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Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of the Year

Ultra-hipster music site Pitchfork has unleashed their Top 50 Albums of the Year. If you're looking to update yourself on modern-day indie music, this is a hell of a place to start.

This list has a few of my own favorite 2011 albums on it, such as Iceage's New Brigade, Cut Copy's Zonoscope, and Frank Ocean's Nostalgia Ultra. But the list also includes a few albums, like Bon Iver's Bon Iver, about which I simply can't understand the hype. I found Bon Iver completely un-exciting in any way shape or form. To me he's one of those artists who has simply caught the wave of Hipster Sanctity and can do no wrong at this point. Or else, it's a really great album and I just don't get it. I'm guessing the answer lies somewhere in between, but I'm mystified that it's made the Top Album of the Year. Mystified.

Anyway...give it a look, get a few of the albums. If I had any recommendations, check out the above mentioned artists, but also: Real Estate, tU…

Black Lips' First Album: Black Lips!

So I'm going back through the Black Lips' catalogue...I've got this year's Arabia Mountain & Good Bad Not Evil (2009?), but I decided to start at the beginning with their self-titled debut from 2003. Two words: love it.

It's retro surf/garage rock at its best: simple, repetitive, loud, fun, stupid. Kind of reminds me a little bit of the vibe that local Indianapolis bands The Kemps and Vacation Club are going for. They even get a little psychedelic occasionally, which of course is great. I have absolutely zero problem with bands who play simple, choppy, fast riffs and who like to get weird. Its bands like this that Rock and Roll was built on.

We must never get so geeky or opinionated that we can't appreciate a good garage band who just likes to rock and whose music has the power to make people move and--occasionally--make their heads hurt.

Rule No. 1 of Working From Home: Get Dressed

Rule No.1 for any work-from-homer: Get Dressed.

This may run counter to what is, perhaps, the greatest perceived benefit of working from home: that you get to sit around all day in your jogging pants or pajamas, and don't have to dress up. Well, I'm here to burst that myth for you. Why? Read on...

While it's fun and comfortable to wear your pajamas all day, it's actually counter-productive to your cause. If you're sitting around in your baggy, cereal-milk-stained sweatsuit you're inherently going to feel like a slob and you aren't going to be doing your best work. While you might think you can still interface with the harsh outside world while you wallow in comfort, eventually you'll realize your relaxed sartorial standards are dragging you down in the performance department. When you look professional, you'll feel professional, and you'll act professional. That's it. Period.

I'm not saying you have to wear a business suit as you traipse ar…