My 20 Favorite Music Albums

1. In Rainbows (2007), Radiohead

2. OK Computer (1997), Radiohead

3. Kid A (2000), Radiohead

4. The King of Limbs (2011), Radiohead

5. Amnesiac (2001), Radiohead

6. The Bends (1995), Radiohead

7. Hail to the Thief (2003), Radiohead

8. The Eraser (2006), Thom Yorke

9. Amok (2013), Atoms For Peace

10. Nighthawks at the Diner (1975), Tom Waits

11. Ultraísta (2012), Ultraísta

12. Heligoland (2010), Massive Attack

13. Greatest Hits (1994), Bob Seger

14. Crazy Clown Time (2012), David Lynch

15. The Big Dream (2013), David Lynch

16. Alice (2002), Tom Waits

17. Rain Dogs (1985), Tom Waits

18. Sam’s Town (2004), The Killers

19. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995), Smashing Pumpkins

20. Wish You Were Here (1975), Pink Floyd

This is easily the most difficult top 20 I’ve had to make. Movies are one thing, but ranking favorite albums? A different affair entirely. Half of these albums are tied with the other half: it’s really not fair. And Tom Waits got cheated because I love dozens of individual songs from his twenty or so albums. Yeah, this list doesn’t do most of my music any justice whatsoever.

Alright. Last one. This is my third favorite song ever. No actual video footage available for this one, but it was also performed “Live from the Basement;” this time in 2011. THE LAST TWO MINUTES.

This is Radiohead’s second performance at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC back in September of 2011, before the band embarked on their world tour. YouTube user allbearsrule was nice enough (and diligent enough) to put together this multi-camera, 720p video and post it online for all to enjoy. I skipped through the video to watch a couple of my favorite songs performed, and the band were really on their game that night. Enjoy.

Are you KIDDING me? How gorgeous is this recording? Those last two and a half minutes are better than the original’s, by far. That last minute and a half? JESUS. Those guitars and synths are what always get me. This is why I love them.

Tonight I will see my favorite band of all time and biggest personal hero of all time: Radiohead and Thom Yorke, respectively. I can’t believe this is actually happening in a few hours. So far, “today is the greatest day I’ve ever known,” and it’s just going to get even better with this evening’s concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I probably should have included a Radiohead lyric instead of one by The Smashing Pumpkins. But I’ll just throw in a Radiohead lyric anyway:

Open your mouth wide.

Those words will be the first Thom Yorke sings on stage tonight. And I will be apeshit happy when he does. That I can count on.

Tonight I will see my favorite band of all time and biggest personal hero of all time: Radiohead and Thom Yorke, respectively. I can’t believe this is actually happening in a few hours. So far, “today is the greatest day I’ve ever known,” and it’s just going to get even better with this evening’s concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I probably should have included a Radiohead lyric instead of one by The Smashing Pumpkins. But I’ll just throw in a Radiohead lyric anyway:

Open your mouth wide.

Those words will be the first Thom Yorke sings on stage tonight. And I will be apeshit happy when he does. That I can count on.

"Identikit," a brand new and already amazing sounding song that Radiohead first performed live last night on the first stop of their long The King of Limbs tour. I especially love ALL OF IT. Please release soon!