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Jack Rabid's 2005 Top 40 Best Albums: Old Recordings/Retrospectives [40-21]

26 January 2006

I’m still counting down my top picks for the year 2005 in this space, with brief comments on each. Having done all the new recordings in the last three entries, here’s 40-21 for Old Recordings/Retrospectives!!! After all, why should old recordings have to compete with the new work of artists? Note, when this list is finished, that will be 100 Top CDs for 2005. For all the same old perennial moaning, 2005 was another brilliant year for music, same as every year, and don’t let some stupid aging critic or hipster gone jaded tell you different! Enjoy!

Jack Rabid's 2005 Top 60 Best Albums: New Recordings [20-1]

19 January 2006

I’m still counting down my top picks for the year 2005 in this space, with brief comments on each. Having done 40-21 last time, here’s (drum roll please!!!) 20-1!!! (Again, there will be four categories: New Recordings, Old Recordings / Retrospectives, Singles, and Music DVDS. Enjoy!)

Japanese Visual Kei and the Blurring of American Genre Lines

18 January 2006

What I find interesting is that in the Visual Kei scene the ‘rules and regulations’ that bind American bands today are seemingly nonexistent.

Beyond the Echo Chamber

16 January 2006

Isn’t it more useful to read a list of 10 albums that you’ve never heard of than to read one more list of the same 10 albums that you already know are supposed to be ‘important’?

Jack Rabid's 2005 Top 60 Best Albums: New Recordings [40-21]

11 January 2006

I’m still counting down my top picks for the year 2005 in this space, with brief comments on each. Having done 60-41 last time, here’s 40-21!!! (Again, there will be four categories: New Recordings, Old Recordings/Retrospectives, Singles, and Music DVDS.) Enjoy!

Comfort Music

10 January 2006

Repetition isn’t always a sign of being stuck in a rut. Sometimes it’s the mark of someone who has built his or her own distinctive musical world and is working within it.

Jack Rabid's 2005 Top 60 Best Albums: New Recordings [60-41]

4 January 2006

I’m going to be counting down my top picks for the year 2005 in this space, with brief commentary on most of them. There will be four categories: New Recordings, Old Recordings / Retrospectives, Singles, and Music DVDS. Enjoy!

Happy Holidaze!

2 January 2006

You hoist another CAN, scarf down more CAKE, and now suffer indigestion and CRAMPS from too much LAMBCHOP and an excess of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

Dave Heaton

Listen Close

28 December 2005

How much music can one person listen to? Sometimes I feel like I’m testing that boundary.

The Spirit of '76 in 2006

26 December 2005

Thirty years on, some of punk rock’s greatest are still going strong. Here’s why a combined DAMNED / STRANGLERS / BUZZCOCKS / STIFF LITTLE FINGERS tour could be a hit.

In Praise of David Stein, Big Takeover Co-founder

26 December 2005

Ah, the mysterious DAVID STEIN, our co-founder often mentioned in our magazine, seemingly for one fleeting act 25 years ago (he only lasted that first issue)! Yet everyone should have a David Stein in his or her life growing up. Let me explain.

Looking Back at 2005 [Part II]: Sonically Aggressive Reissues

22 December 2005

As a reader pointed out in a comment on the first part of my look back at 2005, it’s been a good year for historical material.

One Year Later: R.I.P. Alex Soria (Nils) [Part II]

19 December 2005

In my last blog, I spoke about the death (tragic suicide, age 39) last December of someone who I admired and knew, someone who wasn’t well known outside of underground Canadian rock circles and his home Montreal. But ALEX SORIA (1966-2004), leader of THE NILS, was one of the great singer/songwriters of the 1980s. Here’s the conclusion of that memorial, including part two of CAROLINE EVANS’ thoughtful feature.

Music that Grows on You

13 December 2005

Is it so brilliant and sophisticated that it requires numerous spins? Or is it just another way of saying “I really want to love this album—but don’t”?

One Year Later: R.I.P. Alex Soria (Nils) [Part I]

12 December 2005

“In the ‘80s, they were one of Canada’s most promising rock bands. Their first EP was produced by MEN WITHOUT HATS’ STEFAN DOROSCUK and BOB MOULD’s mother used to send them cookies. So how come you’ve never heard of THE NILS?”—Caroline Evans

Apple Versus the Record Execs

4 December 2005

Record companies want flexible pricing for songs sold on the iTunes store but Apple’s STEVE JOBS insists on keeping them at 99 cents a pop. Who’s right?

Looking Back at 2005 [Part I]

4 December 2005

It’s safe to compile best-of-the-year lists, since nothing in December will bump any picks down. The more conscientious list-makers relisten to favorites from earlier in the year to see if they’ve held up. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed reacquainting myself with.

Halloweekend

25 November 2005

Motherf***er is the best ongoing dark and decadent R&R dance party that I’ve been to since moving to NYC in 2001. I attended my first one the first week I arrived, and I’ve tried to go to each one since.

Welcome to a World of Not-so Popular Music

23 November 2005

I’ll be writing about music from the context of working at Sound Fix, an independent record store in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY).

Shadowtime Commences

23 November 2005

I suppose I have some explaining to do, since this is my first post. So here’s the low down. As soon as I heard The Big Takeover was letting some of its writer’s have blogs, I knew I had to take a stab at it.

Gregorian Chance

23 November 2005

The Big Takeover has long done an excellent job of calling attention to unsung and underappreciated music and my blog aims to continue that tradition…

The Fight Against Passivity

23 November 2005

Technology is a strange thing. When we founded The Big Takeover in 1980, I’d never even seen a copy shop let alone a Xerox machine, with the exception of the one at my local public library. (And for a dime, it would spit out a poor-quality copy in around 40-50 seconds. You could actually hear the gears cranking and see the light beam going back and forth six times over the sloped glass underneath the leather cover per one image. And yes, our mag first “sprang,” err, lurched, to life on that dang thing, via 100 copies of a single typed page that took freaking forever to complete.)

The Northeast Corridor Concert Trail

23 November 2005

I’m very excited to be writing for the online version of The Big Takeover since I believe that we should have an online presence that rivals sites that post new items daily, like Pitchfork.