Friday

One Hundred Albums


Haven't put one of these together in a while; if I'd made it tomorrow or yesterday, it would look substantially, if not radically, different. Suffice it to say that I've made a point of excluding records that I, in theory, admire yet rarely, if ever, actually feel like listening to, and that a number of canonical artists whom I like just fine simply don't have one specific record that I'm crazy about. Included is basically everything else, including live albums, hits compilations, and very recent albums that I may admittedly not be so enthusiastic about by the end of this decade. Here's the list:

01. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
02. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
03. PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
04. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
05. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
06. James Brown - Live at the Apollo
07. Prince - Sign 'o' the Times
08. X - Wild Gift
09. Sleater-Kinney - Call the Doctor
10. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
11. Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
12. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
13. Talking Heads - Little Creatures
14. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
15. Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
16. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
17. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
18. Robyn - Robyn
19. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
20. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
21. Elvis Presley - Sun Sessions
22. Love - Forever Changes
23. Hole - Live Through This
24. Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
26. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
27. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
28. The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
29. The Beatles - Revolver
30. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
31. Ramones - Road to Ruin
32. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
33. Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
34. PJ Harvey - 4-Track Demos
35. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
36. Destiny's Child - #1's
37. Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
38. Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
39. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
40. Joanna Newsom - Ys
41. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
42. Prince - Dirty Mind
43. Britney Spears - Blackout
44. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
45. Cat Power - Myra Lee
46. Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
47. Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
48. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
49. Kylie Minogue - Fever
50. The Beatles - Help
51. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
52. Nirvana - Live at Reading
53. PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
54. X - Los Angeles
55. The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
56. Blondie - Parallel Lines
57. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
58. Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
59. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
60. Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
61. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance
62. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
63. PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
64. Van Morrison - Moondance
65. Liz Phair - Whip-Smart
66. Cat Power - You Are Free
67. Bjork - Post
68. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
69. Ashlee Simposn - Autobiography
70. Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3
71. PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
72. The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree
73. Prince - 1999
74. Talking Heads - Fear of Music
75. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
76. Cam'ron - Purple Haze
77. Alan Jackson - 34 Number Ones
78. James Brown - Sex Machine
79. Basement Jaxx - Rooty
80. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
81. Radiohead - Kid A
82. The Beatles - Let It Be
83. Brad Paisley - 5th Gear
84. Patti Smith - Horses
85. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
86. Kanye West - Late Registration
87. Sonic Youth - Sister
88. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
89. Ramones - Leave Home
90. Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock
91. Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One
92. PJ Harvey - Dry
93. Radiohead - The Bends
94. M.I.A. - Arular
95. Diddy/Dirty Money - Last Train to Paris
96. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
97. Cat Power - Moon Pix
98. Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
99. Lou Reed - New York
100. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Monday

Death of a Salesman


My goodness! Matthew Weiner & Co. are, as ever, on top on their game. Astonishingly, Mad Men's fifth season seems poised to continue the show's streak of each season surpassing the one that preceded it. I'm going to write something at length after next week's season finale. In the meantime, Grantland is the place to go for the best in Mad Men coverage. See: Molly Lambert's thoughtful recap piece, "Guilt and Aftermath.". And: Andy Greenwald's "The Alien Mystique: Megan Draper and the Upending of the Mad Men Universe."

R.I.P. Lane Pryce. We'll miss you, Jared Harris. Also, my show-geek t-shirt is now dated.