39. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of the World

I BELIEVE THESE ARE END TIMES... Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World |  Released: 2010 Drag City |  Produced: Emmet Kelly |  Genre: Maladroitly domestic alt-folk americana |  ... WOULDN'T IT BE BEST TO BE TOGETHER, THEN?  ... WITH A CROSSWORD ON OUR MINDS The Wonder Show … Continue reading 39. Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of the World

38. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Company

THE CARVED OWL RITUAL... Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co. |  Released: 2003 Secretly Canadian Records |  Produced: Steve Albini |  Genre: A blue collar, blues-country flurry of feathers |  HOW SECRETS ALWAYS DRESS...   The caption read "Prepare for the weirdest request ever..." Three dots appeared below the image, like an echo of the ellipsis that … Continue reading 38. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Company

36. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

WHERE ALL ROADS MEET... Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures |  Released: 1979 Factory |  Produced: Martin Hannett |  Genre: The post-punk sound that launched a thousand t-shirts |  WORDS ARE BRILLIANT...   Joy Division. You know Joy Division. You already know the story. You know the dark, pulsating music. The mega-hit, Love Will Tear Us Apart with … Continue reading 36. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

35. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane over the Sea

WHAT A CURIOUS LIFE... Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea |  Released: 1998 Merge |  Produced: Robert Schneider |  Genre: Freely creative freak-folk ballads to Anne Frank |  CAN'T BELIEVE /  HOW STRANGE IT IS TO BE ANYTHING AT ALL...  If you came here looking for an historical account of this … Continue reading 35. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane over the Sea

34. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Master and Everyone

A WOLF AMONG WOLVES... Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Master and Everyone |  Released: 2003 Drag City |  Produced: Will Oldham |  Genre: Lycanthropic alt-folk |  NOT A MAN AMONG MEN...  Why don't 'alpha male' marketing tactics work on me? Whenever I see a product described as "ultimate strength," or an indecipherably butch aftershave ad, or … Continue reading 34. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Master and Everyone

33. The Miles Davis Quintet – Workin'

LESSONS IN LONG COPY... The Miles Davis Quintet - Workin' |  Released: 1960 Prestige |  Produced: Bob Weinstock |  Genre: Long-form jazz |  FROM THE LINER NOTES...  Have you noticed that things seem to be getting smaller nowadays?  Must be a sign of the times. Take Toblerone, for example: fewer triangles of nougat-studded Swiss chocolate, … Continue reading 33. The Miles Davis Quintet – Workin'

32. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

I LEARNED THE HARD WAY... Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way |  Released: 2010 Daptone |  Produced: Bosco Mann |  Genre: Life lessons delivered through modern soul |  NOW I KNOW ABOUT YOU...  Some people have all the luck. You know the type. Swanning about with nary a care, never … Continue reading 32. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

31. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise

I MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES... Sufjan Stevens - Come on Feel the Illinoise |  Released: 2005 Asthmatic Kitty |  Produced: Sufjan Stevens |  Genre: A multi-instrumental tribute to failure |  OH GREAT INTENTIONS, /  I'VE GOT THE BEST OF INTERVENTIONS...  Though musically brilliant, perhaps the thing I love most about  Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is … Continue reading 31. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise