Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Antiquated Pastimes

Just so you know, I'm going to write about music on here a lot. Not as someone who claims to be an expert or have good taste even, just as a person who loves and appreciates all kinds of music. It's always been a huge part of my life, even if all the musical talent was hogged by one person in my family and that person is not me. It's my brother. The jerk. ANYway, when we were on vacation we were sitting around the fire one night and somebody came up with the idea that we'd go around and each person would name a category, then everyone would name their most favoritist thing of that category. For example: favorite sandwich. That's easy for me: veggie sub with cheese, no onions, extra pickles, extra hots. Not so easy: favorite band. To keep it interesting, the rule was that the Beatles don't count. After a lot of thought, I decided to go with the Afghan Whigs. But it was no easy decision. Favorite band of all time? That's not even taking into account all the different genres, or emotional associations with times in your life. So difficult! Harder still, we later built upon this by going back to that old chestnut, top ten albums. After a ton of deliberation, I produced, in no particular order:

Kick - INXS
Pinkerton - Weezer
Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
Purple Rain - Prince
Tapestry - Carole King
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Gentlemen - Afghan Whigs
Obligatory Beatles pick - Revolver
I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
Maybe the first Scissor Sisters record?

Ack, too much pressure! I didn't even get a Ween pick on there because I can't choose. Clearly this list will be ever evolving. But it's a hell of a conversation starter, assuming all the people in the conversation understand the concept of an "album."

I have too much work to do to be playing around on here any longer. But if you'd like to share your list I'd love to see it!

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