Archive: Rankings

Rock-and-roll, no clothes

The Jesus Lizard, fully clothed. (Photo courtesy Joshua Black Wilkins) Hey, ladies! Looking to pick up a dude in his late-30s who values his Touch & Go 7-inch singles more than personal relationships? If so tonight's your Super Bowl, World Series and Stanley Cup all rolled into one -- the...

By David Malitz | November 19, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Is Dave Grohl the best rock drummer alive?

Grohl -- the greatest? We say yes! Them Crooked Vultures' eponymous debut disc, reviewed in today's Post, proves that Dave Grohl is the undisputed king of 21st century tom-smashing. The supergroup -- comprised of Grohl, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age front-dude Josh Homme...

By Chris Richards | November 17, 2009; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (29)

Merge Records Top 20 for MergeXX

Headlines: Special edition of the Morning Mix today, in honor of my trip down to North Carolina for MergeXX. Expect things to be quiet on here for the next few days. I might check in with a quick post or two, but this is my actual vacation, so blogging...

By David Malitz | July 22, 2009; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

Cheap Top 5: Nirvana Songs

In today's paper I reviewed "Dark Was the Night," the new "intellectual indie" collection from the folks at Red Hot. The AIDS charity has been releasing compilations for the last two decades, and if you went to high school in the '90s -- or even if you didn't -- "No...

By David Malitz | February 17, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Best Of 2008: Guest Work

In which a few colleagues give us their own, annotated Top 5 singles/ albums/ whatevers lists. Or, in the case of a certain Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, a Top 1. And then there's that pathetic Top 0 from a certain Coldplay- and Journey-loving sports columnist. (You can find Top 10 singles...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 30, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Best of 2008: Top 10 Albums and Singles

The Village Voice set today as the ballot-submission deadline for its annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, which meant I finally had to get my Top 10 singles list in order. I had about 60 songs under serious consideration for the 10 slots, and beyond the top two, it became...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 24, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Discographically Speaking: Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt, the joyless grump behind Magnetic Fields, is a certified pop music genius. He started out with a Phil Spector fascination (right down to having a female vocalist on his first two albums), became a synth-pop sensation and then somehow made a three-disc, 69-song album that is more consistent...

By David Malitz | October 24, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night, On TV - Episode 4

I'm glad I restarted this feature. Not because it's easy -- DVRing, watching and blurbing 20 or so performances is a much bigger pain than you think. But it's becoming increasingly possible to surround yourself only with music you like, or would be inclined to like, so this exercise is...

By David Malitz | September 30, 2008; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Old Favorite Thing: Nirvana - "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam"

A couple nights ago I saw the Meat Puppets at the 9:30 club and it wasn't pretty. And I don't just mean Cris Kirkwood's teeth. (Or hair. Or clothes.) Definitely one of the worst sets I've seen this year, up there with Islands and the Child Ballads disaster. At least...

By David Malitz | September 25, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (7)

For Whom The Hall Of Fame Bell Tolls

"...If we don't get it next year, we don't go in, we're not going in. I mean, what is it, five-time losers? I mean, if we don't make it this time ... And you know what? It won't break my heart. As everyone else says, it's not going to better...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 22, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (40)

Cohen, Cale, k.d. and Constantine

Post Rock has been overrun by angry Constantine Maroulis fans this week. One of the commenters suggested we take a look at a recent YouTube clip of Maroulis covering Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." We did. Then we looked at some other versions of the oft-covered classic. How does the former almost-"Idol"...

By David Malitz | February 22, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ranking the Grammy Album of the Year Winners

The Grammys turn 50 on Sunday, so we figured it would be fun to take all of the Best Album winners and rank 'em, 1 to 50. Then we looked at the list and decided to limit it to the last 40 years. For that first decade, it was almost...

By David Malitz | February 6, 2008; 05:38 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Two-Minute Man, Episode 3: Collective Soul (?!) Edition

It wasn't the greatest week of entries for the Two-Minute Man. Why's that? Because out of the 10 songs I heard on 94.7/The Globe, two were by Collective Soul and another was by Live. Ouch. So you can have a pretty good idea of what the bottom of the list...

By David Malitz | November 30, 2007; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Listless

I'm not going to lie to you. I love lists. I love ranking things. Give me a topic - most bitter Dylan songs, best Gilbert Arenas buzzer beaters, even something as stupid, say, as 10 random songs heard on a generic radio station - and I'll give you some rankings....

By David Malitz | November 29, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Two-Minute Man, Episode 2

This week's installment of the Two-Minute Man isn't nearly as top heavy as last week's. No Beatles, no Stones, but we do have another completely random one-hit wonder from the '90s. And after a male-dominated debut last week, some women finally found their way onto 94.7's airwaves during my morning...

By David Malitz | November 23, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (7)

The Two-Minute Man

Welcome to Post Rock's first weekly feature. I'm not much for radio, but I tune in to 94.7 The Globe on my two-minute drives to and from Starbucks each morning. So I figured at the end of each week I'd rank the 10 songs I heard Weasel spin, offer up...

By David Malitz | November 16, 2007; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (12)

Meet the New Bosses: Indie Rock Finds Its Inner Bruce

Bruce Springsteen has been one of the world's biggest rock stars for more than three decades now, but he's never been seen as particularly hip. He was part of what the punks were rebelling against in the late '70s, was the ultimate stadium rock act in the '80s, and in...

By David Malitz | November 12, 2007; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

 

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