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DannyRambles
07 July 2008 @ 07:15 pm
I haven't touched my LJ in almost a year, but I thought this Best Album for Every Year I Done Been Walking This Earth was as good a reason as any. I just hope it doesn't end up like a carbon copy of Tom's. As Tom did also, bold means one of favourite albums ever.

1982: I quite like what I've heard of Sonic Youth's debut self-titled record, but I suppose Thriller - Michael Jackson gets it.
I own a bitchin' version of the "biggest selling album of all time."

1983: Murmur - REM.
I've always considered REM and U2 not very similar bands sound wise but of a similar generational group in amongst the bands I listen to. But I do like Murmur way more than War.

1984: Born in the USA - The Boss
Takes this out by a motherfucking country mile.

1985: Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp
narrowly beats Brothers in Arms. Wow, that was close.

1986: Graceland - Paul Simon.
Poor '86, it's just ... unfair.

1987: The Joshua Tree - U2
I do have a soft spot in my heart for Jennifer Warne's Famous Blue Raincoat. That's entirely through parental osmosis though. I've got to appreciate that phenomenon though, I wouldn't be so into Bob Dylan if it wasn't for my Dad. I'm hoping to get my future son into Beck using this method. I tried to use it with my little brother Joe with Beck and Radiohead, but when got "musically aware" he up and went emo.

1988: I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen

1989: Bleach - Nirvana
I've never owned or listened to The Offspring, the earliest album I ever had was Ignition. I didn't even buy The Offspring when it was re-released and re-mastered when Smash was super popular. Death of a Dictionary by Public Affection gets a special mention because I'm a loser.

1990: 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours - Green Day

1991: Nevermind - Nirvana
Kind of a no-brainer.

1992: Unlplugged - Eric Clapton
I do have to mention Kerplunk, Core, Automatic for the People, and Rage Against the Machine.

1993: August and Everything After - Counting Crows
Sorry Radiohead, but Pablo Honey is really quite average. I'm sure even you think so by now. Siamese Dream almost got this but August and Everything After is just such a tight focused album and is still probably the greatest debut record ever by any band. Undertow came close but Tool would get better in later years.

1994 (holy shitballs): MTV Unplugged - Nirvana
I can't really explain all these so I'm just list them all:
Dookie - Green Day
Mellow Gold - Beck
Smash - The Offspring
Throwing Copper - Live
Music for the Jilted Generation - The Prodigy
Sixteen Stone - Bush
Vitalogy - Pearl Jam
I will tell you one story about '94 though. Back then when Dookie came out I started telling all my friends at school that I was going to be a "Green Day Freak" - T-Shirts, all the albums, posters, the whole bit. When I Come Around has a real good beat for if you're walking. My Walkman got a lot of use with that album.
When Insomniac came out I was by that stage kind of excited but didn't really like it's first single Geek Stink Breath. I once threw up while the song's music video was on tv, I'm sure it was because of something unrelated but I liked the song even less after that. I've thrown up during two music videos in my lifetime: the aforementioned Green Day song and Roll With It by Oasis, I can't really even listen to the songs now without feeling slightly queasy. After Insomniac Green Day didn't really release anything of substance until American Idiot. Nimrod and Warning were both powerfully avearge.

1995: Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl's greatest solo album)
Collective Soul's self titled cd get's a mention and hastalgia kicks in big time with Everclear's Sparkle and Fade. Also Ben Harper came into his own with Fight for Your Mind.

1996: Odelay - Beck
I almost didn't even check Wikipedia on this one. Odelay is what got me into Beck and what has enriched my life oh so much ever since. Bringing Down the Horse, No Code, and New Adventures in Hi-Fi get special mentions though.

1997 (almost bigger than '94): OK Computer - Radiohead
Secret Samadhi - Live
Ixnay on the Hombre - The Offspring (I was really excited about this back then, it delivered too)
Disciplined Breakdown - Collective Soul (perfect, from start to finish)
The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl's best band album, not counting the Nirvana ones)
Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan (the best comeback album of all time)
Urban Hymns - The Verve

1998: Yield - Pearl Jam
Honourable mentions: Mutations - Beck, Try Whistling This - Neil Finn.

1999: The Distance to Here - Live
Silverchair's Neon Ballroom is the best album Australia has ever released. S&M is mindblowing...well...the first disc is anyway.

2000: Parachutes - Coldplay
What about that Hybrid Theory eh? Kid A is pretty damn incredible.

2001: One Nil - Neil Finn
I really liked Jack Johnson's Brushfire Fairytales at the time. It's just a shame he went on to release it again complete with all the same songs another three times. The Optimist LP by Turin Breaks I actually discovered after hearing their next album Ether Song. Underdog (save me) is one of my favourite songs of all time. I love Live's V too, I remember calling them a "very powerful rock band" at the time. What a strange young gent I was. 7 Worlds Collide is one of the best albums NZ has ever produced. Definitely the best live album.

2002: Sea Change - Beck
No other contenders here. If I could do more than put this in bold I would. Possibly my favourite album ever. A Rush of Blood to the Head was good though.

2003: Hail to the Thief - Radiohead
I just can't buy a copy of this album that's in good condition. First I bought the special edition in book-like packaging and that got scratched up to shit because the cd sat in one of those paper scratch-everything sleeves. I then bought a copy of the standard edition that must of been kicking around the bottom of the draw at the store, it had massive surface scratches on it right away. I didn't return it because I bought it hardcore cheap and figured 'get what I paid for.' Muse's Absolution is mega awesome. Thirteenth Step is the best album Meynard James Keenan has ever put out (yes, I'm counting the Tool ones.) Also this year I discovered Placebo and Turin Breaks with Sleeping with Ghosts and Ether Song respectively.

2004 - Funeral - Arcade Fire
Auckland Band Eight's Moving is the best album New Zealand has ever produced. As I mentioned before, American Idiot was a massive return to form. Green Day better not go and ruin themselves again.

2005: Guero - Beck
I still call Guero the world's only 'Greatest Hits' album to consist of entirely new material. But it was still the best album released that year. Gramsci's Like Stray Voltage came close though.

2006: The Information - Beck
The Information arrived in my mailbox from Amazon on my Birthday. It's hard to compete with that. Only Skin and Bones came close, and The Eraser was good too.

2007: In Rainbows - Radiohead
In Rainbows got it's physical release on the last day of 2007. What a shit year for music that was.

2008: Modern Guilt - Beck
The year is only half over so this will probably change. Viva la Vida was alright I guess, that title track is awesome. I really hope this year gets better.

I'm sure I've forgotten some here, but this has been fun.

- Danny
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Current Location: The Cave
How I'm Feeling: exhaustedexhausted
Sounds going on: Modern Guilt
 
 
DannyRambles
19 November 2007 @ 03:28 pm
I, like wibblepuppy, feel bad when I just fill up my Livejournal with talk about videogames. So today I decided to create a place where I can feel ok about doing just that.

Video-Matic

- Danny
 
 
How I'm Feeling: tiredtired
Sounds going on: Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
 
 
DannyRambles
14 November 2007 @ 04:25 pm
The phenomena of "Nintendo thumb" has evolved somewhat: whenever I play Metroid Prime 3 I get whole frikkin "Nintendo hand". My pointer hand sometimes cramps and seizes up like crazy (especially during bosses), and the rest of the time both my hands are shaking like crazy. The game is intense on the extremeties. Aside from the pain involved the game's gesture based controls are incredibly cool. It's amazingly sastifying ripping shields off with the grapple beam, and I love opening those doors with the twisiting, turning, pulling, pushing and pumping.

Hyper mode is an interesting strategic addition to the Prime series. You can use it to make bosses a shit load easier...and harder....all at once!

http://us.wii.com/iwata_asks_vol4_index.jsp

This makes me excited about the idea of form explaining function. I'd like to be in the kind of job that had discussions like this:

I remembered an experience I once had when I was working on Mario Bros. (Gunpei) Yokoi-san9 had asked me, “What’s something that wouldn’t be able to move if you stepped on them?”, and I replied, “Well, that’s a turtle”.
From that point on, ideas began to continuously flow outwards, and wetalked about things like “I think it would seem more natural if you’reable to step on the turtle.” and “When you step on it, should itsinsides come out?” In the end, you were only able to knock over the turtle from the bottom, and were not actually able to step on them.


Galaxy in 15 days.

- Danny
 
 
Current Location: The Cave
How I'm Feeling: relaxedrelaxed
Sounds going on: Joe and his freaky friends playing H3
 
 
DannyRambles
04 October 2007 @ 08:45 pm
I just paid for Radiohead's new album!

ELECTRIC!

- Danny
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Current Location: cyberspace
How I'm Feeling: ecstaticecstatic
Sounds going on: Time is Running Out - Muse
 
 
DannyRambles
12 August 2007 @ 10:32 pm
I have a new bed. Hopefully I will no longer wake up in a crater with back pain.

- Danny
 
 
How I'm Feeling: relaxedrelaxed
Sounds going on: Beck - Ship in a Bottle
 
 
 
DannyRambles
02 August 2007 @ 07:21 pm
cnn news report

I suspect Giant involvement.

- Danny
 
 
How I'm Feeling: worriedworried
Sounds going on: Simpsons on TV
 
 
DannyRambles
26 July 2007 @ 11:02 pm
The Simpsons movie was super-mega-power-hyper awesome!

I've been telling everybody I can today that I have forbidden my little brother Joe to see the movie intil he becomes a Judge of the Supreme Court. Sadly he's the only who has got the reference so far.

- Danny
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How I'm Feeling: excitedexcited
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DannyRambles
14 July 2007 @ 10:20 pm
With today being just a week to go until Deathly Hallows I have decided to begin shutting myself off from the Internet and any other forms of media that may be potentially dangerous. Operation Shutdown will run from now until the moment I finish the last page.

So far I've found that Grawp and Bellatrix will feature heavily, the trio ride a dragon at some point, and some readers may absolutely loathe the book due to the nature of its' plot. This angers me (and probably now you as well..sorry) because it may not seem like much but to me it's just too much, I really don't want to kill this book like I did the fourth movie*. So I decided to act a little sooner than I did in the lead up to Half Blood Prince.

Now it goes without saying, but as I am shutting myself down from a world of people I don't know I would of course not appreciate sensitive information being passed to me from people I do know. I can't really threaten anybody in any way because I'm such a wuss, but suffice to say I won't like you at all for, I dunno, a good couple of years.

The main focus of Operation Shutdown is to make this an enjoyable book for all of us, in which all of it's twist and turns are truly what they are meant to be: unexpected.

- Danny
(If you pre-ordered at Borders Chch, I'll see you at 11.01am.)

BTW - O.O.T.P the movie doesn't really deserve a full length post. On the whole it was kinda dodge, making many of the same mistakes that dogged the last two films. I will see it again though. I always see Harry Potter movies at least twice in an attempt to judge them more as a movie than an adaptation. And then I always buy them on DVD regardless of quality because I'm crazy like that.

* I looked at so many stills from that movie in the months leading up to it, in the end the movie itself was just like a moving Slideshow.
 
 
How I'm Feeling: fullfull
Sounds going on: Arcade Fire - Rebellion (lies)
 
 
DannyRambles
11 July 2007 @ 06:30 pm
Another Harry Potter movie.

Shall I expect good things or fear the worst?

Report to follow.

- Danny
 
 
How I'm Feeling: indescribableindescribable
Sounds going on: The Staunton Lick
 
 
DannyRambles
30 June 2007 @ 06:06 pm
Weezer's break up didn't last to long, new album out in 2008.

The Verve have also reformed. Tour then studio.

Pokemon Diamond isn't everything I hoped for. It pissed me off the other day and now I'm not playing it. I also did a little to much training at the start and so far the gyms have been an absolute piece of piss, which is of course boring. I definitely plan to get back into it someday.

Spaced is incredible, well the first season is. So far what I've seen of the second season is good but not quite as brilliant.

Transformers was a lot of fun, but ultimately really silly. It hasn't affected my childhood at all. My childhood still feels great because the TMNT movie kicked so much ass.

I finally saw Pirates today. The best part was the Harry Potter trailer at the start.

I got Hot Fuzz on DVD a few weeks ago, I really can't decide whether it or 28 Weeks Later is the best movie I've seen all year. It keeps me up at night. I think I like them both equally but for completely different reasons.

Spiderman 3 was good but does anyone else think the 32 year reign of the American Blockbuster is almost over?

"What doesn't kill you, that makes good TV...What does actually kill you, that makes good YouTube."
- My friend Brywn Williamson

- Danny
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How I'm Feeling: boredbored
Sounds going on: Institue - Bullet-proof Skin