Monthly Archives: September 2009

Tropics and Meridians

Band: June of 44Album: Tropics and MeridiansBest song: “Anisette.” Hands down.Worst song: Nope. Maybe this is foolish, but I sometimes wonder if Wikipedia is the real measure of something (anything, really) and its q rating. If something or someone has a Wikipedia page, it truly exists in the world. If said Wikipedia page is of […]

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Fleet Foxes

Band: Fleet FoxesAlbum: Fleet FoxesBest song: “Ragged Wood” is fun. “Sun it Rises” is a great opener.Worst song: “Meadowlarks” isn’t particularly good. Requested by a friend, my opinions on this record are far too late. Fleet Foxes was the most critically acclaimed album (non-Tha Carter III division, of course) of 2008. Pitchfork named it the […]

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I mentioned it this last week, but I’ve started a — very poorly recorded — podcast. The URL for the podcast site is There, you can listen to the first two episodes — one of me introducing myself and the other with an actual live human guest. Of course, you can also e-mail me […]

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Let’s Get Out of This Country

Band: Camera ObscuraAlbum: Let’s Get Out of This CountryBest song: “Tears for Affairs” is brilliant.Worst song: “If Looks Could Kill” isn’t great. It’s of no surprise that Camera Obscura’s first album was recorded by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. Seemingly, every writeup of the band has a reference to the shared Glasgow hometown and […]

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And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

A note: The Albums That I Own podcast has started, sort of. I’ve posted a two-minute intro podcast. In it, I just recount what I do, what the podcast will be, etc. The podcast site is here. If you would like to be a guest on the podcast or have a topic suggestion for it, […]

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Band: Ryan AdamsAlbum: HeartbreakerBest song: “Come Pick Me Up” is a great song. “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)” is a nice little song. “Winding Wheel” is gorgeous.Worst song: It’s all pretty good. As mentioned many times before, I am not a fan of twang. While I enjoy my fair […]

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