Monday, October 16, 2006


Error By Omission

Harp Magazine (that's right, who?) has created a list of the 50 most essential albums since 2000. Below is the list. Two of my favorite bands have been egregiously omitted from this list: Tegan & Sara and Spoon.


50) Gillian Welch - (Time) The Revelator
49) The Roots - Phrenology
48) Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
47) Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
46) Guided by Voices - Isolation Drills
45) Neko Case - Blacklisted
44) Solomon Burke - Dont Give Up On Me
43) Kathleen Edwards - Failer
42) Mark Lanegan - Bubblegum
41) Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Streetcore
40) Lucinda Williams - World without tears
39) Missy Elliot - Miss E…So Addictive
38) Sparklehorse - Its a wonderful life
37) The Libertines - Up the Bracket
36) The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
35) Franz Ferdinand - S/T
34) Wolf Parade - Apologies to Queen Mary
33) Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
32) The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
31) Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day
30) Ryan Adams - Gold
29) Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now
28) Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
27) The Strokes - Is This It?
26) The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
25) The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
24) The White Stripes - Elephant
23) Cat Power - You Are Free
22) Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
21) Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
20) My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
19) Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
18) Steve Earle - Jerusalem
17) Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
16) Wilco - A Ghost is Born
15) PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
14) Kanye West - Late Registration
13) The New Pornographers - Electric Version
12) The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
11) Sleater Kinney - The Woods
10) The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
9) MIA - Arular
8) Anthony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
7) Tom Waits - Real Gone
6) My Morning Jacket - Z
5) Tom Waits - Alice
4) Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3) Brian Wilson - Smile
2) The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
1) The Arcade Fire - Funeral


Clearly this list was comprised by men who, as evidence suggests, are older than me. Though I concur with many of the bands, namely The White Stripes, The Shins, The Arcade Fire and the many other "The" bands, I disagree with the list being so heavy on Tom Waits. Look I'll be honest. I hate Tom Waits. The only Tom Waits music I like is when Rod Stewart sings Downtown Train. If that admission means my hipster status has to be revoked, then so be it. Now, I know my namesake Scarlett Johansson will be releasing an album of Tom Waits covers, but that doesn't make me like his music and it doesn't make it cool. In fact, Scarlett, if I can speak to you directly, I know that you are the indie hipsters' poster girl. And I know that Rhett's celebrity crush is the only reason we saw Lost in Translation three times. But come on, your agent is lying to you when he told you the Revlon ads were a good idea. (Hello! over-exposure) And he's lying to you when he promotes this cover album as anything other than a self-indulgence.

But I digress from my point - I demand that Harp seriously consider Spoon's Gimme Fiction and Tegan & Sara's So Jealous. It is a crime that these albums should not be given their due props. Any list that has The Roots at #49 but Kanye West at #14 is total bunk. I mean WTF! (I liked Kanye the first time around, you know when it was Chaka Khan!)

Does anyone else take issue with this list? Margeaux, are you pissed that Micheal Buble's album didn't make the list? Popodop, don't you feel that German Bass music should be represented.

- Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler
(Not to be confused w/ Scarlett Johansson, it happens ALL the time)

3 Comments:

Blogger Margeaux Kramer said...

I bet Clem is pissed that Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan weren't on the list.

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its actually nelly furtado not lindsay lohen

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