Sunday, January 10, 2010

The continuing adventures of an extended delay

In honor of my cat Chloe face-planting on the loveseat and for the purpose of writing about music (about anything, really, following a six-month period of exile), here are my favorite albums of each year from 1964 to two weeks ago. I figure 1964 is as good a year as any to mark the beginning of the modern music age. Think of this as a warm-up for my best-of-2009 list, which I promise to consider finishing sooner or later.

For your consideration: the Biffys®. You're welcome.

1964  Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
1965  John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
1966  Monks – Black Monk Time
1967  The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
1968  Pretty Things – SF Sorrow
1969  Led Zeppelin
1970  Stooges – Fun House
1971  Groundhogs – Split
1972  Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
1973  Hawkwind – Space Ritual
1974  Kiss – Hotter Than Hell
1975  George Brigman – Jungle Rot
1976  Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – Zombie
1977  The Damned – Damned Damned Damned
1978  AC/DC – Powerage
1979  Chrome – Half Machine Lip Moves
1980  Motörhead – Ace of Spades
1981  Black Flag – Damaged
1982  Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters
1983  Bad Brains – Rock for Light
1984  Metallica – Ride the Lightning
1985  The Fall – This Nation's Saving Grace
1986  Big Black – Atomizer
1987  Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
1988  Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1989  Mudhoney
1990  Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
1991  Black Sheep – A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
1992  The Jesus Lizard – Liar
1993  Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
1994  The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Orange
1995  Six Finger Satellite – Severe Exposure
1996  DJ Shadow – Endtroducing.....
1997  Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
1998  Six Finger Satellite – Law of Ruins
1999  Make-Up – Save Yourself
2000  Deltron 3030
2001  Fugazi – The Argument
2002  Mr. Lif – I Phantom
2003  White Stripes – Elephant
2004  Comets on Fire – Blue Cathedral
2005  Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
2006  Black Keys – Magic Potion
2007  Dungen – Tio Bitar
2008  Black Mountain – In the Future
2009  Flaming Lips – Embryonic

My favorite album from a young 2010 is Fuck You, First Alert, Maker of the Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Outside My Bedroom That Boasts an Indecipherable Voice Feature and Enjoys Going Off in the Middle of the Night for No Reason at All, Even After I've Replaced the Goddamn Batteries Twice. It's a concept album about violence.

Edit: Let's keep this going into a grungy new decade. Biffys® forever! Apologies for duplicate band appearances but I've deemed it artificial to disqualify excellence because of familiar excellence. It's also become impossible to avoid with my disdain for/ignorance of Modern Music—look for a revolving door in the vicinity of Ty Segall and friends in the coming years. This writer shall not be held responsible for busted retcons elsewhere in his archives.

2010  Dead Meadow – Three Kings
2011  Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
2012  Off!
2013  Ty Segall – Sleeper
2014  Shellac – Dude Incredible
2015  Fuzz – Fuzz II
2016  Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
2017  Thee Oh Sees – Orc

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