Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Ghost in the Machine: The Unblinking Ear on Temporary Hiatus

About one week ago my home computer went kaput. Further examination yielded the knowledge that my motherboard was "fried." Thus, until I get myself a new machine (hopefully, sometime next week) the only place I have computer access is from my workplace. Since they generally don't take too kindly to me posting nonsense on my blog when I should be working, you probably won't see any updates from me for a little while.

To temporarily satiate your desire for new bloggin's from yours truly, here's my personal take on something that's been making the rounds of late:
List your favorite record from every year you’ve been alive.

This was a bit harder than I thought it would be.

Some years had several strong candidates. (Slates, Fire of Love, A Minute to Pray a Second to Die all in the same year?!?!)

Others had precious few. (1994 had Bee Thousand, Bakesale and at least two of three other contenders. 95? Not so much.)

Some had records I listened to constantly at the time but have rarely dropped the needle on since. (Sugar's Copper Blue, anyone?)

And, of course, there were a few years there were my personal qualification as a living human was shaky at best.

Anyway, here's the list. Feel free to call into question my taste or sincerity on any of the below selections:

1977 Wire Pink Flag
78 The Saints Eternally Yours
79 The Clash London Calling
80 The Feelies Crazy Rhythms
81 The Fall Slates
82 Angry Samoans Back From Samoa
83 The Embarrassment Death Travels West
84 The Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
85 Hüsker Dü New Day Rising
86 Tommy Keene Songs From the Film
87 The Clean Compilation (sort of cheating, but as their first US release I feel it qualifies)
88 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
89 Barbara Manning Lately I Keep Scissors
90 Yo La Tengo Fakebook
91 Nirvana Nevermind
92 Sebadoh Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock
93 Prisonshake The Roaring Third
94 Guided By Voices Bee Thousand
95 Railroad Jerk One Track Mind
96 Silkworm Firewater
97 Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
98 Cat Power Moon Pix
99 Sleater-Kinney The Hot Rock
2000 The White Stripes De Stijl
01 The Dirtbombs Ultraglide in Black
02 Reigning Sound Time Bomb High School
03 Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves Drive It Like You Stole It
04 The Futureheads s/t
05 Ponys Celebration Castle
06 Jay Reatard Blood Visions
07 Tyvek Fast Metabolism
08 Thomas Function Celebration

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