Saturday, October 07, 2006

409-485 (CLOSING OUT THE BEES)

409. The Earth Died Screaming Tom Waits Bone Machine
410. A Little Rain Tom Waits Bone Machine
411. Goin' Out West Tom Waits Bone Machine
412. Black Wings Tom Waits Bone Machine
413. Whistle Down The Wind Tom Waits Bone Machine
414. That Feel Tom Waits Bone Machine

Bone Machine (one of those all-time great album names) is Waits' tribute to the end of the world. If there's a The Wire after the apocalypse six years from now, "The Earth Died Screaming" will play over the opening credits. Waits' music is essentially blues/folk music, but he guts each song until they fit into one genre — Waits. The best and worst thing about "That Feel" is Keith Richards' harmonies deflecting off an otherwise lovely song.

415. Cecilia Ann Pixies Bossanova
416. Rock Music Pixies Bossanova
417. Velouria Pixies Bossanova
418. Alison Pixies Bossanova
419. Is She Weird Pixies Bossanova
420. All Over the World Pixies Bossanova
421. Dig For Fire Pixies Bossanova
422. The Happening Pixies Bossanova
423. Havalina Pixies Bossanova

Bossanova is the Pixies' 2nd worst studio album, featuring only nine great songs. I know "Celia Ann" is a cover, but its spaghetti-wester surf guitar is permantently linked to the Pixies in my mind. For all the influence on Nirvana that people ascribe to the Pixies, they often forget 'anti-songs' like "Rock Music" influencing Cobain's album tracks.

424. I Will Follow U2 Boy
425. An Cat Dubh U2 Boy
426. Out of Control U2 Boy

It's easy to forget just how fully formed U2 was in 1980 before they got Enoed, Lanoised and Flooded. They were. ready to be great even before they knew how to be for a full album. It's a testament to them that "I Will Follow" could have easily been a new hit song ten-fifteen years after its release.

427. Boys Don't Cry The Cure Boys Don't Cry
428. Jumping Someone Else's Train The Cure Boys Don't Cry
429. Killing An Arab The Cure Boys Don't Cry

The Cure were a more idiosyncratic band than U2, and weren't fully THE CURE in 1980. Still, the singles included on this album were pointing the way towards their greatness. And stand out as great tunes to this day.


430. Blood Roses Tori Amos Boys For Pele
431. Professional Widow Tori Amos Boys For Pele
432. Mr Zebra Tori Amos Boys For Pele
433. Caught A Lite Sneeze Tori Amos Boys For Pele
434. Hey Jupiter Tori Amos Boys For Pele

The Tori Amos backlash was in full effect when Boys dropped, almost guaranteeing that this would be her last great album. Anger mixes with her personal blend of mythology in a Mulligan Stew of musical styles in each of these richter-written songs.

435. Toccata Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
436. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 1 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
437. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
438. Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery

Well, if I didn't lose you with Tori, you might be jumping ship now. If you were sitting out until I got to ELP, well, welcome back my friends. The first truly great statement in electronic music, Toccata takes a classical piece of music and transforms it into an intrumental attack of reverence. That's right. I hemmed the olde haw trying to decide whether Karn Evil 9 constitutes 1 or 4 songs. I say four, mainly because the "2nd Impression" (as much as I love it) doesn't really symbolize what was so great about ELP. They're about the key-razy octo-synthesizers, the mega drum kit of accoustic/electronic drums and Greg Lake losing a battle of wits with The Great Computer. Shouldn't have let it speak, Greg.

439. Get Miles Gomez Bring It On
440. 78 Stone Wobble Gomez Bring It On
441. Tijuana Lady Gomez Bring It On

The British roots-rockers remind me of the Screaming Trees, but were at their best when they approached their music from a post-Beck perspective.

442. Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
443. She Belongs To Me Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
444. Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
445. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
446. Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
447. Gates Of Eden Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
448. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
449. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home

One of the most influencial albums of all time. Dylan smokes weed, goes electric, gets weird and redefines both folk and rock & roll. Judas! Not as perfect as "Blood on the Tracks," but it's hard to be perfect when you're writing the future. Actually a good case could be made for any song I left off.

450. 7,4 (Shoreline) Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
451. Fire Eye`d Boy Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
452. Superconnected Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene

Putting the rock back into post-rock and the productive back into collective, BSS can crank out some decent tunes. Their biggest weakness is that their overwhelming sonics make for albums that just kind of wash over you like Niagra Falls. So, it takes some phenomenal songs to really stand out. These stand out.

453. Kinder Murder Elvis Costello Brutal Youth
454. 13 Steps Lead Down Elvis Costello Brutal Youth

The two tunes from "Youth" that remind you of Costello's former self.

455. Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr Bug
456. Let It Ride Dinosaur Jr Bug

Two Dino tunes that represent Mascis at his best.

457. Patti Dooke De La Soul Buhloone Mind State
458. Ego Trippin' (Part Two) De La Soul Buhloone Mind State
459. Breakadawn De La Soul Buhloone Mind State
460. I Am I Be De La Soul Buhloone Mind State

"3 Feet" may be the big album, but "Buhloone" actually has more great individual songs. Patti Dooke. Heh.

461. Never Ending Math Equation Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something
462. Workin' On Leavin' The Livin' Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something
463. All Night Diner Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something
464. Baby Blue Sedan Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something
465. A Life Of Artic Sounds Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something
466. Other People's Lives Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out Of Something

My introduction to the Mouse was this collection of singles and B-Sides. What should have been an assortment of odds and ends, is more like a fantastic first album. Never Ending Math Equation is one of my favorite of their songs. But all of these made me a fan for life.

467. Maxine Ghostface Killah Bullet Proof Wallets
468. Never Be The Same Again Ghostface Killah F. Carl Thomas & Raekwon Bullet Proof Wallets
469. The Juks Ghostface Killah F. Trife & Superb Bullet Proof Wallets
470. Walking Through The Darkness Ghostface Killah Feat. Takitha Bullet Proof Wallets
471. The Hilton Ghostface Killah F/ Raekwon Bullet Proof Wallets

The problem with "Wallets" is that Ghostface lets a lot of z-list rappers ruin half to two thirds of nearly every song on the album. I came so close to putting a number of other tracks on until I got to those half-assed verses. Where 'face is at his best, he's all alone on the ridiculously cinematic "Maxine." Where the songs are almost as good, he's paired with rhymers that can keep up.

472. Ghetto Superstar Pras, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Mya Bullworth The Soundtrack

One of the hardest moments in my musical life was kicking this song off The Ultimate party Mix. The second hardest was seeing Mya for the first time. She provides the great hook, Pras provides the foundation and Dirt McGirt brings some of his best crazy.

473. Boon Dox EPMD Business Never Personal
474. Can't Hear Nothing But The Music EPMD Business Never Personal
475. Chill EPMD Business Never Personal
476. Head Banger EPMD Business Never Personal
477. Crossover EPMD Business Never Personal
478. Cummin' At Cha (with Das EFX) EPMD Business Never Personal
479. Play The Next Man EPMD Business Never Personal

Making this list, I've been confronted with some tough questions. One of them is, "Why don't I listen to this album every single friggin' day?" Holy shit, this is awesome. Some of the hardest-hitting hip hop of all time. The whole thing is great, but the above kick my ass both ways to November.

480. Cut Minutemen Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
481. I Felt Like a Gringo Minutemen Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
482. Little Man With Gun In His Hand Minutemen Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat

The Minutemen were still finding their voice on "Buzz," but you can hear them becoming the greatest hardcore punk band throughout, and finding exactly who they'd be on these.

483. My Philosophy Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary
484. Ya Slippin' Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary
485. T'cha - T'cha Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary

KRS-1 is considered to be one of the pillars of 'concious' rap, but his message songs aren't as good as his proclimations of awesomenss.

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