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And on the 7th Day…God created Jam: Sparklehorse

March 8, 2010

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Frumpzilla's classic jam of the week features Tommy Bolin

Typically we reserve our classic jams feature for stuff pre-1990. However, given the loss of Mark Linkous over the weekend, today we’re gonna make an exception. Linkous, probably most readily known for his work as Sparklehorse, apparently committed suicide outside a friend’s home in Tennessee on Saturday (shot himself in the heart). Sad day, and a shame he won’t get to see the official release of Dark Night of the Soul, which, after a highly publicized bout of legal problems, is finally supposed to hit the market this year.

As a memorial, here’s three cuts from Linkous as Sparklehorse, including two from the Dark Night of the Soul album (featuring Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, respectively). Rest in peace.

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10 Gripes About Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade

December 16, 2009

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Gripes about Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the DecadeSo Rolling Stone recently published its 100 Best Albums of the Decade: The most important music of the 00’s as chosen by more than 100 artists, critics and industry insiders.  As few of you likely remember, I love lists.  Who doesn’t, really?

On top of that, I’ve actually enjoyed perusing many of Rolling Stone’s popular lists released as of late:  The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, etc.

Having said that, however, I’ve always delved in fully aware of how polarizing lists on such personal taste-based, subjective topics can be.  Who’s to say, after all, that one album is “better” or more “important” than another?  I mean, sure, we all could, but what does it really mean?  What should it mean?

In that same vein, I write now fully aware of just how sensitive and potentially meaningless the pursuit of disparaging such a list is.  Nevertheless, after taking a gander at the list in question here today, I felt I simply had no choice but to put my foot down.

You know, acknowledge that my taste in music really is more sound and respectable than these sheep; these poor, misguided fools that contributed to this horror of a list.

Make the jump for some elaboration on this — in, topical, list form, of course (and, yes, the video below is by all means a teaser).

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