Over at the Sub Pop website, you’ll find best-of lists by many of the label’s acts. They’re not just music best-of’s, either. As Stereogum points out, one interesting entry is by Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, who gives his number 10 slot to an alien he apparently saw working at a kebab shop in Berlin (“i knew something was funny watching him move something in the way it poured the tahini,” he says).
A slightly more, uh, accessible list was drawn up by Fleet Foxes front man Robin Pecknold. He tips his hat to seeing Portishead in Poland, Bill Callahan (twice) and “The section of “Codex” by Radiohead where he sings “Jump off the end” and the piano ascends but the vocal melody descends. And the drum sound that’s like tapping your finger on a chair at the airport” which, understandably of course, he gave the number three spot. Further down the list, Pecknold is simply grateful for the show Breaking Bad. You can read his list below, and hit up the Sub Pop site for more year’s end odd thanks. [SG]
1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo & Bill Callahan – Apocalypse – “I got… runner ups… YEEEAAH!” and the part in “Universal Applicant” where Bill does the flare gun sound effects.
2. The license plate that said “SNUTS”
3. The section of “Codex” by Radiohead where he sings “Jump off the end” and the piano ascends but the vocal melody descends. And the drum sound that’s like tapping your finger on a chair at the airport.
4. Portishead in Poznan, Poland & Bill Callahan in Chorzow, Poland.
5. The Walkmen playing horns together in the basement of the Masonic Temple in Cleveland, recording it on my phone, and then watching it all the time.
6. Van Dyke Parks’ business card
7. The album “To My Long Lost Love” by an anonymous Portland musician. Easily the new album I’ve listened to most.
8. The show Breaking Bad
9. Etta James’ version of “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” by Randy Newman
10. William Tyler, BEHOLD THE SPIRIT! So awesome.