Posted by: Joe | November 10, 2006

Top 5 Critically Acclaimed Bands I Just Don’t Get

5. The New Pornographers
4. Mojave 3
3. Cat Power
2. Sufjan Stevens
1. Broken Social Scene

Can somebody explain to me why these acts are so hyped? What tracks should I listen to that will make me understand? Do I have to see them live? I don’t get it.



  1. I heartily agree with #s 1, 2 and 4. I also kind of agree with #3, but I strongly disagree with #5. The New Porn is killer.

  2. Convince me.

    I mean I like “Mass Romantic” and “Use It”, but only because I think those are the only songs that a non-Pornographer fan ever hears. 2 songs doesn’t make a great band. What else do I need to listen to that will change my mind?

  3. Sorry, I never responded to this. Definitely “Letter From An Occupant”, but also “The Slow Descent into Alcoholism”, “All for Swinging You Around”, “The Laws Have Changed”, “The Bleeding Heart Show” and “Sing Me Spanish Techno”. I tend to skip most of what Dan Bejar sings.

  4. […] #2: I’ve written before about how I don’t “get” Surfjan Stevens.  A couple of days ago somebody posted “The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In […]

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