Friday, December 19, 2003

I beat the Onion A.V. club to the punch, although I am fascinated with some of their picks...

...I'll certainly have to hear Josh Rouse's 1972, the Yo La Tengo EP, and get a real version of The New Pornogrpahers' Electric Version (somehow I ended up with a copy of one of their earlier albums, masquerading with a sharpie-written label proclaiming it to be EV.). And no matter how many times I listen, I can't seem to understand what all the fuss is over the White Stripes' Elephant. I'm sorry.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Chris follows suit with a Best of 2003 list very similar to mine...

It's not a coincidence, as we're constantly talking about music. The startling thing, though, about it is how different songs among the same artists on the same albums rank within his list, but not mine, and vice versa. All I have to say is "Transatlantacism" is way better than "Title and Registration."

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Fun Times in Mill City

The editors of Cranium, Inc. must truly be fans of mall shopping, indoor tunnels, and sub-zero temperatures, for they've ranked Minneapolis the most fun city in America.

I am, however, happy to see their sensibilities returned, as they ranked Chicago at #5, ahead of notoriously fun cities like Las Vegas, Boston, and New York.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Top 100 Songs of 2003

After a few revisions, two cokes, and an inspection of songs left on my old computer (which has a broken CD burner and makes an odd rattling noise when turned on), I've come up with my annual list of my Top 100 songs of the year. The list includes only songs which I heard for the first time in 2003, which was a tough, but fair criteria. In addition, no band was allowed more than five slots (take that, Radiohead). The judges managed to whittle it down to the following, but had a tough time cutting out some classics (noticeably absent are Phoenix's "If I Ever Feel Better," Postal Service's "Recycled Air," and the Polyphonic Spree's "Light and Day"...and that's just in the "P" section.) The songs were then ranked according to both my most played and my favorite songs (oddly similar) from the past 12 months.

And so, without further adieu, I give you the list:

100) Rhett Miller - World Inside The World
99) The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed
98) David Kitt - You Know What I Want To Know
97) Dashboard Confessional - Carry This Picture
96) The Dance Imperative - Leaving San Francisco
95) The Long Winters - Blue Diamonds
94) Paul Westerberg - Got You Down
93) Fruitbats - A Bit Of Wind
92) Minus 5 - Retrieval Of You
91) The Frames - The Blood
90) Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Nevermore
89) Fountains of Wayne - Mexican Wine
88) Interpol - PDA
87) Radiohead - There There
86) Guster - Careful
85) Longwave - Meet Me At The Bottom
84) Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter
83) Neutral Milk Hotel - Song Against Sex
82) Dave Matthews - Gravedigger
81) White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
80) The Weakerthans - Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucalt In Paris, 1961)
79) Radiohead - Sit Down, Stand Up
78) Pete Yorn - Burrito
77) Silver Scooter - Albert Hall
76) Spoon - Small Stakes
75) Matt Pond PA - The Summer Is Coming
74) Nick Drake - Man In A Shed
73) Grandaddy - Stray Dog and The Chocolate Shake
72) Dandy Warhols - You Were The Last High
71) Noir Desir - Le Vent Nous Portera
70) The Shins - Mine's Not A High Horse
69) Nada Surf - Killians Red
68) Ben Folds - There's Always Someone Cooler Than You
67) Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down
66) The Strokes - I Can't Win
65) Paloalto - Breathe
64) Johnny Marr and The Healers - Down On The Corner
63) Turin Brakes - Blue Hour
62) Idlewild - Live In A Hiding Place
61) Death Cab For Cutie - Title and Registration
60) Pete Yorn - Crystal Village
59) Longwave - Pool Song
58) Ben Harper - When It's Good
57) Coldplay - Moses
56) Longwave - Everywhere You Turn
55) Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar
54) Oasis - Songbird
53) Soundtrack Of Our Lives - 21st Century Ripoff
52) Rufus Wainwright - California
51) Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
50) Super Furry Animals - Hello Sunshine
49) Radiohead - Gagging Order
48) Outkast - Hey Ya
47) Mojave 3 - Bluebird of Happiness
46) Nada Surf - Inside of Love
45) Sondre Lerche - Sleep On Needles
44) The Promise Ring - Say Goodbye Good
43) Turin Brakes - Pain Killer (Summer Rain)
42) Interpol - The New
41) Wallflowers - When You're On Top
40) The Weakerthans - Plea From A Cat Named Virtue
39) Ryan Adams - To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
38) Dave Matthews - Dodo
37) Fountains of Wayne - Valley Winter Song
36) Eels - Rock Hard Times
35) Damien Rice - Volcano
34) Johnny Cash - Hurt
33) Noir Desir - L'enfant Roi
32) Interpol - Untitled
31) Guster - Homecoming King
30) Counting Crows - Miami
29) Rhett Miller - Come Around
28) The Strokes - Whatever Happened
27) Josh Ritter - Me and Jiggs
27) The Promise Ring - Get On The Floor
26) Matt Pond PA - The Party
25) The Shins - Kissing The Lipless
24) The Decemberists - Leslie Anne Levine
23) Things In Herds - Too Happy
22) Belle and Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around
21) Radiohead - Go To Sleep
20) The Long Winters - Scared Straight
19) The Weakerthans - (Manifest)
18) Postal Service - Such Great Heights
17) Tammany Hall NYC - Cindy
16) The Smoking Popes - Pretty Pathetic
15) Eels - Saturday Morning
14) Josh Ritter - Golden Age of Radio
13) Nada Surf - Blizzard of 77
12) Radiohead - 2+2=5
11) Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
10) Nada Surf - Paper Boats
9) The Long Winters - Cinnamon
8) The Frames - Fake
7) Calexico - Quattro
6) Wallflowers - Closer To You
5) Interpol - NYC
4) Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
3) Grandaddy - Now It's On
2) The Weakerthans - One Great City!
1) Fountains of Wayne - Hey Julie

Top 10 Albums of 2003
10) The Long Winters - When I Pretend To Fall
9) Postal Service - Give Up
8) The Strokes - Room On Fire
7) The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
6) Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
5) Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
4) Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
3) Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
2) Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
1) Nada Surf - Let Go

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

If you're looking for a good summer reading list, the NY Times just came out with one.

Saturday, May 17, 2003


Where is my family? They were supposed to be here by now. I have a tendency to exaggerate but I've never felt as awkward as I have today.

I keep pacing around our house looking for something to do. But there is nothing. There's this feeling of finality. Of closure. It's left me with nothing to do. Tom's family (of the ten of them; only his younger sister Mary is absent) is here and they'll be leaving soon for a graduation mass.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

I enjoyed this article this morning.

I think it's probably for the better that I'm graduating soon; I don't think I could take many more mornings like this. A person's living condition is a good indication of their personality. As such, stacks of old newspapers are strewn across my floor indicate failed attempts to stay informed. A pile of freshly burned, but unlabelled CD's rests upon my moniter. Scraps of aluminum gum wrappers surface as if reproducing under my bed. A few days ago, I remember thinking I probably shouldn't have thrown away that banana peel up here.

I took the garbage out, realizing that we haven't had a garbage pick-up service since November. I don't know how we've managed.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

I'm at a lab at Loyola University in New Orleans. We took a road trip for today and tomorrow here. Schneider's friend, Mo, knows people so that's where we're staying. Last night we drank on Bourbon Street and stayed out til the wee hours. Today we walked around Lafayette Square. I can see the appeal of this town.

Friday, March 21, 2003

I'm leaving for Florida in 4 hours. Check this out -- a Destin, FL cam. That's where I'll be, basking in the sun for a solid week. I'm packing up my stuff and I can't wait to shake up the dust and get out of this town. Perhaps I'll post sometime over the week, but it's doubtful I'll have internet access. Have a good week.

Friday, March 14, 2003

I failed to praise Sondre Lerche, a fine musician, a few weeks back when he opened for Nada Surf. While I'm opposed to the new version of The Buzz in the DI, the reviewer actually did a great job of sizing up his album. Read it here.

I'm looking forward to a weekend of recovery from a cold I've been fighting, which may prove difficult with today being deemed Unofficial St. Patrick's Day by the University of Illinois community.

Monday, February 24, 2003

After several hours of racquetball (a losing venture against Voss and Roy) and a trip to the library, I'm back at home, worn out.

This article in the DI caught my eye today. It's about how flawed nearly everyone thinks our Student Government is. I really believe that if enough people remember the cartoon characters from the DI last year, they will win the election. They won't be disqualified for using too much money on "ad space" this year, because the comic isn't printed in the DI anymore. But the fact remains that if they win, it'll show how sad and unsupported the current system really is.