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I can certainly pivot and bring up Jason Isbell more often and start it off by saying he's best americana triple threat right now as a singer/songwriter/musician.
Somebody should check my memory on this, but if I recall correctly, the 2015 Basilica Block Party had Isbell, Jenny Lewis, and Wilco in succession on the same stage on the same night. Killer! (Yes I was there.)
 

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Somebody should check my memory on this, but if I recall correctly, the 2015 Basilica Block Party had Isbell, Jenny Lewis, and Wilco in succession on the same stage on the same night. Killer! (Yes I was there.)
I cosign. Great night.

Regarding my Isbell take, when you can drop "fungo bat" into the lyrics and add a kick butt guitar solo about a rager in a Super 8, well I rest my case.

 


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Deathcab for Cutie is one of the more underappreciated bands of our age.
 

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Doris day is overrated as a singer. Mostly a pretty face.
Watching older movies with Day featured, I've been puzzled by the appeal--the voice, the looks, the personality, there's nothing that I really find appealing. Maybe I haven't watched the right movies, but she's been more of a detriment than a boon.
 


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Most Messed Up is one of the greatest rock & roll albums of all time, bar none.


 

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Murmur is overrated and failed to realize the initial promise of Chronic Town.
 





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Murmur is overrated and failed to realize the initial promise of Chronic Town.
As far as Hot Takes, I would only go as far as saying I prefer Lifes Rich Pageant over Murmur, but they are both masterpieces. No skips on either for me.

Sitting Still is perhaps my all time favorite REM song.
 

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As far as Hot Takes, I would only go as far as saying I prefer Lifes Rich Pageant over Murmur, but they are both masterpieces. No skips on either for me.

Sitting Still is perhaps my all time favorite REM song.
Pilgrimage and Catapult are up there too.
 

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Finally touched a nerve, eh? Hey, I didn't say it was bad, only overrated.
 






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"No More Lonely Nights" is as good of a song as anything McCartney wrote.
 

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"Diesel and Dust" is a very good album, but "Blue Sky Mining" is a great album.
 


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Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett was a unique front-man. Think I'll do diving on YouTube looking for some concert footage.
When I saw them at Roy Wilkins in 1993 (Earth and Sun and Moon tour), he had a good line from the stage. He was encouraging people to pursue what they loved. He said, look at me: I'm a singer, and I can't sing!
 

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The last three songs on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, Find the River) is the greatest three song closing stretch ever on an album, and it is up there with any three song stretch on any album, period. Pure magic.
 

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The last three songs on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, Find the River) is the greatest three song closing stretch ever on an album, and it is up there with any three song stretch on any album, period. Pure magic.
Depending on what you call songs, let's just call it the last stretch of Abbey Road is the standard by which all album ends are measured.
 
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The last three songs on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, Find the River) is the greatest three song closing stretch ever on an album, and it is up there with any three song stretch on any album, period. Pure magic.
Interesting to consider, here’s a few more elite trio of closers:
The Who, Who’s Next: Goin Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again

Stevie Wonder, Innervisions: All in Love Is Fair, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing, He’s Mister Know It All

Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet: Stray Cat Blues, Factory Girl, Salt of the Earth

Steve Earle, I Feel Alright: Billy & Bonnie, South Nashville Blues, You’re Still Standing There

Bob Dylan-Bringing It All Back Home, Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited…

My vote goes to Stevie W, the way that album closes is sublime
 

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The last three songs on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, Find the River) is the greatest three song closing stretch ever on an album, and it is up there with any three song stretch on any album, period. Pure magic.
I'm going with this closer:

The Replacements - Tim

Left of the Dial > Little Mascara > Here Comes a Regular
 

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Interesting to consider, here’s a few more elite trio of closers:
The Who, Who’s Next: Goin Mobile, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again

Stevie Wonder, Innervisions: All in Love Is Fair, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing, He’s Mister Know It All

Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet: Stray Cat Blues, Factory Girl, Salt of the Earth

Steve Earle, I Feel Alright: Billy & Bonnie, South Nashville Blues, You’re Still Standing There

Bob Dylan-Bringing It All Back Home, Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited…

My vote goes to Stevie W, the way that album closes is sublime
Oh my gosh yes--Who's Next! Gives me the chills just typing that.
 

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The last three songs on R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People (Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, Find the River) is the greatest three song closing stretch ever on an album, and it is up there with any three song stretch on any album, period. Pure magic.

I have to go with Springsteen from 'The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle' -
the 3 songs that made up side 2 of the vinyl album: "Incident on 57th Street," "Rosalita," and "New York City Serenade."
 

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Finally touched a nerve, eh? Hey, I didn't say it was bad, only overrated.
Not sure it falls in line with "Hot Takes" but while listening to Document, I have always been dumbfounded that the singles It's the End of the World as We Know It & The One I Love are what catapulted the band into mainstream popularity.

There's a minimum of 6 songs which I think are vastly superior on that album alone, especially live:

Welcome to the Occupation
Exhuming McCarthy
Disturbance at the Heron House
Strange
King of Birds (maybe top 5 of any REM song for me)
Oddfellows Local 151
 

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Kerosene Hat by Cracker is one of the great albums of the 90s and superior to anything Lowry did with Camper Van Beethoven.

 
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Deathcab for Cutie is one of the more underappreciated bands of our age.
It gives Deathcab alt music cred that Narrow Stairs, as far as I can tell, is out of print--the record where they arguably hit their stride. Good luck finding a CD in new condition.

 






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