Top 73 Since 73 (2): Revised and Redacted

{Thanks to one and all who’ve chipped in to the discourse over the original draft. ‘Still looking for “requests” for albums, clusters of albums, or topics for other, more synthetic analyses of the 73. New Additions are indicated with a ‘*’. Better luck next time to those nonetheless fabulous albs that’ve found themselves cut!}

[Thank you, Mark Prindle, for getting me to think through this stuff. I will surely realize I’ve forgotten massively important records soon. Also, I did my very best to give a straight account of “rock” records I listen to and love the most and not more canonical/obscure albums I could/should be listening to. Now please, readers, use the comments section to tell me which of these albums you would most like to hear me review, and also to comment on weird patterns, trends, and what does/doesn’t surprise you. So begins a new era for the Prisonship, largely devoted to rock-writing either about specific albs mentioned herein, the process of choosing them, or my own embarrassingly un-reformed ‘early 90s indie rock’ allegiances.. Other rock/art/lit/non sequitur programming will return to the beloved OG. ps – I have a (more expedient than justifiable) rationalization for excluding Grateful Dead music that I’ll try to explain later.]

Bardo Pond, Amanita
Blonde Redhead, s/t*
Big Star, Radio City
Big Star, Third/Sister Lovers
Boys’ Life, Departures and Landfalls
Braid, Frame and Canvas
Breeders, Pod
Canyon, Empty Rooms
Chisel, 8am All Day
Come, Eleven: Eleven
Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me
Dylan, Bob, Blood on the Tracks
Dylan, Bob, Biograph
Eno, Brian, Music for Airports
Eno, Brian Music for Films

Gastr Del Sol, Upgrade and Afterlife
Grifters, One Sock Missing
Fall, Hip Priest and Kamerads
Flying Saucer Attack, Further
For Carnation, Fight Songs
Fleetwood Mac, Rumors*
Fugazi, In on the Killtaker
Grifters, One Sock Missing
Guided By Voices, Propeller
Guided By Voices, Bee Thousand,
Guided By Voices, Get Out of My Stations,
Guided By Voices ,Vampire on Titus,
Guided By Voices ,Alien Lanes,
Husker Du, Zen Arcade
Jawbreaker, 24-hour Revenge Therapy
Labradford, A Stable Reference
Mission of Burma, Signals, Calls and Marches
Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
Morrison, Van, Veedon Fleece
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
New ‘Bomb’ Turks, Destroy! Oh Boy!
New “Terror” Class, Did You Hear that We Fucked?
Nirvana, Nevermind
Palace Bros., Days in the Wake
Palace Songs, Viva Last Blues
Parsons, Gram and the Fallen Angels, Live 1973 *
Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
Pavement, Watery, Domestic
Pere Ubu, The Modern Dance
Pixies, Surfer Rosa
Prekop, Sam, s/t
Rolling Stones, Some Girls*
Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure
Sea and Cake, The Biz
Slint, Spiderland
Slowdive, Souvlaki
Smog, Kicking a Couple Around
Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.
Son Volt, Trace
Son Volt, Straightaways
Son Volt, Wide String Tremolo
Sonic Youth, Sister
Sonic Youth, Evol
Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
Spencer, Jon, Extra Width
Springsteen, Bruce, Darkness on the Edge of Town
Springsteen, Bruce, Nebraska
Springsteen, Bruce, Born to Run
Sugar, Copper Blue
Sugar, Beaster
Tall Dwarfs, Hello, Cruel World
Teenage Fanclub, Songs from Northern Britain
Thompson, Richard and Linda, I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight*
Television, Marquee Moon
Thin Lizzy, Vagabonds of the Western World
Unwound, New Plastic Ideas
Unwound, The Future of What
Velvet Underground, 1969: Live
Walkmen, A Hundred Miles Off
Warmers, s/t*
Whiskeytown, Faithless Street
Wire, Pink Flag
Wood, Ron, I’ve Got My Own Album to Do
Young, Neil, Zuma
Young, Neil, Tonight’s the Night
Young, Neil, On the Beach


9 Responses to “Top 73 Since 73 (2): Revised and Redacted”

  1. wobs Says:

    Watery Domestic is an interesting pick for a second Pavement alb. I would’ve gone with Crooked RainX2.

  2. lexdexter Says:

    I love, love Crooked Rain, and it’s one a few albums that’s high on the “how can this not have made it” list. But Watery, Domestic is four songs long and “perfect-all-the-way-through” like even Slanted and Enchanted ain’t.
    Spin it again for the first time.

    “Someone took…./in.these.pants./Somebody painted over paint-painted wood.” My writing owes so much to ripping such shit as that off!

  3. lexdexter Says:

    the absence of Bonnie Billy albs seems really lamentable to me, too. “Ease Down the Road” and “Master and Everyone” in particular.

  4. Tronn Says:

    “In on the Kill Taker” is a totally under-appreciated record. I think it was my first fugazi record ever….

  5. k'aisle Says:

    Nice addition on the R. Thompson. Wouldn’t mind reading your review of that one.

    You scratched out Labradford, another one I would have enjoyed your words on.

    Do you think you’ll be changing this again when you return to your record collection?

  6. lexdexter Says:

    I scratched out Labradford following R+B’s logic and figuring, fuck, if the Eno albs aren’t really “rock,” then neither’s Labradford. I use a similar line of reasoning for excluding Tortoise.

    This list is tough enough that any excuse to cut shit (and allow new shit in) is welcome. I’ll be updating the mother-effer for a long time to come, yes.

  7. m. potato Says:

    NO effing Townes? This surprises me PJ…

  8. lexdexter Says:

    trying to keep it to “rock,” semi-strictly defined. it took me a while, for example, to decide that Gram Parsons is actually really “rock.”

  9. m. potato Says:

    oh yeah, knee jerk reaction, sir! i agree on both ends, carry on sir sexder…

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