Devendra gets his freak-folk on in Dallas
Hopefully by now, you've gone over to Information Leafblower to check out his compiled list of The Top 40 Bands in America Today. He asked bloggers to contribute their top 10 American bands (thus no Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, etc.), based on who we were "using our bandwidth to talk about."
He made it clear (despite some of the comments he's received) that this is based on 2005 alone, not career longevity (thus no White Stripes, Modest Mouse, etc. in the Top 40). Another thing that people don't seem to understand is that his list of the Top 40 was culled from everyone's Top 10, not everyone else's Top 40 (in which case bands like The White Stripes surely would have made the list).
Well, the list has received some serious backlash, and not only in the comments section. Check out this douchebag, who felt compelled to write an entire article about it for EconoCulture. He even calls us "masturbatory". Hate to break it to the dude, but the entire process of blogging at all could probably be considered masturbatory, and his column "Blog Roundup" is the peak of all things masturbatorial (not sure if that's really a word, but you know bloggers, we make up words all the time).
Okay enough with the over-explaining, I thought it was a cool idea and here's my Top 10* that I contributed to the list. A common thread on my list would be bands I saw live that blew me away, or bands that released records I loved:
1. Sufjan Stevens
2. Animal Collective
3. Iron & Wine
4. Rogue Wave
5. Devendra Banhart
6. TV on the Radio
7. The Black Keys
8. The Polyphonic Spree
10. Cat Power
*For the record, 6 out of my Top 10 made the Top 40, but only 1 of my Top 10 made the Top 10.
And now, here's an mp3 from a band I cannot stop listening too since I discovered them a few weeks back. They received at least one nomination for this year's Top 40 (not from me), and don't be surprised if they're on next year's list.
Tapes 'n Tapes Cowbell mp3
Thanks for the input on the ads. I took down a good portion of them, leaving up only a select few (the ones that actually make some money) and the ones with hot girls on them. Hope it makes the site a little quicker to load (and better looking).