and specifically this stereogum article:
i don't really agree with the list at all, but wouldn't call it bad.
basically this is an excuse to have this discussion once again, which we've probably had on the SOMB 5+ times thus far. what are people's thoughts on this band?
personally, i love em. i rarely listen to em all that much these days, but would still rank them as a top 5 band of all time for me, somedays even as high as #2. never saw them live or anything and only had a short infatuation with them in my younger days, but they never cease to be incredibly captivating to me. with the possible exception of dylan, no one has ever interpreted the kaliediscopic spectrum of "American Music" as well as the Dead did, and for my money I don't think anyone ever will. combine that encyclopedic knowledge of western musicology with a fiercely adventurous penchant for experimentation (much lost from ~76 on, I'd say) while at the same time being able to write truly great songs (which is what i think the stereogum article nails completely on the head despite my being able to switch in at least 15 other songs for 8 of their picks)....and you have an endlessly rewarding band.
also i'm in the middle of a dead binge for the first time in a while and am just loving it and needed to rant about it a bit.