Archive for June 26th, 2004

Top 100 Albums of the 70s

Jun 26, 2004 in Music

Hot on the heels of the Guardian’s 100 Greatest British Albums comes Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 70’s. (A slew of older lists recounting the best of the 80’s and 90’s, among other things, can be found here.)

The obvious suspects make numerous appearances here (Bowie, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Clash, Iggy Pop, the Ramones), along with some slightly unexpected ones (Nick Drake, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Can and many other Krautrock pioneers). Pitchfork’s list is, of course, a primer in 70’s hipster music, and the ordering isn’t what you would normally expect in a best-of list. The obvious and the obscure are equally represented here, and even if your musical knowledge is fairly broad you’ll probably find something you’ve never heard before.

More fodder for the fire: “Stairway to Heaven” reversed, pt. 3

Jun 26, 2004 in Uncategorized

Found on the 365 Days Music Project, a collection of oddball recordings and outsider music: ’80s Christian radio host Michael Mills illustrates the backward “Satanic messages” in the music of Led Zeppelin (yep), Kiss, the Beatles and Queen (the “it’s fun to smoke marijuana” message).

Ubu.com has a fascinating collection of outsider music mp3’s, featuring the above mentioned 365 Days Music Project.