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The Libertines - "Up The Bracket" (from Up the Bracket)

#174/200: The Libertines - Up the Bracket

I prefer The Libertines’ second album, their self-titled, to “Up the Bracket,” but still: this album is one of the highlights of the early 2000’s garage-rock wave that ushered me into high school.

The Libertines - “Up The Bracket”

Frank Ocean - "Swim Good" (from Nostalgia, Ultra.)
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#172/200: Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra

The fact that “Nostalgia, Ultra,” which is essentially a mixtape, founds its way onto the list speaks highly to (1) the recency effect, and (2) the strange, wonderful power that Frank Ocean has over his listeners.

Works for me.

Also, I just learned that pretty much all of the R&B I like is classified as “PBR&B,” a portmanteau of PBR and R&B, or “indie R&B.” It sounds sort of derogatory, but hey: Whatever works.

Frank Ocean - “Swim Good”

Boards Of Canada - "Music Is Math" (from Geogaddi)

#171/200: Boards of Canada - Geodaddi

Geodaddi is perfect for what it is- an ambient chillout electro album.

This is how the People’s List works, right? It’s a bunch of perfect or near-perfect albums weighted by the number of people that actually want to regularly listen to that perfection/near-perfection.

Statistics are the worst.

The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife 3" (from The Crane Wife)

#170/200: The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

This album and Picaresque were two important albums to me in high school, but I pushed them to the side when I had the obligatory “All I need are The Beatles” phase in college.

When I got back into indie rock, I didn’t think to revisit The Decemberists. If you’ve been following my progress through the People’s List, you’ll see the common theme here: I made a mistake. Just because I liked something in high school doesn’t mean it was complete garbage. I have to start giving my 16 year old self some more credit.

The Decemberists - “The Crane Wife 3”

Joanna Newsom - "Does Not Suffice" (from Have One On Me)
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#169/200: Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

I got delayed in my progress because of a Joanna Newsom record that

  1. I do not own.
  2. Is not on Spotify/Rdio
  3. IS 2 HOURS LONG.

I finally bit the bullet today and listened to it. While I’ll stand my ground and say that no one really needs to put out a triple album, this really was quite a good listen. Obviously, I can’t differentiate one 8-minute twee ballad from the next after one listen, but I found myself surprisingly involved in her meandering lyrics.

Joanna Newsom - “Does Not Suffice”