Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rank the Radiohead Albums

Everything in its right place.

As most of you who read this blog regularly and/or who know me can attest, list-making is one of my favorite sports.  This is the first in a series ranking my favorite bands' discographies.  Some bands have a body of work that is relatively easy to "rank" and others--like my beloved Radiohead--force the list-maker to make some tough choices.  Those are the bands I plan to focus on.

I could write a thesis on this particular list, but I won't.  It's more fun to present without too much qualification. What does your list look like?  Why am I an idiot?  Why should Kid A be ranked higher?  I look forward to and desire your feedback.  And this time, I mostly mean that.

2.  The Bends
4.  Amnesiac
5.  Kid A

Friday, August 24, 2012

Music Jerk Rob's Top Tracks of 2012 (So Far)

No great discovery is made without digging through a load of crap first.

Go ahead and click here to start playing Music Jerk Rob's Top Tracks of 2012 playlist.  It makes the short reading to follow that much easier to take.

We're only a few short months away from the annual circle-jerk deluge of music-centric year-end best-of list-making (I've never used so many hyphens in a single sentence) by a thousand different pundits/critics/bloggers out here in the great lame frontier that is the internet.  And while this is a spectacle of sport and exhibition I love and contribute to, it's important to note that none of it (except what you see on this blog) should be taken too seriously.  It's music.  It is there to be enjoyed more than analyzed (though I reserve the right to analyze at my own discretion--read the terms of service).

With that said, there's still a fair amount of sifting that music blogging martyrs like myself must engage in to get to the really good stuff and get it your way.  And while I'll still produce a few year-end posts on my favorite albums and tracks of 2012, I figured now might be the time to give you an idea of what I'm enjoying most (assuming you care because you're reading this and/or are bored and/or are ready to pounce on and ridicule me later and/or like most instances in life these days, you're ready to outsource the work you ought to be doing to form your own opinions on things, but luckily the internet can do the work for you!) so far in 2012.

If I've learned anything over the years, its that some of the strongest music found will come in the fall and winter months, so the playlist linked above is certainly a work in progress and one that will continue to grow and evolve throughout the remainder of the year.  A few notes:

1.  I built this playlist in Spotify so that if you wish to, you can subscribe and listen to more good music as I find it.

2.  As I've noted several times before, Spotify is not NEARLY as comprehensive as I'd like and thus there are two glaring omissions from this list--tracks I really loved from both Kill for Love by Chromatics and Leaving Atlanta by Gentleman Jesse.  Spotify simply doesn't have these albums available at present.  I strongly encourage you to buy these two albums--both of which are sure to figure strongly in to my albums of the year list/discussion moving forward.

3.  I am limiting this list to three songs per artist.  Just because there aren't more than three tracks by a single artist displayed here doesn't mean there aren't more than three songs I love by that artist on their 2012 releases.  It is simply a way of keeping the list to a manageable length.

So enjoy yourself real hard.  I appreciate any of the feedback, suggestions of other music I should be checking out for 2012 and even your hate mail.  Enjoy the weekend, kids!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Playlist of the Week: Weekender 2

In pursuit of alternatives.

This playlist was almost "Airport Commuter 8".  I certainly am airport commuting myself into oblivion these days.  But alas, this is my third of five consecutive days at home and not in an airport or on a plane next to that guy who took the advisory to turn off all electronics so seriously that he got up, went to the overhead where he had crushed his bag on top of mine, found his iPad in sleep mode and turned it off and I'm thinking, "Really, man?  F'ing, really?" as the flight attendant looks at this man with utter disdain while pondering how her once promising life has come TO THIS--watching this old fart delay our takeoff because he somehow fears that his iPad in sleep mode is going to bring down the plane and I am suddenly taking said flight attendant up on her previous offer for a drink which at this point needs to be scotch or I'm gonna choke this old dude out because combined with the tight connection I'm now facing due to an unrelated delay, I will be running through the Minneapolis airport in these black loafers while granted--this isn't as bad as last week when I actually had to exit security at DFW due to a bomb threat and deal with this prick cabbie who charged myself and the other passengers $20 for a 2 minute ride from Terminal A to Terminal D--all so that I can probably get through security JUST in time to miss my 35 minute flight home to OKC and be forced to spend the night at an airport hotel with no extra clean underwear which I usually pack but get oddly conservative with my packing at non-ideal times but who really cares since I'm a guy and the societal bar of hygiene is clearly set lower for us and no one will even know except me and while I'll loathe myself just a little more than I did the day before because of it, if it hadn't been this it would've been something else but luckily I DID make it only to have them delay the flight in order to wait on the other travelers who had been stuck in Terminal A due to the bogus bomb threat and I'm thinking that that's nice and all, but geez, I busted my ass to make it here on time and these people aren't as industrious as me and really don't deserve the selective sympathy that American Airlines hands out so arbitrarily.  So you know, I decided to focus on my weekend instead.

Everyone else, press the play button in the box below the track listing.