i’m not going to link directly to jaguaro.org/feature/archives/000007.html because the writing is a little too vitriolic (i.e., read this with discretion if you’re easily offended). but the recommendation is intriguing: 100 albums you should remove from your collection immediately. from the site:
“the entries on this list fall roughly into three categories:
“- critically bullet-proof artifacts whose weighty presence on the shelf is complimented perfectly by their perpetual absence from the cd player.
“- albums by new artists that have only their newness and the marketing efforts of music conglomerates to recommend them. alternately, new albums by established artists that are slavishly hailed as the big comeback.
“- nostalgic favorites that maintain their place by tradition and neglect more than actual merit.“
i’ve actually already taken jaguaro’s advice in a surprising number of cases, including nirvana’s nevermind, lou reed’s transformer, every morrissey album, and u2’s zooropa (among others, 17 of them in all). i plan to add, as recommended, stereolab’s transient random noise-bursts with announcements: i never ever listen to it.
and he perfectly sums up my feelings about sarah mclachlan with recommendation no. 65:
“‘fumbling towards ecstasy / surfacing’ — you get to keep one. which one? flip a coin. it won’t make any difference.“