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With Christmas over and done with, let the year-end wrapups begin! DJ Earworm has chimed in with his yearly mashup of the top pops of the year, “World Go Boom.” Unfortunately, it looks like Rex won’t be doing his annual List of Lists this year (sniff).

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R.E.M. was never my favorite band, and “You Are The Everything” was never my favorite song. But still …

Here’s a scene
You’re in the back seat laying down
The windows wrap around
To sound of the travel and the engine
All you hear is time stand still in travel
And feel such peace and absolute
The stillness still that doesn’t end
But slowly drifts into sleep
The stars are the greatest thing you’ve ever seen
And they’re there for you
For you alone you are the everything

… something about that just grabs me, even more than most of their other songs, most of which I love. Sure, the lyrics can be obtusely weird (“I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my Orange Crush”? What the hell kind of a checklist is that?), and they probably paved the way for a bunch of mediocre alterna-garage-type bands, but for 31 years R.E.M. created fiercely individual music that always challenged, even when they were at the height of their mainstream popularity. They’ll be missed.

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So, I’m watching a VH-1 Classic documentary on Queen, a band I like a lot (though not as much as my wife does). And in the documentary, they have a couple New Pornographers on and one of them is talking about Queen’s late-period reign in stadium rock, and says something like “they were right up there with the Beatles.”

Um … no. Just no.

Queen was great, no question about that. I bought “Night At The Opera” when it first came out (or shortly thereafter), and followed through the years. I remember laughing to “Fat Bottomed Girls,” and roller skating (don’t ask) to “Another One Bites The Dust,” and kind of going “hmmm” when Freddie started looking like the leather guy from the Village People (who also made me go “hmmm,” since I was living in the Midwest and not quite able to believe that what I suspected they were all about was actually what they were all about), and then being incredibly sad when he announced he had AIDS just before he died, and without question Queen was one of the great bands of the ’70s.

But if you want to talk about someone being up there with the Beatles, I want to see the Billboard chart where all 5 of the top 5 songs were from that one band. Not to mention the other 7 they had elsewhere in the Top 100.

There’s a whole lot of headroom between “amazingly great band” and “up there with the Beatles.”

(pic via Litman Live)

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Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately, I’ve been super busy studying for technical certifications (MCSA, now CCNA). But this is really cool — Freelance Whales covering Devo’s “Girl U Want” and turning it into something vaguely Death Cab For Cutie-esque.

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If you’re checking out Rex‘s annual List of Lists for 2010 (and you should) for everybody’s take on the top music etc. for the past year, you might keep Every Critic’s Year-End Top 10 List Explained in mind, just for context. (video via — of course — DJ Earworm)

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CG-Aieeeee!

This is a fairly nifty song by a band I’d never heard of called Eskmo, and a truly epic video. But I can’t help but wonder if in a few years or decades it will look as cheesy as Yes’ “Leave It” (below)  now looks — sort of “hey, we’ve got this new video editing console, let’s see what this button does! Now this one! Ooh, look at this one!” (via Waxy)

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How on earth have I lived this long and not known about this? Tom Lehrer (one of my favorite people ever since I first heard him on Dr. Demento in the ’70s) did a Hannukah song! (via Miss C)

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