record of the weekend

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and i am now off to watch 'short cuts'

For Squirrels

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I recently mentioned the For Squirrels gem "Mighty K.C." Well, thanks to the magic of youtube:

Number 1

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How does one explain rock n' roll? I mean, isn't rock n' roll just a feeling? It's something that enters you and, in many cases, sticks there for a lifetime. To my ears no genre compares. Rap, Hip-Hop, Country, Jazz, Blues...to me, they're all sub-genres of rock n' roll. All of them. And that's because rock n' roll is a fusion of them all.

What is the perfect rock n' roll sound? Well, I heard it when I was about five years old. And to this day it STILL sounds perfect. It still sounds new. It still captures EVERY element of the spirit that is rock n' roll.

Of the 3,000+ records in my collection, it's Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" that captures it all. This record was released over 40 years ago, yet it's all brand new. This record defines rock n' roll.

Top 50 (2-10)

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2 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF THE TOWN" (1978)

3 RICHARD BUCKNER "DEVOTION + DOUBT" (1997)

4 NICK DRAKE "BRYTER LAYTER" (1970)

5 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "THE WILD, THE INNOCENT, THE E STREET SHUFFLE" (1973)

6 UNCLE TUPELO "STILL FEEL GONE" (1991)

7 THE BEATLES "THE WHITE ALBUM" (1968)

8 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "BORN TO RUN" (1975)

9 ELLIOTT SMITH "FIGURE 8" (2000)

10 SON VOLT "WIDE SWING TREMOLO" (1998)

Top 50 (11-20)

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11 THE JAYHAWKS "HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL" (1992)

12 NEIL YOUNG "AFTER THE GOLD RUSH" (1970)

13 WILCO "BEING THERE" (1996)

14 THE WRENS "THE MEADOWLANDS" (2003)

15 UNCLE TUPELO "ANODYNE" (1993)

16 PAVEMENT "CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN" (1994)

17 TOWNES VAN ZANDT "HIGH, LOW AND IN BETWEEN" (1996)

18 PUBLIC ENEMY "IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK" (1988)

19 JOHN LENNON "PLASTIC ONO BAND" (1970)

20 THE GOURDS "STADIUM BLITZER" (1998)

Top 50 (21-30)

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21 BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY "MASTER AND EVERYONE" (2003)

22 SON VOLT "TRACE" (1995)

23 THE JAYHAWKS "TOMORROW THE GREEN GRASS" (1995)

24 THE ROLLING STONES "EXILE ON MAIN STREET" (1972)

25 THE REPLACEMENTS "TIM" (1985)

26 WILCO "SUMMERTEETH" (1999)

27 REM "MURMUR" (1983)

28 LUCINDA WILLIAMS "CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD" (1998)

29 MARAH "LET'S CUT THE CRAP AND HOOK UP LATER ON TONIGHT" (1998)

30 BILLY BRAGG & WILCO "MERMAID AVENUE" (1998)

Top 50 (31-40)

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31 THE CLASH "LONDON CALLING" (1979)

32 NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL "IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA" (1998)

33 ROBERT BECKER "LOT #099-0038" (2000)

34 BOB DYLAN "THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN" (1963)

35 STEVE EARLE "EL CORAZON" (1997)

36 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "NEBRASKA" (1980)

37 VAN MORRISON "ASTRAL WEEKS" (1968)

38 WHISKEYTOWN "STRANGERS ALMANAC" (1997)

40 BIG STAR "#1 RECORD/RADIO CITY" (1978)

Note: The Top 20 will include brief reviews/reasons/pleads for forgiveness

Top 50 (No Longer 100) Albums of All-Time (41-50)

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41 SCUD MOUNTAIN BOYS "MASSACHUSSETS" (1996)

42 THE MODERN LOVERS "THE MODERN LOVERS" (1976)

43 TOM WAITS "CLOSING TIME" (1973)

44 ELLIOTT SMITH "XO" (1998)

45 OLD 97S "TOO FAR TO CARE" (1997)

46 JOSH ROUSE "1972" (2003)

47 OLD 97S "FIGHT SONGS" (1999)

48 DAMIEN JURADO "GHOST OF DAVID" (2000)

49 AIMEE MANN "THE FORGOTTEN ARM" (2005)

50 CHRIS MILLS "EVERY NIGHT FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE" (1998)

Ten Most Important Musicians Right Now

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1 Jeff Tweedy
2 Bruce Springsteen
3 Will Oldham
4 Will Johnson
5 Beck
6 Britt Daniel
7 Sam Beam
8 Damien Jurado
9 Bob Dylan
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