Late Afternoon List: Pitchfork’s Best Albums of the Decade So Far

I wrote a piece recently about how this year in music desperately needs to be saved. In that piece I referenced quite a few great albums from the past few years, and I made sure to point out how this year in music has nothing that compares to those masterworks — at least, not yet.

Pitchfork recently published a list of the Top 100 Albums of the decade So Far, i.e. from the years 2010-2014.

Let me just say this: I highly recommend you listen to pretty much EVERY album on this list AFTER number 95.

Seriously, if you’re looking to expand your musical landscape and want to know what all the fuss is about with these so-called “indie” albums try out most of the titles on this list.

Now, let me also say this: I DO NOT by any stretch of the imagination endorse the ORDER of this list. I could not agree more with their top 2. I could not disagree more with where they put Bon Iver’s self-titled album (27?!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!!!!!).

That being said, here is their Top Ten, coupled with a few changes from me. Happy listening!

Pitchfork’s Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far:

10. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…

9. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

8. Kanye West – Yeezus

7. Tame Impala – Lonerism

6. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

5. Beach House – Teen Dream

4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.a.a.d. city

1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


My Personal Top Ten:

10. Tame Impala – Lonerism

9. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

8. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

7. Beach House – Teen Dream

6. Kanye West – Yeezus

5. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city

1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Pretty much the same with the addition of a few things. I’ve moved M83 up. I’ve added Fleet Foxes who were left out of the list entirely (WTF PITCHFORK?!!!). I’ve also boosted Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend considerably. There you have it.

Happy LIstening!

….oh and happy football. nbd.





And Now For Something Completely Different

By: Andy Crawford

On July 27th, 20,000 people in London’s 02 Arena joined viewers in 2,000 theaters across the world to witness the end of an era. The legendary comedy troupe of Monty Python (Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones, and Palin, sans Chapman who died in 1989) played their last show.

The group began with an inconspicuous late night premiere of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on BBC on October 5, 1969. They began doing comedy sketches pointing out the idiosyncrasies and absurdities of British life years before Lorne Michaels began doing American sketch comedy on Saturday Night Live. The troupe members were able to push the envelope of televised comedy and, because of their late night time slot and small viewership, avoid the attention of censors. The show embraced ludicrous humor, such as ending a sketch with another actor walking onto the set and hitting the characters with a rubber chicken, or an animated foot crushing the live action skit. Of course one of the most famous transitions was John Cleese deadpanning, “And now for something, completely different.”

The group’s television career began fading by about 1974, but at that point they began syndicating on American television. Surprisingly, their brand of British humor was wildly popular, and they began making films.  Films like The Holy Grail (1975), The Life of Brian (1979), and The Meaning of Life (1983) were highly successful and are considered classics today.

Recently, the group has produced the Browadway hit, Spamalot. And their classic sketches have produced some pretty awesome public art around London, such as a foot hovering over Trafalgar Square, and a giant dead parrot laying next to the Tower Bridge.

But I won’t waste any more time eulogizing one of the greatest and most original comedy troupes we will ever see. Instead, I will just post some videos and let their comedy speak for itself. Enjoy.

Dead Parrot was one of the first hits the troupe had.

The Lumberjack Song will be stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.

“Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?”

One joke leads to another. (Re: swallows)

The Black Knight resembles Georgia’s 2013 football team.

Andy quotes Monty Python in every day conversation, but only a special few actually catch them. 


College Football is Almost Here!

We love some college football around here, despite the NCAA’s best attempts to ruin it. That being said, here’s a rundown of our must-read articles to get you ready for football season!

1) The Surprising History of Tailgating

2) The Day UGA Football Almost Died

3) Theodore Roosevelt: First Fan of College Football

4) Is It Football Season Yet?

5) Where to Find the SEC Network

Down here in SEC Country, we’ll be tuned to the new SEC Network Thursday night to watch (21) Texas A&M at (9) USC at 6:00 p.m. and ESPN for Boise State at (18) Ole Miss at 8:00 p.m. (in the Georgia Dome). Grab a beverage and hold on to your butts. This season is sure to be one helluva ride!

How are you celebrating the advent of a new season of college football? What are your top four teams to make the playoffs? Lets hear it in the comments or on Twitter (@bourbbraintrust).