Various fun links to help you recover from the holiday weekend…
It’s that time of year again when all the different music publications begin their tally of the best albums of the year, and while we here at Rust Is Just Right hold out on releasing our list until the next year, that doesn’t mean we won’t share what others have deemed worthy. Both MOJO and Paste have released their lists, and you’ll find that many of the albums we’ve praised this year have shown up on both countdowns. If you feel we have been incomplete in our coverage so far, by all means take a look–we’ll be doing so as well to make sure we have covered all the bases.
The War On Drugs are high on both lists, and probably ours as well–we’ll see for certain next year. Though their concert this Wednesday night might help nudge them up a bit.
Speaking of lists, The Village Voice was compelled to compile a list of the 60 Best Songs Ever Written About New York City. I’m not sure what was the impetus or the reason why the cutoff was at 60, but frankly we’re just glad that Interpol’s “NYC” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” were fairly close to the top.
Not only is it List Time, it’s also the “Holiday Season.” While Holiday music is generally not the most thrilling genre out there, Los Campesinos! may be the band to avoid that pitfall. You can hear for yourself, as Pitchfork is streaming their Christmas EP this week.
Noisey talks to two big 90’s bands who are still out there chugging along, posing the same questions to Everclear and Bush–though the interviews were clearly conducted separately, it’s interesting to see their answers side-by-side. Also, it’s worth reading just to hear about Art Alexakis giving a midterm that day.
Elsewhere on Noisey, Killer Mike discusses his reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson in a heartfelt interview. He’s a busy man these days, not only touring behind the incredible new Run The Jewels album, but also helping to write an Op-Ed on a Supreme Court case being heard today about rap lyrics and the First Amendment. Billboard has some reporting on the case, including the fact that Eminem lyrics were quoted by Chief Justice Roberts. Elonis v. United States is potentially a significant opinion for First Amendment caselaw, so it is worth following the arguments.