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Full Albums:

  • The Clash, London Calling
  • Eagles of Death Metal, Heart On and Peace Love Death Metal
  • GZA, Liquid Swords and Pro Tools
  • Nice and Smooth, Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed1
  • The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, The Main Ingredient
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf
  • The Raconteurs, Consoler of the Lonely
  • Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
  • Robyn, Body Talk
  • Royksopp, Junior
  • The-Dream, Love Hate and Love King (Deluxe Edition)
  • Usher, Confessions
  • Warren Zevon, Genius

Random Excellence:

  • U2, “Surrender”
  • The Strokes, “Last Night”
  • Rihanna, “What’s My Name”
  • Outkast, “Skew it on the Bar-B”
  • Earth, Wind and Fire, “Let’s Groove”

Songs of the Week:

  • Warren Zevon, “Looking for the Next Best Thing”2
  • UGK, “Int’l Players Anthem”
  • The-Dream, “Fast Car” and “Mr. Yeah”
  • Rad Omen, “Rad Anthem”
  • Prince, “Starfish and Coffee”
  • Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, “All the Places”
  • M83, “We Own the Sky”
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”

Reviews:

1. I was hugely disappointed. Nice’s raps on some song, probably “One Two And One More Makes Three,” were straight up terrible. The beats are pretty sick, but this was not fun for me.

2. I was listening to this song while the subway to my interview stopped working. Not only was my iPod spot on, but, to quote a man much smarter than me, “nature sympathized” that day.

Comment:

The hardest thing about making a resolution to get more sleep and drink less coffee seems to be the appeal of just getting less sleep and drinking more coffee. Someone should try to make that stuff less delicious. Or maybe I should stop putting in sugar so I stop liking how it tastes…

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