1/2 Year Music!

Every year around this time, Kent and I swap email about how crappy the music is that year. Then by the year’s end, we manage to like 20 or so albums enough to make our lists that no one reads. This year is no different. Except this year, I vow to give up on more music earlier. Here is my list of keepers and throw awayers.

Keepers (in alphabetical order)

Broken Bells – Nothing wrong with this album. But it’s not that great either. But it’s not that bad.

Charlotte Gainsbourg – I have finally embraced this album all the way. It has three or four high points. The rest is just okay.

The National – More of the same from the National. Songs about my lame life. Really good.

She & Him – Sweet music. Really good production. I’m in love with both members.

Sleigh Bells – This has most of my favorite summer songs thus far. Loud crashy cheerleader music. It’s not new, but it’s nice to get a new spin on it.

Surfer Blood – Dave, I think maybe you would like this. It reminds me of the 90’s but maybe not the 90’s that you liked the best. But still worth trying.

Titus Andronicus – I like this album, but I feel like its akin to eating way more food than one should. It just wears me out. Still waiting for it to click.

Vampire Weekend – The rest of my favorite summer songs are on this cd.

Throw Awayers

Beach House – Dear Beach House, You make really boring music. Signed, Brent.

Caribou – Dear Caribou, I don’t understand what you are trying to do. But I see that others do. So there you go.

Gil Scott Heron – Dear Gil-Scott Heron, Even if you were the coolest person ever, there would still be no reason to make this music. No reason.

Gorillaz – Dear Gorillaz, Good for you.

Janelle Monae – Dear Janelle, Kent made fun of me when I wanted to listen to you. Kent was right. Thanks for that.

Roky Erickson & Okkervil River – Dear Roky, Thanks for making an album that puts a permanent blemish on the careers of Okkervill River. I’m not sure they could have done it themselves.

Okay. All done. There are still plenty of cds that are still under consideration for the year-end awards. So don’t give up, Ruby Suns and Morning Benders.

Changes in Brent’s Breakfast Routine

For those of you keeping track, I am eating a whole new breakfast these days. I went from a banana to a bowl of cereal. Now I am throwing a grapefruit into the mix. Grapefruits are every hard to eat. I don’t know how long the second part will last, but I am officially entrenched in the cereal-for-breakfast ranks. Before about a month ago, I had not had a bowl of cereal in about 15 years. So you could say I’m going through some big changes. How am I doing it? I’m taking it day by day. That’s how. My only issue is how bad the milk container smells at the end of the day.

Fuck You, George W. Bush

While I am happy that Obama won tonight. I am mostly just happy that we have someone else to call president. Bush, I hate hate hate what you have done to this country. I am so happy to see you go. You inherited coutnry that was in a lot of pain, and you made that pain ten-fold. From Iraq to Katrina to our current shit-hole economy, you have done nothing but fuck things up. Again, I am so happy to see you go. You were so bad that you took an otherwise honerable man, and ruined his campaign. The worst thing anyone could say about McCain was that he was too similar to you. So goodbye, asshole. You ruined your own party, you ruined the office, and you almost ruined the country. I sure hope Obama can bring this country together and effectively lead us to brighter pastures, but I have no doubts he will do a better job than you. I have no doubt McCain would have done a better job than you. When history weighs in on your presidency, I hope it sees you for the supreme jackass that you are.

Worst President Ever.