Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ah, to be young and nerdy




While languishing in the purgatory of waiting for potential employers to get back to me, I decided to do this survey thing that Gorilla Vs. Bear brought to my attention but apparently started here.
It's a list of my favorite albums from every year I've been alive. I'm doing this with the advantage of my 20/20 hindsight glasses, but I have tried to keep in consideration my tastes from back in those years (not too much, though; you won't be seeing any Kid Rock). Also, I wasn't really into the Replacements in my first year of life. These sites helped out a lot.

1984: Let It Be - The Replacements
1985: No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
1986: The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
1987: Louder Than Bombs - The Smiths
1988: ...And Justice for All - Metallica
1989: Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
1990: Changesbowie - David Bowie (Does that count? If not, then 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours - Green Day. Wait, that's a compilation too. Damn it, 1990 sucked!)
1991: The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
1992: The Chronic - Dr. Dre
1993: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan
1994: Illmatic - Nas
1995: Ready to Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
1996: Sublime - Sublime
1997: The Carnival - Wyclef Jean (I want to see how this one stands up. Dude's kind of a cheeseball these days, but I remember this being amazing.)
1998: Aquemeni - OutKast
1999: Black On Both Sides - Mos Def
2000: Kid A - Radiohead
2001: Discovery - Daft Punk
(This is the point at which it becomes very difficult as I was becoming a music geek, therefore I begin cheating and listing more than one)
2002: Hold Your Horse Is - Hella | Blazing Arrow - Blackalicious (Sac Town what!)
2003: De-loused in the Comatorium - The Mars Volta
2004: Funeral - Arcade Fire
2005: Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta (shut up) | Late Registration - Kanye West
2006: Return to Cookie Mountain - TV on the Radio
2007: In Rainbows - Radiohead | Person Pitch - Panda Bear |Kala- MIA | Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
2008: No full albums have really grabbed my attention yet. Santogold?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

This is what you missed by living in America.

The EuroVision song contest is an annual event loaded with American Idol-style vocal acrobatics, costumes that figure skaters (except the one actually employed by winners Russia) wouldn't wear in public, and banal lyrics almost all sung in English. The two bright spots showed a self-awareness and intentional humor that underlined the ridiculousness of their competition.
"Baila el Chiki Chiki," Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, Spain

(official video)

(performance at Eurovision '08)

"Divine," Sebastien Tellier, France

(official video)

(performance at Eurovision '08)