carl)"

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Oct 9, 2009

The Top Albums Of The 2000s: 10-1

Here ends our journey of the top 50 albums of the past decade.

10. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips created and perfected Art Rock. This album has tons of electronic influence but also delves into the creative side of rock with witty lyrics and the use of pop as enhancement, not necessarily as a genre. Interesting concept, I know.

1. Fight Test
2. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
3. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1
4. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 2
5. In The Morning Of The Magicians
6. Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell
7. Are You A Hypnotist??
8. It's Summertime
9. Do You Realize??
10. All We Have Is Now
11. Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)

9. Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites

As far as rock and roll goes, I mean well-constructed, well-toned, beautiful rock and roll goes, Mew is the only modern band to come close. They are rough, they are talented, their lyrics are childish yet appropriate for the album. This record is gapless and doesn't even want to let up. If you don't already listen to this album on a regular basis, prepare for an awakening.

1. The Circuitry Of The Wolf
2. Chinaberry Tree
3. Why Are You Looking Grave?
4. Fox Cub
5. Apocalypso
6. Special
7. The Zookeeper's Boy
8. A Dark Design
9. Saviours Of Jazz Ballet
10. An Envoy To The Open Fields
11. Small Ambulance
12. The Seething Rain Weeps For You
13. White Lips Kissed Mew
14. Louise Louisa

8. Pedro The Lion - Winners Never Quit

David Bazan is one of my favorite artists due to his involvement in Pedro and the Headphones and as far as Pedro in the past decade goes, you can't get any better than this record. It stays in their style, is well produced, and every song is beautifully depressing. Pedro is simple which, in turn, makes great musik simple.

1. Slow And Steady Wins The Race
2. Simple Economics
3. To Protect The Family Name
4. A Mind Of Her Own
5. Never Leave A Job Half Done
6. Eye On The Finish Line
7. Bad Things To Such Good People
8. Winners Never Quit

7. Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lake State

My favorite Sufjan album. I know that it's not as poppy or accessible as Illinoise but this intamacy is constructed so well that I just can't pass it up. Every song is beautiful. Literally. I find every song attractive. That's not even a joke. If you've listened to this album all the way through you know what I'm talking about. Give it a chance.

1. Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
2. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
3. For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
4. Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!
5. Upper Peninsula
6. Tahquamenon Falls
7. Holland
8. Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
9. Romulus
10. Alanson, Crooked River
11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie
12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)
13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
14. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)
15. Vito's Ordination Song

6. The Strokes - Is This It?

The best rock album of the decade. The Strokes take their punk-esque rhythms, construct them differently, add intelligence to them, keep the beat as steady as a rock and back it all with low-production quality to make one of my all time favorite rock albums. It's grungy while being sophisticated, it's beautiful while being in your face, it's heartfelt while remaining rock and roll. This album is legit.

1. Is This It
2. The Modern Age
3. Soma
4. Barely Legal
5. Someday
6. Alone, Together
7. Last Nite
8. Hard To Explain
9. When It Started
10. Trying Your Luck
11. Take It Or Leave It

5. Girl Talk - Night Ripper

Girl Talk revolutionized musik.
1973 - Edgar Winter Group's song "Frankenstein" conatins take offs from popular songs and melodies on purpose. It was the first kind of sampling song and it was done with all instruments. An unheard of idea.
1977 - Afrika Bambaataa creates the idea of bringing turntablists together in a peaceful fashion. The first wide acceptance and use of DJs (who use all samples) in a corporation which gained a significant amount of press in the musik scene. An unheard of idea.
1996 - DJ Shadow puts out Endtroducing..., hands down the best turntablist album of all time. Cutting, beat juggling, mixing, doing things on a turntable that put every DJ to shame. A perfection of an art.
2004 - Greg Gillis of Girl Talk puts out Unstoppable, an album that is entirely mash ups and not just mash ups. Several songs in one collective song.
2006 - Girl Talk perfects his art with Night Ripper, blowing minds left and right.
This is the final frontier of musik and Girl Talk does it best.
For full enjoyment: accompany your listen with this.

1. Once Again
2. That's My D.J.
3. Hold Up
4. Too Deep
5. Smash Your Head
6. Minute By Minute
7. Ask About Me
8. Summer Smoke
9. Friday Night
10. Hand Clap
11. Give and Go
12. Bounce That
13. Warm It Up
14. Double Pump
15. Overtime
16. Peak Out

4. Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther Well, maybe not ever, but definitely of the past 10 years. Lyrically it blows my mind, melodically, especially in combo with the drums, it's fascinating, and it's mood stays constant while changing the songs enough to be distinguishable.

1. Roscoe
2. Bandits
3. Head Home
4. Van Occupanther
5. Young Bride
6. Branches
7. In This Camp
8. We Gathered In Spring
9. It Covers The Hillsides
10. Chasing After Deer
11. You Never Arrived

3. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Like I said, Radiohead has been blowing minds for years. This is by far their best album since The Bends and I cannot talk enough about how it takes everything I know about the band, and musik, and twists it enough to make me doubt everything I ever learned. If you don't know Radiohead, prepare to be shocked and revolutionized.

1. 15 Step
2. Bodysnatchers
3. Nude
4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
5. All I Need
6. Faust Arp
7. Reckoner
8. House Of Cards
9. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
10. Videotape

2. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days

Maybe it's because this is the first Iron And Wine album I really paid attention to that makes me love it so much, maybe it's because Sam Beam is a genius, maybe, and by maybe, I mean 100% yes, maybe it's both. Our Endless Numbered Days was the first well produced Iron & Wine album and while it is an improvement from his lo-fi recordings and does indeed help, Sam could be playing in a rainstorm and I be unable to hear him and it would still sound more beautiful than I can imagine. If you like folk musik then you obviously already know Iron & Wine, but if for some reason you don't, give them a fair chance. Realize the complexity of the instruments and the conceivability of the lyrics.

1. On Your Wings
2. Naked As We Came
3. Cinder And Smoke
4. Sunset Soon Forgotten
5. Teeth In The Grass
6. Love And Some Verses
7. Radio War
8. Each Coming Night
9. Free Until Cut Me Down
10. Fever Dream
11. Sodom, South Georgia
12. Passing Afternoon

1. Daft Punk - Discovery

The best electronic album of all time is also the best album of the decade and even has a place in my top 10 of all time. Every.single.person. loves at least one track off of this record. It's impossible not to. It provides everything from jazz influence, french house, American pop, and everything in between. The accompanying musik videos are just as captivating as the songs themselves and set this album apart from the rest.
Discovery is the greatest.

1. One More Time
2. Aerodynamic
3. Digital Love
4. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
5. Crescendolls
6. Nightvision
7. Superhereos
8. High Life
9. Something About Us
10. Voyager
11. Veridis Quo
12. Short Circuit
13. Face To Face
14. Too Long

Be sure to check out the rest of the list.
Monday, October 5th: 50-41
Tuesday, October 6th: 40-31
Wednesday, October 7th: 30-21
Thursday, October 8th: 20-11
Friday, October 9th: 10-1

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Oct 8, 2009

The Top Albums Of The 2000s: 20-11

Here continues our journey through the top 50 albums of the past decade.

20. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

This is Bloc Party's best album. It's leaps and bound better than anything they've touched since and I don't even count their other albums as musik in comparison to this masterpiece. "Silent Alarm" holds its own in a rock battle and could even delve into the indie world and still be accepted. Regardless of its "scene," "Silent Alarm" blows minds with every progressing song. If you like musik, you'll like this album.

1. Like Eating Glass
2. Helicopter
3. Positive Tension
4. Banquet
5. Blue Light
6. She's Hearing Voices
7. This Modern Love
8. Pioneers
9. Price Of Gasoline
10. Little Thoughts
11. So Here We Are
12. Luno
13. Plans
14. Compliments

19. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar

Beirut is technically "world" as a genre but I put them as folk. They are also technically amazing which I put them as on the reg. Postcards From Italy was the hit from this record but that's just the beginning of this albums greatness. Give it a couple of listens through. You'll find you grow quite fond of its sound.

1. The Gulag Orkestar
2. Prenzlauerberg
3. Bandenburg
4. Postcards From Italy
5. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
6. Rhineland (Heartland)
7. Scenic World
8. Bratislava
9. The Bunker
10. The Canals Of Our City
11. After The Curtain

18. Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun

I don't think I need to say anything about Sigur Ros. Without this album, musik would not be complete. I know musik is a journey and hundreds of records are produced everyday and blah blah blah. No. Sigur Ros broke bounds with his mastery of the genre. I put this album ALMOST as important as Kid A. Yeah, I went there.

1. Intro
2. Svefn-G-Englar
3. Staralfur
4. Flugufrelsarinn
5. Ny Batteri
6. Hjartad Hamast
7. Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa
8. Olsen Olsen
9. Agaetis Byrjun
10. Avalon

17. Radiohead - Kid A

Radiohead has been in the business of stopping hearts for years, but at the turn of the decade, century, and millennium, Thom an company decided to spoil everyone's taste buds for good musik and start it out right. One of the most influential albums of the decade as far as production and structure goes, "Kid A" deserves the highest of honors. Respect your elders.

1. Everything In Its Right Place
2. Kid A
3. The National Anthem
4. How To Disappear Completely
5. Treefingers
6. Optimistic
7. In Limbo
8. Idioteque
9. Morning Bell
10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

16. Jay-Z - The Blueprint

Jay-Z broke new ground in the realm of hip hop with The Blueprint. Lots of people credit OutKast with being the bridge between popular rap and intelligent rap: that he is the answer to our desire. He is the self-acclaimed jeHOVAh of the genre. I know his lyrics can be a little rough (sorry Mom), but seriously, this album is nasty. Sick as dash, some might say.

1. Ruler's Back
2. Takeover
3. Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
4. Girls, Girls, Girls
5. Jigga That N***a
6. U Don't Know
7. Hola' Hovito
8. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
9. Never Change
10. Song Cry
11. All I Need
12. Renagade [ft. Eminem]
13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)

15. The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

The Streets are British rap. That's rap. From the UK. Where everything is better. So obviously. You get the. Picture.

1. Pranging Out
2. War Of The Sexes
3. The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
4. All Goes Out The Window
5. Memento Mori
6. Can't Con An Honest John
7. When You Wasn't Famous
8. Never Went To Church
9. Hotel Expressionism
10. Two Nations
11. Fake Streets Hats

14. Aphex Twin - Drukqs

I seriously think Richard James just sits in from of his computer, and makes a steady beat. Then goes out drinking all night, completely changes everything he did, adds a distorted melody, then throws it all into some CRAZY reverb. Then he releases it and I love it.

Disc One
1. Jynweythek
2. Vordhosbn
3. Kladfvgbung Micshk
4. Omgyjya-Switch7
5. Strotha Tynhe
6. Gwely Mernans
7. Bbydhyonchord
8. Cock/Ver10
9. Avril 14th
10. Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount
11. Gwarek2
12. Orban Eq Trx 4
13. Aussois
14. Hy A Scullyas Lyf Adhagrow
15. Kesson Dalef

Disc Two
1. 54 Cymru Beats
2. Btoum-Roumada
3. Lornaderek
4. QKThr
5. Meltphace 6
6. Bit 4
7. Prep Gwarlek 3b
8. Father
9. Taking Control
10. Petiatil Cx Htdui
11. Ruglen Holon
12. Afx237 v.7
13. Ziggomatic 17
14. Beskhu3epnm
15. Nanou2

13. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Disregarding that this fact is hip, catchy, and one of a kind, let's examine the fact that this is the concept album return of Gorillaz which developed its own ballet - WHICH I SAW! Oh yes, "Demon Days" has everything you want: rap, electronica, ridiculous musik videos. If you know the Gorillaz, and you like the Gorillaz, you'll like this album. If you want to give it a shot, I know it's not for everyone, but it's worth listening to. Seriously.

1. Intro
2. Last Living Souls
3. Kids With Guns
4. O Green World
5. Dirty Harry
6. Feel Good Inc. [ft. De La Soul]
7. El Mañana
8. Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
9. November Has Come
10. All Alone
11. White Light
12. Dare
13. Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
14. Don't Get Lost In Heaven
15. Demon Days

12. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Whenever I posted this album on the albums list for 2008 I underestimated it.
It's amazing. Every track is golden and is literally my favorite. I can't get enough of it. This album is dissonance folk meets the hidden gold from El Dorado. That's how amazing it is. Enjoy it. Now.

1. Flume
2. Lump Sum
3. Skinny Love
4. The Wolves (Act I and II)
5. Blindsided
6. Creature Fear
7. Team
8. For Emma
9. Re: Stacks
10. Wisconsin (iTunes Bonus Track)

11. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

My favorite Death Cab album is also their best. Interesting how that works, huh?

1. The New Year
2. Lightness
3. Title And Registration
4. Expo '86
5. The Sound Of Settling
6. Tiny Vessels
7. Transatlanticism
8. Passenger Seat
9. Death Of An Interior Decorator
10. We Looked Like Giants
11. A Lack Of Color

Be sure to come back for more of the list.
Monday, October 5th: 50-41
Tuesday, October 6th: 40-31
Wednesday, October 7th: 30-21
Thursday, October 8th: 20-11
Friday, October 9th: 10-1

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Oct 7, 2009

The Top Albums Of The 2000s: 30-21

Here continues our journey through the top 50 albums of the past decade.

30. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

The notorious Cee-Lo and the mastermind Danger Mouse team up to blow minds with this past decades perfect mash between hip hop, electronica and pop. While this CD has a definitive sound, each song has a distinct drive to it and separates it from the crowd. Most kids have heard the radio hit "Crazy" but those who took the time to appreciate this album as a whole were well treated to a masterpiece. If you don't already cherish this album, start now.

1. Go-Go Gadeget Gospel
2. Crazy
3. St. Elsewhere
4. Gone Daddy Gone
5. Smiley Faces
6. The Boogie Monster
7. Feng Shui
8. Just A Thought
9. Transformer
10. Who Cares?
11. On-Line
12. Necromancer
13. Storm Coming
14. The Last Time

29. Common - Be

I know I praised Lupe for being my favorite consistent hip hop artist earlier this list but Common is on another level. Every song is a distinct hit and his rhymes are a lot smarter on this album than Lupe's. Teaming up with The Last Poets, making a colab appearance on The Chapelle Show with Kanye, and turning a court room scandal into a slow riding groove, that's amazing. Common isn't as much fun as other hip hop on this list but his use of soul backing tracks and his intelligence of syncopation and lyrics turn other rappers head over heels.

1. Be (Intro)
2. The Corner [ft. The Last Poets & Kanye West]
3. Go [ft. John Mayer & Kanye West]
4. Faithful [ft. John Legend & Bilal]
5. Testify
6. Love Is...
7. Chi-City
8. The Food [ft. Kanye West]
9. Real People
10. They Say [ft. John Legend & Kanye West]
11. It's Your World [ft. Bilal & Pops]

28. Feist - Let It Die

Leslie Feist decided to make an album that ventures on a flawless sentimental journey. Feist decided to rock our faces with her silence. I don't know if you guys really understand who seemingly perfect this album is and how its flow just creates our emotional attachment.

1. Gatekeeper
2. Mushaboom
3. Let It Die
4. One Evening
5. Leisure Suite
6. Lonely Lonely
7. When I Was A Young Girl
8. Secret Heart
9. Inside And Out
10. Tout Doucement
11. Now At Last

27. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Like I said in the song series, Arcade FIre is breaking new grounds with production. This is a solid album but it's more influential technically which is what gives "Neon Bible" its place on the list.

1. Black Mirror
2. Keep the Car Running
3. Neon Bible
4. Intervention
5. Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
6. Ocean Of Noise
7. The Well and the Lighthouse
8. (Antichrist Television Blues)
9. Windowsill
10. No Cars Go
11. My Body Is A Cage

26. Eminem - The Eminem Show

This one goes out to all you haters out there. Eminem is legit and you're just jealous. His rhymes are taboo, he's in your face and that's the way he effing likes it. This is the record that set me on fire with Marshall and boy am I glad. You know you love the hits, now respect the rest.

1. Curtains Up (Skit)
2. White America
3. Business
4. Cleanin' Out My Closet
5. Square Dance
6. The Kiss (Skit)
7. Soldier
8. Say Goodbye Hollywood
9. Drips [ft. Obie Trice]
10. Without Me
11. Paul Rosenberg (Skit)
12. Sing For The Moment
13. Superman [ft. Dina Rae]
14. Hailie's Song
15. Steve Berman (Skit)
16. When The Music Stops [ft. D12]
17. Say What You Say [ft. Dr. Dre]
18. 'Til I Collapse [ft. Nate Dogg]
19. My Dad's Gone Crazy [ft. Jallie Jade]
20. Curtains Close (Skit)

25. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

Grizzly Bear is everywhere. They've been around a while, "Knife" has been rocking mixtapes for a couple of years, they have a new record out this year - why are they such a hidden indie secret? Yes, people like Grizzly Bear but I've never met anyone who's like "AAAHHHH GRIZZLLYY BBEEARRR!!!!RYU@EW&(" Seriously though, this album is amazing. Folk meets rock in this romance of distant proportions. No matter how loud you turn your speakers up, you always feel like you're just not hearing it all - like everything is really far away. So turn this up and prepare to long for more.

1. Easier
2. Lullabye
3. Knife
4. Central And Remote
5. Little Brother
6. Plans
7. Marla
8. On A Neck, On A Spit
9. Reprise
10. Colorado

24. Kings Of Convenience - Riot On An Empty Street

1. Homesick
2. Misread
3. Cayman Islands
4. Stay Out Of Trouble
5. Know How
6. Sorry or Please
7. Love Is No Big Truth
8. I'd Rather Dance With You
9. Live Long
10. Surprise Ice
11. Gold In The Air Of Summer
12. Build-Up [ft. Feist]

23. Coldplay - X&Y

As far as bridge bands go, Coldplay is the king. Gangsters, hipsters, parents, everyone loves Chris Martin's smooth voice over the orchestral transmissions of Coldplay. This is their best album yet and by far. Granted, every album has its fair share of hits and every album is great, but this album, as a whole, It's melodic, keeps within itself and produces songs for the radio and for our hearts.

1. Square One
2. What If?
3. White Shadows
4. Fix You
5. Talk
6. X&Y
7. Speed Of Sound
8. A Message
9. Low
10. Hardest Part
11. Swallowed In The Sea
12. Twisted Logic

22. John Mayer - Continuum

So nobody digs cocky people less than I do. Even if you do deserve it. Hey John, don't you think you should let the musik speak for itself? Shut up and make another record.

1. Waiting On The World To Change
2. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
3. Belief
4. Gravity
5. Heart of Life
6. Vultures
7. Stop This Train Listen
8. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
9. Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix Cover)
10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
11. In Repair
12. I'm Gonna Find Another You
13. Say (Reissue Only)

21. Elliott Smith - Figure 8

The.saddest.record.on.the.list. Hands.down. If you can live through the CD, I hope you'll pass it along to someone who is mentally stable.

1. Son Of Sam
2. Somebody That I Used To Know
3. Junk Bond Trader
4. Everything Reminds Me Of Her
5. Everything Means Nothing To Me
6. L.A.
7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)/The Roost
8. Stupidity Tries
9. Easy Way Out
10. Wouldn't Mama Be Proud
11. Colorbars
12. Happiness/The Gondola Man
13. Pretty Mary Kay
14. Better Be Quiet Now
15. Can't Make A Sound
16. Bye

Be sure to come back for more of the list.
Monday, October 5th: 50-41
Tuesday, October 6th: 40-31
Wednesday, October 7th: 30-21
Thursday, October 8th: 20-11
Friday, October 9th: 10-1

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Oct 4, 2009

The Top Albums Of The 2000s: 50-41

It's time to start.

Here begins our journey through the top 50 albums of the past decade.

50. The Postal Service - Give Up

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel combine to make one of the best pop/electronic bands of all time. I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like at least one song off of this album. It flows well, each song is distinct and catchy in its own way be it musically or lyrically, and the smooth sound of Gibbard's voice is a pleasantly familiar one. If you haven't already heard this album, buy it now.

1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2. Such Great Heights
3. Sleeping In
4. Nothing Better
5. Recycled Air
6. Clark Gable
7. We Will Become Silhouettes
8. This Place Is a Prison
9. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem

Oh, and if someone is like "You'll like Owl City if you like The Postal Service" just go ahead and punch them in the face.

49. edIT - Certified Air Raid Material

edIT is unheard of. What he does to blend hip hop and thick electronica just blows my mind. Every time I start this album I prepare myself for three things: 1) the inevitable dance party, 2) the violent crying that will happen from its sheer power, 3) maxing out my volume. If you like the tracks you sampled below then without a DOUBT get the rest of the album. edIT is amazing.

1. Questions
2. Battling Go-Go Yubari in Downtown L.A.
3. Artsy Remix [ft. The Grouch]
4. Certified Air Raid Material
5. Night Shift [ft. Abstract Rude]
6. Straight Heat
7. Sirens Listen
8. Back Up off the Floor, Pt. 2 [ft. The Grouch]
9. Fire Riddim
10. If You Crump Stand Up
11. Crunk de Gaulle [ft. Busdriver, D-Styles, & TTC]
12. Parting Shot

48. Edison Glass - A Burn Or A Shiver

Edison Glass went to college with my brother so I've known about them for a while. Every time I listen to them I just am amazed at how talented every member of the band is. Then they put out "A Burn Or A Shiver," their first legitimately, studio produced album. Make sure you listen to this album a couple of times in a row so you can catch every detail of every song. The guitar duos play off of each other better than an any straight up rock band I've ever heard, the drummer is steady and talented, the bassist's tones are perfection, the lyrics are great and the vocal melodies keep this rock album under wraps, making it accessible to anyone who gives it a shot. This album is perfect.

1. My Fair One
2. Forever
3. Starlight
4. This House
5. Today Has Wings
6. Dear Honesty
7. In Such A State
8. Angelic In Heart
9. Minutes For Memories
10. The River
11. You Mean The World To Me
12. A Burn or a Shiver
13. When All We Have Is Taken/Comfort

47. Muse - Absolution

Muse is one of the best consistent rock bands of all time. Each album is completely different in production and instrument focus but each is incredible in its own way. Absolution starts with a heavy piano in your face, then proceeds to melt if off with guitar solos, mind blowing transitions and loud, almost opera-esque, vocals. If you don't respect Muse then you don't respect rock.

1. Intro
2. Apocalypse Please
3. Time Is Running Out
4. Sing For Absolution
5. Stockholm Syndrome
6. Falling Away With You
7. Interlude
8. Hysteria
9. Blackout
10. Butterflies & Hurricanes
11. The Small Print
12. Endlessly
13. Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist
14. Ruled By Secrecy

46. Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Once: Music From The Motion Picture

The modern musikal that is "Once" is as captivating as its songs are beautiful. People often criticize it and say, "It was all about musick!" Well, welcome to the genre of musikals idiot. Each song is heartfelt, beautifully written with a perfect accompanying melody to fit the words. Separate from the film, this album stands as one of the best folk albums of the 2000s.

1. Falling Slowly
2. If You Want Me
3. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
4. When Your Mind's Made Up
5. Lies
6. Gold
7. The Hill
8. Fallen From The Sky
9. Leave
10. Trying to Pull Myself Away
11. All the Way Down
12. Once
13. Say It to Me Now

45. Lykke Li - Youth Novels

This album starts out with spacey melodies and a spoken word introduction. It quickly moves into an indie-pop sensation's dream come true. It remains 100% pop until the final three songs when Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson decides to examine her loved ones and love itself. The transition using pop melodies and, while elementary, down right catchy lyrics is masterful. If you don't like this album I will think less of you.

1. Melodies & Desires
2. Dance, Dance, Dance
3. I'm Good, I'm Gone
4. Let It Fall
5. My Love
6. Tonight
7. Little Bit
8. Hanging High
9. This Trumpet in My Head
10. Complaint Department
11. Breaking It Up
12. Everybody But Me
13. Time Flies
14. Window Blues

44. She & Him - Volume One

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Both beautiful artists separately. Together? Mind blowing. This duo is one of the best collaborative albums I've heard in a long, long time. It's not even necessarily a collaboration since they are an official band now and have their second album scheduled for 2010. Regardless, the pop/folk sensibility of this album is amazing.

1. Sentimental Heart
2. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
3. This Is Not a Test
4. Change Is Hard
5. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
6. Take It Back
7. I Was Made For You
8. You Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson Cover)
9. Black Hole
10. Got Me
11. I Should Have Known Better (The Beatles Cover)
12. Sweet Darlin'
13. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

43. Milosh - Meme

This album is as good to everyone as it is influential to me. Growing up on Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers, I thought that all electronic musik had to be dance worthy/shatter the windows with the thumping bass. Milosh changed that. Milosh introduced me to soft spoken, aerodynamic electronica. He opened my mind to variations of genres I though I knew and he does it well.

1. It's Over
2. Falling Away
3. Couldn't Sleep
4. You Fill Me
5. Instrumental
6. I'm Trying
7. The City
8. My Life
9. This Way
10. Run Away
11. Playing with Yen

42. Coheed And Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness

Okay. I get it. You guys think Coheed is overrated. Well you're wrong. As far as a rock album goes, this one is the most accessible to both radio kids and those with taste (us). It leads us through sagas of solos, orchestral backing and chorus vocals. This album is epic in proportion and should be valued. If you can't appreciate one of the best, in-your-face rock albums of the past 10 years then you need to take a step back and adjust your attitude. In Keeping Of Silent Earth III is my personal favorite by Coheed but this album opened the public to Coheed so I respect it. I'm right. You're wrong. Deal with it.

1. Keeping The Blade
2. Always & Never
3. Welcome Home
4. Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial)
5. Crossing The Frame
6. Apollo I : The Writing Writer
7. Once Upon Your Dead Body
8. Wake Up
9. The Suffering
10. The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets Of Miss Erica Court
11. Mother May I
12. The Willing Well I: Fuel For The Feeding End
13. The Willing Well II: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
14. The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth
15. The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut

41. Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise

It's pronounced "soof-yawn," not "suf-jan." There, cleared that up.
Sufjan has quite the following. People go crazy over every little thing he does. This is interesting to me since 2 of his albums are downright awful - A Sun Came & Enjoy Your Rabbit. But alas, he does have quite a collection of albums that never cease to amaze me. Illinoise is obviously on this list. His most popular album and I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like him. He kept true to his orchestral/folk style and created a pop connection that everyone loves. This album has it's hits for sure but every track flows well into the next while never loosing sight of his goal: make Illinoise beautiful by song. And that he does. Thank you Sufjan. You have done it again.

1. Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
2. The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
3. Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
4. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
5. Jacksonville
6. A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
7. Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
8. One Last "Whoo-hoo!" For The Pullman
9. Chicago
10. Casimir Pulaski Day
11. To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
12. The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
13. Prairie Fire That Wanders About
14. A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
15. The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
16. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
17. Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
18. In This Temple, As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
19. The Seer's Tower
20. The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders
21. Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King of Swing, To Name A Few
22. Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run

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Monday, October 5th: 50-41
Tuesday, October 6th: 40-31
Wednesday, October 7th: 30-21
Thursday, October 8th: 20-11
Friday, October 9th: 10-1

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