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Them Crooked Vultures album released

I’ve been curious about and looking forward to the release of the album by Them Crooked Vultures, a super-group of sorts made up of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). How can anyone who loves rock music not be excited about that? The album was released just a couple days ago. I got to listen to the entire album on YouTube last week (only select songs are available now) and I was pretty excited. Not that it sounded like anything brand new or innovative, but you could tell that three incredible musicians (with help from a QOTSA member) were just having a blast making hard hitting rock music.

I like the way that the Pitchfork reviewer summed up his feelings about it:
“One of the negative aspects of a supergroup is that the presence of multiple stars tends to disrupt the natural hierarchy of a band– meaning that there’s no one to shoot down bad or unnecessary ideas. If you’re Josh Homme and John Paul Jones or Dave Grohl wants to take a bass or drum solo, you let him. And Them Crooked Vultures often feels overstuffed with the weight of too many ideas.”

They may not have worried about the perfection of each song, but you can immediately tell that they’re having a good time. Maybe that’s what they wanted to do. Maybe they thought it would be fun to get together with some other talented musicians and record some heavy rockin’ songs. All of them have been at the cutting edge of their genre, pushing the limits of creativity. Maybe these guys just wanted to relax and write some fun songs and not worry about their artistic status. Just let these guys be regular rock musicians and I think you’ll really enjoy this record. It’s not the creative record of the year, but it may be one of your favorites.

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Our Top 50 Albums of the Decade

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Well, Pitchfork.com has kicked off their top 200 albums of the decade, so I wanted to get my list together before they did to make sure that my list wasn’t tainted by their list. My brother and I put together the following list of our top 50 albums of the decade. It was harder than we thought when it got down to the last 20 albums because we started realizing all the great albums that wouldn’t make it. We might end up having a long list of honorable mentions when we officially publish it on our SoMucHCritics website. This is still a rough draft and the official list on SoMucHCritics will include videos and samples of their work. You may notice that this is mostly independent artists, but we can’t help it. This is where we find the most creativity and innovation. This is the music world where artists are able to try new ideas and speak their mind. This is where the new sounds originate. There would be no Coldplay without Radiohead and there would be no Kanye West (not that most of us care anymore) without Common. And actually independent music may not have the kind of attention it does nowadays were it not for the sudden popularity of The Strokes back in 2000…well that might be pushing it, but you never know.

1 Kid A by Radiohead
2 You Forgot it in People by Broken Social Scene
3 And then Nothing Turned itself Insideout by Yo La Tengo
4 Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros
5 Funeral by Arcade Fire
6 Murray Street by Sonic Youth
7 The Glow Pt. 2 by The Microphones
8 Silent Alarm by Bloc Party
9 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
10 Come On Feel The Illinoise! by Sufjan Stevens
11 Things We Lost in the Fire by Low
12 Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is OK by Mum
13 Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective
14 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83
15 Since I Left You by Avalanches
16 Kill The Moonlight by Spoon
17 Silent Shout by Knife
18 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
19 Talkie Walkie by Air
20 They Threw Us All In A Trench And Built A Monument On Top by Liars
21 All of the Above by J-Live
22 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by God Speed You! Black Emperor
23 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
24 Internal Wrangler by Clinic
25 Source Tags & Codes by They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
26 Vlaudeville Villain by Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)
27 Return to Cookie Mountain by TV on the Radio
28 Twin Cinema by New Pornographers
29 LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem
30 Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol
31 Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
32 Picaresque by The Decemeberists
33 Microcastle by Deerhunter
34 Now Here is Nowhere by Secret Machines
35 White Blood Cells by The White Stripes
36 Mirrored by Battles
37 Demon Days by Gorillaz
38 Beach House by Beach House
39 Bows + Arrows by The Walkmen
40 Madvillainy by Madvillain
41 Is this It? by The Strokes
42 Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea by PJ Harvey
43 Serena-Maneesh by Serena Maneesh
44 The Moon And Antarctica by Modest Mouse
45 Supreme Clientele by Ghostface Killah
46 Hercules and Love Affair by Hercules and Love Affair
47 Inches by Les Savy Fav
48 Stankonia by Outkast
49 Uproot by DJ/Rupture
50 Blinking Lights And Other Revelations by Eels