Top 100 of the 21st century: 90-81

Previously: 100-91

#90 The View; Hats Off to the Buskers
Bratty English teenagers make good music.
Influential Power 1
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 7

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#89 The Gossip; The Movement
Bluesy goodness.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 8

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#88 Enon: Hocus Pocus
A poor man’s Blonde Redhead
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 9

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#87 Denali: The Instinct
Unfortuantely, they have already broken up. Blonde Redhead meets Rilo Kiley.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 7

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#86 The Delays; You See Colours
Absoultely gorgeous.
Influential Power 5
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 9

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#85 Cobra Starship; When the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets
Bratty, radio friendly pop punk.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 3

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#84 Calexico; Feast of Wire
Southwest, mariachi indie rock
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 6
Cred Power 9

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#83 Black Eyes; Black Eyes
This is how the label Dischord earned its name. Two drummers, screaming vocals, not for the mainstream. Too bad they already broke up.
Influential Power 3
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 10

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#82 Good Charlotte, The Young and the Hopeless
It’s not punk, it’s not pop-punk, it’s pure pop. Some of the most singalong songs ever.
Influential Power 3
Staying Power 9
Cred Power -20

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#81 The Von Bondies; Lack of Communication
Blues-punk from the Detroit indie rock explosion
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 7

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Top 100 of the 21st century: 100-91

So, in my everlasting goal of helping people discover great music, I’ve taken on the new task of counting down the top 100 albums of the 21st century. I know the year 2000 is not technically in the century, but let’s just pretend that it is.

Why? Because 2000 is when I really started taking music seriously. Because I can and I want to procrastinate thinking about my future. And I like lists, obvi. I’ll be doing ten at a time over the next few days. I welcome comments and your thoughts on the inclusion of these albums.

I have included only one album per artist, because otherwise the list would contain about two artists total.

Also rates are:

Influential Power: Did this album influence many others after it? Did it change the current genre or popularity?
Staying Power: Will I remember this album and see it as essential after a few years?
Cred Power: Does appreciating this album give you credit as a music lover? Will name dropping the album get you laid in a hipster bar in Brooklyn?

Onto the list:

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#100 The Shins, Oh Inverted World
Before Zach Braff co-opted the beauty of “New Slang” and made us think of Garden State everytime we hear it, this was something special and something a bit more beautiful that the usual stuff.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 8
Cred Power 5

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#99 The Streets, A Grand Don’t Come for Free
British garage rap. I learned some new ways to pronounce things and learned about being a British thug.
Influential Power 7
Staying Power 3
Cred Power 7

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#98 RJD2; Since We Last Spoke
Who knew one guy could produce so many fantastic beats.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 8

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#97 Radio 4, Gotham!
It seems unfair to have them on here, since they are a direct rip off of Gang of Four. But they were one if the first disco-punk bands to emerge from NYC.
Influential Power 8
Staying Power 3
Cred Power 9

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#96 The Pernice Brothers; Discover a Lovelier You
With all the complicated stuff out there, it is nice to have a band that simply writes pretty songs.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 7

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#95 Kylie Minogue; Fever
One of the many times on this list that I am reminded that we constantly need to be told by the UK what good music is. Pop is a legitimate form of music, and it is rare someone does it as well. So many fantastic singles from this one album.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 2
Cred Power 3

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#94 We Are Scientists, In Love and Squalor
Proof that nerdy guys can be rock stars.
Influential Power 4
Staying Power 5
Cred Power 8

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#93 Soundtrack, High School Musical
It’s a modern day Grease, and you can’t help but get addicted. Millions of other tweens would agree.
Influential Power 6
Staying Power 7
Cred Power -2

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#92 Youth Group, Casino Twighlight Dogs
This is what the Shins are trying to be like. Their cover of “Forever Young” alone would put them on this list.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 4
Cred Power 7

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#91 The Living End, Roll On
Australian punkabilly. Nuff said.
Influential Power 2
Staying Power 1
Cred Power 6

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List: my gym pet peeves

I’d also like to recognize that I am far from the epitome of physical fitness, but I am allowed (and enjoy) getting annoyed by my fellow gym goers. I am also going to be totally gendered, because at the gym there is always a clear binary of behaviors. Okay, it’s not 100%, but let’s just recognize that I am generalizing.

  • Women who sit at a weight machine and will do a set, then sit for about 5 minutes after, picking their nails, whatever, doing another set, slumping over, another 5 minutes, and then half-heartedly do a couple more reps. Ok, glad you are doing something, but please do some circuit training or get the hell off because someone (me) wants to use it.
  • People who talk (loudly) on their cell phones while on a cardio machine. Cell phones are evil. And if you are able to be on your cell phone while doing it, you’re not working hard enough. It’s called cardio for a reason.
  • Two housewives who come to the gym together, and in a room full of empty elliptical machines, get on the two next to mine and gab loudly about their bratty kids and last night’s Grey’s Anatomy.
  • People who put their mouth directly on the water fountain. Are we in fifth grade?
  • The guy who watches Everyone Loves Raymond and Yes, Dear while working out. Because those shows are an insult to television.
  • People who do not wipe down the machines after using them. I feel like I am going to get pregnant if I am the next one to use it.
  • People who get totally naked in the locker room and strut around. I am glad you love your body, but I don’t.
  • People who attempt to make conversation with you in the locker room while they are naked.
  • My gym also serves douhnuts in the morning and pizza at lunchtime. What the fuck? Is this a strategy for people to keep coming back and renewing their membership? It’s bizarre.
  • People who use the elipitical, but are completely leaning on and supporting themselves on the handles. If it is too hard, TURN DOWN THE RESISTANCE! Or, just don’t bother! Exercise is supposed to be hard.

In comclusion, I will say that any sort of activity or trip to the gym is at least better than nothing. So I shouldn’t be hating.

god bless the higher education system

Sorority Evictions Raise Issue of Looks and Bias

Worried that a negative stereotype of the sorority was contributing to a decline in membership that had left its Greek-columned house here half empty, Delta Zeta’s national officers interviewed 35 DePauw members in November, quizzing them about their dedication to recruitment. They judged 23 of the women insufficiently committed and later told them to vacate the sorority house. The 23 members included every woman who was overweight. They also included the only black, Korean and Vietnamese members.

I can’t say I’m surprised…but the question is that I can’t believe they actually thought they were being logical.