30. Stand Up Tall – Dizzee Rascal
When you hear this song, at first, it’s like, ick … gross … but keeps growing as it goes along. I have no freaking idea what he’s saying, but it doesn’t really matter.
29. Bukowski – Modest Mouse
It’s time for a new album already. Seriously.
28. Van Lear Rose – Loretta Lynn
It’s almost like Loretta Lynn herself knew how shitty pop country was so she enlisted Jack White and went to a great alt-country route.
27. Float On – Modest Mouse
Hearing the Kid’s Bop version of this song was quite a surprise to say the least.
26. The Late Greats – Wilco
25. Stack Shot Billy – The Black Keys
Beautifully done blues rock here.
24. Lookout Mountain – Drive-By Truckers
I’m usually more of a fan of their alt-country stuff, but this is an all-out rocker here. I’m starting to believe The Dirty South is their best album.
23. Culture For Dollars – Dalek
This act was kind of a one trick pony with the lo-fi distortion thing they got giving ambiance to the rhymes. It almost reminds me of what Terminator X did for Public Enemy on Nation of Millions meaning, it’s either really irritating or awesome. On this song, it’s awesome.
22. High on a Mountain Top – Loretta Lynn
21. Let’s Get Lost – Elliott Smith
20. Neighborhood #2 – Arcade Fire
Do you think when we look back at the early Aughts, there will something known as “The Canadian Invasion?” It would be similar to the British Invasion, only the bands would only be popular in an “Indie” sense as opposed to the “pop” sense the British Invasion had.
19. There She Goes, My Beautiful World – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
There’s nothing like artists that perform rock music the exact way it’s supposed to be done. I gotta listen to Nick Cave more.
18. Where the Devil Don’t Stay – Drive-By Truckers
This is one of those songs that reminds me I’ll never be one of those wicked cool southern rock gambling types. I’d love to write a low down song. The Dead did that well.
17. At Least That’s What You Said – Wilco
Wilco nearly changing into a jam band on A Ghost is Born is still a little unsettling to me, but when you have a weapon like Nels Cline, you have to use him. It’s like the Germans using the Red Baron even though there was a scarf involved.
16. Staring at the Sun – TV on the Radio
These guys are so hit or miss with me, and this one is a home run (though not out of the park).
15. Galang – MIA
I’ve never had such a tough time loving an artist so many people hate, and right fully so. She’s almost like a wanna-be gangsta version of Justin Bieber. Ugh, I can’t believe I just said that, but she’s becoming such a pop music brat. The middle finger during a shitty Madonna song MIA? Really? I think the Who’s Super Bowl protest by refusing to play like they knew how was more effective. If she never said one word outside of her albums, it would’ve been good thing. Some people should just never open their mouth unless they’re singing. I must warn though, in 2005 and 2007, she’s going to do quite well on my lists.
14. Blame It on the Tetons – Modest Mouse
When this album first came out, I thought Isaac’s lyrics weren’t up to snuff compared to his previous work. I was obviously wrong when this song is considered because it’s one of Isaac’s finest pieces lyrically.
13. Neighborhood #1 – Arcade Fire
This song builds the entire time. If it didn’t have to end, basically it’d be perfect perpetual motion, thought I’m not sure it ever gets faster, which is the genius of it.
12. King’s Crossing – Elliott Smith
If they made The Last Days 2, and tried to compete with Cobain’s lonely desperation that they did quite well in the first installment, do you think Smith’s would rival that? Or do you just film someone playing Layne Staley’s dead body for an hour and a half?
11. Yeah (Crass Version) – LCD Soundsystem
It’s rare I say this about a 9 minute long song, but I almost don’t want it to end, and then they have the other version, which is even longer and that’s great too … and the beat never changes.
10. Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg
This song pushes the envelope between being a guilty pleasure and a really cool song. Not sure which it is, but it’s a lot of fun either way.
9. Ch-Check It Out – Beastie Boys
To the Five Boroughs may be their weakest album to date, but when they get away from how much they hate Dubya, they do some amazing stuff. Now where’s a rap band coming out with an anti-Obama album? Yes, that was a joke … in the reign of Queen Dick I imagine.
8. Hell is Chrome – Wilco
Ah, the peaks and valleys of A Ghost is Born. I almost prefer these songs on their live recording Kicking Television because they don’t have the huge changes from quiet to loud. It’s nearly impossible to listen to the beginning of this album without being near the volume control.
7. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
I’m going to have to listen to these guys more. Now that I’ve heard this song on my now infamous “Ashy Chill” ipod playlist umpteen times, I can’t help but love it. (That’s Ashy as in Asheville, not Ashy Larry).
6. Neighborhood #3 – Arcade Fire
How long will this band be around? They almost seem like they have no ceiling. Though I haven’t enjoyed their last two albums as much as I enjoyed the first, they seem to be almost bigger. It’s going to be exciting to see what they do next.
5. The World At Large – Modest Mouse
After a 4 year break from the last album, this was the first song on the new album and they hadn’t lost a beat. We all love songs about drifters and books about the same. They’re the best.
My thoughts were so loud I couldn’t hear my mouth.
4. A Fond Farewell – Elliott Smith
Very few songs make me as sad as this one does, and somehow, that’s a good thing.
3. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
In 2004, hell, many years of the new millennium, it’s very hard to find a good pure rock song. This is one of the best.
2. Muzzle of Bees – Wilco
To great friends getting married.
1. The Ocean Beathes Salty – Modest Mouse
In retrospect, it’s probably not a good idea to go to a ball game in St. Pete, then kill the town afterwards, end up on a park bench, then drive back to Tampa. Even if you’re not the driver.