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Top Five Albums of the Week: Week 32
March 15, 2009, 8:23 pm
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Week 32 Mixtape: http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-32

1. Singles 86-98 by Depeche Mode
2. Ten New Songs by Leonard Cohen
3. Reality by David Bowie
4. Pod by The Breeders
5. Add It Up by the Violent Femmes



T5AotW: Week 31
March 8, 2009, 12:08 pm
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Week 31 Mixtape: http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-31

1. Live at Red Rocks by Rickie Lee Jones
2. Heaven or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins
3. Songs from a Room by Leonard Cohen
4. Mixed Up by The Cure (on the mixtape is a cover of David Bowie’s “Young Americans” by The Cure. This is not on Mixed Up, but I have never heard it before and thought it was worth putting on.)
5. Is This It by The Strokes



T5AotW: Week 30
March 2, 2009, 12:13 am
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Week 30 (NEW! Listen to select tracks from these albums at 8tracks.com): http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-30

1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars by David Bowie
2. Live at the Beacon Theatre bootleg by Leonard Cohen
3. Glassworks by Philip Glass
4. The Best of the Velvet Underground
5. Low by David Bowie



T5AotW: Week 29
February 22, 2009, 6:14 pm
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Week 29

1. Texas by PlayRadioPlay!
A very good album by an up-and-coming musician by the name of Dan Hunter. “Madi Don’t Leave’ Was one of many songs I turned to this week in my emotional distress. And yes, that CD is autographed.

2. Them or Us by Frank Zappa
Didn’t help with the distress, but songs like “In France” and “Stevie’s Spanking” sure do put a smile on one’s face.

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I downloaded a lot of VU bootlegs recently and have been listening to those, as well as playing a number of songs on the g-tar.

4. Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits
I haven’t really listened to a lot of Dylan this week except the song “Positively 4th Street” which represents the other side of my emotional spectrum. An opposing force to “Madi Don’t Leave.” One song pleads for things to stay the same, the only lifts a big middle finger to society.

5. Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot (not pictured)
Left this one at the bookstore. Very good CD of Cuban music from jazz guitarist virtuoso Marc Ribot. He did wonders when he was with Tom Waits, and he’s done wonders by himself.



T5AotW: Week 28
February 15, 2009, 8:47 pm
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Week 28:

1. Reality by David Bowie
Bowie’s latest album (2003) and also one of his finest. I love listening to this album but every time I do I feel sad that Bowie hasn’t done anything major in the musical world since.

2. Tour de France Soundtracks by Kraftwerk
I’m not sure what this album has to do with bicycling, but it’s quite good. I’m not too familiar with Kraftwerk, but I do want to hear more.

3. The Cure by The Cure
The Cure are going to be at Coachella so I’ve been listening up on them. This album is interesting to say the least. Released in 2004, it’s very different from the standard Cure sound. It’s very heavy. Like. I don’t even know. Much harsher sound, but still just as whiny. One of the songs is about a waffle, I think.

4. Kid A by Radiohead
My first exposure to Radiohead was their Pablo Honey album which sucked very much, but I have heard many good things about this one so I gave it a try. Pretty good, but nothing as spectacular like some people think. If David Bowie hadn’t made the exact same music ten times better over 30 years ago, I could see how this album could be considered great. But it’s still good.

5. Mixed Up by The Cure
The only CD I have that has “Lovesong” on it. Love that song.



Five Years is too long
February 10, 2009, 11:27 pm
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I stumbled upon this column from Rolling Stone and I couldn’t agree with it more. David, for the love of all that is holy, we need you. A new album, a tour, a one-shot gig, a guest appearance, SOMETHING.

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/02/05/ground-control-to-david-bowie-its-time-to-fall-back-to-earth/



T5AotW: Week 27
February 8, 2009, 9:06 pm
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T5AotW: Week 27
Sorry for the glare on the photo but since the only person who sees this is Yanira (hi Yanira) and she only looks at some of them, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK.

1. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I can’t get enough of them. Playing “I’m Waiting for the Man” on the guitar is also very very fun.

2. Ziggy Remixed
An excellent excellent excellent album of remixes done by the fellows at http://www.ziggyremixed.com . Go there now and download the album Yanira, or ask me to file send it to you. It’s delicious.

3. I Was Warned by Robert Cray
I have another CD of Robert Cray, a best of, but it wasn’t too good. I brought this CD home from the bookstore and intend on trading it for the best of. This one is pretty good, lots of smooth electric blues guitar. Cray, who is rumored to be a real dick, did a great job at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival.

4. Earthling by David Bowie
Coming after the heavily industrial 1. Outside album, it is no wonder that is is also a very heavy album. It’s good, not great, but pretty good. Unlike 1. Outside, it lacks a central theme. It just seems to be a collection of good songs. That being said, there are some really good songs on it. Highlights: “Dead Man Walking,” “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

5. hours… by David Bowie
The 1999 album that came after Earthling. While not as good as Earthling, it does have a sort of central premise, that being Bowie’s age. Most of the songs are softer reflections on the singer getting older. Guitarist Reeves Gabrel left the Bowie band after this album because he felt that the music was getting too soft. Even though I say the songs are mostly soft reflections, it does have a couple of hard rockers on it like “The Pretty Things are Going to Hell” which is my favorite on the album.