Top Ten Albums at Paul's Compact Discs, Pittsburgh:
1. Levon Helm — Dirt Farmer
Former frontman of The Band. Musician of renown. Well-respected by all.
2. Radiohead — In Rainbows
3. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss — Raising Sand
An intriguing project by the singer of Led Zeppelin and a bluegrass legend. I actually would like to pick this up.
4. Moby Grape — Moby Grape
A re-release of their debut album from '67. Good and weird and psychedelic.
5. Burial — Burial
Alright, I have no idea who or what this is. Next.
6. Robert Wyatt — Comicopera
Another former frontman; Wyatt drummed and sang with awesome rock-jazz fusioners Soft Machine. Can be nothing but amazing.
7. Centipede Eest — Surf Licks and the Wall of Sound for World Peace
With a name like that, it's gotta be good.
8. Battles — Mirrored
My buddy James told me about these guys a few months ago. Trippy electronica, but with definite rock undertones. Well worth your time.
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Live at Monterey
Also: 'nuff said.
10. Amy Winehouse — Frank
She's a wreck. She's popular. But you can't say she doesn't have talent.
Now, the artists on the iTunes Top Ten Downloads:
Flo Rida, Sara Bareilles, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Soulja Boy, Finger Eleven, Colbie Caillat, Jordin Sparks, and (gulp) Fergie.
Ask yourself this question:
In three, five, fifteen or fifty years, will anyone care about any of the artists on the iTunes Top Ten Downloads list of January 3, 2008?
Nope, I don't think so either.