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Radio Fri Oct 03 2008

#680... Yankee Hotel Foxtrot?!

Thumbnail image for 51jaJ3ZbJ8L.jpg KEXP in Seattle has been counting down the top 903 albums of all-time over the last few days, and something shocking just happened. Sandwiched in between Alexi Murdoch's Time Without Consequence (#681) and Whiskeytown's The Ballad Of Carol Lynn (#679) was the Chicago classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I know it is hard to please everyone in a fan based voting system, but I find it hard to believe that there are 679 albums better than Wilco's best. In fact, while Sons and Daughter's (677) and Ratatat (676) play, it is clear we need a recount! Regardless, if you are tried of debating Palin vs. Biden, check out the rest of the countdown at, and start debating Wilco vs. The Meat Puppets.

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wes / October 5, 2008 9:55 AM

i thought it was clear that wilco was no longer cool? pretty crazy that w-town was before them, i really like a few songs on that album, but i think that half of the album isn't as great.

lizzy / October 6, 2008 11:26 AM

Is there a final list somewhere? You know, for posterity and re-ordering into something that makes sense?

Jason / October 6, 2008 1:13 PM

Here is the list so far. They are at 440 right now, and add each album as they play a track from it.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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