“I’m losing myself, I’m stuck in the moment I look in the mirror, My only opponent“
Jay-Z, “Welcome to the Jungle”
“This beat deserves Hennessy, a bad bitch and a bag of weed the Holy Trinity In the mirror where I see my only enemy“
Kanye West, “The Joy”
I’m not a music critic so I won’t get into what I thought about Jay-Z and Kanye West’s new album, Watch The Throne. Overall, I thought it was entertaining.
After listening to the album a few times, the two lines above fascinated me. I feel like they summarize where each artist is at in their lives and in their careers. It was even more interesting to me that the two lines appear on seperate songs. Who said their’s first and how did it influence the other?
For the last month and a half, I’ve been participating in G.D.’s running challenge (setting a goal each month and trying to reach it). Hey, anything to give me an excuse to make a playlist. Here are eight tracks that have dominated my running playlist in the last six weeks. Enjoy while I go ice my shins:
This was much harder than the “My 50 Favorite Television Shows of the 00s” list. When I started the television list, I singled out 70 shows or so and cut it down to 50. It took me three days to come up with a first draft of albums and I ended up with 185! I was going to just do a list of 100 but I like consistency so I whittled the list down to 50. The closer I got to 50, the sadder I got as I had to delete albums I loved off the list. After how depressing it ended up being bringing this list down to 50, a) I won’t even try to single out a top 10 (although I think “Kid A” would be my favorite album) and b) sorry, Karen, I won’t even attempt a 50 Favorite Singles list.
A couple of notes:
Just a reminder, I am not saying these are the 50 BEST albums in the last decade, these are the ones I am most fond of
Apparently my best years for music was 2000 and 2002 as nine albums from each year made the list.
Nothing released this year made the list and only two albums from 2008
Only Jay-Z and Radiohead have more than one album on the list (unless you count Jenny Lewis twice for her solo and Rilo Kiley)
“Without a soundtrack, human interaction is meaningless.”
— Chuck Klosterman
The rules are simple. I’m going to put my iPod on shuffle and write about the first 10 songs that play. Some of these will be really stupid or have nothing to do with the song but hey, who doesn’t like to hear me go off on a tangent. Continue reading →