(no subject)

all you see and all you breathe and
to cleanse your life
takes more than time
take what you want
take all of me

Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth
Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?

oh, go on then. in consultation with last.fm and in no order and with no real care about actual meaning, the albums that bring me much joy, or have done. this list probably changes every other minute

x. joanna newsom - ys
x. smashing pumpkins - mellon collie and the infinite sadness
x. electrelane - no shouts, no calls
x. joy division - closer
x. the wedding present - seamonsters
x. the mountain goats - tallahasee
x. sonic youth - dirty
x. bearsuit - oh:io
x. pavement - wowee zowee
x. arcade fire - funeral

okay, i'm still bored so here is the why and whatnots:

joanna newsom's ys is the album that has captivated me more than any other. it's less a record and more a door into another world. it's heartbreaking and exciting and captivating and above everything else, it's really really really really beautiful.
smashing pumpkins and mellon collie appears on the list because it had a similar effect to ys, only on my young teenage self. different doors to different worlds, but it led to a path that led to me taking music on and attempting to build my own doors to my own worlds. yeah, i'm milking the metaphor but i am so tired!
electrelane's final album is there because it was a record i stumbled on to randomly and fell in love with so much. i recommend it to everyone, and everyone normally gives me a blank face or got there first, but it's again so beautiful and makes me feel emotion. if music makes me feel, it'll find a way to my heart and then i'll never let it go.
joy division's closer is a record that everyone rates highly. i love it because it's great pop music, but not in the same way as any other band. it's racked with guilt and catchy as fuck. no pop record should be like that. it's so passe to write dark pop songs, but nobody can isolate everything like joy division could.
the first time i heard seamonsters i remember hating the production and besides, the singer had a silly voice anyway. of course, it was my untrained ear reacting to albini's production and das gedge. of course, in the strange way that things happen, i ended up returning to the wedding present many moons later, and suddenly everything made so much more sense and i took it to my heart.
i remember all the kids talking about the mountain goats back in the day. of course, at the time i knew better and went off searching for that live version of bullet with butterfly wings where corgan plays a Bmin diminished seventh in the intro. however, back in the mzone days, we chucked on the 4ad sampler and i was struck by how fucking great see america right was. from there, i researched and eventually fell in love with this record. also, the sunset tree. it's telling that i'm actually playing a solo show of exclusively mountain goats songs in january. i've never done that for any other band i've loved, so for proof of my enjoyment, look there.
i love sonic youth, but of course i'm listing their major label pop record instead of the really noisy edgy material. why? because it's got all the great pop songs on it. it slips by, and besides jc is on it, and that song is love.
bearsuit's inclusion on to the list would upset the muso media purists, but fuck them! how do you measure greatness? by how it makes you feel. if i could have been in any band from the start, i'd pick bearsuit. they're just so great on so many levels. they rewired my heart last year and changed the course of everything!
wowee zowee! pavement! again, didn't like at all at the first 100 listens. however, after that it made an acute sense! weirdly! out of the blue. one thursday in manchester, probably. i love it now. i listened to it four times in a row the other week. why? it's sad and cold and strangely strangly uplifting.
funeral. ha! this was almost wish by the cure (which i also love), but i'll pick funeral for what it makes me think of (autumn, winter 2005). beautiful and explosive times; wrapped up in my own little world against the cold, the coldness of people, and this record soundtracked everything as i connected with others and we had a crazy crazy time, the likes of which i'll never experience again. probably.

(no subject)
please don't let today be like 2000 or 2004.

(no subject)
On the morning when I woke up without you for the first time
I was cold so I put on a sweater and I turned up the heat
And the walls began to close in and I felt so sad and frightened
I practically ran from the living room out into the street

And the wind began to blow and the trees began to pant
And the world in its cold way started coming alive
And I stood there like a business man waiting for the train
And I got ready for the future to arrive

And I sang
Oh, What do I do?

(no subject)
ask for trouble
a piece of the puzzle
when i saw you
so many locks and keys and chains shield you
two hearts crash inside against
when the suffering does commence
jolly roger run up the mast
and the seconds of love have passed

i heart this song. nothing changes, only everything has.


Log in