I've been meaning to write this one for a while now!
1. The Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits for some reason, each song flows perfectly into the next, almost as if they were made to be a hits band. and I think that's true because, unfortunately, a lot of what billy corgan puts out is straight masturbation, because that's just the kind of guy he is. remember zwan?
2. The Smiths - The Sound of The Smiths starts out perfectly with hand in glove, which has a soft beginning that gradually gets louder. apparently these songs were hand picked by morrissey and johnny marr... they're evidently very aware of best work.
3. A Tribe Called Quest - The Anthology structured really well. doesn't blow it's load right away with "can I kick it?". everything's mixed up and it's got a great flow, perfect for listening to when you're walking around.
4. Beastie Boys - The Sounds Of Science got lots of extra good shit, which is why it beats out Solid Gold Hits. tons of remixes and bonus hard-to-find songs. what makes it extra special is that it manages to keep my attention despite being two hours long.
5. Joy Division - Heart and Soul so much previously unreleased shit and raw material. this thing is huge, I don't think I've ever gotten through it in one sitting. I like it for its completion, plus it has the added benefit of including both unknown pleasures and closer. finally, everything is remastered. what more can you ask for?
6. Cap'n Jazz - Analphabetapolothology k seriously, fuck the title. this is a great collection though. like heart and soul above, it's almost fully complete. cap'n jazz are great and I think a lot of the great mid-nineties emo bands should take a leaf out of their book and release all of their material. I hate to think how many gems have been lost in the annals of history because the guitarist is a stock broker and the vocalist is a teacher and they're all too lazy to fish out their old recordings and release them to all the foreveralone fans who are living (musically) in the age of dial-up.
give me a few days to finish this because I'm DEF gonna forget some good ones
1. Saosin - Translating the Name the fact that I have zero interest in post-anthony green saosin really speaks to the strength of this ep. how can he make a five song ep have more emotional strength than most full length albums?
4. Glassjaw - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I'm a derp for not adding this sooner. this is an unbelievable ep and, even though I'm gonna get a lot of heat for this, I gotta say it's better than anything of the demos they've put out the past few years which, no matter how many times I listen to them, continue to remind me of the arabian nights style songs in aladdin.
5. Death From Above 1979 - Heads Up when this came out I had no idea what the fuck I was hearing, that's how original it was. all that noise with just drums, a bass and a bunch of effects pedals. and for once, a musician wasn't using the effects pedals to mask his inability to play the instrument. phenomenal.
8. Bright Eyes - Every Day and Every Night conor oberst at his best. I can just picture him writing these songs, and it's a depressing, frightening image. made for some of his most powerful stuff, though.
9. Hopesfall - No Wings To Speak Of I'm not sure how many people still listen to hopesfall, but when they followed this with The Satellite Years, I remember thinking that this was one of those bands doing their brand of music better than almost anyone.
this list was absurdly easy to make. these are my favourite albums, not necessarily the ones I've listened to the most. *artist has more than one album on the list, which I will refrain from including to avoid repitition
Matthew Good (Matthew Good Band) dear matt good, while looking for a good picture of you, I noticed you got kinda fat. you have a beautiful voice and profound lyrics... but please go on a diet.
Ol' Dirty Bastard ODB totally delivered the crazy. everyone's always trying to be so serious.
Conrad Keely (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead) I think the reason I like this isaac brock look-a-like as much as I do is because he does a really good job of conveying emotion through his voice. it's a talent that's a lot rarer than it seems. speaking of isaac brock...
Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) conrad keely might look like isaac brock, but he doesn't sound like him. in fact, nobody does. though it's worth noting, his uniqueness isn't the basis for my adoration. it's that broken "caw" of a sound that he makes... like a crow that's been dumped by his girlfriend.
Ian Curtis (Joy Division) it's a pity he died 9 years before I was born. if he had waited at LEAST a decade before offing himself, that would have given me one year to seduce him.
Robert Smith (The Cure) Robert fucking Smith... plus, he shreds on guitar
Karma Police - Radiohead I like that they shot it at night (neat colour contrast with the fire). the reversal of fortune for the people in the car is unexpected and brilliant, but that goes without saying. what's truly awesome is the fact that you don't see thom yorke's face after the man lights the match.
Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse I don't know what it is, but this video makes me tear up. ever notice how little boys with glasses are invariably sympathetic characters?
Carmelina - Matthew Good Band matthew good band is going to be on here twice; both videos are amazing and I can't decide which is better. first, carmelina. matt good seems to have an affinity for pig motifs in his music. his use of the pig mask in this video is eerie, but what's even better is the morbid contrast between professional tormenter matt good and kind, doughnut-bestowing matt good. "everything is going to be a-ok!"
Load Me Up - Matthew Good Band I love videos that don't answer questions. why are these four kids being chased by a bunch of other kids in school uniforms? I'm sure you can answer that question with some gay symbolism about conformity, but I'm gonna pretend that's not the case. in terms of direction, I love the slow motion bits (esp when they're in the water).
Sabotage - Beastie Boys they really capture the clumsy ineptitude of cocky police officers from the 1970s. fuck starsky and hutch, you know this is how shit really went down.
Say It Ain't So - Weezer no objective reason for this video being brilliant, I just really like it. highlights include: rivers drinking a juice box and someone doing laundry, seemingly completely independent from the band that's playing right there in the middle of the basement.
Cosmopolitan Bloodloss - Glassjaw vincent gallo being a dick to everyone that crosses his path (also an example of endearing daryl palumbo, not egotistical douche daryl palumbo)
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads david byrne doing a chicken walk. when I looked up the video on youtube I laughed pretty hard at the comparisons to bill nye and stephen colbert.
Bullet to Binary - mewithoutYou I have no idea what it is, but this video puts me in a different place, mentally. almost like I'm living in a book as some sort of character who lives in a house made of stone and knows nobody.
Slow Hands - Interpol the slow motion, the closeups of the bandmember's faces... I also like the muted grey-blue colour palate.
Enter the Ninja - Die Antwoord most recent video on this list. yo-landi is responsible for a lot of the cool factor here. when I first watched it, I didn't know what to think. dude with progeria adds that extra bit of whatthefuck.
Can't Tell Me Nothing - Kanye West what's funny about this is zach galifianakis keeps perfect timing with the lyrics, so I can totally believe he's rapping. also, it just appears to be him frolicking in a field, all the while keeping a super straight face. I can't think of a less appropriate music video for this song, which is what makes it awesome.