150 Best Albums of 1960/’61/’62

“At the time of our hike, the Appalachian Trail was 59 years old. That is, by American standards, incredibly venerable. The Oregon and Santa Fe trails didn’t last as long. Route 66 didn’t last as long. The old coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway, a road that brought transforming wealth and life to hundreds of little towns, so… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1960/’61/’62

150 Best Albums of 2003

There is no logical reason why this list should seem more presumptuous, self-indulgent and downright ridiculous to me than all the earlier years I’ve catalogued. Just the opposite, really — Given the sheer number of albums released (probably somewhere between 2000’s 35,516 and 2007’s 79,695 according to Billboard), the number that critics in general had… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 2003

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