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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #61 (Class Reunion Edition)

In the latest episode of the BDWPS podcast, we revisit some of my favorite songs from 20 years ago (my senior year in high school). It’s an episode filled with memories and some great music from the past, including tracks from Fugazi, Archers of Loaf, Semisonic, Sunny Day Real Estate, Shudder To Think, The Descendents, Satchel, and Blur.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: BDWPS).


Fugazi “Target”

Archers of Loaf “Underachievers (Fight Song)”

Semisonic “Down in Flames”

Sunny Day Real Estate “8”

Shudder to Think “Resident Wine”

The Descendents “When I Get Old”

Satchel “For So Long”

Blur “M.O.R.”

Bob Dylan “Another Pawn in Their Game”

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #49

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In this month’s episode we check out new music from The Avalanches, Steve Gunn, William Tyler, and Case/Lang/Veirs. I also discuss some of my favorite shows from the summer, and we also take a look at the career of Scott Walker.

You can check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher (search: BDWPS).

The Avalanches “Frankie Sinatra”
Steve Gunn “Full Moon Tide”
William Tyler “I’m Gonna Live Forever”
Marissa Nadler “Janie in Love”
Sunny Day Real Estate “Pillars”
Case/Lang/Veirs “Atomic Number”
Scott Walker “30th Century Man” & “Cossacks Are”
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan’s Dream”

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #16

On this “on-the-road” edition of BDWPS you’ll hear new tracks from Surfer Blood, Majical Clouds, The National, and Action Bronson. Also, songs by Two Gallants, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Bob Dylan are discussed.

Track List:

Surfer Blood “Demon Dance”
Majical Cloudz “Silver Rings”
The National “Fireproof”
Eleanor Friedberger “Stare At the Sun”
Two Gallants “Seems Like Home To Me”
Action Bronson “No Time”
Sunny Day Real Estate “8”
Jeff Tweedy “Simple Twist of Fate”

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Top 100 Albums of 2000 (Honorable Mention)

The top 100 albums of 2000?  100 albums in one year?  Overkill?  Overload?  Maybe.  But one thing out to be apparent after this list: at BDWPS we fucken love music.  And if you love music as well, you better (re)acquaint yourself with the year 2000, cos it was one of the all time best years for music.  We may not agree on which position all the albums should be ranked, but on that we can agree.  All in all it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun.  Honorable mentions up first this week, then the list begins.  This list will be the debut of many of us on this site, including mine, and we all are excited for BDWPS’s future.  Actual rankings were all compiled by me, Songssuck, authors of the reviews’ names appear immediately after reviews.  An asterisk after an album title signifies Android50 being down with that album, you know how much he loves lists already and he wanted to make sure everyone knew which ones from this one he thought were deserving. – Songssuck

Many of my albums from the year 2000 were found by my mother and thrown in the dumpster without my knowledge.  It is something I will never forget and I think in some perverse way it cemented my love for music.  It made it harder to contribute what albums should be on the list, but also forced me to revisit many of these albums I had not heard in years.  I also discovered some new ones after our discussions.  I was not expecting to enjoy some of them so much, I was literally blown away by some.  I agree with Songssuck, 2000 was an abnormally great year for music. – Pthestudp

2000 was the year I met Android50 and Songssuck.  The year I discovered Elliot Smith, Modest Mouse, Electric Wizard, Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo and the year I really became obsessed with music.  This list brings with it a lot of memories, some good, some bad but it is appropriate we are starting with 2000, cuz it was the year it all started for me. – Kid Kilowatt

Honorable Mentions

Tulus – Cold Core Collection

An honorable mention, not because it doesn’t deserve higher, but because it actually compiles their first two albums, Pure Black Energy (‘96) and Mysterion (‘98) as well as a disc of rarities, demos, covers and unreleased tracks (I guess I could have ranked just the second disc, which among other things, has a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”). Grim and insectoid buzzing black metal, that somehow pulls off being really catchy but fucked & demented.  Really bizarre, contains some stretches of what I would call post rock and maybe even more bizarrely a lot of songs feature a girly angel falsettoey background singer.  Pictures of these guys show a white pigtail wigged George Washington looking dude and an old intense wizard looking dude.  Weird but oh so right on.  All of these guys pull double duty in Khold, who you will hear about on later lists.  This would be way up there if I felt it was fair.  (Pthestudp told me he was listening to Tulus the night he was driving to his parent’s house and was trying to kill the mice scampering around his car with a baseball bat). – Songssuck

At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command *

When Songssuck asked me to do a few reviews on his top albums of 2000, he informed me that At The Drive In’s Relationships of Command would probably be in his honorable mention section simply because he listened to it too much back when it came out.  This logic doesn’t make sense to me.  Yes, I understand the idea of overkill with an album, but to demote it on your best of 2000 list is just silly. Not only should Relationship of Command make the top 100, it should be placed in the top 10, if not at the number one slot.  ROC shows At the Drive-In at their pinnacle, with the Beastie Boy’s Grand Royal taking the raw sound and polishing it up a bit. The result is a vicious onslaught of teenage angst and angular, thrashing riffs that seem to come at you at an unrelenting pace. Maybe Songssuck is just a pussy and can’t take ATD’s audio beatings any longer. – Android50

Modest Mouse – Building Nothing Out of Something*

Another overplayed album.  I must have listened to this AT LEAST once a week for a year.  I honestly cannot subjectively rank this thing.  A compilation of singles and rarities, every song is a classic.  Essential, but alas, the second album to deserve a top 10 finish but just an honorable mention on this list. – Songssuck

Below are two albums Pthestudp insisted I check out for the list.  I couldn’t find them to download and Pthestudp no longer owned them, but was adamant I mention them. – Songssuck

Summer Hymns – Voice Brother and Sister

A music raid casualty.  I remember it being Elephant 6ish (Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control) with some good psych-pop tunes.  Maybe someday it will be a lost classic people will pay hundreds for and mine is in a landfill somewhere. – Pthestudp

Jayhawks – Smile

I remember thinking this was the Jayhawks’ pop album.  Good songs, but I don’t go to the Jayhawks for pop songs.  Plus by this time both Karen Grotberg and Mark Olson had both left the band, each taking some of the Jayhawk magic with them. – Pthestudp

Will Oldham – Guarapero: Lost Blues 2

A rarities collection.  If you know Will and need more, go ahead, although towards the nonessential end of the spectrum as to what you actually need of his.  If you are not familiar, write to Android50 or Pthestudp to see which Bonnie or Palace one should get first. – Suzy Creamcheese

Q and Not U – No Kill No Beep Beep

I got into this album cos it came out on Dischord.  Which is a good thing, cos that is what it sounds like, a 00’s Dischord album.  A promising debut. – Ho Chi Unser Jr.

Reggie & the Full Effect – Promotional Copy

Dude from Coalesce, James Dewees, creates some organ driven EMO.  Some serious organs, some serious EMO.  I think after Coalesce broke up James joined the Get Up Kids, who I also believe played on this album.  That’s the way I remember it going down, and I looked in the liner notes of the latest Coalesce and James isn’t listed, so maybe he is still in Get Up Kids?  Or maybe they didn’t take the emo kid back, but there are some songs on here that shun the organ and sound a bit like Coalesce.  You’ll probably think this album is gay, unless you like those crappy punky emo bands, which even I’ll have to admit this would have to be categorized as one of.  But once that organ sets a groove I almost wish all of the harder Coalesce sounding songs would stop ruining the emo flow, but then sometimes he mixes Coalesce with emo and I am like, “Fuck Yah.”  Also some really annoying skit type things, rap style, and some even more annoying, pointless prank songs (except the last song which is supposed to be a Finnish band singing about dwarves invading and sounds like a mix between Turbonegro and some fucked up black metal band.  Best song on album).    So there you have it, the good and the bad. – Kid Kilowatt

Spoon – Love Ways EP

A 15-minute, 5 song EP.  If you like Spoon and want (or need) more, grab it.  If not, start with Girls Can Tell or Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which you should do fucken immediately.  Actually recorded after 2001’s Girls Can Tell, but do to the unceremonious buttfucking they received from Elektra Records and their subsequent labelless years it came out a year earlier. – Pthestudp

Sea & Cake – Oui

Sometimes on the weekends I fly down to Argentina and stay in a little beachside apartment.  Only sometimes. – Dr. Anonymous

Old Time Relijun – La Sirena de Pecera

About 30 minutes long, with probably about 10 of which could be skipped, but the rest hints of the greatness to come. – Dr. Anonymous

Ween – White Pepper

One side of the album’s inside is white, the other covered in psychedelic peppers.  Oh, Ween, leave it to you to make a joke of two Beatles albums.  Unfortunately, the album doesn’t quite live up to expectations created by naming your album after the White Album and Sgt. Peppers.  Nor is it as good as their 90’s output.  But if you have those and want more, dig in; because I find it an underrated album in the Ween canon.  Plus the song “Bananas and Blow” is not only a great one, it seems to be making fun of Jimmy Buffet.  And god knows I could always use more of that. – Kid Kilowatt

Sunny Day Real Estate – Rising Tide*

Rising Tide is not your daddy’s Sunny Day Real Estate album.  While their work of the 90s always had a tinge of emo-grunge, Rising Tide shows the band raising their music to a new level of professionalism. The songs are epic, grand, and galaxies away from their more personal albums of the 90s, yet somehow, this over-the-top version of SDRE cuts to the heart like a knife through warm butter. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for the synth. – Android50

Calexico – Hot Rail

Calexico’s worst album.  But it is Calexico, and that means it is better than 90% of everything else.  Plus there are some really great songs here, but start elsewhere. – Songssuck

Lucifer Was – In Anadi’s Bower

Lucifer Was is a crazy Norwegian band that for most purposes broke up in 1976.  They reformed in 1996 with their original line up and have since recorded 4 albums.  In Anadi’s Bower was the first to feature the 2nd proggiest instrument in the world, the mellotron (of which they have two).  Take that prog haters!  (Now, you might be asking, “What’s the proggiest instrument in the land?”  The flute, duh.  Oh, and by the way, they have lots of that as well).  You already know if old Norwegian dudes playing metallic prog (on their website they describe themselves as “a mix of Black Sabbath and early East Of Eden, with a dash of Jethro Tull”) is your cup of tea and I raise my cup to every old dude who wants to pick up a guitar/flute again and rock out just one more fucken time. – Pthestudp

Thuja – The Deer Lay Down Their Bones

Loren Chasse, Rob Reger, Glenn Donaldson, and Stephen R. Smith improvise and meander their way through 12 forests (songs). – Willie Rambo Strider

Orange Goblin – The Big Black

The band’s name is Orange Goblin, the album is The Big Black and Rise Above Records released it.  The band covers a Black Sabbath song.  The album cover is a naked alien lady riding a motorcycle through space.  In the liner notes the band thanks: Heroin Skateboards, classic rock, and every liquor store and bar in the world and a (shortened by me) list of bands they enjoy: Cathedral, Goatsnake, Sloth, Spirit Caravan, Monster Magnet, sHeavy, Electric Wizard, Church of Misery, Entombed Alabama Thunderpussy, Bongzilla, Queens of the Stoneage, and Acrimony.  One doesn’t even need to hear the music to know what it will sound like.  – Ho Chi Unser Jr.

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Sunny Day Real Estate “Diary”

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Rating: 9.5

“Music is the soundtrack to our lives.” This quote is attributed to Dick Clark, but I guarantee some writer is still receiving residuals for selling its rights to him. Of course, there is some truth to the little saying.  Certain songs bring back memories, whether it be that summer you were forced to listen to Barenaked Ladies “One Week” endlessly at work (you poor sap) or the Homecoming dance where you danced with your crush to Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take the Girl” (worst song ever, right?).  But never before have I had an album bring back emotions like Sunny Day Real Estate’s “Diary” recently did for me.  I’m not talking emotions that are associated with a sad memory – simply emotions.  Let me explain…

I first heard Sunny Day Real Estate’s “Diary” back in 1994, when i was an insecure 15 year old kid.  My brother, who ignited my love of indie music long ago, brought home a copy of “Diary”.  Often I discover new CDs in Nick’s room, which I’d listen to while playing “Madden 95” on the Sega Genesis (I discovered some of my favorite bands of all time during those Madden Marathons including Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, and The Afghan Whigs).  Of course, “Diary” ended up being one of those discoveries, a CD I soon played so much that it eventually earned battle scars in the form of scratches and fingerprints.

I would go on to buy every CD that Sunny Day Real Estate released or were remotely associated with including their side project The Fire Theft and Jeremy Enigk’s solo albums (I originally discovered Foo Fighters first album before the Mento’s craze, not due to Dave Grohl, but the involvement of Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith). But I never bought “Diary”, for reasons I can’t explain. I’m guessing I figured I could just listen to my brother’s copy, but even when he moved out, I never made the move to buy the actual CD that helped me through my high school years.

Yes, that CD helped me, in a strange way I suppose.  As a teen, and even into my early 20s, I was a pretty morose mother fucker.  I lacked confidence, and often connected to music that matched that helpless mood (let’s just say Nine Inch Nail’s “Fragile” was on an endless loop during the fall of 1999).  In high school, the music that toked my insecurities was Sunny Day Real Estate’s “Diary”.  The music seemed so purely plagued, within the raw guitar licks, the earnest lyrics, and of course Enigk’s piercing vocal assault.  I sat in the dark listening to “Diary” on many occasions; yes folks, I was emo before emo was cool. Even though the music helped build upon my sadness, in a way it helped me face my anxieties.

For Christmas this year, my brother Nick bought me the re-mastered version of “Diary”, which is really a gem when you add in the huge book of background information on the creation of the album, not to mention how much clearer the music sounds. Driving back to Texas after my two weeks in blizzard country, I put “Diary” in and was instantly sent into depression.  I had no reason to be sad. I’d just been with my family, an act that always rejuvenated me.  Yet, Jeremy Enigk was back to his old tricks, stirring up the bits of adolescent sediment that still lingered inside of me.  It was probably the first time I had listened to the album in ten years, and as a result, all those emotions of that lonely kid came rushing back. All in all, life had been good to me as of late, but the power of the music wouldn’t let me get off that easy.

In some strange way, I enjoyed that sinking feeling in my gut.  Why would I enjoy such a masochistic act? I’m not quite sure. Maybe it was a purging of built up frustrations, or maybe it was just nice to revisit the feelings I struggled with as a teen.  Whatever the case, this album plays as a reminder of where I’ve been.  If you’ve never experienced “Diary”, don’t be frightened. Whether you are an emotional mess like I once was, or a stone-cold automaton, you’ll find pleasure in this band’s early offering.  Sunny Day Real Estate went on to release some great albums, but none of them ever compared to “Diary”.

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