In continuation of yesterday's post...
5. Radiohead - They've been called the Pink Floyd of their generation, and I think that's unfair, because they are way better than that. The first time I saw the video for "Just" I was hooked. From the simplicity of "Creep" to the more complicated Kid A album and beyond, Radiohead has made some of the best music of the last two decades. Also, similar to Oasis, Radiohead's B-sides from the Bends and OK Computer are amazing on their own. Highlights: The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, In Rainbows
4. Muse - This is without a doubt the most rockin' band I've ever seen live. I once thought of Muse as Radiohead imitators, but I was very wrong. Matt Bellamy actually has more range than Thom Yorke, and each one of Muse's songs sound like anthems. As a three-piece band, they use heavy MIDI arrangements to give their live performances a massive sonic-scape that is like chocolate to the ears. Highlights: Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations, Origin of Symmetry
3. Wilco - I once saw Wilco three times in a little over a week (UCSD, Coachella, and the Vic in Chicago.) The current incarnation of Wilco has members that are amazingly talented as pure musicians as well as songwriters/arrangers. If you've never seen "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" I would highly recommend renting it (Netflixing it these days.) It's a black and white documentary about the band making their "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album. Each album is different in theme, and you can see Wilco transistion through the years from Alternative Country/Americana to something much more grand today. Highlights: Being There, Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Sky Blue Sky
2. The Beatles - I'm not saying anything original. The Beatles are so good that they are overrated by definition. Many people consider them the best band of all time, and it's hard to argue against that statement. Because so many people love them, they may even get too much credit for everything the Fab Four did. One thing is certain though- they changed the music game forever. 13 albums in 8 years, each representing a jump in maturity and style- what's not to like? Lennon and McCarntey get most of the credit but George Harrison was an amazing songwriter as well. The sports equivalent of the Beatles would be like having a team with LeBron and Kobe running wild, and also having Dwayne Wade on the bench to play limited minutes. Their entire catalog is filled with highlights, but here's the best I can come up with: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, The Beatles (White Album)
1. Crowded House - Many of you might think, "What the hell? Didn't they have one hit in '87 and that's it?" Nope. Neil Finn and Co. have put out a number of scrumtrulescent albums since the mid-80s. They have a massively loyal cult following in the US, and are well-respected around the world. Seeing them with my fiance last May at the Fillmore in SF was one of the highlights of my 2008. She was not even that familiar with all of their songs, and she walked away saying it was the best concert she'd ever seen. With comical quips, friendly attitude, and such well-written and melodic songs there's nothing to not like. If I could pick one person to meet and play music with, it would be Neil Finn- hands down. Highlights: Temple of Low Men, Together Alone, Time On Earth, Woodface, Crowded House (self-titled), Try Whistling This (Neil solo)