Cover of Kid A
Prompted by my Facebook link, Steven Rubio posts about Pitchfork's top albums of the decade list, specifically #1 on the list:
Pitchfork, and Radiohead, and Kid A, are the music culture equivalent of the youngsters at last year’s family Xmas party. It’s their turn. I’m a fossil who prefers Nick Hornby to Pitchfork or Radiohead.
I'm all over the map on this one. I loved Hornby's Fever Pitch and High Fidelity but lost interest just as his writing skills presumably grew more sophisticated. I only read Pitchfork on an irregular basis although I like their lists since they also include links to free lala streaming. I admit to being a Radiohead obsessive, although I didn't buy the Thom Yorke single when it came out today. Finally, MediaMonkey reports for the month of September that four of the top ten tracks I listened to were from the re-release of Magical Mystery Tour.
To complete the exercise, I thought I would comment my reactions to the Pitchfork Top 10:
- Since I Left You. The Avalanches. Never heard of the band.
- Person Pitch. Panda Bear. Heard of the band, heard the album, I didn't really "get it," a reaction that in turn makes me feel old.
- Ágætis Byrjun. Sigur Rós. Despite my esoteric tastes, I've heard little of the band and none of the album.
- Is This It. The Strokes. Loved the album, grew tired of the band.
- The Moon & Antarctica. Modest Mouse. Never heard the album, grew tired of the band anyway.
- The Blueprint. Jay-Z. Never heard the album, need to listen to more of the artist.
- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Wilco. Hate the album, hate the songs and singer, but nonetheless like the drummer and especially the guitarist when he plays jazz.
- Discovery. Daft Punk. Heard the album and when listening to it again, still don't really like it.
- Kid A. Radiohead. MediaMonkey says I have listened to Hail to the Thief tracks 614 times, Amnesiac 524 times, and Kid A only 280 times. But all are equally worthy in my aesthetic world. Strangely, I don't particularly like their earlier guitar-oriented albums although Creep as played by bass clarinets is fascinating, as is that bootleg I have of Radiohead playing Neil Young's guitar rocker Cinnamon Girl.