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message 1: by Brittomart (last edited Jan 03, 2011 06:10PM) (new)

Brittomart They are listed alphabetically, not numbered.

We decided to make the list alphabetical, not numbered. We saw no way to compare a passion for classical music with a Radiohead opus, or pianist Jason Moran with Danger Mouse's The Grey Album. We make these lists not to exclude certain recordings, but to turn people on to music that we feel stands out the most in an unimaginably crowded field.

I'm bolding some of my "WTF?"

John Adams: On The Transmigration Of Souls
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire: Funeral
The Bad Plus: These Are The Vistas
Beyonce: Dangerously In Love
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Burial: Untrue
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: S/T
Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway
Coldplay: A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Danger Mouse: The Grey Album
Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism
The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP
The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos (Saint Mark's Passion)
Green Day: American Idiot
Iron And Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days
Jay-Z: The Blueprint
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me
Juanes: Fijate Bien
LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver
Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter III
Little Brother: The Listening
Yo-Yo Ma: Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
Mastodon: Leviathan
M.I.A.: Kala
Jason Moran: Black Stars
OutKast: Stankonia
Brad Paisley: 5th Gear
Panda Bear: Person Pitch
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
The Postal Service: Give Up
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Radiohead: Kid A
Shakira: Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1
Sigur Ros: ( )
Britney Spears: In The Zone
Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
The Strokes: Is This It
The Swell Season: Once Soundtrack
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate: In The Heart of the Moon
TV On The Radio: Return To Cookie Mountain
Various: Garden State Soundtrack
Various: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
Kanye West: The College Dropout
The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Amy Winehouse: Back To Black


message 2: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart Ohh, "Toxic" is on In the Zone.

From the albums that I know about, yeah, I agree.


message 3: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Jan 04, 2011 05:21AM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Pop music works kinda like drugs. You know when it’s great but when it’s horrible you might flatline.

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepppppppppppppppp...


message 4: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Jan 04, 2011 06:28AM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments And luv them names. Danger Mouse? Clap Your Hands Say Yeah? The Bad Plus? The Swell Season? Gimme a break... I bet the head pipes were smoking when they came up with those.


message 5: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart Clark...


message 6: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I'm just thanking dog there's no Nickelback on the list. :whew:


message 7: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Southern Fried Britt wrote: "Clark..."


Sometimes the truth hurts. I feel my IQ points tumbling just reading the list.


message 8: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Luckily you have a lot of room for then to tumble.


message 9: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments You wouldn't say that if you could watch me try to figure out 8th-grade algebra. Talk about head pipes smoking.


message 10: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments I am most familiar with Yo Yo Ma and Amy Winehouse. The rest? I mostly buy music from the 1970s and 1980s, apparently.


message 11: by Gatorman (new)

Gatorman Is it good or bad that I don't own a single one of these albums, let alone haven't heard of almost half of the artists? Wow.


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I get why some are on there, for cultural significance if not merit. I have about ten. This is kind of a useless list though. You could buy 'em all to say you had bought fifty important albums, but chances are more than a few of them would not be your cup of tea.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Jammies wrote: "I'm just thanking dog there's no Nickelback on the list. :whew:"

Here, here.


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Though in that case, why isn't (Lord help us) Insane Clown Posse on there? How many other bands managed to found their own cult?


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary (madamefifi) When I see any list with the phrase "Most Important" included in the title, I can't help but react violently think, "whatevs".


message 16: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24355 comments Mod
Norah Jones was from this decade? She seems so 90s.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Lobstergirl wrote: "Norah Jones was from this decade? She seems so 90s."

I saw her in concert in 03 I think? And that was her first album tour.

Before you ask...it was a date night thing. However, I saw more weed smoking there than I ever did at any metal concert.


message 18: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Sarah Pi wrote: "Though in that case, why isn't (Lord help us) Insane Clown Posse on there? How many other bands managed to found their own cult?"

Christ, those nitwits even make me ashamed to say I'm from Detroit.


message 19: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Someone once spray-painted Insane Clown Posse slogans on a building in our town. I was embarassed for this person on about ten levels.


message 20: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments I don't even know who you're talking about. Are they anything like Slipknot, Iowa's claim to fame? Their fans are called Maggots. Seriously.


message 21: by Dr. Detroit (last edited Jan 05, 2011 06:00AM) (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Cynthia wrote: "I don't even know who you're talking about. Are they anything like Slipknot, Iowa's claim to fame? Their fans are called Maggots. Seriously."


White-boy, trailer-trash hip hop. Think fat women with ungodly butterfly tattoos on their ankles or calves and cigarette-fragrant dudes with tragic face piercings and you're nearly there.


message 22: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Yikes. Have they appeared at the Iowa State Fair?


message 23: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Cynthia wrote: "Yikes. Have they appeared at the Iowa State Fair?"


Yeah, in the sideshow.


message 24: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Ha! Hey lady, is that your boyfriend or your parole officer? Clowns always make me think of Gary Busey.


message 25: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Cynthia wrote: "Ha! Hey lady, is that your boyfriend or your parole officer? Clowns always make me think of Gary Busey."


And John Wayne Gacy.


message 26: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments Clowns are just yuck.


message 27: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Not all of them.




message 28: by Gatorman (new)

Gatorman Yikes! That just proves the point about clowns. Really, really creepy (no offense).


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments No! Grandma is not creepy! I'm with Larry on this one.

Juggalos, on the other hand, are extremely creepy. Someone with youtube capability should link to the infomercial about their big music festival.


message 30: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments from this list i like:

animal collective - merriweather post pavilion
the flaming lips - yoshimi battles the pink robots
iron & wine - our endless numbered days
panda bear - person pitch
tv on the radio - return to cookie mountain

but like is not the same as declare important.


message 31: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7137 comments YES Janine, like and important are two different things.


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