150 Best Albums of 1975

“Our long national nightmare is over,” Gerald Ford had promised his fellow Americans the previous August, as he was sworn in as the most un-elected president ever, replacing the only president who ever resigned. But 1975 still had plenty of nightmare left: State Department bombed by Weather Underground, FBI gunfight on a South Dakota Indian… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1975

150 Best Albums of 1994/’95

So much in the middle ’90s gravely anticipated what came after. Newt Gingrich’s so-called Contract With America and claim that Bill Clinton had abandoned his promised neo-Liberal welfare reform for too-Liberal healthcare reform helped Republicans swing 54 House seats in November 1994, flipping the body rightward for the first time since the middle ’50s. Five… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1994/’95

150 Best Albums of 1982

Go ahead, call me a Teutonophile — You wouldn’t be the first, and I’ll readily admit to a fondness for jagerschnitzel, currywurst, spaetzle, oompah accordions, lederhosen, drndls and dachshunds, not to mention a nostalgia for all the imbißes, rathskellars, gasthäuser, bierhallen, bahnhöfe and (most obviously for our purposes) plattenläden I once whiled away my time… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1982

150 Best Albums of 1996/’97

Me at the end of 1997: The old-timey and barndance-oriented cuts on Anthology of American Folk Music have way more eccentric pizzazz than the blues-and-gospel oriented ones. My favorites — “Peg And Awl,” “A Lazy Farmer Boy,” “Moonshiner’s Dance,” “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O,” the Uncle Dave Macon tunes — feel an awful lot like… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1996/’97

150 Best Albums of 1966/’67

1966 and 1967, years in which I respectively turned six and seven years old, are often considered the time when rock’n’roll “grew up” and became “rock” thanks to the pointedly unrolling and perhaps theoretically conceptual nature of albums such as Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; when Elijah Wald named his often… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1966/’67