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The Zimmermann Note’s Top 87 Songs of the year.

December 23rd, 2010 No comments

This list is a comprehensive list compiled by the “Who’s Who” of the Zimmermann Note.  I can only comment that the corporate-style board meetings discussing the merits of these as well as those songs left off were at times contentious.

Our dream team of experts thought this list of 87 represented 2010 perfectly.

A couple things . .  .

If your favorite band/song is not located here could be for several reasons:

  • They suck. – At some point someone should probably tell you that and better me than when you think you are all cool blaring it out the window.
  • Your favorite band’s music is not on Mediafire or similar location to get your music for free and/or your favorite band is not offering enough free music to it’s dream team of experts in order to encourage them to listen.

This handpicked group of musicians, music producers, industry insiders and Canadians have offered this list to you in hopes that you become a better person.

87.            Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss

86.            Charlotte Gainsbourg – Master’s Hands

85.            Wavves  – Green Eyes

84.            Crystal Castles – Years of Silence

83.            Wavves – When Will You Come

82.            No Age – Glitter

81.            Spoon – The Mystery Zone

80.            Surfer Blood – Neighbor Riffs

79.            Panda Bear – Last Night At the Jetty

78.            Of Montreal – You Do Mutilate?

77.            Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

76.            The National – Afraid of Everyone

75.            Morning Benders – Wet Cement

74.            Laetitia Sadier – Ceci Est Le Coeur

73.            Besnard Lakes  – And This Is What We Call Progress

72.            Caribou – Sun (Altrice’s ‘Only What You Give Me’ Remix)

71.            Arielle Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Bright Lit Skies

70.            Tame Impala – Desire Be Desire Go

69.            Crystal Castles – Not in Love (Feat. Robert Smith)

68.            Beach House – Walk In the Park

67.            No Age – Fever Dreaming

66.            The Parting Gifts – Keep Walking

65.            Atlas Sound – Wild Love

64.            Fang Island –       Dream of Dreams/Careful Crossers

63.            Tame Impala – Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?

62.            Spoon – Trouble Comes Running

61.            No Age – Shred And Transcend

60            Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

59.            Janelle Monae – Cold War

58            Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

57.            Massive Attack – Atlas Air

56.            No Age – Common Heat

55.            Panda Bear – Tomboy

54.            Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love

53.            Deerhunter – Don’t Cry

52.            Owen Pallett – E is For Estranged

51.            Arcade Fire – Half Light 11

50.            Sleigh Bells – Rachel

49.            Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La

48.            Janelle Monae – Come Alive

47.            Deerhunter – Memory Boy

46.            The Walkmen – Angela Surf City

45.            Massive Attack – Rush Minute

44.            Deerhunter – Fountain Stairs

43.            One Million Year Trip – Laetitia Sadier

42.            The National – Bloodbuzz, Ohio

41              Arielle Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Butt-House Blondies

40.            Deerhunter – Revival

39.            LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls

38             Peter Gabriel  – Flume

37             Broken Social Scene – Meet Me In The Basement

36.            Besnard Lakes – Like the Innocent Pt. 1 The Ocean/The Innocent

35.            Women – Heat Distraction

34.            Broken Social Scene  – Texico Bitches

33.            Laetitia Sadier – By The Sea

32.            Avey Tare – Lucky 1

31.            Tame Impala – Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?

30.            CEO – Illuminata

29            Tame Impala – Jeremy’s Storm

28.            Women – Narrow With The Hall

27            Menomena – Queen Black Acid

26            Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union

25.            Julian Lynch – Just Enough

24.            Spoon – Got Nuffin

23.            Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette

22.            The Radio Dept. – Domestic Scene

21.            Netherfriends – Nunya (Beeswax)

20.            Avey Tare – 3 Umbrellas

19.            Beach House – Norway

18.            Arielle Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Revolutions a Lie

17.            Panda Bear – Slow Motion

16.            Arcade Fire – Modern Man

15.            The National – Terrible Love

14.            Caribou – Odessa

13.            Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

12.            Titus Andronicus – No Future Pt. Three: Escape From No Future

11.            Crystal Castles – Celestica

10.            LCD Soundsystem – All I Want

9.            The Morning Benders – Excuses

8.            Walkmen – Torch Song

7.            Wavves – Mickey Mouse

6.            Desire Lines – Deerhunter

5.            Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn

4.            Beach House – Used To Be

3.            LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit

2.            Caribou – Sun

1.            Janelle Monae – Tightrope

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Sherri Shepherd is Insane

December 7th, 2007 No comments,2933,315194,00.html

You have to love this story, however, it makes me sad that someone that is so out of it is able to land themselves a Nationally Syndicated Television show like the view.

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November 9th, 2007 No comments

I have to say that Chicago is my kind of town if not for the impending crisis with the CTA. Let us hope that our governments can put their heads together and fix the crisis. That being said, I have found a new found love for so much that I have never seen, tasted, felt or heard. There seem to be so many little nooks and crannys in this city which are worth exploring and while it is impossible to do everything, it almost seems that I am having more fun than I have for quite awhile.

Typically I have a problem even mentioning things such as this as my fingers become almost like a foreign tongue when speaking of happiness, so I will keep it short and sweet and to the point.

For me, as much as I always loved the city and however saw myself moving to the burbs in the not too distant future just see myself walking the streets like Woody Allen walks the streets of New York.

I did find out today that Chicago was the number 1 city in regards to caffeine intake in the United States. This counts all sources of caffeine and not just Coffee and Cola, however we are the number 1 Pop (And not Soda) consumers. I like freebasing the shit myself.

We love our coffee and chocolate too. I should have a caffeine party where we all just get wasted on caffeine products.

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Dog Day Afternoon

October 17th, 2007 No comments

I was doing my laundry the other day in my building and it has three main elevators. Two of the elevators are for the main pedestrian traffic and the third is for laundry, dogs, and large packages, etc., however, unfortunately, there is a level of regular pedestrian traffic which will use the “Dog Elevator” as it is called to get up to their floors rather than the main elevators. 

For understanding sake, the laundry is in the basement of the building. The dog elevator works a little weird sometimes and will pick people up and go in the opporsite direction than they pushed. In this case the people that were in the elevator had come from the first floor and were heading to the basement which would then take them up to their respective floors. Anyhow, the door opens and there is an old lady as well as a woman and her dog. The old lady shouts to me, “Block the door! Block the door!” was the elevator was going up back up to the first floor. As the door opened, the people that happened to be waiting there was another woman and her boxer puppy. Knowing the puppy as the lady lives on my floor, I have always found the puppy to be one of the most sweet and endearing animals, not rough or bad with people whatsoever. The woman and her puppy decide not to attempt to ride up the elevator but instead wait. After the doors close the old woman says, “Good she didn’t get in the elevator, that is a mean dog.”  

I do not want to get mean at old ladies but my question to her is why are you going up the “Dog Elevator” if you are not doing your laundry or have a dog or care for dogs? 

This old lady has a bit of a mouth on her and well I guess you have to just let people like this go. Its as if there are some people out there that feel they own the world.  

I ended up talking to the owner about this to stay away from this woman because you do not want trouble and well the dog is really sweet. She lives on my floor and the dog always comes up running to me and always wants a good scratch under the chin. Poor misunderstood pup. 

Other Notes:  

  • I think that the new Radiohead album is a classic and could be on par with the likes of Ok Computer. I think that this is Radioheads “love” album.
  • My life feels really exciting right now. Going to Athens in a couple days to eat some southern food and watch some movies and in some cases it is just fun taking paths that I have not ever taken before. Maybe life just seems too “Routine” that we need to change the pace from time to time, do something wild and crazy for the hell of it to keep our minds fresh.
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Chicago Soon To Become Just An Average City

October 13th, 2007 No comments

Face the facts, based on the following facts from the CTA they are planning on cutting over 82 Bus Routes which is over half the routes that travel the city streets. I am not sure if the lawmakers are aware that some of these routes are major arteries of travel amongst the citizens of the City Of Chicago.  While this is one of the first times in history I have been pushed to write a letter to all of my representatives, I just cannot see myself voting for any of them if something is not done. For the non-Chicagoan, I do not have a car, I do not need a car and I can live with the CTA. Yes, I am from the Wilco perspective that you can “Kiss and ride on the CTA”.


What I cannot live with is the aspect that nearly every bus that I take to work is going to be terminated come January 6, 2008 unless budgetary measures are made in the Illinois Legislature.


My immediate feeling is that this issue will close the book on Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Hopes. Fact is that I will write the Olympic Committee myself.


Transportation is the key to commerce and by cutting off transportation this city will just become an average city with a very disappointed population.


When I started this site up I thought I would write more about politics and I have found myself feeling more and more cynical about everyone within government. Maybe there is part of me that wants this to happen and maybe Government will wake up, cause if the CTA is cut, nobody is safe. Not even Daley.

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Chicago Marathon Mishap

October 9th, 2007 No comments

Jay Mariotti Article

While I have never run in a marathon, I will say that I have run in humid weather and I was a cross country runner. Running in humid weather is crazy in itself and should never be attempted by those that are not in proper shape. I think that Mariotti has a point that this event will cost Chicago votes for the 2016 Olympics. I have run 8 – 10 mile runs and even then there were water stations set up and this was for high school stuff that we just would “Run”, not an official cross country events.

Sunday was hot and I remember feeling a bit out of it myself as I made my way through the marathon runners.  The question of course that I am wondering would be does there need to be some type of entry procedure to run or can you just run for the hell of it?

Of course the story of the Marathon is an account of a man by the name of Pheidippides who ran from Marathon to Athens to inform Greeks that the Persians had been defeated in the battle of Marathon only to die from exhaustion moments after. No word on whether water stations were set up for this heroic feat.

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Go Cubs Go!

October 5th, 2007 No comments

Whether hypocrisy is rearing it’s ugly head, I have to admit that I will be rooting for the Cubs come Saturday due to the fact that I have tickets to Sundays Game. I have never been to a Playoff Game, I am admittedly a huge baseball geek so that should be fun in itself. (Plus a Ron Santo Rookie Card!) which should account for something.

On the Subject of the Cubs. These videos are pretty funny. They are of Bill Murray doing play by play for the Cubs back in the mid-80s. Murray was filling in for Harry Caray was recouperating after his Heart Attack. The Cubs got people to fill in daily and I ended up watching this game in it’s entirety when it was on. Hilarious stuff.

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iPhone Initial Thoughts

September 10th, 2007 No comments

Well, Thursday was the day, the day that I ran out and bought the iPhone with the 200 price reduction and here are my initial thoughts.

First off, I am coming from the point of never really “Owning” a cell phone in the past, being one of the last people on the planet with a Cell Phone but with my changing living arrangements, etc. I thought that this time would be as good as ever to get one. It just so happened that when the announcement came out I wanted to get the best of the best.

1)    Setup – My only complaint was that I needed to run tiger in order to use with which makes it pretty worthless on my Mas OS X Panther Machine. I am assuming that this would be a good chance to upgrade to Tiger. Of course once I did get on a Tiger Machine the setup took less than 20 minutes to complete and found it very easy. Again, since this was just for a brand new number there was no need to transfer one account to another and I wanted to point that out for anyone considering making a move to the iPhone.

2)    Basics – For the most part one of the nice things about Apple Products is that you do not need to be an engineer to figure this out. From the main menu is easy to read, you can figure out where the “Phone” button is and making the simple call on the keypad is easier than a regular cell phone. In fact, I would call the screen almost “Grandparent Proof”.  One of the problems I always had with cell phones was reading the screen and that is not the case for this. Making calls are easy, the text keyboard is pretty nice, and compared to other cell phones seems easier to make text messages with it. The iPhone is also very intelligent from the user perspective. If you get on a screen you do not want to be on, simply click the home screen to get back to the main screen.

3)    Internet – I love this aspect of how you pretty much have a tiny computer in your hands at all times. I could not come out with a list of “Peripheral” products that do not work on iPhones or at least I have not received a hack for them yet, but suffice to say for the iPhone, for instance to be able to view a Windows Media File, it would need that software installed on the iPhone.  However, pretty much every other aspect is supported by this feature. I would have no problem for instance in posting this entire message to this forum.

Reading the internet takes about 5 minutes to learn. As you know, the screen is very small and you click the screen multiple times it will zoom in on that location. It is not consistent, or should I say,  I have not found it consistent and find that it zooms better when you click by links and then scroll over to text. For most people bookmarking will be the key and if there is anyone out there with a nice RSS Reader (nevermind, Ethan gave me a couple, that I am going to have to try out). I have become a bit of an RSS Whore and will be happy if Apple creates an RSS application for this use.

Setting up email to my Yahoo account was easier than cutting a slice of Cherry Pie. They also allow easy setup for Gmail, .mac, AOL accounts. Others, whether you use POP, Exchange, .etc, need to be configured manually, which if you are familiar with that, is pretty easy to do.

4)    iPod – I am not using this device as an iPod nor do I have any plan to. For the casual music listener I could understand the desire but for someone like myself struggling with the 60 GB iPod, I will take a pass on that functionality and will rather keep it clean of audio files.

5)    Screen – The screen is crisp and clear. I was concerned about scratching the screen however so far nary a mark. One of the neat features is that if you take the iPhone in your hand and move it horizontal when viewing a photo or webpage, the screen will shift in that direction. Quite awesome.

6)    Size & Weight. The device is sleek and lightweight, not nearly as heavy as my iPod. It does not feel clunky in my pocket or that i look happy to see you.

7)    Getting Locked into a contract with AT&T – I watched 60 Minutes today and one of the inevitable problems with technology is that it moves quicker than it should sometimes and connecting one device or one application to another can be very daunting. Apple is not locking out the other telecommunication companies but merely providing a product that they can guarantee will work. I think for a product such as this that is such a jump I understand that logic.

8)    Camera – Easy to use but I felt that some of the photos were only fair quality photos and have seen better with other devices.

9)    Now that I have it, this is what I want it to do – This is the great question as I sit here behind my computer screen are all the geeks out there developing these thoughts in their head of what they want their pocket computer to do.  What I forsee is that the iPhone will be fully integrated in a couple of years to pretty much handle every normal function that your computer can handle.

Final Thoughts – I still remember being outside of the Apple Store the day that the iPhone, came out, a huge line and crowd with folks taking photos with their cell phones. The cell phones that people were using to take those photos became obsolete the moment this device came out.

Just like the iPod changed our ideas about portable music, the iPhone will change the way we think about cell phones as much more than what a blackberry or conventional cell phone could provide but it is one of those inevitable “Jumps” in technology. And going back to point 9 above, it’s encouraging the next level of thought.

One of the things that Apple has always been great at is designing a product that is “User Friendly” and this continues in that great tradition. I know that I have not even scratched the surface of what is possible but it will be a great adventure nonetheless.

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The Sox Game Friday Night vs. Seattle

August 14th, 2007 No comments

This is the second year in a row that I have attended Elvis Night. I have gone to far fewer games than I planned this year and I have to say that based on my own personal life plus the fact the team is doing so poorly has attributed greatly to this issue.

Elvis Night is always fun and even better when the team wins. In this case, however, my brother who is looking more like a character from the movie Dazed and Confused and I were finding the fact that the fans were doing the Wave as a typical no-no in the Cell. Why or when did this hoky tradition start, I am not sure. I could see going to Wrigley and trying to start the wave just because it is Wrigley, I am thinking that some women while attempting it might bump their heads.

At any rate, Elvis night also didn’t feature any ‘Suspicious Minds’ which almost caused a protest from my brother. I did have my iPod and was able to feature that for him at the bar we went to after the game. It is funny btw, talking to people about Tumens aka, the Alcohol Abuse Center. I guess the place is refurnished and I have not been there in years but I still remember going with Drew, Andrew quite a few times and always found that between the Jukebox, the atmosphere as well as the flooded bathrooms always a plus in my book. It was never a problem sitting on an old keg either. It looked like they gathered their furniture by going around Bridgeport on a Sunday morning in the winter when all the residents would stick their old chairs out in the street to save their parking spots, and they would just pilfer them. You could not beat the prices either where nice quality beer could be bought at dirt cheap prices.

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Boycott BP

August 2nd, 2007 No comments

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I like how the oil companies like to market these ideas and values to us as if they are Beyond Petroleum and seeking conscious alternatives whereby they are just as guilty as they always have been.  

The point to the corporation is to make money and not to improve and or help out society and for a company that made 6 Billion dollars last year, I do question the motives and thoughts behind this.  

Lake Michigan is such a beautiful natural resource for America we do not need any more excess pollutants than have already been added to the lake.

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