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Yesterday, Paste released its list of the 50 Best Albums Of The 2000s, and the list was topped by none other than Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoise, which honestly seems like it was released way longer ago, so established has he become in the indie-rock firmament. Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Radiohead’s Kid A, and Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning rounded out the top five. Full rundown after the jump, but first, a few reactions.
THE GOOD: Hey, look, Stankonia! At No. 8! Three places beneath… Bright Eyes. Sigh.
THE BAD: Instead of noting the male-white–breadiness of the list—because that is, after all, the way of Paste, and you can’t expect them to change their stripes just for the sake of a mid-autumn pageview-generation ploy—I’m going to zero in on one totally questionable choice. Namely, the selection of M.I.A. albums on the list. Arular (No. 10) and not Kala? Really? I mean, Arular is fine, but Kala is kinda next-level. Is it because of the (admittedly unfortunate) Timbaland track?
THE WHAAAA? Dear Paste fact-checkers: Not for nothing, but Radiohead’s In Rainbows was not entirely “self-released,” as you claim. I know that would screw up the “it changed everything with its revolutionary pricing methods” that serves as the angle for your gushing write-up of the record. Pity that you muffed the opportunity to write about something so (yawn) groundbreaking by regurgitating a tired, half-true spiel. More »
“Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene’s afternoon of transfixing America’s underemployed and Internet-equipped people who thought he was in a UFO-esque balloon floating over Colorado—even though he was simply hiding in his house’s attic—is almost 24 hours out, and people are currently trying to figure out just whether or not yesterday was a happy accident or some sort of proto-fameball experiment. However, there was definitely some fameballing going on–by YouTube-channel-equipped singers who decided to act as a rapid-response unit of sorts and write songs about Falcon, his family, and the media in hopes of Making A Statement About The News and reaping some of those sweet search-engine-derived pageviews. Five of the tracks that bobbed online after the jump! More »
Things I do not understand: Why is this blind item about a “Pitchfork-magazine indie-music darling” who happens to enjoy a martini or two–despite claiming that he doesn’t—worthy of a post on Crazy Days And Nights, the blog that usually serves as my chief fix for bemused commentary on the famous and semi-famous people who double as occupational hazards for anyone employed by the celebrity-industrial-complex? A lot of the commenters seem just as confused, with one going so far as to say, “I can’t blame a guy who’d rather drink martinis than work on a record.” Gasp! We’re so out of the music zone, you guys. [Crazy Days And Nights] More »
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Adorable, baseball-capped yupster and indie-rock money printing machine Sufjan Stevens has been awarded a commission at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 25th annual “Next Wave Festival,” which starts in October. More »
We love this animated clip for “Put The Lights On The Tree”, the first single from Sufjan Stevens’ upcoming Songs For Christmas box set. But we have to admit that we’re a little bit biased, because it was created by animator Tom Eaton, a friend of Idolator who’s performed with Stevens, and who’s collaborated with Sub Pop singer Rosie Thomas. We asked Tom to list his favorite animated music videos for us; after the click-through, a collection of clips that are even more cartoonish than that Eminem footage we put up this morning.