easter everywhere

Ver la luna brillando a través de los árboles, y escucha la música procedente de los salones. Dicen que debería ir a Marrakech, pero no quiero hacer tu trabajo sucio no más. Trato de encontrar un compromiso, pero a pesar de toda mi rabia, sigo siendo sólo una rata en una jaula.

Ver personas corriendo entre ellos, cazando regalos. ¿Quién está en un bunker? Mujeres y niños primero, y si es un bus de dos pisos choca contra nosotros, entonces podemos estrechar la mano de un antiguo presidente.

Los que son dulces recibirán golosinas y podrán ir a España, los que son traviesos recibirán el látigo y tiene que ir a Marrakech. Oooh, no quiero ir…¡si solo pudiera escuchar mis discos favoritos en casa!… A veces extraño el whisky y extraño los buenos tiempos. Debe ser porque tuve gripe esta Navidad, y no me siento a la par… y, sin embargo, quieren que vaya a Marrakech…

Yo iré entonces, y elijo rapido unos discos para el camino.

GF
#  Artist Album Year 2017
30 Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind 1997 29
29 Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972 *
28 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 14
27 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 40
26 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986 38
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2017
30 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust 1972 19
29 13th Floor Elevators Easter Everywhere 1967 23
28 Radiohead Kid A 2000 26
27 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 25
26 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 34
RKH
Artist Album Year 2016
30 Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West 1997 *
29 DJ Shadow Entroducing 1996 7
28 Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden 1970 41
27 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 1995 *
26 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 28

Citizens of hope and glory, we can already see the end of another year looming in the distance. The streets are empty, there’s darkness on the edge of town, and music professors flee into their shabby sheds to debate the most vital question of their lives: “Which is the best rock album of all time?”. We’re heading into the fourth edition since 2012, looking for successors of Selling England by the Pound, Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Band on the Run and Blood on the Tracks.

Well, tell me how your head feels under something like that, cause it’s no one less than Donald ‘Ramblin’ Oude Kamphuis rejoining the armed forces this year. With last year’s senior student Guus Fog officially graduated now and the long lasting experience of RKH and yours truly, 2015 is about to have a promising musical end game. We wanna get loaded, and we wanna have a good time, so let’s go to the results of the first autumn contemplations (previous year’s ranking between brackets):

DOK:

50. (*) Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
49. (47) Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)

48. (50) Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998)
47. (25) George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

46. (32) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
“When the 90’s gave birth to the millennium.”

GvZ:

50. (37) The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
49. (42) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
48. (*) Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
47. (49) Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)

46. (34) 13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (1967)
“Can’t catch your soul while sitting on your arms, man.”

RKH:

50. (*) Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (1991)
49. (30) Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)
48. (50) Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)
47. (49) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

46. (*) Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean (2014)
“Al Green + Canadian fertility symbol = Soul²”

GF:

50. (*) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part (2001)
49. (*) Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene (2005)
48. (*) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
47. (19) The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (1968)

46. (39) Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild (2007)
“En nu met de nachtbus naar fucking Londen.”

Today, #40-31:

GVZ:

40. (30) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
“Best album ever about people wanting everything and getting nowhere by doing so, by a band that’s not searching to find something but just searches because of the searching, that way going somewhere nobody else went before.”

39. (*) Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
“Moore and Gordon bearing the nineties after a pigfuck.”

38. (43) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
“Favorite box of chocolates.”

37. (33) The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
“Ticket to Big Pink, duration: 43 minutes, free of charge. Get on that cannonball.”

36. (29) Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
“When four stuck-up musicians are trying to outclass each other, great things can happen.”

35. (26) Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
“The Unstoppable One.”

34. (37) 13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (1967)
“Take the elevator, leave your body behind.”

33. (22) Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)
“Jeff Lynne kidnapping Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney and Ray Davies to party in space.”

32. (*) The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
“Awesome pass from Marr, and accurately finished by Morrisey: The Smiths’ winning goal.”

31. (41) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
“The album you always have with you, as it can be played at any place at any time of the day.”

RKH:

40. (19) Eagles – Hotel California (1976)
“Arguably the strongest collection of individual songs on this list. The sum isn’t .”

39. (*) Bob Dylan -Blonde on Blonde (1966)
“Dylan’s White Album. Where perfection meets misdirection.”

38. (*) Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982)
“Carefully crafted soundtrack for driving around at night. Sunglasses allowed.”

37. (25) The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
“The first glimpse of godhood.”

36. (37) Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
“Cat, tell me another of your bittersweet stories about how you’ve clearly lost your way. Also, lighten the f*ck up.”

35. (35) Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
“You’ll sit down and listen while Black Francis forcefully implants his seed into you.”

34. (24) Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
“The Black-Francis-seed in full fruition. Two minute songs are lame anyway.”

33. (32) Santana – Abraxas (1970)
“A free trip to a Caribbean island. Involuntary headbobs and hipshakes included.”

32. (22) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
” ‘And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.’ “

31. (21) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
“No fear of gazing too long here. Relax and let the summer of love wash over you.”

GF:

40. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar (2006)
“Het nummer Nantes is beter dan Nantes.”

39. Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild (2007)
“Het rustgevende en ingetogene van de natuur.”

38. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)
“Bij het uitkomen enkel gesmaakt door de fijnproever, nu op het menu van iedereen die begaan is met muziek.”

37. John Cale – The Island Years (1996)
“Je blijft nog wat wegdromen terwijl de eerste cd na ‘Rollaroll’ geluidloos blijft ronddraaien en dan moet op cd 2 ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ en ‘Guts’ nog komen.”

36. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (1995)
“Er staat maar één vrouw in deze lijst, zodat ze met haar warm-omarmende- stem helemaal alleen kan schitteren tussen de doorrookte en ruwe mannenstemmen. “

35. Sigur Rós – Takk… (2005)
“Iets anders, iets dat je bij elke luisterbeurt naar een andere wereld meevoert. ”

34. Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1976)
“‘I’m just a gift to the women of this world’ … of hoe je met zelfvertrouwen alles kan doen, maken en zeggen wat je wilt.”

33. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
“Als je met de fiets ergens heel vlug moet zijn, deze cd op en je trappers kunnen je benen niet volgen.”

32. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
“Vakantie, het broodnodige de kofferbak in, de autodeur dicht, Graceland op en weg.”

31. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
“Teruggetrokken in hun studio, weg van het publiek, enkel maar gemaakt om de muziek.”

 

Entering the top 40 in our lists this week, with another number of albums that can enlighten a dark winter evening. Here we go, with two recurring albums this time: Merriweather Post Pavillion and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea:

DOK:

36.  The Doors – The Doors (1967)
37.  Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
38.  Traveling Wilburys – Vol.1 (1988)
39.  The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
40.  Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)

GvZ:

36. (*)   Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
37. (*)   13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (1967)
38. (33) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
39. (*)   The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
40. (25) Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)

RKH:

36. (28) Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
37. (25) Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
38. (41) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
39. (*)   JJ Cale – Naturally (1972)
40. (*)   The Kingsbury Manx – The Kingsbury Manx (2000)

DOK keeps digging in the 2000’s, with another three albums from that decade. This brings his personal rate at 8/15, making it also the most popular decade overall so far (15/45). The sixties are following in second place (12/45), mainly due to GvZ’s choices (9/15), who adds another five gems to that collection this week. Have a nice weekend.

This is an ode to the shuffle. How better to get a good insight in your digitized album collection than by a classic shuffle? Finally discover the albums you never got into, finally throw the ones away you will never get into and worship those classics that never grow old again. The Shuffle of this week:

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Hey Tonight (Pendulum, 1970) 

B-side from the single ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’, which is on the same album, Creedence’s penultimate one. CCR also deviated from its traditional pure guitar sound in these orchestral times on Pendulum, which was their second album in 1970 after Cosmo’s Factory and the last one with Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar. You can pep up any party with this sing along.

2. Jethro Tull – Nothing Is Easy (Stand Up, 1969) 

Moving back one year when Jethro Tull is disclosing itself as an upcoming band. Still playing uptempo folk rock on this album, some kind of Cream-like hard rock actually on this track, but flirting with hazardous prog some years later.

3. The Beatles – Octopus’s Garden (Love, 2006) 

Originally from the same year of course, this Starr-Harrison collaboration from Abbey Road.This is the remixed version from 2006, thanks to George Martin and son. Especially the intro has some added value here, towards the end we slightly fade into the reversed Sun King.

4. Echo & The Bunnymen – Pictures on My Wall (Crocodiles, 1980) 

Heard this album plenty of times since last time, just like Ocean Rain. After long consideration I have to admit I might prefer this great debut in the end.

5. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (Born to Run, 1975) 

An artist I didn’t listen to for some months. Never been a huge fan, but of course an admirer of some of his albums, like this one.

6. Motorhead – Iron Horse/Born to Lose (No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith, 1981) 

An almost traditional couple of minutes live music then, from Lemmy and friends this time. Despite the album’s title it was not recorded in the London Hammersmith but in Leeds and Newcastle during a tour with the wonderful name ‘Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck’. I think there’s no other band that has a live album but no studio album in my collection.

7. The Beatles – Think for Yourself (Rubber Soul, 1965) 

If one band can’t surprise by coming around two times it must be this one. Harrison song with that typical Rubber Soul sound, uptempo folk rock with gordeous harmonies. Also the first album on which Harrison starts to write songs equally as good as those of Lennon and McCartey.

8. 13th Floor Elevators – I’ve Got Levitation (Easter Everywhere, 1967) 

The magical year also delivers an album this week. One of those many psychedelic rock albums released in the aftermath of the Summer of Love, predicted to be played many times during the following weeks.

9. Dub Trio –  Respite (Another Sound Is Dying, 2008) 

Tested and rejected.

10. The Olivia Tremor Control – Jumping Fences (Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle, 1996) 

An album that was recommended many times by a colleague music professor, but without any success. However, in the nick of time it ends up on the playlist for the upcoming weeks.

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