299. The Hold Steady

The 21st Century ’70s Springsteen, Craig Finn writes songs that are anthemic, evocative, and rich with narrative and emotional detail and perceptiveness.  If his talk-singing didn’t become a slog so often, his band would rank much higher.  This song always makes me smile though: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

300. Joseph Arthur

The list of my top 366 favorite bands now becomes a list of the top 300 with Joseph Arthur: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

302. Jay Reatard

Easily one of the most prolific and promising punk rockers of the young century until his tragic and untimely death earlier this year: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

307. Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

So, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince are a childhood favorite and “Men In Black” was essentially the song of the summer in 1997 as, dancing and singing along to it, I cleaned theaters playing the film Men In Black for weeks on end.  I rarely listen to either musical incarnation of Will Smith [Read More...]

360. Mirah

I’m relatively new to the music of Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and the song “We’re Both So Sorry” is the first of her songs I’ve fallen in love with.  Largely, I’m just really taken in by the part where she double layers her voice presenting two competing phrasings of the same lyrics, expressing an interesting [Read More...]

361. Fever Ray

My 361st favorite band is Fever Ray, the solo project of Knife‘s Karin Dreijer-Andersson, which, like Knife, offers creepy, atmospheric electronic songs like this one: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

362. Mountain Goats

The Morning Goats album I own is Get Lonely and it’s one of the very saddest sad sack melancholy wuss-indie acoustic guitar albums you’ll ever hear.  This is music for the pathetically paralyzed and self-pitiful that’s as close to full out emo as you’ll get me to like.  Get out your tissues for this one [Read More...]

363. Fountains Of Wayne

I love power pop and a band with a sense of humor and that’s how Fountains of Wayne, who are sort of a poor man’s Weezer, makes my top 366 favorite bands list: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

364. Siouxsie and the Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ contribution to the Batman Returns soundtrack, “Face to Face” has long been one of my favorite songs, though I’ve had a hard time warming to the first full CD of theirs I picked up, so I haven’t gotten much further into them.  Admittedly a large portion of the song’s appeal to [Read More...]