New Sunday thread, nothing really to say. But since Cole at Balloon Juice did a thread on it, Imma steal his threadle, rather than get into his 300+ comments and start a fight, because Christmas time is time for starting a fight in your own fam damily, amirite?
Also, bored, because the Pack doesn’t play till later and the choice is waste time on the Internet or do work and I think we all know how THAT will be resolved, don’t we?
What he suggested was a list of what I consider perfect albums. Not favorite, but start to finish a perfect slab of LP that more often than not will be listened to as a whole bit, rather than on shuffle. Obv, the standard for this has to be pretty damn high. His selections, of course, were completely wrong, so I am starting my own kerfuffle over here.
- Mekons, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Opening with an escalating, accelerating guitar solo and then blasting out with Langford’s defiant “Destroy your safe and happy lives/ before it is too late. The battles we fought were long and hard/ just not to be consumed by Rock n Roll” it rambles through alt-rock, punk, and alt-country in a wide ranging broadside against the Music Industry. On their major-label debut, no less.
- Clash, London Calling. Of course. In fact, I once had a cassette that had this on one side, and the Mekons one on the other. IT WAS SPLENDID.
- REM, Automatic for the People. Simply stellar, hitting on all cylinders from start to finish. Perhaps a bit more mellow than they typically had been, but the simpler quieter songwriting allowed Stipe to actually sing for a change.
- Dinosaur Jr, Green Mind. 38 minutes, but WHAT PERFECT 38 minutes. Essentially J Mascis solo, but so perfectly conceived.
- Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend. See here.
I am sure I have plenty more that could be added, or are nearly as stellar, but we can’t be here all day. Or can we?
Be excellent in the comments. I will go out on a limb here and predict that ONE PERSON will bring up “Mechanical Resonance”.
Also, it appears that Los Angeles dodged a bullet. Scheduled Zombie Invasion of other parts of the country has been time-shifted from spring to early summer, and location has been changed to Denver and the hills.