Posted by: Go Dog Go! | December 31, 2009

The Decade’s Best Albums

1. Sigur Rós: Med ud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust [XL] (2008)

Just as I was getting bored with Sigur Ros, they hit with this ethereal gem of pure melodic-pop-pleasentry. There is nothing amateur about this band and this album is their most recent in a line well-orchastrated, monumental albums.

After being re-introduced to Med ud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust, after months of neglect, it immediately skyrocketed to the top of this list. With it’s exploding sounds and cascading rhythms, the album never lets down, and crosses boundaries much like its controversial album cover. As if they’re lifting the middle finger to all the corporate meat heads who think they have the right idea of what rock music should sound like. The result is a collection of songs that give pop music a good name and Sigur Ros has never sounded better. I can’t wait to hear what’s next. Which should be soon. I hear next fall.

2. Modest Mouse: Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks [Epic] (2001)

Say what you will about Modest Mouse. I will probably disagree with you. No. I don’t think everything released since The Moon and Antarctica has sucked and. No. I don’t care if Isaac Brock is a huge prick. As long as he keeps producing MM jams for years to come, he can piss as many people off as he wants. My number two pick, a combo of, A Night in the Sun EP and a few unreleased tracks from The Moon…, …His Nasty Parlor Tricks may not even be the best album of their career, but I think it’s still one of the most cohesive unit of tracks laid down this decade. Short and sweet and just give it a listen.

3. Cursive: The Ugly Organ [Saddle Creek] (2002)

Cursive’s popularity blew through the underground cellar and actually started walking the streets after …Organ was released. They included a celloist on this album, which may have been the difference, but have since moved onto strings. The Omaha (Whoop! Whoop!) based group may not have opened the door to making conceptualized albums, but they sure have perfected it. Every release since 2000’s Domestica have been of the concept variety in the realm of Religion, Divorce, Sex and pretty much everything else discussed in theology class. As it so happens, their two efforts since haven’t quite lived up to The Ugly… I say it’s a direct result of losing the cello.

4. Ween: White Pepper [Elektra] (2000)

The title of Ween’s seventh full length album is said to be a tribute to two Beatles albums; Sgt. Peppers and The White Album. White Pepper is by far Ween’s most polished pop driven record. Ween may be one of the most impressive acts in the past 20 years, accumulating a jam-band-fan cult following, all while not being a jam band. Most of whom would call this album a step down, or ‘too soft’, compared to Ween’s previous six releases. White Pepper is their most enjoyable production of earth-grounded tunes. You may not even need to be on drugs to appreciate Bananas and Blow and Back to Basom. Oh, and they melt faces live!

5. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest [Warp] (2009)

If you aren’t familiar with Brooklyn’s indie darlings Grizzly Bear, I suggest you prime in to what they have to offer (Clings, Clashes and Bangs). Having first learned of GBear in 2006 following their sophomore release, Yellow House, I was impressed, but soon after they fell off my radar. Veckatimest, named after an Isle off New England’s Massachusetts shore, where both it and Yellow House were recorded, had a vastly different effect. My love for its infectious sounds grew greater after every repeated listen. I couldn’t stop. Who could argue against a band where all four members share vocal responsibilities and just so happen to make the Beach Boys sound like tired choir boys. A pure listening joy. If it doesn’t grab you at first, play it again. Veckatimest, while appearing fifth on this list, is easily my #1 album of 2009.

Rounding out the top 10:

6. The Black Keys: Attack and Release [Nonesuch] (2008)

7. Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass [Definitive Jux] (2007)

8. Starfucker: Starfucker [Badman] (2008)

9. Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped [Geffen] (2006)

10. Arcade Fire: Funeral [Merge] (2004)





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Posted by: Go Dog Go! | December 3, 2009

She’s a beautiful dog she is.

She’s been limping lately. She loves to run.

Posted by: Go Dog Go! | September 3, 2009

College Football fanship; addicted to a failed system

Finally, College Football is here. We await no longer.

And what a way to kick off the season. Boise State v. Oregon. The team with the ugliest uniforms battles the team with the ugliest turf. Papa Smurf would be proud.

Will this season mean anything to teams other than Florida and Oklahoma or Texas. Seriously, does anyone else have a shot? Does parody exist anymore? Let’s hope.

Some things never change; the big name teams will always get the talent, muscle and speed, while the Boise State’s of the system rely on hearts and smarts and the underdog fan base. Notre Dame will still have trouble competing with mediocre teams while claiming a tough schedule is the reason. The Big 12 north will suck something fierce, again. Lou Holtz will spit all over the tv screen. The Heisman will be based on a one game performance rather than a season long achievement. And the BCS will prove, once again, a failure that it is the worst system in sports history. And everyone will bitch about it, again.

Let’s have a good season! Cheers! Go Dog Go…

Posted by: Go Dog Go! | August 3, 2009

HICCUPS, KLEINMAN AND GIRL EATS BURRITO

So the weekend was fun to say the least. A great White Eagle show put on by The Beautiful Train Wrecks on Friday night resulting in the worse case of the hiccups I’ve ever experienced, followed by a sweat soaked ultimate tourney and a little Columbia dip.

My third summer living in Portland and finally I get to partake in the city’s biggest ultimate tournament, Kleinman Eruption. 30 teams from the west coast and even one from Hawaii, battled each other at the end of the hottest week in Portland history. Today is 90, making it 10 days consecutive of 90 and above temps, another record. This, however, was not a reason to stop us all from strapping on the cleats to run around chasing frisbees like crazed monkeys. What fools people must think we are. We wouldn’t want to be any other place doing any other thing. We are ultimate players and NORMALS DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

A couple memorable moments not to be forgotten anytime soon:

  • Sunday, game 3, I’m in on offense. I am playing the dump position when all the sudden noise from the sideline erupted. I turn to find my dog River and another friend dog completely attacking each other. As the play continued on the field, I waited a few seconds to see if the people in the area could break up the dog fight, they couldn’t. The dogs, both leashed to the same cooler, could not be separated for what seemed like a full minute. At this point, feeling responsible, I sprint off the field to help hoping to God no one had already been bitten.  By doing this my team became one man short. At this point we had lost possession of the disc and were now defending and by the time I ran back on the field our opponent had just turned the disc over. I picked up the disc and continued playing offense as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened.  Scary but funny, hardly anyone knew I had left the field to break up a K-9 scuffle over a chewed up tennis ball.
  • After two days of sweating on the ultimate field we took our sunburned bodies to the Columbia River for a swim. A beautiful beachy area just east of Delta Park and just west of Portland International Airport couldn’t have served as a better place to cool off and let the dogs swim. The water was crowded. As I was swimming, not too far from me was a young girl, no more than eight years old and no less than 200 lbs, floating by in a life jacket eating french fries from Burger King. Wow! I’ve seen some interesting things before, but that was downright shocking to me. A few minutes later, the same girl retreats back to shore, and low and behold she enters the water again and starts floating with a full burrito in her hand stuffing her face as if it were the last morsel of nutrition left on earth. It amazes me that her parents, wherever they were, allowed this to happen. Will people ever learn? This poor girl, with a life of obesity ahead of her, I couldn’t help but be saddened at the sight.
Posted by: Go Dog Go! | July 27, 2009

It’s Hot! It’s Damn Hot!

It’s hot in Portland.  I should be accustomed to this as I am from a land where the percentage of humidity is usually equal to the temperature on a hot day.  Where 95 degrees feels like 115.  Where the AC in the car just never reaches cold.  Where you have to peel the t-shirt off your back.  Portland, however isn’t too effected by the humidity factor, so it’s far more bearable.  Portlanders are so lucky with such mild weather.  So many other places deal with this weather on the daily and these whiny pdx-ers think we’re all gonna melt.  Settle down Portland.  Drink your water and enjoy the water.  This is the bridge city for a reason, we’ve got rivers… go jump in one.   Go Dog Go!

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