Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tracklisting for my theoretical pop-punk album

1. On Brobation
2. Praised and Defused
3. Bail Bonds and Beyond
3. Dear Pete, really long song titles that have nothing to do with the actual lyrics aren't funny (anymore)
4. Madam Girl!
5. A Whole Gang of Gin
6. Chinese Theocracy (GNR Sucks)
7. Franklin Said Some Things Whitey Wasn't Ready to Hear
8. Another Perfect Song
9. Reconcilable Indifferences
10. Night Crawlers
11. Hail to the King, Baby

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eleven songs that didn't make my top 100 songs two years ago that would today

* Nick Lowe - So It Goes
* The Gaslight Anthem - Blue Jeans & White T-shirts
* Elton John - Crocodile Rock
* Refused - New Noise
* The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
* Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
* Bruce Springsteen - The River
* The National - Slow Show
* Radiohead - Idioteque
* Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
* Fake Problems - Heart BPM

Friday, July 16, 2010

A brief guide to Ryan makes lists.: Common references and themes

* The first five Elvis Costello albums
* Gangster movies, especially the Godfather series and Goodfellas
* Modern indie and punk rock
* The classic movie canon
* Self-referentiality
* Hipster culture
* The Rolling Stones

Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 10 favorite Mad Men characters

10. Sally Draper
9. Joan Holloway
8. Pete Campbell
7. Bert Cooper
6. Harry Crane
5. Peggy Olson
4. Sal Romano
3. Ken Cosgrove
2. Roger Sterling
1. Don Draper

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7 classic albums I got into way, way too late

* Radiohead - Kid A
* Television - Marquee Moon
* Talking Heads - Remain in Light
* Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
* Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
* Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
* Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Friday, July 2, 2010

Potential albums of the year from the first half of 2010

* These New Puritans - Hidden (the Innovator)
* The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis (the Controversial Pick)
* Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (the Underdog)
* Vampire Weekend - Contra (the Frontrunner)
* The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever (the Perennial Contender)
* Against Me! - White Crosses (the Cinderella)
* The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang (the Returning Champ)
* The National - High Violet (the Critical Favorite)
* Ceremony - Rohnert Park (the Cred-booster)