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#701 Paul

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:40 PM

“so, yeah, this album is littered with brilliance and even moments of heartbreak, which i haven't felt from him in a while.

i want to roll around in this.” - DrJimmy

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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

(2608 Points, 36 Votes, Two #1 Votes)

US Chart Position
: #64

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

SOMB Says: "Of all my stoned digressions/Some have mutated into the truth." Truth is, this is vintage Malkmus, at his crookedly raindrenched best! With each subsequent release, singer-guitarist Steve Malkmus and his post-Pavement crew, the Jicks (which now includes the wonderfully expressive ex-Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss), seem to move closer to the woolly guitars, obtuse lyrics and scattershot splendor that made his old unit such esoteric, self-indulgent fun
He sings like he plays his guitar, twisting and turning, grooving on the very sound of it all, and it's hard not to ride along on his wave. It is, in short, a hippy record, and a very good one. Physically, Malkmus increasingly resembles a literature professor, from whom the faculty expects great things. Spiritually, however, he remains the most questing of heads: open to diverse musical influences, and with the kind of impressive chops that could, in the wrong hands, remind one of the joyless new school of US “jam bands”. Luckily, Malkmus is a far merrier prankster. - Elemeno P.T.

Artist's Previous Rankings on Our Albums Lists: “Face the Truth” (#40 of 2005)

Ranked Highest By: tager, mouthbreather (#1)

Also Ranked By: Whiskey!, Gluehead, DrJimmy, Ben Thayer, Bhickman Music Saves (#2), Paul (#5)

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#702 James D

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:40 PM

Amazing album.

Death goes to the winner is probably the best song of the year.

edit: Harvey Milk, obv

#703 Pavement Ist Rad

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:41 PM

Speaking of "being the grizzly" in regards to Harvey Milk, here's a picture of Joe Preston:

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A god.
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Damo Suzuki: So, um, yeah. Getting older isn't as bad as it sounds. Better than being young & poor (DjDrake) or young & slutty (SG) or young, poor and slutty (Paves); am I right?

Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:42 PM

Fuck yeah. Fantastic blurb. Fantastic record. Edit: re - Harvey Milk. Dug that Malkmus too though. And yeah Slack, I requested the comic sans. Someone once told me that was the chosen font for all ancient ruins.
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:45 PM

“This is a great album - I am saying it now and I will be saying it for a long time.” - JeffTweedysFatStomach

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The Walkmen - You & Me

(2620 Points, 42 Votes, Four #1 Votes)

US Chart Position
: #71

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

SOMB Says: I saw a band by accident once at some oysterfest or something a few years ago. They didn’t make much of an impression at first; from what I could tell they were just another Brooklyn-based new new wave band, nothing horrible, but nothing special either. Except for the singer. His clothes were far less trendy than his sound, but he was singing as if they were gonna murder his family if the crowd wasn’t entertained, with the voice I’d later hear David Eggers describe on a scale from one to ten. To paraphrase, “If ten is the perfect pristine and soulless singing of an American Idol contestant, and one is the incoherent wailing of a madman, this guy’s a two.” No one’s face should get that color red.

Some time between then and now, not really sure when, they ditched the new wave sound and mellowed out. The new sound is older, more subtle, more subdued. There’s a bit of a romantic stoicism in the lyrics and the tone on this record that’s refreshing these days. Drums are brushed instead of pounded, guitars rumble and roll politely, and singer Hamilton Leithauser appears to have found the off-switch on that wild shriek from years back, lending handsome, if a touch hoarse, vocals to songs that aren’t in a real hurry to reveal all their secrets.

Which makes it sound as if The Walkmen went out and made their folk album so they can head off to XRT to go die. Not quite the case. The deeper you get into the record, the stronger the intensity sitting just beyond grows, until you feel it just about to break, and Leithauser’s face is once again that familiar shade of scarlet.

Songs never dip into true chaos, but give way to a lush agitation. Songs like Red Moon and Canadian Girl are pure beauty, horns swelling to provide the most subtle, most gorgeous melodies, but The Blue Route and Postcards From Tiny Islands show some force; Guitars that started off quiet and echoey muscle their way to the front, the cymbals that dusted by earlier begin crashing rapidly and violently, and the easy croon becomes that ferocious oysterfest howl, and just as quickly and smoothly, it quiets back down.

Even seemingly simple and quiet songs build the drama slowly until your soaking in it. New Country begins in what you assume to be a snorefest, just voice and guitar, until the tension builds to the brink, climaxing in triumphant vocals that make you want to take on the world. On the closer If Only It Were True, a rare wave of feedback frames Leithauser’s strained howls in not rage but heartbreak. It’s a carefully executed moment that could have been overbearing and obvious but hits just where it needs to.

Sure, they’re not playing anything as overtly intense as The Rat anymore, but in reality this band is as alive as ever, and the angular rhythm of earlier days isn’t only intact, it still drives them. But instead of throwing everything out at every second of every song, they’ve gained confidence in their songs and in their performance, and gained the knowledge that true drama ebbs and flows, that a shriek is so much more dramatic coming off a murmur. - Duff.

Artist's Previous Rankings on Our Albums Lists: “Bows and Arrows” (#30 of 2004)

Ranked Highest By: suckeredyou, Mike Schank, JeffTweedysFatStomach, Tito the Builder (#1)

Also Ranked By: demoncleaner (#3), arkin, BigUps (#4)

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#706 Undercooked Sausage

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:45 PM

LOL
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#707 Pavement Ist Rad

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:46 PM

First... is it too late to vote? :P
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Damo Suzuki: So, um, yeah. Getting older isn't as bad as it sounds. Better than being young & poor (DjDrake) or young & slutty (SG) or young, poor and slutty (Paves); am I right?

Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam

#708 Undercooked Sausage

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:46 PM

good blurb though
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#709 Undercooked Sausage

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:49 PM

Four #1 Votes ROFL
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#710 James D

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:51 PM

I do wonder why I ever thought to join this place sometimes.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:53 PM

WALKMEN, FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!1

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:53 PM

I do wonder why I ever thought to join this place sometimes.


Weezer porn, obvs.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:54 PM

I do wonder why I ever thought to join this place sometimes.


You're over-reacting... this isn't a metal board, do you really expect the 'indie' heavyweight albums to do badly on a board that is largely centered around 'indie rock?' I mean, yeah, hell, it would be great if Harvey Milk and Boris were higher, but they aren't. And does a poll really invalidate the board? OMG guys these people like The Walkmen this board sucks let's leave it forever!!!!

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:55 PM

Your post is too wide, Sausage. Fix it.
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I see you by your dresser doing your make-up
Fluttering a Chinese fan in a Knoxville fashion
All last night you tossed and turned
Your body was hotter than the night Richmond burned
You say you had a bad nightmare about tractor trailers crashing
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#715 Pavement Ist Rad

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:55 PM

And does a poll really invalidate the board? OMG guys these people like The Walkmen this board sucks let's leave it forever!!!!

Heretix OTM.
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Damo Suzuki: So, um, yeah. Getting older isn't as bad as it sounds. Better than being young & poor (DjDrake) or young & slutty (SG) or young, poor and slutty (Paves); am I right?

Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam

#716 Undercooked Sausage

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:56 PM

Your post is too wide, Sausage. Fix it.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

I do wonder why I ever thought to join this place sometimes.


You're over-reacting... this isn't a metal board, do you really expect the 'indie' heavyweight albums to do badly on a board that is largely centered around 'indie rock?' I mean, yeah, hell, it would be great if Harvey Milk and Boris were higher, but they aren't. And does a poll really invalidate the board? OMG guys these people like The Walkmen this board sucks let's leave it forever!!!!


Interesting sidenote for you Heretix.

first & only time i caught the Walkmen live was when they opened for Ryan Adams
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It is an interesting choice to have Sanjaya sing ‘I’m not gay,’ as his final words on earth. As he is plummeting into a seemingly bottomless pit, he does not say ‘dear god no,’ ‘I love you mom,’ or even simply ‘argh.’ He instead takes the moment to reaffirm to the world, in spite of their doubts, that he is not a homosexual. Not only that, but he continues to sing, despite falling to his certain death. The distinct lack of plausibility of this situation is what produces giggles from our mouth. It is the antithesis to the belief that ‘it’s funny because it is true.’
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

And does a poll really invalidate the board?



At least for a few days depending on the results.
Every Sunday morning I wake up
I see you by your dresser doing your make-up
Fluttering a Chinese fan in a Knoxville fashion
All last night you tossed and turned
Your body was hotter than the night Richmond burned
You say you had a bad nightmare about tractor trailers crashing
- The Felice Brothers

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

I like that Walkmen album, but it placing one spot ahead of Harvey Milk is like pouring a salt lemon into a surgery scar. Figured it would go top 10.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:57 PM

Your post is too wide, Sausage. Fix it.

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