Tuesday, January 02, 2018

My favorite music of 2017

I didn't like much of what happened this year on a global, national, state, and personal level. I won't bore you with a recap. You're all living the nightmare, too, and are probably beating yourself up about what you could have done to stop the Fall of the Roman Empire 2: Mar-a-Lago Boogaloo. It was a bad-news-every-morning kind of year, and not just politically. (Contracting an extremely painful case of shingles in March was just one of the many lowlights.)  
The oppressive shittiness of the present moment has its positive side effects, however, one of which is a heightened gratefulness for the things in my life that are not awful. In that spirit of gratefulness, I present my favorite albums of 2017. 

My favorite records of the year
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Rot
Björk - Utopia
Circuit des yeux - Reaching for Indigo
Andrew Cohen & Light Coma - Unreality
Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy
Tim Darcy - Saturday Night
Destroyer - ken
The Feelies - In Between
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Dreaming in the Non-Dream
Noah Georgeson - Osian
Guadalupe Plata - Guadalupe Plata 2017
Guided By Voices - How Do You Spell Heaven
Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat
Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle
The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
Man Forever - Play What They Want
John Maus - Screen Memories
METZ - Strange Peace
Obnox - Niggative Approach
OCS - Memory of a Cut Off Head
Oh Sees - Orc
Peacers - Introducing the Crimsmen
Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent
Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press
Ty Segall - Ty Segall
Spotlights - Seismic
Tobin Sprout - The Universe and Me
Sweet Apple - Sing the Night in Sorrow
Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
Träd, Gräs och Stenar - Tack för Kaffet (So Long)
USA/Mexico - Laredo
Wand - Plum

Honorable mentions
Beck - Colors
Big Boi - Boomiverse
Circus Devils - Laughs Last
Dälek - Endangered Philosophies
Damaged Bug - Bunker Funk
Dead Cross - Dead Cross
Downtown Boys - Cost of Living
The Fall - New Facts Emerge
Feral Ohms - Feral Ohms
The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody
Guided By Voices - August By Cake
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Ted Leo - The Hanged Man (Kicked down to honorable mention solely because the drum sound is the worst I've ever heard on a commercially released recording. Why would you do that to your drummer, Ted Leo?)
Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death
Thurston Moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
Queens of the Stone Age - Villains 
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - solo album series (Roman Lips, Zen Thrills, Chocolate Tumor Hormone Parade, Ensayo de un desaparecido, Azul mis dientes, Gorilla Preacher Cartel, Killing Tingled Lifting Retreats, Solid State Mercenaries, Birth of a Ghost, Doom Patrol)
Ty Segall - Fried Shallots
Spiral Stairs - Doris & The Daggers
Teen Judge - Teen Judge
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Visitor

Favorite reissues, archival releases, soundtracks
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth for Christ Choir - Like a Ship (Without a Sail) and Do Not Pass Me By
CAN - The Singles
The Creation - Action Painting
Crimpshrine - Free Box
Guided By Voices - Live from Austin, TX
Hüsker Dü - Savage Young
Isis - Live VII
Alex Johnson - Operation Oasis
Laraaji - Vision Songs Vol. 1
Look Blue Go Purple - Still Bewitched
The Necessaries - Event Horizon
Noise Addict - 10,000 Kids with Guitars
Oneida - Live at Secret Project Robot
The Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
Jackie Shane - Any Other Way
Sheer Mag - Compilation
Super Static Fever - Silent Dynamic Torture
Valve Studio Orchestra - Dota 2 and Fight Songs: The Music of Team Fortress 2
Various Artists - Eccentric Soul: The Cash Label
Various Artists - Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht 
Various Artists - Southwest Side Story
Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
Neil Young - Hitchhiker

Favorite album of 2016 I didn't get until 2017
75 Dollar Bill - Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The days of old (Alf edition)

This post is dedicated to the boys from Robot Town
I was just at the 7-11 on my lunch hour, buying lottery tickets because that is what 2017 has done to this old soldier. The usually monotone, all-business clerk saw the Alf t-shirt worn by the young man in his early twenties in line ahead of me and said, with much enthusiasm, "Boy, what do YOU know about Alf? I used to LOVE Alf! I STILL love Alf!" The young man replied, "My mom showed me all the cool stuff from the '80s that I missed, like Alf." His tone was wistful, melancholy. He was genuinely saddened that he missed that time in our nation's history when Alf was a current television show but also glad he lived in a time when one's mother could stream episodes of Alf from the days of yore on today's current devices.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stray thought pinball

For the last four days, I've had an inflamed nerve in my left arm that slowly graduated from infrequent, minor, dull irritation to throbbing, stabbing, constant pain and back again. I spent the afternoon at work close to tears, head on desk, when it was in its peak intensity, pretending like I wasn't in pain whenever I had to make contact with my fellow humans. It reminded me of a tweet I read today from a comedian I follow, paraphrasing: "Why are we supposed to be embarrassed when toilet paper is stuck to our shoe? It just means we wiped our ass." Why do we expend so much effort pretending to each other that life isn't happening?

Like most Austinites, I spend a lot of time bitching about traffic, rising home prices, constant festivals, condos replacing old houses and small businesses, yuppie gentrification, lack of meaningful jobs and job opportunities, the young people and their love of fitness and hatred of life-shortening hedonism, etc. But I love living in my adopted hometown, and in another year and change, I will have lived here longer than I lived in my bona fide hometown (that's 18 years and one month, for those keeping score.). A biographical sentence as partial reason why I still live here: Last night, for free, I watched a member of one of my favorite UK punk bands play American roots music with one of my coworkers while getting drunk with my cats' veterinarian (who makes house calls), and some permutation of this combination happens at least once a year. Also, these guys regularly play shows with the Boston Red Sox organist who happens to be a frequent caller on my favorite comedy podcast.

I still miss Vic Chesnutt almost like he was a relative. I spend at least 10 minutes a week silently yelling at whatever higher power didn't step in and keep that guy around. His songs hit me some place so deep I can't even find it. I think I was born Southern in a past life, based on many of my literary and musical holy grails. Reincarnation is the only spiritual thing that makes sense to me aesthetically and morally, even if I have absolutely no logical proof that it's real. I used to be an atheist, but I love music, and most other arts, too much to be an atheist. Art is spooky, and it does magical things I can't find a place for in a logical, ordered universe. Fundamentalist religion is bunko, but we all need some magic in our lives, and I genuinely feel sorry for any human who can't leave a little room for magic and possibility and faith. I've had psychedelic experiences while completely sober and drug-free (and, sure, psychedelic experiences while on your popular late-20th century psychedelic drugs), and I think I saw a UFO when I was 17, which also may have been some expensive military boondoggle that took food out of poor people's mouths. I was lonely and sad and young and driving my parents' station wagon in the country near a heavily guarded military nuclear weapon storage facility 40 minutes from my hometown while listening to a cassette dub of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, and thank God the Internet was not accessible to small-town, working-class kids then or I probably would have been home trying to chat with faraway girls who didn't like jocks who were probably middle-aged pedophiles. I have reasonably good explanations for all these experiences, but reasonably good explanations are boring, aesthetically. Goddamn, Vic Chesnutt had so many good songs he left this one off every goddamn beautiful album. It's a bonus track on a reissue. I sure do like typing profanity. Eat some dicks, fuckfaces.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Formative teenage records

In a nice little bit of communal sharing and fun amidst the terror, anger, and sadness of the current political landscape, most of my friends have been posting lists of the 10 (or so) most important albums of their teenage years on Facebook. I quit the book of face a few years ago in order to stop arguing politics with my relatives and avoid stupid memes from both sides, but I still log in to my wife's account to see what certain people are up to and to look at cute pictures of my niece and nephew. It's been fun to see what records my friends were soaking up between the ages of 14 and 18, and it got me thinking about the big records for me in that turbulent 4-year chunk of time.
I was in high school from 1991-1995 in a culturally isolated small town in the Midwest. I didn't have MTV, the nearest major city was a four-hour drive away, the Internet was not really a thing yet for the average human, I had to drive 38 miles to buy CDs and cassettes, and it was a lot easier to find major label records than indies. I relied on music magazines, a few cool older friends and relatives, the cut-out bin at Wal-Mart, the TV programs Night Tracks and JBTV, my uncle's record collection, mail order, the one decent record store in the area, and random acts of weirdness to find out about bands. There were no real music scenes in my town, so the small handful of us who liked music more than sports congregated together, and we listened to pretty much everything except mainstream pop. I listened to a lot of terrible stuff, a lot of embarrassing stuff, and a lot of good and great stuff. These are the records I was able to find at the time that still mean something to me and have some connection to my listening habits now. If I were being totally honest, I'd put Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction and lots of mainstream alt-rock stuff on here, too, but I don't listen to much of that stuff now, except for my rare nostalgia wallows. Here are the records I was completely obsessed with between 9th and 12th grades (I tried to limit it to 10, and then this happened) (also, I think my taste was better in elementary school and college and so much worse in junior high): 

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
The Beatles - White Album
Nirvana - Nevermind and In Utero
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Dinosaur Jr - Where You Been and Green Mind
Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Wowee Zowee
The Replacements - Tim, Let It Be, and Pleased to Meet Me
Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
fIREHOSE - Flyin' the Flannel
PJ Harvey - Rid of Me and To Bring You My Love
Bad Brains - Rock for Light
Black Flag - The First Four Years
The Clash - London Calling
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (didn't appreciate this one until my twenties, but I listened to it a lot trying to understand it)
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
The Breeders - Last Splash
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Meat Puppets - II
The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
Frank Black - Frank Black and Teenager of the Year
R.E.M. - Eponymous
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps
Fishbone - The Reality of My Surroundings and Truth and Soul
Pixies - Surfer Rosa and, to a slightly lesser extent, the other three
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Sonic Youth - Dirty, Goo, Daydream Nation, Sister, and Confusion Is Sex
Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
The Flaming Lips - Transmissions from the Satellite Heart
The Dead Milkmen - Beelzebubba (I stumbled across Big Lizard in my Backyard in 6th grade)
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Ween - all the '90s records


Friday, January 06, 2017

TV used to be weird, or you got queso in my peanut butter

I'm amusing myself during a freakish spell of downtime at work by looking at the list of past hosts and musical guests of Saturday Night Live. Some of them are hilariously odd pairings, for good, bad, ridiculous, or evil, until the late '90s when the combination of host and music becomes mostly very, very dull and stays that way permanently. (It really seems like a computer program is choosing the hosts and bands now. ) Seriously, like 85% of the combinations until the late '90s make me laugh and seem like throwaway gags from a vintage Simpsons episode, especially if you imagine them jamming together. (Also, Leon Redbone was the musical guest on roughly every fifth episode for the first seven years of the show.) These are the ones that jumped out at me (to be read in Don Pardo's voice):

Robert Klein and ABBA
Ron Nessen (Gerald Ford's press secretary) and the Patti Smith Group
Fran Tarkenton and Leo Sayer
Broderick Crawford and Levon Helm
O.J. Simpson and Ashford & Simpson
Christopher Lee and Meat Loaf
Buck Henry and Sun Ra
Fred Willard and Devo
Michael Palin and The Doobie Brothers
Milton Berle and Ornette Coleman
Ted Knight and Desmond Child & Rouge
Bea Arthur and The Roches
Rodney Dangerfield and The J. Geils Band
Strother Martin and The Specials
Bob Newhart and The Amazing Rhythm Aces
Elliott Gould and Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Malcolm McDowell and Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Donald Pleasence and Fear
Robert Culp and The Charlie Daniels Band
Danny DeVito and Sparks
Ron Howard and The Clash
Howard Hesseman and Men At Work
Robert Blake and Kenny Loggins
Joan Rivers and Musical Youth
Ed Koch and Dexys Midnight Runners
Jerry Lewis and Loverboy
George McGovern and Madness
George Carlin and Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Ed Asner and The Kinks
Mr. T & Hulk Hogan and The Commodores
John Lithgow and Mr. Mister
Harry Dean Stanton and The Replacements (fuck yeah)
George Wendt and Philip Glass
Tony Danza and Laurie Anderson
Jimmy Breslin, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Level 42 (?????)
Dabney Coleman and The Cars
Robert Mitchum and Simply Red (LOL)
Fred Savage and Technotronic
George Steinbrenner and The Time
Joe Mantegna and Vanilla Ice
Jeremy Irons and Fishbone
Steven Seagal and Michael Bolton
Jeff Daniels and Color Me Badd
Macaulay Culkin and Tin Machine
Joe Pesci and Spin Doctors
Sinbad and Sade
Charles Barkley and Nirvana
Charlton Heston and Paul Westerberg
Martin Lawrence and Crash Test Dummies
George Foreman and Hole
Danny Aiello and Coolio
Tom Arnold and 2Pac
Steve Forbes and Rage Against the Machine
Bill Pullman and New Edition
Sylvester Stallone and Jamiroquai
Rudy Giuliani and Sarah McLachlan
Nathan Lane and Metallica
John McCain and The White Stripes
Donald Trump and Toots & The Maytals (no longer funny thanks to our horrible future, also a big fuck you to SNL for having him host last year)

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

2016: My Year in Music

2016 has been consistently labeled a "garbage fire" by people who like to repeat phrases they hear, thanks to nightmarish global victories for authoritarianism, neo-fascism, and xenophobia and the loss of many beloved inspirational public figures, but I tend to think of 2016 as a kid walking home from school and just noticing that a group of bullies have locked eyes on him. 2016 was the unpreparedness, the shock, the surprise, the dread, and the slow realization of what's to come, but 2017 will be the beating, with the faint possibility of a last-minute miraculous defensive strategy and plans for regrouping and revenge. Meanwhile, the kid either repressed or failed to notice that those bullies spent the past several years beating on a lot of other kids who weren't him.
2016 was rough. 2017 will be rougher, but I see little droplets of hope in the sludge. Check back with me next year.
People die every minute. The 2016 memes got a little out of control, but I can get off my soapbox and admit the losses in music, film, literature, etc, this year were pretty heavy, the heaviest I can remember since that stretch from 2009 to 2010 that robbed the world at large and the private world in my heart of Vic Chesnutt, Rowland S. Howard, Barry Hannah, Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel, Mark Linkous, Captain Beefheart, Ari Up, Solomon Burke, Harvey Pekar, Dennis Hopper, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer, and Ronnie freakin' James Dio, among many, many others. And on that note, these year-end obituary wrap-ups keep forgetting to mention Richard Lyons from Negativland, even the ones that remember Alan Vega and Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros. Stop forgetting Richard Lyons.

What was good about this year, or any year? The answer is always music. I like a lot of cool music and a lot of uncool music, and I don't see much difference between the two, other than shinier or less shiny pants and faces, degrees of dank obscurity and/or massive popularity, ages of the participants, and how many coke-addled dirtbags are in and on the peripheral scene. These are the new albums and reissues I acquired this year that I liked and that were released in 2016. I don't know how to make definitive best-of music lists. I don't know which of these albums I like the most, which I will still be listening to years from now, and all that jazz. I have only scratched the surface and will keep discovering 2016 records until I am as dead as your favorite dead celebrity of 2016. I've heard two pieces from the 75 Dollar Bill album Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock that are way up my alley, but you won't find it on this list because I don't have it yet. That's the problem with these things, but they're fun, and I like making them and looking at other people's, so bug off.

New releases I found at least some pleasure and joy in hearing in the year of our lord 2016 (in reverse chronological order, sorta)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - solo album series, released digitally every two weeks (A Lovejoy, Some Need It Lonely, Nom de Guerre Cabal, Zapopan, Weekly Mansions, Infinity Drips, Cell Phone Bikini, El bien y mal nos une, Umbrella Mistress, Arañas en la sombra, Blind Worms Pious Swine, Corazones, Sworn Virgins)
Neil Young - Peace Trail
The Men - Devil Music
Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances
Solange - A Seat at the Table
Mint Mile - The Bliss Point EP
Oneida & Rhys Chatham - What's Your Sign?
Lambchop - FLOTUS
ESP Ohio - Starting Point of the Royal Cyclopean
Rihanna - Anti
People of the North - The Caul
Wilco - Schmilco
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
Sam Coomes - Bugger Me
Dinosaur Jr - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
Neil Young & Promise of the Real - Earth
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
John Frusciante - Foregrow EP
Melvins - Basses Loaded
Beyonce - Lemonade
Dalek - Asphalt for Eden
Destroyer - My Mystery EP
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Guided By Voices - Please Be Honest
Mike & The Melvins - Three Men and a Baby
Kaada/Patton - Bacteria Cult
White Denim - Stiff
Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are
Waco Brothers - Going Down in History
Freakwater - Scheherazade 
Field Music - Commontime
Nevermen - Nevermen
Eleanor Friedberger - New View
Moonsicles - Bay of Seething
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
David Bowie -

2016 re-releases, reissues, compilations, and repackaging of the old that I enjoyed in 2016

Joseph Washington, Jr. - Merry Christmas to You
Various - Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta
Various - Shanghai'd Soul: Episode 4
Dow Jones & The Industrials - Can't Stand the Midwest 1979-1981
Chapells - Are You Ready for the Chapells?
Meic Stevens - Outlander  
Pisces - Somewhere in Your Mind
Master Wilburn Burchette - Transcendental Music for Meditation, Music of the Godhead for Supernatural Meditation, Guitar Grimoire, and Mind Storm
Blonde Redhead - Masculin Feminin and Peel Sessions EP
Cheap Nasties - 53rd and 3rd
This Heat - Deceit and Health and Efficiency EP (also recommend This Heat, but I didn't get the reissue because I already have a good copy)
The Scientists - A Place Called Bad
Various - Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul
Tucker Zimmerman - Song Poet
Tommy McGee - Positive - Negative
Circuit Rider - Photograph Attached
White Zombie - It Came from N.Y.C.
Various - Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park
Joanna Brouk - Hearing Music
Various - Los Alamos Grind
Arrogance - Knights of Dreams
Jimmy Carter & Dallas County Green - Summer Brings the Sunshine (not the president)
Various - 1st Annual Inner-City Talent Expo (March 26, 1972 Columbus, Ohio)
Various - Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music
94 East - The Cookhouse 5 (a teenage Prince on guitar)
Rob Galbraith - Damn It All
Various - Plastic Dance 1
Echo del Africa National - Recit historique de Bobo Dioulasso

Late to the party: 2015 releases I acquired in 2016

Boogarins - Manual
Soldiers of Fortune - Early Risers
Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (reissue)
Harmonia - Complete Works (box set)

Live shows I seem to remember enjoying

Boogarins - Hotel Vegas residency
James Chance & The Contortions
Cobra Verde
Guided By Voices
Dinosaur Jr
Ice Cold Singles
The Residents
Eleanor Friedberger
Waco Brothers

Bands I played shows with in Austin that brought the heat

Abigail und Hansel (three times)
Sado Massachusetts (twice)
Rabbit Fist
Mitch Fraizer
Desert Stars (twice)
RaDaM (formerly Rhett & Dean)
She Sir
Will Courtney & The Wild Bunch
David Israel
Angry Beige

Last but not least but maybe least but maybe not, copies of my band The Early Stages' two 7-inches are still available at Bandcamp and our own website


Friday, September 16, 2016

Obsessive list-making, 1970s edition

Pitchfork, the music site most of us music-loving scum have a weird relationship with (hey, there's good and bad writing on it every day, like most sites with multiple writers), recently posted its list of the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. People like to bitch about lists while secretly loving them, and I am no exception. I regularly watch movies from movie lists, make playlists out of song and album lists, and read books from book lists. It's an enjoyable way to approach the Mt. Everest of art and entertainment made by us humans in the last handful of centuries. Lists are fun if you don't take them seriously as definitive statements and instead approach them as personalized time-capsule aggregations of our many subcultures. They're snapshots of what we value at certain times in our history and why, but they also reveal a lot about us by what gets left out.
I like the Pitchfork list. It's full of stone-cold jams. But the list has some of the drawbacks of any list made by a consensus of writers. Obvious choices get yet another feather in their cap while neglected gems remain neglected. Singles are favored over non-singles. Songs with cultural capital and zeitgeist relevance take precedence over songs that sound great but don't have much 2016 juice. And the idiosyncratic taste of the solitary music lover is lost in the consensus of the group. Instead of bitching about it, I decided to spend a little time each night this past few weeks coming up with two '70s playlists of my own. First, I made a song-by-song response to the Pitchfork list by picking the same artists as Pitchfork in the same order, but choosing a song by those artists that didn't make the Pitchfork cut. Then, I made my own list of 200 great '70s songs by 200 artists who are not on the Pitchfork list. This is just a highly personal collection of songs I love from my favorite musical decade, full of my own biases and idiosyncrasies. These songs are not ranked in any hierarchy or chronology or mystical numerology or on how much sass the hot track contains, etc. I did try to make them flow together as a continuous 200-song mix tape, but I'm not the ranking least-to-greatest type because that changes for me every single day. All this is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm sure I have forgotten many favorites. Though I love every decade of recorded music, the '70s grabs my ear the most. (Well, 1966-1984 grabs my ear the most.) In conclusion, I am an obsessive weirdo, and I suspect this post will only be of use to fellow obsessive weirdos who like to make mix tapes and playlists.

(An asterisk means I had to use a song from early 1980 because Pitchfork used the only 1970s songs that artist released)
(Also, Pitchfork picked a Dinosaur song, which was a pseudonym used by Arthur Russell for that particular single. I put an Arthur Russell song in its place.)

Marianne Faithfull – Witches’ Song
Patrice Rushen – Shout It Out
Waylon Jennings – You Ask Me To
Art Ensemble of Chicago – Barnyard Scuffle Shuffle
Jorge Ben – Xica da Silva
Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters – Bush Weed
Manu Dibango – Dangwa (Three Points)
James Chance & The Contortions – Dish It Out
Brian Eno – The True Wheel
Tom Zé – Jimmy, Renda-se
Betty Davis – If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
Idris Muhammad – Loran’s Dance
Junior Murvin – False Teachin’
Cerrone – Give Me Love
The Whispers – Make It with You
Thelma Houston – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
The Spinners – It’s a Shame
Todd Rundgren – Zen Archer
Delta 5 – Now That You’ve Gone
Van Morrison – Fair Play
The Damned – Plan 9 Channel 7
The Germs – The Other Newest One
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Mirage
Faust – Jennifer
Loretta Lynn – As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone (w/Conway Twitty)
Giorgio Moroder – Too Hot to Handle
Dillinger – Leggo Violence
Eddie Kendricks – My People… Hold On
The Equals – Nature Girl
The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights
The Roches – Mr. Sellack
Plastic Bertrand – Super Cool
Sun Ra – Discipline
Milton Nascimento – Milagres dos Peixes
Karen Dalton – Katie Cruel
Donnie & Joe Emerson – My Heart
Don Cherry – Degi-Degi
Bruce Springsteen – Lost in the Flood
Black Flag – Fix Me
The Nerves – When You Find Out
The Chi-Lites – Stoned Out of My Mind
Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – I Need to Know
Bobby Caldwell – My Flame
William DeVaughn – Blood Is Thicker than Water
Chic – Everybody Dance
T. Rex – Baby Strange
Faces – Debris
Harry Nilsson – The Moonbeam Song
Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’
Grateful Dead – Box of Rain
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed
Wire – Mannequin
Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No – I Got Life (Black Gold version)
Donny Hathaway – Giving Up
Ramones – Commando
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Lipstick Vogue
XTC – When You’re Near Me I Have Difficulty
Cheap Trick – Auf Weidersehen
The Undertones – True Confessions
The Raincoats – Off Duty Trip
Throbbing Gristle – United
Bauhaus – Dark Entries*
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Angel Dust
Isaac Hayes – Hung Up on My Baby
Marvin Gaye – If I Should Die Tonight
The Brothers Johnson – I’ll Be Good to You
The Abyssinians – Declaration of Rights
The Five Stairsteps – We Must Be in Love
The Rolling Stones – Fool to Cry
Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing
Toots & The Maytals – Pressure Drop
Herbie Hancock – Rain Dance
Diana Ross – Remember Me
Roxy Music – Mother of Pearl
Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging
John Lennon – Isolation
Roberta Flack – I Told Jesus
The Beach Boys – All I Wanna Do
Neu! – Negativland
Serge Gainsbourg – L’hotel particulier
Blue Oyster Cult – Then Came the Last Days of May
Sex Pistols – Submission
Thin Lizzy – Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend
Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Liars Beware
James Brown – Down and Out in New York City
Steely Dan – The Royal Scam
Gang of Four – 5.45
Sparks – At Home At Work At Play
Judee Sill – The Donor
Hall & Oates – Don’t Blame It on Love
Elvis Costello – I’m Not Angry
Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide Love
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love
Joni Mitchell – Harry’s House/Centerpiece
The Doobie Brothers – It Keeps You Runnin’
The Clash – The Card Cheat
Led Zeppelin – Tangerine
Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
Neil Young – Last Dance
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp – The Heavenly Music Corporation
Miles Davis – Sanctuary
Jimi Hendrix – Who Knows
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Reaction
CAN – Dizzy Dizzy
Iggy Pop – Baby
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck
Patti Smith – Distant Fingers
Suicide – Rocket USA
Joy Division – Shadowplay
The Congos – Congoman
Blondie – Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)
The Cars – Candy-O
Steely Dan – Only a Fool Would Say That
Stevie Wonder – Do Yourself a Favor
The Isley Brothers – Fight the Power
The O’Jays – Back Stabbers
The Kinks – Strangers
George Harrison – I’d Have You Anytime
The B-52’s – 52 Girls
ABBA – Waterloo
Talking Heads – Mind
The Who – How Many Friends
The Velvet Underground – I Found a Reason
Brian Eno – Everything Merges with the Night
Leonard Cohen – Memories
Jimmy Cliff – Sitting in Limbo
Caetano Veloso – Minha Mulher
Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Domelo (Give It to Me)
10cc – The Worst Band in the World
The Slits – Newtown
Ann Peebles – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Bobby Womack – Woman’s Gotta Have It
Big Star – O My Soul
Lou Reed – I’m So Free
The Rolling Stones – Moonlight Mile
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Sedan Delivery
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow
The Modern Lovers – Modern World
The Beatles – You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)
Alice Coltrane – Blue Nile
Stevie Wonder – Love Having You Around
Parliament – Unfunky UFO
The Temptations – Law of the Land
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Slave Driver
Sly & The Family Stone – Just Like a Baby
CAN – Halleluhwah
Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – Everything Scatter
Fleetwood Mac – Silver Springs
Black Sabbath – A National Acrobat
Sugarhill Gang – Sugarhill Groove*
Arthur Russell – This Time Dad You’re Wrong
The Clash – Stay Free
The Cure – Jumping Someone Else’s Train
Nick Drake – Hazey Jane II
James Brown – Hell
David Bowie – Win
Talking Heads – Warning Sign
Althea & Donna – Make a Truce
Chic – At Last I Am Free
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter in America
Pink Floyd – Fearless
Neil Young – Speakin’ Out
Suicide – Girl
Lou Reed – Sad Song
Buzzcocks – Autonomy
X-Ray Spex – I Live Off You
Ramones – Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
Funkadelic – I Bet You
Michael Jackson – Get on the Floor
Dolly Parton – Down from Dover
Marvin Gaye – Sparrow
Al Green – Simply Beautiful
The Velvet Underground – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
The Stooges – TV Eye
Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock
Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand
Bob Dylan – Sign on the Window
Big Star – Daisy Glaze
David Bowie – Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)
Patti Smith – Free Money
Kraftwerk – Neon Lights
Blondie – Will Anything Happen?
Iggy Pop – Some Weird Sin
Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Queen – Flick of the Wrist
Stevie Wonder – They Won’t Go When I Go
Al Green – You Ought to Be with Me
Joni Mitchell – Little Green
Bill Withers – The Same Love that Made Me Laugh
Joy Division – Leaders of Men
Fleetwood Mac – Think About Me
Television – The Fire
Prince – Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
David Bowie – Station to Station
Kate Bush – Feel It
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
Marvin Gaye – Right On
Michael Jackson – Girlfriend
David Bowie – The Bewlay Brothers 

(not ranked in preferential order)

1.       Pat Stallworth – Questions
2.       The Adverts – I Will Walk You Home
3.       Pere Ubu – Humor Me
4.       War – The World Is a Ghetto
5.       Charles Mingus – The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
6.       Syl Johnson – Is It Because I’m Black
7.       Devo – Uncontrollable Urge
8.       Pantherman – Pantherman
9.       Kleenex/LiLiPUT – Ain’t You
10.   The Twinkeyz – Aliens in Our Midst
11.   Emitt Rhodes – With My Face on the Floor
12.   Badfinger – Dennis
13.   Gene Clark – The True One
14.   Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
15.   Ruby Andrews – Uh Uh Boy, That’s a No No
16.   Marion Black – Who Knows
17.   Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ramble Tamble
18.   Alice Cooper – Halo of Flies
19.   New York Dolls – Human Being
20.   Jobriath – World Without End
21.   Millie Jackson – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right/The Rap/(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right (Reprise)
22.   Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band – Death of Samantha
23.   Peter Ivers – Audience of One
24.   Lewis Furey – Poetic Young Man
25.   La Dusseldorf – Geld
26.   Michael Rother – Feuerland
27.   Henry Cow – Bittern Storm Over Ulm
28.   King Crimson – The Night Watch
29.   Ornette Coleman – What Reason Could I Give
30.   Allen Toussaint – Cruel Way to Go Down
31.   Gram Parsons – Brass Buttons
32.   Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance – Roll On Babe
33.   Tucker Zimmerman – Amusement Park
34.   Tim Buckley – Sweet Surrender
35.   Leroy Smart & Big Youth – Pride & Ambition/Pride & Joy Rock
36.   Augustus Pablo – Too Late
37.   The Mighty Diamonds – I Need a Roof
38.   Arthur Lee – He Knows a Lot of Good Women (or Scotty’s Song)
39.   Denise LaSalle – Trapped by a Thing Called Love
40.   The Lost Generation – Wait a Minute
41.   Turner Bros. – Cause I Love You
42.   Slade – Gudbuy T’Jane
43.   Mott the Hoople – The Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll
44.   MC5 – The American Ruse
45.   The Scientists – Frantic Romantic
46.   The Saints – This Perfect Day
47.   Amon Duul II – Archangels Thunderbird
48.   Edgar Broughton Band – Out Demons Out
49.   Lucifer – Fuck You
50.   The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
51.   Chrome – TV As Eyes
52.   Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
53.   George McRae – Rock Your Baby
54.   The Emotions – Best of My Love
55.   Machine – There But for the Grace of God Go I
56.   Glen Campbell – Wishing Now
57.   George Jones – The Grand Tour
58.   Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Comin’ Down
59.   Tanya Tucker – San Antonio Stroll
60.   Warren Zevon – Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
61.   Randy Newman – Guilty
62.   Michael Hurley, Unholy Modal Rounders, & Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones – Slurf Song
63.   Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
64.   The Move – Chinatown
65.   Babe Ruth – The Mexican  
66.   The Records – Starry Eyes
67.   Rich Kids – Ghosts of Princes in Towers
68.   Luxury – Green Hearts
69.   Shoes – Do I Get So Shy
70.   Alex Chilton – Alligator Man
71.   The Cramps – Human Fly
72.   The Rezillos – Can’t Stand My Baby
73.   The Fall – Rebellious Jukebox
74.   Subway Sect – Ambition
75.   AC/DC – Rock’n’Roll Damnation
76.   Motorhead – Stay Clean
77.   Sir Lord Baltimore – Master Heartache
78.   Dust – Suicide
79.   Yes – Heart of the Sunrise
80.   Genesis – Back in N.Y.C.
81.   Van der Graaf Generator – Pilgrims
82.   The Residents – Sinister Exaggerator
83.   This Heat – The Fall of Saigon
84.   Public Image Ltd. – Poptones
85.   Magazine – The Light Pours Out of Me
86.   The Pop Group – Thief of Fire
87.   Essential Logic – Aerosol Burns
88.   Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards
89.   Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland
90.   Gregory Isaacs – Native Woman
91.   Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto
92.   Aretha Franklin – Spirit in the Dark
93.   The Majestic Arrows – I’ll Never Cry for Another Boy (rehearsal version)
94.   Tafo & Nahid Akhtar – Karye Pyar
95.   Kazi Aniruddah – Mafe Karo
96.   Donald Rubinstein – The Calling (Main Title from Martin)
97.   John Carpenter – Assault on Precinct 13 Main Title
98.   Goblin – Suspiria Main Title
99.   Ennio Morricone – Un uomo da rispettare (Titoli)
100.                        Michel Polnareff – Ne dans un ice-cream
101.                        Dion – (He’s Got) The Whole World in His Hands
102.                        Spring – Sweet Mountain
103.                        Carole King – It’s Too Late
104.                        Paul Williams – Someday Man
105.                        The Carpenters – Superstar
106.                        Bill Fay – Methane River
107.                        Alan Hull – One More Bottle of Wine
108.                        Jack Nitzsche – I’ll Bet She Knew It
109.                        Sonic’s Rendezvous Band – City Slang
110.                        Debris – One Way Spit
111.                        George Brigman – Jungle Rot
112.                        Chris Stamey & The dB’s – If and When
113.                        Marbles – Fire and Smoke
114.                        Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – The Orange County Lumber Truck
115.                        Penguin Café Orchestra – Penguin Café Single
116.                        Steve Reich – Drumming: Part IV
117.                        Kevin Ayers – Two Goes Into Four
118.                        Robert Wyatt – Sea Song
119.                        Bee Gees – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
120.                        Paul McCartney – Every Night
121.                        Barry White – Never Never Gonna Give You Up
122.                        Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
123.                        Little Murray & The Mantics – Don’t Leave Me Mama
124.                        Esther Phillips – Home Is Where the Hatred Is
125.                        The Last Poets – On the Subway
126.                        Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Carney and Begard Place
127.                        The Specials – Concrete Jungle
128.                        Radio Birdman – I-94
129.                        The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – The Hot City Symphony, Part 1: Vambo
130.                        Pentagram – Be Forewarned
131.                        Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You
132.                        Streetwalkers – Hangman
133.                        Heart – Crazy On You
134.                        The Flamin’ Groovies – Whiskey Woman
135.                        John Cale – Fear Is a Man’s Best Friend
136.                        Boney M – Rasputin
137.                        Holger Czukay – Cool in the Pool
138.                        Harmonia – Walky-Talky
139.                        Cluster – Rosa
140.                        Bruce Haack – Electric To Me Turn
141.                        Annette Peacock – I’m the One
142.                        The Groundhogs – Cherry Red
143.                        Pink Fairies – Do It
144.                        The Pretty Things – Grass
145.                        Chris Bell – You and Your Sister
146.                        Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Joanne
147.                        Jeff Cowell – Lucky Strikes and Liquid Gold
148.                        The Byrds – Chestnut Mare
149.                        Nick Lowe – I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass
150.                        Lloyd & Claudette – Queen of the World
151.                        Dr. Alimantado – Born for a Purpose/Reason for Living
152.                        Nico – All That Is My Own
153.                        The Only Ones – From Here to Eternity
154.                        Rodriguez – Hate Street Dialogue
155.                        Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers – Let’s Get Funky
156.                        Freddie King – Going Down
157.                        Eddie Hazel – California Dreamin’
158.                        Mike Post – The Rockford Files Theme
159.                        Quincy Jones – The Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)
160.                        Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe
161.                        Willie Wright – I’m So Happy Now
162.                        Ned Doheny – Each Time You Pray
163.                        Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
164.                        Wee – Leavin’ You Alone
165.                        Tommy McGee – We Ought to Be Together
166.                        The Edge of Daybreak – Our Love
167.                        Mary Perrin – Dedication
168.                        The Go-Betweens – Karen
169.                        Swell Maps – H.S. Art
170.                        Dead Boys – All This and More
171.                        The Weirdos – Life of Crime
172.                        The Mekons – Where Were You?
173.                        Pretenders – Tattooed Love Boys
174.                        Leaf Hound – Freelance Fiend
175.                        Third World War – Ascension Day
176.                        Van Halen – D.O.A.
177.                        Captain Beyond – Raging River of Fear
178.                        Hawkwind – Master of the Universe
179.                        Rog & Pip – Why Won’t You Do What I Want?
180.                        Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
181.                        Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms
182.                        Buckingham Nicks – Frozen Love
183.                        Jeremy Spencer – Linda
184.                        The Band – Stage Fright
185.                        Jackson Browne – Fountain of Sorrow
186.                        Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust
187.                        Roy Harper – When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease
188.                        Loudon Wainwright III – Motel Blues
189.                        Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Heart Like a Wheel
190.                        The Flatlanders – Tonight I’m Gonna Go Downtown
191.                        The Monochrome Set – He’s Frank (Slight Return)
192.                        The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
193.                        Crime – Hot Wire My Heart
194.                        The Dils – I Hate the Rich
195.                        Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
196.                        Squeeze – Up the Junction
197.                        Marshall Crenshaw – You’re My Favorite Waste of Time
198.                        Dwight Twilley Band – Baby Let’s Cruise
199.                        Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory
200.                        Frank Sinatra Jr. – Black Night