Monthly Archives: October 2008


Band: TortoiseAlbum: TortoiseBest song: “Tin Cans & Twine.” Worst song: Nope. Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Tortoise has been my favorite band since, basically, I first started listening to them at age 15. I’ve claimed other bands as co-favorites (currently, Mogwai and Pink Floyd), but one has endured. When a friend […]

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White Sky

Band: Archer PrewittAlbum: White SkyBest song: “Motorcycles” and “Walking on the Farm” are brilliant. “Shake” is great.Worst song: “Raise on High” is good, but not as great as the rest of the album. When I was a freshman in college, I did this weird project — for no one but myself, though I think I […]

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Cease to Begin

Band: Band of HorsesAlbum: Cease to BeginBest song: “No One’s Gonna Love You” is gorgeous.Worst song: “The General Specific” is just a mediocre song. There are no real ways around it, but not every band can be Battles. Rock and roll is a largely derivative form and the ability to create quality music is one […]

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Band: WilcoAlbum: Yankee Hotel FoxtrotBest song: “War on War,” “Kamera” and “Heavy Metal Drummer” are great Wilco songs. However, the opener, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” is where the band was going and reflected a new musical direction.Worst song: “I’m the Man Who Loves You” is OK, but not to the level of […]

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Meat Puppets II

Band: Meat PuppetsAlbum: Meat Puppets IIBest song: “Oh, Me” is desperation. Worst song: Overall, there are no bad songs on this album. Without question, there are many albums that shape our view of rock and roll. I know my own list is huge and I plan on writing more about those albums in the coming […]

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